Jan. 26, 2009
MONCTON (CNB) - A total of $20 million is being invested in the Moncton campus of the New Brunswick Community College (NBCC) to upgrade its infrastructure. Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Donald Arseneault made the announcement today.
"By investing in infrastructure at the NBCC - Moncton campus, 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, supporting the province's goal of being self-sufficient by 2026," Arseneault said.
Improvements to the Moncton campus will maximize shop and classroom availability by changing the use of existing training space and adding 3,600 sq. metres (40,000 sq. feet) of training space.
An extra 400 seats, bringing campus capacity to 1,500, will be available to students in the fields of health, social sciences, technology and trades.
"This is an important step towards increasing community college student capacity and making the connection between our post-secondary education system and our province's changing labour market needs," said Arseneault.
Today`s announcement also marked the official opening of the NBCC - Moncton campus learning commons, which offers improved services to students and the community. This area focuses support services for students in one central location.
"The demand for skilled workers, especially in the southeastern part of the province is increasing," said Dale Finnamore, campus principal. "This expansion allows us to continue addressing the current and emerging demand in the workforce."
SMART boards, wireless laptops, and assistive technology for students with disabilities are only a few of the services offered in the new area.
"The completion of this project is a great example of how, with a modest investment, you can turn an older space into something new and exciting for the students," said Arseneault.
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, Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour, 506-444-3465.