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Ann Marie Vaughan, president of CNA
Following the elimination of the adult basic education, visual arts and hospitality tourism management programs, the Bay St. George campus College of the North Atlantic is adding a new program to its roster.
The province’s public college system announced that it will be offering primary care paramedicine at the campus, along with six other programs at other campuses throughout the province.
According to a press release, these new programs will meet identified regional and provincial labour force needs, and provide students with the ability to enter a workforce where additional career opportunities have been identified.
“We have significant waitlists in program areas that need to be addressed in order to meet the current and future demands of the province’s labour force,” stated Ann Marie Vaughan, the college’s president and CEO.
“After considering the logistical issues around implementing these programs and analyzing labour demands, we determined which locations were best suited to house these offerings.”
In addition to the primary care medicine program at the local campus, the other programs being introduced are personal care attendant in Baie Verte, office administration (certificate) and cook in Bonavista, construction/ industrial electrician in Grand Falls-Windsor, personal care attendant in Placentia, and powerline technician (operating) in St. Anthony.
Ms. Vaughan noted that despite speculation around college operations being scaled back on a provincial level, the college has placed an increased emphasis on preparing for the upcoming academic year, specifically in the Division of Academic and Learner Services.
“Our administrators and learner services staff have been very active these past few weeks in issuing over 2,500 acceptance letters to first year students interested in over 120 programs at the college,” she said.
“Over the coming weeks additional acceptances will be issued as we anticipate new students to exceed 3,000 for summer/ fall program starts.