College of New Caledonia's Burns Lake campus growing

The College of New Caledonia's Lakes District Campus in Burns Lake continues to grow during the 2017 fall semester.

The college experienced an enrollment increase with 150 registered students compared to 81 at this time last year.

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"CNC Lakes has faced some enrollment 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.

"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 were introduced at CNC Lakes.

Foundations for the Future (FFF) is a tuition-free opportunity designed to provide students with "snapshots" into a variety of different studies.

In September, FFF students participated in 12 hours of "Conversational Carrier," which taught students a basic understanding of the Carrier language.

Upcoming FFF courses include: introduction to science (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 hands-on workplace skills training opportunities.

The program also brings a variety of themed courses including computer training, management skills, self-care, First Nations focus, financial skills and job search.

Continued education remains popular in the community with a variety of courses being offered, including, Canadian firearms safety, cashier training, Foodsafe, introduction to First Nations communities and women's self defense.

In the new year, CNC Lakes will offer a practical nursing and carpentry program.

"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."

In light of the recent provincial announcement to eliminate tuition fees for Adult Basic Education and English Language Learning Programs, more educational opportunities will be made available in the near future according to CNC.

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