Sept. 17, 2009
FREDERICTON (CNB) - A grant of $100,000 has been provided to the Southeast New Brunswick Education and Industry Council (SNBEIC) to help it continue its work, Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Donald Arseneault announced today.
"The SNBEIC will continue to work toward a sustained dialogue and concerted effort between the education sector, industry and government to best meet the needs of industry in southeast New Brunswick, and support the growth potential of this region," said Arseneault.
The grant will permit the council to pursue some of its strategic action plan, which includes industry round tables, environmental scans and gap analysis, and an annual forum.
Arseneault said that these initiatives are necessary to achieve a better alignment between post-secondary education and the current and future needs of industry as outlined in The Action Plan to Transform Post-Secondary Education in New Brunswick: Be Inspired. Be Ready. Be Better.
"The council welcomes this grant, which confirms the government's commitment to collaboration both within the education sector and between education and industry," said Robert Campbell, president of Mount Allison University. "The council is anxious to ensure the creation of a strong learning sector in the region, that is aligned with and responsive to the labour force needs of the community."
The SNBEIC was formed in May 2007, as an initiative of Enterprise Greater Moncton, in collaboration with Enterprise Kent and Enterprise South-East. The Université de Moncton, Mount Allison University, the New Brunswick Community College - Moncton campus - and the Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick - campus de Dieppe - also take part in the council.
The Action Plan to Transform Post-Secondary Education in New Brunswick: Be Inspired. Be Ready. Be Better may be found online.
MEDIA CONTACT: Marie-Josée Groulx, communications, Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour, 506-444-3465.