|Tuesday, May 13, 2008||Grande Prairie Regional College|
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In this issue
by LeiLani Boucher
Grande Prairie Regional College is pleased once again to welcome new Canadians from Grande Prairie and the Region. GPRC is hosting the Citizenship Court in the D.J. Cardinal Performing Arts Theatre on Thursday, May 22 at 11:00 am with an estimated 230 new Canadians receiving citizenship. A small reception will follow in the concourse outside Bernie's.
Immigrant Settlement Services is a program hosted by GPRC and funded by Citizenship and Immigration Canada and Alberta Employment and Immigration. We are located off campus at 9924 - 100 Avenue and help new (and sometimes not so new!) immigrants to Grande Prairie and area with settlement issues. The ultimate reward for us is seeing the individuals and families we have helped or had contact with become a new Canadian.
It's events like this that make me proud to be a Canadian and a GPRC employee.
by Bill Corcoran
Doing a good job in our own backyard
As you are no doubt aware, most of our students are local. But did you realize just how “local” they really are? Listed below are a few demographic gems taken from the report Distribution of 2006/07 GPRC Students compiled by Denise Thomson:
* Primarily distance ed / videoconference students
So while GPRC is a “regional” college, we are also very much a “local” college. Doing good things (and being seen doing good things) in and around the City is crucial to our ongoing success.
GPRC's Katalin Ormay Joins Project Management Team
GPRC and the County of Grande Prairie signed a memorandum of understanding that enables an eight month secondment for Katalin Ormay. She is working half-time as Communications Director on the River of Death and Discovery Dinosaur Centre (RDDDC) Project Management Team. Paul McNeil, GPRC’s new palaeontology instructor is the CEO, Eve Lepinski is Funding Development Director of the Project.
The River of Death and Discovery Dinosaur Centre will not only become a world class tourist destination, but it will support palaeontological research and educational programs at all levels. It will also be an anchor point for a new tourism industry in Northwest Alberta. GPRC is playing an integral role as a collaborating partner in developing this exciting new initiative for our region.
Left to right are: Scott McAlpine, Dean of Arts, Education & Science; Katalin Ormay and Walter Pazkowski, County of Grande Prairie Economic Development Officer on the occasion of signing the MOU.
Once Bernie's summer hours begin, panic often ensues for those of us who rely heavily on the services that Bernie's provides. To ease your minds, here is a reminder of Bernie's summer hours of operation:
May 21 to June 27
June 30 to August 4
August 5 - 29
September 2 - 5
There are still spaces available in the GPRC Children's Centre for September 2008. Please contact Kathy Weber for further information at 539-2753.