Students in the province’s northeast have new and improved access to a state-of-the-art training facility at Northern Lights College (NLC).
The official opening of the new $34.4-million trades training facility took place today.
The new trades training centre, which opened for classes in September 2018, is providing students with hands-on learning using industry-standard equipment to gain the tools and skills necessary for a career in the skilled trades. NLC offers several trades and apprenticeships programs, including aircraft maintenance engineering, electrician and power engineering. The new facility will house the carpenter, millwright (industrial mechanic), plumber, welding and wind-turbine maintenance programs.
The project includes construction of a 3,995 square-metre (43,000 square feet) trades facility that connects via an indoor walkway to the main building of the Dawson Creek campus. It replaces several old structures previously used by the college for trades training. The new building also provides physical capacity for up to 96 new full-time-equivalent spaces – a 33% increase. This will create better access for prospective trades students in NLC’s vast campus region across northern B.C.
A total of $14.6 million in funding was provided through the Government of Canada’s Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund and $16.4 million was provided by the Province of British Columbia. The remaining $3.4 million was provided by NLC and donors.
Investments through the Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund are being used to modernize facilities at Canadian universities and colleges, as well as improve the energy efficiency of these facilities and reduce their impact on the environment.