Selkirk College millwright/machinist program student Josh Carr works on the new industry-standard drill press that was purchased with the last round of funding from the provincial government.

Selkirk College millwright/machinist program student Josh Carr works on the new industry-standard drill press that was purchased with the last round of funding from the provincial government.

Province provides Selkirk College funding for equipment

Selkirk College is receiving $87,000 from the provincial government to purchase new industry-standard technology for its trades programs.

Selkirk College is receiving $87,000 from the provincial government to purchase new industry-standard technology for its trades programs.

The government is investing $12 million in 2015-16 for new trades equipment at 14 public post-secondary institutions so students planning to enter in-demand occupations learn their trade using the best quality technology.

“We appreciate the investment by the provincial government to help provide top notch training for Selkirk College students,” says Rob Schwarzer, chair of Selkirk College’s school of industry and trades training. “We will put this funding to good use and continue to ensure that the students who attend Selkirk College are job ready.”

Consultations with institutions, the Industry Training Authority, as well as current labour market data, inform decisions for funding.

Selkirk College will use the $87,000 to purchase a vertical milling machine (millwright/machinist), Dynasty 350 power source (welding), ProStar manual cold saw (welding) and Stonebake oven (Professional Cook Training). Last year the province provided Selkirk College $315,000 for equipment for the shops on the Nelson-based Silver King Campus.