TRU’s new $32-million Industrial Training and Technology Centre (ITTC) was officially opened in a ceremony today. The new building will increase both the number of student spaces and programs available at TRU, and provides more opportunities to people seeking job-ready skills in the growing trades and technology industries.
“We are very pleased to see our new Industrial Training and Technology Centre finish construction and come to life as a strong continuing investment in our students,” said Christine Bovis-Cnossen, interim president and vice-chancellor of TRU. “By enabling us to offer more places and new programs, we’re able to give a greater number of students the quality training they need for B.C.’s in-demand trades and technology jobs.”
At 5,344 square metres, the new trades centre increases TRU’s full-time equivalent student spaces to a potential 550. It houses the Instrumentation Mechanic, Construction & Industrial Electrician, and Industrial Mechanic (also called Millwright) programs, as well as three new programs: Power Engineering, Instrumentation Engineering Technology and Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic.
The project also includes the renovation of 455-square-metres of space in the existing School of Trades and Technology, which allows the architectural and engineering technology program to use dedicated teaching spaces.
“Knowing there are new spaces for students really gives peace of mind because it increases the chance of getting into courses and programs we’re interested in. There’s a big need for trades and tech professionals, and we appreciate being supported by more seats, more programs, and the ability to access modern, top-notch equipment and learning spaces,” said Alyson Taylor, a student in the Industrial Instrumentation program.
The new facility was officially opened by Ronna-Rae Leonard, MLA for Courtenay-Comox on behalf of Melanie Mark, B.C.’s Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Training.
“The new trades building at TRU will ensure students can jumpstart their careers so they can thrive and contribute to a strong, sustainable economy,” said Minister Mark. “The trades offer good-paying, family supporting careers throughout the province and we want to ensure that students in Kamloops and surrounding communities can access the best training possible.”
Funding of $13.25 million was provided through the Government of Canada’s Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund and $7.03 million was provided by the Province of British Columbia. The remaining $11.72 million was provided by Thompson Rivers University and donors.
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