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Twelve graduate from underground mining program
Northern News Services
Published Monday, December 14, 2009
Students hailing from Behchoko, Fort Smith, Fort McPherson, Inuvik, Yellowknife, Whati, Fort Providence and Lutsel K'e first undertook six weeks of class-based introductory learning in each of their home communities.
Following that, they had 12 weeks of hands-on training using an underground simulator at the college as well as practising on haul trucks at a Department of Transportation quarry on the road to Dettah.
Now they must actively seek 12-week work placements at one of Yellowknife's three diamond mines in order to complete their training.
"I saw a flyer in a building over in Fort Smith," said valedictorian Ryan Lafferty, who was working in a convenience store at the time. "I just looked into program ... and wanted to try something new. It worked out for me."