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SUBJECT: BCIT and Marine Institute of Memorial University sign training agreement
DATE: Nov. 1, 2004

(Left) Bill Bradbury, BCIT's Project Manager for the School Of Construction and Environment and MI's Executive Director, Leslie O'Reilly signs the agreement during the Oceans Industries BC conference in Nanaimo.
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The Marine Institute of Memorial University and the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) School of Construction and the Environment signed a partnership agreement today to jointly develop and deliver national training programs for the offshore petroleum and natural gas energy, fisheries, ocean technologies, and the environment sectors.

"Our goal is to advance the career skills that current and future employees will need for the growth of these industry sectors across our country," said Leslie O'Reilly, executive director of the Marine Institute. "Together, we will maximize our service to industry clients and our students."

In the agreement, the two institutions will work through a joint working committee to identify national training and technology transfer initiatives in each sector and develop appropriate curriculum. The partnership also enhances opportunity for student and faculty exchanges between the institutions.

"This partnership allows each of us to focus on and develop what we each do best and yet be able to deploy a full palette of services for our clients. This is good business for everyone", notes John English, dean of the School of Construction and the Environment.

With 40 years of education and training experience, the Marine Institute is Canada's most comprehensive education, training, applied research and technology transfer resource in support of the international ocean industries. With facilities in St. John's, Foxtrap and Stephenville, NL, it has a full suite of state-of-the-art safety, survival and simulation facilities available to deliver a full range of training, including short industrial response courses, diploma of technology programs, and bachelor and masters degree programs.

The British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT), recognized as Canada's premier polytechnic institute, provides access to lifelong learning through over 250 full-time, part-time and distance learning programs at certificate, diploma, advanced diploma, and bachelor degree levels. BCIT's world-class status is reflected in its School of Construction and the Environment activities. Combining its expertise and extensive resource infrastructure in training, technology development and transfer with the business experience of Canadian firms, the School of Construction and the Environment has established itself as an international centre for training excellence.

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