Northern Opportunities Presents to the BC Miners & Educators Workshop

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By , April 26, 2010

THE POWER OF PARTNERSHIPS – Representatives of Northern Opportunities (NOpps) made a presentation, by invitation, to the BC Miners and Educators Workshop held in Kamloops on March 23rd and 24th, 2010.

The BC Mining Industry Labour Shortage Task Force hosted the workshop. The purpose of the ‘joint venture’ was to highlight the importance of collaboration between industry and educators to develop and secure a skilled workforce that will meet the demands of the mineral industry.

The NOpps presentation focused on the partnership model that has been successful in its mission to strengthen individuals and communities in Northeast BC by enhancing opportunities for students to succeed in high school, pursue post-secondary education and build rewarding careers.

As a direct result of the Northern Opportunities partnership, the high schools in all districts – in collaboration with Northern Lights College are reporting a significant increase in interest and enrolment in dual credit trades and technology programs. This has contributed to a stable and vital workforce trained in the north to stay in the north.

The NOpps presentation delivered by Jeff Beale, Co-chair of the Community Learning Council and Aboriginal Relations Advisor Encana Corp., Frances Armstrong, Career Programs Manager for School District No. 59 (Peace River South) and Jeff Lekstrom, Dean of Trades and Apprenticeship, Northern Lights College was very well received.

The presentation can be viewed along with all other presentations and breakout session notes from the March 24th and 25th BC Miners and Educators Workshop,

For more information about the minerals industry in BC visit the following websites:

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