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Trades Programs Produce More Graduates in the Nass

The 2007 graduating trades class of Wilp Wilxo'oskwhl Nisgaa Institute (WWNI) and Northwest Community College (NWCC) is the largest to date with 16 students receiving Trades certificates. The graduates honored at this year's ceremony in Gitwinksihlkw are from the Carpentry Level 2 and Residential Building Maintenance Worker Level 1 apprenticeship programs offered earlier in the year in New Aiyansh; with some students graduating from both programs. In total 9 Carpentry Level 2 certificates and 12 Residential Building Maintenance Worker Level 1 certificates were conferred. "It is very satisfying to see these students do so well and advance towards their journeyperson certification without having to leave home," states NWCC Dean of Trades & Technology, Dave O'Leary. "Providing access to trades training in local communities is an important step in addressing the skilled trades shortage in BC." "The continued success of these students is a direct result of the partnership that exists between WWN and NWCC," explains Interim CEO of WWNI, David Griffin. "Graduates are already finding work within our traditional territories and we look forward to what they and the grads that will follow will bring to each of our communities." For over ten years NWCC and WWN have worked in partnership to deliver learning activities in the areas of academic, vocational, career/technical, and continuing community education for Nisgaa people in northwestern BC. Both institutions recently renewed their partnership through the signing of a Federation Agreement aimed at continuing their partnership and commitment to enhance the provision of educational and training opportunities for adult learners. "We are honoured to be working in partnership with Wilp Wilxo'oskwhl Nisgaa," states NWCC President, Stephanie Forsyth. "WWN is a key player in post-secondary in the northwest and plays an important role in bringing Nisga'a communities the skills and training they require for social and economic development. Our ongoing relationship enables our two organizations to expand and enhance educational services to the Nisga'a Nation."

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