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NWCC launches life skills training to mitigate homelessness

Prince Rupert, October 15, 2013 – Northwest Community College (NWCC) has received approval from Service Canada and the Prince Rupert Aboriginal Community Services Society (PRACSS) to launch an innovative Life Skills Training program designed to mitigate homelessness and to assist persons at risk of becoming homeless in northwestern British Columbia.

“Developmental education including life skills workshops, job skills training, and career and college preparation has been a cornerstone of the services offered by NWCC in the many northwestern BC communities we have served and partnered with since 1975,” said Dr. Denise Henning, President and Chief Executive Officer, Northwest Community College. 

“This new program will enable participants to acquire skills that will assist them in their daily lives and also help them to engage more effectively in their communities through healthier lifestyles, improved self-confidence and self-image, and basic financial literacy.”

NWCC’s Life Skills Training program will be conducted in partnership with local community service agencies. The program will be implemented in two phases. 

Phase 1 is the delivery of three, one-week Life Skills Training workshops, one to be offered in each of October, November and December. Each workshop will be interactive and applied and will have a different but complementary theme ranging from personal and family growth and development, to self-awareness and self-advocacy, and the integration of art and culture into daily life. Individuals who participate actively in at least one week of the training will receive a certificate of completion although no formal academic credit will be awarded.

Workshops will be held Monday to Friday at the Prince Rupert Friendship House, 744 Fraser Street. The first workshop began on Monday, Oct. 7. The next two workshops begin on Nov. 4 and Dec. 2, respectively. Applications are available at the college, at the Friendship House and in class.    

Phase 2 of the program will feature an event open to Prince Rupert and surrounding communities to build awareness of the issue of homelessness and to mark Poverty and Homelessness Action Week in February 2014. The event will include a moderated forum on Homelessness Awareness with community dialogue, a Q&A and keynote addresses about lived experiences. 

Assessment and evaluation of the project and its delivery will be managed through a series of post-facto sessions in the weeks after each workshop as well as a final debrief meeting following the Homelessness Action Week event. NWCC will submit a final report on the program to PRACSS and other community partners at the end of February 2014.

About Northwest Community College
NWCC is an accredited post-secondary education institution offering a comprehensive range of courses and programs to the northwest region of BC. It serves this area through campuses in Haida Gwaii (Skidegate, Masset, Village of Queen Charlotte), Hazelton, Houston, Kitimat, Prince Rupert, Smithers and Terrace. NWCC celebrates the diversity of its northern and First Nations populations and reflects this diversity in its programs, services and workforce.

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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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