April 9, 2009
MIRAMICHI (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 New Brunswick Community College (NBCC) - Miramichi campus today.
"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, 299 will go to NBCC campuses.
The Miramichi campus will experience an increase in available seats for its police foundation, and the start of a new offering in the health sector: personal support worker.
The investment will allow NBCCs across the province to increase their capacity in occupational areas such as visual arts, human services, and office administration, and open accessibility by offering online programs in early childhood education teacher assistant, and personal service work. The increase will also allow for NBCC - Fredericton to offer several new programs, one of which is health unit co-ordinator.
"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 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 new NBCC seats follows. MEDIA CONTACT: Marie-Josée Groulx, communications, Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour, 506-444-3465.
New accessible seats being added to NBCC campuses include