Chilliwack-Kent MLA Kelli Paddon on a tour of UFV’s Trades and Technology, Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021. (NDP BC Government caucus)

Chilliwack-Kent MLA Kelli Paddon on a tour of UFV’s Trades and Technology, Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021. (NDP BC Government caucus)

Local MLAs treated to high-tech tour of Trades and Technology at UFV

Equipment funding of $150K ‘will ensure future tradespeople coming through UFV are well-prepared’: MLA

Chilliwack MLAs were treated to a hands-on tour of University of the Fraser Valley’s high-tech equipment.

UFV is set to receive $150,000 to buy equipment for its Trades and Technology programs, as part of a total provincial investment of $3 million.

“People in trades and technology are such a vital part of our workforce, and that’s why our government is investing in the most up-to-date equipment for their education,” said Dan Coulter, MLA for Chilliwack. “It was great to see students in action this week.”

MLA Coulter and Chilliwack-Kent MLA Kelli Paddon were touring UFV’s Trades and Technology Centre in Chilliwack on Tuesday along with Andrew Mercier, parliamentary secretary for skills training.

“It was so great to get a first-hand look at some of the wonderful education going on over at the Trades and Technology Centre here in Chilliwack,” said Kelli Paddon, MLA for Chilliwack-Kent. “This funding for new equipment will make sure that all the future tradespeople coming through UFV are well-prepared to start promising careers and help us build a stronger B.C.”

UFV will be receiving funding for new equipment at its Chilliwack and Abbotsford campuses for computer science, culinary arts, electrical, heavy mechanical trades foundation, joinery, plumbing and piping, and welding.

Twenty public post-secondary institutions will be replacing obsolete equipment and acquiring up-to-date technology, which will ensure students’ training remains relevant and meets the needs of employers.

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