College of the North Atlantic and Habitat for Humanity extend their existing agreement to develop affordable homeownership

College of the North Atlantic

Finding a place to live can be a daunting task during the best of times, especially one that fits your budget.

It’s for that reason that College of the North Atlantic (CNA) and Habitat for Humanity Newfoundland and Labrador (NL) want to continue working together, to provide a solution to this ongoing problem for families with low incomes.

Both organizations signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) this month that extends their existing two-year agreement for another two years. The aim is to continue to develop affordable homeownership and collaborate on specifically agreed to projects, which will also provide CNA students with a learning experience.

CNA President & CEO Dr. Bill Radford says this agreement aligns with CNA’s mandate of providing a lifelong hands-on learning environment, as well as turning out graduates who are highly skilled and able to meet the demands of the labour market.

“We have an opportunity through organizations, such as Habitat for Humanity, to partner with the communities in which CNA exists to ensure that we contribute to the social and economic development of this province. This MOU is a win-win as our students receive hands-on training in their fields of study. This complements what they learn in the classrooms, and they can apply this knowledge in the community. In the meantime, Habitat for Humanity, as a not-for-profit organization, ensures that those in need have a safe and decent place to live.”

Among the CNA programs that have been involved in building projects over the past number of years are: Architectural Engineering Technology, Business Management, Cabinetmaker, Carpenter, Civil Engineering Technology, Construction/Industrial Electrician, Cook and Baker, Geomatics/Surveying Engineering Technology, Graphic Design and Renovation Technician. A combination of any or all of these programs will contribute to the construction and eventual home ownership by families involved in the projects.

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