Ready to roll: NWCC Facilities and Maintenance Foreman Brian Coverdale with the newest addition to NWCC's vehicle fleet, the Emergency Transport Vehicle. The van, purchased with the donation from Callinex Mines, will support programming from the College's School of Exploration & Mining based out of Smithers.
TERRACE – Northwest Community College (NWCC) has used a generous donation from Callinex Mines to purchase an Emergency Transport Vehicle (ETV) that will support and enhance the mobile, field-based training offered by its Smithers-based School of Exploration & Mining (SEM).
"Northwest Community College's School of Exploration & Mining specializes in relevant, field-based training that replicates real work conditions and teaches skills needed by industry," said Tlell Glover, Project Administrator with SEM's Workforce Exploration Skills Training (WEST) program. "Replicating these field-based conditions means having all the health and safety nets that are standard practices in the industry. This donation is a huge boost to NWCC's abilities to offer field-based training for the minerals and natural resources industries."
Dave O'Leary, NWCC Vice President of Institutional Advancement, says the Callinex Mines donation toward the purchase of the ETV demonstrates the partnerships that have been created between NWCC SEM and industry.
"Strong relationships with industry ensure that SEM training remains nimble and reflects the changing needs of industry and communities," said O'Leary. "It also puts NWCC SEM in a unique position to provide students with a bridge between training and employment. Many industry partners recognize the strength of NWCC SEM graduates who are skilled to quickly and seamlessly transition into the workforce. It's a model for employment training that has been recognized nationally."
O'Leary adds Callinex Mines has been a strong supporter for NWCC SEM training, and has recently been recognized as one of four main sponsors for the purchase of NWCC SEMs mobile teaching lab, which will enable remote delivery of the drill core technician basic training course, among others.
Provincial and federal employment forecasts show the mining industry and its support activities will grow by 3.5 per cent a year with 12,600 new job openings in the sector between 2007 and 2017.
In partnership with Smithers Exploration Group and the Province of BC, SEM develops industry-related courses and programs, and offers training in various areas of mining and exploration. Since its inception in 2004, the school has graduated more than 850 students, and 83 percent of grads have either found work or returned to school.
Through workforce training for the exploration, mining and natural resource industries, Northwest Community College’s School of Exploration & Mining seeks to build capacity and engagement in communities involved with minerals exploration and other resource development.