The ABT classroom was the scene of celebration on Friday, May 4 as two students received bursaries from the CNC Scholarship and Bursary fund. Students and instructors were joined by Maureen Mallais, Regional Director, CNC-Nechako for the event.
Kelly Baker was the recipient of the $300 College of New Caledonia Endowment Fund bursary, the Nechako Community Endowment Bursary worth $200 and the Rotary Club of Vanderhoof Endowment valued at $250. Kelly has already accepted a position at Advanced Millwright Services Ltd. in Vanderhoof.
Tamara Swanson was the recipient of the Jill Vickers Scholarship valued at $500 and a second Rotary Club of Vanderhoof Endowment of $250. Tamara is a CTC student and will be graduating from NVSS concurrently with her CNC graduation.
Maureen Mallais recognized the entire class for their hard work and commitment and acknowledged the businesses and organizations that support the practicum component of this program.
Practicums provide students with invaluable hands-on training and experience and also allow the students to see firsthand the way a real office works.
The Applied Business Technology Program has become the standard in the Nechako Valley for employers when hiring administrative assistants.
Robin Work, general manager, Progressive Employment Services Ltd. says, “This program does much more than teach clerical skills.
It provides those essential skills you expect to find in any effective employee. Of the six individuals we’ve hired from the program, three have since moved up into bigger responsibilities within our company. The skills they’ve gained from the ABT program made that leap possible. Employers in our community know when they hire an ABT graduate that they are adding a well-rounded, capable member to their team”.
The 8 ½ month certificate program trains people for employment in today’s business, government, and industrial offices.
The program provides students with the skills and confidence to compete in today’s highly skilled work force.
Linda Varley, an instructor in the program, reinforces that statement as she passionately states; “our goal in the Applied Business Technology Program is to provide students with current, relevant skills for today’s workplace.
We set our standards high and our students are always willing and eager to achieve them, in both the areas of professionalism and technical skill.”
Applications are now being received at CNC for the fall program. Information about the program can be found by calling Wendy Clement at the Vanderhoof campus at 250-567-3200.