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Celebrating a decade of success.

SMITHERS, BC, October, 30, 2014-- Northwest Community College School of Exploration & Mining (NWCC SEM) is hosting a 10th anniversary event tonight to celebrate  its decade milestone and recognize the industry and community partners contributed to this achievement.

“AME BC congratulates the Northwest Community College’s School of Exploration & Mining on its 10th anniversary. As an educational leader, the School of Exploration & Mining is investing in the future and serving as an important bridge between industry and communities in British Columbia,” says Gavin C. Dirom, President and CEO of the Association for Mineral Exploration BC (AME BC). “In partnership with government, First Nations communities, industry, and educational institutions, the School of Exploration & Mining is producing job-ready graduates with transferable skills. The school’s 72% job-placement rate is evidence that their graduates are ready to help fill the nearly 4,000 positions expected to open in mineral exploration and development in BC over the next years 10 years due primarily to retiring employees.”

Over the past decade, NWCC SEM has experienced many successes including the delivery of seven Workforce Exploration Skills Training (WEST) camp-based programs, winning the MABC Mining & Sustainability Award, piloting an innovative Environmental Monitor Assistant Program with SD 54 that is now in its second delivery, and graduating over 1200 students.

“The success seen at the School of Exploration & Mining have been made possible because of the generous support from our partners, friends and supporters from the mining sector,” says Ken Burt, President of NWCC. “Relationships with communities and industry partnerships have been critical to achieving student success by providing the right skills needed by industry and empowering students.”

NWCC SEM looks forward to expanding over the next ten years by adapting its innovative program design and approach to changing industry needs. Making its programs more transferrable across all natural resource sectors while keeping in line with its commitment to social and environmental responsibility, NWCC SEM will also expand its program breadth.

"With more than $30 billion in potential projects currently at vary stages of the environmental assessment and permitting process, we expect the demand of skilled labour in BC to continue to grow in the decades ahead," Karina Briño, President and CEO of the Mining Association of BC . "NWCC SEM's unique model ensures that its graduates are both job-ready and environmentally conscious, helping ensure young British Columbians are first in line for the jobs of tomorrow."

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Media Contact:

Danielle Smyth

Projects Administrator, School of Exploration & Mining

E-Mail: dsmyth@nwcc.bc.ca

Telephone: 250.847.4461 Ext. 5812 

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