Ridley Terminals Inc. (RTI) took another step to ensuring northwest students are prepared for the skilled labour jobs projected for the region.
RTI recently donated several pieces of machinery to Northwest Community College (NWCC) to be used for demonstrations, troubleshooting and repair practices in the college’s heavy duty equipment technician program. Students in the course will now get to learn hands-on with two dozers, an excavator, a grader, a forklift, an ambulance and a flat deck truck.
“As Ridley Terminals continues to be committed to building human capacity through educational initiatives … the donation of decommissioned heavy equipment from our site to the heavy duty mechanic program at NWCC was a natural choice for us. We are very happy to contribute to the learning of students in our region,” Michelle Bryant, corporate affairs manager at RTI, said.
RTI and NWCC already have an existing partnership, along with the Prince Rupert School District, through the Coastal Pathways Partnership agreement, a program that aims to provide skills training initiatives and projects that benefit the North Coast
Denise Henning, NWCC’s president and CEO, said RTI is a valued industry partner of the college’s.
“[RTI’s] generous donation of this equipment further enhances the quality education and training students receive at NWCC. It gives trades students the opportunity to practice, hands-on, what they are learning on equipment that reflects the real world work environment,” said Henning.