Polytechnic transition to take five to six years

Minister of Education, Culture and Employment Caroline Cochrane. (File photo).

Support, inspiration and new opportunities.

Those concepts will apparently guide the transition of Aurora College into a polytechnic university. That’s according to survey results of more than 700 residents and 4,500 comments according to the Department of Education, Culture and Employment.

Other themes that emerged were to have post-secondary options close to home and focus on programs that are relevant to the north.

All of those results will be collected in one of government’s favourite documents: a framework for transition.

Caroline Cochrane, minister of ECE, said the transition will take five to six years in a news release.

“The final framework and vision will guide us as we create a polytechnic university for the Northwest Territories, across the Northwest Territories – a polytechnic university that builds capacity at the three existing campuses and all our Community Learning Centres,” she added.

The current three Aurora College campuses are in Yellowknife, Fort Smith and Inuvik.

According to the news release, the department’s next step is to create an advisory council for the transition and release the final transition framework next month.

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Francis Tessier-Burns
Francis has been a general news reporter with CKLB since January 2019. Originally from rural Ontario, he first came to the NWT in 2016 as an intern with Up Here magazine and fell in love with the North. In his time with CKLB, he's had the immense pleasure and honour of learning about northern Indigenous cultures. Otherwise, you can find him hanging around the Legislative Assembly. If you have a story or want to chat, reach out to francis@cklbradio.com