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School of Exploration & Mining

Since its inception in 2004, Northwest Community College's School of Exploration & Mining (SEM) has taken a leadership role in providing training for the minerals industry workforce in Northern BC communities.

In partnership with Smithers Exploration Group and the Province of BC, SEM develops and delivers essential courses and programs targeted for the minerals industry. This means job-ready skills and employment for students – of nearly1500 SEM graduates, greater than 72% have found employment or returned to school.

SEM's innovative program design and delivery, strategic partnerships, and commitment to social and environmental responsibility have been recognized through several provincial, national and international awards.

Customized Training

NWCC’s School of Exploration and Mining offers mobile and customizable courses to meet the employment training needs of the minerals and natural resource industries. Courses can be offered individually, packaged by contract or modified to meet the specific training needs of the client. 

Upcoming Programs:

Available on Demand:

For higher level mining related courses see NWCC's Collaborative Mining Engineering and Technology Degree/Diploma program with BCIT.

Learn more about courses and training offered through NWCC's Workforce Training & Contract Services.