Company donates Heavy Equipment for Training Program

As reports, the Thomas Rivers University received current-model machines for their training program for heavy equipment operators. The donation, made by Great West Equipment, is worth about $373,000.

"It's our chance to give back and benefit by having current-model machines in here," said Great West representative Wayne Palmer.

The eight-week certification program is aimed at low-skilled workers who have not been on unemployment insurance in the past three years. It trains operators on safety and the basics of the skills they will need to operate heavy equipment, whether in forestry, mining or construction.