By Jon Robinson
The Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, visited NorQuest College to announce an investment of $896,750 toward the Centre for Excellence in Print Media.
The new funding is designed to expand a primary function of the Centre for Excellence in Print Media (CEPM), based in Edmonton, to provide advanced educational facilities for small- and medium-sized printing companies in Western Canada, as well as students in the program.
“Our Government is proud to support the growth of Alberta’s print industry by facilitating access to new technologies and processes that enable businesses to increase their productivity and maintain a competitive advantage,” stated Yelich.
The Federal funding, according to CEPM, is being directed toward acquiring new equipment, software and expertise needed to upgrade its Job Definition Format (JDF) system.
“The Centre for Excellence in Print Media is an exciting collaboration between industry and NorQuest College – making it possible for print media companies to become more efficient and competitive in the global market,” stated Dr. Jodi Abbott, NorQuest President and CEO. “The Federal government’s commitment to this innovative centre will do a great deal to help expand industry knowledge, create opportunities and prepare the business leaders of tomorrow.”
CEPM was established in March 2008 largely based on a Federal government investment of over $1.4 million.