GRANDE PRAIRIE, ALTA. – The Government of Alberta is putting an $11.3 million investment to support development and building of a new Northwestern Polytechnic power engineering lab at the school’s Grand Prairie campus.
The new Northwestern Polytechnic power engineering lab will add space for an additional 60 students and the facility will have upgraded equipment for third and fourth class power engineering training.
“These investments are integral to supporting the development of in-demand skills and specialist expertise in northern Alberta. Northwestern Polytechnic is committed to working with our communities to deliver responsive programming and state-of-the-art facilities that will fuel economic growth and regional competitiveness,” said Northwestern Polytechnic board of governors chair Shawna Miller in a statement.
Two new hydrogen and ammonia processing plants in the Greenview Industrial Gateway and County of Grande Prairie have increased demand for power engineers and instrumentation technicians in the immediate area and the investment will also build new instrumentation laboratories to support additional class offerings.
“The city is grateful for this major investment from the Government of Alberta to support education and job creation in our region. Innovative efficiencies and economic readiness are a top priority of council, and we look forward to the value the new power engineering lab at Northwestern Polytechnic will bring to supporting new and future students, our business community and our local economy,” City of Grande Prairie Mayor Jackie Clayton added.
Investments in the 2023 Alberta budget totalled $3.85 million including $2.3 million in funding from the Apprenticeship Learning Grant.