June 7, 2012

In this issue

2012 Skills Competition

GPRC was well represented at the 2012 Skills Canada Provincial and National Competitions held at the Expo Centre in Edmonton from May 10th - 15th. In addition to Recruitment having a booth in the Skill City area of the competitions, several GPRC program chairs, instructors, and staff were present to view the competitions, and in some cases, to act as judges. It was a great opportunity to be able to see what the correlation is between the regional and higher levels of competition.

Competitions are held each year for both secondary and post-secondary students in over 40 trade and technology areas. Of note at this year's competition, the Robotics team from St. Joseph's Catholic School in Grande Prairie got gold at the Provincial level and received the 3rd place bronze medal at the National level. ~ Submitted by Gord Ivey

Rob Young, instructor in the Automotive Service Program at GPRC Fairview Campus was one of the judges at the Provincial competitions.

Collective Agreements Signed

The ASA Collective Agreement and the Employees' Association Collective Agreements were signed at the President's Office on May 17, 2012.

Employee's Association signing (bottom left to right): Paula McGregor, Acting EA President, Rick Scott, EA Collective Bargaining Committee Chair, Laurie Sutherland, VP Administration, Don Gnatiuk, President and CEO, and Vincent Vavrek, Board of Governors Chair.

Academic Association signing (bottom left to right): Vincent Vavrek, Board of Governors Chair, Don Gnatiuk, President and CEO, Susan Bansgrove, VP Academics & Research, Reddy Ganta, ASA Collective Bargaining Chair, and Laurie Nock, ASA President.

Donation Update

Lions Club Member and GPRC Instructor, Alan Segal and Donna Coulter, PR Chair of the Grande Prairie Lions Club (right) present a cheque for $2000 in support of the six bursaries they support  at GPRC. Accepting on behalf of GPRC is Joanne Ballance, Alumni Development Manager.

Amanda Guilbault, Production Administrator for PennWest Exploration presents Sheila Elliott, Chair of Nursing at GPRC,  and Carmen Haakstad with a cheque in the amount of $10,000 in support of nursing simulation training aids.

Gibson Class 1 Driver Simulator

GPRC Continuing Education and Gibson Energy partnered up to offer a unique experience to individuals interested in pursuing a truck driving career. Gibson parked its state of the art Class 1 driving simulator in Parking Lot A of GPRC Grande Prairie campus on May 22nd and 23rd.

Gibson Energy wanted to entice potential truck drivers to the field, as there is a growing need for Class 1 truck drivers in Alberta’s booming economy. GPRC Continuing Education thought this would be a great joint opportunity to also promote the Class 1 and 3 training that the department offers.

The simulator attracted many community groups, current and future GPRC students; even some local celebrities came out to give it a try! “This was a great opportunity to allow community groups and the general public to learn more about the truck driving experience. We are so pleased that Gibson allowed us to offer this opportunity,” states Darwin Eckstrom, Director of GPRC Continuing Education.

In addition to members of the public, groups from Peace Wapiti Academy, GPRC English as a Second Language students, and GPRC Driver Training students test drove the simulator, along with GPRC President Don Gnatiuk, GPRC VP Fairview Marg McCuaig-Boyd, Grande Prairie Mayor Bill Given, County of Grande Prairie Reeve Leanne Beaupre, and representatives from local radio stations.

The Gibson Energy Driving Simulator

Mayor Bill Given tries out the Simulator                      Teresa Verenca from Q99

The students from Peace Wapiti Academy seemed to really enjoy the experience!

Liz Richard

GPRC Nursing Instructor, Liz Richard, was the recipient of the Alberta Nursing Education Administrators (ANEA) Nursing Education Leadership Award for 2012.

Each year nominations are submitted for each of four separate categories: Licensed Practical Nurses Education, Registered Psychiatric Nurse Education, Registered Nurse Education (undergraduate and graduate), Preceptor – LPN, RPN, RN engaged in practice and education with nursing students.

Criteria for the award are individuals or teams who have demonstrated leadership in one or more of the following areas: advancement of nursing education; education program development and delivery; educational organization involvement; scholarship in areas of teaching and learning; focus on enhancing development of nursing students and creating effective practice environments for learning.

Liz was nominated by her colleagues at GPRC. All nominations are reviewed by a selection committee and notified after the spring ANEA meeting. Congratulations Liz!

MOU With Mount Royal

A Memorandum of Understanding was signed on May 24th by Don Gnatiuk, President and CEO of GPRC and David Docherty, President of Mount Royal University (MRU).  This  MOU is designed to increase educational opportunities for students in northern Alberta.  Both Presidents  have both endorsed their written intent to explore areas of possible collaboration. Among the several possibilities identified in the MOU are expanded opportunities for block transfer of GPRC diploma graduates to MRU degree programs in business and environmental science, and transfer credit for university studies in English, History and Psychology.

The official signing of the Memorandum of Understanding took place at GPRC, with representatives of each institution present including MRU Associate Vice-President Academic, Randy Genereux, and GPRC Vice-President Academics and Research, Susan Bansgrove.