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ADM Donates $25,000 to Lakeland College

10/05/2011
Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE: ADM) has donated $25,000 (CAD) to Lakeland College in Alberta, Canada, for its fundraising campaign to increase training opportunities. The donation will go toward the creation and curriculum development for a blended program in second class power engineering.

“ADM strives to make a positive difference in the communities where we live and work,” said Mike Deck, plant manager of ADM’s canola processing facility in Lloydminster. “We are proud to present this gift to Lakeland College and look forward to helping develop a program to give power engineers an opportunity to upgrade their skills, increase their personal safety and improve their operational efficiency.”

The cheque was presented to Kara Johnston, director of energy, entrepreneurship and Saskatchewan program at Lakeland College during a presentation ceremony held October 6 at the college’s Lloydminster campus.

“A new second class power engineering program will be part of programming available from Lakeland College, a longtime training provider serving the Alberta/Saskatchewan region, that would train an additional 80 students over four intakes of students per year,” said Johnston. “It will be an excellent addition to our current program offerings aimed to serve several vital industries within our geographic area.” 

A new and modern power engineering lab and facility, also part of the college’s campaign to increase training opportunities, would enable the college to increase seat numbers in its over-subscribed heavy oil operation technician (HOOT) program and transition its current one-year certificate HOOT program to a two-year program. The facility will also enable Lakeland to offer more customized oil and gas programming including petroleum management training and short-term, just-in-time courses to address specific industry needs.

 

The donation was given through ADM Cares. ADM Cares is a social investment program that directs funds to initiatives and organizations that drive meaningful social, economic and environmental progress worldwide. The program comprises three distinct focus areas: supporting the responsible development of agriculture, improving the quality of life in ADM communities and fostering employee giving and volunteer activities. 

ADM Agri-Industries, a wholly owned subsidiary of Archer Daniels Midland Company, operates a canola processing plant in Lloydminster.

About Lakeland College

 

Lakeland College currently offers numerous programs and courses relevant to the oil and gas industry including HOOT, gas process operator, fourth-class power engineering, pressure truck operator, vacuum truck operator, and electrician, instrument technician, steamfitter-pipefitter, and welding pre-employment programs and apprenticeship training. Lakeland College also works with a consortium of oil and gas companies to offer one of the largest petroleum industry certification programs in Canada.

 

For more information, contact:
ADM Media Relations
217/424-5413
media@adm.com
 
Kara Johnston
Director, Energy, Entrepreneurship and Saskatchewan programming
Lakeland College
780/871-5718