Students and staff at Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC)Burridge Campus in Yarmouth will see improvements to their campusbeginning today, Oct. 27. Renovations worth $705,000 at the Burridge Campus are part of thegovernment’s $123-million investment in NSCC announced earlierthis year and designed to offer more education and learningprograms to more students closer to home. “Our community is positioning itself for a highly skilled andsuccessful workforce,” said Natural Resources Minister RichardHurlburt. “By narrowing the skills gap, we will strengthen oureconomy and become a prouder, stronger Nova Scotia.” The $123-million investment is part of the government’s skillsinitiative, Skills Nova Scotia. It involves working with partnersto upgrade people’s skills from basic literacy to the use of themost advanced technologies so they can further their success ineducation and the workplace. The investment in NSCC will supporta multi-year plan to strengthen NSCC, enabling the college tomodernize facilities, increase student capacity, and enhanceskill-driven learning programs. “This development is essential, not only for the learners whowill influx the labour market with the skills Nova Scotiarequires, but it also provokes a new view of learning in NovaScotia, one that includes a national calibre community college,”said Marcel Cottreau, principal, NSCC Burridge Campus. Over the next seven years, 2,500 additional students — anincrease of 30 per cent — will enter the college at its ruraland metro campuses. Improvements at the Burridge Campus will upgrade student learningareas and create seats for 87 additional students. The area undergoing renovation and expansion is located in thecompound between the north and east wings of the building. Thisnewly created area will soon house a full two-storey expansion.The first level will include a new library facility for thecampus, an employment services centre, an early childhoodresource centre and a student commons area that will provide aspace for students to access computer technology and a meetingarea for students. The space is being designed with an openconcept that will be accented with glass and have a smalllandscaped garden area as a backdrop to the student commons area. The Burridge facility was originally opened in 1970. In makingthese renovations, the college is focusing on locating servicesclose to students and to the entrance of the facility, making iteasier to access quality learner-centred services. The renovation work at NSCC Burridge Campus is scheduled forcompletion in 2005.