Keyano College Launches Environmental Monitoring Program
March 5, 2007
After much planning and preparation, Keyano College has launched the Environmental Monitoring Program. The Program is a collaborative effort of Industry, Fort McMurray First Nation 468, Chipewyan Prairie First Nation, Métis Nation of Alberta, Keyano College and Alberta Employment Immigration and Industry. Through their representation on a Program Steering Committee, the above partners developed and endorsed this program.
“The objective of this 36 week pilot program is to provide 10 qualifying First Nations and Métis trainees in Fort McMurray, Gregoire Lake, Anzac, Janvier and Conklin, with academic, employment and occupational skills,” says Leo Jacobs, Aboriginal Education Chair. “We want to provide the students with the work experience and related education necessary to become environmental monitors with industry partners working in the Gregoire Lake, Janvier, and Conklin areas.”The program is split into two phases. The first phase includes class-room, laboratory, and integrated field study components. Instruction is provided by Keyano College, Golder Associates Limited and coordination by Albert Associates Limited. Deliverables include Environmental Health and Safety Orientation, Safety Training, Effective Reading In Context, Workplace Applied Math and Computer Skills.
“The second phase includes class-room, laboratory, and integrated field study components. This portion will concentrate on traditional land use and a lot of environmental planning, inspection, monitoring and auditing. Students will also have a co-op work term which is arranged by Albert Associates Ltd., Keyano College and industry partners. This is a great opportunity for students to use their learned skills,” says Jacobs.
“We are truly thrilled to be able to offer our aboriginal students the Environmental Monitoring Program. This has been in the process for some time now, and to see it come into fruition is exciting.”
The students successfully completing the 36-week Environmental Monitoring Program will receive a joint Program certificate from Keyano College and Golder Associates Ltd. Upon successful completion of the safety training and demonstrated skills, trainees will receive the health and safety certificates.
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