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Smithers Exploration Group contributes $21,000

Smithers, BC – Northwest Community College (NWCC) has received a $21,000 donation from Smithers Exploration Group to sponsor the delivery of Mining Exploration Field Assistant (MEFA) training at the School of Exploration and Mining in 2013 and 2014.

This hands-on field training focused on exploration is taught in a remote outdoor camp and prepares students for entry-level employment in the resource sector.

“The Mining Exploration Field Assistant program was developed with a lot of input from Smithers Exploration Group,” says Rob Boyce, President of Smithers Exploration Group. “So we’re pleased to be able to contribute these funds to help ensure that MEFA will continue over the next couple of years.”

“Smithers Exploration Group’s generous donation demonstrates its continued commitment to our partnership and helps deliver the comprehensive training that is relevant to our communities. It directly supports student success and creates opportunities for growth and development in the Northwest,” says Denise Henning, President and CEO, Northwest Community College.

Smithers Exploration Group (SEG) has been serving and promoting the mineral industry in Northwest British Columbia since 1971. It is a member driven organization dedicated to advancing geology, exploration and mining in the northwest. SEG has a wide range of membership, from prospectors, geologists, and miners to engineers, contractors, and drillers. It is NWCC’s founding partner for the award-winning School of Exploration and Mining (NWCC SEM).

The School of Exploration and Mining was established in 2004 to serve the training needs of the exploration industry. It consistently demonstrates innovative methods to deliver training that is responsive to industry, customized for clients needs and accessible in remote locations and industrial sites. Since its inception in 2004, more than 1000 students have graduated from NWCC SEM.

About Northwest Community College

NWCC is an accredited post-secondary education institution that offers a range of comprehensive courses and programs to the northwest region of British Columbia. It serves this area through campuses in Haida Gwaii (Skidegate, Masset, Village of Queen Charlotte), Hazelton, Houston, Kitimat, Prince Rupert, Smithers and Terrace. NWCC celebrates the diversity of its northern and First Nations populations and reflects this diversity in its programs, services and workforce.

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