The College of New Caledonia is getting a new $15 million heavy mechanical trades training facility.
Ottawa, Victoria and CNC will all contribute financially to the facility with the two senior levels of government each kicking in $6.9 million and the college contributing $1.2 million.
“CNC works with local and regional industries and employers to determine what skills they need their employees to bring to the job,” said CNC president Henry Reiser in a news release. “Our new heavy mechanical trades training facility will enable students to develop practical skills that match employers’ needs, in up-to-date facilities. Experiential hands-on learning, such as this, reinforces textbook theory in a way that complements the entire educational process.”
The funding will enable construction of a new heavy-mechanical trades-training facility at the College of New Caledonia in northern British Columbia. The project will provide up-to-date facilities for students to gain skills that will prepare them for jobs in industries such as oil and gas, forestry and hydro-electricity.
The new 2,326 square-metre (25,000 square-foot) trades facility will replace leased facilities and accommodate 251 existing full-time equivalent (FTE) spaces and up to 48 new student FTEs in the heavy-duty equipment technician and truck and transport mechanics program. This represents an increased capacity of 19 per cent.
The building will meet LEED Gold building standard, with a net zero increase in energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions that will help the college meet its carbon-neutral objective, according to the release.
Funding will be allocated through the Post-secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund, which will enhance and modernize research facilities on Canadian campuses and improve the environmental sustainability of these facilities.
“I knew that heavy mechanical trades would connect me to a booming industry with lots of well-paid work opportunities,” said Connor Cameron, foundations student, first year heavy mechanical trades at CNC. “The College of New Caledonia’s new heavy mechanical trades facility will benefit me as a student in many ways. The extra space to accommodate a diverse collection of machinery will improve my hands-on training, help reduce my future apprenticeship waitlists, and make it more functional working alongside other students on projects.”
The College of New Caledonia has provided training and education for residents in northern British Columbia since 1969. The college serves an area approximately 117,500 square kilometres, or 12 per cent of the province at its six campuses (Prince George, Quesnel, Mackenzie, Vanderhoof, Fort St. James and Burns Lake).
Construction is slated to get underway shortly, generating an estimated 53 direct and 41 indirect jobs, with project completion expected in spring 2018.