College of New Caledonia receives funds for new trades training equipment

B.C.’s Premier Christy Clark presented a $375,028 award for the College of New Caledonia to purchase new trades training equipment in 2014-15 to support students studying in-demand fields that are critical to LNG and other industries.

CNC is using the funds to acquire new equipment and to continue to keep up with industry and curriculum requirements.

Equipment includes a fibre fusion splicer for the electrician students, updated welding machines for the welding students and a PRO Link Ultra Elite Scanner for the heavy-duty mechanic students.

“With the growing demand for skilled trades people, there’s never been a more important time to help students get the training they need,” said College of New Caledonia president Henry Reiser. “

Consultations with post-secondary institutions, the Industry Training Authority (ITA), as well as the most-recent labour-market data, informed funding allocation decisions.

The $375,028 is part of B.C.’s Blueprint commitment of $185 million for trades training infrastructure and equipment at public post-secondary institutions.

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