June 25, 2010
SAINT JOHN (CNB) - Construction is underway for the New Brunswick Community College (NBCC) Saint John Allied Health Building, located at the University of New Brunswick Saint John (UNBSJ). Supply and Services Minister Ed Doherty toured the facility today with officials from NBCC and UNBSJ.
"It is exciting to see these infrastructure investments become a reality for our students," said Doherty. "The goal is to provide quality facilities for New Brunswickers to grow and learn in."
The 4,000-sq.-m (43,000-sq.-ft.) facility will house programs including practical nursing, medical laboratory technology, and personal service worker.
The tender for phase 3 of construction was awarded to Castle Rock Construction of Saint John for about $10 million. Total construction is estimated at about $20 million.
"Our government is recruiting record numbers of health professionals to ensure New Brunswickers receive the right care at the right time," said Health Minister Schryer. "Investments in capital infrastructure for medical training will further assist our recruitment and retention efforts."
Increasing accessibility and capacity of the community college system is one of the priorities outlined in Be inspired. Be ready. Be better. The action plan to transform post-secondary education in New Brunswick.
"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, NBCC interim president and chief executive officer. "Increased seat capacity will also ensure more students have access to a post-secondary education that leads to rewarding careers."
Construction is to be finished in spring 2011.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Sheri Strickland, communications, Department of Supply and Services, 506-457-7903; Sonya Gilks, communications, New Brunswick Community College, 506-444-3320.