NLC's Oil and Gas Centre of Excellence opened in 2007, reaffirmed by the provincial government in 2012
The $12-million Jim Kassen Industry Training Centre, located at the Fort St. John Campus, is home to the Centre of Training Excellence for Oil and Gas as well as several Trades and Apprenticeship programs.
The Industry Training Centre includes extensive hands-on learning opportunities available through the Simulated Well Site Training facility, as well as a full-sized drilling rig donated by Nabors Canada in 2012. The facility prepares students to enter the oil and gas industry and support the growth of B.C.’s economy.
Currently NLC offers the following energy related programming at the Fort St. John Campus: Oil and Gas Field Operations, Power Engineering and Gas Processing, Electrician, Heavy Duty Technician, Industrial Instrumentation Mechanic, along with other Apprenticeship and Foundation Trades programs.
The Centre of Excellence, meanwhile, is designed to address the challenges of skills training and education in the oil and gas industry on a provincial scale. Significant contributions have been made in the past by the Centre and with the current economic forecast for the province, the time is ripe for the Centre of Excellence to once again make progressive and effective contributions to oil and gas education.
The Centre of Excellence includes a Steering Committee, Secretariat, and Working Group Committees.The mandate of the Steering Committee will be to facilitate cross-jurisdictional collaborations aimed at building the capacity and improving the responsiveness of the post secondary education system to address oil and gas education and training needs in the province of British Columbia.