Being able to say I finally love my life feels amazing.
I will be 30 years old in April and in the past have felt like I haven’t accomplished much in my life besides party and take life for-granted. Since September 2017, when I made the decision to come back to school, I realized that was the first step I needed to take to feel great about myself again. I feel like I am actually doing something with my life now and have found myself, even though I still have my bad days – I always try to think positive and do the best that I can.
I came back to school aiming to get my upgrading done so I could take the Office Administration Program and so far I have succeed; and I’m excited to say that in April 2020 I will be done my program.
It has been a real struggle for me since I was out of school for so long before deciding to come back and also did the majority of my upgrading while I was pregnant with my son; who was born in July 2018.
GPRC made me a different but better person; someone who is more positive and keeps trying no matter how hard it is. I know for a fact I would not have come this far if it was not for my amazing instructors who stood by me and helped me as much as they could. I am so grateful that I got a chance to meet all the amazing people that work at the college to help all the students make their careers possible.
Becoming a Student Ambassador has also improved my outlook on life and my GPRC experience. I love that it has made me grow as a person and keeps giving me so many new experiences. I love giving my time to volunteer and help others, not only is it a great feeling but it is also so much fun.
With all this being said, when I turn 30 in April, I will feel like I have accomplished so many things in such a short period of time. Walking through the college doors back in 2017 made my life change for the better and I could not be happier. Being a student at GPRC helped me in so many ways and I feel like I have now done something with my life. I have so many plans for my future and now with me achieving my goals and having it just about completed, I feel so good about the life I can give myself as well as my children.
I was so afraid to turn 30 and have nothing to look forward to but now I can say that turning 30 will be the best year of my life and I would not change it for anything…because I love my life!
Submitted by GPRC Student Ambassador, Briana Sidoruk.
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.
Don’t believe us, take 2017/18 Office Administration graduate, Christa LeClerc for example.
“I completed the Office Administration program at GPRC in 2018 while working and taking care of my family. It was a balancing act but between support from my husband, fellow students (who became life long friends) and amazing instructors it was a very successful year!” says Christa.
We caught up with her to get her feedback on the program and it’s perks, such as the practicum placement for practical learning.
“I completed my practicum at Healthy Village Wellness Center and was offered a position to stay on as their administrative assistant. I am now moving into the role of Office Manager and could not be happier. I love working with our patients and practitioners.
“I learn so many new and interesting things everyday. I assist Dr. Dalen with the running of the clinic. I do everything from basic office work, book keeping, pharmacy and test ordering, shipping lab work, patient vitals, workshop set-up, social media and so much more! It is so exciting to learn the naturopathic health care side of things that I did not learn in school as well as expand on the things I did. Everyday is different and I look forward to what it may bring.”
So, what are you waiting for?
Apply today and start on your way to a career in one year.
The Office Administration (OA) program at GPRCis 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
“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
“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
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
Calfrac Well Services
Carter, Lock & Horrigan
City of Grande Prairie-Community Social Development
Deck It Towing & Hauling
Canadian Natural Resources
GPRC – Business & Office Administration
GPRC – Community Relations
GPRC – Nursing
GPRC – Student Services
GPRC – Students’ Association
Justice and Solicitor General: Community Corrections