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NWCC students share citizenship experiences

SMITHERS, November 29, 2013 – Students from the Career and College Preparation (CCP) program at Northwest Community College (NWCC) gave presentations to grade five students in Smithers about their own experiences moving to Canada.

This diverse group of CCP students includes a mix of Canadian citizens, permanent residents and international visitors originally from Ethiopia, Chile, Laos, New Zealand, Sudan and Thailand. During visits to grade five classes at Walnut Park Elementary and Bulkley Valley Christian Elementary schools, the group recently shared their stories and the most significant change or challenge they faced. The visits took place as part of Citizenship Week.

The idea of this presentation originated after the CCP students wrote an assignment on the same topic for an English course.

“The writing assignment produced some very unique stories and yet what struck me was the shared emotions that accompanied these life-changing events regardless of the distance traveled or borders crossed,” said Rich DeRooy, CCP Instructor at NWCC.

Kimberly Lipscombe, Welcoming Communities Program Coordinator at Smithers Community Services Association, a partner of NWCC, also joined the students and presented an overview of some of the reasons why people come to Canada and the process of immigration.

“I really enjoyed this experience and would love to do it again. The children had really interesting questions,” said Cecilia Neira, CCP student at NWCC. “As adults, we are so careful about what we say – not children, they just go ahead and ask.”

The CCP program at NWCC offers literacy and high school-level courses for adult learners. Students can also upgrade for employment, prepare for further education and training or take specific courses required to enter university, career, technical, trades, health and business programs.

“NWCC welcomes opportunities for our students to engage in collaborative and innovative learning experiences. We value our learning partnerships with local schools and the cultural diversity of our population,” said Denise Henning, NWCC President & CEO.

About NWCC
Northwest Community College (NWCC) is an accredited post-secondary institution offering comprehensive education and training to the 34 urban, rural and remote communities of northwestern BC. Through an innovative distributed learning model that includes 9 campuses/learning centres, current technology, mobile units, and successful partnerships, NWCC brings relevant education and training directly to where it is needed. NWCC is a recognized leader in Aboriginal education where Aboriginals make up roughly 40 per cent of the student body. NWCC celebrates the diversity of its northern and Aboriginal populations and reflects this 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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