A world-class learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment

The News (New Glasgow) - - PICTOU COUNTY -

STEL­LAR­TON, N.S. — There was a large crowd at the Stel­lar­ton cam­pus for the of­fi­cial open­ing of The Hon. Dr. John F. Hamm Trades and In­no­va­tion Cen­tre which was first used by stu­dents in 2017. The cen­tre pro­vides the cam­pus with a spe­cial­ized train­ing space for stu­dents en­rolled in car­pen­try, cab­i­netry, mo­tor ve­hi­cle re­pair and heavy­duty equip­ment pro­grams. The new cen­tre also pro­vides a mod­ern, high per­for­mance shop space. En­vi­sioned as an in­no­va­tion hub, the 28,000-square-foot build­ing fea­tures spe­cial­ized train­ing space that will mo­ti­vate cross-col­lab­o­ra­tion among skilled-trades stu­dents. It’s an­tic­i­pated that, in ad­di­tion to help­ing in­still in­dus­try-ready skills, the new fa­cil­ity will boost en­trepreneur­ship ac­tiv­ity in the area by serv­ing as a spe­cial­ized trades and ap­plied re­search space for the broader com­mu­nity. Con­struc­tion of the Dr. John F. Hamm Trades and In­no­va­tion Cen­tre was ini­ti­ated through a $15.2-mil­lion in­vest­ment — $6.9 mil­lion from the fed­eral gov­ern­ment and $8.3 mil­lion from the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment — an­nounced in 2016. The funds were di­rected through the Post-Se­condary In­sti­tu­tions Strate­gic In­vest­ment Fund (SIF), a fed­eral-pro­vin­cial part­ner­ship that funds mod­ern­iza­tion and sus­tain­abil­ity im­prove­ments at post-se­condary-based re­search fa­cil­i­ties.

“This mul­ti­mil­lion-dol­lar pro­ject cre­ated more than 100 good pay­ing jobs dur­ing the con­struc­tion of a new world class learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment,” said Cen­tral Nova MP Sean Fraser who spoke at the event. “More im­por­tantly, the stu­dents who walk th­ese halls to­day will move into good pay­ing and high de­mand jobs. Our shared vi­sion is a more skilled work­force who can stay and work right here in Pic­tou County.”

NSCC Pres­i­dent Don Bureaux also spoke at the event.

“We hope that stu­dents who study in this new fa­cil­ity are en­cour­aged by Dr. Hamm’s vi­sion for Nova Scotia and are in­spired by his con­vic­tion in the un­lim­ited power of ed­u­ca­tion.”

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