Grande Prairie Regional College is getting $6.1 million in funding from the provincial and federal governments, which will lead to 120 construction jobs.
There will be $4.5 million going towards an expansion of the National Bee Diagnostic Centre, which will position the institution as the National Centre of Excellence for Bees.
“This investment enables Grande Prairie Regional College to address the exponential growth in demand for its diagnostic services from the beekeeping industry, government and researchers from around the world. The National Bee Diagnostic Centre, a technology access centre, will increase its capacity and continue to work with producers and government to address the health of Canada’s honeybee population and increase research and learning opportunities for students,” said Don Gnatiuk, President and CEO of GPRC.
The other $1.6 million is designated for renovations of the science wing labs. That money is coming from the federal SIF program.
“Supporting our colleges with these significant infrastructure investments will ensure Albertans have access to state-of-the-art learning opportunities and create much-needed jobs to stimulate and grow our economy,” explained Minister of Advanced Education, Marlin Schmidt.
In total, four colleges across Alberta are getting $21.78 million in funding to improve student learning.