With final exams, job searching, family pressures, and all the other life pressures, stress is high and time is short. However, if we don’t make the time to relax, we will do worse on everything that we work on. Relaxing is a priority, especially when we are pressured to accomplish a lot. Summer is the time to have fun, regroup, and spend lots of time in the sun! Have a great summer!
Submitted by Corry Lemire, GPRC Student Ambassador.
With this growing economy, new job opportunities, or just the need to have a better life and a stable career in the future, has make the desire to accelerate into a new adventure, and the drive to advance favorable. Taking this step sometimes means starting from the basic. One way in doing so is to start your studies in Academic Upgrading.
Benefits of Academic Upgrading
Getting prerequisites done. Prerequisites are courses that you take that are required prior to starting the program of choice.
Prepares you for future program. Upgrading gives you an opportunity to be in school and getting a feel of what college life is like; getting a feel of lecturing and the opportunity to explore different courses while working towards a specific career choice, or simply getting the basics done for different career opportunities.
Forms friendships and long term relationships. Many students in our class will be heading for the same or similar career path. Starting off together and moving forward with the same people creates a platform for long term bonds and the opportunity to have a study buddy all the time.
Choosing GPRC for your school of choice is an excellent selection. GPRC provides the tools you need to get the job you want. Students can apply directly into the program of choice, or if you’re like me, starts off in Academic Upgrading and transition into a new venture. Whichever decisions you make that best suites you and your family, choosing GPRC is choosing success. GPRC provides great support system, lower tuition fees, fantastic teachers and a friendly environment to learn. GPRC provides a number of courses and programs that will position you for a well demanding career, moderate class sizes; for an opportunities to form friendships with your peers and to get that one and one time with your teachers. GPRC is located in Grande Prairie where commute to and from school is stress-free, and also in a central area where job opportunities are endless and pays very well, so guaranteed placement at the end of the school year.
Overall, academic upgrading is one the biggest tools you will need in getting into the program of choice and landing your dream job. Upgrading make take a longer or shorter time to complete depending on where you’re at academically, or the program that you choose. Either way, this new adventure can be daunting to some, or just the feeling of “starting over” may hold you back. Remember the saying, “time waits on no man,” if you keep procrastinating and making excuses, time will pass anyways. Make use of your time productively and change your life for the better.
Submitted by GPRC Student Ambassador, Shorna Cobourne
Mariah, who captained Team Alberta at the 2017 North American Indigenous games in Toronto is a skillful and strong player. According to Head Coach Chris Morgan, Mariah has a booming shot and he is delighted she has chosen to continue her soccer career with the Wolves. She chose GPRC because of the soccer program and its coaching staff, and looks forward to meeting new people, learning new skills and reuniting with old friends and teammates.
Hailing from Surrey, BC, Danja wanted to play soccer through post-secondary, and playing with the Wolves is a great opportunity to compete at a higher level.
The four-time MVP for North Surrey Secondary School, and Guildford Athletic Club back-to-back District Champion, Danja has a great skill set and a good attitude to the game, according to Head Coach Chris Morgan.
He believes that her new surroundings will allow her to flourish as a player.
The College’s Early Childhood Education Awards has become an event looked forward to by the community for the past three years.
Last night, the 3rd Annual awards took place at GPRC where guests celebrated and recognized the outstanding contributions, positive impacts, commitment and dedication that educators working in childcare programs and facilities have on the community.
“Recognizing the dedicated work of early childhood educators and programs is something our department looks forward to every year,” said Theresa Suderman, GPRC Chair, Early Learning and Child Care. “I personally think these awards could be renamed ‘Celebrating our Superheros’. Raising awareness for the remarkable work being done in child care every day is wonderful to be a part of.”
This year 45 early childhood educators were nominated by members of the community for the five awards presented last night with the top three for each category announced at the ceremony.
“I’m thrilled at the overwhelming response we have had from the northwest region. Many see the work our educators do as just ‘babysitting’ but those who work in this field are trained professionals who care for our most valuable resource at their most vulnerable stage, our children. They definitely deserve this recognition,” added Suderman.
Of the three nominees for the Family Day Home Provider of the Year, the winner was Katarzyna Hoffman from Stepping Stones Day Home Program.
According to the nomination, Katarzyna is “incredibly kind, compassionate and caring. Her and the children are always doing something fun and creative. She prepares them yummy, nutritious snacks and meals. Overall she’s just a very sweet woman whose love for teaching and caring for children is so evident. I feel very grateful having her a sour childcare provider, it makes leaving my children to go to work so much easier and stress free knowing they love being there with her. I drop them off and have no hesitation or worries leaving them, I know she cares for them with so much love. I can’t think of a more deserving lady for this award.”
Of the three nominees for the Preschool Educator of the Year, the winner was Melissa Gast from the Grande Prairie Catholic School Division.
Melissa’s nomination stated, “She is a dedicated, innovative, kind, thoughtful, purposeful, driven and helpful educator. She is the best of the best. Her program shows versatility, planning, routine, structure, multi-sensory approach and most of all FUN!
She is always prepared for each day with a smile on her face. She knows how important her presence is to the children and has hardly missed a moment with them. She also is so well spoken and can make a parent feel at ease when leaving their child in someone else’s hands for the first time.
She puts her heart and soul into her work. She is dependable, kind and amazing at what she does. She is truly a shining example of what every preschool program should be.”
Of the three nominees for the Early Childhood Director of the Year, the winner was Venessa Soto from Valleyview Knowledge Tree.
The nomination for Venessa, stated that “She has worked very hard to create a program which reflects a child-centered philosophy. She is passionate about her work and is a firm believer in the importance of quality early childhood development and how that can make a difference in a child’s life. She has worked tirelessly and has put her entire heart into making the program amazing.”
Of the three nominees for the Early Childhood Educator of the Year, the winner was Janelle Cunningham from Stepping Stones Daycare.
Janelle was portrayed by the nomination as someone who takes a “holistic approach with the children; her interactions are genuine and heartfelt. She models regulation for the children and is always by their side helping them through their emotions…letting the children know, it’s okay not to be okay.
She closely observes the children to ensure she is providing well planned experiences that reflect their interests and needs often incorporating nature and environmentally responsible practices. When she plans experiences she gets very passionate and excited putting her ideas into motion. Providing a quality program is important for her, she always maintains professionalism.”
Of the nominees for the Early Childhood Service of the Year, the winner was Lil Sprouts Preschool.
The nominations for Lil Sprouts Preschool stated that “This program is amazing! My child learns so many wonderful things here. It warms my heart to know he is safe, happy and most of all comfortable.
It is a happy place for children to learn and grow.
This program has taught my child to share, listen and demonstrate kindness to others.
I am so comfortable leaving my child here knowing that they are in a fun, stimulating, learning environment.”
Congratulations Lil Sprouts Preschool.
Winners last night received a plaque and rose as a token of appreciation for their excellence.
Thank you to all our nominees for their commitment and dedication to the early childhood education profession.
More information about GPRC Early Learning and Child Care programs can be foundhere.
Check out more photos from last night’s event here.
Dominica who has grown with the Wolves club program is excited to develop her skills and gain experience at a higher level. Because of her close relationship with the program, she chose to continue her basketball career with the Wolves because it already felt like home. As a 2017 GPRC Wolves All-Star and St. Joes Ceinah’s MVP, Dominica will add to the program with her strength, grit and competitive fire according to Head Coach Mandy Botham, adding that Dominica plays much bigger than she is and will be an asset to the team in the upcoming season.