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New heavy duty training facility

Posted on January 27, 2014

Exciting news was announced for VCC’s heavy-duty commercial transport students. Government is providing $4.5-million to move heavy-duty transportation programs offered by Vancouver Community College (VCC) and BC Institute of Technology (BCIT) into a new Motive Power Centre on Annacis Island (artistic rendering above).


Motive power programs train heavy-duty mechanics, transport trailer mechanics, diesel mechanics, commercial transportation mechanics, railway conductors and forklift operators.


When the Motive Power Centre opens to students in September 2014, it will focus on collaboration, innovation, and the efficient use of equipment and resources. At 142,000-square-feet, the facility sets a solid foundation for partnership opportunities with industry.


At 177 per cent utilization, VCC’s heavy duty and commercial transport programs will benefit from the larger space and new equipment; in addition to the hands-on-training in cutting-edge teaching facilities, learning and laboratory spaces.


“This new centre speaks to the value of collaboration and partnership within the post-secondary sector,” said VCC interim president Doug Callbeck. “The new facility will give our students the opportunity to learn in a state-of-the-art training environment, gaining the hands-on skills and experience they need for the jobs of tomorrow.”

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