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Northwest Community College School of Exploration and Mining has attracted support from an important coalition of donors to mark BC Mining Week 2007. The coalition includes mining and exploration companies in the northwest and the government of BC. BC Mining Week 2007 is May 14 to 18. Blue Pearl Mining and the Ministry of Energy Mines and Petroleum Resources have each donated $25,000 to the School of Exploration and Mining Endowment Fund. RoxGold has contributed $10,000. The NWCC School of Exploration and Mining provides entry-level training for the minerals industry and operates throughout northern BC. Blue Pearl Mining owns the Endaco Molybdenum Mine near Fraser Lake and the Thompson Creek Mine in Idaho, and is developing the Davidson molybdenum property near Smithers. It is one of the worlds largest publicly-traded pure molybdenum producers. Peter Tredger is the Vice President of Special Projects for Blue Pearl. He says "Donating $25,000 to the NWCC School of Exploration and Mining fits our policy of supporting local ventures. We believe that education is an important aspect of a sustainable mining industry. When we help support the School of Exploration and Mining, we create a legacy that benefits the community and the industry." RoxGold is working on a grass roots discovery, TJ Ridge Project, 95 kilometers north of Hazelton. RoxGold approached the school to contribute $10,000 to the School by sponsoring student tuition, and contributing to the endowment fund. The Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources has also contributed $25,000 to the School of Exploration and Mining Endowment Fund. The ministry was an early contributor to the Schools mineral exploration programs in the northwest and throughout the province. It also contributed to the Reclamation and Prospecting (RAP) pilot project that is currently under way. NWCC president Stephanie Forsyth welcomes the contributions by the expanded partnership. "We have set a 2007 goal of $250,000 for the School of Exploration and Minings Endowment Fund. This Fund is critical for the support of the School's students and educational offerings. Exploration and mining companies are a driving force behind the School and we appreciate their generosity and support." The School of Exploration and Mining Endowment Fund will be used for course development, program support and tuition awards. The contributions during BC Mining Week 2007 bring the funds total for 2007 to $100,000. The long-term goal for the fund is to raise $1 million. The Northwest Community College School of Exploration and Mining provides entry-level training for the mineral exploration and mining industry throughout northern BC. The School is a partnership between Northwest Community College and Smithers Exploration Group, with early financial support from BCs Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources. Smithers Exploration Group (SEG) has represented the mineral exploration industry in northwestern BC since 1971.

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