Liberals pledge to create four-year engineering program at TRU

By James Peters
May 1, 2017 - 11:18am

KAMLOOPS — The BC Liberal Party is pledging to fund a four-year engineering program at Thompson Rivers University, if elected on May 9.

As it stands, TRU provides training for the first two years of an engineering degree, but Kamloops-South Thompson Liberal candidate Todd Stone says students must complete their degrees elsewhere.

"This will enable TRU to offer a full-fledged four-year Bachelor of Engineering program in software, hardware and electrical engineering," said Stone.

"Over the last 30 years, about 500 students have done the first, and in some cases, the second year of engineering at TRU, and have left Kamloops to complete their training. Very few of those 500 students ever come back to Kamloops."

Stone says the program would help keep graduates in the city.

"We know that the number one challenge for the growing tech sector in Kamloops is access to skilled labour — the talent that they need, which is often engineering-focused. So this ability for TRU to offer a full-fledged engineering degree in hardware, software and electrical engineering is going to go a long ways toward meeting the needs of the local technology community."

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