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WAGMATCOOK, (NS) – November 29, 2013 – With an investment from the Government of Canada, the Wagmatcook First Nation is establishing a learning centre focussing on skills training in Wagmatcook, NS. The announcement was made today by theMinister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, on behalf of the Honourable Rob Moore, Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency), and the Honourable Bernard Valcourt, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development.
The Wagmatcook Learning Centre is located in the former Wagmatcookewey School. The Government of Canada, through Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation and Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada, has approved $2 million to retrofit the building to accommodate trades training and academic programming. Wagmatcook provided an additional $377,000 for capital construction.
“Our collaboration with NSCC creates skills training opportunities for both Mi’kmaw and non-Aboriginal students and ultimately quicker access to labour market employment,” said Wagmatcook Chief Norman Bernard. “The investment in the new Learning Centre will have a significant impact in building skills capacity and employment opportunities for our youth.”
The Wagmatcook Learning Centre will open in April 2014. The facility is equipped to host several trades programs, such as pipefitting and sheet metal. Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) Strait Area Campus will offer programming at the centre starting in fall 2014. Offerings will include plumbing, electrical, construction and industrial, and Mi'kmaw health & wellness certificates. The campus has been delivering programming in the Wagmatcook community since 2010.
“We look forward to continuing to work with the community to offer training that meets the region’s employment needs,” said NSCC Strait Area Campus Principal Tom Gunn. “The community support and response to our programming in Wagmatcook has been tremendous and we have celebrated significant student success.”
Wagmatcook plans to partner with other institutions to design and deliver other pre-employment, pre-training and financial management programs.
Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation offers programs in support of economic development initiatives and is responsible for delivering ACOA’s programs on Cape Breton Island and in the Mulgrave area.
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