North Island College, the City of Port Alberni, and Synergy Enterprises have partnered to launch a program focused on reducing construction waste and circular economy principles. Students in NIC’s Building Salvage and Deconstruction program will gain practical work experience participating in site redevelopment at the 43-acre Somass Lands property.

The program is fully funded for eligible students, and students can access financial support to help eliminate barriers such as transportation and daycare costs. “The program will help the City of Port Alberni more effectively manage its resources as the buildings are deconstructed, while also providing new training for students,” said NIC Continuing Education and Training Director Bob Haugen. “It’s a win-win.”