The Technology, Education and Collaboration (TEC) Hub officially opened in the fall of 2018. The new facility will contribute to the development of a skilled, employment-ready technology and trades workforce for northwestern Ontario. It will also host vibrant research, incubation and technology transfer services to support the region’s advanced manufacturing, technology and resource sectors.
An extension of the existing McIntyre Building at Confederation’s Thunder Bay campus, the $19 million project created a 45,000 square foot space which includes three main clusters: industry skills and sustainability instruction, advanced manufacturing technology, and innovation and incubation.
The new facility supports the College’s engineering technology programs and the Aerospace Manufacturing program, formerly located within the school’s Aviation Centre of Excellence, and provides pathways for skilled trades programming, specifically for Indigenous learners. All of this leads to the ability to support more students through learning and will open the door for new programming to be developed as industry needs continue to evolve.
The TEC Hub also creates important opportunities for collaboration, inviting community partners to participate in research and development, and offering space for regional groups and individuals to pursue their own projects. Fostering innovation and entrepreneurship is a cornerstone of the new facility.