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New University of the North campus to open Friday

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The new University College of the North campus will be officially opened on Friday in Thompson.

Premier Greg Selinger will be at the official opening of the $82 million, 84,400-square-foot facility.

"By giving people access to high quality training and post secondary education this new state-of-the-art campus means more opportunities for our young people to build their life right here in the north," Selinger said in a statement released today.

"When people have the skills they need to get good jobs the whole region benefits."

The campus features 15 new distance-learning classrooms, three computer labs, a dedicated chemistry/biology science lab, 12-bed nursing lab with clinical simulation capabilities, a 60-seat lecture theatre, a library, and a 73-space child-care facility.

The new campus, which will help enrollment in Thompson jump from 342 students to 510, joins other UCN campuses in The Pas and 12 regional centres.

"This facility and the expanded opportunities it provides will be a positive impact for our communities for generations," Konrad Jonasson, UCN’s president and vice-chancellor, said in a statement.

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