Western Economic Diversification Canada

Western Economic Diversification Canada

April 14, 2016 13:00 ET

Government of Canada Funding to Enhance Trades Delivery in Nelson

NELSON, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - April 14, 2016) - Western Economic Diversification Canada

The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and Minister responsible for Western Economic Diversification Canada today announced funding of $600,000 to enable Selkirk College to upgrade Silver King campus' trades and technology facilities in Nelson, British Columbia.

Federal funding will support the renewal of the existing trades building by enabling the purchase of state-of-the-art equipment and teaching technologies. The equipment acquired will become a key component of the College's new trades and technology facilities by providing essential and modern training to students.

This initiative will also allow Selkirk College to continue playing a pivotal role in ensuring that a skilled and educated workforce are ready to take advantages of job opportunities in the trades.

Quick Facts

  • Since 1966, Selkirk College has been providing innovative and unique learning opportunities through 60+ nationally recognized programs.
  • When completed, the enhanced facility that is being supported with the funding will allow Selkirk College to sustain enrolments in key in-demand trades and technical programs.

Quotes

"It is important for Canadians to obtain the necessary skills and training required to participate in today's labour market. This funding is supporting Selkirk College's effort to provide modern academic facilities, while also ensuring it is well-positioned to continue to play a pivotal role in developing a skilled and educated workforce."

- The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for Western Economic Diversification Canada

"Projects like this are really strengthening the region by enabling the establishment of facilities that can deliver modern, essential training. With this funding, Selkirk College will be able to ensure that students receive the training they need, so that they can enter the workplace with the skills to succeed."

- Stephen Fuhr, Member of Parliament for Kelowna - Lake Country

"We really appreciate the support that Western Economic Diversification Canada is providing to Selkirk College with this contribution to state-of-the-art equipment. The investment is a critical part of our goal to bring Selkirk's trades programs and teaching facilities up to the standard expected by our students and instructors, and required by employers. It is a wonderful step forward to reaching this vision."

- Angus Graeme, President, Selkirk College

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Contact Information

  • Ben Stanford
    Regional Communications Manager
    Western Economic Diversification Canada
    604-666-3395
    ben.stanford@canada.ca

    Bob Hall
    Community Liaison & Communications Coordinator
    Selkirk College, West Kootenay and Boundary Region
    250-505-1324
    bhall@selkirk.ca

    WD Toll-Free Number: 1-888-338-WEST (9378)
    Teletypewriter (TTY): 1-877-303-3388
    Website: WD is online at www.wd-deo.gc.ca