Thursday, September 20, 2012

Northwest Community College seeks Trades building renewal, in Terrace

The departure of the Electrical program from the Prince Rupert campus of Northwest Community College may have caught the Mayor of Prince Rupert by surprise, but its relocation to Terrace and the demand for other trades at the Terrace campus of NWCC has that location now looking for expansion.

Towards that goal of renewal in Terrace, NWCC President Denise Henning appeared in front of Terrace City Council this week, seeking their assistance in approaching the province to provide the funding to expand and rejuvenate the trades building and program at the Terrace campus.

The project which would cost 45 million dollars who'd provide for 120,000 square feet of space and include up to date equipment, a makeover that the college believes would serve the growing need for trades people in the region and the changing dynamic of the work force in the Northwest.

CFTK TV-- College Renweal (video report)
Terrace Standard-- College makes pitch for $45 million

In July, Mayor Mussallem asked council to request that representatives of NWCC appear at Council to explain the departure of the electrical program and outline where the Prince Rupert Campus is in the larger picture for the college.

The movement of the electrical program to Terrace appears to be a case of centralizing the trades at the Terrace campus, moving away from the previous era of providing programs in all communities served by NWCC, from Haida Gwaii to the Bulkley Valley.

There has been no word delivered from City Council as to whether that discussion has ever taken place.

The college is currently involved in a number of cost cutting measures, part of a financial plan to address a 2 million dollar deficit in financing that the province wanted addressed.

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