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Doors open at revitalized NWCC Smithers Campus

SMITHERS An official celebration to unveil the brand new Northwest Community College (NWCC) Smithers Campus will take place later this summer but the state-of-the-art facility is already open for business. The campus at 3966 2nd Avenue opened earlier this spring after an 18-month, two-phase renewal and expansion project. The renovated Smithers Campus is wheelchair accessible, with expanded learning facilities and improved video conferencing and distance education capabilities. The building now has additional classroom space, wet and dry science labs, a multi-purpose shop for trades programs, an expanded library and a computer lab. NWCC Smithers offered a selection of Spring/Summer courses in the new facility, which have all wrapped up. Visitors will find the campus is open, however, with College Student Services staff available to answer questions regarding upcoming courses and programs in Smithers. Until regular hours resume on Sept. 6, the campus hours of operation during the summer are: Monday Friday 9am 3:30pm, closed 1pm 1:30pm for lunch. NWCC will soon announce a date for the official opening when a 28-foot red cedar pole, which is being carved by local artists Ron Austin and James Madam, will be raised. NWCC staff have been documenting the poles carving on the Colleges blog. The $16.7-million project is one of 40 Knowledge Infrastructure Program (KIP) projects at post-secondary institutions across the province, jointly funded by the provincial and the federal governments. This project is also part of an overall $14-billion capital infrastructure program supported by the Province that will create up to 88,000 jobs and help build vital public infrastructure in every region of B.C. For more information on the provincial governments three-year job creation plan, visit http://www.gov.bc.ca/infrastructure. For more information about the federal Knowledge Infrastructure Program visit www.ic.gc.ca/knowledge-infrastructure.

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