Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour

Atlantic Centre of Excellence in Tourism suspends some programs (09/06/29)

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June 29, 2009

EDMUNDSTON (CNB) - Three programs offered at the CCNB, Edmundston campus, have been suspended temporarily because not enough students have expressed an interest in taking them, Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Donald Arseneault has announced.

The three programs are: Hôtellerie et restauration (hotel and restaurant operations), Tourisme (tourism), and Tourisme international (international tourism).

"Unfortunately, not enough students have expressed interest in these programs, so we could not justify offering this training for the 2009-10 college year," Arseneault said.

The campus plans to undertake consultations to determine if the training programs offered by the Atlantic Centre of Excellence in Tourism are meeting the needs of the tourism industry.

"By identifying the industry's outlook and needs better, the government will be able to meet the industry's expectations better," Arseneault said. "As indicated in Be inspired. Be Ready. Be Better. The Action Plan to Transform Post-Secondary Education in New Brunswick, such a study will enable us to modernize and energize the community college network so it will be in a better position to meet the various training needs of students and the workforce."

The campus plans to explore all options to better meet the needs of future students and the tourism industry. The campus intends to consider every possibility in the pending consultation.

Students enrolled in the programs have been informed and have been given the opportunity to move into another field. The instructors will remain at the centre since their expertise will be needed to conduct the needs analysis.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Marie-Josée Groulx, communications, Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour, 506-444-3465.

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