A Taste of the Real World

A Taste of the Real World

The Office Administration (OA) program at GPRC is designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills required to succeed in a business or office setting.  Graduates of the program attain knowledge and skills in communications, office professionalism, interpersonal relationship management, and office technology.

An awesome component of the OA program is the work experience placement, during which local sponsor companies give GPRC students practical experience in their field of study, offering mentorship and guidance along the way.

Students are able to take what they’ve learned in the classroom and apply it to the real world during a 120-hour practical placement, where they get a taste of what a career in their desired profession would be like.

On April 13, the department was able to celebrate the year-end with their students and work experience sponsors with an awards ceremony and luncheon. OA students and work placement sponsors were able to speak to how important this component of the program is to them.

Here’s what the students thought about their experience:

“The work experience module is not a requirement to graduate, but I wanted hands-on experience before entering the workforce. I had an excellent placement that focused solely on bookkeeping where my mentors strived to help me succeed. They were very accommodating with my school schedule and always thanked me for my contributions. During my last week of work experience, I was offered a position in the firm after completion of my studies. I am very thankful for the experience I’ve gained and the friendships I’ve made during the work experience program!” – Kendra Sharp

Kendra with her work experience mentors from Trans Dynamic Services Ltd.

“Being able to experience an office administration position really helps put all the schooling we worked so hard at into perspective. Everyone at my placement was great; helping me get settled, learn the office ways, and get comfortable with all my responsibilities. I even got to show off my software knowledge and teach a few of the ladies some new tricks and tips with Microsoft Word and Excel. After I completed my hours I was even offered a full time position. I am super excited to start my new career!” – Shelby Schack

Shelby with her work experience mentor from Deck It Towing and Hauling.

“I was very nervous to start my work experience, but after a few days at my placement, I loved it! I was placed at CNRL (Canadian Natural Resources Ltd.) and they are amazing people; they are always friendly and willing to help you no matter what you need help with. I think one of the most valuable aspects of the OA program is the opportunity to get hands-on work experience. It allows students to put the skills we learn in class into practice in a real world setting. Overall I have enjoyed my year with the OA program and am grateful for the work experience opportunity.” – Robyn Hanson

Robyn with her work experience mentor from Canadian Natural Resources.

Here’s what some of our work experience mentors had to say:

“We’re very passionate about teaching and training people with the tools they need to be able to work for themselves,” said Jasmine Ganther, Manager at Trans Dynamic Services Ltd, who has been mentoring GPRC students for over five years. “These work placements are so important because they give the students an opportunity to see what a career would be like.”

Wendy Saban, who works for the City of Grande Prairie, Community Social Development department, has been mentoring GPRC OA students for the last three years. “I think it’s awesome to be able to give the students this experience,” she said. “It can be hard to find a job being new out of school with no experience, but these work practicums allow students to get their foot in the door.”

Canadian Natural Resources supervisor Cheryl Gawley has been mentoring GPRC OA students for over five years and has even hired a few graduates from the program.

“We appreciate having the students help us with the projects that need to get done,” she said. “These work placements are important because they give students a chance to see if this is the career path they want to take. It can open their eyes to multiple different opportunities within the field that they may not have thought of.”

A special thank you to all our work experience mentors for enriching our students’ education at GPRC:

  • Aquatera-Water Treatment Plant
  • Aquatera-Distributions and Collections
  • Aquatera-Eco Centre
  • Calfrac Well Services
  • Carter, Lock & Horrigan
  • CDN Controls
  • Cenovus
  • City of Grande Prairie-Community Social Development
  • Deck It Towing & Hauling
  • Canadian Natural Resources
  • Crown Prosecutors
  • GPRC – Business & Office Administration
  • GPRC – Community Relations
  • GPRC – Nursing
  • GPRC – Student Services
  • GPRC – Students’ Association
  • Justice and Solicitor General: Community Corrections
  • Healthy Village Wellness Centre
  • KMSC Law
  • PDQ Notary & Process Services Inc.
  • Roy and Kali Family Dental
  • Seven Generations Energy LTD
  • South 40 Dental
  • Thru Tubing Solutions
  • Trans Dynamic Services Ltd.
  • West Grande Prairie Dental

More photos here.

GPRC Work Out of the Week: December 4, 2017

GPRC Work Out of the Week: December 4, 2017

Another week, another WOW!

This week’s Workout of the Week (WOW) is brought to you by Personal Trainer Diploma student, Adrianne Larsen.

WOW’s are brought to you by the PEAK Advanced Methodologies class and they provide a great way to mix up your fitness routine.

WOW posters can be found in two locations around our Grande Prairie campus!

  1.  Located at the bottom of the stairs into the weight room and
  2.  Located by the water fountain at the top of the stairs in the weight room.

The workout Adrienne has created is suitable for all fitness goers as a lower intensity and more controlled program that can be used on rest days from your regular exercise program, or as a warn up / cool down. The workout can be modified to suit you and your fitness needs.

This week’s creator Adrianne is passionate about leading a healthy life every day and living a balanced lifestyle.

“Health to me is an entire whole-body wellness: mind, body and soul. It’s all about finding a livable and realistic balance. I grew up in a home where my mom and family dealt with a great deal of mental health issues, I always found running and being active was a productive way to help me deal with things going on in my life.” – Adrianne Larsen

If you would like to read more about Adrianne and try her program for yourself, head down to the Fitness Centre!


GPRC Awards and Bursaries Available!

GPRC Awards and Bursaries Available!

The GPRC Financial Aid team is here to help you navigate the world of student funding!

First, let’s have our Financial Advisers answer some common questions.

What are bursaries?  Bursaries are awards based on financial need and other criteria.

Who has financial need?  We think that ALL students have financial need and encourage everyone to apply!

How much money could I receive? Our award and bursaries values range from $250 to $5,000!

How many awards are there? We have over 200 awards that you can apply for on one application form with a total value of over $100,000!

How long does it take to apply?  It will take you about an hour to complete the application process but you can start and stop as you have time. You can also fill out these forms with the help of a Financial Adviser, to the process isn’t scary or overwhelming.

What is the deadline? January 17, 2018, but why not apply early?

When will I know if I’m getting an award? Selections are made in late January with payments made in early February

Where do I apply?  You can apply on your myGPRC account or head on over to the Financial Aid website.

Who is eligible to apply? Students enrolled full-time in both fall and winter semesters.

We hope you find this information useful. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact our office at the information below.

Financial Aid Grande Prairie
Office: H103
Phone: 780-539-2845
Fax: 780-539-2888
Email: financialaid@gprc.ab.ca
Web: Visit Homepage
GPRC Grande Prairie
10726 – 106 Ave
Grande Prairie, Alberta
Canada T8V 4C4
Financial Aid Fairview
Office: FAC131
Phone: 780-835-6654
Fax: 780-835-6788
Email: financialaidfairview@gprc.ab.ca
GPRC Fairview
PO Bag 3000
11235-98 Avenue
Fairview, Alberta
Canada T0H 1L0
Meet Your Resources this November 29th!

Meet Your Resources this November 29th!

Have you ever wondered what sort things you have access to as a GPRC student? Do you know of the different perks and resources available to you? Have you pondered who to talk to or where to go when you need a student resource?

GPRC provides access to a number of fantastic resources for their students. Resources that work to help you as a student physically, mentally and emotionally. Because lets face it, school is hard work and sometimes we need help!

To help showcase each of these fantastic support services, Stress Less Week in cooperation with your Student Success Liaisons, will be hosting a Meet Your Resources event!

Where: Cafeteria Pillars (between Howlers & the Bookstore)

When: November 29th, from 11:30 – 1:00 PM

This event will highlight the different services available to all Grande Prairie campus students. Each resource will have its own table with a representative there to answer any of your questions, tell you about important upcoming dates, or for you to simply talk about the weather with.

Some of the different tables you can expect to see there include Indigenous Services, the Academic Success Centre, Sport Fitness & Wellness, and many more!

Feel free to contact your Student Success Liaisons, Nicole Bowes & Mercy Balogun for more information or if you have any questions!

Mercy Balogun
Student Success Officer
Arts, Education & Upgrading
Office: C310, Grande Prairie Campus
Email: MBalogun@gprc.ab.ca
Phone: (780) 539-2942

Nicole Bowes
Student Success Liaison
School of Health, Wellness and Career Studies
Office: J120, Grande Prairie Campus
Email: NBowes@gprc.ab.ca
Phone: (780) 539-2761

New GPRIN Coordinator Can’t Wait to Help Students with Innovative Ideas

New GPRIN Coordinator Can’t Wait to Help Students with Innovative Ideas

My name is Ejibola Adetokunbo-Taiwo, and I can’t wait to meet you!

I’m the new GPRIN/Student Projects Coordinator at GPRC. In a nutshell, that means that if students have big idea they’re not sure what to do with, they can come to me for help.

GPRIN, or the Grande Prairie Regional Innovation Network, is a system of support services for innovators, entrepreneurs, and small businesses in Grande Prairie and area. The network has partnered with GPRC to provide services for innovative student projects here at the College. My job is to help turn ideas into reality, connecting innovative students to the resources they need to succeed.

My passion is helping people move their innovative ideas forward. I’ve worked as a financial adviser and educator for small businesses and entrepreneurs at institutions around the world, from Nigeria and Cameroon to Halifax and Ottawa. Working with small businesses is both challenging and exciting. Often, people would come to me with a great idea but not the first clue about how to make it happen. My first piece of advice to them is always to write it down. So you have an idea? What are your goals? What challenges are you facing? How can you anticipate and overcome them? Put it all down on paper and come up with a plan.

Transitioning into the world of post-secondary education is a dream come true for me. It’s the intersection of all my passions rolled into one job. I love research—I’m a curious person, and I feel inspired when I meet new people and learn about their passions. A lot of students do not realize that research is not just for scientists; it’s for everyone. Whether you’re studying music, business, art – whatever it is, you can become involved with research that can change your community and even your world.

We live in a world where innovation is key, and we are constantly needing to come up with new ways of doing things. The world is evolving and becoming smaller—a true global village—thanks to technology. We need to keep up with that pace to sustain a better future. Our students have a big role to play in making sure we don’t get complacent and are always looking forward.

If I were to give advice to students, I would tell them to remember that your passions and hobbies are what will change your college, your community, and maybe even your world. I want to help students integrate their passions and skills into their course of study, help them feel fulfilled, and bring their ideas to where they can make a difference.

I’m excited to be here at GPRC and GPRIN, but what I’m most excited about is the potential of GPRC students. I can’t wait to empower them to build a bright future.

Working on a research project? Thinking about starting a business? Need help getting started? Visit Ejibola:

Ejibola Adetokunbo-Taiwo

Coordinator, GPRIN & Student Projects

Research & Innovation

Office E401-0, Grande Prairie Campus