Northwest Community College president Ken Burt

Northwestern B.C. college receives provincial cash

Just under $270,000 to be sent on health care and trades training equipment

  • Wed Mar 30th, 2016 6:00pm
  • News

JUST under $270,000 announced yesterday during a visit here by advanced education minister Andrew Wilkinson will be used by Northwest Community College to buy health care and trades training equipment.

The purchase list includes an intravenous pump for health care students, an abrasive mitre saw for welding students and a snap-on vehicle scanner for heavy-duty mechanic students.

Wilkinson’s ministry is listing the health care and social assistance sector as one in the north which will have a high demand for workers over the next decade.

In fact, a labour market outlook study conducted by the province places the health care and social assistance sector as one of the top five industries to grow in the north over the next decade.

Yesterday’s grant money makes for more than $3 million provided by the province to the college since 2014 for various purchases.

That includes $1 million for other new equipment, $1.1 million to provide 266 training spaces for students and $375,000 to finance camp-style housing units for students.