Local Grade 12 students are burnishing their resumes for oil and gas sector jobs, thanks to a dual credit program supported by Grande Prairie Regional College and NuVista Energy.
Seniors from the Grande Prairie Public School District, the Grande Prairie and District Catholic Schools and the Peace Wapiti School Division are taking courses for eight industry standard tickets while earning high school credit at the same time. NuVista Energy is covering a portion of the cost.
GPPSD superintendent Sandy McDonald said it is a big deal for the community.
“Graduating out of high school with the eight safety tickets needed to immediately begin employment in commercial/industrial positions or the oil and gas sector is a tremendous opportunity for our students,” he said. “This is a local company making a big impact on our local area.”
Students who complete the program get the following tickets: Confined Spaces Awareness/Rescue, Detection & Control of Flammable Substances (ENFORM), Fall Protection, Ground Disturbance Supervisor, H2S Alive (ENFORM), TDG, WHIMIS and CSTS. They also earn high school credit in the Foundations in Workplace Safety course.
NuVista Energy donated $25,000 towards the student cost, which is $1,110 per student. School districts are covering the $483 tuition portion of the program, and students are responsible for $627 in equipment and material fees, but NuVista’s donation brings the students’ bill down to $227.
Seven students have completed the program so far and another 20 are currently taking it, said Kim Frykas, GPPSD director of instruction and the project’s lead. The goal is to have 47 students through…
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