March 31, 2010
DIEPPE (CNB) - The community college systems will be introducing a two-year program in information technology (IT) applied programming in response to evolving labour market demands. Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Donald Arseneault made the announcement today.
The program is expected to address the growing demand for technology professionals for the gaming industry as identified by SPIELO, the Atlantic Lottery Corporation and other companies. SPIELO and the Atlantic Lottery Corporation have been working with the community colleges to develop the program.
The Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick (CCNB), Dieppe campus, will begin offering the program this September. The New Brunswick Community College (NBCC), Moncton campus, will offer the program beginning in September 2011. Fifteen regular seats will be added each to the CCNB and NBCC to deliver the program.
"Today's announcement is yet another example of how responsive our community college systems are to labour market needs," Arseneault said. "I am proud of our NBCC and CCNB college systems. They offer high-quality training to students, providing them with the necessary skills to succeed in a constantly changing workforce in New Brunswick. This is demonstrated in our most recent graduate follow-up survey, where 94 per cent of NBCC and CCNB graduates are finding work in New Brunswick.
"The announcement today supports the development of our province's changing labour market needs as we move toward self-sufficiency by 2026."
The involvement of SPIELO and the Atlantic Lottery Corporation includes a commitment to hire up to 12 qualified graduates from the program each year. The companies are also offering a 50-per-cent tuition rebate to program graduates that are hired full-time.
"For the past 20 years, SPIELO has provided rewarding careers for IT industry workers right here in New Brunswick," said Victor Duarte, president and chief executive officer, SPIELO. "With the help of our Atlantic Lottery Corporation and New Brunswick community college partners, this unique training program reinforces SPIELO's commitment to developing and retaining talented, innovative IT professionals in the province."
Increasing accessibility and capacity of the community college systems is one of the priorities in Be inspired. Be ready. Be better. The Action Plan to Transform Post-Secondary Education in New Brunswick.
"Since 1976, the Atlantic Lottery Corporation has met the challenges of an increasingly competitive market by building a solid base here in Atlantic Canada," said Chuck Bridges, vice-president, stakeholders relations, Atlantic Lottery Corporation. "One of those challenges is educating, training, developing and keeping our best and brightest here in Atlantic Canada. This made-in-New Brunswick partnership answers that call by fostering growth, competitiveness and employment opportunities."
MEDIA CONTACT: Lori-Jean Johnson, communications, Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour, 506-453-2039.