The 2017 fall semester continues to be one of growth for the College of New Caledonia’s (CNC) Lakes District Campus (Burns Lake).
The college experienced an enrolment increase in the fall semester with 150 registered students compared to 81 at the same point last year. Due to the possibility of late registrations, however, student growth between fall 2016 and fall 2017 cannot be fully compared until the end of the semester.
“CNC Lakes has faced some enrolment challenges in the past couple of years, but we’re pleased to see the numbers go up at this point in the semester,” said CNC President Henry Reiser, in a press release. “Despite any challenges, the College of New Caledonia is committed to continue providing exceptional and varied education options for all students in the community of Burns Lake.”
Two new non-credit programs tailored to the needs of the community launched at CNC Lakes this semester. Each offers students an opportunity to experience a variety of educational and employment pathways.
Foundations for the Future (FFF) is a tuition-free opportunity designed to provide students with snapshots into an array of different studies. In September, FFF students participated in 12 hours of “Conversational Carrier,” which taught students a basic understanding of the Carrier language as well as honed their ear to identify variations in dialect.
Upcoming FFF courses include Introduction the Sciences (part one and two), Baking (part one and two), Introduction to Aboriginal Studies, Existential Philosophy and Gesture Drawing.
Pathways to Reaching Employment Potential (P.R.E.P.) is the second tuition-free program now offered in Burns Lake and provides students with essential hands-on workplace skills training.
The program brings a variety of themed courses to the campus including:
- Computer Training (Oct. 3 to 26) – 60 hours
- Management Skills for Supervisors (Nov. 7 to Dec. 21) – 105 hours
- Self-care (Jan. 9 to 25) – 45 hours
- First Nations Focus (Feb. 6 to 22) – 45 hours
- Financial Skills ( March 5 to 23) – 45 hours
- Job Search (April 9 to 26) – 45 hours
Continuing Education remains well received in the community. The 2017/2018 course schedule features exciting opportunities such as Aikido (for youth and adults), ATV Rider, Be Your Own, Boss, Canadian Firearms Safety, Cashier Training, First Nations Form Line Design, Foodsafe, Introduction to First Nations Communities, Notebook Maintenance, Retirement Preparation, WHMIS, Women’s Self Defense and much more.
The new year brings more to CNC Lakes as it gears up to offer a practical nursing program in January 2018 and carpentry the following month.
Even more educational opportunities will open in the near future as a result of the recent provincial announcement to eliminate tuition fees on Adult Basic Education and English Language Learning programs.
“We continue to connect with the community to provide the best educational options for the region,” said Corinne George, regional principal of CNC Lakes. “We have many new and exciting opportunities coming.”