June 22, 2010
SAINT JOHN (CNB) - Federal and provincial officials toured a building project today that, when complete, will allow the Saint John campus of the New Brunswick Community College (NBCC) to train more students in emerging energy systems.
Participating were Energy Minister Jack Kier; Gary Goodyear, minister of state (science and technology); and Saint John MP Rodney Weston.
The project received an investment of $21 million from the provincial government through the Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour and a federal government investment of $2.5 million through the Knowledge Infrastructure Program.
"Our commitment to enhance post-secondary education infrastructure is an investment in people," said Keir. "The provincial government has made significant investments in post- secondary education to ensure quality learning opportunities are available to more New Brunswickers and contributes toward our goal of achieving self-sufficiency by 2026. This investment is part of a larger infrastructure plan as outlined in the Action Plan to Transform Post-Secondary Education in New Brunswick."
Keir spoke on behalf of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Donald Arseneault.
"Our government is investing in research, technology and laboratories at campuses across the country to create jobs, help our economy recover quickly and improve quality of life for Canadians," said Goodyear. "This investment is promoting local employment now and will provide the research infrastructure the New Brunswick Community College needs for years to come."
The new building at the college campus will house programs in current and developing energy sector subjects. Its focus on green-energy systems will provide a laboratory for students, and will enable future applied research projects in cooperation with universities and the private sector.
"Our government has invested in innovation and infrastructure to improve the quality of life for Canadians and set the foundation for economic prosperity," said Weston. "This investment created jobs for people at a critical period while improving the infrastructure that New Brunswick Community College will need for years to come."
"These investments in our infrastructure will allow us to continue to offer relevant, responsive programming to meet the needs of industry while maintaining our focus on student success," said Bill Best, interim president and chief executive officer of the NBCC. "Increased seat capacity will also ensure more students have access to a post-secondary education that leads to rewarding careers."
MEDIA CONTACTS: Lori-Jean Wallace, communications, Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour, 506-476-0542; Sonya Gilks, communications, New Brunswick Community College, 506-444-3320.