YES-2-IT popular in Fort Nelson and Fort St. John

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By , March 27, 2009

YES-2-IT Popular in Fort Nelson and Fort St. John
 

Students from School District 60 experienced the Automotive Service Technician and Esthetics and Nail Care Technology programs during the YES-2-IT event held at NLC’s Fort St. John Campus.

Students from School District 60 experienced the Automotive Service Technician and Esthetics and Nail Care Technology programs during the YES-2-IT event held at NLC’s Fort St. John Campus.

FORT ST. JOHN – More than 350 grades 8-10 students in School Districts 60 and 81 gained hands-on experience in Dual Credit programming available at Northern Lights College through YES-2-IT events held recently in Fort St. John and Fort Nelson.
 
YES-2-IT (Youth Exploring Skills to Industry Training) is a joint initiative of the Industry Training Authority (ITA) and the Ministry of Education. At NLC, YES-2-IT events provide students with the opportunity to learn about Dual Credit programs available on campus or through distributed delivery.
 
“YES-2-IT events provide the opportunity for students to experience potential education and job opportunities in a hands-on environment. The students get the chance to see the options available to them in their own backyard, and to begin envisioning what their career paths might look like,” said NLC’s recruitment manager Kristina Van De Walle.
 
A unique aspect of YES-2-IT is its focus on hands-on involvement, as students are encouraged to try out aspects of their selected programs through activities that are developed and overseen by participating program instructors.
 
Hands-on participation has increased in the past two years, thanks to contributions from EnCana and the ITA.
 
Last year, steel-toed, slip-on safety shoes were purchased by EnCana to allow students greater access to trades’ shops. This year, sponsorship from EnCana and the ITA allowed the purchase of hard hats, gloves and welding smocks, thereby allowing even more hands-on involvement. The event also received sponsorship from Northern Opportunities.
 
“EnCana was pleased to team up with Northern Lights College to help fund region-wide YES-2-IT events,” said Fiona Liebelt, EnCana’s community relations analyst for Fort Nelson and Peace Country. “EnCana has operations in the area but, more importantly, has staff whose families live and work in the area. Strengthening the communities we work in is of great importance to our corporation. We believe in safety as a fundamental of our daily work. To sponsor some of the safety equipment for this event was an easy decision as it aligns with our company principles.“

Over $1.5 Million Invested in New Community Projects and Manufacturing Expansions

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By , March 26, 2009

Over $1.5 Million Invested In New Community Projects and Manufacturing Expansions

Prince George, BC – Northern Development Initiative Trust’s Board of Directors met on March 18th and are pleased to announce that a total of 44 new projects were approved for funding totalling $1,558,560 on a total project value of over $11.5 Million into the economy. Of the 44 projects approved, 34 new community projects will receive contributions of $1.3 Million on $8.5 Million of immediate spending in the central and northern BC economy

For the full article, please visit NorthernDevelopment.bc.ca

Raysa's Ready to Work in the Field of Aircraft Maintenance

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By , March 18, 2009

Raysa’s Ready to Work in the Field of Aircraft Maintenance

ril in the Aerospace Centre at the Dawson Creek Campus of NLC.

Raysa Abril in the Aerospace Centre at the Dawson Creek Campus of NLC.

DAWSON CREEK ~  Raysa Abril was 16 years old and did not speak English when she left her home in Colombia to experience life in Canada.  She enrolled in English as a Second Language courses for two years before deciding to follow in the footsteps of an uncle, who is a pilot and mechanic. Abril enrolled in the Aircraft Maintenance Engineering program at Northern Lights College.

I heard this was one of the best schools there is for Aircraft Maintenance Engineering”,  Abril said.  “Reputation is definitely one of the reasons why I decided to come to Dawson Creek. A lot of people recommended Northern Lights College. I definitely recommend it.” 

Abril, who is now 20, recently completed the 15-month program. She said that the program helped open her eyes to the various career options available and the skills required to succeed in the aircraft maintenance field.

For example, Abril said she expected a focus on the hands-on and mechanical aspects of the field. But she was very surprised by the emphasis placed on neat and organized files and paperwork. 

 “The program has definitely given me a good basic understanding of what is necessary to succeed,”  Abril said. “It has opened more options to me. I learned about helicopters, and I even got some welding experience. The program makes you aware of a lot more possibilities.” 

Despite the importance of the work of aircraft mechanics in ensuring safe flights around the world, aircraft maintenance can be an underappreciated field because much of the work is done out of the public spotlight.

“It’s a field where everybody sees the pilots, but nobody sees all the people who work on the plane, ” Abril said.  “You get on a plane and it is ready to fly, but there’ s a whole world of people involved that no one knows about.”

The Aircraft Maintenance Engineering program at NLC is based in the Aerospace Centre at the Dawson Creek Campus. The program is 15 months in length, and the next intake of students starts in September. For more information or to register, call 250-782-5251 or 1-866-463-6652, and ask for a Recruiter.

Fort Nelson Secondary Graduate Spotlight

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By , March 9, 2009

FNSS Graduate in the Spotlight

skylar-1Skylar Brown, a Fort Nelson Secondary graduate of 2008, has been highlighted as a star student for Northern Opportunities. Skylar enlisted in the cosmetology program at FNSS in her final year of high school. She had worked at a salon for 4 years prior to taking the program. Skylar explained, “This position helped me develop excellent communication and people skills and fueled my interest and passion for cosmetology. Also my mom is a hairdresser so it has always been a part of my life.” Skylar commented on what a wonderful opportunity it was to be a student and learn a trade at the same time. 

Skylar has earned her Certificate of Qualification through the Industry Training Authority and is continuing to record her hours of work so she can apply to write the Inter-provincial Red Seal Certification Exam. Currently, she works at Charlie’s Girl Salon part-time and attends Grande Prairie Regional College full time.

skylar-2During Skylar’s interview she stated, “I intend to continue to practice the trade of cosmetology, endeavoring to develop my skills. I also plan on continuing my studies at college in the science and education departments. I eventually may decide to work with a chemist and create my own hair care line.” She has also expressed interest in teaching the cosmetology course to the next generation of eager hair stylists. Skylar hopes to inspire more students to pursue an opportunity like this. It has been awesome!

Well done, Skylar.

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