Insider is Back!

Insider is back from summer holidays and will resume a bi-weekly publishing schedule (every second Wednesday). Everyone is welcome to submit articles or event information to Insider so if you have something that you would like to circulate to GPRC's staff and faculty, feel free to email your ideas and suggestions.

In this issue

What is Insider??

Insider is the internal E-newsletter of GPRC. It is a regular feature of life at the College and endeavors to keep internal communications flowing among staff and faculty. Insider is distributed bi-weekly from late August to mid-June and it is a great place to keep abreast of the many events and activities that happen throughout GPRC.
Send us information about your college events and tell us about interesting things that you are doing.  We are especially looking forward to using Insider to keep in touch with our new colleagues at the Fairview Campus!

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Fairview College Campus Barbecue

Fairview College Campus Welcome Back BBQ!
Hosted by Marg McCuaig-Boyd, Vice President Fairview Campus
WHEN: Thursday August 27, 2009, 11:30am to 1:30pm
WHERE: Cafeteria at GPRC Fairview College Campus

Let’s start the new school year off right with great food and great people!
• You could win one of the fabulous door prizes! (to be drawn at the event)
• Donations for the Student Food Bank are gratefully accepted.

GPRC Grande Prairie Campus Barbecue

GPRC Campus Staff Barbecue
WHEN: Thursday, August 20th
WHERE: Theatre Concourse & Courtyard

4:00 pm  -  Cash Bar Opens
5:00 pm  -  Welcome/Introductions
5:45 pm  -  Barbecue

** The infamous "Brick Awards" will be presented during the barbecue!

Success in the Aboriginal Student Job Shadow Program!

GPRC Workforce Development would like to congratulate the 10 students that completed the Aboriginal Student Job Shadow Program over the summer. These ten youth stayed at GPRC Residence for six weeks of the program. During this time, they completed one week of classroom time and five weeks of Job Shadowing with Ainsworth, Aquatera, City of Grande Prairie and Devon. GPRC would also like to thank the Metis Nations of Alberta and Western Cree Tribal Council for providing the youth to take the program! We couldn’t have asked for a better group of students! These youth, between 15-19 years of age, job shadowed various positions at the four companies named. The objective of the program was to spark an interest in a variety of professions, with the intent of motivating the youth to complete high school and carry on into a profession they are interested in! In addition this program gave the youth a picture of what College life would be like (while living in residence) and what the working world is all about! Most of the youth were starting work by 7 AM every morning!

This program was developed as a collaborative effort on part of (AWPI) Aboriginal Workplace Partnership Initiative, of which GPRC is a member.
We are also pleased to announce the securing of $107,000 in Community Adjustment Funding for next summer, and will be seeking the same funding partnerships for another intake next summer for 24 students!
                                                                          Submitted by Janelle MacRae


GPRC’s Aboriginal Industrial Workers Program Receives Government Funding

MP Chris Warkentin recently announced that GPRC is receiving funding in the amount of $150,255 for the newly developed Aboriginal Industrial Workers Employment Program. This program was designed by Hiedi Yardley in GPRC Workforce Development to help 12 Aboriginal youth, with little or no attachment to the labour market, gain work experience and enhanced employability skills so that they may participate in the Northwest Alberta labour market, in fields such as oil and gas, forestry, and construction.

This project supports the mandate of the Aboriginal Workplace Participation Initiative (AWPI).  It offers a 7 week classroom component on life/employability skills, and includes a potential of 13 safety certificates such as: First Aid/CPR, WHMIS, Fall Protection, H2S, Spill Recovery, Hazard Assessment, Ground Disturbance, Aerial Lift, Chainsaw Safety, ATV Safety, and Bobcat Operation. The program will run from September 16th to December 4th out of the Workforce Development department.
                                                                              Submitted by Janelle MacRae