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B.C. investing big in 2016 trades training & equipment at Northwest Community College

September 28, 2016 | By Renée Francoeur

September 28, 2016 – British Columbia’s Northwest Community College (NWCC) in Terrace has fuller pockets when it comes to its trades programs thanks to two separate government investments announced recently.

The province is funnelling $1.6 million to the school for skills training through the Industry Training Authority (ITA), funding 501 seats through to March 31, 2017 in trades like electrical, heavy mechanics, etc.

NWCC will also see $187,000 in government funds to go toward new industry-standard trades-training equipment, specifically for the electrical, carpentry and auto service technician programs.

“NWCC has a reputation for trades training excellence,” said NWCC president and CEO Ken Burt. “This funding will build additional opportunities for students to get the quality, hands-on education they need to succeed in trades careers.”


NWCC has received almost $1.5 million since the launch of B.C.’s Skills for Jobs Blueprint toward trades-training equipment, according to the province.

“It’s so important that students get their training on the same types of equipment that they will find once they get out into the workforce,” said Lorrie Gowen, dean of trades and workforce training at NWCC. “That experience supports employment success, which is what we strive for as a learning institution.”

The government launched B.C.’s Skills for Jobs Blueprint in April 2014 to “align education and training with in-demand jobs in B.C.”

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