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TransCanada Bursaries

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DC – Three Northern Lights College students were the recent recipients of the TransCanada Pathway to Pipeline Readiness Trades Bursary. The students, Cory Horseman, Maximillion Boettcher and Sara Girton received the bursary at an event held in the Centre of Excellence for Clean Energy Technology (CECET) this past November.

“The TransCanada Trades bursaries are vital to the success of many students at NLC,” said Kim McPhedran, Executive Director of the Northern Lights College Foundation. “Being a student comes with many challenges, including financial stress. There are occasions where students will be unable to complete their course without financial support.”

Kiel Giddens and Catie Underhill from TransCanada recently spent the week in Dawson Creek while sponsoring the U17 World Hockey Tournament. They were excited to present bursary cheques to the students and connect with some of the bursary recipients. Mark Heartt, Dean of Trades, also took them on a tour of the grounds during their stop at the NLC Dawson Creek Campus.

“We believe it’s important to support Northern B.C.’s skilled labour force, and to grow workers’ transferable skills.” said TransCanada Regional Public Affairs Manager Kiel Giddens. “That’s why we’ve invested in the students at Northern Lights College through student bursaries in Trades and Workforce Training programs.”

“We recognize that building the capacity of individuals along our pipeline routes is essential to maximizing local benefits and building better projects. As an industry partner in the Peace region, we want to make sure we’re providing those local benefits.” said Giddens.

“TransCanada has shown their commitment to the region by investing in education through both the trades programs, and Workforce Training.’ said McPhedran. “In many cases, these bursaries have allowed students to continue in their programs and then gain employment.”

The $100,000 donation from TransCanada greatly assisted learners in both Trades and Apprenticeships, and Workforce Training Departments at the College. Since 2015, over 130 TransCanada bursaries have been awarded to trades and Workforce Training students.

TransCanada’s Coastal GasLink Pipeline Project and Prince Rupert Gas Transmission Project contributed to the investment.

For more information on awards and bursaries, visit and click on the Northern Lights College Foundation Bursaries and Awards link.