Students in health sciences and the trades will learn their skills in two new facilities representing a $60.9-million investment in education at Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo.
The buildings — a $40.9-million health and science building and a $20-million marine, automotive and trades building — officially opened on Wednesday.
Nurses, laboratory and medical-instrument technicians will study at the health sciences building. Mechanics, boat builders and other crafts will use the marine and trades building.
The federal government contributed $19.4 million to the Health and Science Centre, while $17.5 million came from the province. VIU and community donors chipped in $4 million. The federal government and province each contributed $9.5 million to the trades complex, and VIU provided $1 million.