The Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Training, Melanie Mark, says the provincial government is committed to engineering and trades at UNBC.
In chambers on Tuesday, September 19th, Mark said “We’re going to get to increasing those seats across BC, up in UNBC.”
Minister Mark says there will be a million jobs to fill in the province by 2025. “We are investing in STEM. We are investing in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Our government is committed to investing in 21st century jobs, and we are invested in innovation. It’s important that we recognize the resource economy. It drives our province.”
While Minister Mark won’t comment on when the University will get an engineering program, UNBC President, Dr. Daniel Weeks, says “Honestly I believe we have that commitment. I think what the Minister said was clear. Really it is timing. We are ready to go. I know that this is an initiative that has to be balanced with other things that are going on because it’s not just engineering, it’s really more about the STEM areas.”
Dr. Weeks says UNBC is ready for an engineering program. “We have been slowly building up our capacity to launch engineering, but it will require additional space development here on campus, perhaps additional faculty. You don’t just flip a switch, these things take time … but as soon as we get a green light, we are ready to go.”