NorQuest College Holding Info Night on Expanded Courses

NorQuest College will be holding an information session tonight for high school or post-secondary students interested in taking courses offered at the Whitecourt campus for the next school year.

NorQuest College is expanding some of their offered programs, including the popular firefighting program, as Living Waters Catholic Schools Career Counsellor Art Bauer explains.

The following courses are among those being offered that will be discussed at the info session:

• Firefighting
• Forestry Firefighting
• First Medical Responder
• Foundations of Cooking
• Hospitality Management
• Office Administration

The session is open to Grade 12 and post-secondary students and will provide information on programs, tuition costs, and funding for students.

It runs from 7-8 tonight at Whitecourt’s St. Joseph’s High School.


Scott Safety Centre Expansion Project Gets Higher Budget Approved, Contract Awarded

Whitecourt Town Council this week heard an update on the Scott Safety Centre expansion project.

Last October, Council entered into a Renovation Contribution Agreement with the Stark Sports Society to share in the cost of constructing a dressing room for the Whitecourt Wolverines.

On Monday, Council heard that Requests for Proposals were sent out for the building construction, and upon coming back, the overall budget for the project is now higher than originally anticipated, from $650,000 to $800,000.

Mayor Maryann Chichak explains the increase and Council’s decision to amend the agreement.

The new budget means both the Town and Stark Sports Society will cost-share the project, contributing $400,000 each. Whitecourt will front the total costs, and Stark Sports will reimburse the town their portion on a payment schedule over 6.5 years.

Council also awarded the design-build contract to Edmonton-based company Brenex Building Corporation.

Work is expected to start on the arena as soon as possible and be completed in the near future, given the time crunch in place since the Scott Safety Centre is needed for events such as Whitecourt’s Trade Fair over Mothers Day weekend.

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