Bill Dooks, Minister of Energy, is in Sydney today, Aug. 11, to congratulate nine Russians who graduated from a Nova Scotia training program related to the oil and gas sector. The students have spent the last year learning English and being trained as technicians in a program created by Cape Breton University and Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) for ExxonMobil. “Our educators have created a first-class training program,” said Mr. Dooks. “This diploma will open many doors for the students and allow graduates to achieve great things in the energy sector.” In January of 2002, Cape Breton University and NSCC partnered and formalized an agreement with ExxonMobil Global Services to train students in petroleum related disciplines. The program has also trained Angolans, a group of Italian liquified natural gastechnicians are next in line to take part in the program. The year-long program includes theory-based and hands-on skill training at Cape Breton University and at NSCC’s Marconi Campus. While in Cape Breton, Mr. Dooks visited the community of Lingan to see the largest commercial wind turbines in North America. The turbines are owned by Cape Breton Power Ltd.