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Smithers and Houston campuses get new principal

SMITHERS Northwest Community College (NWCC) has chosen a long-serving employee to take over as campus principal for its two easternmost campuses in Smithers and Houston. Regina Saimoto has worked in a variety of roles over the past 14 years at NWCC, primarily at the eastern campuses. With a Master of Science (Zoology) and a Bachelor of Science (Biology), Saimoto has brought a wealth of knowledge and expertise to many programs including: Natural Resources, First Nations Land Stewardship, Reclamation and Prospecting (RAP), Environmental Monitor Assistant Program (MAP) and Career & College Preparation (CCP). Within those programs, Saimoto has been an instructor, a coordinator, and has been involved in program and course development. In addition to that, Saimoto has also played a vital role in her position as an educational advisor in both the Smithers and Hazelton campuses. With such a resume, NWCC President Stephanie Forsyth said Saimotos promotion was an easy choice. Regina is and has been an invaluable asset to Northwest Community College. She brings knowledge and expertise that befits her role as a leader at the Smithers and Houston campuses, said Forsyth. She has the respect of students and her peers and that can only serve to augment the already high standard of education offered at our eastern campuses. Saimoto says shes excited to have the opportunity of working with the Smithers and Houston campuses, especially at such an exiting time for the NWCC eastern centers. This summer, the Smithers Campus main building will be upgraded and expanded to accommodate additional programs. I look forward to working with the dedicated and knowledgeable teams in Smithers and Houston as we continue to bring educational opportunities to these campuses, said Saimoto. This is a new chapter in my life, and I am ready to take on this challenging position with the encouragement and support of my peers. Saimotos official start date is Aug. 5.

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