Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour

Government invests $140,000 to increase access at CCNB campuses (09/12/28)

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Dec. 28, 2009

BATHURST (CNB) - The provincial government is investing $140,000 to increase access at Collège Communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick (CCNB) campuses. Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Donald Arseneault made the announcement today.

"The CCNB Learning Support Centre is a leader in the area of support and adaptive technology, and offers quality services," said Arseneault. "It is important, even essential, for all students in the network to receive the same services and accommodation at all CCNB campuses."

The announcement follows the department's plan to increase accessibility as outlined in Be Inspired. Be Ready. Be Better. The Action Plan to Transform Post-Secondary Education in New Brunswick.

"All student communities will benefit from the changes, and funding this centre is just one of many innovative ideas we are going to launch in the near future," said Arseneault. "Working with post-secondary institutions is important to facilitate access to post-secondary education for all, and to improve the support provided to these students as we progress on our way to self-sufficiency."

Services and accommodations offered by the support centre include:

Yves Chouinard, executive director of CCNB, welcomed the announcement.

"We are very pleased to receive this funding, which will definitely help to optimize the quality of our learning support services," he said. "Our institution wants to offer all its students the support they need, and to develop and maintain services and adaptive training that take into account any special needs they may have. Supporting the achievement of academic success is an essential and integral part of our education mission, so any contribution to improving these services is one more step toward better integration of these students into post-secondary education."

Today's announcement follows the Sept. 16 announcement of free high school night courses for adults, which aims to increase the number of adults earning a high school diploma.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Thomas Lizotte, communications, Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour, 506-453-8617.

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