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Teens to get "behind the wheel" for second annual Test Drive event

TERRACE High school seniors, here's your chance to take your future for a spin with Test Drive 2012! Northwest Community College's (NWCC) second annual event allows high school students in grades 11 and 12 to get a sneak peek at what college and campus life might be like. It goes from July 10-12. "Test Drive 2012 will give students the opportunity to experience campus life in the Terrace Campus Residence while sampling various College courses and programs," said Irlanda Price, NWCC Manager of Student Development. "Not only that, but they get to participate in social events in the evenings simulating campus life, including what proved really popular last year, a dance party." Price says the event provides the opportunity for students to gain first-hand experience of what college life is like, helps build on networking skills, and, ideally, opens their eyes to professions and/or areas of study that they would have never considered before. "Test Drive provides high school students the opportunity to explore several different College careers with the intent to have the student identify with one particular area of study," said Price. "The transition from high school to post secondary can be very overwhelming, confusing and startling for many students; the idea behind Test Drive is to alleviate some of those concerns while offering an experience to meet new students in a relaxed, fun environment." This year, Test Drive offers an array of activities and workshops for teens, including Team Building, Intro to Trades, Health Sciences, Glacial Geology of Terrace and highlighting the Tastes of Culinary. In addition, NWCC has expanded partnerships to add to the agenda. The University of British Columbia's (UBC) Sauder School of Business, Ch'nook Program will be on site talking about its business programs and how to get to UBC from NWCC; The University of Northern British Columbia's (UNBC) presentation, Fishing for the Future, is a sample of the Collaborative Science Degree offered between NWCC and UNBC Terrace. And importantly, students coming into post-secondary studies or training need to be savvy about how to pay for their education. They'll find out about financial aid opportunities available to them thanks to the members of the Terrace Campus Student Service Team, who along with Price, are the drivers of the second annual event. With the Student Services Team, we found last year the Test Drive wasn't just a benefit to the students, but it's mutually beneficial for our frontline staff to meet the next group of potential students and give them the best advice they can ahead of some important decisions they'll be making," said Price, adding a couple of early registrants are back for a second straight year. For more information or to request a registration package, please email to This program is open to high school students aged 16 to 18 years old. The cost is $150 (includes two nights in the dorms, all your meals, entertainment and a certificate). Space is limited so register early! NWCC is a valuable community asset impacting the lives of students and our communities. Through its nine campuses, 500-plus employees and an annual injection of more than $30 million in the local economy, NWCC is an economic engine supporting the many communities that look to us to provide innovative programs and services.

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