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Northern Savings Credit Union Awards

Northwest Community College is pleased to announce the generous sponsorship by Northern Saving Credit Union of four $1000 "Made in the Northwest" Awards, to be given annually to assist students who are furthering their education at Northwest Community College. Northern Savings Credit Union (NSCU) created the Awards in recognition of NWCC's contributions to sustained economic and social development in British Columbia. "Northern Savings recognizes that the economic and social growth of the Northwest is enhanced tremendously when people who are educated in the region manage it" says Kathleen Gabelmann, Manager of Community Reinvestment. "That's why we coined the phrase, "Made in the Northwest" for these awards". "We at NWCC are very appreciative of the wonderful opportunities Northern Savings is providing for our students. It is extremely gratifying to have the Credit Union's support in conveying recognition of the College and our programs", acknowledges Cathay Sousa, Registrar and Director of Institutional Research at Northwest Community College. "We also recognize that students educated and trained in the North tend to stay in the region and, make an important contribution back to our communities", adds Gabelmann. "This fits perfectly with our own values of strengthening and growing our northwest BC communities". After carefully reviewing a number of College programs, NSCU decided to focus this year on two unique and innovative programs that are distinctive in design, and shaped to fit the economic, social, environmental, and cultural needs of people and communities of the northwest region. The first, Applied Coastal Ecology (ACE) at Prince Rupert campus, is the only program of its kind in BC - a unique, community-based program, focused on the responsible management of coastal environments. "We are so pleased and proud of NSCU's recognition of our program", says Ken Shaw, the ACE instructor who spear-headed the campaign and worked closely with NSCU to help create the "Made in the Northwest" Awards. The Culinary Arts program was NSCU's other choice. "No other program in Canada offers the level of focus in First Nations cuisine that we do", says Randy Chalifoux, Culinary Arts Program Coordinator. "And, our program is the only one in the province that provides all the training necessary to write the Culinary Journeyman's exam. This is an important certificate that allows graduates to move into management positions and earn a better salary", adds Chalifoux. Applications for "Made in the Northwest" awards can be made at any NWCC campus.

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