Post-secondary preparation gains popularity

first_imgAn Academic Dual Credit program is becoming a popular option for students in the Peace River Region.The program allows secondary school students to take full advantage of expanding learning opportunities, presented by the Dual Credit program, at Northern Lights College. The program allows high school students the opportunity to earn post-secondary credits at NLC while they are still enrolled in high school.- Advertisement -The program began in 2002 and originally focused on trades and technology programs. As of 2009, the program has significantly expanded and now includes subjects like biology, business management, criminology, English, math, information technology, psychology and early childhood education and care.Through the help of Randy Pauls, the principle of the Northern B.C. Distance Education School, NLC Dual Credit courses are also available online.The popularity of the program has been especially prevalent in school district 60 (Peace River North) and 81 (Fort Nelson). This year, School District 60 has 94 students enrolled in the program.In School District 60, students interested in enrollment must select their courses by September 30, with courses usually running from February until May.Advertisement Those interested will have the cost of the courses covered by the School District, with prices of textbooks and student fees to be paid by the student.Brian Campbell, School District Principal of Careers and International Education, says “It’s an investment in our community. We’re helping students to make a seamless transition from secondary school to the world of university-level Arts and Sciences.”The origin of the Dual Credit Program in northeastern B.C. is linked to Northern Opportunities. Their goal is to strengthen individuals and communities in the northeast by providing enhanced opportunities to succeed in high school, pursue post-secondary education and build rewarding careers.For more information on programs at NLC, visit their website, or call toll-free 1-866-463-6652 or email [email protected] For more information on Dual Credit programming, students should contact their secondary school counselor.Advertisementlast_img read more

Raising funds to find cure

first_imgEDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE – Katy Harvey joined more than 6,000 men and women in San Diego Oct. 14-23 to walk 60 miles to raise awareness and money for breast cancer community outreach programs. “I have three sisters-in-law who participated in the three-day walk two years ago,” Harvey said. “When they asked me to join them and walk in memory of my mother-in-law, Alice Harvey, who died of cancer in 2000, I thought it was a great idea.” Each participant had to raise at least $2,100 for breast cancer awareness and research programs. Harvey raised more than $2,700. While trying to raise the money, Harvey gave presentations about breast cancer awareness at the base Officers’ Spouses Club and at the Health and Wellness Center. “I really believe that in order for the status quo to change, you need to participate in both research and awareness,” Harvey said. “Researchers have already found a vaccine for cervical cancer. If we all join together, who’s to say the next breakthrough won’t be for breast cancer?” Harvey, a mother of three whose husband is deployed overseas, trained for four months to prepare for the walk. She walked 14 miles a day, alternating days with 20-mile bike rides. She had to plan her training around her children’s school schedules and extracurricular activities. “Everyone knows someone affected by cancer,” Harvey said. “It has been worth every effort to know that we all strike a blow against breast cancer when we get involved.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more