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July 30, 2013 - 11:28 AM

KAMLOOPS – The tender on a 1,769 square-metre expansion for NorKam Secondary School does not close for another two weeks but today the plan will be before council for approval of the development permit.

The two-storey addition will be located along the northeast side of the property and will house the Trades and Technology Centre of Excellence, which has received a total of $6.3 million from the provincial government to expand the trades program.

The addition of four trades shops and two lectures areas will allow the school to offer trades training to an additional 100 students.

Currently the school offers skills training in woodworking, metals, electronics, automotive, drafting, graphics, photo, computer and media labs and the expansion, which is expected to open for the 2014-15 school year, will also provide training in mining, industrial, refrigeration, building technology, engineering, water treatment and agricultural technology.

A formal project agreement was signed between the province and the Kamloops-Thompson School District in March. The tender for the $7.4 million project closes Aug. 15.

Council will get the chance to approve the development permit today. In the recommendation to approve staff notes the project is in line with the Sustainable Kamloops Plan, which supports educational opportunities.

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