The Northern Lights College trades training facility is officially open.
“I am incredibly proud of what has been achieved,” said NLC President and CEO Dr. Bryn Kulmatycki at the opening ceremonies. “It has become now an icon building for the entire region, and it will serve all our regional communities.”
The facility spans 43,000 square feet, and cost $34.4 million.
$14.6 million came from the federal government, while $16.4 million was provided by the Province.
Kulmatycki says that they are still in transition, but the old buildings will be retired.
“Our faculty actually were very instrumental in the exact layout of the building, they were very involved,” he noted.
Melanie Mark, B.C.'s Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Training, was on hand for the celebration.
“People that are in the trades, I truly believe, are the people who build our province,” she said. “What I know as minister, is that students want to study close to home, that they’re proud of the communities they live in.”
“This has been many, many years in the making,” said MLA Mike Bernier. “It was not one group or one person that made this day come to fruition. There was a lot of hard work to make sure today happened.”
Kulmatycki also acknowledged industry partners, who along with NLC, contributed $3.4 million.
“To all of our industry partners, your generous financial contributions and support was a catalyst for the final decision, so without your help we wouldn’t be here today.”