On Thursday Camosun College cut the ribbon on its new Centre for Trades Education and Innovation

Camosun opens new $30M Centre for Trades, Education and Innovation

Camosun’s new $30-million Centre for Trades Education and Innovation is 80,000 square feet

With soaring cedar beams carved from locally sourced timber and a gleaming steel and glass shell encasing an open concept 4,400 square foot atrium, Camosun’s new $30-million Centre for Trades Education and Innovation is not the kind of building that people usually associate with heavy duty trades training.

“It’s a beautiful new facility,” says Saanich resident Captain Ivan Oxford, Program Leader for Camosun’s popular Nautical Training Program. “I think it sends a really strong message to industry that we are going to move forward to meet the demands of the future.”

The new centre at Camosun’s Interurban campus in Saanich opened yesterday with a ribbon cutting ceremony led by B.C.’s Advanced Education Minister Andrew Wilkinson and Camosun College president Sherri Bell.

With 80,000 square feet of learning space, the facility aims to build upon Camosun’s position as the largest provider of trades training on Vancouver Island. Built to LEED gold standards, the building includes a new Marine and Metal Trades Centre to house welding, sheet metal, metal fabrication, nautical training, ship building and repair programs and a new Mechanical Trades Centre to house heavy duty and commercial truck transport mechanics and automotive service technician programs.

The new building provides space for hundreds of additional students, as the college already trains over 2,700 students each year in 20 different trades foundation and apprenticeship program.

For nautical training students in particular, the building is able to combine a purpose-built simulation lab and classroom space for the first time, helping to meet the anticipated future needs of industry.

“It’s increased the number of students we can have in this space twofold,” says Oxford. “We have two new modules that extends our capacity beyond current capabilities. One is for modelling oil spill response and how we would contain or clean it up. The other is an ice module that allows us to anticipate the needs of the arctic regions, we can we build ice flows, icebergs, full concentration or pancake ice and do specialized polar navigation training. We are currently the only school in Western Canada with that upgraded capacity and that kind of training is an internationally mandated requirement starting in 2017.”

“I think that new top-of-the-line technologies is what will really set it apart,” said Sara Wilson, a recent sheet metal graduate and Sidney resident. “Students with hands-on experience will have a leg-up when they get into the real world.”

Oxford hopes that more local students like Sara realize the advantages of practical trades training provided right here on the Island. “I have so many students that come from around the Victoria region and say: we didn’t even know that Camosun provided things like nautical training or the other trades we offer. We’ve been over in Vancouver taking training, and we didn’t know that we could take it here in our own backyard.”

The provincial government provided $30 million to construct the building while the Camosun College Foundation is embarking on a $5 million TRADEmark fundraising campaign to outfit it with the latest classroom materials and teaching technology.

 

editor@saanichnews.com

 

Just Posted

Hundreds rally in support of horse carriages outside Victoria City Hall

Crowd angry with Coun. Ben Isitt’s motion to ban local horse carriage industry

New virgin queen headlines ‘Bee Day’ at Saanich sanctuary

Taste bee spit and check out the hive at Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary this Sunday

Rifflandia Festival cancelled for 2019

Early Bird tickets can be refunded at point of purchase, or held and redeemed for 2020

Five-month bridge closure poses early impacts on drivers during rush hour

Construction began Tuesday on the crossing commonly known as the Bay Street bridge

Several hundred SD 62 students team up to clean the shoreline

Effort aimed at keeping Esquimalt and Albert Head Lagoon trash-free

VIDEO: Canadian, U.S. Coast guards run oil spill response drills

20 vessels were on the water to practice international response methods

POLL: Were you satisfied with the Game of Thrones series finale?

Millions gathered in front of their televisions Sunday night to watch the… Continue reading

Greater Victoria wanted list for the week of May 21

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

Raptors beat Bucks 105-99 to move within 1 game of NBA Finals

Leonard scores 35 as Toronto takes 3-2 series lead over Milwaukee

B.C. Supreme Court dismisses review around ferry workers’ right to strike

B.C. Ferry and Marine Workers’ Union collective agreement expires November 2020

Young Victoria distillery earns prestigious Scotch awards

Scottish influences range from techniques to ‘kilted tours’ at award-winning business

Municipalities protest after B.C. declares marijuana crops ‘farm use’

UBCM president seeks answers in letter to John Horgan government

CMHC defends mortgage stress test changes amid calls for loosening rules

Uninsured borrowers must now show they could service their mortgage if rates rose two per cent

Brewpub offers ‘boat valet’ for paddlers during Surfrider celebration tonight

Free ‘Surf Formal’ evening features a local art auction, door prizes, live music

Most Read