Specialized trades and technology courses (10/01/18)

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Jan. 18, 2010

FREDERICTON (CNB) - The provincial government is investing $1 million to increase access to vocational and technical education for francophone students. Premier Shawn Graham made the announcement today.

The funds will be used to buy equipment and materials; train teachers; improve infrastructure; provide a safe environment for the 10 courses recently developed; and expand the range of high school trades courses.

"By putting money back into trades courses we are offering our young people new learning opportunities, and meeting the interests of more students," said Graham. "If our young people are stimulated to learn, they will be better able to take up tomorrow's challenges and become involved in self-sufficiency efforts."

Education Minister Minister Roland Haché welcomed the investment.

"This initiative is in keeping with the Report of the Commission on Francophone Schools, which emphasizes the importance of offering a wider diversity of educational paths to enable each student to reach his or her full potential, " said Haché. "It also responds to an item under New Brunswick's poverty reduction plan."

Francophone high schools now have a choice of 25 vocational and technical courses they can offer, based on the students' interest and the school's community context. In the past year, the following 10 new courses have been developed:

These courses were developed in partnership with New Brunswick's network of community colleges to respond to the interests of students and the needs of today's labour market.


MEDIA CONTACTS: Johanne Le Blanc, 506-453-3085; or Valerie Kilfoil, 506-444-4919, communications, Department of Education.