Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Trades and Tech spending the focus for Premier's Terrace visit

Premier John Horgan taking in some instruction at the Terrace campus
of Northwest Community College, Horgan and Advanced Education Minister
Melanie Mark rolled out a province wide funding program on Tuesday
(photo from Premier Horgan's social media streams)

An investment in industry standard training equipment was the theme of Tuesday's funding announcement from the Provincial government, as Premier John Horgan  and Advanced Education Minister Melanie Mark took a tour at the Terrace campus of Northwest Community College and then rolled out the details of the 5.4 million dollar funding announcement.

During the stop at NWCC, the Premier highlighted how the funding programs will help students to succeed.

 "Giving students access to modern trades equipment will help them get the skills they need to succeed," ... "We're opening up the doors of opportunity for more people by investing in skills training throughout the province."

15 public post secondary institutions will share in the 5.4 million dollars, of that amount $310,000 was provided to NWCC.

The largest amount of funding went to post secondary institution in the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island.

The College has used it's share of the money to purchase a table saw with a unique safety feature that will protect students from cuts and sever injury.

As well, NWCC has acquired a used low-emissions vehicle for its automotive program and a new industrial stove for the professional cook program at the Terrace campus.

College President Ken Burt observed how the newly acquired equipment will assist in developing skill sets to prepare for career opportunities.

"This new equipment helps our students sharpen their skill sets and is critical to ensure that we are preparing them for opportunities available in the trades," said NWCC president Ken Burt. "This investment means many of our trades students will be working on modern equipment and using state-of-the-art tools that position them well for the future."

You can review the background to the announcement here.

The Full list of funding distribution is available here.

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