College of New Caledonia aims to deliver online courses to remote communities.
Henry Reiser, president of CNC, says the college’s Digital Delivery Initiative will allow students in isolated communities to take classes remotely.
A pilot roll out will start this fall with business courses offered between the campuses in Quesnel and Prince George. Full implementation of the program is expected to take three years.
Reiser says CNC is getting consulting help from UBC and UNBC. Those two universities have been successfully using digital technology for 10 years to deliver medical programs.
Eventually the program will allow communication between smart classrooms, to labs and then eventually to homes.
Reiser says the initiative was inspired by a conversation with two young mothers at Fraser Lake. They asked how they could upgrade their skills while still taking care of their children.
While funding for the entire program has yet to be secured, Northern Gateway’s $250,000 donation will go towards development, design, and engineering of the initiative.
According to Reiser, CNC’s board and First Nations leaders in the college’s catchment area fully support the donation.
Last year, the Northwest Community College returned a $15,000 donation by Enbridge, the company behind Northern Gateway.