Sept. 2, 2009
FREDERICTON (CNB) - Five hundred more new students will be entering the New Brunswick Community College (NBCC)/Collèges communautaires du Nouveau-Brunswick (CCNB) this fall as the result of a government investment aimed at increasing the number of community college seats. Three hundred seats will be added at the NBCC; 200 at the CCNB.
"These 500 new seats, combined with the 450 seats added last year, give NBCC/CCNB students increased access and choices as they start a new academic year," said Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Donald Arseneault.
About 7,200 full-time students will attend the NBCC/CCNB this year.
"This year, we are making a substantial investment in our aging community college infrastructure with a $105 million infusion, including new campuses in Fredericton and Edmundston and major expansions in Moncton, Saint John and Bathurst," said Arseneault. "This will result in an additional 1,200 to 1,500 new seats by 2011. By investing today into future generations, we are fulfilling a Charter for Change commitment and moving ahead with the implementation of our 33-point action plan."
Be inspired. Be ready. Be better. The action plan to transform post-secondary education in New Brunswick was released in June 2008. It was developed to position New Brunswick as a leader in post-secondary education and training.
"As stated in Be inspired. Be ready. Be better, we want to create a dynamic community college system with greater flexibility to respond rapidly to the changing needs in provincial and local labour markets," said Arseneault. "For the past year, the Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour has been working toward the transformation of our community college system into a modern and autonomous post-secondary education institution in the spring of 2010."
The provincial government plans to introduce during the upcoming fall sitting of the legislative assembly legislation to change the current governance model of the NBCC/CCNB system. This legislation will create two independent structures respecting New Brunswick's two official linguistic communities.
"Although economic challenges may affect our day-to-day lives, education is the key to weathering many obstacles," added the minister. "A strong knowledge base is critical for the growth of our economy and the growth of our province as we strive to be self-sufficient by 2026."
MEDIA CONTACT: Marie-Josée Groulx, communications, Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour, 506-444-3465.