$6 million in upgrades completed at College of the North Atlantic campus
May 3, 2011
The Seal Cove campus at the College of the North Atlantic (CNA) has announced the completion of what it calls a “major facelift” – approximately $6 million in exterior and interior infrastructure upgrades at the facility. According to the school, the campus was allocated $6 million in building envelope and ventilation upgrades – cost-shared equally by the federal and provincial governments – through the federal Knowledge Infrastructure Program (KIP) and the provincial government’s Infrastructure Strategy, which is valued at $5 billion over the next several years.
“Since 2005, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador has allocated more than $57 million for infrastructure improvements at College of the North Atlantic campuses, which includes investments for improved accessibility, modernized industrial shops, improved ventilation, and general upgrades,” said Joan Burke, minister of Education.
She noted that the campus upgrades, which include a $3-million investment from the provincial government, will “ensure that our students can study in an environment conducive to learning, and help prepare them with the knowledge and skills to build our province’s future.”
Since 2003, provincial government investment in CNA programs and infrastructure has more than doubled, it said–going from $50 million to more than $100 million this year. And it would appear it’s paying off. The school reported that in recent years, enrolment is up 12 percent, the number of graduates has increased by 13 percent, and there has been a 46-percent increase in the number of seats provided in skilled trades programs.
“Through our Infrastructure Strategy, we recognize the importance of investing in our educational institutions and providing necessary upgrades to ensure their longevity,” said Tom Hedderson, minister of Transportation. “The interior and exterior work completed at the Seal Cove campus is an example of how these investments are extending the life of provincially-owned buildings throughout Newfoundland and Labrador.”
“Industry Canada and Provincial Government investment in our physical infrastructure has breathed new life into an aging facility,” added president of the College of the North Atlantic, Bruce Hollett. “This project will leverage our ability to continue performing as an institution devoted to a high standard of training that is accessible for students of this province, and which benefits the labour force in this province and across Canada.”