First Nations careers on track

The first-ever all-aboriginal Railway Conductor graduating class.

Eleven First Nations students are being sponsored in BCIT’s Railway Conductor program through a ground-breaking initiative supported by the Railway Association of Canada, Assembly of First Nations, and Human Resources and Skills Development Canada. Students are recruited with the help of BCIT Aboriginal Services.

The first all-aboriginal class of five students has already successfully graduated (in December 2010), with each student landing a job with either Canadian National or Canadian Pacific Railway. Congratulations go to Adrian Arnouse, Gerald Harold, Kurtis Henry, Collin O’Keefe, and Genevier Sullivan. A second aboriginal class is currently in training, running in parallel with a mainstream Conductor class.

Read more about the aboriginal Railway Conductor program and partnerships in this Alberni Valley Times story, A first for conductors.

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