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The BC government has announced an investment of $480,000 for several post-secondary institutions to upgrade their trades and technology equipment on Vancouver Island.

Camosun College, North Island College (NIC), and Vancouver Island University (VIU) will be given $160,000 each to buy up-to-date equipment for trades and technology programs.

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“Student success is the key ingredient to creating, building and maintaining the best B.C.,” said Melanie Mark, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Training.

“Our strong economy and the technology driving it are rapidly evolving. Investing in students, skills and state-of-the-art training equipment at our province’s post-secondary institutions is a win-win.”

According to the province, the 2018 B.C. Labour Market Outlook projects about 82,300 tech-related job openings and about 71,000 trades openings in the province in the next decade.

The three institutions on Vancouver Island benefitting from this funding are part of 19 public post-secondary institutions across British Columbia receiving $160,000 each, for a total $3 million of government funding.

The new equipment includes a lift and drag force sensor/data acquisition unit for Camosun’s mechanical engineering technology program, lab hardware for NIC’s interactive media programs, and an overhead crane to allow VIU’s heavy mechanical trades program to expand into LNG.