Newest NWCC trades programs for women

For the first time ever, Northwest Community College (NWCC) will offer two trades programs for women at its Terrace Campus.

The Women in Road Building and Heavy Construction (WRBHC) program will run from Feb. 21 until Mar. 25, while the Women in Heavy Equipment Operator (WHEO) Apprentice program will run from Mar. 28 until Apr. 29.

“Women have much to offer in the world of trades and Northwest Community College wants to do whatever it takes to encourage more to get involved,” according to NWCC Trades Coordinator Brian Badge.

“We are offering these particular programs as both have healthy local job prospects – especially with the Northwest Transmission Line in the works and significant exploration and mining activity in the area,” Badge continues.

Both the WRBHC and WHEO programs are five weeks long and combine classroom and worksite training. During the WHEO program, students also gain significant hands-on experience driving heavy equipment such as an articulated rock truck, excavator, dozer and loader.

Eligible applicants may be able to access funding to help pay tuition and fees through NWCC’s Employment Skills Access Program.


For more information contact:

Kristine Kofoed Director of Communications and College Advancement Northwest Community College Phone: 250.638.5470 Toll-Free: 1.877.277.2288 Email:

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Northwest Community College is an accredited post-secondary education institution that offers a range of comprehensive courses and programs to the northwest region of British Columbia. It serves this area through campuses in Haida Gwaii (Kaay Llnagaay, Masset, Village of Queen Charlotte), Hazelton, Houston, Kitimat, Nass Valley, Prince Rupert, Smithers and Terrace. NWCC celebrates the diversity of its northern and First Nations populations and reflects this diversity in its programs, services and workforce.