“Northern Lights College is an innovative educational leader,” writes college president Nick Rubidge. “The co-operation, collaboration and input of industry have created an outstanding training venue.”The money is to be spent in the college’s B.C. Centre of Training Excellence in Oil and Gas, which is a hub for shared oil and gas expertise including curriculum development, program promotion and co-ordinated training opportunities.“Preparing students to enter the oil and gas industry with high-quality training supports the needs of industry and our provincial economy,” writes Advanced Education Minister Andrew Wilkinson. “The centre continues to provide regional education opportunities that benefit an economy that is diverse, strong and growing.”- Advertisement -The purpose of the center, according to a provincial release, is to align education and training with in-demand occupations that are critical to the oil and gas and other industries – similar to B.C.’s Skills for Jobs Blueprint.“The oil and gas sector in B.C. is poised for growth – much of it in the north,” writes Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training Minister and Minister Responsible for Labour Shirley Bond. “Through the Skills for Jobs Blueprint, government is working closely with industry and labour ensuring to deliver training and apprentices to meet labour force demands.”Minister Bond adds, “With a million jobs openings projected in B.C. by 2022 driven by retirements and a growing economy, we ensure British Columbians have the right skills to find their fit in our diverse and growing economy.”Advertisement The B.C. Centre of Training Excellence in Oil and Gas was announced in November of 2012, and is most recently developing a Working in Natural Gas program that is being delivered throughout the province.