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BCIT Offers New Wood Processing Program
News Release- January, 2007 

BURNABY, BC: The British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) is now accepting applications for its newest programs in Industrial Wood Processing and Management (IWPM). Students can earn a Certificate in Wood Product Sales and Distribution or a Certificate or Diploma of Technology in Industrial Wood Processing Management.

John McDonald, the newly appointed program head of BCIT's Industrial Wood Processing and Management programs, says, "The wood and industrial forest products industry is the major employer in most regions of BC. The shift to mill automation and industry consolidation has created a great demand for employees with both technical and managerial skills."

McDonald has more than 35 years of experience in the engineered wood products manufacturing industry, including production management, project management, quality assurance, training/development, and sales/marketing. He has extensive experience as an account manager and technical service representative in resin/adhesive supply to a wide variety of engineered wood products businesses. He will share his specific expertise by teaching several IWPM Engineered Wood Products courses.

The IWPM courses are delivered primarily online through the use of an innovative presentation concept called WebCT. WebCT will allow participants to work toward their credentials via computer from their homes or places of work.

"Graduates from the IWPM program will be well-prepared to meet the high demand for skilled workers in this industry," explains McDonald. "The programs are designed to provide the skills and knowledge required to satisfy the recruitment needs of employers in the industrial wood processing sector, including suppliers, primary producers, subsequent processors and end users."

For more information about the IWPM program, visit: bcit.ca/construction/iwpm/

For general information about training to work in construction or forestry, visit the School of Construction and the Environment, search for part-time courses, or call 604-434-1610 for program and course information.


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