Target Completion Date: January 1, 2023
What is this project about?
Launchpad 2.0 is modelled after the original Launchpad currently located in Hanover Ontario. It’s a place for youth, post high school, adults and seniors to gather and partake in programming designed to give people the skills they need to launch a career they didn’t know existed.
Currently the original Launchpad location has a computer lab with 3D printer, a welding shop with 6 booths, a full commercial kitchen, a woodworking shop, and a common meeting space. It’s utilized by kids 12-18 trying to find their paths in life. Utilized by young adults picking up new skills, it’s utilized by adults renting the shops, it’s utilized by companies and unions to qualify their employees (welding certificates) etc. The space also is used as a business incubator for entrepreneurs trying new ideas.
Although Launchpad 2.0 in Port Elgin is in the early planning stages, we’re getting tremendous feedback support from employers, Municipal Councillors, educators and community funding groups.
It’s envisioned that the Port Elgin Launchpad will built on the successes of the Hanover facility and add electrical, computer skills, and health sciences skills in addition to the culinary, welding, and wood working programs.