VANDERHOOF, B.C. – The College of New Caledonia (CNC) has opened a new campus in Vanderhoof to address rising demand for trades training and post-secondary programs in the region.
“The College of New Caledonia is a leader in hands-on training and this new campus means more people can stay in their community,” said Andrew Mercier, Parliamentary Secretary for Skills Training, on behalf of Minister Anne Kang, the minister of advanced education and skills training. “A new campus is a vital investment in the future of Vanderhoof and the regional economy. It means students can train closer to home, so that employers have access to the skilled workforce needed to help British Columbia thrive.”
The new campus was created by renovating a building CNC purchased in 2017 with financial support from the province. School officials said that the campus can accommodate 136 student spaces. It has been converted to include classroom, shop and library areas with a focus on physical and digital accessibility. Digital Delivery Instruction (DDI) will make it possible for students to join classroom instruction in Prince George, while completing coursework and projects in Vanderhoof.
“The opening of a new campus in Vanderhoof strikes at the core of CNC’s new strategic plan, lhulh whuts’odutel’eh – Learning Together,” said Dennis Johnson, president, CNC. “This campus reflects the responsive approach CNC takes to the diverse needs of the communities in our region. We look forward to working with students and partners to support training and educational goals in Vanderhoof and beyond.”
The following programs will be offered at the Vanderhoof campus: trades training on a rotational basis, including millwright, piping, carpentry, welding and trades discovery; applied business technology – administrative assistant (certificate); and university studies, bookkeeping, human services and business courses.