Aurora introduces tuition-free geoscience program

May 29, 2018

Aurora College has launched a tuition-free program that trains assistants for geoscientists. CBC reports that the Geoscience Field Assistant Training Program consists of five weeks of in-class training, followed by 160 hours of paid, on-site training offered by mining companies working in partnership with Aurora. “There's sort of a gap in expertise,” said Kumari Karunaratne, Acting Director of the Northwest Territories Geological Survey. “We've got lots of geologists looking for work, and we have people that have good on-the-land skills, but [are] not necessarily geared towards geoscience work.” According to CBC, the territorial government, the Mine Training Society, Aurora, and the local mining industry have funded the program.