The construction of Aurora College’s Centre for Mine and Industry Training (CMIT) has been completed and was officially made open to the public on Monday, Jan. 7.
Michael McLeod, a member of Parliament for Northwest Territories, attended the grand opening of the facility, which is located in the college’s the Fort Smith campus.
“The Government of Canada’s investment in Aurora College is creating the right conditions for innovation and long-term growth, which will keep the Northwest Territories’ economy globally competitive,” McLeod said.
Through the Government of Canada’s Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund, Aurora College received over $4 million to help create the CMIT, which will specialize in the development, delivery and maintenance of both mining-related curriculum and the heavy equipment operator program.
“It’s not only about creating jobs today; we are helping prepare Northerners for the well-paying middle-class jobs of tomorrow,” McLeod added.
The Government of Northwest Territories contributed $6.3 million to the facility, bringing the total cost of the project to more than $10.3 million.