Doors Open at the Centre for Mine and Industry Training

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January 9, 2019

A public event in Fort Smith on January 7th marked the grand opening of the newest addition to Aurora College’s Thebacha Campus – the Centre for Mine and Industry Training (CMIT).

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The new, stand-alone structure features several vehicle bays, classroom and office space, and areas to house mining equipment, simulators and other training materials.

Programs being delivered in the new facility are all in demand by the NWT’s mining industry: Heavy Equipment Operator, Introduction to the Mining Industry, Surface Miner, Mineral Processing Operator Trainee, Introduction to Underground Mining, Underground Miner and Diamond Driller programs.

Photo: Minister Wally Shuman stands next to one of the vehicles students train on.

The $10 million shared investment by the GNWT and federal government reflects an ongoing commitment to foster a strong, well-trained local workforce to service world-class mines today and in the future. 

Monday’s celebratory event attracted Ministers, municipal officials, Thebacha Campus employees and students and Fort Smith residents.


From left: Thebacha MLA Louis Sebert, MP Michael McLeod, Ministers Caroline Cochrane and Wally Schumann, and Aurora College’s interim president Jeff O’Keefe cut the ribbon, marking the centre’s grand opening.

“Aurora College has been training northerners for more than 50 years, the Centre for Mine and Industry Training is well placed for success,” Minister of Education Culture and Employment, Caroline Cochrane noted.