November 28, 2014 - 12:10 PM
OLIVER - Seventeen Aboriginal learners in the Okanagan are enrolled in a community-based education and training partnership between Okanagan College and the Osoyoos Indian Band that's designed to improve their chances for future employment.
The program will provide Aboriginal learners with upgrading courses, employment readiness and workplace certificates. It is one of five new partnerships worth a total of $1 million that are enabling Aboriginal people to get skills and education in their communities to prepare for jobs in B.C.'s growing economy. Okanagan College and the Osoyoos Indian Band are receiving $160,517.
The other communities and organizations that will benefit from the partnership program with public post-secondary institutions are Squamish Nation, Xeni Gwet'in First Nations, Lhtako Dene Nation, and Ooknakane Friendship Centre and En'owkin Centre.
This $1 million investment is in addition to the $6.4 million in joint federal and provincial government funding previously announced for 23 projects to create partnerships between public post-secondary institutions and local Aboriginal communities. These projects are expected to deliver education and training that ranges from academic upgrading to skilled qualifications to more than 440 Aboriginal people. Today's announcement builds on that investment, and will provide training for a further 105 participants in five communities.
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