Portage College was in dire need of an instructor for their third and fourth class Power Engineering Program, and thanks to an important industry partnership, MEG Energy has stepped in and answered the call.
The Canadian oil sands company sent Peter Hrenyk, a 15-year Operator at MEG to serve as an instructor and help educate the up and coming crop of Power Engineers at Portage College.
"It’s been a really great experience so far," Hrenyk said. "The students are eager to learn and the staff here at Portage have been really friendly and helpful."
Hrenyk started his work as an instructor at Portage College on August 19th and will be teaching at the Lac La Biche campus throughout the winter and spring intake sessions.
"It’s been a bit of a learning curve, but I really enjoy it," Hrenyk said. "I feel like I’m learning just as much as the students."
Portage College is proud to partner with MEG Energy to help teach and train the next group of passionate learners.
"Supporting education is extremely important for MEG," says Stephen Diotte, VP, Human Resources, Information Technology and Corporate Services. "This partnership with Portage College is a win-win for all parties involved. Not only are we supporting an excellent program, we're also helping develop future Power Engineers who play a key role in our industry."
The instructor partnership with MEG Energy is essential to helping Portage College continue to fulfill the high demand for Power Engineers in the region.
"MEG continues to be an excellent partner and has continually demonstrated excellent support for our students," said Mardere Birkill, Vice President Academic.