Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour

Government invests $507,000 in NBCC - Saint John (08/10/31)

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Oct. 31, 2008

SAINT JOHN (CNB) - The provincial government is investing more than $507,000 to improve facilities and add more instructors at the Saint John campus of the New Brunswick Community College (NBCC).

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Post Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Ed Doherty announced today that the government is making this investment to improve the training of skilled tradespersons in the province.

"With the need for skilled labourers being felt across the whole country, giving New Brunswick students the tools to succeed during their educational experience will put our province in a better position to compete for these workers," said Doherty. "We want students to be engaged in New Brunswick's labour force."

As announced by Doherty, the province is making several improvements at the campus as part of the $507,000 investment:

"As outlined in the Post-Secondary Education Action Plan, this government believes that investing in our human resources is essential if we want New Brunswick students to be better educated and better positioned to enter the workforce," said Doherty. "We want our people to be adaptable to the ever-changing needs of the workforce."

NBCC Saint John is the province's largest community college campus, with more than 20 full-time programs, from business, engineering and information systems technologies to trades. It also offers co-operative education: a combination of academic training and paid work experience. For more information on the programs offered, visit http://www.nbcc.ca/campuses/saint_john.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Andrew Holland, communications, Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour 506-444-5655.

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