New mining course for women at the College of the Rockies

A three week training program is being offered by The College of the Rockies, Fernie Campus, in partnership with Teck. The goal of the program is to introduce women to the types of careers available within the surface coal mining industry.

The training program is being offered to women across the Elk Valley, Crowsnest Pass and Cranbrook. The program includes: Fundamentals and Procedures in Surface Mining, Computer Skills, Occupational First Aid Level 1, Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS), Health, Safety & Reclamation Code for Mines, Fall Protection, Haul Truck Simulator, Mine Tour and Ride-Along Training with Veteran Operators. The program also includes soft skills training in: Workplace Communication, Personality Dimensions, Conflict Resolution, Goal Setting, Time Management and Team Building. Work/Life Balance Workshops and Resume Writing are also included in the training.

Upon completion of the course, participants will gain skills to improve their employability within the industry/workforce. This is the first time a course of this nature has been offered through The College of the Rockies. The haul truck training in this course is a reduced version (one week) of what is available in the full Haul Truck Operator program (four weeks). The goal is to have sufficient interest so the program can be completed by March 31st, 2014. Dependant on interest, this program could be offered a second time in 2014.

The College of the Rockies is extremely excited about this great opportunity and would like to urge as many women in the Elk Valley and surrounding area to enroll in the program.

Cost of the course is $995. For information on potential funding options and/or to register, please contact the Fernie Campus at 250-423-4691 or the Program Coordinator, Valerie Luznar-Purdy at 250-423-3827.

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