ProQuip Contributes to Education for The New Economy

 ProQuip International funds bursary for new Laurier program

BRANTFORD, ONTARIO – (PRESS RELEASE) — 03/15/12 – Demonstrating his company’s commitment to learning, innovation and building the new economy, ProQuip International’s President Sam Tavernese announced today his company’s plan to sponsor a bursary for students in Laurier Brantford’s new Bachelor of Business and Technology Management program.

“We’re here today to celebrate more than just the launch of a bursary, but the opening of a new relationship between Laurier Brantford and PQI,” Tavernese said.

“Laurier has shown its commitment and leadership in creating the 21st century economy with courses like this one, designed to manage the new technology infrastructure we have to create to compete globally. ProQuip International stands beside Laurier in that leadership with a bursary that will attract and keep the best and the brightest students here at Laurier Brantford.”

PQI has commited $1000 per year for five years as a bursary to the student with highest overall grade point average entering their second year of the Business Technology Management Program. Application for this scholarship is not required and all second year students will be automatically considered.

The program, which prepares students for a growing area in today’s workforce, is in its first year at Laurier Brantford, and is one of the few in Canada that offers both a university degree and a co-op work experience. Graduates from the program will understand and will be trained in the integration of new technologies into existing systems.

“What really attracted us to the program was the co-op element of it,” said Tavernese. “That and the economic advantages to our community that come from a program that takes us further along with our Green Hub designation.”

“And PQI’s commitment to this program recognizes the value that Laurier Brantford brings to the community when it offers these types of programs, ones that facilitate long term growth here,” Tavernese said.

“With the need to revitalize our province’s aging electricity infrastructure, with the need to invest in the ‘smart grid,’ and to replace 20th century products with energy efficient 21st century solutions, this is exactly the kind of program partnership that PQI is happy to support.”

About ProQuip International

ProQuip International is a leading provider of solar PV products and systems, and a designer, manufacturer and installer of solar LED lighting systems. The company has worked in the LED lighting industry, designing and manufacturing LED drivers and lights since the company’s inception in 1996 and has over six years experience in solar LED lighting technologies. This latter experience prompted the development of MaxSUN™, a solar LED lighting system that solves the problems associated with earlier generations of the technology especially in northern climates. Manufacturing facilities are located in Brantford, Ontario and Dunkirk, New York.

As members of the North American solar energy industry, ProQuip is helping to build awareness of clean, renewable solar power technologies available to consumers, businesses and institutions and helping to build Green Communities.

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