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The Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation (EOCF) and NorQuest College have forged an innovative partnership with NorQuest's new Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation Hospitality Institute.

Launched in January 2015, the EOCF Hospitality Institute is a hands-on training centre where students and current employees from Northern Alberta can develop leading-edge skills in a broad range of disciplines including guest services, safety, supervision, service industry operations and event delivery.

"NorQuest College is extremely proud to partner with the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation on this exciting opportunity," said Dr. Jodi L. Abbott, NorQuest President & CEO. "We are committed to providing workforce relevant programming that aligns with the needs of our community."

Approximately 10 per cent of Alberta's workforce - close to 200,000 people - works in the tourism and hospitality sector. The Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation Hospitality Institute provides training programs that are relevant and customized for Alberta's hospitality industry and opens doors to employment opportunities for students.

As part of the EOCF's $1.5 million investment, 100 Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation Hospitality Bursaries, valued up to $1,000 each, will be available each year for those who require financial support. A portion of the investment also supported the state-of-the-art training facility and kitchen in NorQuest's Centre for Learning that opened in September 2017.