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Prince Rupert Grain Helps Secure Future of Northwest BC Workforce

A $10,000 donation from Prince Rupert Grain to Northwest Community College (NWCC) marks the fourth instalment of a $100,000 donation the company gave the College back in 2005. The money has been used to assist students in northwest BC achieve their education goals in the area of Trades and help fill serious skills shortages within the industry. Prince Rupert Grain's initial $50,000 payment in February 2005 was used by NWCC to initiate the delivery of their Electrical program at the College's Prince Rupert campus with the additional donations going into the program's expansion. "The electrical program has seen strong enrolment from the first offering," explains NWCC Dean of Trades and Technology Dave O'Leary. "Demand for all our trades programs has increased steadily over the last three years and it's been through the support of industry partners such as Prince Rupert Grain that the College has been able to keep up with that demand. Without the support from Prince Rupert Grain we would not have been able to afford the purchase of sophisticated simulation equipment that made our year three electrical apprenticeship offering possible." "The increasing costs of developing and delivering training programs are making financial support from business and industry more imperative than ever," states NWCC President Stephanie Forsyth. "Prince Rupert Grain has been a tremendous supporter of our efforts to create an accessible workforce. It is through their support, and hopefully that of others, that the College will be able to continue to provide the training and education our communities and businesses need to stay economically viable." For the past three years, NWCC has been increasing its trades program offerings to help meet the ongoing demand for skilled trades workers within the Northwest and throughout the Province. The College's Electrical program has expanded, now offering apprenticeship as well as foundation training.

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