June 22, 2009
DALHOUSIE (CNB) - Two new community college programs, including a two-year correctional techniques program, will be offered in Dalhousie, Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Donald Arseneault announced today.
"In order to achieve self-sufficiency, we must invest in the continuing education of New Brunswickers," said Arseneault. "This investment shows that our government recognizes the importance of investing today in future generations. Providing opportunities and choices for New Brunswick students not only increases accessibility, but also outlines the goals that government has set forward with its Action Plan to Transform Post-Secondary Education."
Under the direction of NBCC - Miramichi campus, the courses are to be offered at a satellite site in Dalhousie. Starting in September 2009, a two-year correctional techniques program designed to provide the knowledge and skills necessary to work as a correctional officer, and a one-year personal support worker program, will be available. The personal support worker program is a complementary program to the licensed practical nursing program, which began in January 2009 at the Dalhousie site.
"We strive to ensure that New Brunswick's workforce is competitive by making strategic investments in people through innovative programs, services and partnerships," said Arseneault. "Funding totalling $930,000 provided through the Regional Development Corporation will be used toward delivery of the new programs, including leasehold improvements, and the addition of two new classrooms and office space for instructors."
The plan, Be Inspired. Be Ready. Be Better. The Action Plan to Transform Post-Secondary Education in New Brunswick, is available online.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Marie-Josée Groulx, communications, Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour, 506-444-3465; Bruce Macfarlane, Regional Development Corporation, 506-444-4606.