Addressing a shortage of skilled workers in the animation field, agreement will help promote education and career paths for students that will ultimately expand the talent pool and strengthen the growing industry.
New Brunswick Community College (NBCC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Toon Boom Animation Inc. to become the company’s first authorized training center in Atlantic Canada. The MOU is the first of its kind that Toon Boom has signed with a post-secondary institution. It enables NBCC and Toon Boom to seek ways in which the two organizations can partner on career pathways, international recognition, and training opportunities for the college’s animation and graphics program.
“This agreement will open up opportunities for our learners to work with other students around the world in 24-hour virtual animation events,” commented Karen White-O’Connell, dean of arts, community, and protective services at NBCC. “Our association with Toon Boom will also allow us to bring in international speakers that we would not otherwise be able to access.”
The animation field is currently experiencing a shortage of skilled workers.
"The Canadian 2D animation industry is growing at a rapid pace,” explained Toon Boom director of sales, Bernard Boiteux. “The Maritimes are also experiencing this growth as studios expand their operations into the region; the need for skilled talent is in high demand. Toon Boom is excited to be working with NBCC in their commitment to develop qualified and skilled regional talent who can work both locally and abroad."
Source: New Brunswick Community College