Oct. 9, 2009
FREDERICTON (CNB) - The architectural designs for the new Fredericton campus of the New Brunswick Community College (NBCC) were unveiled today. Premier Shawn Graham, Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Donald Arseneault, and Mike Allen, MP for Tobique-Mactaquac participated in the unveiling.
"With the establishment of a community college campus in Fredericton, we are fulfilling a Charter for Change commitment, moving forward with Be Inspired. Be Ready. Be Better Action Plan to Transform Post-Secondary Education in New Brunswick, and increasing the capacity of the community college system," said Graham. "We're doing this for current and future students in New Brunswick, who will have more opportunities and lots of choice."
"This Government of Canada investment in the NBCC - Fredericton campus, will create immediate jobs in this region and help the educational institutions train an emerging workforce," said Allen. "Our government is investing in innovation to create jobs and to help our economy recover quickly."
The provincial investment in the new campus is $11 million, with a Knowledge Infrastructure Program investment of $4 million from the federal government. The University of New Brunswick is leasing the land to the province for $1 per year for the next 50 years.
The 4,552-sq.-metre (49,000-sq.-ft.) facility will deliver programs in health, business administration, information technology, engineering technology and social services. The wireless building is positioned to respond to the training needs of the Fredericton community by working in collaboration with universities, industry and stakeholders to ensure that all expanded new seats meet the needs of Greater Fredericton and the province.
"This is a great day for Fredericton, and I am pleased to see the design for this new community college campus released to the public," said Fredericton Mayor Brad Woodside. "I want to thank the Premier for keeping his promise for a new community college in Fredericton. This adds to our reputation as one of the world's most intelligent communities, and it will continue to drive the impressive growth we have been experiencing."
"During the past two years we have added 950 new seats to our community college system, and all of these new seats are running at capacity," said Arseneault. "We will continue the work of making our post-secondary education system more student-focused, accessible, affordable and relevant to the needs of employers and the workforce of the 21st century."
As part of government's Green Buildings Program, the building is being designed by ADI Ltd. to achieve a
silver rating under the Principles of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), a rating
system used to measure the performance of green buildings in Canada. The building will incorporate a
number of environmentally friendly features to minimize water use and maximize energy efficiency.
NBCC - Fredericton campus will be located on the grounds of the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton.
“Housing the NBCC Fredericton campus on UNB's Fredericton campus makes all kinds of sense for our students,” said Eddy Campbell, UNB president. “Working together, we can provide students with top-notch education and training.”
MEDIA CONTACT: Lori-Jean Johnson, communications, Department of Post-Secondary, Education, Training and Labour, 506-476-0542.