CNA cuts elec­tri­cian pro­gram, three in­struc­tors at St. An­thony cam­pus

Northern Pen - - FRONT PAGE - BY STEPHEN ROBERTS NORTH­ERN PENIN­SULA

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.

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