Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour

Investment made in CCNB - Bathurst campus (09/01/07)

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Jan. 7, 2009

BATHURST (CNB) - $3.6 million will be invested in the CCNB - Bathurst campus infrastructure, Minister of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour 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," Arseneault said.

Infrastructure improvements include a new 1,170-square-metre (13,000 sq.-ft.) multi-purpose shop to be added to the current trades site. Courses will focus on plumbing, pipefitting and other construction trades.

The additional space will provide 100 new seats to the campus, bringing its total capacity to 1,000 seats.

"This is an important step in increasing community college student capacity and making the connection between our post-secondary education system and our province's changing labour market needs," Arseneault said.

"This workshop opens another door for our students and will make it possible to provide a first-class space for trades and construction courses," said Jean Allain, principal of CCNB - Bathurst campus. "We also want to introduce elements of environmentally responsible construction so that the building can be used as a laboratory for teaching renewable energy and environment-related programs. The CCNB - Bathurst campus plans to do more to protect the environment and save energy."

The government's plan, Be Inspired. Be Ready. Be Better. The Action Plan to Transform Post-Secondary Education in New Brunswick, is available online.


MEDIA CONTACT: Marie-Josée Groulx, communications, Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour, 506-444-3465.