Additional trades seats open at NIC

North Island College (NIC) is thrilled to be getting more funding for seats in three of their trades programs, two of which are taught in Campbell River.

NIC has received 46 of the recently announced 754 additional trades education seats throughout the province, and 30 of those 46 will be right here at the Campbell River campus.

The school’s electrical program – which starts this month – is receiving funding for an additional 16 seats in Level 2 of the program and another 14 seats are being opened in Level 4 of the school’s Truck and Transport Mechanics program.

“Those heavy-duty mechanics seats are an especially big deal for us,” says Christiana Wiens with NIC communications, “because students can do all four levels of that program here, and it’s always full and wait listed, so those extra seats are really great to help meet that demand.”

NIC also received funding for an additional 16 seats in their plumbing program, offered at the Comox Valley campus.

The NIC funding is part of a “$1.5-million investment by the provincial government to increase training capacity and meet the demands of the growing provincial economy in trades that support a range of industries such as construction, liquefied natural gas and automotive service,” according to the government release on the funding announcement.