Behind the Scenes of Peace Country Idol: A Student Perspective

Behind the Scenes of Peace Country Idol: A Student Perspective

This fall, the students of GPRC Instructor Cibylla Rakestraw’s Marketing Project Management class successfully put together the annual local singing competition Peace Country Idol, which has been running at the College for over a decade. The event raised over $10,000, which the students chose to donate. Funds were split between the Swan City Rotary Club and the upcoming student-organized Business Conference to be held in March 2018.

Business Administration Students who led this year’s Peace Country Idol present a cheque worth $5,000 to club president Dave Cook and Chris Andersen of Swan City Rotary Club.

Terrilyn Parent is a student in the College’s Business Administration program. Her experience organizing such a large scale event was far from easy, but so worth it. Here’s what she had to say about what she learned from the experience.

“I got the pleasure of being a part of Peace Country Idol through my Marketing Project Management class at GPRC. Peace Country Idol is a local singing competition hosted by students to increase skills in entrepreneurship, management and team building. We had a lot of great talent participate in this event, both from the contestants as well as the students, who showcased their skills and expertise in advertising, designing program materials, networking and planning the many fine details.

“This class has challenged me and has brought about the most growth, not only in my career building but also in my personal life. I learned how to personally connect with my peers as well as in the community to collaborate on our skills in a harmonized way to make this event successful. I learned how to push through stressful moments and find solutions immediately on the fly under any given situation. I learned time management skills and how to balance two jobs, a daughter, my social life and my other classes. Finally, I learned how hard work and a combined dedication from all members can make a very successful project shine.

“If I had to choose one thing to do differently, it would be to have more time to invest in the planning process, to increase the event’s success rate. I am very grateful to have been given this opportunity and look forward to using my new skills in my future career.”

Grade 7 Day | Experience GPRC

Grade 7 Day | Experience GPRC

GPRC welcomed grade 7 and some grade 8 students from all around the Peace Region yesterday for Grade 7 Experience Day!


Students join us on our Grande Prairie campus from St. Mary Catholic School, Helen E. Taylor, Ste. Marie Catholic School, Riverstone, Ridgevalley, Sexsmith Secondary, Penson, Isabell Campball, Laglace, Derek Taylor and even some students came from Hinton to join in the on the fun.

All visiting students and chaperones got to experience a variety of different programs that GPRC offers, including

Physics and Chemistry:


Be Fit For Life:




And much more such as Visual Arts, Math, Robotics, History, Psychology, Music, Biology, Indigenous Studies, Office Administration, Strength and Conditioning, and Business Administration.

GPRC looks forward to this annual event every year that  introduces students to programs offered and available careers, while encouraging them to follow their passion. Our goal is to foster a love of learning at an early age, and help young people get excited about their futures.

Thank you so everyone who joined us this year!



The Future of Energy Sources

The Future of Energy Sources

Hey GPRC, check out this awesome submission by GPRC Student, Alexis Fallon based on her instructors encouragement.

Business Administration Instructor, Teresa Wouters encourages her students to let their voices be heard, especially when it comes to their assignments.

“Alexis Fallon is a friendly and committed student. She works well with others and did very well with her assignments!

When students give me good essays, I encourage them to publish them through the college’s Waggle magazine or another source. I am so excited that this is what Alexis is doing.

I also encourage students to publish their essays when they have a topic that could be of interest to others. I do this to let students realize that they have opportunities to share their opinions and writing beyond a classroom setting. I hope that, by doing so, they will be inspired to carry on with publishing in academic journals or other sources,” says Wouters.

Check out Alexis’ awesome essay on The Future of Energy Sources below:


Way to go Alexis! Thank you for your submission!

Indigenous Careers Award

Indigenous Careers Award

Indigenous Careers Award

Supporting Indigenous Albertans in their pursuit of post-secondary studies in certificate, diploma, applied degree and bachelor’s degree programs in Alberta high-demand occupations.


Eligible Programs:

  • Business
  • Physical, Natural & Applied Sciences
  • Health Sciences, including Kinesiology
  • Education, including Early Childhood Education and Childcare
  • Technologists
  • Social Sciences, limited to Child and Youth Care, Community Support Worker, Social Work, Addictions Studies/Counselling/Service Worker

You must be enrolled in the 2016-17 Fall and/or Winter semester in order to be considered for these awards. Contact Financial Aid for more information.

Application available at:




GPRC Wolves Athletes of the Week: October 3, 2016

GPRC Wolves Athletes of the Week: October 3, 2016

aotw-chris-maliszewskiChris Maliszewski

Program: Business Administration
High School:
Charles Spencer High School

Chris is one of the many rookies within the Men’s soccer program this season and is studying Business Administration.

A local graduate from Charles Spencer High School, Chris can fill a number of roles but with his technical ability and range of passing he suits a midfield berth. Chris is a good communicator on the park, always wants the ball and works hard for his teammates when not in possession. He has great awareness and vision with the ball at his feet.

We hope Chris will have a successful time representing Wolves soccer in the next few years.


aotw-kevin-dimonekeneKevin Dimonekene

Program: Open Studies
Hometown: Edmonton, A.B.

Originally from Edmonton, Kevin has returned to represent the Wolves for a third time.

Kevin is a gifted player. His composure and close control in tight situations is phenomenal. His first half display against Augustana Vikings last weekend was a joy to watch. His long range passing is quality and helps provide a calmness in the middle of the park. His beaming smile reflects a friendly personality and we hope he continues to represent the Wolves as he continues his studies.


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