NDP MLAs Malcolmson and Routley say students at VIU will benefit from new technology and trades equipment

NANAIMO – New Democrat MLAs Sheila Malcolmson and Doug Routley say students will gain hands-on skills thanks to new technology and trades equipment upgrades at Vancouver Island University.

“Using the latest technology will help students gain the skills they need to reach their career goals,” said Sheila Malcolmson, MLA for Nanaimo. “Students at VIU want to learn and they want to succeed and that’s why this is an investment in a strong workforce for years to come in B.C.”

Vancouver Island University will receive up to $150,000 to support trades and technology equipment upgrades for students in the following programs at the Nanaimo and Powell River campuses:

  • Automotive Service Technician
  • Computer Science
  • Culinary Arts
  • Engineering
  • Heavy Equipment Operator

“Every day new technology helps us improve the way we solve problems. By training students to use the same equipment they will use once they are working, we can empower them to hit the ground running and to tackle the big issues,” said Doug Routley, MLA for Nanaimo-North Cowichan. “These equipment upgrades will help advance innovation across the province.”

Vancouver Island University is one of 20 institutions across the province that are each receiving up to $150,000 to buy equipment for trades and technology programs, with a total government investment of $3 million. Public post-secondary institutions will replace obsolete equipment and acquire up-to-date technology, which will ensure students’ training remains relevant and meets the needs of employers.

Investing in advanced education and skills training for people is part of the New Democrat government’s plan to build back a stronger B.C. for everyone.

Learn More: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2021AEST0071-002111