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NEWS RELEASE · 19th March 2012
NWCC Students' Union
Tuesdays Jobs Plan announcement that would bring workers northward doesn’t sit well with northwest students. Within the same month, the Premier announced millions for skills-training and bus tickets, and forced the Ministry of Advanced Education to make significant cuts to NWCC campuses, programs and courses as well as layoff faculty.

“Cuts to NWCC are coming down at the same time as Premier Clark boasts about her Jobs Plan initiative to educate and train skilled workers to move northward. How can the Premier defend spending $500 million dollars on this while she refuses to find $2 million that would stop massive cuts to programs and courses at NWCC,” said Shalane Pauls Northwest Community College Students’ Union Provincial Representative. “If the Premier doesn’t have adequate funding for colleges and universities, how did she find $500 million dollars to spend on Jobs Plan education initiatives.”

While the government is set to spend millions of dollars on new initiatives and one-time skills-training programs for individuals the province continues to inadequately fund the Ministry of Advanced Education, post-secondary institutions and current programs.

“Cutting college programs, campuses, faculty and staff wont help with the skilled-worker shortage. We expect to see the number of seats and programs to grow under such a plan but we are being told the opposite will occur.” said Mikael Jensen NWCCSU Organiser. “Funding to support ‘short-term’ and ‘job-ready’ programs should not come at the expense of in-depth and accredited programs currently offered by NWCC.”

Jensen added, “short-sightedness and underfunding of post-secondary education lead to the shortage of skilled workers and it would make sense for government to correct their mistake rather than make it worse. NW residents need more adult basic education, science programs and full-fledged red-seal trades programs for a more prosperous future, just as much as the industry-boom needs job-ready skills for today.”

NWCCSU represents all students at NWCC in Prince Rupert, Terrace, Kitimat, Hazelton, Smithers and Houston. NWCCSU members make up Local 66 of the Canadian Federation of Students.
For all the good it'll do...
Comment by Adam K on 20th March 2012
I copied this to Chritsy Clarks Facebook page...

we'll see what happens...