NWCC School of Exploration and Mining Celebrates a Decade of Success

Vancouver, B.C., January 28, 2014 – Northwest Community College School of Exploration & Mining (NWCC SEM) chose the Association for Mineral Exploration BC’s annual Mineral Exploration Roundup 2014 in Vancouver to launch a year-long celebration of a decade of success.   NWCC SEM will host an afternoon reception in the Gathering Place at Roundup to thank its many supporters for making SEM’s 1st decade so successful.   The Roundup conference annually attracts approximately 6500 registrants from the exploration and mining sectors, along with many representatives from government, education and training, and goods and services suppliers to both industries.

Since NWCC SEM beginning in 2004 it has welcomed more than 1200 students with an 89% graduation rate, and the vast majority have successfully transitioned to employment or further training.   More than 70% of NWCC SEM’s graduates are aboriginal. NWCC SEM has also won 7 awards during its 1st decade including, the 2011 Mining and Sustainability award from the Mining Association of Canada, the 2010 Partnership Award from the Premier’s Innovation and Excellence awards program and in 2010, the Conference Board of Canada’s the Global Best Award in the Partnership category.

NWCC SEM Projects Administrator, Danielle Smyth said “we chose Roundup to kick-off the year-long celebration because the conference brings together so many NWCC SEM supporters from industry, government First Nations and communities.  We felt it was important to share our successes with those who have supported our programs.  NWCC SEM has achieved success due to its ability to build partnerships and customize training to meet the needs of industry who employ our graduates. Our partners include federal and provincial government agencies, individual exploration and mining companies, associations such as AMEBC and MABC, other post-secondary institutions and training agencies such as BC Aboriginal Mine Training Association.   NWCC SEM has developed a very special and collaborative relationship with aboriginal people and communities in Northwest BC, across the North and across Canada in Nunavut, Yukon Territory, Northwest Territories, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick.   Supporting our students for the past decade and sharing our learnings with others across Canada I believe is one of NWCC SEM’s notable achievements.”

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