Two of Victoria’s largest post-secondary institutions are getting a boost in funding from the provincial government this year.
The University of Victoria and Camosun College will receive $400,000 and $200,000 in startup funding, respectively, for the 2017-2018 school year.
Those funds will allow UVic to expand its undergraduate computer science and engineering degree programs and Camosun to support increased access to technology-related certificate programs.
Prospective UVic students can look forward to an additional 500 undergraduate degree spaces in computer science and engineering – including electrical, computer, software, civil, mechanical and biomedical – by 2022-23. Camosun will also add a total of 40 new spaces by 2019-20, produce an additional 40 graduates per year by 2020.
“People throughout B.C. will have increased access to good-paying jobs in the booming tech sector with our government’s investment in tech seats throughout the province,” said Melanie Mark, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Training.
These spaces are part of the investment in approximately 2,900 additional seats in tech programs at colleges, universities and institutes throughout the province, announced by Mark earlier today.
Total startup funding this year is $4.4 million and is expected to increase to $42 million as programs ramp up over the next several years.