The College of the North Atlantic (CNA) has filled the machinist program for the first time since the 2007-2008 acedemic year.
Suhua Zhang (left) and Megan Russell are two of the 16 students enrolled at the College of the North Atlantic machinst program that is being shared between the Placentia and Prince Phillip Drive campus in St. John's.
A media release from CNA explained the success appears to be from a change in the delivery model of the program, providing students the opportunity to complete the program at two separate campuses — Placentia and Prince Phillip Drive.
The two campuses have joined forces for a dual-campus program. This approach allows students to receive hands-on training in specialized machine shops in Placentia.
The theory component of the program is being taught in St. John’s.
There are currently 16 students registered, ten more than in recent years.
As a part of this year’s program, CNA offers return bussing from St. John’s to Placentia, giving students an opportunity to take part without a concern for transportation.
First-year student, Kyle Tucker from Conception Bay South said the bussing is a good social tool. He explained the program allows students to get to know each other, while saving money on transportation costs.
"I love it," Tucker said. "It’s been fun for all of us. It’s given us a chance to get to know our classmates better and it also means that I don’t have to pay for gas or use my car."