New Brunswick Community College to invest in new trades facility

The Saint John campus of New Brunswick Community College. The school has announced it will build a multi-function space for the auto body repair, automotive service, steel fabrication and welding programs.

Saint John, New Brunswick — September 26, 2016 — New Brunswick Community College has been awarded funding to build a new, state-of-the-art trades facility at the school’s campus in Saint John. Plans include multi-functional spaces for the school’s autobody repair, automotive service, steel fabrication and welding programs.

Provincial and federal governments are investing a total of $15.89 million for the new facility. The funding is being provided though the Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund.

“By working with the Trudeau government, we are getting things done to advance New Brunswickers priorities of economic growth, education and health care,” said Premier Brian Gallant. “This project will allow NBCC in Saint John to strengthen its trade courses. We must value trades as they are crucial for our economy.”

An official statement says the new facility will improve the scale and quality of the trades programs at the Saint John campus.
The investment will also help the college build multi-functional spaces to provide flexibility for future classroom and shop programming needs. The new building will be designed to allow for future expansion and additions.

The provincial government will invest $8.67 million, while the federal government will provide $7.22 million.

Through the fund, the federal government will provide $49.3 million, the provincial government will invest $35.2 million, and universities will contribute $14.1 million, in several projects, which will result in a total of $98.6 million being spent on university and college infrastructure in New Brunswick. It is expected that additional investments will bring the total amount received by colleges and universities in New Brunswick to $111 million.

“NBCC makes a significant contribution to New Brunswick’s socio-economic prosperity,” said Susan Murchison, Chair of the NBCC board of governors. “Aging infrastructure is a challenge to maintaining and growing that contribution. This investment in a new trades facility at our Saint John campus will ensure that NBCC can continue to play an important role in developing a highly-skilled workforce here in New Brunswick.”

For more information, please visit nbcc.ca, or check out the details on the school’s Motor Vehicle Body Repairer and Painter program.



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