Nov. 10, 2008
WOODSTOCK (CNB) - The provincial government is highlighting new investments in skilled trades at the New Brunswick Community College (NBCC) - Woodstock campus. The province has contributed more than $224,000 to a new electrical program, including the creation of a new shop.
"As outlined in our action plan for post-secondary education, investing in the skilled trades to ensure that New Brunswickers are better equipped to enter the workforce is a cornerstone in our self-sufficiency agenda," said Ed Doherty, minister of post-secondary education, training and labour. "With exciting construction and energy-related projects on the horizon, we want to respond to the needs of employers while helping our people seize opportunities to be working and establishing roots in New Brunswick."
Doherty said the electrical course continues investments being made by the government in the skilled trades, which include existing programs at the campus in welding, carpentry, bricklaying and floor installation.
"Feedback from the local business community and the Upper St. John River Valley has been extremely positive now that we are training electricians," Doherty said. "Skilled trades training makes up 25 per cent of NBCC-Woodstock's first-year enrolments. Health-care programs have also developed significantly at this campus and represent 21 per cent of first-year enrolments."
Doherty praised NBCC-Woodstock Principal Bill Best and staff for maximizing existing physical space and budgets to improve the campus. For the first time, more than 300 student are enrolled, an increase of more than 100 compared to 2002-03. A total of 258 students attended NBCC Woodstock last year.
"This is a very positive development," Doherty said. "It is a testament to the quality of instruction, programs and dedicated staff in this first-class facility. The Government of New Brunswick has ensured programs are of high quality and relevant to the needs of students and local communities."
Doherty also said that the campus is continuing a dual enrolment agreement with Woodstock High School. Last year, under this agreement, four students from the high school attended semesters in human services, business and digital photography at the campus.
"This is consistent with the government's plan to help our youth be better educated, reduce student debt and adapt quickly to changing circumstances," said Doherty. "NBCC-Woodstock wants to be a leader in helping students make a quicker transition from high school to post-secondary education while recognizing their credits. I commend the faculty and staff for their hard work to revamping this campus to be a vibrant part of New Brunswick's post-secondary education system."
MEDIA CONTACT: Sheri Strickland, communications, Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour, 506-453-8617.