Coast Mountain College's Mobile Classroom Helps Students Access Trades Training
Federal investment helps Coast Mountain College expand mobile trades training programs.
Students from around northwest British Columbia will have the opportunity to gain new skills needed to find well-paying jobs in the region’s growing resource sector.
The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for Western Economic Diversification Canada, announced $1.3 million for Coast Mountain College to expand courses offered by their Mobile Training Unit (MTU) to students living in rural and remote areas. As many of Coast Mountain College’s students are women, youth, or Indigenous peoples, the mobile classroom lowers the barrier to receiving trades training and helps build a more inclusive workforce in sectors such as liquefied natural gas, mining, construction, and oil and gas.
Coast Mountain College and the CMTN Foundation also invested more than $700,000 toward the mobile classroom.
The flexible and innovative MTU can be reconfigured to teach a wide variety of courses and programs from professional cook, to business to health programs. It also allows Indigenous and other students in remote communities to access targeted training, such as the successful Gas Process Operator program run in partnership with Alta Gas in 2018. All 11 graduates of that program were offered full-time positions at Alta Gas’ Ridley Island Propane Export Terminal.
Changes to the country’s economy, including recent economic growth and demographic pressures, such as an aging workforce, have increased the demand for skilled tradespeople. Indigenous peoples represent one of the fastest growing populations in Canada. Coast Mountain College’s mobile classroom will help ensure that all Canadians, including those living in rural and remote communities, can share and benefit from the growing economy and take advantage of labour market opportunities.