Kamloops This Week
Construction is expected to begin early next year on a $30-million Industrial Training and Technology Centre at Thompson Rivers University.
Calling the announcement “a big, big day for TRU and our entire community,” Kamloops-South Thompson MLA and Transportation Minister Todd Stone said the centre will be jointly funded by the federal government ($13.25 million), the province ($7.03 million) and TRU and other donors, including Western Economic Diversification Canada ($9.72 million).
The funding will also go toward renovation of space in the existing School of Trades and Technology Building.
The expansion will add 550 full-time equivalent student spaces (FTEs) for a total of approximately 2,050 and lead to the creation of a new power engineering diploma, HVAC/refrigeration technician program, industrial process technician program and instrumentation engineering diploma.
There are currently 1,500 seats in construction and mechanical trades, industrial electrician and industrial instrumentation technology programs at TRU.
Red Seal programming will also be expanded.