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Congratulations and many thanks to Travis Fowler, Sarah Biedermann, and Ashley Clayton for making our Rock-It! summer music program such a success! Thanks also to Chris McIntyre and Mike DiPasquale for their assistance and support. The students improved their musical skills, composed their own pieces in the computer lab, toured the recording studio and gave a rockin’ performance for their family and friends. When asked how we could improve the program for next year, the students consistently replied, “Make the program longer!”  ~ Submitted by Fay Bredeson

A Continuing Success Aboriginal Student Job Shadow Program

On Friday, August 19th, in the upper courtyard of GPRC Grande Prairie, a very special celebration was held. 11 students graduated from the Aboriginal Student Job Shadow Program.

The program is coordinated by the Continuing Education department and gives Aboriginal youth between the ages of 15-17 the opportunity to experience actual worksite conditions and be exposed to a variety of occupations by doing a 7 week job shadow. This program ran from July 3rd - August 19th, 2011. The first 3 weeks consisted of learning employability skills in a classroom setting, with the remaining 4 weeks at a worksite of the student’s choice.

Employers who supported the program were Ainsworth, GPRC, City of Grande Prairie, Aquatera, Petrowest, Weyerhaeuser, Devon, and Alberta Health Services. The 2011 group marks the third year of this program.  In order for the students to register in the program, they must either be enrolled in high school or have just graduated from high school.

"They come out for two weeks to the Fairview (GPRC) Campus, they learn about WHMIS, First Aid and CPR," explains Amber Havens, co-coordinator. "They also learned about cultural awareness and physical activity, career trades and orientation, then they finally move on to the Grande Prairie campus where they start their jobs."

Congratulations to everyone who contributed to the ongoing success of this program!
To read the Daily Herald Tribune article about the graduation ceremony, view this link: http://www.dailyheraldtribune.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=3267774&  ~ Submitted by Janelle MacRae

Graduate receiving certificate                                Prayer circle at grad ceremony

Student group at Dunvegan

Random Acts of Kindness

During the long lineups and technical difficulties on the first day of parking spot sales, there was a mother and small child among the dozens waiting. The process was held up, and the little boy was becoming quite restless by the time a “tall thin man” from the Library arrived with the mail cart. He invited the little boy to help sort the mail, and provided a very welcome distraction for a few minutes – and the admiration of others in the lineup. Everyone, and especially the child, was surprised when a few minutes later the man returned. “I didn’t notice when I was here before,” he told the little boy, “but this parcel is for you!” A very excited child opened the box to find a collection of small cars, and played happily for the remainder of the wait, to the delight of his mother and the entire lineup. Thank you, Chris Murphy!  ~ Submitted by Nancy Campbell

GPRC Welcomes Students from Kansai Gaidai University

The ESL (English as a Second Language) program at GPRC is pleased to be hosting several students from Kansai Gaidai University in Japan over the next several months. Six students from the university are currently taking ESL classes this month, during the August 8th to September 2nd session. On September 6th, GPRC ESL will welcome 13 new students from this University, and these students will all be studying here until December 16th.

Kansai Gaidai University is located in Hirakata, Osaka, Japan. It is a private university focusing on foreign language studies. Kansai is the proper name of the large region where it is located, which includes the cities of Kyoto, Osaka and Kobe. Gaidai is a contraction of Gaikokugo Daigaku, which literally means "foreign language university". Kansai Gaidai is known for its large Asian Studies program for international exchange students as well as for its Intensive English Studies program for Japanese students planning to study abroad.

The University was attracted to GPRC’s English as a Second Language program due in part to the large English speaking population of Grande Prairie, as well as the safe and friendly reputation of our city. The smaller class sizes of our ESL program as well as excellent quality of instruction have made it quite renowned as an excellent place to learn English.

Kansai began sending their students to GPRC in the summer of 2010 and the students arriving next month will be the fifth group from Kansai University. We welcome Kansai University students three times a year, in spring, summer and fall. The students may be in their first year of University studies or finishing their final year (or anywhere in between). It’s a wonderful compliment to GPRC that they have chosen us for the overseas English study portion of their degree.

We welcome these students, as well as our many other ESL students who travel here from around the world.  ~ Submitted by Janelle MacRae

Donation Update

Thank you to the following individuals, clubs, foundations and companies who recently gave a charitable gift, gift in kind, or sponsorship to the GPRC Alumni/Foundation. These donations represent gifts to GPRC since July 2011.

College Council ($150,000 - $499,000)
Métis Education Foundation

Audrey Poitras, President of the Métis Nation of Alberta presents Susan Bansgrove, VP Academic and Research with a cheque in the amount of $250,000 for the Métis Scholar Award Endowment Fund at GPRC.

Gold Circle ($10,000 - $24,999)
The Calgary Foundation (through the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers and the Frances Camrye Memorial Bursary

Silver Circle ($5,000 - $9,999)
TD Insurance Meloche Monnex
Grande Prairie Rotary Club

Friends of GPRC ($1 - $4,999)

Ernie's Sports Centre (1983) Ltd.
John Patrick
Anonymous Donors
Shelley Gainer
William S. Stepanko Professional Corporation
Gurevitch Headon and Associates
Charlotte Bliska
Windsor Motors Ltd.
ERCO World Wide
Fountain Tire
Jerry Petryshyn
Jade Cash
City of Grande Prairie
EdVenture Partners
Big Country XX 93.1
Municipal District of Fairview (#136)
Great Northern Casino / Service Plus Hospitality Ltd.
Flint Energy Services Ltd.
Pembina Pipeline Corporation
Capistrano Holdings Ltd
ATCO Electric
Mae Jensen
EnerPlus Resources
APEGGA - Education Foundation
QEII Hospital Auxiliary Association

For more information on giving to GPRC please click here

Excellence in People

At the August 2011 Board of Governors meeting, the following recognition was presented by Don Gnatiuk on behalf of the Executive Team:

• A sincere thank you to all of you who volunteered or participated in the 55+ Games. Your involvement was key to the huge success of the games and GPRC Fairview Campus received many accolades for our involvement and our facilities.

• Thank you to Joanne Ballance for her work to secure a $250,000 donation from the Metis Nation of Alberta that will be endowed to support new GPRC Metis Scholar awards. Thank you to Susan Bansgrove for representing GPRC at the Métis Nation of Alberta Assembly on Saturday August 13th and accepting the cheque.

• Thank you to Kelly Benning and Carla Basarab for their assistance in developing the award criteria. This is a good demonstration of the team work required to bring in a major gift for our students.

• Thank you to everyone involved in the Aboriginal Job Shadow Program and its wrap up celebration last Friday, in particular Amber Havens and Chad Boone.

• Thank you to Michael Lummerding and Nathaniel Smith for their partnership with the City of Grande in organizing a very valuable emergency management tabletop training event on August 18th.

• Congratulations to the Finance Department for completing with such great efficiency the financial year end process. Thank you to the whole institution for their support and cooperation.

• Thank you to the Department of Campus Operations for their involvement in a successful restructuring of their Department.

• Thank you to all of the ISW (Instructional Skills Workshop) Facilitators and Trainers:
Victoria Abboud, Matt Bain, Cheryl King, Dave Long, Cibylla Rakestraw, Tamara van Tassell and Darryl White.