NorQuest celebrates first year of Aboriginal career centre

April 6, 2016

NorQuest College is celebrating the first year of its Alberta Aboriginal Construction Career Centre (AACCC). The centre was established last year through a partnership between NorQuest, Bow Valley College, government, industry, and Aboriginal groups. Jonathan Robb, NorQuest Director of Strategic Integration and Stakeholder Relations, reports that AACCC significantly surpassed its initial goal of training 150 people for careers in the construction industry, with 551 individuals accessing training. In addition, 320 of the people who sought assistance at the centre were successfully placed in jobs. The centre focuses on training Aboriginal learners, but is available to people of all backgrounds. Of the people who completed training in the first year, 24% were female and 81% were of Aboriginal descent. Robb praised the centre’s job-coaching model and collaborations with industry and employment agencies as reasons for student success.