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June 30, 2011
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Parker Jobin is this year's recipient of the prestigious Governor General's Award. He was presented with his medal by Susan Bangrove at the President's Reception at the GPRC Fairview Campus on June 24th. The Governor General's Academic Medal is one of the most prestigious awards that a student in a Canadian educational institution can receive.
Parker has earned the Associate of Science credential at GPRC, having completed two years toward his Bachelor of Science degree and has maintained a 4.0 grade point average throughout his studies while also playing on the Wolves volleyball team. Francois Fournier has written an excellent story about Parker and his achievements on the Wolves Athletics web page: https://www.gprc.ab.ca/athletics/
As the fiscal year-end approaches, GPRC Continuing Education is reflecting on a very eventful year! As of July 1st, our department will officially be known as Continuing Education (formerly Workforce Development). The GPRC Board of Governors, the Executive Team, and the department all agree that the name “Continuing Education” better reflects our vast selection of courses and offers more name recognition, bringing us in line with most other post-secondary institutions.
In other exciting news, our department has had a RECORD number of student enrolments this past year! Our highest enrolments to date had occurred in 2007, with 9,542 student registrations. As of June 27th, with 3 days still to go in the month, our enrolment numbers reached 9,590! GPRC Continuing Education served upwards of 9,590 students this past year! We expect the number to climb by about another 100 when the month is officially over. Thanks to all our amazing staff who worked so hard to serve so many members of our community! ~ Submitted by Janelle MacRae
Back (L-R): Mona Rowland, Nora Gerzanich, Leigh Roberts, Paula Marchesi, Shera-Lea Crichton. Front: Shari Johnston, Janelle MacRae
Missing: Darwin Eckstrom, Chad Boone, Ross Young, Candace Sanderson, Lauri Dvornek, Angela Scriba, Crystal Smith
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The GPRC Fairview Campus hosted the President's Reception on June 24th. The Alumni/Foundation held their June meeting at the Fairview Campus and attended the reception afterwards along with GPRC staff members and local dignitaries. The event was organized by Patricia Woronuk and emceed by VP Fairview, Marg McQuaig-Boyd. This year's recipient of the Governor General's Award, Parker Jobin, also attended and was officially presented with his medal by Susan Bansgrove. At the end of the program, the sold-out Harley Davidson Draw was held and the lucky winner is a GPRC student from Yellowknife! What a great event!
Alumni/Foundation Director, Wayne Zack, VP Academics & Research, Susan Bansgrove, and Alumni/Foundation Chair, Kelly Chalmers.
Parker Jobin makes the big draw while Joanne Ballance, Marg McQuaig-Boyd and Patricia Woronuk look on.
Patricia Woronuk fires up the Harley one last time!
The Aboriginal Industrial Workers Employment program is a work ready program for 18-30 year old youth. It is a Federal government funded program through Skills Link Canada. We did 2 intakes this past 2010-2011 year, operating in cooperation with the Continuing Education department at GPRC. Typically 9 -12 students complete the program from each intake. At this point, all graduates receive a $500 bonus for their hard work.
Some interesting and exciting things happened this year: our two "Mikes" from the first intake were forced to use their safety training in real life situations. During one incident, Mike M. was riding the transit during a snow storm and the bus hit a snow bank and got hung up. Mike grabbed a reflective vest and started to redirect traffic using his newly-learned flagging skills, thanks to taking a Continuing Education Flagging course. On a later incident, both “Mikes” were getting off the transit and another passenger got off with them. Once they were off the bus, the bus drove off and the stranger collapsed. Both students quickly reacted using their first response skills from Standard First Aid until medics got there. Wow what a great bunch!
~ Story by Lauri Dvornek, Project Coordinator
Students taking a Chainsaw Safety course
Students taking a Fire Extinguisher Training course
A former English as a Second Language student who attended GPRC in 2006, Tomohiro Tsuchiya, from Japan, had his PhD Dissertation published and acknowledged GPRC ESL Instructor Joan Manhas for helping him with this accomplishment. Tomohiro (known as Tomo) won a national award for best thesis of the year from the Council of College Teachers in Japan. In his acknowledgements he states: “I am also grateful to Joan Manhas at Grande Prairie Regional College in Canada for revising my English and for giving me intelligent comments through the publishing of this book.”
He goes on to later thank Margaret Welwood, also an ESL instructor at GPRC, for “helping me with specific problems in the description of grammar and expressions during the course of the writing my original dissertation.” Joan tells us that when Tomo attended ESL at GPRC, “He was impressed that we taught not only oral communication and simple reading and writing. He wanted to learn to write essays, which, of course, is part of Level 6/7.”
Congratulations to Joan and Margaret, you made a lasting impression on this student, as you do to every student you teach! ~ Submitted by Janelle MacRae
Joan Manhas Margaret Welwood
The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam, general version, is normally taken for immigration purposes. There are currently only 3 official IELTS test centres in Alberta, 2 in Calgary, and 1 in Edmonton, at Grant MacEwan University. The Grant MacEwan test centre noticed that many people were traveling to Edmonton from Grande Prairie to write the IELTS. Grant MacEwan’s ESL Testing Manager, Ruth Jordan, contacted Candace Sanderson, GPRC’s ESL Administrator, about doing off-site IELTS Testing in Grande Prairie. Candace invited Ruth to tour the GPRC facilities and both agreed that our location would be an ideal off-site test centre.
On June 21, GPRC received the official word that IELTS Australia has approved an off-site IELTS test centre at the GPRC Campus! The first test is scheduled for September 24th, 2011. This is an excellent example of Alberta post secondary institutions working together to provide a valuable service to the community. ~ Submitted by Janelle MacRae
At the June 2011 Board of Governors meeting, the following recognition was presented by Don Gnatiuk on behalf of the Executive Team: