Print lab grand opening new opportunity for Francophone students in rural Manitoba

Originally posted: April 11, 2017

Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology (MITT), the Division scolaire franco-manitobaine (DSFM), unveils new training facility in Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes, announce new industry partnership.

Instructor Valerie Talbot displays a banner printed in the shop

Secondary students seeking French-language vocational training in Manitoba have reason again to celebrate. Recently, the Division scolaire franco-manitobaine (DSFM), in partnership with the Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology (MITT), held a grand opening for the renovated print shop and classroom at École régionale Notre-Dame. The facility builds on the school’s Tec Création enterprise, which for years has serviced the local community’s print needs while offering students basic learning in print production.

Through the MITT-DSFM partnership, students can explore print production under the supervision of a trained instructor, earn up to six credits along the way, and from there pursue advanced press training and MITT certification – the cost of which is covered by the DSFM for participating students. For the latter, they must currently enrol in MITT’s Graphic Print Technician program in Winnipeg. However, as of 2018, Altona, MB-based Friesens Corporation will join the partnership and offer students a chance to acquire competencies on the production floor of one of North America’s leading printers.

The newly renovated print lab at École régionale Notre-Dame now includes an industry-quality Heidelberg press 46 and a Baum paper folder

“It’s great to see our partnership with the DSFM continue to thrive with new opportunities for students seeking French-language training here in Manitoba,” says MITT President and CEO, Paul Holden. “To have industry partners like Friesens on board is just incredible because it creates direct links to future employment. These partnerships, closely tied to labour market need, are the kinds of opportunities MITT pursues every day.”

Thirty-three DSFM students are currently enrolled in the Infographie et Imprimerie program in Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes. Students who opt to complete all six courses become eligible for the additional two courses offered by MITT and completion of the Graphic Print Technician certificate.

Graduates from the certificate program will meet labour market demands across the country given their high-demand skillset and ability to perform in both official languages.


René Déquier, Deputy Director General, DSFM, talks about the new classroom for the Infographie et Imprimerie program at École régionale Notre-Dame

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