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Mining & Exploration expo comes to NWCC

SMITHERS As part of BC Mining Week, Northwest Community College (NWCC) will host the first annual Exploration & Mining Community Expo on Thursday, May 17 at the Smithers Campus. Danielle Smyth, Project Administrator with NWCC's School of Exploration & Mining (SEM), says the free and public event will showcase the many opportunities the mining and exploration field has to offer, with an emphasis on outreach to high school students. Provincial and federal employment forecasts show the mining industry and its support activities will grow by 3.5 per cent a year with 12,600 new job openings in the sector between 2007 and 2017. "The range of academic and career opportunities in Northwest BC in this exciting field is really booming," said Smyth. "The School of Exploration & Mining offers all kinds of training for students who have an interest in a challenging and rewarding industry." Come to NWCC Smithers Campus Thursday, May 17 from 10am to 3pm. Check out interactive displays, equipment demonstrations (such as new heavy equipment simulators), an industry fair, information sessions about careers and training opportunities in the Northwest, hands-on demonstrations of skills used in the exploration and mining industries and enjoy a barbecue lunch. Plus, from 6-8pm, NWCC will recognize the generous donations of four industry partners that helped SEM buy a drill core shack for use as a mobile teaching lab to deliver training in communities across the Northwest. In partnership with Smithers Exploration Group and the Province of BC, SEM develops and delivers industry-responsive courses and programs The SEM offers training in various areas of mining and exploration in the classroom, in bush-camp settings and on contract in communities or as customized programs in remote locations Since its inception in 2004, the school has graduated more than 850 students, and 83 percent of grads have either found work or returned to school.

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