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Peace Wapiti Public School Division No. 76
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Three local School Districts join forces with NAIT, Aquatera, Ensign Energy Services and Careers: The Next Generation to offer two new Dual Credit programs in 2015-16 –

May 21, 2015

Oil and Gas Field Production Operator, Water and Wastewater Operator

As Dual Credit opportunities become a reality for more high school students in Alberta, the three local School Districts are pleased to announce two additional unique opportunities for students, to be offered in the upcoming school year. In partnership with NAIT, Aquatera, Ensign Energy, and Careers: The Next Generation, students will have access to a blended learning environment where they will complete the requirements for certificates from NAIT in Oil and Gas Field Production Operator or Water and Wastewater Operator, over a two-year period.

When the Provincial Dual Credit Strategy was first announced by the Government of Alberta, local School Boards formed a partnership with NAIT and Careers: The Next Generation to offer students post-secondary certificate program options which would provide opportunities for employment in the local area.

Oil and Gas Field Production Operators are in high demand in the oil and gas industry. The Oil and Gas Production Operator (OGPO) program is designed to train professional and technically knowledgeable individuals for careers in production and operations. Students will gain practical skills and knowledge relating to gas processing, instrumentation, measurement, production equipment, and refining.

Water and Wastewater Operators are essential for the proper handling of water and wastewater in today's environmentally conscious society. The Water and Wastewater Program teaches students the fundamental skills necessary to work in water distribution, water treatment, wastewater collection and wastewater treatment. Through a combination of theory, self-study and hands-on activities, students will receive a balance of knowledge to prepare them for employment in their chosen field.

On May 20-22, students in the regional high schools will attend information sessions on both programs, hosted by NAIT and business partners, and learn how they can qualify to study and receive certification over a two-year period while completing the requirements of a high school diploma. Students will be required to pay an annual cautionary fee of $300, refunded upon successful completion of the program, while school districts will pay approximately $1,000 annually for each student-participant. After two years, students will receive a certificate. Students in the Water and Wastewater Operator Program may continue their studies at NAIT to complete a diploma.