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.

Howlers Cup Dodgeball Tournament

Howlers Cup Dodgeball Tournament

Round up your troops and come sign up for the Howlers Cup Dodgeball Tournament on Friday, April 13th!

For only $5/player you can enjoy a full day of dodgeball and chances to win many great prizes! Enjoy free food for all and cheap refreshments while supplies last.

All teams participating in Howlers Cup are expected (but not required) to wear matching themed team uniforms. An example of this would be military gear, dresses, beachwear or as hippies. Uniforms must be in good taste and must not be offensive to an individual or group and must not send a poor representation of the Campus Recreation Program or GPRC.

The winning team will receive the Howlers Cup Trophy, Championship T-Shirts, tickets to the year end meltdown party hosted by Howlers Lounge & the Students’ Association.

There will be prizes given for:

  1. First Place finishers
  2. Best Team Uniform
  3. Best Team Haka
  4. Best Team Name
  5. Draw Prizes

Get more information in the registration package which you can pick up today at the Fitness Centre. Spectators are welcome! Come celebrate the ending of another great school year with some fun dodgeball action.

And remember the 5 D’s of dodgeball… “Dodge, Duck, Dip, Dive.. and Dodge!”

For more information, visit our Facebook event page.

GPRC AHT Promote Awareness of Pet Toxicity!

GPRC AHT Promote Awareness of Pet Toxicity!

Check out the awesome work being done by our Animal Health Technology students on our GPRC Fairview campus.

Melissa Zizek, Kelsey Dolen and Madison Williams wrote an awesome article about potentially toxic items for your beloved pets that can be found in your home! Check out their full article below to stay informed and look for their piece to be published in the Fairview Post this month.

GPRC Animal Health Technology students, Melissa Zizek, Kelsey Dolen and Madison Williams.

Check it out and look for it in the Fairview Post! 

Read more of their Toxicity article here.

Way to go Melissa, Kelsey and Madison!

GPRC Workout of the Week, February 12-16, 2018

GPRC Workout of the Week, February 12-16, 2018

Ready to be WOW’ed?

This weeks Workout Of the Week is sure to kick up your fitness routine. WOW’s are brought to you by the PEAK program’s Advanced Methodologies Class.

This week’s creator is a fitness enthusiast, Terrance Wold, a second year Personal Trainer Diploma student. The program he has created is tailored to advanced lifters. Terrence has built this week’s program around the three “big lifts: squat, bench and deadlift”.


“One thing I love about fitness is that if you are dedicated it becomes a lifestyle more then it is a sport. In fitness your whole day evolves around the sport, whether it is prepping food every night to help you hit your macronutrients or eating every 3 to 4 hours so you can keep your body well nourished, this all leads to the bigger picture of you hitting your goals.”




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.

If you’re interested in trying this WOW for yourself, be sure to head down to the Fitness Centre!

GPRC Workout of the Week: February 5-9, 2018

GPRC Workout of the Week: February 5-9, 2018

Kick up your fitness routine with this week’s GPRC Workout of the Week (WOW), courtesy of the PEAK Advanced Methodologies class.

This week’s creator, Jesse Bird, a student of the Personal Trainer Diploma program, has crafted a workout sure to get you moving! Jesse is a supportive and passionate individual who wants to help you improve your skills in the gym and maintain a healthy balanced lifestyle.

Jessie, GPRC Personal Trainer student.

“Through a positive and compassionate approach, I believe that physical training can benefit everyone, regardless of limitations. As your trainer I’d aim to show you just how much you have control of your life.”

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.

Jesse also has some reminders for all fitness goers:

1) Form is number one, you want to exercise effectively and safely

2) Always warm up and cool down, this will keep your heart and body safe.

3) Use a spotter when lifting heavy.

To see this week’s workout head down to the Fitness Centre where you can learn about its creator and see the workout, useful tips, and guidance provided by him.