June 8, 2009
SAINT JOHN (CNB) - The architectural designs for the new Saint John campus of the New Brunswick Community College (NBCC) were unveiled today.
Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Donald Arseneault and Supply and Services Minister Ed Doherty made the announcement.
"It is quite exciting to be moving forward with this project," Arseneault said. "We wanted to make sure that the new facilities are developed using green technology to ensure that we are producing as low a carbon footprint as possible, while maintaining excellent training opportunities.
"Accessible education, and co-operative efforts between partners are visions we all share. They are also goals outlined in our Be Inspired. Be Ready. Be Better. The Action Plan to Transform Post-Secondary Education in New Brunswick."
The Centre of Excellence for Energy and Construction will be located at the NBCC campus on Grandview Avenue. Saint John Allied Health will be co-located with the University of New Brunswick, Saint John campus.
"These projects are important parts of our $1.2-billion infrastructure investment, which we have announced to help stimulate our economy and keep our province on the road to self-sufficiency," said Doherty. "I am honoured to be taking part in this announcement, which will be of great benefit to Saint John and the whole province."
The new 4,000-sq.-metre (43,000-sq.-foot) health facility will house programs, including practical nursing, medical laboratory technology, and personal services worker.
The 7,500-sq.-metre (80,000 sq.-ft) Saint John Centre for Energy and Construction will further develop training in power, mechanical, electrical industrial control and chemical technology programs. The focus of this facility will be to provide students with modern, environmentally sustainable technology to help them complete their programs.
"This investment shows that our government recognizes the importance of investing today in future generations, and ensuring we move forward on the Benefit's Blueprint recommendations," said Doherty.
The 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.