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NWCC Partners With The Justice Institute of BC

Northwest Community College and The Justice Institute of BC's Centre for Conflict Resolution have formed a new educational partnership that will bring JIBC's Conflict Resolution Certificate Program to the northwest. Northwest Community College will be offering the certificate in Conflict Resolution, specializing in Negotiation. "Through this partnership NWCC is able to make the Justice Institute's highly respected and well-recognized Conflict Resolution program more accessible to the people of our college region, eliminating the added expense of having to travel to the lower mainland to obtain this training," explains NWCC's Continuing Education Director, Margo Van der Touw, "The Justice Institute is known for its high quality specialized training programs and were an obvious choice as a program partner." The Conflict Resolution program provides students with the concepts and skills to negotiate and resolve conflicts more constructively and effectively. These skills are applicable in both professional and personal settings and are a key component of leadership. The Conflict Resolution Certificate program consists of 36 days of training which is the equivalent of approximately ten courses, or more depending on the elective choices made by the student. Five courses are being offered through NWCC beginning this month, with five additional courses slated for fall delivery. Courses can be taken as a group to work towards the certificate or as separate courses based on an individual's interest. The courses are being offered through NWCC's Continuing Education department at the Terrace campus with select courses offered at the Smithers campus. The Centre for Conflict Resolution designed and delivered the first publicly offered conflict resolution program in Canada. The first mediation courses were offered in the early 80's and the Certificate created in 1986. "Our objective is to provide the best possible learning experience in Conflict Resolution for students and it is gratifying to have our program endorsed by Northwest Community College. When they invited the Justice Institute to offer its certificate program in the northwest, we were happy to share our knowledge and expertise outside of the lower mainland," says Pam White, Director of the JIBC's Centre for Conflict Resolution. For more information on the Conflict Resolution Certificate programs, visit Northwest Community College's website: www.nwcc.bc.ca or the Justice Institute of BC's site: www.jibc.bc.ca/crr

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