CNC students can win cash to ease financial burden

It's about to get a little bit easier to be a College of New Caledonia (CNC) student.

Up for grabs is $30,000 as 30 students are awarded $1,000 each when they enter a contest by writing a 500-word essay addressing cost and other barriers they face in pursuit of their education.

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The CNC Faculty Association and the Student Union has come together to feature students' stories and find solutions to the economic barriers students can face as they get their education.

"We want to work on solutions," said Bill Deutch, president of the CNC Faculty Association.

"As educators, we see the pressure students are under to pay their tuition, handle rising cost of living, and dedicate themselves to their education. We want to give them a platform to tell the B.C. government that we need to make change now, before we have a generation priced out of education."

The contest is part of the provincial Open the Doors campaign where the goal is to help keep costs down for students.

The contest runs until Feb. 10 at 4 p.m.

Contest winners will be announced at the Open the Doors North Gala event on March 7 at 11:30 a.m. at the Gathering Place at CNC. To enter, or for more info, go to www.openthedoorsnorth.ca.

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