CNC Receives $1.2 Million in Provincial Trades Funding
Prince George, B.C. – It was all smiles at the College of New Caledonia’s (CNC) Heavy Duty Mechanic Building this morning.
This as the provincial government announced $1.2 million in funding to help the school purchase new trades equipment.
The new equipment will benefit students in the welding, metal fabrication, heavy duty mechanic, industrial mechanic, power engineering and electrical programs.
It includes a hydrostatic transmission trainer for the heavy duty mechanical trades program and a turbine and generator set for the power engineering program.
“This investment means trades students will have the tools necessary to develop hands-on skills that employers look for when they hire,” said Prince George-Mackenzie MLA Mike Morris.
“The College of New Caledonia has received more than $3.1 million in funding for trades equipment for in-demand programs since the launch of the BC Skills for Jobs Blueprint in 2014.”
He said the funding is timely considering nearly one million job openings are expected in B.C. by 2025, and eight out of 10 of those openings will require post-secondary education.
“Two thirds of the job openings will be from retirements and one third will be from economic growth which is significant,” said Morris.
“These jobs represent tremendous opportunities to ensure British Columbia has a skilled workforce to fill the labour gaps and keep up with retirements.”
“It’s very important to understand that it is through this equipment that our students get that experiential learning that reinforces all of the theory and prepares them well for jobs here in the north and throughout the province,” added CNC president Henry Reiser.