Jan. 14, 2010
FREDERICTON (CNB) - A new plan and an investment of $500,000 will help the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design expand and become a centre for artistic and creative excellence. The changes were announced today by Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Donald Arseneault.
"Today's announcement recognizes the enormous potential of the college to become a leader in artistic and creative excellence," said Arseneault. "This initiative will improve the college's ability to respond quickly and effectively to the needs of students; and to contribute to the growth of the creative sector and the industry. It will also help the college to ultimately become an autonomous institution."
In accordance with Be inspired. Be Ready. Be Better. The Action Plan to Transform Post-Secondary Education in New Brunswick, the provincial government has invested more than $1.3 million in the college. The $500,000 will be used to upgrade the facility and to incorporate the adjacent Soldiers Barracks. This plan will add to and improve teaching space, and it will align with plans to promote downtown Fredericton as a tourism destination showcasing New Brunswick artists and artisans.
Under the plan, the college will operate separately from the province's community colleges while remaining within the Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour. The new operating structure will help the college improve infrastructure; forge formal and informal partnerships with universities and other colleges to share expertise; offer joint programs and transfer credits; and help it undertake applied research and international activities. A five-year strategic plan being developed will identify possible new program areas and improvements to existing programs.
The college and the department will establish a consultative board, including individuals from the public, private and cultural sectors, to provide advice on the future growth of the college.
MEDIA CONTACT: Thomas Lizotte, communications, Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour, 506-453-8617.