B.C.’s Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training announced that Vancouver Island University will receive $150,000 to upgrade learning equipment Nov. 10. Pictured is Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Training Anne Kang at the University of Victoria in July. (Black Press file)

B.C.’s Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training announced that Vancouver Island University will receive $150,000 to upgrade learning equipment Nov. 10. Pictured is Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Training Anne Kang at the University of Victoria in July. (Black Press file)

VIU receives $150K to upgrade learning equipment and tools for trades and tech students

B.C. Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training announces funding

Learning for Vancouver Island University trades and technology students will be enhanced as the B.C. government has granted $150,000 to upgrade equipment.

The B.C. Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training announced Nov. 10 that VIU will receive up to $150,000 for better learning materials for automotive service technician, computer science, culinary arts, engineering and heavy equipment operator program students.

Old equipment will be replaced with modern technology at Nanaimo and Powell River campuses, a press release stated, which “will ensure students’ training remains relevant and meets the needs of employers.”

Nanaimo MLA Sheila Malcolmson said in a press release that using the latest technology helps students gain the skills they need to reach their career goals, and Nanaimo-North Cowichan MLA Doug Routley said every day, technology creates new opportunities for problem-solving.

“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,” he said. “These equipment upgrades will help advance innovation across the province.”

Anne Kang, B.C. Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Training, said the investment is one intended to strengthen the province in the coming years.

“Investing in students is an important part of building a stronger B.C.,” said Kang said in the release.

In all, the government provided $3 million to 20 post-secondary institutions across the province, said the press release.

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