Welcome Heidi to the GPRC Wolves Women’s Basketball team!

Welcome Heidi to the GPRC Wolves Women’s Basketball team!

The GPRC Wolves are pleased to announce the signing of Heidi Derksen to the Women’s Basketball program.

With a tireless work ethic, and amazing skill set Heidi will be an asset to the Wolves says Head Coach Mandy Botham. Heidi, who has brought home ASAA Provincial Gold and Silver with the La Crete Lancers is looking forward to improving her game and making new friends with her teammates. She also wants to continue playing basketball and GPRC has given her that opportunity by offering the educational program that interests her.

Welcome to the pack, Heidi.

Spring Lineup: GPRC Sport, Fitness & Wellness

Spring Lineup: GPRC Sport, Fitness & Wellness

GPRC Sport, Fitness and Wellness (SFW) is committed to providing essential programs, education and services to support good health and vitality to our students, staff and the entire community.

Spring has officially sprung!

The spring lineup is here at GPRC SFW and will run from April 23 to June 29; totaling 10-weeks of classes.


Want to know more?

Check out the description of each class on the SFW website here.


Individuals who want to get in on the action can either register for a specific class or purchase a SFW Punch Card at the Fitness Centre for $120 for 10 uses.

Let’s get those summer bods ready!

For more information, call Joel at (780) 539-2436 or email, JThibault@GPRC.ab.ca 


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.

New Wolves on the Field

New Wolves on the Field

The GPRC Wolves are pleased to announce 4 new signings to the Women’s Soccer Program. Tea Brown, Sydney Embleton, Sydney Kelly and Kate Allison have all committed to the 2018-19 season under the stewardship of Head Coach Chris Morgan.

Tea Brown with her new coach, Chris Morgan.

North Peace Secondary Schools’ 2017 Female Athlete of the Year, Tea Brown from Fort St. John, is a solid and dependable player who can play a number of positions according to coach Morgan, she is also coachable with a great attitude to the game. With Provincial Gold in Indoor, Outdoor, and most recently, Northern Central Championship Gold, Tea is also on the NPSS Academic Honour Roll and chose GPRC because of the academic offerings. She also looks forward to playing at the college level and developing her skills as an athlete.

Sydney Embleton joins the Wolves in the 2018-2019 season.

Sydney Embleton joins the Wolves from Vernon, BC and chose GPRC because of the academic programs offered, and the teams strong showing in the ACAC over the years. She looks forward to taking part in what GPRC has to offer and is excited about developing all areas of skill against new competition, and bonding with coaches and teammates. A multiple medal winner over the years with Vernon United Rep Soccer, Coach Morgan is positive that Sydney will do well at GPRC, saying that she comes to the program highly recommended, is fast and can play various positions.

Kate Allison joins the Wolves in the 2018-2019 season.

Another Vernon, BC recruit, Kate Allison joins the Wolves after playing with Vernon United and the Fulton Maroons, was also invited to train with Whitecaps Okanagan Prospects Academy 2015-17. She is looking forward to improving her game with Coach Morgan and is pursuing studies in the Kinesiology program at GPRC. Kate has a solid skill set, good work ethic and a great attitude to the game says Morgan who is thrilled she has chosen to continue her education and soccer career with the Wolves.

Hailing from Vanderhoof, BC, Sydney Kelly is most excited about reaching her full potential as a college athlete. With a 2 goal per game average in the 2017-18 season, Sydney will bring goals to the Wolves for sure says Coach Morgan who is excited that she has committed to the season. Sydney who chose GPRC because of the institutions’ academic and soccer programs’ reputation, competed with her high school team at Provincials AA last season, and has also trained with the UNBC Timberwolves.

We’re looking forward to welcoming these four players into the pack.

Don’t miss out on this incredible leadership opportunity!

Don’t miss out on this incredible leadership opportunity!

Applications for the Ambassador Program are now available for next year here.  I encourage students to consider this co-curricular credit option.  I have enjoyed it very much.  You have so much to gain from this volunteer service group.  I found a place to belong and an opportunity to make a difference.

January 2017 was my first semester back “in school” after 25 years.  It was a tough adjustment for several reasons.  One that left the strongest impression on me was the loneliness.  Coming into school in January between academic years (taking both first and second year classes), I thought I would meet a lot of new people.  I was saddened to find that many students don’t talk to each other.  I didn’t make a single connection.

So, I started looking for ways to get connected.  I found many groups meet at Connection Hour and a few were interesting for me.  However, that unfortunately doesn’t work for me.  I don’t come to school on Wednesdays.  Other options I investigated also had similar little issues for me.

Until I found the Ambassador Program.

What better way to make friends than to join a group of fellow students in a common goal to support all students at GPRC.  We work together on small projects to bring betterment to other students’ days.  Working together is a wonderful way to get to know people and enjoy time spent together.

Alexis, we had so much fun with the Roll Back to School event.  The Spin to Win Wheel was a hoot and the dice were too much fun!  Nysha, I greatly enjoyed setting that event up with you.  It was time well spent!  I am the type of person who feels refreshed and de-stressed when I spend time with others, so this was rewarding for me.

Now, I haven’t even mentioned the perks of the Ambassador Program, and they are amazing!

You get co-curricular credit, recorded right on your transcript!  Tell future prospective employers that you’ve got some experience in leadership, having volunteered all next year with us!

You get free Professional Development (PD) opportunities.  I renewed my First Aid and took the new Mental Health First Aid.  These are just two of the PD the Ambassadors voted for this year.

Another perk is the grey Ambassador backpack you’ve surely seen some of us wearing.  It’s new this year and its been a great backpack.  We’ve already got some new ideas for “swag” for next year.  You’ll have to join us to check it out.

Yes, I do plan to return next year.  I still have to get my idea for a support group for parents-who-are-students off and running!  That’s another rewarding aspect of Ambassadors.  We can start and run new events and groups that enhance student wellness and success.  These are the perfect opportunities to gain experience in leadership.  Support from various college departments is available to Ambassadors working with a valuable idea for the betterment of GPRC students.

Coming from a background of 25 years in the workforce, I will tell you that experience like this makes your education even more valuable to prospective employers.  It helps break that cycle of education-but-no-experience we start out with when we graduate.  It’s time well spent.

For more information, check out the website, ask an Ambassador, or inquire at Student Services.

See you next year!

Tammy Buchinski,

Proud Ambassador