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Coast Mountain College Construction Projects Bring Jobs to Terrace

Students are not the only ones to benefit from three major construction projects at Coast Mountain College.

An estimated 318 jobs have been created locally on work to build 108 student housing beds, a library renovation and a renewed, more accessible academic and registration hub.

"These projects will not only deliver upgraded learning spaces for students in Terrace and surrounding communities, but also create good jobs for local workers with benefits flowing to their families and into the local area as well," said Anne Kang, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Training. "It's exciting to think of the collaborations, learning and personal growth that will be inspired inside the walls of these new facilities when they are complete."

The B.C. government has invested $34 million on the projects, with the college providing $1 million toward the student housing. The ministry estimates the jobs break down as 221 direct jobs and 64 indirect jobs. An estimated 33 more jobs would be created as a result of direct and indirect employees and their families spending those employees' incomes on consumer goods and services.

"Students, regardless of where they live in the province, deserve the best we can offer in student housing that's also on par with urban centres," said Nathan Cullen, MLA for Stikine. "These critical renovations, in addition to 108 new student housing beds, provide the type of major upgrades that show students they're entering a post-secondary institution they can be proud of. This is also a great investment in the region and will have impact on the Terrace economy."

As part of the overall $34-million investment, government announced $4.4 million in June 2020 for a library renewal, giving students dedicated space to study and learn following a 2018 flood that impacted the basement of the Spruce Building (Waap Sa'mn).

Original article from Coast Mountain College