Thursday, February 1, 2018

Nisga'a Hall to host Education and Career Fair February 5th

A chance for those living on the North Coast to learn more about career and education opportunities across the province is coming to Prince Rupert next week.

Strengthening Connections is an education and career fair that is making a stop at Prince Rupert's Nisga'a Hall on Monday, with a number of representatives from colleges and universities on hand to outline what programs they offer and what career paths could be available for those who qualify for post secondary education.

Among the educational institutions lined up to participate are:

Northwest Community College -- Prince Rupert/Terrace
College of New Caledonia -- Prince George
University of Northern British Columbia -- Prince George
Emily Carr University -- Vancouver
Thomson Rivers University -- Kamloops
Nicola Valley Institute of Technology -- Merritt (with programs across Northern BC)

The Three hour opportunity to find out what's available and what resources you can access to pursue your education takes place Monday evening from 5 to 8 PM.

(Photo from Nisga'a Hall Facebook page)

The Nisga'a Hall is located at 860 Third Avenue West, directly across from Save On Foods.

While Strengthening Connections has an aboriginal focus, the career fair on Monday is open to all students and residents of the region.

The Strengthening Connections program is designed to enhance the awareness of educational opportunities for aboriginal learners, while empowering them to pursue a post-secondary education.

The goal of the program is to develop meaningful relationships with urban and rural aboriginal communities. Students receive support in areas of admission requirements, application processes, financial literacy, student services and student life.

The organization also acts as an advisory and advocacy group to the Ministry of Advanced Education, in order to enhance the successful transitions of Aboriginal learners to public post secondary institutions.

School District 52 recently reviewed the growing success in completion  rates for Aboriginal students in the District, Ministry statistics recently noted that the completion rate for Aboriginal students in 2016/17 was at 63 per cent, with a total graduating number of 69 students.

Monday's career fair offers a good opportunity to find out what path students can taken once they complete their high school years.

The contact for the Strengthening Connections program for Northern BC, Northwest BC and Haida Gwaii is Christy Fell at the University of Northern British Columbia.

You can learn more about the program by calling 250-960-6325 or by email at

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