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Two women and ten men, all in their early twenties have commenced training for jobs at a training centre established at Wollaston Lake. "This was a good day for Wollaston Lake" beamed Chief Joe Tsannie of the Hatchet Lake Band. "Planning for this project began several years ago" added Ray McKay, Director of Northern Education for the Saskatchewan Government, "but it really got a big push this summer once Bob Lawrence from SaskPower heard of our need and offered to let us utilize a building they had in the community".
A ribbon cutting ceremony marked the official opening of the training centre and SaskPower Senior Vice-President Bob Lawrence was on hand again. "I want to bring you greetings from MLA Keith Goulet and our new Minister, Dwayne Lingenfelter. Both had wanted to attend but as you can imagine they are pretty busy becoming familiar with their new jobs in Regina," observed Lawrence. In addressing the trainees, Lawrence promised SaskPower would work with the instructors and class to help ensure that as many students as possible end up with jobs upon graduation.
The training centre was a co-operative effort on the part of many organizations. CEIC and Saskatchewan Education shared the cost of the training course, SaskPower contributed the building. Minatco, Cameco and other mining companies assisted with the project, either through working with the planning committee or in the case of Cameco by donating some expensive computer equipment to the project which Cameco Senior Vice-President Bill Allen got to try out firsthand.
Instructors Audrey Harsh and Al Fedak provided the visitors with a quick lesson in computer literacy training and other course work. "We look forward to seeing these young people graduate from this course with the ability to take jobs in the mining industry as they become available and in other industries", commented Audrey Harsh. "Of course we realize, and so do the students, that this training is only the beginning and that over their careers much more training will be required for certain trades and occupations, but its a good start!"