The Days Are Getting Longer…!

In this issue

Father and Son at Odds

Veteran ACAC coach Chris Nicol led his GPRC Wolves into Augustana for a late season matchup with the Vikings with play-off implications for both teams. Seemingly standard stuff for games in January, however, this weekend was different. This weekend Nicol was coaching against his son. “Josh has been in my camps and clubs and hanging around my teams since before he was five. I have watched him develop throughout junior high and high school into an excellent college point guard.” 

The former Wolves team captain, MVP and ACAC All-Conference player is a Viking this year. “These were some big games this weekend, for a number of reasons. They've been circled on the calendar since the start of the season.” Josh made the difficult choice to transfer to the conference rival this year for academic reasons. He is now starting for Augustana, the place where his father suited up three decades ago. “It was a really tough decision to leave GPRC but I feel like I made the right choice for the right reasons. This would be the first time I’d be playing against my old team, teammates many of whom I'd played with for 3 years. It made things even more difficult because it was the first time I'd ever have to play against my father, who coached me throughout my entire life. So the whole weekend was full of mixed emotions. It hurts a lot to lose a game like that but hurt even more to lose to my former team 

Squaring off against his son for the very first time Coach Nicol described the weekend as “the most difficult two games he has ever coached” in his 33 years behind the bench. “It was good to get the sweep on the weekend but definitely a myriad of conflicting emotions as a father.”

“I love all my players but Josh is, for so many reasons, my favorite player of all-time. Coaching Josh for 3 years was a very special time in both our lives. I am very proud of the player and person he has become 

~submitted by Chris Nicol

GPRC Hosting ACAC Women's Volleyball Provincials

Coming up February 21-23, GPRC will be hosting the ACAC Women's Volleyball Provincials. The top college teams from Northern and Southern Alberta will compete to determine who this year's top volleyball team will be. It's going to be a weekend tournament filled with tough competition and a highly intense showing of athletic prowess! Each team will be striving to be Number One as the Gold Medal finisher will be off to Seneca College in Toronto, Ontario March 5-8, 2014. 

Visit our website for more information!

Growing the North Student Sponsorship

GPRC is proud to be a partner of the upcoming annual Growing the North conference being held in Grande Prairie, February 19 & 20. There is an exciting sponsorship opportunity for students to attend the conference. 
In order to participate under the student sponsorship, the student must agree to provide a 50 word essay on what they plan to learn or gain by attending the conference. Once they've attended, the student will be required to submit a quote about their thoughts or impressions of the conference, a quote about their favorite presenter, as well as a photo of them with a speaker of their choice at the conference. An email acknowledging that the students agrees to this information being shared with a targeted audience via Growing the North promotions of the event is also required.
If you know of any students who would like to attend, they can contact or visit for more information.

Harley-Davidson® Expands in Fairview!

To meet the demand for Harley-Davidson® factory technical training for staff from authorized retailers across Canada, GPRC Harley-Davidson® has expanded their training centre into the Fairview Mechanical VI building for January through mid-April.

The extra room gives GPRC the ability to run 3 classes at a time, with up to 26 new participants each week. These students have options of 2, 3 and 4 day long courses including French language offerings.

Thanks to GPRC's partner in training, Deeley, Harley-Davidson® Canada banners ensure you know you are in Harley-Davidson® shops once in the building.

Drop by and see us at work!

~submitted by Louise Gilles

Play in a Day

Fine Arts has gotten together with Theatre & Events to bring A Play in a Day to GPRC. February 28 is the kick off party in the Black Box Theatre, where the first and last lines of the play are announced, troupes are drawn and the writing begins!

March 1, the participants will meet again to put it all together for showtime at 7pm! Everyone is encouraged to join in the fun - come watch if you don't want to participate!!

Contact Theatre & Events for more information. 


Upgrading in West Yellowhead

The Hinton and Edson Learning Centres got a make over in the past few weeks. The team members - Jason Rakestraw, Erin Grier, Sandra Wetzel, Stephen Lunney and John L'Hirondelle - worked tirelessly to professionally install and upgrade the equipment in these classrooms, allowing the technology to be used to its full potential. Great job everyone!

~Submitted by John L'Hirondelle

Hospitality & Tourism in the Field

The time has come for the students of Hospitality & Tourism to put what they've learned in class, to use in the real world. 

Kimberly Cockney is a first year student from Hay River, NT. Her field placement is through the Grande Prairie Friendship Centre, where she is doing administration work, and has her hands in planning the upcoming 15th annual Spirit Seekers Youth Conference. After she's finished the program, Kimberly hopes to work at her family lodge in Hay River. 

Heather Hogg comes to us from Hythe and is also in her first year of study at GPRC. Her practicum is being done with the Holiday Inn Express in Grande Prairie, where she performs various Front Desk duties including reservations, and checking guests in/out. She hopes to be working abroad in the hospitality and tourism field, once finished her studies.

Shots Around Campus

Good Morning Grande Prairie!

Profs getting props!

John Shaw and Rick Scott taking shots with their students, in the courtyard.

~photos submitted by John Rowe and Phil Gorman

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.

• Congratulations to Laura Michelle MacArthur – Instructor, Department of Fine Arts – on completing the requirements of the Doctor of Philosophy, Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies Program.

Matt Bain has been nominated for the 2013-2014 ACCC Awards of Excellence – Teaching Excellence Award. Best of luck!