The Kitimat Child Development Centre (CDC) is moving its housing section out of Northwest Community College’s (NWCC) building here so another tenant, the Haisla Nation Council (HNC), can expand.
Notice was given to the CDC by the college late in fall of 2017 that its space occupied by the centre’s three housing section employees was needed by the HNC.
CDC executive director Marianne Hemmy said it has until Jan. 31 to move out.
“We are currently in negotiations around a new location but no other comment in regard to this at this time,” she said.
Cameron Orr from the HNC said its education and employment office needed more space within the NWCC building to accommodate six new employees hired this year.
“The department includes our job coaches and a job placement coordinator. There’s academic advising for Haisla members, as well as culture and curriculum development,” said Orr. “There is also an active measures program which started this year which is a life skills program.”
The building will also be home to a homework club and after-school drop-in program with the Terrace-based Kermode Friendship Society, Orr added.
The HNC’s current lease runs out in March and it will be seeking an extension, he continued.
The office shuffle means the HNC will occupy the entire NWCC building, save for the large meeting room in which the District of Kitimat holds council meetings.
NWCC hasn’t used its building for some years, a reflection of how the college has changed and adapted its offerings across the region it serves.
“As part of our long-term planning, we have given the Haisla Nation Council the license to occupy our campus. This seems to be the best use of the space, as Haisla Nation Council was short on space to deliver on their needs,” said college vice president Justin Kohlman.
Even though the college may not have a presence in its own building, Kohlman said it is offering welding training at the Kitimat Valley Institute (KVI) building in partnership with the Haisla Nation Council.
“We can also offer programming using the Mobile Trades Training Unit (MTTU), which we use in all regions,” said Kohlman. “Having a physical campus is of less importance with technology partnerships such as the one we have with KVI, and the MTTU,” he added.