November 24, 2011

In this issue

MSW at GPRC


Dr. Jackie Sieppert, Dean of the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Calgary and GPRC President and CEO, Don Gnatiuk shake hands after signing an agreement today to collaboratively provide a Master of Social Work on campus at GPRC. Dr. Kazem Mashkournia, GPRC Dean of Arts, Science and Upgrading will represent the College in fulfilling the terms of the agreement.

FHS Mechanics Program Partners With GPRC

Fairview High School’s (FHS) mechanics program is the only school in Canada where students are working on a Harley Davidson bike and eight engines thanks to a partnership between FHS and GPRC Fairview Campus. On Friday November 4, 2011, students were given a surprise when Mr. Earl Verbicky, FHS Educator and Wally Besler, GPRC Harley Technician, rode into the school assembly on a Harley Davidson and a street bike, both provided under a three year contract to the school.

“It makes sense to partner with the High School” says Besler. “Being a big trades college we have the resources to bring opportunities like this to the school. Students at FHS are our future students and why not give them a preview of what options are out there.” GPRC, Fairview Campus is the only authorized training centre in Canada for Harley Davidson.

“We are very grateful for this opportunity” says Earl Verbicky who teaches various Career and Technology Studies (CTS) courses at FHS . “This partnership brings enhanced opportunities for students with hands-on learning with a legendary product.”

Last year, students at FHS have worked on stand alone Harley engines under the guidance of Besler and Verbicky. “I couldn’t have asked for a better class” says Besler. “The students were so excited they were meeting me outside before class. Now this year students will have full sized machines to work with.” ~ Story & photo courtesy of Peace River School Division (PRSD)


GPRC Harley Technician, Wally Besler hands over the keys to FHS Educator, Earl Verbicky.

Excellence in People

At each monthly Board of Governors meeting, staff and faculty recognitions are presented to the Board by Don Gnatiuk on behalf of the Executive Team. To view the list of recognitions for November 2011 please click here.

Thank You RBC


GPRC President and CEO, Don Gnatiuk, and Alumni/Development Manager, Joanne Ballance, receive a generous donation from Fred Gardner, VP Commercial Banking and Kevin Kleininger, Regional Vice President Peace Country, on behalf of the RBC Foundation. The $40,000 donation will support the Department of Business students’ case competition team and a business student scholarship, as well as Aboriginal services on campus.