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Harper Government Investment Provides Support for Job Training In Wind Energy Sector

May 22, 2013
Dawson Creek, British Columbia

Students preparing for careers in the growing field of wind energy will now have access to training in Dawson Creek, thanks to federal funding announced today by Bob Zimmer, Member of Parliament for Prince George—Peace River, on behalf of the Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification.

"Our government's top priority is the creation of jobs, growth and long-term prosperity and our investment today will help ensure that Canadian workers can meet the demand for skilled technicians in this sector," said MP Zimmer.

The Harper Government's investment of $225,000 will help Northern Lights College to construct and install a tower on its Dawson Creek campus for training workers to build and maintain turbines for capturing wind-generated energy. This tower will allow students access to the training that is necessary to attain the certification that is required by most wind turbine companies.

"British Columbia, and in particular Northeastern British Columbia, has seen exciting growth in the wind energy sector over the past few years," said Laurie Rancourt, President and CEO of Northern Lights College. "As BC's Energy College, Northern Lights College is proud to deliver the province's only BZEE certified Wind Turbine Maintenance program. We are grateful for this generous contribution from Western Economic Diversification which will support the installation of our wind turbine training tower which will become a critical component of this program."

The Harper Government remains focused on four priorities, as outlined by the Prime Minister that Canadians care most about: their families, the safety of our streets and communities, their pride in being a citizen of this country, and their personal financial security.

Since 2006, the Harper Government, through WD, has invested in job-creating small and medium-sized businesses, aerospace, marine and defence industries, and supported innovative entrepreneurs in pursuing emerging markets. By continuing to promote new economic opportunities, WD is helping to create jobs, economic growth, and long-term prosperity.

For additional information, contact:

Jaime Burke
Communications Manager
Western Economic Diversification
British Columbia Region
Telephone: 604-666-1318

Jennifer Fernandes
Director of Marketing
Northern Lights College
Fort St. John, British Columbia
Telephone: 250-782-5251 ext 2090

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