Are you going to Discourage or Encourage?

Are you going to Discourage or Encourage?

What do you want to be when you grow up?  This is a question we are all asked from the time we could speak, but many of us can’t even answer that as adults.  Parents expect kids to come out of high school and know what they want to do for the rest of their lives when they themselves don’t even know.  So why is there that unrealistic expectation put on the youth to know what they want to do for the rest of their lives?  Why don’t we ask them, what do you want to try and see what you like? What are your interests that you can further develop? Why are kids not encouraged to enhance their interests and passions to become great at what they do, instead of forcing them to pick a career that will “make them money.”  This leaves the impression that their talents and interests are not good enough.

Society has painted this ideal picture of what life is suppose to be like.  You go to school, graduate, go to college or straight into the workforce, get married, have kids, and pay bills for the rest of your life.  Society has not fostered creativity or fun, however yet that is how technology and advancements were developed.  It was those willing to push past the norms and challenge the boundaries of what always has been done.  If life’s greatest innovation is developed from creativity and going outside the box, why is it not being encouraged to do so more?

As a student, I see young people trying hard to figure out what to do. They rush through school as cheap as possible to get a good job with good pay.  It is not necessarily what they love to do or have a passion for but rather what they think they will make the most money at.  But is that what life is about?  Just making the most money you can?  All the successful people I know love the jobs they have.  They are successful because they are happy with what they are doing.  Whether it is working with numbers or fixing things with your hands or helping people or creating and developing new products, all the happy successful people I know do not do their job because it will make them the most money but rather they make money because they do what the love.  The people I know that base their jobs on how much money they are making are usually living paycheck to paycheck with little motivation and passion for their job.  With this logic, people should be developing skills based on their interests and do what they are passionate about.

As a parent, I have a hard time when kids are told they “can’t do that” or “don’t be silly, be practical”. Why is it silly to be passionate about what you love?  If all creative people were told that they were silly and it wouldn’t amount to anything, (okay well I am sure most of them were told that), but if they actually had listened we would not have the simplest of things that we now take for granted like phones, electricity, running water, not to mention computers, video games, vehicles…So what are you doing to tell someone when they tell you they are passionate about something that is out of the norm? Are you going to discourage or encourage?  The choice is yours but you never know the difference you make…But I say do what you love and strive to be innovative and creative.  There is no wrong answer.  Life is too short not to be happy.

Submitted by Student Ambassador, Heather Crichton.

GPRC Office Administration Changes Lives!

GPRC Office Administration Changes Lives!

Are you looking for a steady career? Wanting to change your life in only one year? GPRC Office Administration offers its students specialized programs designed to provide you with the critical skills required to succeed in a career you’ll love.

Our graduates of the Office Administration program attain professional knowledge and skills that are highly sought after by a wide range of employers. Obtaining superior skills in communications, interpersonal relations, and office administration; our graduates open the doors to excellent opportunities to enter and advance in careers with the hours, benefits and flexibility they want.

Check out what Lee Wrigley, Practice Manager at South 40 Dental had to say about the program and its students.

“We have participated in the GPRC Dental Administration work placement program since 2014, and it has been instrumental in providing us insights into our own training program, as well as a great way to introduce students into a fast paced, technology-rich environment.

At times, we have taken on two students at once for their work placements, and our team loves being able to share their experience, as well as show them the level of customer care, and cohesive teamwork we strive to achieve everyday. Out of our placements over the years, we have hired four students out of this program, and of the two that are still currently working with us, they are a valued part of our admin team. The training that they received with the GPRC Office Administration program better prepared them for their work placement with us, and was a very valuable time saver with regards to the students already having a lot of dental terminology and knowledge of the industry.  This is such a value to me, as we have a very large practice with five dentists and a team of 35 employees, so hiring someone from this program is almost always a sure bet that they will be able to perform at a level that suits our needs!

I would strongly recommend any administration managers to participate in this work placement program!”

So, what are you waiting for?

Apply today and start on your way to a career in one year.

Learn more about the Office Administration program here. 

Meet your new GPRC Student Success Officers

Meet your new GPRC Student Success Officers

Hey GPRC, meet your new Student Success Officers covering the GPRC Fairview campuses.

Meet Alaina Archibald

My name is Alaina Archibald, and I am the new Student Success Officer on our Fairview Campus!  I moved to Alberta from Terrace, B.C. in August of 2010 to be closer to my boyfriend, who was born and raised in Fairview.  I participated in Business Administration courses at GPRC, but quickly succumbed to the pressures of being in a new city with no friends, and even though my boyfriend and I were significantly closer together, the distance still felt vast.  Luckily, my passion for horses never subsided through my move, and it acted as a fantastic crutch to support me through a troublesome area of my life.  Luckily, I managed to pick myself up and I’m now happily married – and still riding horses!

I began riding horses at the age of 9, and it didn’t take long before I was completely obsessed.  Until the age of 17, I was heavily involved in our local drag racing community, but at this point I am no longer involved to the depth of previous years. During this period, I was also involved in soccer, and participated in both house and rep leagues for a number of years.

Eventually, I decided to sink all my time into horses and for the majority of my life, I was raised by a single mom who worked tirelessly to support my desire to ride along with my older brother’s love for hockey.  I was truly blessed to be granted the opportunities I did that surrounded horses, and my love and devotion has never wavered.  Currently, I continue to actively ride and train my own horses, have a private list of dedicated students, and I am the Founder and President of the Fairview Sport Horse Society.  With the help of my board members, we run 2 All-English Horse Shows per year, and a variety of Dressage and Jumping clinics at the lovely Hawker Pavilion right here on our GPRC Fairview Campus!  I am also involved in the horse racing community and spend nearly every free summer weekend at Evergreen Park in Grande Prairie as a result.

When my husband and I aren’t busy with our horses, we often enjoy travelling, exploring with our husky (because seriously, exercising him is a never ending chore), and participating in various outdoor activities – we never miss an opportunity to go hunting, fishing or camping with friends and family as a result.  While I feel incredibly content in the northern prairies, the mountains will always be my home and I am truly at ease in the outdoors.


So, what is she most looking forward to?

I’m looking forward to helping the post-secondary students in our community achieve their academic goals. It is so exciting and inspiring to see others overcome various obstacles and hardships in order to earn amazing achievements! I look forward to providing the support required that current and future students require, and assisting them in finding the path to a successful career!  It is a privilege to get to celebrate and play a small role in the incredible accomplishments of our GPRC students.

How to contact her:

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Alaina Archibald

Student Success Officer

School of Trades, Agriculture & Environment

Office: FAC131, Fairview Campus


Phone: (780) 835-6763

2017 Transfer Fair

2017 Transfer Fair

The 2017 Transfer Fair is on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 on our GPRC Grande Prairie campus.


Come stop by the Theatre Concourse from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for a chance to talk to representatives from colleges and universities from across the region to answer all your transfer questions. 

A yummy pancake breakfast with all the toppings will also be provided

Check out the pictures from last year:

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We can’t wait to see all our GPRC Students there!