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Gas pipeline operator, TransCanada, makes sizable college donation

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TransCanada has announced that it will donate CAN$250 000 to Trades and Apprenticeships students at Northern Lights College (NLC) from its Coastal GasLink Pipeline and Prince Rupert Gas Transmission projects. Specifically, the money will go towards welding booths for a newly proposed training centre on the Dawson Creek Campus, as well as towards student bursaries to improve access to trades workforce training skills programmes. TransCanada is making this donation as part of its Pathway to Pipeline Readiness Programme, which aims to build northern British Columbia’s (B.C.) skilled workforce.

Kristine Delkus, the Executive Vice President, stakeholder relations, of TransCanada, said: “Through our work with local residents, community leaders and Aboriginal groups, we know that investing in skills development is important to northern British Columbians […] That's why we are working closely with northern educational institutions such as Northern Lights College to ensure residents are able to access training in the essential skills and relevant trades needed to participate in pipeline and other development projects in northern B.C.”

TransCanada is currently developing over CAN$13 billion of natural gas pipeline projects in northern B.C. to support the LNG industry. These projects will create thousands of jobs, as well as other economic benefits for the region.

Dr. Bryn Kulmatycki, the President and CEO of NLC, said: “TransCanada's donation to the proposed new trades training centre will help NLC close the skills gap and ensure that students gain access to the right training in the right location at the right time.”

Donna Kane, the Executive Director of the NLC Foundation, said: “One of the biggest barriers to furthering one's education is finances […] By helping students with financial need, the TransCanada awards program will go a long way in ensuring that those who wish to attend NLC will have that opportunity.”

Edited from press release by David Rowlands

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