Trades and Apprenticeships students at Northern Lights College has received a donation of $250,000 by TransCanada that will supply the proposed new trades training centre with new welding booths at the Dawson Creek Campus, and go toward student bursaries.
“TransCanada’s donation to the proposed new trades training centre will help NLC close the skills gap and ensure that students gain access to the right training in the right location at the right time,” said NLC president/CEO Dr. Bryn Kulmatycki.
This donation is part of TransCanadas Pathway to Pipeline Readiness Program, which focuses on helping to build northern BC’s skilled labour force, and to grow workers’ transferable skills.
“Through our work with local residents, community leaders and Aboriginal groups, we know that investing in skills development is important to northern British Columbians,” said Kristine Delkus, TransCanada’s executive vice president, stakeholder relations.
“That’s why we are working closely with northern educational institutions such as Northern Lights College to ensure residents are able to access training in the essential skills and relevant trades needed to participate in pipeline and other development projects in northern BC.”
Donna Kane, Executive Director of the NLC Foundation said one of the biggest barrier to furthering one’s education is finances. “By helping students with financial need, the TransCanada awards program will go a long way in ensuring that those who wish to attend NLC will have that opportunity,” she said.
Outside of funding into NLC, TransCanada is developing more than $13 billion in new natural gas pipeline projects in northern BC in support of the LNG industry.
Earlier this month, Encana Corporation also donated $300,000 to Northern Lights College’s Dawson Creek Campus.