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Minerals North Supports Exploration Training Program

Minerals North has donated $10,000 to Northwest Community College's (NWCC) School of Exploration and Mining in support of its new Driller's Helper Program. Minerals North President Hans Smit made the presentation to NWCC President Stephanie Forsyth today during the Minerals North conference in Smithers. "The NWCC School of Exploration and Mining is meeting a very real need in the industry for trained workers on the diamond drills that are a key part of the exploration industry," Smit said. "Minerals North recognizes how important it is to support the School of Exploration and its commitment to training northerners for jobs in the north." This is the fourth donation the College has received from Minerals North. In 2004 NWCC's School of Exploration and Mining received $8,500 bursary donation with an additional $1,500 received in 2006 for a combined $10,000 bursary. In 2007 Minerals North donated $20,000 to NWCC with $10,000 going to the School of Exploration and Mining endowment fund and $10,000 to the College's Culinary Arts Program. "The continued support of Minerals North is greatly appreciated and critical to our training delivery," states NWCC President, Stephanie Forsyth. "We are committed to meeting the training needs of the exploration and mining industry throughout northern BC." The new Driller's Helper program will run from May 12-29 in Smithers, with other locations currently under development. The program was developed to meet BC and Alberta industry demands and the accepted industry standards, with input from many drilling companies, as well as the Western Safety Group, Canadian Diamond Drilling Association. Industry cites a lack of drillers as a severe limiting factor in expanded exploration in the Province. "I can't say enough about the fantastic support we received from the drilling industry in creating our new Driller's Helper program - right from course development to equipment to commitments to hire grads," states Margo Van der Touw, NWCC Dean of Continuing Education and Industry Training. "They help us deliver the best safety and skills training as well as focus on environmentally sound industry practices and techniques."

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