A new 10-month program will be offered at the Fort Nelson campus of the Northern Lights College next summer.

The power engineering and gas processing program is a partnership between the Northeast Aboriginal Skills Employment Project, EnCana Corporation, Spectra Energy and the College.

The program is expected to start in July, 2011 and students will serve nine months of the program at the Fort Nelson campus and one month at the Fort St. John campus. They will also be required to do a practicum at the local Spectra and EnCana facilities.

Program graduates will receive training in 4th Class Power Engineering, 160 hours of firing time on the College’s boiler and all four levels of Gas Process Operations.

College officials say they are aiming for 75 per cent of all students to be aboriginal.

There will be a public information session on the program held on Jan. 5, 2011 from 5 to 7 p.m. and another from 7 to 9 p.m.