Serious Labs and GPRC partner for virtual reality technical training
Serious Labs, a leader in virtual reality (VR) heavy equipment training simulators, and Grande Prairie Regional College (GPRC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to bring innovative training solutions to the students of GPRC.
Together they will implement Serious Labs' current VR training solutions as well as collaborate on and pilot new learning solutions to achieve an expanded vision and scope for technical training in northwestern Alberta.
"We are excited to be a part of GPRC's learning initiative right here in Alberta that recognizes the importance of advancements in training and technology in a shifting world," said Jim Colvin, President and CEO, Serious Labs. "This partnership is synergistic with our own goal of increasing learning engagement and collapsing the gap between vocational training and jobsite readiness, particularly during the added challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic."
As a first step of this initiative in Q1 2021, GPRC and Serious Labs will introduce Serious Labs' award-winning Mobile Elevated Work Platform (MEWP) operator training simulator into a pilot program with the intent of developing a series of micro-credentials to ensure that GPRC apprentices are jobsite ready. Existing skilled tradespeople will also have the ability to augment their jobsite readiness. The initiative will create an added benefit to employers and site owners who will be able to reduce the time and expense of providing additional training to employees.
"GPRC's administrative strategy, 5GPRC prioritizes innovation, partnership and the commitment to how our College will provide modern and innovative learning experiences for students in our region," said Dr. Robert Murray, President and CEO, GPRC. "This partnership is a catalyst in ensuring GPRC delivers these opportunities to future learners and industry leaders in our region. Working with Serious Labs allows GPRC to continue to build strong relationships with industry and create jobs that advance the diversification of our economy well into the future."
"GPRC is well-known for its innovative approach to post-secondary education, particularly in the skilled trades and apprenticeships. Their intention to utilize training tools such as VR simulators demonstrates their next generation thinking," said Colvin.
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