Jan. 23, 2009
EDMUNDSTON (CNB) - A total of $35 million will be invested in CCNB - Edmundston campus infrastructure, Premier Shawn Graham and Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Donald Arseneault announced today.
"By investing to improve our infrastructure, we are not only looking after students and ensuring that they have access to the best possible learning environment, we are also moving forward with our action plan on post-secondary education and helping the province be self-sufficient by 2026," Graham said.
The details of having the new 10,688-square-metre (115,000-sq.-ft.) building on the same land as the Université de Moncton's Edmundston campus, which would allow co-operation between the two levels of post-secondary education to benefit students and the regional and provincial economies, are currently being explored.
The additional space will provide 100 new seats on the Edmundston campus, bringing its total capacity to 500 seats.
"This is an important step in increasing community college student capacity," Arseneault said. "The co-location of the community college and university campuses responds to an educational project proposed by the Table de concertation régionale sur l'éducation postsecondaire au Nord-Ouest du Nouveau-Brunswick, and will provide the opportunity to define an exemplary model of college/university collaboration."
Richard Doiron, campus principal, said that the investment will have a considerable impact on the community.
"This announcement means much more than the construction of a new building," said Doiron. "It heralds above all a major educational project whose effects will be felt first by the students and then by our entire region."
The government's plan, Be Inspired. Be Ready. Be Better. The Action Plan to Transform Post-Secondary Education in New Burnswick, is available online.
MEDIA CONTACT: Marie-Josée Groulx, communications, Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour, 506-444-3465.