Northwest BC, December 18, 2013 – Northwest Community College (NWCC) recently held its annual “Experience NWCC” open house for high school students at its Prince Rupert and Smithers campuses.
More than 200 teenagers in grades 10, 11 and 12 from Charles Hays Secondary and Pacific Coast schools in Prince Rupert participated in a full day of over 20 workshops that introduce them to various college programs. An additional 80 students from Ebenezer Christian School, Bulkley Valley Learning Centre and Smithers Secondary School were on campus in Smithers.
“This annual activity is an excellent opportunity that supports both the Planning 10 and Graduation Transitions curriculums and showcases the post-secondary opportunities available at our local college,” said Sandra Pond, Principal at Charles Hayes Secondary School. “The 20 workshops offered to our grade 10, 11 & 12 students during the day encourages them to think about future pathways and helps them determine courses they need to take in high school to reach their goals.”
The workshops were designed to be interactive, informative and fun. They included a cooking class, a presentation on First Nations northwest coast art, heavy equipment simulator trials, various science experiments and a “Jeopardy” style test on mineral, exploration and mining knowledge.
“We have tremendous support from school districts, high school counsellors, and various NWCC departments,” said Ann Rowse, Interim Regional Director – Western Region at NWCC. “NWCC’s strong relationship with local schools is essential, as we work together to provide our youth affordable, innovative and accessible educational options that meet their needs.”
Northwest Community College (NWCC) is an accredited post-secondary institution offering comprehensive education and training to 34 urban, rural and remote communities in northwestern BC. Through an innovative distributed learning model that includes 9 campuses and 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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Northwest Community College
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