SMITHERS, BC, September 22, 2014 – For the first time in 38 years, high school students will attend the Annual Mine Reclamation Symposium hosted by the BC Technical and Research Committee on Reclamation (TRCR) in Prince George September 22-25, 2014.
The TRCR is sponsoring the attendance of the 18 high school students, who are part of the Dual–Credit Environmental Monitor Assistant Program (EMAP) run by Northwest Community College School of Exploration and Mining (NWCC SEM).
The Symposium includes a full-day Pinchi Lake Mine Site Tour, for which Teck Metals Ltd. received the 2012 Jake McDonald Mine Reclamation award for outstanding reclamation achievement, and a day and a half of technical presentations by industry and academic experts. Students will be immersed in the most current environmental protection and reclamation issues, and best practices associated with mining.
“The BC Technical and Research Committee on Reclamation is pleased to support the attendance of 18 high school students at the 38th Annual Mine Reclamation Symposium in Prince George this year,” says Ryan Todd, Chairman of the BC Technical and Research Committee on Reclamation. “We view this as a unique opportunity to provide a practical learning experience to the next generation of environmental technicians.”
Industry partners Geoscience BC, Minerals Ed, and the Bulkley Valley Credit Union are sponsoring the students travel and accommodation, making it possible for the EMAP class to attend the Symposium in Prince George.
“Geoscience BC, Minerals Ed, and the Bulkley Valley Credit Union represent organizations dedicated to inspiring and educating youth towards environmental awareness and sustainability,” says NWCC SEM Project Administrator Danielle Smyth. “Industry support was imperative for the EMAP students to be able to attend this prestigious event are we are very appreciative of these organization’s support.”
The Dual-Credit EMAP program is built on recognized environmental best practices and input from the exploration, mining and natural resources industries. It offers grade 11 and 12 students the opportunity to gain employable skills while also achieving credit towards their high school graduation requirements. Providing opportunities for youth to simultaneously work towards a secondary school diploma and college credentials is critical to meeting BC’s labour market challenge and also contributes to the Province’s comprehensive approach to education.