November 2010

Scholarship winner is mining her options

By Marlene Eisner

Samantha LickersSamantha Lickers’ interest in mining engineering came alive in 2007 at the Mohawk College in Hamilton, Ontario, when she took a certification program in pre-trade and pre-technology. The 25-year-old former Buffalo, New York, resident moved to Canada five years ago to be closer to her family in Six Nations and said that the one-year course at the college opened her eyes to the world of mining.

“It was a general introduction to different courses, such as construction, automotive class, welding, computer classes and AutoCAD; a little bit of everything,” Lickers says. “I knew that was the direction I wanted to go into but I wasn’t sure where, and having the background from that program helped me decide to go into engineering.”

Lickers is this year’s winner of the $1,000 Taking Flight Scholarship. In her scholarship application letter, Lickers described the many areas of mining that attracted her interest, from exploration and travel opportunities, to health and safety and working in an environmentally responsible manner. She even considered becoming a mining safety officer.

In June, she graduated from Cambrian College’s two-year mining engineering technology program and decided to continue her studies. She is now enrolled in the two-year civil engineering program at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, and says the scholarship money will come in handy to help pay for books and rent so that she can focus on her school work.

“I still have an interest in mining engineering, but I want to keep my options open for now,” she explains. “I’ve changed my mind on how to go about it. I wanted to go to work but then decided to continue on to school.”

In two years, she will decide which direction to take; she will either apply to the two-year mining engineering program at Laurentian or go elsewhere to continue in civil engineering.

“What I like about mining is that you’re getting resources needed to sustain life,” Lickers says. “There are so many things that mining is used for; it goes into everything that affects everyday life.”

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