Published On: Monday, 18 June 2018

North Island College Gets Funding for Forestry Program

North Island College Gets Funding for Forestry Program

CAMPBELL RIVER - People wanting a career in the forestry sector will soon be able to access more education and training options, following a $1-million investment in new and upgraded programs at six public post-secondary institutions.

Funding includes $328,000 to enhance the existing coastal forest resource certificate, and develop an applied forest resource diploma, at North Island College (NIC). The college will expand its workplace-based certificate program with an in-field training and mentorship model, while developing a new diploma program to include industry leadership, mentorship and on-the-job training.

North Island College is consulting with local employers to develop the curriculum, and ensure the certificate and two-year diploma position students and industry for long-term success. As planning continues, the program's tuition, start date and curriculum details will be confirmed.

"Revitalizing the sector with a skilled workforce is a key part of our strategy for the forest sector, and the tens of thousands of British Columbians who rely on forestry jobs," says John Bowman, NIC President.

Corby Lamb, Campbell River Chamber of Commerce chair, and founder and partner of Capacity Forest Management says, "Applied forestry programs support a vital industry on Vancouver Island and throughout B.C. NIC is proud to develop relevant and responsive programs, which provide industry knowledge, applied skills and employer connections for our students."