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Graduates celebrate success

Terrace, BC, March 31--It was a day of celebration at Northwest Community College on March 28 as eight students of the Essential Office Skills program graduated.  NWCC, under the Aboriginal Service Plan (ASP), offered the program in the Kitsumkalum community where it began in September 2013.

NWCC’s Wa’ap Galts’ap was packed with families and community support as the women accepted their diplomas.

“We all worked very hard and sacrificed time with our families,” said Christina Sam-Stanley, program graduate and mother of four. “Completing this program has now given me the motivation to move forward and I am applying to NWCC to complete my Associate of Arts Degree.”

The program provided students with skills for entry-level office careers and participants learned the essential skills in customer service, communication, business writing, time management, office environment, accounting and computer skills.

“Congratulations to the students who now have more tools to carry forward,” NWCC President and CEO Dr. Denise Henning said in her address to the graduates. “May you always lead with courage, kindness and passion and that you never forget who you are and where you came from.”

About NWCC

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 nine 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 Aboriginal people 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. To learn more, visit


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