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Students to benefit from generous Connacher donation

October 26, 2012

Power engineering students at MHC will have more opportunities for education funding and on-the-job training, thanks to a donation announced today from Connacher Oil and Gas Limited

Officials from MHC and Connacher announced a five-year, $100,000 pledge to the college this afternoon to benefit the division of science. Each year, half of the $20,000 will go toward power engineering student grants and half will go toward supporting research activity within the division of science.

Two students will receive $5,000 each toward their studies after taking part in valuable summer work opportunities. As part of the pledge, four MHC power engineering students will be placed at Connacher plants as summer students, beginning in summer 2013.

“These summer students will work through Connacher’s training modules and gain real-world experience before graduating,” said Merle Johnson, Connacher’s vice president, Oil Sands. “They will be highly coveted graduates because of their mix of first-class education and experience.”

Today’s donation announcement is a perfect example of an educational partnership, said MHC development officer Deanna Haysom.

“We strive to work with community business leaders to form mutually beneficial partnerships,” Haysom said. “Connacher’s donation is a great example. Our students gain scholarships and job experience, and Connacher gains experienced, educated future employees.”