High school students in New Brunswick will get a chance to learn about the fast-changing world of energy thanks to the recent launch of the Centre of Excellence for Energy.

The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development has partnered with NB Power and the non-profit charitable group, the Gaia Project, to create the centre, which will give students the chance to learn from industry experts while gaining valuable skills.

“NB Power is pleased to partner with the provincial government and provide its expertise to help students learn about the ever-changing world of energy, including climate change challenges and new technologies,” said Keith Cronkhite, president and CEO.

“Energy is an exciting field and we are thrilled to help our young students learn more about what opportunities exist in this sector in the years ahead.”

The centre aims to capture the diversity of the energy sector and give students curriculum-connected experiences in many subject areas, including science, the environment, math, business, engineering, computer science, and cybersecurity.

The centre will be supported by education specialists, industry experts and other educators. Partners are sought for their ability to provide the school system with timely information, expertise and access to advanced learning opportunities.

The education department’s anglophone sector supports a centre of excellence model to provide schools with new opportunities to support virtual and experiential learning.

The model, which is unique to New Brunswick, connects students and teachers with expertise in post-secondary education, the business world, industry and the community, regardless of the location in the province.