CNA cuts electrician program, three instructors at St. Anthony campus
Eddie Joyce, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Environment, is defending his decision to alter the cost share ratios in the provincial government’s three-year Municipal Infrastructure Plan.
The announcement has received some backlash from mayors on the Northern Peninsula.
Most vocal has been Flower’s Cove Mayor Keith Billard who has criticized, most particularly, the increased cost shares municipalities will have to incur for roadwork within towns. This has gone from a 90/10 arrangement to a 50/50 arrangement. For approved road projects, this means municipalities will have to pay 50 per cent instead of 10 per cent.
According to Billard, this makes roadwork simply unaffordable for small towns like his.
Municipal Affairs and Environment Minister Eddie Joyce reached out to the Northern Pen this past week to explain why the change was required.
Joyce explains there was a lot of federal money recently made available for water and wastewater. Given the great demand Municipal Affairs and Environment Minister Eddie Joyce.
for water and wastewater work from municipalities throughout the province, they decided they wanted to avail of this federal fund.
“The vast majority of the applications we get – almost 60 per cent – is for water and waste water,” says Joyce.
And Municipalities Newfoundland and Labrador, he says, wanted his department to leverage every possible cent they could from the federal government.
“And there is only a certain amount of dollars in Municipal
College of the North Atlantic (CNA) is cutting its 37-week construction/industrial electrician certificate program in St. Anthony for the 2017-18 academic year.
According to a media release from CNA, the program is suspended due to low enrolment and decreases labour market demand. Three instructors at the St. Anthony campus have received lay-off notices; one is eligible for retirement, and two have bumping rights within the college. No other programs are scheduled for suspension in St. Anthony in the upcoming year.
St. Anthony Mayor Ernest Simms is disappointed to see the local campus lose its electrician program and three instructors.
“We work continuously to maintain programming at the college, and this is another nail in the coffin for us,” he said. “It’s a step backwards for sure.”
The St. Anthony campus electrician program has capacity for 16 students. Last year, only four students were enrolled in the program.
CNA is cutting six programs province-wide from its schedule in the upcoming year, resulting in lay offs for 11 fulltime, permanent faculty members. Thirty-four contractual faculty will also be affected by the cuts. The Process Operations Engineering Technology in Corner Brook is currently under review.
These decisions are part of the college’s Strategic Enrolment Management (SEM) process, which assessed programs for the 2017-2018 academic year, including student demand, labour market demand and industry feedback.