Victoria Provides Trades Dollars to CNC
Prince George, B.C. – Interesting timing.
Just days after the College of New Caledonia announced mass layoffs, programs cuts (ie Dental Hygiene program) and restructuring at all of its Northern campuses to help deal with a $2.8 million budget deficit this year, the provincial government has announced more money for skills training at the college.
This week Victoria announced its investing $72,000 to create 32 trades seats at CNC.
“CNC continues to prioritize the alignment of education and training with in-demand jobs,” reads a statement from the college. “Since the newly allocated funding you (250 News) are asking about is specifically targeted only toward critical trades seats at CNC, those funds had no ability to alter the course of the Board’s decision in regard to the Dental program on April 24th.”
The $72,000 is just a portion of the $402,496 CNC received this year under the “B.C. Skills for Jobs Blueprint,” which has been allocated as follows:
– $72,000 to deliver 32 seats for the college’s Trades Discovery programs
– $330,496 to be used by CNC to reduce waitlists in critical trades occupations by delivering training in the following programs:
-Electrical: $65,280 – 16 Foundation seats
-Millwright: $65,280 – 16 Foundation seats
-Power Engineering: $121,600 – 16 Fourth class seats
-Power Engineering: $78,336 – 16 Third class seats