NORTHERN LIGHTS COLLEGE: In response to an identified need for skills development in tourism and hospitality services, Northern Lights College and the new Wilderness Lodge have joined forces to launch a special Hospitality and Tourism program in Tumbler Ridge from March 22 to April 30, 2004.

The six-week program, delivered at the Tumbler Ridge campus, will accommodate 12 students each in two streams: Food and Beverage Services and Front Desk/Guest Services. Four weeks of classroom instruction followed by a two-week work practicum will prepare students for potential employment in restaurants, lounges, hotels and lodges in Tumbler Ridge. The Wilderness Lodge and the Tumbler Ridge Golf Course restaurant – which is expected to provide the Lodge?s catering – are both scheduled to open for business in May 2004.

Veronica Timmons of Timmons & Associates will bring years of hospitality experience and high standards of excellence to the classroom, immersing students in three weeks of intensive training in tourism industry fundamentals, client service skills and communications. The Front Desk/Guest Services students will then receive instruction specific to accommodations, front desk management and housekeeping while the Food and Beverage students will focus on food preparation, mixology and event planning and coordination. The month wraps up with all students receiving training in Occupational First Aid, WHMIS, workplace safety and Visitor Information Counseling.

Students will receive a Northern Lights certificate of completion. Jonathan Liu of the Wilderness Lodge says he is committed to hiring locally and has endorsed the course curriculum. According to Liu, preference in hiring will be given to graduates of this program.

To apply, students must successfully complete a CAAT (Canadian Adult Achievement Test), after which an interview may be required to determine eligibility and personal suitability. Call the Tumbler Ridge Campus at 250-242-5591 for more information.