FREDERICTON – New Brunswick Community College (NBCC) has announced program changes for 2016-2017 which include new opportunities for learners.
“NBCC is committed to maintaining six strong campuses within the six regions of the Province that we serve,” said Mary Butler, Vice-President, Academic Development. “Ensuring quality, relevant programming and program delivery is part of NBCC’s strategic commitment to our learners and part of our accountability to our stakeholders.”
New programs to be introduced in 2016-2017 include:
- Hotel and Restaurant Management
- International Trade
- Graphic and Communications Design
- IT: Quality Assurance Testing
As well, offerings of existing programs will be expanded:
- Accounting and Payroll Administration
- Early Childhood Education
- Educational Assistant
- Steel Fabrication
- Truck and Transport Service Technician
“Effectively allocating our regular program seat capacity of 4,756 requires us to implement changes and innovations, including the right-sizing of campus seat capacities,” said Butler. “The 2016-2017 program changes include opportunities to meet labour market needs, responses to changing industry standards and, in some cases, the discontinuation of programs.”
The changes will take effect in the 2016-2017 academic year. All students currently enrolled in programs to be discontinued will be able to complete their programs as scheduled in their current locations. NBCC is committed to working with students, staff and stakeholders over the coming months to ensure minimal disruption as these changes roll out.”
In addition to regular programs, NBCC is very active in providing learning opportunities through specialized and customized training, apprenticeship and continuing education across the College. An example of this is the Firefighter Pre-employment training in Miramichi.
Details of the program changes may be found in the overview below.
With over 90 programs and six campuses across New Brunswick, New Brunswick Community College (NBCC) is a provincially-recognized, public post-secondary institution reputed for producing skilled, knowledgeable graduates who are contributing to the Province’s socio-economic prosperity. NBCC offers students one- and two-year certificate and diploma programs. Find out more by visiting: www.nbcc.ca.
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Backgrounder: 2016-2017 Program Change Overview
This overview does not include changes resulting from the 2015-16 Training Plan nor the minor variations across programs to align resources and capacity.
- In response to regional needs, Academic Studies seats will be added at Fredericton Campus while the number of Pre-Science seats will be reduced.
- The Second Language Training at Miramichi Campus, which was suspended in 2015-16 due to chronic low program enrolments, will be discontinued in 2016-17.
Applied and Media Arts
- Graphic and Communication Design will be introduced at Fredericton Campus to address a projected labour market need.
- Accounting and Payroll Administration will be added at St. Andrews and Woodstock Campuses to meet projected regional labour market needs.
- Business Administration: Accounting will be discontinued at Woodstock and Miramichi Campuses due to continued low enrolments.
- Business Administration: Insurance and Risk Management was suspended at Miramichi Campus in 2015-16 due to low program enrolments and will be discontinued for 2016-17 based on continued trends. This program is offered at the Moncton Campus.
- International Trade will be offered in Fredericton and Saint John Campuses.
Environmental and Marine Systems
- Aquaculture Technician will be discontinued at St. Andrews campus due to ongoing low enrolment and graduate numbers.
- Acceptances for Health Information Management at Moncton Campus will be suspended for 2016-17 in order to address curriculum changes and accreditation.
- Pharmacy Technician at Moncton will be changed to a two-year program due to changes in industry standards.
Hospitality and Tourism
- Hotel and Restaurant Management will be introduced at the Moncton Campus as a complementary program with existing Culinary Arts Management Program to meet projected labour market needs.
- IT: Quality Assurance Testing will be introduced at Fredericton and Moncton Campuses to address a projected regional labour market need.
Mechanical and Industrial
- A second cohort of Power Engineering Technology will be added to Saint John Campus for a January 2017 start to meet a projected labour market need.
- Office Administration will be discontinued at Miramichi, St. Andrews and Woodstock Campuses due to ongoing low enrolments.
- Office Administration: Executive at Moncton Campus, which was suspended in 2015-2016 due to low program enrolments, will be discontinued in 2016-2017.
- The Educational Assistant program will be added at Moncton Campus to address projected labour market needs.
- Early Childhood Education will be added at St. Andrews Campus to meet a projected regional labour market need.
Trades: Building and Construction
- Carpentry and Landscape will be added at the Saint John Campus to meet projected labour market needs.
- 16 seats in Plumbing will be converted to Steamfitter/Pipefitter seats to address the diversification of the sector.
- Building Maintenance and Repair at Woodstock and Miramichi Campus was not offered in 2015-2016 due to low program enrolments and will be discontinued in 2016-2017.
Trades Metals Processing
- Steel Fabrication will be added to Saint John Campus to address a projected labour market need.
- Welding seats in Miramichi will be converted to Welding and Metal Fabrication to reflect diversification of the sector.
- Welding will be discontinued at the Woodstock Campus due to major capital investment required.
Trades: Mobile Equipment Repair
- Truck and Transport Service Technician will be offered at Woodstock Campus.