CONTRIBUTION · 8th April 2013
TERRACE- BC Premier Christy Clark was on the NWCC campus last week. She toured the automotive shop and updated equipment that was purchased with new, one time funding, received by the college earlier this semester.
“New trades equipment has been needed for many years at the NWCC campus in Terrace and it is unfortunate that government has waited so long to make the required updates a reality,” said Steve Verblac, the Terrace Campus representative for the Northwest Community College Students’ Union.
“The shortage of skilled workers has been looming for years, government needs to increase core-funding to red-seal trades programs – this will ensure more apprentices are produced, local residents can gain accreditation and start their careers.”
The current BC government has been in power for 12 years, and operating funds to BC colleges have decreased 11 out of the 12 years. Funding to BC colleges has not kept pace with inflation since 2001.
“The boost to trades equipment and opportunities do not make-up for the decreased core-funding coming to the college via the Ministry of Advanced Education – a decade of decreased core-funding culminated in 2011 and 2012 budget years, and forced the college to cut programs and change the way some programs are offered,” said Mikael Jensen, an organiser with the students’ union.
NWCCSU has represented NWCC students since 1989. Today the organisation has nearly 1500 members in Trades, University Credit and adult basic education at NWCC campuses in Prince Rupert, Terrace, Kitimat, Hazelton, Smithers and Houston.
Declining education statistics
Comment by david dickinson on 8th April 2013
In 2002, the Liberals inherited an education system which was clearly not serving the needs of registered First Nations people. The statistics were appalling. However, rather than making any effort at all to increase the graduation rate of BC's registered natives, under the BC Liberals these numbers have actually gotten worse!
This isn't too surprising coming from a government that believes in the tyranny of the majority a la referendums as a method of racial oppression. They hate natives and will do anything in their power to make sure natives "know their place." As long as the natives stick to carpentry, mechanics, welding etc. the Liberals are happy. The last thing they want to see are natives succeeding in science, engineering, law, and medicine. And they've done a bang-up job ensuring natives are excluded from any occupation except trades which require a Grade 10 education.