COLUMNS: Supporting skills training through new ranching program at TRU

Our government wants to help equip British Columbians with the skills they need to get good-paying family-supporting jobs.

Our government wants to help equip British Columbians with the skills they need to get good-paying family-supporting jobs.

Using the resources we have is a practical approach to skills training. Here in Williams Lake, ranching is a big part of our local economy.

On Nov. 25, a community meeting was held in Williams Lake to discuss post-secondary opportunities.

One of the programs discussed was Thompson Rivers University’s Applied Sustainable Ranching Program.

Lieutenant Governor Judith Guichon visited Williams Lake’s Thompson Rivers University campus on Dec. 1 to celebrate the program’s launch.

The first of its kind in our province, this program, a collaborative partnership, will give students the chance to learn to build and maintain ranching enterprises in B.C.

Students will learn how to create enterprises suited to the particular environment and resources while ensuring it provides a return on investment.

They can transfer their knowledge to the agriculture industry in any region.

The next intake for the program is in January.

Learn more at tru.ca/williamslake/programs/sre.html.

By working together we can promote opportunities for people in Williams Lake.

Coralee Oakes is the MLA for Cariboo North and Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction.