Learning in the community

KINGSCLEAR FIRST NATION – As New Brunswick Community College (NBCC) strives to welcome more learners with flexible programming that is responsive to the needs of New Brunswick’s communities, learning can take place beyond the four walls of a campus building.

Seven Wabanaki learners from Oromocto First Nation, St. Mary’s First Nation and Kingsclear First Nation received their PSW certificates from NBCC on Monday, March 25 after participating in a program offered in Kingsclear.  The training they received will help them help their communities.

“Personal Support Workers are a need in our First Nations communities,” said St. Mary’s First Nation Chief Allan (Chicky) Polchies. “We need to be able to train our folks to take care of our folks, in our culture, our language and the way we do things.”

Ray Hubble, Regional Director of the Fredericton Campus of NBCC, congratulated the graduates and welcomed them to the ranks of NBCC Alumni.

“In everything we do at NBCC, we strive to transform lives and communities,” said Hubble. “These students have done just that, by furthering their education and acquiring new skills to share with their community.”

Samantha Brooks of St. Mary’s First Nation, Julieanna Marquez of Oromocto First Nation, and Dora Polchies, Candice Sabbatis, Courtney Sabattis, Vance Sacobie and Mindy Tomer of Kingsclear First Nation successfully completed the program. A full house of family and friends celebrated their accomplishment.

“I had no idea this would transform me into a new and better version of me,” said Courtney Sabattis. “We did it!”

With flexible educational programming that is responsive to the social and economic needs of the Province, New Brunswick Community College (NBCC) is a provincially-recognized public post-secondary institution reputed for producing skilled, knowledgeable graduates who are contributing to the Province’s prosperity. In addition to one- and two-year certificate and diploma programs, NBCC provides specialized and customized training to meet the needs of specific sectors and communities, and delivers apprenticeship training to more than 1,800 learners annually. Find out more by visiting www.nbcc.ca


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