Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour / Energy

NBCC expanding to Minto (10/03/11)

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March 11, 2010

MINTO (CNB) - The Fredericton campus of the New Brunswick Community College (NBCC) is establishing a satellite campus in Minto. Premier Shawn Graham made the announcement today.

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The satellite campus will be located in the Minto Industrial Park in a renovated complex previously occupied by NB Coal Ltd. Minto Machine & Welding Ltd. will also move into the building as part of a company expansion, creating 35 jobs during the next four years, once renovations are complete.

"This is a great example of what can happen when the community and government work together," said Graham. "By locating this training facility near such a well-established New Brunswick company, students will be able to see firsthand how a successful company operates and take that knowledge with them into their careers."

The provincial government will invest $685,000 in NBCC Frederiction - Minto satellite campus, which will provide training opportunities for 30 to 40 students beginning in September in two regular programs: automotive service technician; and truck and transport service technician. Apprenticeship block training will also be delivered at the satellite campus.

The cost of renovating the building is estimated at $2 million. NB Power will invest $1.7 million, while the Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour will contribute $300,000. Renovations are to begin immediately.

"I am pleased to be part of an initiative that will provide more opportunities for New Brunswickers to pursue a post-secondary education and will increase access to post-secondary education as recommended in Be Inspired. Be Ready. Be Better. The Action Plan to Transform Post-Secondary Education in New Brunswick," said Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Donald Arseneault.

On Oct. 2, 2009, Energy Minister Jack Keir announced the establishment of the Minto-Chipman Growth Committee. Consisting of leaders from the two communities as well as representatives from the provincial and federal governments, the committee was mandated to identify job creation and business development opportunities for the Grand Lake region.

"We have worked in partnership with the growth committee and NB Coal," said Keir. "It is a pleasure for the provincial government to renovate this facility to help the Grand Lake community grow the local economy. I am pleased that Minto Machinery & Welding Ltd. will be using the building to expand its business and create jobs. It is a demonstration of its faith in the community and commitment to the Grand Lake region."

An analysis of labour market needs in the greater Fredericton area - including Minto, Chipman and surrounding areas - indicated that there was an existing need for trades training.

"Today's announcement is an example of what can be achieved when the provincial government, business community and residents work together," said Brian Glenn, a member of the growth committee. "The committee will continue to work to identify additional business development opportunities that will help diversify the region's economy."

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MEDIA CONTACTS: Lori-Jean Johnson, communications, Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour, 506-476-0542; Bonnie Doyle Creber, communications, Department of Energy, 506-658-2410.

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