MORICETOWN, BC - November 13, 2014 – Kyah Wiget Education Society and Northwest Community College (NWCC) signed a new partnership agreement to deliver intensive Math, English and upgrading courses to 21 adult learners in the Moricetown community.
Beginning in February 2015, qualifying students in Moricetown will have the opportunity to take university level courses, right in their home community.
“The Kyah Wiget Education Society is working to achieve our vision statement which is to empower all Wet’suwet’en to realize their personal potential,” said Priscilla Michell, Post Secondary Counsellor at Kyah Wiget Education Society.
A distributed learning model of community-based education enhances accessibility for rural learners that normally have to relocate from home in order to study. It also reduces the types of barriers they would face, including transportation, housing and child care.
“Northwest Community College is committed to working closely with our communities to meet their needs, and provide accessible and affordable education,” said Regina Saimoto, Regional Director at NWCC. “There are some very innovative and exciting initiatives evolving in Moricetown, and we are honoured to be working with Kyah Wiget Education Society, the Wet’suwet’en people and the community of Moricetown to be part of these initiatives.”
The Moricetown community, family networks, student cohort groups, Kay Wiget Education Society and NWCC will provide students support that will enhance their ability to successfully complete courses and transition to further educational opportunities.
Representatives from Kyah Wiget Education Society, NWCC, the Moricetown Band Office, the Town of Smithers and the Office of the Wet’suwet’en were present for the agreement signing ceremony on November 6.