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SIIT receives $3.5 million donation for aviation program.

A Canadian defense contractor, Lockheed Martin Canada, announced on June 25 it had made a $3.5 million donation to the Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies (SIIT).

The donation comes in the form of a package of training materials to SIIT's Aviation Maintenance and Engineering faculty. The package contains courseware and instructor's materials for training that covers three-dozen engineering disciplines.

"We are honored to have a partnership with Lockheed Martin Canada," said President and CEO of SIIT, Randall Morris in a June 25 press release. "We will implement this training package within our Aviation Learning Center, a new training facility site located at the Saskatoon Airport."

Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Sensors is donating the courseware as part of a commitment to the Canadian government to satisfy industrial and regional benefits associated with its role as prime contractor for the mid-life modernization of the combat systems on board the Navy's Halifax Class frigate. The $1.6 billion program was awarded in 2008 to Lockheed Martin Canada.

Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN) Vice Chief Delbert Wapass commended the efforts of SIIT staff in their work to develop training programs.

An FSIN press release states that in 2005, SIIT started discussions with Lockheed Martin about starting an Aircraft Maintenance Program, resulting in an initial investment of $1.5 million by the company. Other world-class defense contractors followed suit with their own investments, including Boeing and Rockwell Collins, which continues to further the training opportunities for the Saskatchewan Aviation Learning Center, a 25,000 sq. ft training facility at the Saskatoon Airport.

Compiled by Christine Fiddler

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Title Annotation:NEWS BRIEFS
Author:Fiddler, Christine
Publication:Saskatechewan Sage
Date:Jul 1, 2010
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