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Course Attracts Students from Across Canada

Students from Across Canada

Northwest Community College's Introduction to Metal Leaching and Acid Rock Drainage (ML/ARD) course is attracting students from every corner of the country. "Approximately half of our students for the course come from outside of BC," explains Margo Van der Touw, Dean of Continuing and International Education at NWCC. "We have had registrants from as far away as Iqaluit, Nunavut and St. John's, Newfoundland." One explanation for the national appeal comes from Dr. Bill Price of Natural Resources Canada and lead instructor of the program. "Metal leaching and ARD prediction and mitigation is a billion dollar problem and the major environmental issue facing the mining industry, adjacent communities and governments," Dr. Price explains. "The course attracts students from across the country because from exploration to post closure, mines in North West British Columbia are world leaders in addressing the challenges in metal leaching and ARD prediction and mitigation. Although the mines in Northwest BC still have challenges to address, their proactive approach over the last 10 years in dealing with potential and historical problems is the basis for much of government and company best practices guidelines in Canada and around the world." The course offers participants the chance to see and learn about the state-of-the-art ML/ARD practices and unresolved issues at a wide variety of different mines. It is taught by leading practitioners with experience in mines across Canada and throughout the world. Mine tours will take place around the Smithers area and include: GoldCorp's Equity Silver mine, Imperial's Huckleberry mine, Noranda's Bell mine and Silver Standard's Duthie mine. These mines are world leaders in ML/ARD mitigation. "Exploration and Mining is a burgeoning industry with the northwest being the primary hub of exploration activity within the Province," states NWCC President, Stephanie Forsyth. "Our course is able to utilize local industry expertise to help build capacity in the northwest and beyond, ensuring a job ready workforce is available to take advantage of employment opportunities." The Introduction to Metal Leaching and Acid Rock Drainage course runs from September 18 - 22 at NWCC's Smithers campus. More complete course information can be found on the College web site at, under Continuing Education - School of Exploration and Mining, or by contacting the Smithers campus at 1.877.277.2288 or 250.847.4461.

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