Assiniboine Community College has announced a new farm equipment operator course for Indigenous people who live off-reserve in order to address a labour shortage in the agricultural sector. The program, which is funded by the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples and developed by Keystone Agricultural Producers, will teach students about the industry, farm safety, and operation and maintenance of farm machinery. The free program takes 14 weeks to complete. “This partnership is an important step in helping to meet an industry need and in providing learners, who may otherwise not have had the opportunity, with a chance to enrol in a program that offers a gateway to great job potential,” said ACC dean of the school of trades Kevin Poririer. Global News Note: Archived stories may contain dead links or be missing source links.