Students and sponsors of the Marine Training initiative.

Students and sponsors of the Marine Training initiative.

Prince Rupert industry partners sponsoring marine training

Prince Rupert marine industrial businesses are making it easier for people to get into the industry.

Prince Rupert marine industrial businesses are making it easier for people to get into the industry.

Smit Marine, Ridley Terminals Inc., Tricorp and the Prince Rupert Port Authority have come together to sponsor a program aiming to create a starting off point for people wanting to get in the marine industry and for people already in it that want to move forward.

The program is made up of 16 high-end courses for operating certificates and emergency duties related to the marine industry.

12 students aged 19 to late 30s were selected to partake in the courses that are now underway at Northwest Community College, with a portion of classes taking place on Vancouver Island in the near future.

Pictured are the students now enrolled in the program, as well as Ann Rowse, NWCC workforce training and continuing students program officer (far right in the back row), Ken Veldman, director of public affairs for the Prince Rupert Port Authority (second from left in back row), Michelle Bryant, corporate affairs manager for Ridley Terminals, (third from right in back), Judy Carlick-Pearson, assistant operations manager for Northern B.C. for Smit Marine (first on left in front), Bess Leeson, senior program officer for Tricorp (back left) and one of the program instructors, Dave Milligan (forth on right inback).

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