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Future industrial electricians in women’s program to benefit from donation of instruments

Mississauga, ON -- Aug. 23, 2002 -- Fluke Electronics Canada, a supplier compact, professional electronic test tool...


Mississauga, ON — Aug. 23, 2002 — Fluke Electronics Canada, a supplier compact, professional electronic test tools, has donated a number of T5-1000 electrical testers to students in the Women in Skilled Trades (WIST) program at the Barrie, Ont., campus of Georgian College.

Fluke’s donation gives the women access to state-of-the-art, professional equipment to use in their training to eventually become industrial electricians. The Fluke T5 Electrical Tester is one of a family of electrical test tools that includes multimeters, clamp meters, power quality analyzers and insulation testers.

"The donation has allowed the students to learn various skills in classes and develop an understanding of the importance of using quality tools and equipment in the electrical industry, as well as an appreciation for tools and the care required for such expensive equipment," says Joanne Cross, program administrative officer for WIST.

"Industry support of the WIST program is very important, as this is the second year Georgian has been able to offer the program. We are just starting to break the barriers of women entering non-traditional trades."

WIST is a 50-week pre-apprenticeship program exclusively for women, offered by Georgian College in partnership with the Ontario Women’s Directorate. Fluke Electronics Canada, a subsidiary of Fluke Corporation, Everett, Washington, is headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, with offices in Vancouver, Calgary, Ottawa and Montreal.