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July 16, 2012

Portage College soon to open Pipeline Training Centre

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First of its kind in Alberta

Portage College is once again expanding, and will soon open the first Pipeline Training Centre in Alberta. The Pipeline Training Centre will coexist with the heavy Equipment Training Centre at Portage College’s newest Campus in Boyle, Alberta.

Synergies between the Heavy Equipment Operator (HEO) and Pipeline Training program offerings are functional and technology driven. Each sector has high employability rates and are both directly tied with Alberta’s oil and gas industry.

The program will cover five areas of pipeline training including: construction, operation, maintenance, environment and regulatory policy.

"The overall design of the program is to train entry level pipeline staff with practical skills to advanced levels of system, pipe design, testing, controls, environmental, overall maintenance activities and response planning," says Stuart Leitch, Portage College Community & Industry Training Initiatives (Citi) Director.

"The pipeline industry is crucial to Alberta’s economic prosperity. Portage College’s Pipeline Training Centre will be built, designed and operated in partnership with the many companies forming the industry," says Portage College President, Dr. Trent Keough. "The Pipeline Centre will also allow for research and fee for service opportunities where companies can do their own training on site. Alberta needs this facility and the industry needs skilled workers."

Portage College is expected to offer the first pipeline training program in September 2013.

For information contact:

Felicity Bergman
Portage College
PR & Marketing Manager, Community & Industry Training Initiatives (CiTi)
Ph: 780.623.5548
Cell: 780.337.9773

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