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Libro Community Builder Grant Sees Green Education on the Horizon
Technical Training Group

November 23, 2011: Libro Financial Group has invested $10,000 through its Community Builder Grant program to the Technical Training Group (Stratford & Area) for Project Green. This funding provides Stratford and area youth ages 7-19 with opportunities to develop career skills through participation in Solar Energy programming at two of Stratford’s secondary schools.

Each year Libro sets aside a percentage of profits for the Community Builder Grant Program. The main focus is to support youth initiated projects with a goal to establish stronger communities.

At Stratford Northwestern S. S., the Empowering our Future project will educate youth about how solar energy works and raise awareness about green energy. A Learning Centre designed and built by students will display information plaques placed around the school courtyard. The plaques will describe solar panel construction and how panels operate and generate energy. A mini solar panel will also be built to run a fountain in the courtyard pond. Once completed, guided tours to students and local groups will increase understanding about how the system works.

At St. Michael Catholic S. S., for the Solar Energy - Lighting up the Minds of Tomorrow project, funds will be invested in new teaching tools (dedicated computer, Solar 101 software and curriculum) to showcase a solar energy system in action to high school students across a variety of curriculum areas. Day and adult evening students will learn about solar photovoltaic electric systems though special projects such as data collecting and data analysis.

“We deliver educational programs and activities for youth to get them excited about careers in technology or skilled trades’ occupations,” says Bob Allen, Technical Training Group (TTG) Chair and President, Accumetal Manufacturing Inc. “The current employment market is highly competitive, and specialized skills make a big difference in a job search. The focus of Project Green is simple: help our students be on the leading edge with green collar skills. This is a first step to launching our graduates into a new career in a field with a high level of future demand.”
To TTG and its school partners’ credit, over 2,000 young people and 500 student volunteers have participated in TTG’s youth trades exposure programming. TTG, a Ministry-approved Training Delivery Agent, offers Welder Apprenticeship Level 1, 2 & 3 training from Sept. to June each year. TTG launched its basic electrical and plumbing prep courses in 2008 and to date over 75 trainees have enrolled to see if a career in the trades is right for them.

TTG Receives $10,000 from Libro Financial Group
Presenting the cheque to Bob Allen (L), Chair, TTG, is Marty Rops (R), Regional Manager, Libro Financial Group, Stratford, Ontario.

Pictured above are TTG Directors & Staff, Stratford Northwestern and St. Michael Catholic Secondary School project partners. In the back row, third from the left is Trevor McNeil, Libro Owner Representative.

Photo taken by Irene Miller, SNAP Perth

For further information, contact:
Virginia Lambdin, Administrator
Technical Training Group
Phone: 519-801-8845

Tania Goodine, Vice President, Brand
Libro Financial Group
Phone: 519-672-0130 x 4328 Cell: 519-871-0162