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Caledonia scholarship winners choose NWCC

More than half the scholarship recipients from Caledonia Secondary Schools graduating class of 2008 have chosen Northwest Community College (NWCC) as their first step in post-secondary education. In all, 51 of 89 scholarship winners chose NWCC over other post-secondary institutions. At 57 per cent, this marks a 15 per cent jump from 2003, when 31 out of 74 scholarship winners at Caledonia stayed in their community to attend NWCC following high school. While the majority of student scholarship winners plan to transfer to universities and are enrolled in the University Credit program, new students are also studying in various programs offered by the College, ranging from trades in Carpentry and Welding, to Business Administration, Nursing and Arts and Sciences Associate Degrees and more. NWCC President Stephanie Forsyth welcomes the increase in students choosing to stay and study in their community. Were proud to offer enough quality educational choices that continue to entice not only a growing number of students in the Northwest, but also those who have excelled in high school studies, Forsyth says. It proves the best and brightest students can see the advantages of staying at home to start their post-secondary education. One such high achiever is 18-year-old Miranda Leffler, a 2008 Caledonia graduate who earned a $2,000 NWCC entrance scholarship. The scholarship may have made her decision to attend NWCC easy but it wasnt the only factor. Choosing Northwest Community College lets me stay at home for a year to save money and get a good start on my university studies, says Leffler, who is in the first year of an Associate Degree in Arts and Science. Her plan is to attend Simon Fraser University in September 2009, something she doesnt think she could have pulled off this year. If I was in the Lower Mainland or a big university, I wouldnt be able to work and save money, adds Leffler, who aspires to transfer to study Political Science and International Affairs with an eye on a career in the foreign service. Its great to see students making wise economical choices for their short and long-term futures, adds Forsyth. One of the most important things we do as a College is help students get acquainted with the pressures and workload of post-secondary studies, and the success rates of our students who move on to other institutions show that were doing a good job.

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