CAMPBELL RIVER, B.C- North Island College announced today that it’s receiving money to enhance it’s forestry training programs.
Melanie Mark, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Training took to the podium this afternoon to say that $328,000 will be given to the college to both expand it’s workplace based certificate program, and develop a new diploma program.
The funding announcement follows a $1 million dollar investment in new and upgraded forestry programs at six post secondary institutions across B.C.
Mark said the funding is in response to a demand in the forestry sector for skilled workers.
“We are responding to what employers have told us, by ensuring that in all parts of the province will have the training and experience the industry needs,” she said.
“More students can look forward to a great future in forestry, in good-paying, family-supporting jobs. The sector has been the economic backbone of our province for decades.”
Program development is still in the planning stages, details on tuition, start dates and curriculum are yet to be determined.