Platinum Premier: McGuinty tours Algonquin College's new music production studio

September 27, 2010
Premier Dalton McGuinty was back in his hometown this afternoon to tour the new music production studio classroom at Algonquin College, funded in part through the Ontario government's College Equipment Renewal Fund (CERF). As part of the tour of this leading-edge facility, Premier McGuinty was presented with the studio's first platinum album to recognize his commitment and investment to in education in Ontario. "Premier McGuinty's government continues to deliver on their promise to move education up the province's priority list," says Gillett. "We would like to thank the Premier for his attention to the unique issues we face at Ontario Colleges and we look forward to his ongoing leadership on this front." The honourary platinum album contains audio that was recorded and produced by the inaugural class of Algonquin's Music Industry Arts Program. This program uses the new facility to prepare students to work as producers and engineers in today's music industry. Students produce multi-track recordings in a professional studio environment, demonstrating a full range of audio engineering and music productions skills. They learn to operate both digital and analogue multi-track recording systems and signal flow in a typical studio operation according to established procedures involved in music recording sessions. This music production studio, toured by the Premier, would not have been possible without the College Equipment Renewal Fund. This year, Algonquin received $698,400 in CERF funding and over past three years the Provincial Government has invested over $4 million in Algonquin College to renew education-related equipment. "We are committed to ensuring that every Algonquin student uses the latest tools and technologies in their respective fields. It is a key part of the Algonquin Experience and a major reason why the hands-on applied learning we are known for across the country is in such high demand", added President Gillett. The investment has been used to purchase instructional equipment and learning resources across every school of the College. Computers, specialized software, eClassrooms, lab and shop equipment need to be updated regularly to provide students with training that meets current business and industry standards. For more information on Algonquin College's Digital Music Production program, visit: http://extraweb.algonquincollege.com/ce_programs/programOverview.aspx?id=1814X02PWO&
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