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College of New Caledonia is getting a truck load of money for new trades equipment

The school is getting $160,000 from the province
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College of New Caledonia in Prince George. (via Hanna Petersen)

College of New Caledonia (CNC) will be getting new trades training equipment thanks to $160,000 from the provincial government.

The funding was announced during Apprenticeship Recognition Week, which takes place Nov. 4 to 10.

"We're opening doors to good-paying, family-supporting jobs when we support trades students in Prince George, the Central Interior of B.C. and throughout the province," said Melanie Mark, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Training in a provincial press release.

"Investing in new equipment gives students the training they need to meet employer demand for skilled tradespeople and helps build the best B.C."

The funding will be used to buy new and replace aging trades and technology equipment.

The province says examples of trades training equipment purchased by various post-secondary institutions last year include a used hybrid car for automotive programs, various types of saws for construction trades programs and equipment for culinary programs.

Technology equipment purchased last year included iPads, 3D printers and new servers, as well as wind and solar energy training equipment.

The $160,000 for CNC is part of an investment of $3 million in 2018-19 at 19 public post-secondary institutions in new trades and tech training equipment. The funding is allocated for this fiscal year, with the new equipment expected to be in place by April 2019.




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