Melanie Mark, minister of advanced educations, skills and training, met with Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art’s staff, students and alumni during her recent visit. From left, Frances Johnson, an alumnus who works at the college; artists/instructors Stan Bevan and Ken McNeil; minister Mark; Jaimie Davies, second year Freda Diesing student; Amanda Hugon, alumnus; and Kari Morgan, Freda Diesing student.

Northwest Community College receives trades training funding

That’s $65,000 for up to 16 trades training seats

Northwest Community College is one of 13 post-secondary institutions to receive funding for trades training seats in 2017-18.

The funding is $65,000 for up to 16 additional trades seats and is primarily going for seats in a harmonized Carpentry Foundations course currently being offered in Kitkatla, said Sarah Zimmerman, NWCC director of communications and public relations.

“We are able to fill 12 [trades seats],” said Zimmerman, adding the college is able to offer programs in communities like Kitkatla where there are no college campuses.

Nothing is being planned for another four additional trades seats so all the money will probably go to those 12 seats, she added.

The other 12 public post-secondary institutions receiving funding for trades training seats from the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training are the BC Institute of Technology, Camosun College, College of New Caledonia, College of the Rockies, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Nicola Valley Institute of Technology, North Island College, Okanagan College, Thompson Rivers University, University of the Fraser Valley, Vancouver Community College and Vancouver Island University.