Jan. 20, 2009
SAINT JOHN (CNB) - A total of $44 million will be invested in the New Brunswick Community College (NBCC) Saint John campus to upgrade its infrastructure, Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister, Donald Arseneault announced today.
"By investing to improve and expand the NBCC Saint John campus infrastructure we are not only looking after students and ensuring that they have access to the best possible learning environment, we are also moving forward with our action plan on post-secondary education to help the province meet its goal of being self-sufficient by 2026," said Arseneault.
Improvements will include the addition of a new, 9,000-sq.-metre (100,000-sq.-ft.) building to the main campus at Grandview Avenue. The expansion will bring together the training programs related to the energy and construction sectors.
A second, 2,250-sq.-metre (25,000-sq.-ft.) building to be built in Tucker Park will house the college's health-related programming. The building will enhance courses in medical laboratory technology, respiratory therapy, pharmacy technology, and courses for those pursuing a career as a licensed practical nurse.
After construction, an extra 600 seats will available, raising the campus capacity to 1,800 seats.
"This is an important step in making the connection between our post-secondary education system and our province's changing labour market needs," said Arseneault.
As well as adding seats, the projects will modernize operations to be more energy friendly.
"We have identified new programs and are looking at increasing the capacity in some of those existing at the NBCC Saint John campus," said Annette Albert, campus principal. "In addition, we want to ensure that the new facilities are developed using green technology to ensure that we are producing as low a carbon footprint as possible, while maintaining excellent training opportunities."
The government's plan, Be Inspired. Be Ready. Be Better. The Action Plan to Transform Post-Secondary Education in New Brunswick, is available online.
MEDIA CONTACT: Marie-Josée Groulx, Communications, Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour, 506-444-3465.