Oct. 7, 2008
ST. ANDREWS (CNB) - A new facility in which to train future tradespeople officially opened today at the St. Andrews campus of the New Brunswick Community College (NBCC). The expansion reflects the efforts of the provincial government to increase the number of skilled trades professionals.
Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Ed Doherty and Fisheries Minister Rick Doucet joined campus officials at the opening.
"This new facility represents a significant investment by government of more than $3 million to provide quality training while responding to the needs of students, employers and communities," said Doherty. "As stated in our post-secondary education action plan, we are focused on modernizing our community colleges through a number of measures, such as renewing infrastructure and increasing capacity."
The 1,140-square-metre (12,290-sq.-ft.) facility replaces a 30-year-old structure formerly known as the Annex, and it provides training space for more than 60 students. It houses classrooms, labs, shop and mechanical space for the electrical, welding and aquaculture technician programs along with rooms for faculty.
Doherty noted that the growth at NBCC-St. Andrews is important for Charlotte County and builds on existing trades courses at the campus along with other program offerings.
"This government has also reinstated trades training in high schools as part of our Charter for Change commitment to build the best education system in Canada," said Doherty. "We have several improvements planned for our apprenticeship program to help students and employers. This is all part of our broader vision of achieving self-sufficiency, ensuring New Brunswickers have the skills needed to be engaged in future employment and economic opportunities, including the development of New Brunswick's energy hub."
The St. Andrews campus offers more than a dozen programs specializing in hospitality and tourism management, information technology and aquaculture as well as various trades. For more information on NBCC-St. Andrews, visit http://www.nbcc.ca.
MEDIA CONTACT: Andrew Holland, Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour, 506-453-2568.