After being one of those getting the short end of the stick in 2017, the Southeast College has relatively nothing to complain about in this year's provincial budget.

"Overall, we are pleased with the budget and the continued investment in education that this government has identified as a priority," stated Jeff Richards, the VP of Strategic Development.

"For us overall, it is a three percent budget increase, which is good news. That increase from the province is targeted at supporting learners in their pursuit of gaining skills required to enter the labor market successfully in today's world. Other than that, it is a very straight, across the board budget."

Specifically in the College, the investment will go into 'Essential Workplace Skills Development', programming designed to help young people get into the workforce.

"That's a program that we have under development, and now with this new funding, we should be able to launch that very quickly," Richards noted.

Their funding will be distributed to a variety of predestined areas. A few adjustments are needing to be made, but they expect to easily address those.

"Our college, over the years, has been able to exert extreme financial discipline, so we are a very college and we do very well at budgeting and making sure that we meet the needs of government and our stakeholders."

 

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