April 9, 2009
BATHURST (CNB) - Government's $10.2-million community college budget investment will create about 500 additional accessible seats for the community college system in the 2009-10 school year. Post-Secondary Education, Training, and Labour Minister Donald Arseneault made the announcement today at Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick (CCNB) - Bathurst campus.
"In order to achieve self-sufficiency, we must invest in the continuing education of New Brunswickers," said Arseneault. "This investment shows that our government recognizes the importance of investing today in future generations, and ensuring that our community colleges benefit from this commitment."
The funding stems from government's budget plan to create affordable seats for students attending community colleges. Of these seats, about 200 will go to CCNB campuses.
New courses with 30 affordable seats were announced in Bases de données and Hygiène et sécurité alimentaire. These will be added to the list of other new courses being offered at CCNB campuses, including soins prolongés; techniques d'intervention en services communautaires-autisme; and télécommunications d'urgence.
The investment will also allow CCNBs across the province to increase their capacity in existing occupational areas such as cuisine; infirmières auxiliare; technique correctionelles; and éducation enfance.
"Creating stable seats in occupational fields serves as a balance from last year's budget commitment and the creation of about 450 seats in industrial-oriented trades including electrical, pipefitting, welding, engineering, and plumbing in our province's community colleges," said Arseneault. "Providing opportunities and choices for New Brunswick students not only increases accessibility, but also outlines the goals that government has set forward with its Action Plan to Transform Post-Secondary Education."
The plan, Be Inspired. Be Ready. Be Better. The Action Plan to Transform Post-Secondary Education in New Brunswick, is available online.
EDITOR'S NOTE: A list of the new CCNB seats follows. MEDIA CONTACT: Marie-Josée Groulx, communications, Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and
List of new CCNB seats
Soins prolongés - Dieppe, 20 seats
Télécommunications d'urgence - Dieppe, 15 seats
Charpenterie - Péninsule, 14 seats
Cuisine - Péninsule, 20 seats
Infirmières auxiliaires - Edmundston, 24 seats
Techniques correctionnelles - Edmundston, 20 seats
TISC autisme - Campbellton, 30 seats
Éducation de l'enfance 2 - Campbellton, 20 seats
Bases de données - Bathurst, 15 seats
Hygiène et sécurité alimentaire - Bathurst, 15 seats