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Northwest Community College celebrates graduates and renews School of Exploration and Mining agreement with Smithers Exploration Group

SMITHERS- The School of Exploration and Mining at Northwest Community College (NWCC) today renewed an agreement with founding partner Smithers Exploration Group (SEG) and is celebrating a fresh class of 35 graduates from the schools Workforce Exploration Skills Training (WEST) program, and the B.C. Aboriginal Mine Training Associations Environmental Monitoring Program which prepare students for jobs in the minerals industry. This agreement marks more than a decade of collaboration with industry in Smithers, said NWCC president Denise Henning. The goal is to build on the valuable relationships weve developed over the years that have benefited our communities and the industry in Northwest B.C. We are so very proud of the more than 900 graduates from the School of Exploration and Mining and look forward to continuing our role in helping them advance in any career path they choose. The School of Exploration and Mining (SEM) at NWCC was created in 2004 to encourage training of much needed people in the regions minerals industry. Working with federal and provincial government partners, with the support of industry partnerships and the Office of the Wetseweten, the school has provided valuable and employable skills for its graduates. The graduates from SEM's programs are exactly the kinds of people we want to attract into the mining business, says SEG president Rob Boyce. They not only have the practical skills to get started in exploration, they come with the soft skills needed to work as part of a team in a remote setting. Our industry has benefited greatly from the ongoing relationship with NWCC and SEG is pleased to be able to renew our partnership for another five years. NWCC SEM trains its students in a unique exploration camp setting provided by the Smithers Exploration Group. The training helps candidates build technical skills in an experiential learning environment that exposes them to life in a mining camp. We are very proud of our grads and the staff who invest so much of themselves in facilitating their learning, says NWCC regional director Danielle Smyth. The success that we have here proves the model of a successful industry partnership which focuses on education and training that serves a need in the community. This agreement between NWCC and SEG is now in place until April 2017.

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