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

Email: AArchibald@gprc.ab.ca

Phone: (780) 835-6763

GPRC Looks Forward to the Future

GPRC Looks Forward to the Future

Yesterday, GPRC released the official launch for their 50th Anniversary event – Celebrating Dreams! Get your tickets to this event now! 

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GPRC is excited to invite the community to celebrate 50 years of meeting the vital need of post-secondary education opportunities in northwestern Alberta.

Join us on the evening of May 27 at GPRC’s Grande Prairie Campus for a night of Celebrating Dreams. Special guests, Spoken Word Artist Shane Koyczan and Dream, Girl Komal Minhas will enchant us as we reflect on how far the college has come, and unite in the power of having a dream of what our college’s future can hold. Guests will also enjoy an art exhibit from Canadian Artist, Alex Janvier.
GPRC is also excited to offer guests the opportunity to reflect on the College’s history with a display of letters, photos and other memorabilia from our 25th Anniversary time capsule.

Carol-Lee Eckhardt, who was the GPRC Foundation Officer during the College’s 25th Anniversary, volunteered to put this treasured piece of GPRC’s history together. It includes a letter Eckhardt wrote to her daughter Emma, 25 years ago and even more interesting a letter 6 year-old Emma wrote to herself.

GPRC will to seal another time capsule and Echkardt is planning to send a new letter to the future. Guests will be able to submit a written note and take a photo at the event photo booth to add to the treasures of our 50th year and be sealed away until GPRC’s 75th Anniversary in 2042.

Learn more by reading our full news release.

Learn more about Carol-Lee Eckhardt’s story here. 

ELCC Students Take The Leap of Leaving Home

ELCC Students Take The Leap of Leaving Home

Ashley Rowe and Brigitte Cockney couldn’t wait to get back to Grande Prairie to start their 2nd year of GPRC’s Early Learning and Child Care program.

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Both left their hometown of Hay River, Northwest Territories with a population of roughly 4,000 people to come to the big city, and make their dreams a reality at GPRC.

During their interview, both girls were asked what advice they would give to other students who are feeling nervous and anxious about leaving home, and moving away to begin their post-secondary journey. Take a look at their advice below:

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According to both girls, leaving home wasn’t easy, but it was definitely worth it.

Read their full article here, to learn more about their perspective and experience at GPRC.