Aboriginal learners complete Mining Exploration & Natural Resources Field Assistant Program

April 23, 2014

SMITHERS, BC-- Wet’suwet’en students and community members participated in a celebration of learning today, marking their completion of Northwest Community College’s School of Exploration & Mining (NWCC SEM) Mining Exploration & Natural Resource Field Assistant program in Smithers, BC April 8-22, 2014 in partnership with TransCanada’s Coastal GasLink Project.

The intensive program provides graduates with transferable natural resources field skills training in in a variety of natural resource industries including the natural gas industry. Coastal GasLink’s $239,000 contribution sponsored 22 seats in the program that helps build capacity in Aboriginal communities by removing barriers to training. Any unused funds from this program will be targeted toward future training opportunities.

“The program equips students with a transferable skill set that maximizes employment options for field positions in a variety of industries,” says NWCC President Ken Burt. “It offers capacity building opportunities for students in small communities and responds to industry needs across sectors.”

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