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BC Mining Task Force Announces Innovative Career Exploration Project





Grade   8   students   in   School   District   No.   27,   Cariboo   Chilcotin   will   have   the   opportunity   to   participate   in  an   innovative   pilot   program   that   will   provide   insight   into   career   opportunities   in   the   mining   sector.




The   pilot,   endorsed     by   the   BC   Mining   HR   Task   Force:   Exploration,   Mining,   Stone,   Sand   &   Gravel,   will   see Thompson   Rivers   University   –   Williams     Lake   campus   deliver   an   interactive   4   day   camp   for   40   youth, engaging   them   in   the   discovery   of   the   mining   sector   and   its   vast   employment   opportunities.     This   “hands on”   camp,   intended   to   build   awareness   of   the   opportunities   that   exist   within   the   mining   sector,   will   help youth   make   more   informed   course   choice   decisions   as   they   work   through   to   graduation.




Dr.   Ray   Sanders,   Executive   Director,   Thompson   Rivers   University   –   WL   is   pleased   that   TRU   –   Williams Lake   was   chosen   to   deliver   this   pilot   project.




“We   are   excited   to   be   able   to   provide   a   hands-­‐on   camp   to   help   students   make   better   decisions   about  careers   here   at   home.     It   is   our   belief   that   this   camp   will   provide   students   the   motivation   and  information   to   stay   engaged   in   school,   graduate,   and   enter   a   meaningful   career   in   mining,   ”   Sanders  said.




School   District   27   is   equally   pleased   to   have   been   included   in   this   educational   project   being   delivered   by the   local   campus   of   Thompson   Rivers   University.




Mark   Thiessen,   Superintendent   of   Schools,   SD   27   (Cariboo   Chilcotin),   said:   “In   School   District   No.   27,   we  seek   to   provide   students   with   many   opportunities   to   connect   directly   with   the   world   outside   of  school.     We   foresee   mining   continuing   to   be   a   vital   industry   within   our   region,   and   I   am   excited   that   this  camp   will   make   our   students   more   aware   of   the   multitude   of   career   opportunities   in   the   mining   sector.”




The   project   is   made   possible   through   funding   provided   by   the   BC   Mining   HR   Task   Force   which   is   in   turn  funded   in   large   part   by   the   BC   Provincial   Government,   Ministry   of   Jobs,   Tourism,   and   Training.     In  addition,   in-­‐kind   assistance   is   provided   from   industry   and   its   various   partners   that   have   worked   closely  with   the   school   district   over   the   years,   providing   career   opportunities   to   students.     The   BC   Mining   HR  Task   Force   is   encouraged   by   the   initiation   of   this   innovative   project,   and   is   looking   forward   to   being   able  to   share   the   results   of   the   pilot   with   other   jurisdictions   throughout   the   province.     David   Bazowski,   Chair  of   the   BC   Mining   HR   Task   Force,   said:      “The   primary   focus   of   the   BC   Mining   HR   Task   Force   is   to  encourage   understanding   of   and   participation   in   the   mining   industry   and   its   more   than   120   occupations.  For   us   to   be   successful   a   cornerstone   must   be   the   reaching   out   to   our   youth   and   the   facilitation   of  collaborative   learning   opportunities   between   industry,   educators,   and   students.   This   pilot   initiative   is   an excellent   example   of   the   type   of   partnership   and   experiential   learning opportunity   that   we   are   all  about…”



Gord   Armour,   Chair   of   the   Education   and   Training   Committee   of   the   Task   Force   says   “It   is   important   to access   today’s   youth   early   on   in   their   education,   providing   them   with   a   wide   range   of   information   on potential   career   opportunities   in   order   to   plan   appropriately.     As   well,   students   understand   better   when they   can   interact   with   business   and   industry   outside   the   classroom,   leading   to   a   clearer   understanding of   principles   taught   inside   the   classroom”.




“In   21st   Century   Learning,   students   use   educational   technologies   to   apply   knowledge   to   new   situations, analyze   information,   collaborate,   solve   problems,   and   make   decisions.     This   camp   supports   21st   Century Learning   with   a   focus   on   experiential   learning   through   the   delivery   of   educational   activities   outside   the classroom   to   support   course   learning   within   the   classroom.”




The   pilot   will   engage   40   youth   in   a   camp   setting   and   facilitate   and   build   awareness   of   the   mining




sector.     In   the   camp,   youth   will   be   engaged   through   resource   materials,   field   trips,   activities   that   explore technological   advances,   information   on   Canada’s   role   as   a   world   leader   in   mineral   exploration   and
mining,   and   real   world   experience.   The   activities   being   developed   will   include   activities   in   geosciences, prospecting,   environmental   science,   geographical   information   systems,   engineering,   skilled   trades,
mineral   exploration,   mining,   health   and   safety,   and   ecological   knowledge.




The   camp,   through   the   assistance   of   industry   partners,   will   provide   students   with   activities   that   include mine   tours,   mine   recue   demonstrations,   GPS   site   mapping,   exploration   demonstrations,   prospecting, mineral   use   in   everyday   life,   and   heavy   equipment   demonstrations   or   simulation.



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Posted January 19, 2013

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