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NWCC promotes Aboriginal learning with ASP funds

Terrace, October 2, 2013 – Northwest Community College (NWCC) is putting to work funding received earlier this year under the BC government’s Aboriginal Service Plan (ASP) to support and enhance the college’s long-term commitment to First Nations learning.  

“Serving the needs of northwest communities is a priority for NWCC and we are committed to providing the highest quality programs and services for all our learners including those in rural and remote communities,” said Dr. Denise Henning, President and Chief Executive Officer, Northwest Community College.

Aboriginal training and education supported by NWCC’s ASP funding for 2013/2014 includes: the Haida Fine Arts program; the Cook’s Helper program in Moricetown; the Essential Office Skills program in Kitsumkalum; the Construction Trades Helper and Labourer program in Hagwilget; and Budgeting and Project Management training in Kitselas.

These programs reflect NWCC’s commitment to the diversity and unique needs of its Aboriginal communities and to providing students in these communities with a supportive, inclusive environment with excellent instructors and innovative, effective skills training.

“We are delighted that Northwest Community College initiatives supported by our Aboriginal Service Plan are moving forward,” said Advanced Education Minister Amrik Virk. “Our goal is to ensure Aboriginal learners throughout BC are able to access education and training so they have the same opportunity as other British Columbians to participate fully in BC’s economy.” 

About Northwest Community College
NWCC is proud of its position as a recognized leader in Aboriginal education. People of First Nations origin comprise roughly 30 percent of northwest BC’s population – the highest percentage of Aboriginal people in any collegial region of the province. 

At NWCC, 40 percent or more of the student body is First Nations. This adds a rich indigenous fabric to the culture of the college and it is attributable to NWCC’s inclusive worldviews and teaching practices as well as innovative programs tailored to the needs of Aboriginal learners and local communities.

NWCC established a First Nations Council to move forward First Nations educational goals with the college’s administration and Board of Governors. Reflecting the council’s key role, the chair of the First Nations Council sits on the college’s Board of Governors.

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For more information contact:
Debra Wall
Acting manager, Communications & Public Relations
Northwest Community College
1.877.277.2288 (Toll Free) or 250.638.5494
dwall@nwcc.bc.ca

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