STEPHENVILLE While several Stephenville town council members recently expressed concerns about a review government is planning for the province’s public university and college; Ann Marie Vaughan, president of CNA, said she couldn’t comment on what the department (Advanced Education and Skills) is doing.
Mayor Tom O’Brien had said at a recent council meeting that this planned review of Memorial University of Newfoundland and the College of the North Atlantic is something his council would have to watch.
He said the town council would like to know what mandate or view government will use while doing that review. He said if government is going to do the review to make things more efficient with the public college and university working together, then that’s fine.
Deputy Mayor Mike Tobin agreed council and the community has to be very vigilant now in what’s coming up in the next 12 months and expressed some fear about what might happen to the college headquarters in Stephenville.
Vaughan said what she does know is that administrators with College of the North Atlantic are having numerous conversations with Grenfell and with Memorial University of Newfoundland.
“These conversations are happening independent of any budget review the department (Advanced Education and Skills) is doing,” she said.
Vaughan said any way the college could find new opportunities for it’s students, its administration will be looking into collaborations with the public university to provide them.
“There’s a whole suite of opportunities we (college) want to explore,” she said.