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$18M for TRU Library, First Nations House of Learning

by NationTalk on April 4, 2008541 Views

NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
2008OTP0072-000459
April 3, 2008

Office of the Premier
Ministry of Advanced Education

KAMLOOPS – The Province is investing $18 million for a new library and First Nations House of Learning building at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, Premier Gordon Campbell announced today.“The creation of TRU as a university in 2005 has already had a positive impact on the Interior, ensuring a wide variety of programs are available for this vibrant and growing region of our province,” said Campbell. “A new library and First Nations learning building will support the continued growth of TRU and help ensure Kamloops continues to be a centre of educational excellence for the B.C. Interior.”

The new building will include 3,803 square metres of space for the library information and learning commons, including a tiered lecture theatre, and 1,556 square metres for First Nations business, technology and leadership programs. The new facility will be built to LEED Gold construction standards. The total cost will be $29.3 million, with the remaining funding coming from TRU and donors.

“The growth of TRU mirrors the growth of our community,” said Claude Richmond, MLA for Kamloops and Minister of Employment and Income Assistance. “This latest expansion is another important step forward in the ongoing development of our university and the services it offers to students.”

“This project will celebrate the First Nations heritage of our region, as well as support all students in their studies at TRU,” said Kevin Krueger, MLA for Kamloops-North Thompson and Minister of State for Mining. “These investments are critical as we work to address the need for skilled, educated workers here in B.C.”

“We are excited about these new projects since they will surely improve students’ learning environments,” said Advanced Education Minister Murray Coell. “We are investing more than ever before to improve opportunities for students to learn.”

Originally the University College of the Cariboo, TRU was established in 2005 as the province’s newest university. It serves more than 8,000 students and offers a wide variety of programs, including bachelor’s and master’s degrees, developmental programs, career programming and trades and apprenticeship training.

“When we transitioned to a university, we identified the need to improve our library and First Nations learning spaces,” said Roger H. Barnsley, president and vice-chancellor of TRU. “We have a strong mandate to serve our region, and this new funding means we can continue to offer high-calibre, diverse educational opportunities for our students. These new facilities will mean a lot to our community.”

Since 2001, the Province has provided more than $1 billion in new funding for 904 capital and research equipment projects on campuses throughout B.C. and has allocated almost $700 million in capital funding over the next three years to accommodate further growth and building renewal. To date, the Province has also funded almost 16,000 new seats at B.C.’s universities, colleges, and university colleges.

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Media contact:

Bridgitte Anderson
Press Secretary
Office of the Premier
250 507-5235

Linda O’Connor
Ministry of Advanced Education
250 952-6400

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