SAINT ANDREWS (GNB) – The provincial government is investing $2.4 million in the New Brunswick Community College’s (NBCC) infrastructure as part of its 2018-19 capital budget.

“The multi-year economic growth plan of your government prioritizes infrastructure investments and the strengthening of education and training in education,” said Premier Brian Gallant. “The community college system contributes to the growth of our province through helping to educate and provide training to our New Brunswick students who will one day join our workforce.”

The funding will be distributed among the Miramichi, Moncton, Saint John and Saint Andrews campuses.

“NBCC has set a bold goal of welcoming more learners to our college over the next five years,” said Lisa Taylor, the college’s vice-president of finance and administration. “Our capacity to grow depends on investments in our learning spaces. We look forward to continued partnership with government in addressing these infrastructure needs.”

“It is a pleasure to support NBCC in making these necessary infrastructure improvements that will help them to provide the best level of education for their students,” said Post-Secondary Education Minister Roger Melanson.”

The government continues to make record investments in education. This year, $1.258 billion will be invested in the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, a 6.1 per cent increase from 2017-18 and a nearly 16 per cent increase since 2014-15.

The government recently announced an investment of $1.6 million in the Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick’s infrastructure as part of its 2018-19 capital budget.