March 18, 2010
FREDERICTON (CNB) - Beginning in September the Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick (CCNB) will offer new programs, with $1.3 million in funding from the provincial government. Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Donald Arseneault made the announcement today.
"My mandate has always been to listen to students and ensure that they can develop to their full potential through quality training," said Arseneault. "I am pursuing that mandate through new programs to be offered this fall, while guaranteeing existing employers a pool of qualified students to fill the various vacant positions. The new programs will also make it possible to stem the growing exodus of young New Brunswickers to neighbouring provinces, and bring us closer to our objective of self-sufficiency for 2026."
The new CCNB programs added to the list for 2010-11 are:
* This is a new program offered by CCNB.
** This is an existing CCNB program now offered at this campus.
"Beginning this September, CCNB will be offering new programs in emerging fields such as renewable energy and electronic engineering applied to the biomedical sector," said Yves Chouinard, CCNB executive director. "New online training programs and courses will help to meet the training needs expressed throughout New Brunswick, and decentralizing the delivery of some of our programs satisfies regional training needs."
Arseneault said that adding the new programs fits with the objective of improving accessibility, as described in Be inspired. Be ready. Be better. The Action Plan to Transform Post-Secondary Education in New Brunswick. He also said that the programs will make it possible to offer students the education and training required to be competitive for new jobs, and to take the development and needs of students and employers into consideration, as emphasized in An Action Plan for Self-Sufficiency in Northern New Brunswick.
"This announcement is only one of several to come with the aim of ensuring that New Brunswick students receive a quality, post-secondary education, and that soon we will have the best post-secondary education system in the country," said Arseneault.
A similar announcement about New Brunswick Community College programs was made earlier this week.
More information about the new programs is available online (French only).
MEDIA CONTACT: Thomas Lizotte, communications, Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour, 506-453-8617.