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October 28, 2011, Sydney, NS – Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) students and employees welcomed community members and partners to Marconi Campus’ new Trades Wing, today, during its official opening. This advanced skills learning space is designed to meet the criteria of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) ‘green’ building certification system.
The new 2,493 square metre (26,840 square foot) Trades Wing is home to five programs: Automotive Service and Repair, Motorcycle and Power Products Repair, Welding, Metal Fabrication and Heavy Duty Truck and Transport.
“This energy-efficient building provides the College with flexible learning space that can be adapted to meet evolving industry and labour market demands,” says Don Bureaux, NSCC President. “Our government and industry partners provided invaluable support and insight throughout this project; collaboration that will benefit students and employers alike for many years to come.”
The new $7-million Trades wing opened to students in September. The provincial government contributed $6-million to the project and the federal government, through Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation (ECBC), $1-million.
“The economy and jobs for Canadians are a priority for the Government of Canada,” says Senator Michael MacDonald, on behalf of the Honourable Bernard Valcourt, Minister of State for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) and La Francophonie. “Our investment in the NSCC supports the work of an important institution as it trains students to participate successfully in the Canadian workforce and to contribute to the economy of Cape Breton Island.”
“The future is bright in Nova Scotia and we’re going to need well-trained, highly skilled workers,” says Deputy Premier Frank Corbett. “This new wing, and the partnerships that helped bring it together, are great examples of what it’s going to take to make sure our workforce is ready to meet the opportunities of today and tomorrow.”
During construction of this new wing, 93 per cent of construction waste was diverted from the landfill by optimizing opportunities to reduce, reuse and recycle materials. Twenty-five per cent of the materials used for construction were sourced regionally, and more than 20 per cent of the materials used contained recycled content. The building also features LED light fixtures and water-efficient fixtures.
NSCC is committed to building Nova Scotia's economy and quality of life through education and innovation. Serving the province through a network of 13 campuses, NSCC offers over 100 programs in five academic schools.
These programs reflect the labour market needs and opportunities of the provincial economy and set graduates on a course for career success. According to NSCC’s 2010 Graduate Follow-up Study, 87% of NSCC graduates are employed, most in their field of choice. Of those, 94% live and work in Nova Scotia. For more information about NSCC, go to www.nscc.ca
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Natalie Kenrick, Communications Specialist, NSCC
(902) 430-7972 or e-mail natalie.kenrick @ nscc.ca
Kathleen Cameron, Communications Specialist, NSCC
(902) 491-4899 or e-mail kathleen.cameron @ nscc.ca