Survey Analysis –
Survey Results & Analysis
Survey: Together This Way Forward 2012-2017 Priority Planning Online Survey
Responses Received: 190
1) Please describe your role as related to NWCC. Please check all that
2) What is your age group?
3) What is your postal code? (eg. V8G0G5)
What is your postal code? (eg. V8G0G5)
4) Do you identify yourself as an Aboriginal person?
5) If you identify yourself as an Aboriginal person, are you (select one
6) Have you taken a course or courses in post-secondary education?
7) Have you completed a program or acquired a degree in post-
8) Have either of your parents completed a program or acquired a
degree in post-secondary education?
9) Please rate the statements below using the following scale.
9.1) NWCC is well known and recognized in our community(Please rate
the statements below using the following scale.)
9.2) NWCC is the post-secondary education of choice in our
community(Please rate the statements below using the following
9.3) NWCC provides accessible education through various methods of
instruction (i.e. face to face, online, distance ed)(Please rate the
statements below using the following scale.)
9.4) NWCC listens to the needs of our community(Please rate the
statements below using the following scale.)
9.5) NWCC provides satisfactory student supports to ensure
success(Please rate the statements below using the following
9.6) NWCC graduates qualified students(Please rate the statements
below using the following scale.)
9.7) NWCC address the education and training needs for our
community(Please rate the statements below using the following
9.8) Students entering post-secondary education in our community are
adequately prepared(Please rate the statements below using the
9.9) NWCC establishes linkages/connections with schools in our
community(Please rate the statements below using the following
9.10) NWCC provides Aboriginal & inclusive culturally-based
programs(Please rate the statements below using the following
9.11) NWCC provides sufficient opportunities for laddering between
programs (i.e. certificate programs will give credit towards
diploma programs, and diploma programs will give credit to
degree programs)(Please rate the statements below using the
9.12) NWCC is actively involved in our community(Please rate the
statements below using the following scale.)
9.13) NWCC adds to the quality of life in our community(Please rate
the statements below using the following scale.)
10) 1st priority: In terms of programming for your community, what
should NWCC's first priority be?
1st priority: In terms of programming for your community, what should
NWCC's first priority be?
Supporting aboriginal culture and language
Retention of students
On hand training
Support job and industry creation
developmental and literacy education, e.g. ESWK
Addressing population who may not have GED and feel cannot qualify for post
address addictions and concurrent disorders
Getting more courses and better variety!
Pulling in more local expertise into different programs
Laddering courses/academic or trades
Social Service programs - Indigenous focus
Get to Dease Lake and start providing programming
Continuing to build outreach to outlying communities, finding ways to keep
growing and improving ESWK
top level educators (best in the field)
Courses specific to job opportunities in area
Home support worker/personal care worker
literacy based education and skills based programs.
more opportunities to liaise with community such as business and the school
Providing education that is necessary to obtain emplyment.
Community reps to do surveys in each community
hands on practical education and training
More laddering courses offered to residents of Haida Gwaii
hands on skills opportunities
good home based education
offering courses relevant to the social, political, economic landscape of Haida
ensuring that any program is available and accessible
Dealing with the plethora of students who are suffering with e.g. FASD ,ADD
AND learning disabilties.
Be in community
social work, community service based courses, transferable to others
Courses to improve employability on H.G.
certs & bridging
ensuring students get dogwood or equal grade 12 or provide opp. for mature
entrance to programs
Registered Care Aide Course
to educate young people that cannot afford to or donot want to leave Rupert
upgrading and essential skills
qualified graduates from certificate and diploma programs
Mining related training
Offer courses that are fully transferable to other universities
bring more courses, online and evening
Direct training for jobs
Quality long lasting programs and courses
strict admission standards
bringing courses found at other locations to Haida Gwaii. (smithers + rupert for
be around to talk to the people or students
education to meet the future needs of our northern area
Finding out what the youths want BEFORE you start offering courses that no one
wants to take!!!
more bachelors degrees social work
basic trades access
health care training
allow students to get post-ed education without leaving community
letting me borrow
Essential Skills Development (e.g. ESWK) and Adult Basic Education
Entry level courses - high school equivilency
meeting the needs of industry
Offering programs relevant to the needs of our community
partnerships to offer community based education services in FN communities
communications and partnerships with communities
Informing Grade 12 Graduates of completing High School
To find a way to reach out to people who can't afford to enroll.
Provide post secondary education that leads toward a complete range of
academic and trade education.
Sustainable economic development
Students that need to finish
providing access to university accredited courses
purchasing more computers
Advertise in respective communities.
Online Access to many programs
have more programs available in the surrounding communities
fIRST nATIONS SUPPORT PROGRAMS LIFESKILLS AND ESSENTIAL LEARNING
PROGRAMS FOR JOB READINESS
Listening to that community! QUALITY
Students getting great quality of education
COURSES PERTINENT TO THE AREA
Needs of students
up grade where needed
meet the educational needs of the community
Trades/Ace It programs
stronger ties with employers
accessible, affordable, innovative, supportive, quality ps education and a
willingness to change established practices at all levels of the institution
more trades training
Serving who is here: youth & young adults who are being pumped out of high-
schools with atrociously low education levels, skills and abilities. We need to offer
programs that genuinely ENGAGE and INSPIRE these people.
local labour market gap analysis
Lobbying the Government to lower student fees
Literacy and upgrading
balancing local and international needs interests
Adult Basic Education
Tourism and hospitality training
run the programs / courses / aprenticeships / trades that will fill a need specific
to our area.
building up the Trades
Training to prepare people for jobs in this area - particularly mining
to go with the needs of the community for program planning
Meeting the Communities needs
Education is expensive. It would be great if people could complete their degrees
here instead of only having 1-2 year opportunities. May be better distance ed,
video conference opportunities, although the system is difficult for students and
Working cooperatively with K-12 partners
Meet community, business and industry needs
Identify industry, govt sector and private sector training needs on an ongoing
basis and provide training specifically to meet this needs
meet educational needs
Degree laddering and administration
Having videoconferencing at all the campuses
Consultation with all community members
more varied timetabling of classes (i.e. more evening and weekend UT offerings)
Literacy and basic trades skills
Continuing to offer University Transfer Credit Courses
Stronger applied research ties with industry
Out-reach. Bring trades to the villages where possible. Provide access programs
for trades and academic career training
I think that we need to have people trained for all of the industry coming to
Terrace so that they are employable and the jobs are not given to out of country
explaining the purpose and focus of community programming
Identifying the sectors with greatest local employment opportunities and
ensuring NWCC offers the training for NW residents
Continuity of complete programs face to face as much as possible
Creating a strong culture of education in the community.
Reaching out with suitable programs
to maintain strong ties to our many communities in the Pacific Northwest
Listening to what is needed/wanted in the communities the college serves
Marketing - specifically redesigning the college's website.
continue and expand trades training
Programs that train people for locally available jobs/careers
Programs that meet the expressed needs of the First Nations
Marketing in general & liaising with high schools
Lead Time: The College community and the community at large need to know
more than 12 months in advance what post-sec programs will be delivered
Courses and programmes of interest to local indigenous people
1)solidify better ties with the high schools so that students a)dont have to
upgrade before starting there programsb)go to nwcc once finished G12
Responsiveness to change, Stay in touch with local needs for employment
utilize the new labs at Smithers campus for science/health programs
To be discussed at the meeting
Focus on ALL trades
Developmental of a Experiential Learning
Developmental programming / upgrading
Poll the communities to see what programs and studies interest them.
Trades - heavy equipment operators
Doing this Priority Planning and asking the communities what their needs and
wants are. I would like to see more UC credit programs available to high school
more course availability that is continuous
work force skills for the region
language programs esp French
Provide courses in Trades.
empowerment to each campus
preparing students for higher education - University Credit
First Nations rural programming
Adult Basic Education
Run full programs (especially of CCP and UC)
Given Tourism and Hospitality is a huge business sector we would like to see
core Curriculum that speaks to the needs of Tourism Resort Management
11) Please provide reasons why you believe this is the first priority.
Please provide reasons why you believe this is the first priority.
It is important to meet the cultural needs in our communities, including the need
to strengthen and support aboriginal culture and language. These in turn can
play an important role in tourism, by helping develop what is unique and original
in our communities.
I believe this is the first priority because without students there is little purpose
in having a college.
Sure students learn with books, but to actually do on the job, they seem to learn
more jobs = increase population = prospective students = overall community
Many students who come for upgrading are unprepared in terms of reading and
writing skills, unfamiliar with math problem-solving, and the protocols and
conventions of school, i.e. textbook exercises, exams, essays, etc.
Women who have come from abusive relationships, single parents, individuals
who were never support during secondary education need support to navigate
the post secondary education world. I see many clients within my practice who
would benefit greatly ffrom education opportunities but truly believe they "can't
1. percentage of community families with addiction issues being a block to
education and healthy living 2. insufficient resources and community support to
deal with addition issues.
First priority because a schools main purpose is to provide education, and the
courses offered are really weak. Perhaps offer associate degrees in science,
psychology. Maybe bring an LPN program here. More trades programs: therapist
assistant, plumbing, electrician...etc.
Post-secondary education is a chance for students to gain knowledge and skills,
but also for them to familiarize themselves with local experts and resources.
Bringing in local "experts" to teach courses, or parts of courses, makes a lot of
sense in helping to build these bridges.
Your programs are only as good as your instructors. Having quality professtional
instructors will give students a higher success rate.
High school students (graduates or not) need incentive to continue their
education. If they know there are on-island opportunities to take laddering
courses or trades courses, they will have something to keep them in school until
they graduate, and something meaningful to do upon graduation. Too many
young people leave highschool early and/or end up in very low-paying local jobs,
thereby perpetuating the cycle of poverty. This is not capacity building.
-There is a high need for social support services in our community and
disproportionately among Indigenous peoples -We have some great social
services in our community that need workers -At the moment the college is too
focused on resource industry training and is not contributing to addressing social
justice issues in our community by offering courses that train people to work
with marginalized people in their communities and to become more aware of the
socio-political issues we are facing
Because the establishment of NWCC is essential in Dease Lake
Kitimat, being an Industrial city, requires these programs outside of the
expensive programs offered in the private-school model of Kitimat Valley
THE NEED IN THE NORTH WILL BE IN TRADES. THE ECONOMIC ENGINES OF
R.T.A.,TRANSMISION LINE, L.N.G. WILL REQUIRE TRAINED PEOPLE
I think in the Hazelton area- we have a number of community members who
need access to this type of hands-on, skill based, community literacy
programming. I think it is also critical to continue working with the outlying
communities to link in those learners who wouldn't access on campus programs.
I think we also need to help build the employability skills - so that more people
can take advantage of promised economic activity down the road...
With fully qualified teachers, the students have a better chance. ie-NUrsing
People here want good paying jobs and are not neccessarily qualified.
I was involved several yrs ago with the HSW program and out of the class of 10
only 2 wanted to work so there is a great shortage of worker here on Haidia
Upgrading needs to be provided first so that students are able to obtain the
entrance requirements to specific programs.
This community and surrounding area are well known to be in need of programs
to enhance math and english literacy. They also need work and to be able to
take skills based training (e.g. carpentry) most applicants don't qualify in both
math and english. If we can find a way to elimiate one hurdle (pre-requisies) and
allow people to get training in the work they want to do.
our students are our leaders of tomorrow. We need to hear more from them. We
want to keep them interested in our local area and community and programs and
opportunities closer to home are important
Need for everything from plumbers to autobody repair in our communities
We have too many unqualified people looking for work.
by providing the five basic components allows for future growth (english, math,
chemistry, biology, physics)
because people are more comfortable if they deal with a person from their own
It meshes with the needs of the community
Haida Gwaii has a temperate climate that allows for outdoor education year
round and many jobs on island require outdoor skills - especially those in tourism
and resources. More importantly outdoor education is more likely to attract off-
islanders to help fill seats. Programming similar to the Coastal Guardian
Watchmen courses can provide students with skills needed for jobs with Parks
Canada, BC Provincial Parks, Fishing & Sports Lodges, Eco-Tourism, Guiding
companies, etc. Courses in Forestry & Fishing Resources, Mycology, Goods from
the Woods, and other such resources that are in abundance should be taught
here and take advantage of infrastructure that is already in place - Kaay Centre,
Mount Moresby Adventure Camp, Swan Bay & Lepas Bay Rediscovery, etc.
Classroom courses that are affiliated with outdoor employment such as Bear
Aware, Marine Radio Operator, First Aid, etc. should also be a priority.
Many students have to leave to get into programs of their choice. Offering more
face-to-face or online courses with local support would help ease post-secondary
Our people are hands on workers not academics
Ensuring that all applicants can contribute to the wellness and economy of their
courses that teach and/or address local issues are often more engaging for the
students and also helps to better instill a sense of identity & place.
requirement for dealing with social issues
The teachers are frustratated with dealing with these problems.Other students
are kept back as teachers have to address these problems.
we don't see them
i work in human services and have a difficult time recruiting work-ethical people.
Training in relevant fields - Haida Art, tourism, boat building
need alternatives/options for local job initiatives/jobs.
Working in the health field in this community I know there is a strong need for
Home Care Support, Long Term Care Aide work in hospital, and work available at
ADP-Old Massett (minimal requirement Care Aide)
If this cannot be provided , then many young people wouln;t be able to get
beyond the high school level
demonstrated needs in the community with little opportunity
Forestry is declining and mining is on the rise in BC, not only in the north
It is very frustrating to realize that one's course only transfers as "a general 100
English course" at SFU, and not as a "real" course that is also a pre-requisite.
today life is busy, many of us are working to make a living, pay bills, support our
family or to save money to go to school, if NWCC ofer online courses that give
more opportunity to have more students and give chance to finish some
education people dream for long time with out living our community
The biggest local need is for specific job skills, and NWCC is good at it.
keeps students and families in the north
many students are not ready to study at this leven
looming shortage, not promoted by society or SD#52 as good career
loads of great diploma programs can only be found in other locations....maybe
bring other students here instead of ours going out. Many benifets to the
community on the whole.
met the people and see what they think is needed around their community more
Relevance; usefulness; train to retain in north
The courses that are possibly going to be offered are of no importance for job
enhancement and for our people to feel that they can find meaningful work, they
need courses that can help with this.
i want to continue living in my community but i will be forced to move in order to
continue my education, and we need more levels of education here, we cover so
many other communities so we should be accommodating to this.
many of our adult learners are "body-smart" in that they are kinesthetic learners;
trades are often the career of choice for people who prefer hands-on learning
and work; the ship building ocntracts in BC will increase the demand for
tradespeople in addition to the pressure coming from Baby Boom retirees.
because health care is something EVERYONE needs, this cannot be said about
any other program
NWCC can provide education that is as good as anywhere else; is considering
students needs, at a cost much lower to local students.
horseshoe are a
Many community members with low education levels and low literacy skills find it
overwhelming to seek employement as they often lack job readiness skills.
Continued partnerships with other community groups will ensure all members of
our community have access to these learning opportuntities. ESWK should be
offered on a yearly basis at each campus - as well as First Nations communities.
the projects which will be starting up over the next couple of years will increase
the need for students with finance, management and trades training
opportunities to link with unbc for badm program and bach of commerce degree
opportunities in prince rupert through video-conferencing IF and ONLY IF
supports are in place to ensure instructor and student success, also if co-ops
were offered, this would be a great recruitment strategy
Smithers has a vibrant artistic community but no real support for it or for the
trianing needed to be a professional artist. The arts are an economic driver in
our community. If we had adequate facilitites - not only would the local artists
thrive, people would travel to our community.
-people obtaining training/education do not have to leave for employment -have
a larger enrollment as people can see the connection between education and
better employment -currently offer electrical and to obtain an apprenticship one
must leave this community -In need of qualified ECE's, however, this in not
offered in person nor can the course be completed locally.
Literacy is key to helping people who are marginalized reach their potential and
become active citizens.
There appears to be many opportunties on the horizon for mining, so we need
people trained for jobs like machine operators, and there is always a need for
carpenters, plumbers, electricians and heating technicians.
Keep the youth occupied and educated
largest growing population, largest sector of the local population yet little or no
services in the community are available
This will provide a two way partnership in planning, priorities and funding
Nee to inform them that they have not fully graduated unless all of their courses
are complete for full graduation.
There are many poor people in our community.
We have a wide range of academic and trade based skills and abilities in the
community. There is a reluctance of many local grads to leave the area. Students
with a trade skill or an academic desire , need both areas to be supported. MAny
do not have funds to leave the area for job training.
Highest unemployment rate in Canada Poverty is first determinate of health
Communities cannot prosper unless they are healthy & self-sustaining
Will give students qualifications to go on to get their diploma so they can find
because most students wish to stay in this community and not go elsewhere to
get post secondary educational courses
computers are everywhere, restaurants, supermarkets, also note the College has
one class with computers
Not everyone in respective communities can go to college as we are all so spread
There are a lot of families here who cannot move to get an education in the field
they would like to enter due to the high expense of living and moving elsewhere.
not all people are able to leave their families for extended periods of time. If the
programs were delivered in the community we would have more people
our community lacks job readiness programs especially when it comes to life
skills and trauma has been first priority in this community due to the high
number of suicide rate and alcoholism and drug addicition is rapid, due to the
lack of parenting skills from IRS school and indian day school, we are
As in the past, the college didn't actively listen - our campus lost two programs
that were doing well - no shortage of students, etc. The community wanted the
programs to stay - they left....Trust and faith in the college if this isn't done. If
the decision goes against what the request is a FACE TO FACE reply shows
respect, if that doesn't happen faith diminishes.
need to have an education to be able to have a good standard of living
high percentage of unemployment in community
A LOT OF TIMES THE COURSE I SIGN UP FOR NEVER GETS HELD DUE TO LACK
there is always some things where the student is short on evaluation for that
program for the special education.
more opportunities for local education, not having to do online courses or move
as a community college NWCC must satisfy the present educational needs of the
community to guarantee an education which will provide employment in an ever
Introducing our youth the opportunity to begin their post secondary education at
home to save them costs and time and also to introduce them to the NWCC
better chance for grads to obtain employment
accessible, affordable, quality ps education is paramount to our society and what
our communities deserve
there are trades such as plumbing which need people but none are available
Creates employment opportunities.
Most of the youth and young adults in our area leave high-school clueless, with
no idea how desperately they need education, and how much good it can do for
them. Their lives slowly waste away year after year, and I watch the bulk of
them succumb to drug and alcohol addiction, lives of poverty, violence, despair
and darkness. I believe education could be a catalyst for change in our area, but
we need to channel more of the high-school grads into our college. I believe this
can be done if we focus attention on creating very attractive and powerful
incentives for the students to come learn with us. Some of these incentives are
items such as: addressing childcare to free parents to pursue education,
EASY/HIGHLY ACCESSIBLE financial aid, bolstering and improving transportation
options, developing programs in direct partnership with local employers so
students know there is 'light at the end of the tunnel'. I believe the youth and
young adult age categories are the largest untapped student market in the area.
Although the college does offer some programs that are on the right track, we
could do better by offering at least two programs (an entry level and then a
more advanced level) in the field of Sport & recreation leadership. Young men
and women in the area are passionate about sports, and for them to have a
chance to study in that field and turn their passion into employment would be a
This opens the door to a variety of education
Many are retiring and there is a shortage of skilled workers.
Let's provide training for real job shortages in each community.
More students would attend, less stress for students, little or no debt when
finished program (take examples from Europe - countries that are not
There is a segment of the population that require essential skills to find success
with employment or further education
Students will either stay here or leave. With that priority, if they stay, they'll fit; if
they leave, they'll fit. Both local and international understanding is essential to
economic and social development. Anything less is just that--less.
You cannot go forward with any other program without basic education in
English, Grammar, Math, etc.
Tourism is the worlds number 1 industry. Tourism in nwbc is growing each year,
as travellers look for unique and natural places to visit. NWBC has a lot to offer,
but our capacity within the region is limited at this point.
Money well spent to educate people will help in deciding to stay and live in our
Community, whihc, in turn would help to sustain the College, by offerring what is
necessary and spoecific to our area will build community.
upcoming opportunities for employment around the port expansion, railway dev't
We have a looming labor shortage and a low level of education in our valley.
NWCC needs to play the vital role of ensuring the community members can fill
mining jobs and not get left behind.
I feel that we try to run programs (especially in PR) but we don't have a
marketing person in PR to be running around and promoting these programs, so
they usually get cancelled.
because this is our student base and what they want we should give
NWCC is publically funded and should meet the needs of the people it serves
as the finfish industry declines, farming of invertebrates and seaweeds becomes
Affordability. Being able to stay in your community. Having support in your
Because where I go I see what happens when you don't. We duplicate and
compete when if we cooperated everyone would win.
Too often I send staff out of area to get training/courses etc because it is not
available through NWCC
Students coming to NWCC want to a) get a job, b) ladder into post secondary, or
c) better themselves personally or professionally.
as a community college NWCC must meet the present educational needs of the
community. Ever changing demands made on society; economic changes often
require job changes and thus educational changes
We have a lack of skilled administrative support and people who haven't
completed high school and work while wanting to further their education.
It would enable students to take more of a variety of courses in their own
community and the staff could be more included with other campus mtgs.
Qualified trades people are in short supply and jobs are plentiful or in the very
near future will be plentiful. The Northwest can certainly do with a lot of 'quick
wins' by training people to prepare for good paying jobs that are waiting for
them now or are on the horizon.
Being a smaller community with a large reach, we feel that our voices should
carry some weight. When NWCC ignored our community by consulting others but
not us we felt shunned or pushed aside as if our thoughts and ideas mean
Will provide opportunities for more part-time learners to fit classes into their
schedule. How about an evening lab course? Or Business Admin program?
Because of upcoming opportunities in our area
Without basic skills people in our communities aren't able to access regular
employment or raise their standard of living. In many cases what is necessary is
for students to raise their math and English skills sufficiently to even enroll in a
To encourage students to take University Level courses in their home community
We need to address our unemployed workers before we bring in people from out
of country to keep the money in our region helping the local people and industry
be self sustainable.
I don't think that the information is getting out to the community about
community based programming and what it actually is. From talking to
community members I find that they don't know what is going on.
NWCC should provide the skills locals need to find local jobs
Students have many choices for Post Secondary Educ. If they are not able to
access the courses needed in a timely way for their graduation there is little
reason for them to register with us. Even though our technology is new there are
many glitches and students on the remote end do not receive the same
education as those in the same room as the instructor.
That is where the majority of the jobs and new jobs will be
A significant portion of our community requires basic education to be successful
in a career or their life.
There isn't enough buzz in the community about the great benefits of higher
education. It would be interesting if the college was seen as "the place to be";
where all the excitement is...
1. Lack of transportation from villages to campus 2. Home responsibilities that
keep would-be students at home.
I believe firmly that for a region so far from the Lower Mainland, that we need to
reflect the needs of our communities--they have no where else to go! And as
well, with so many diverse First Nations cultures who are in our region, we need
to ensure we meet their growing and changing needs
The college seems to have taken this step, it makes all of the communities more
inclusive and on track with employment needs in the community
I don't have statistics to support my claim, but I'd guess that the number of
prospective students looking for information on the website (instead of in
person) increases every year and will continue to do so. I know that when I was
looking at different institutions to attend I looked on the web first... and that was
almost 10 years ago. That said, our website is atrocious (to be frank.)
Aesthetically it is outdated and ugly, and functionally it is disorganized and
confusing. I recently had reason to look for a list of course offerings and it took
me a good 15 minutes to find a link that actually worked. Once I found the
course list I couldn't believe that it had no table of contents but was simply a
huge list of courses that had to be scrolled through. To me it screamed of
laziness on the part of the content creator, and if I were a prospective student it
would've put me in serious doubt as to whether or not the institution could be
taken seriously or not. Our online "face" should not be neglected like it currently
with the present industrial construction and forcasted mining boon that is
happening prepare the local youths to enter these fields
In the Hazeltons, First Nations make up the majority of the population. Their
support is crucial to NWCC's success
without economic and environmental sustainability, there is no community
NWCC is underutilized in the community; it's not perceived as a first-choice
option. This is unfortunate as we have some excellent instructors and much
potential. NWCC could be more pro-active in the community. Open houses are
beneficial, but it's not enough.
-supported by $20,000 Ipsos Ried survey -proper marketing requires adequate
lead time -last minute post-sec scheduling results in undersubscribed programs
with a disproportionate number of "weaker" students and marginally qualified
Local indigenous people may have close ties to their local communities and
would be less likely to want to attend a post secondary institution far from home.
best fit for enabling communities young people particularly those who are not
academically inclined - the academically inclined students have a number of
choices and can usually afford to, and in many cases do, attend other post
Trades is a strength of NWCC's and there is a need for this not only in Terrace
and sourrounding areas but also in Canada. If something works and is needed
build on it!
because in order to be comfortable and successful in today's world, one needs a
The needs for employment training in the communities that NWCC serves has
changed a lot in the last 10 years. NWCC needs to stay on the leading edge, in
touch with those needs. E.G. shift from forestry jobs to mining and tourism.
Smithers has always supported health programs
Most demand better opportunities for youth
With the impending economic growth in the Northwest, there will be a shortage
of ALL trades - I think NWCC should expand and add more trades' programs.
Learning from doing is our cultural way of teaching and seems to be successful
in many ways..
The high school completion rate at our local high school (and in the north
generally) is so low that we must provide programs at this level in order to get
students to the next level at the College or other schools. Included in this is a
preferred focus on learning that is experiential or hands on as it seems to
resonate with our students.
impending large-scale construction projects in area, such as transmission line,
mining opportunities, etc
Listening to the communities that the college serves enables NWCC to provide
programs that will hopefully be filled by community members. Offering a variety
of UC programs for graduating high school students makes it easier for the
students to spend the first year or two after graduation in thier home community
taking courses to ladder into University degrees. This makes it possible to cut the
costs to the students and thier families if the student is able to live at home
during this time and the student is able to work to save money for when they
must travel to study and live in the University community.
for upgrading in sciences a person has only one chance to enroll per year....
Education is a means to better employment for people. Most people do not have
the financial luxury of taking courses for pleasure only.
students have been requesting it for years, and parents of students in immersion
programs keep asking for french language courses for themselves - it allows
students to complete part of their necessary credit work here
As the population ages and people are retiring from the Trades professions we
will need more trained young people to step into those roles.
historical failures to do so
As the baby boomers age, well-educated individuals will be in great need.
Because the First Nations communities have been traditionally underserved, they
need people in their communties who are well-educated and will return to their
It is where the population base is going to expand. Most demand for your
We still have higher than provincial average rates of non-school completion in
our region and are the only major provider of ABE. Without this program we
won't be able to maximize our potential pool of post-secondary students for
I believe every Canadian should have access to the education they need without
having to overcome the barriers of moving out on their own. We are a public
At present there is nothing within a 4 plus hour radius. Smithers business
community could immediately serve a co-operative for these students in a work
program and would look to hire. It would increase additional interest in the
region for students to consider staying more local versus going to PG or
Vancouver or Kelowna
Given the projects forcasted for our area it seems a really good idea to train the
local people to do local work instead of importing workers.
12) 2nd priority: In terms of programming for your community, what
should NWCC's second priority be?
2nd priority: In terms of programming for your community, what
should NWCC's second priority be?
work force training
Better understand the needs of said students.
Keep it local
Support job and industry creation
any trades or job-related courses, e.g. community health care, ECE, SW, mining
Offering education which can be applied within the community within two or less
years.Also designated seats for Masset residents.
healthy living aboriginal based classes
More continuing Ed courses
Long term programs ie nursing, natural resources, etc.
Early Childhood Education
First Nations culture
Academic/General-Interest Academic Courses.
POST SECONDARY EDUCATION
Continuing to provide niche programs to meet the demands of emerging
more options for Transferring to other universities
Program and areas of study related to the area.
ECE/Associates of Arts
Municipal government! This includes bands and village government.
more opportunities for Trades in our area
look into intermediate and advanced courses for business software i.e., word,
Provide on island training/education
Social/Human Service Worker
Local culture/language courses
greater offerings in terms of academic courses
Have trained teachers who have the expertise in the above areas.
talking to students
Short courses for professionals to improve skills
Online or community based training
Offer more evening and even Saturday courses (sorry, instructors!)
in our community we need more LPN/Nurses, I hope NWCC start ofer online
courses related with Nursing program , this give the student opportunity to
transfer credits and students can stay with family
First two years toward University transfer.
Qualified Trades Programs
more workshops show what you provide
Offer lengthier courses that people want to take, ie: business admin or
accoutning courses and NOT useless 1 or 2 week courses that have no meaning
giving both parts of a program
Basic Adult Education; Essential Skills for Work and similar programs that
prepare adult learners for work or for further training.
take advantage of local area's outstanding features - nature, people, culture,
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Trades - such as carpentry
Work with UNBC so people can have a few YEARS advance knowledge of what
degrees are a possibility in their community
Success in programs for all students
Open more courses for the Skills Program IE: Carpentry/Welding etc.
Up grading skills in academic and life skills areas.
Basic Literacy Education
Offer programs in the communities if possible.
evening programs for those who work but would like to continue their education
Deliver programs such as social service diploma program, administration
assistant programs, etc a lot of the courses that are available in the Terrace
Quality Delivery and in a timely fashion
Student Educational Aid
MAKING SURE STUDENTS KNOW WHAT THEY ARE LEARNING
what is the persons best performance for.
offer a diversity of programs
Working collaboratively with ministries to ensure "at risk" individualhave access
stronger ties with schools
relevant programming, that which is identified by our community and our
society, that which will satisfy genuine needs
INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS - OUTDOOR/ADVENTURE BASED ESL PROGRAM
Ensuring equal access to programs at all campuses.
Maintaining funding for local and international education.
Specfic to what is going on in our area
CCP--Math and English particularly
Any education focussed on resource industry jobs. Such as diploma/certificate
courses for technicians, heavy equipment operators, environmental monitors.
Tie in an upgrading math/english course with a program
the support to help those students that are vulnerable so that they may be
Enhancing Student Success
Move into the downtown.
Strong academic programs leading to university transfer
More flexible hours
Provide accessible adult basic education
a diversity of programs
Ecotourism, including marine, resource management, kayaking, etc.
Having an ACE IT program each year
Health Programs including Mental Health
Local responsibility for partnerships
Aboriginal advancement in learning and staffing
Recreational / Healthy Living Programs
Trades based trainig
Bringing up English and Math levels of students.
Communication needs to be improved to every member of the community not
only the agencies and institutions because it seems to stop there.
Identifying specialized training to offer which would translate to short-term work
on major projects coming to area
Stronger applied research ties with industry in order to strengthen relevance of
Making ourselves aware of the needs of the community
to provide laddering programs which allow students to be able to stay in the
region before they move on to programs elsewhere
Better communication with the highschools
Balancing the budget.
Scheduling of courses
frontline staff need greater authority and responsibity for day-to-day operational
Increased University Credit offerings, both in programmes and as individual
Business related programs that might stimulate economic development
Collaborate/communicate with the high schools
Offering relevant courses face to face
To be discussed at the meeting
Business Entrepreneur type programs
Full degree programs
Getting people to work!
programs which results in jobs
Provide training for Trades and Industry.
more courses for arts programs in post secondary
linkages with other educational agencies to ladder in with degree granting
business programs that teach service skills
1st year univesity courses.
stronger relationship with public schools
sustainable & green occupations
Retaining excellent staff while being able to release problem staff.
Make sure enough funding goes to the academic departments so they can run a
My goal, as a past board member and one of the key people involved with
Capilano College would be to see a Tourism Management Program be offered as
NWCC Smither`s campus
13) Please provide reasons why you believe this is the second priority.
Please provide reasons why you believe this is the second priority.
There are many unemployed people in our community, as well as industries that
are dying (fishing & logging) and new industries being born (tourism, knowledge
economy). We need to train youth for new jobs, and retrain older workers for
these new opportunities.
It is unclear exactly what the educational needs and goals of the students in our
I feel more students will attend if it is closer to home.
Trades such as carpentry, welding, automotive have paid apprenticeships, so the
pre-qualifying courses should be offered. There is a great need for community
health workers, Community Mental Health Care worker, ECE, SW and mining, so
students can be assured of jobs upon graduation, as they have completed
practicums in their area of choice, they are more prepared for practical work.
Shorter programs offer individuals an obtainable goal rather than hugge
hurdles.Programs have been offered online but often are filled by people in other
inter-generational residential school survivors lacking support and knowledge to
live in present economic conditions
get the community involved in fun courses and get a good name behind NWCC:
different cooking classes, seven habits of highly effective people, different
speakers, health and wellness seminars: make the NWCC be the learning hubb of
our northern towns. The main reason people leave is not enough variety.
If you educate the students in the north, chances are they may stay in the north.
ECE is also a crucial need. There are not enough ECE-certified people on the
islands to meet the demand. There are people here who want to take ECE. The
on-island program which took place here six years ago resulted in graduates who
now occupy prominent ECE positions in our communities. Attempts to bring the
program here by distance have not worked.
-We need to understand what impacts we are having on our environments locally
and globally, especially considering there is a push towards resource extraction
in the North currently. Jobs are important but not if we are ignoring the long
term consequences -We could be a leader in teaching youth about alternative
energy sources and sustainable technology rather than just sending them off to
Because this has not ever happened with the previous college in the area; this is
important as the population is 90% First Nation
NWCC has lost its draw on serious academic students and on the general interest
student (seniors etc.) taking academic classes. There is a lack of any draw on
Kitimat students/general public. Therefore NWCC is not an active "member" of
EDUCATED PEOPLE HAVE MORE OPPURTUNITIES IN LIFE.
I think the college has provided some amazing programs- focussed, over a short
number of years, to train local people for local opportunities. I think this is an
important role a community college should play.
Some courses are limited to transferring to other schools. If courses were
standardized then they would be accepted in other colleges or universities.
To make it relevant to students and useful for people who want to stay in the are
There are NO social worker on island and would love to have at least one for
We need ECE and Teachers that are community members and that would take
the courses in Port Simpson and would continue to live in PS once the program is
So many band offices run with under qualified councils and administration. They
make poor decisions and get pushed around because they don't truly understand
Trades employment is steadily on the rise. We need to promote more programs
and opportunities to our high school students and to adults who may be re-
entering the workforce.
for students making transition to University. Not sure this is at all practicable,
Too many people do not have grade 12
Not all persons want to achieve acedemics but prefer to work in industry.
most people who are employed or active students already have the
fundamentals... there are very few intermediate or advanced courses available
for word or excel that I have seen.
Haida Gwaiians do not like or can seldom afford to travel off islands for
Social Services Worker Several years ago a one year Human Service Worker
program was put on by NWCC on island and ALL the participants went on to be
hired in their field of study or went onto to further their education in that field.
There have been several job postings in the last few years that have required a
Masters of Social Work. There are several jobs on island that would benefit from
social services education including jobs at the Transition House, the Haida Family
& Child Services, band council social development offices, Northern Health, etc.
In terms of decolonization, First Nations communities need opportunities to learn
the local language and traditional arts. It would be especially important to
receive academic credit for this education, as it is extremely validating.
Usually Math & science is lagging
Academic courses on HG seem to be given 2nd priority over trades - students
need to continue challenging themselves & expand their horizons academically.
Because this is required by a lot of persons who did not complete high school or
were pushed through.
THERE MUST BE INTERVENTION DEALING WITH THESE PROBLEMS BEFORE
ONE CAN SUCEED.
they don't talk to students
we need to steward the employment and generate
eg. communications, negotiation skills, telephone skills, lateral violence
addressing needs & enrollment
many will not get grade 12 so want post secondary
there appears to be a lack of available 'qualified' trades people in the community
resource based community
Students willing and able to move for training do so, and may have other
reasons for moving, lifestyle etc., but those that stay in the communities do so
for their own reasons but also need access to training.
Because it is very inconvenient for us working people to have courses right
smack in the middle of the morning. Not all employers are that flexible.
I am waiting for a program Acsses to Practical Nurse Program for almost 3 years
, in few times was advertise in NWCC calendar , I applied for the program than I
find out that they don't offer this program in Prince Rupert in special,than they
said they working to change the curriculum. I am wondering how long they need
for this and if ever this course be offer in our community
To offer local students a start at higher education without the high costs of
Industry training for jobs in the northwest
FOR WORKING STUDENTS
chronic shortage in north west. Care Aid, LPN and RN training laddering!
local understanding of cultures in our area
The people in this community can not find meaningful work with boombox
courses but can if business admin and/or tech courses are offered in our
we started a social work certificate here and they did not give us the second half,
the program went to terrace. this is not fair to the students wanting to get more
education in our own community. we were told to go to terrace to continue.
There is a large gap between adults actuall education and the requirements of
most good jobs. Until we generally find ways to help youth complete high school
successfully with full dogwood diplomas, the college needs to provide support for
adults who are ready to revisit their education goals.
because there is not nearly enough understanding and resources to adequately
support the needs of ours and so many other area commulnities
Programs will be stronger and more relevant; attracting attention and funds from
beyond; in turn more attractive to local students. Example Rupert - coastal, port,
FN roots -> local biology, local FN culture, business, history of contacts with
other cultures -> if they are connected, enough for an institution educating the
locals, attracting outsiders (attracting funds, contributing to region)
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With exploration and mining activities gearing up in the NW, there will be need
for a skilled workforce as well as oportunities for apprenticeship training.
our community is lacking in qualified employees in social service agencies and
social work degrees link with unbc to ensure these types of programs our offered
in our community
If people know that once they have completed an Associate degree they could
on odd years obtain a degree in education and on even years a degree in Social
Work (for example) the numbers of enrollment my show an increase.
Gives students leaving high school a connection to trades training and promotes
Need more health professionals to enhance the delivery of health programs for
We all need upgrading in certain areas and Post Secondary students should be
given priority to help them move on to University instead of staying in the
large segment of the adult working population that struggle with basic reading
and writing skills even though may have finished high school
This will pave the way for all local students to live and succeed in their own
Need trained people in the North for the upcoming job opportunities.
Many students do not have prerequisit marks to proceed on in school. Many also
do not have life skills to assist then in being successful in school or work away
from the protected home base.
NW BC is one of the last areas where renewable, environmentally positive
businessess are possible.We can be world leaders in green technology if we
develop our resources with care.
A lot of adults in the communities struggle with basic literacy skills that prevent
them from carrying on with their education.
students are going out of town for this course?
Transportation is our biggest problem. People can't find transportation to attend
There are many people who would like to continue their education but must also
work to provide for their families as well.
I believe that if we brought these courses in many of the young moms would
have an opportunity to finish their schooling without having to leave the
Once you have your basic life skills and knowing right from wrong based on the
Norms of society, we can begin to work on secondary skills such as resume
writing and prep for college and trades and tech..MYERS Briggs personality what
kind of learner are you.
It shows we are able to put money where our mouth is.
Most students need more help to completley understand and complete a course
than most instructors have time for. Need more tutors in a greater amount of
so that young students can stay in community for the year after graduation from
high school and access post-secondary education
LOTS OF STUDENTS WHO FINSIH THEIR COURSES ARE NOT AS WELL TRAINED
AS THEY SHOULD BE
person needs to enjoy the type workto be productive and lasting.
Many young families/individuals are being placed in Houston as a low income
housing option, for a place to live, but they do not have their grade 12 so are
unable to enter the workforce. In many instances, income assistance comes with
so many rules, the students don't believe they can collect assistance and attend
school. More awareness to what the world of CCP could do for them. Upgrading,
achieving GED's and adult dogwoods would not only empower these individuals
but also help remove them from the "system".
city/village, public/private jr and senior secondary schools should visit campuses
often so that students feel very comfortable - feel we're the natural place to
It often appears that programming is arbitrary, chosen by faculty or
administrators without thought of what truly meets the genuine needs and goals
of current and future students
A good, cheap way to start your bachelor degree.
In monetary terms, this is an extremely lucrative opportunity that I am ashamed
to say the college has not capitalized on. Non-accredited institutions across the
province are raking in cash, while we miss out on the sidelines. NWCC could start
a separate school similar to S.E.M. that could teach ESL to international students
in afun filled & experiential learning format. Students could ski, fish, hike,
mountain bike, play team sports,kayak/canoe/raft, snowshoe, etc. all while
learning English. The stunningly beautiful natural resources around us are a
prime environment to execute a program like this.
Industy is always looking, we need a wider variety of trades.
We have tour busses coming in and out of our area; and not that much money
being spent to boost the economy. We need to capture some of that revenue.
Lots of people can't move to Terrace or Rupert for training.
Live at home instead of having to incurr more expense by living out of town
Resource based community with a skills shortage
Without the directed funds, education prospects are lessened.
High demand and most will have little problem finding employment post grad.
its important to maintaining our Community
to continue to prepare people for the Trades, create "waves" of people ready to
enter training opportunities
It is not just the mining industry that will have a labor shortage. Forestry and
linear developments such as transmission and pipelines need people, too.
quite often, students don't have the prerequisites to get into a program, thus the
program doesn't fill up and gets cancelled. Include the math/english requirement
in the program.
being a rural community we naturally have a higher percentage of youth at risk
and the support is required so that they can feel success.
The student is the 'client' or 'customer our product.. NWCC should strive to have
all students educational experiences excellent ones.
PNCMA, LRMP and treaty negotiations are transferring stewardship
responsibilities to local communities
The college is not a viabrant part of the community. If there was a presence in
the downtown it would be more of an intrugal part of our life.
Education is part of our economic and social foundation in the Northwest.
Shift workers can't always access courses during the day, NWCC needs to be
flexible for evenings and weekends
Many people look to a community college as a starting point for education when
they have had little previous success. An important role of the college is to help
these individuals ladder into professional and academic programs
A great diversity of programs will provide a greater scope in educational
opportunities attracting more students to NWCC
We have an environment that is perfect for this. There is infastrucuture.
This is a great opportunity for highschool students and adults in the community.
Training professionals in the north will go a long way to keeping them in the
north once certified. Medical professionals are in short supply throughout the
province but in particular, in the North. Let's focus on training them here and
keeping them here.
The partnerships that are forged by local staff and faculty need to remain under
control of those people. The fact that things must be run out of Terrace in many
cases causes delays, confusion and bad feelings on the part of our partners.
to be representative of the population we serve, and to encourage success of
To update and traing new and existing workforce
Programs that help people understand how to live a healthy life for everyone and
are essential to assist those living with FASD, Mental Illness, or addictions. It is
also essential that families and community members know how to support each
To encourage people wanting to take a trades related course to take it in their
This makes learning for students more productive when they enter a new course
because they are able to focus on course content instead of getting frustrated
with basic math or English issues. This way they can be more productive and
pick up more from each course.
Awareness of what we offer, the focus and reasons for having priorities and what
the priorities needs to be shared with everyone in each community.
The risk of imported workers taking opportunities from locals in a long-depressed
economy is something to avoid if we can
This is the employment area that will continue to have the best employment
every one of these businesses need competant managers, as well as FN many of
whom have, or will sign treaties enabling them to manage additional aspects of
their community. If they have the skilled people to do it....
We have a significant number of people who require ESL
The relevance of our many of our niche and professional programs is short
changed by not having proper industry applied research partnerships. The main
limiting factor to getting there is having the human resources to design and
execute such a process. Applied research should be a distinct arm of the college
with a specified coordinator with project management and grant writing capacity;
not an add-on to current faculty who end up dabbling in it off the sides of their
We need to be offering programs that increase the employability of our students
within this territory, because few of them are able to look for or take
employment outside of this area.
because our community is so far from larger institutions, it is a huge economic
burden on our young people that they have to live so far away from
home....being able to do as much of their education here in the region allows
them to receive their education--for many, they simply wouldn't be able to afford
it or be able to face being so far away from home for so long.
There seems to be a disconnect/a disinterest from the highschool teachers about
what the college offers the students. When we had "Student for a day" Cal was
not interested, we had to give notes to excuse our kids to come up here. A few
kids told me only the kids with higher marks in class were allowed to attend.
I've only taken a cursory look at our current budgetary problems, but it seems
that President Henning is dedicated to creating more executive positions at the
college. That can't be good for balancing the books. I hope new positions (such
as Dave O'Leary's new position) are held to scrutiny in the coming years to make
sure that the ends justify the means. Nothing against Dave specifically =)
Nursing shortages train locally perhaps they will work locally
provide affordable access to higher education that reflects the region
It is nearly impossible for working students to complete programs (especially
UC). There aren't enough options for evening courses, and many employed
students can't be flexible. Could some instructors be more flexible?
-simplicity, efficiency -increase our capacity to be responsive
There is considerable local intrest in these courses amongs locals. I am often
asked what new courses and programmes are coming up
Have a better relationship with the high schools so that NWCC and the schools
can work together to better their students. This way NWCC will have a good
understanding of what students need and want.
For many people, the computer is still a hurdle and classes delivered face to face
also help using this "tool" and bring a motivating edge to the learning process.
We already have an excellent laddering program, but it "would be nice to have"
full four-year programs.
During our career days and working closely with students many need to find
work...and want what what it takes to get them to work, sooner the better.
The employment level in our community is so low, and the interest in work so
great, that programs that address this this need to be close to the top of the list.
Also, there is a great interest in certificates over diplomas and degrees, given the
time required to complete.
Both the 1st priority and the 2nd priority is equally important for me. NWCC must
continually strive to keep up with the demand of the times to benefit the college,
the community, and the labour force.
so associates degrees can be completed faster.should be full time summer
All educational agencies cannot be "everything to everyone". Partnerships
between ed. agencies to that each agency can do what they do best is a good
use of public funds and allows the community members to further their
educational & career goals.
pur business courses are focussed on accounting and small business ownership,
but we also need courses for students who will play other roles in businesses
A lot of our young people don't know their final work goal but they do know they
need a degree of some kind. So it would be beneficial if they could complete
their 1st year of univerisity here in their home community.
currently and historically lacking
We need to train people in our area to service green energy and building and
sustainable practices. We should be leaders in the area of green education as we
live in an area with pristine forests and clean water - we have the opportunity to
Your problem staff can cripple local campuses or as has happened in the past
here, even shut campuses down. This has and is a big problem to your long term
success. For organizations and nations to spend on training they need a
This is the route to the professions in our society and we need to train
professionals from our region who will be familiar with the area and will remain
here to work. Now with UNBC there are more opportunities than ever for local
students to obtain a degree in their home community and we are a vital part of
the university system in our region. Don't lose University Credit! It is integrated
into other programs such as SSW, teacher education, nursing etc. and is the
cornerstone of post-secondary education as well as education for life in terms of
teaching people to think critically, learn how to learn etc.
We need a complete program to attract students and to give the people of the
community what they need. With courses missing from our program student will
be forced to go elsewhere.
Partnerships with other colleges and universities to bring the more varieties to
the learning opportunities. example gardening
14) 3rd priority: In terms of programming for your community, what
should NWCC's third priority be?
3rd priority: In terms of programming for your community, what
should NWCC's third priority be?
Training of instructors on island.
Supporting indivuals in finding grants, bursaries and funding.
Having these courses offered at ALL the NWCC campuses.
Cumminity involvement or partnering
Essential Skills for Work
Continuing studies/special interest courses
General Interest Courses.
Solid opportunities for upgrading, and preparing students to link into other
trades/ academic programs.
Small business and business development
better access and connections with Pacific Coast School in Prince Rupert.
mentoring with established businesses
adapt to the needs of the community
Office/Business Admin & Computer Technology
programs that prepare people for emloyment in local industry (including co-op
Have cooking courses,e.g.Cooking classesfor Aboriginal,Vietnamese, Chinese
foods. This way we are accomodating the whole community,,
cultural programs to grab visitors
Interesting CE courses
providing more traid program related with jobs we need at the port in Prince
community brigde based programs with UNBC
ECE and primary school teacher training
access to trades
Have access to pre-requesite courses for upgrading or finishing credits.
giving us more options for education
Short term certifitcates that can ladder to degrees.
work together between programs and communities
Post Secondary, Continuing education
ensuring that courses/programs other than face-to-face provide an appropriate
level of supports
employment readiness training
Building linkages with other academic centres
First Nations SAtudies not only the academic but also the Environmental
Programs that are interesting and stimulate creative juices.
Courses that build bridges between First Nations and all other community
members.Post secondary level education is the first time many people have a
chance to learn cross cultural awareness make it a part of all courses and don't
forget this is a two
elder college for seniors
counselling and life skills support services
Dancing, singing, playing instruments
Qualified Instructors for programs offered.
Funding for those who would like to continue education but cant afford it
Trades programs to the communities such as the hazelton campus
Trades adm Tech
Student Financial aid
what job is around to day
Health Care Assistants/Practical Nursing
stronger ties with engaged citizens
Student support, supportive environment, a willingness to change established
UC variety is good, but more selection would be even better
Advertising 1-2 years in advance of program rotation
Courses that are transferrable
Health and Social Service
Maximize the potential in existing programs, and develop new that meet present
and anticipate future needs.
University Transfer courses
have in place the people that can and will do the job possibly many jobs to
ensure we all remain working. To each takeing responsible for their actions to
draw into a positive College environemnt, one that moves beyond old ideas
Health Care Access
Business and leadership
Running a class even if it only has 6 to 8 students in it
Enhance enrollment through athletics
delivering programs in remote communities
Programs that meet the needs of our area.
Better use of technology
Provide interesting courses that make the community a richer place and reflect
the interests and skills of the community
linking with other commmunity institutions
Social Service Workers
ESWK and other upgrading opportunites
Training standards that meet or exceed other institutions
Business Administration and governance programs
further develop relationshipd between NWCC and other post secondary
institutions ie: Emily Carr Unviversity, SFU, UBC, UNBC
Current learning resourses
Assisting communities to identify their needs in the way of capacity building and
labor needs for the future.
Program and administrative stability.
Student follow-up -- both in terms of retention of the students and helping them
find and keep employment
Continued advertising via radio/tv/flyers
Bringing bachelor degrees to the Prince Rupert campus
college university prep
For the Hazelton campus, make the library an Internet cafe
Assessing local employer needs & responding in a timely manner
Health care employee programmes & other programmes providing high level
Inclusiveness and personal development component
To be discussed at the meeting.
Natural resources environmental monitoring
Adding new programs
Programs with sufficient lead time...
Programs that we can offer in partnerships with other organizations in the
community such as the high school and GWES
Sorry, I can't think of anything specific at the moment but this also goes back to
listening and responding to the communities needs for the programming that is
applicable for that particular community.
summer semester-more courses available, for 16 weeks.
Suppport educational initiatives in the smaller communities
third year courses to allow students to complete a degree here
Community interest courses.
flatten the adminsistration
providing education to the community
Trades Business Management
15) Please provide reasons why you believe this is the third priority.
Please provide reasons why you believe this is the third priority.
There is a whole lost generation that went to residential school and didn't get the
education they needed. Similarly, the children of that generation have also been
impacted by residential schools. It is important to not forget about the needs of
these learners. They deserve to read and write, and to have access to
employment. NWCC has an important role to play in meeting the needs of these
learners, and helping them discover what they want to learn and why, and then
giving them the educational supports to pursue their hopes and dreams.
This significantly reduces the costs of running courses on island and deminishes
the possibility of having to cancel courses for the lack of isntructors
There is a need for qualified aboriginal teachers, nurses, doctors,
engineers,scientists, those who study social sciences, and other areas of
university credit, such as anthropology, biology, etc. and students with the
smarts and motivation should be directed to their field of interest rather than
below their potential in vocational courses.
Financing education can certainly hinder and creat huge barriers to an individual
choosing to initiate a post secondary education.
Whats frustrating is finding a course that you want to take and seeing it isn't in
your location. I already live in a northern community (smithers)..there is no way
I'm going to go to Terrace to take a single course of interest. I would rather
move somewhere else.
community support is vital and works both ways for a rural college.
Again, a crucial need. Until graduation rates improve there will always be a need
to support the many people who need ways to develop capacity.
-Provide training courses that people need for employment ie. first aid -Offering
creative and unique courses taught by local experts encourages community
learning and passion
Online Training courses open up the world to students in these remote areas
To draw the non-academic student/citizen into the college "orbit".
I think this is a critical role as well. The college needs to have solid options for
students who want to ladder into other academic pursuits in their home
community whenever possible.
courses aren't always available.
We need qualified teachers that can take the courses in PS and do not need to
move off reserve. We will have permanent qualified teachers.
We need sustainable development of our territory. It is obvious that locally based
business will sustain our economy and help it grow.
Pacific Coast School provides alternate schooling options to students. There
should be a closer connection with the college with the adult learners.
Too many adults do no have computer skills
Many certificates are needed. Such as boating, first aid, food safe, to name a few
if a business is to succeed on Haida Gwaii, it makes sense to train with an
established and successful business, even if this business is off island. there are
funds available for this I believe.. so liasion with other groups for more
provided uncalled for education opportunities doesn't help anyone
Many employers on island require staff with office/business skills. Computer
technology is needed in almost every type of employment there is. There is a
lack of qualified office workers and the schools do not have a dedicated business
course so high school graduates are also not getting those skills.
This could be business courses, tourism, aquaculture, as well as many other
areas where students would hope to find employment.
for short term jobs
To increase capacity for local orgs.
PRINCE RUPERT IS A MULTICULTURAL CITY. WE SHOULD BE CATERING TO ALL
we are all creative people
Good time to step up and partner with organizations
pride, comfort, introduce H.G.. Trades, business opportunities, enjoy crafts,
culture, and make $ doing it.
demonstrated need to offer a model that meets the needs of young people and
People in the north, are in poorer health, aboriginal communities especially. The
First Nation Health Authority is also developing so there should be more
opportunities with the Aboriginal communities as health care will be a priority for
It would really enhance our wellbeing to be able to take an interesting class here
and there...languages, film appreciation...they are offered in Terrace, but not
here in Rupert.
at this time Port Terminal, Ridley and Grain are the heart of our community with
out this my town become a gost town, we need to train young generation to
keep them in town, and be with family
to serve the local community at large.
Keep the students and professionals in the north
Looming shortages. 5 year university program too much padding for teacher
training too long. ECE and primary teacher laddering!
on line training
for the future for industry coming in. We should benefit too.
Offering courses during times when people can attend is more helpful.
it seems that we are limited to what we can acquire here for education. the
programs that we have are great but we do need to broaden what is offered, i
am sure more people would attend if there were more options.
The healthcare field could use some introductory courses offered in Hazelton,
because it is difficult for students to leave the community, and we have an
excellent hospital here that has already acted as a teching hospital fo rUBC.
Surely we could cooperate with the medical centre here for our students as well.
Other certificates such as counselling are also sought oafter by our students.
Because we are an industry based community and in order to continue to grow
our young men and women need to be able to stay here to get the training they
need for the furtherance of infrastructure in our community
allows laddering; take a program while still upgrading; transfer between
programs inside NWCC; share resources
google.com colleges in
Continue with post-secondary programs and offer course modules toward
professional development for future jobs in the mining industry.
offering on-line, teleconference or video-conference type courses without having
appropriate supports in place with crush nwcc's reputation and cause further loss
Reflect the diverse educational interests of community members
Need more people to deal with mental health issues, and to fill positions at local
The Elders in the area of Hazelton only have Bingo and if they don't do that,
then there is nothing for them
local front line staff need training on assessments, referrals, and link clients up to
employment readiness training/courses to build up personal and client strengths
To develop a stepping stone for students who require further training or
It all works together in order to educate people on the importance of the
environment while still having job opportunities.
It is the function of why we live and a place to find satisfaction in life.
If we don't come together and build trusting relations we will not stand united
and we will fail in building a sustainable future for our children.
this would give seniors the chance to expand various parts of their lives.
Education, socialization, intermingling with younger people good for both ages.
Because students won't achieve academic success unless their home situations
are supportive and they are able to work out daycare, transportation,
With this I mean instructors who understand our First Nations' people and their
There are people who would like to get an education but just plain and simple
don't have the money to do so.
I believe that we have many people that would take the courses if they did not
have to move out of the community...we have had Band members lose their
homes when they chose to go to school and move their families with them. Not
really a college concern but one that community members are not willing to
Today there are so many students going into Chef school and I dont understand
why..when the way to go in our community is Health or Education/ Some type of
trade..the econonmy in the Hazeltons is not sustainable so we have to go where
the money is ..hence health care or Education.
this is tough in many ways it is#1 encouraging growth with our eco-system
Students need to be able to have a way to pay for higher education
some persons do not want to move else where for job and only stay in the
Our last Home Support program was extremely successful. Locals went back to
school (many had been stay at home moms until their children went off to
school) and then found work in their field and in their home community. These
locals not only pay taxes in this community, but they volunteer here and raise
their families here. Why can't we offer more programs such as this to give our
locals more options?
Host more debates, lectures, workshops, conferences, films, dinners, etc
It appears that students are not always the first consideration at NWCC. Without
appropriate supports students have a much more difficult time successfully
completing their education.
The northwest has so much to offer to tourists.
NWCC has been on the right track offering distance/distributed UC courses, as
we are competing against many other institutions doing the same (such as TRU,
UNBC, UBC, SFU, UVIC, Athabasca) etc.etc. I believe we should continue the
shift to offering more (or ideally ALL) of our UC courses online or in a distributed
format. We should also PROMOTE these courses VIGOROUSLY, as many of the
people in the area that would be willing to take the courses, do not know they
We need to make sure students have Access to admission requirements.
So many addictions in our area, and not enough help. In high demand; the ones
we have get burnt out from workload.
So potential students have time to earn the per-requisites prior to the program
coming to their community.
Hopefully to get more students to trust NWCC and stay in town a year or two
Need for workers is increasing
To not maximize is to work at less than full capacity.
Students planning on attending university should be able to take transferrable
courses closer to home to save on expenses.
Everyone needs to move out of their comfort zone, for some it wil be the first
time for others its seen as exciting!
aging population and lack of suitable in-home care choices
To promote strong business development and leadership to strengthen all
Running a class with even 8 students in it means those eight carry on and put
the word out. Cancel the class, and no one here's what NWCC is all about.
Exactly how many students do you need so that the salary and expenses are
paid...has anyone actually figured that out???
NWCC has no athletic opportunities to attract students. First Nations basketball is
HUGE here.. having a basketball team would especially attract FN students
accomodation in & travel to PR is very expensive. Many students are reluctant to
Agriculture is important, especially if we want to support 100 mile diet. Mining -
there are a lack of professionals like engineers and geologists. Maybe partner
programs with UNBC, UBC and putting the programs in the NW and blending
hands on with classroom.
a local NPO has video conference equipment available for use plus they provide
dozens of courses. NWCC does not make use of the equipment and does not
seem to even want to partner with them
This is something the college already makes an effort to do. It's an important
way to a) keep the college as a community hub, b) lower the intimidation for
some that surrounds post secondary education, and c) develop the rich skills in
Collaborating with other community institutions will strengthen the network
dealing with the needs of the community
Art on Haida Gwaii is recognized around the world...lets access the knowledge
that is here and also bring knolwedge here to instruct. NWCC committed to
developing a Fine Arts program in Skidegate...we need to deliver on this or end
The demand is high in the north. We have many people in this area with social
challenges and too few resources to refer them to.
ESWK and other skills upgrading programs are required to ensure that other
programs have qualified entrants. The reduction and removal of ESWK from base
funding has reduced NWCC's ability to attract students in our area.
Will give students the up to date skills required for today's competitive
workforce, and make NWCC more attractive to potential students
Help bridge students before continuing onto other universities
To build healthy, well run band, village governments, and businesses we need
people who understand how business should be run. We need people with solid
educational foundations who have the confidence to question the status quo. But
at the same time we need those programs to truly reflect and understand each
communities varied cultural landscape.
To provide a link between NWCC the north and other Universities in BC
Lots of our equipment is old and out of date and to keep up with current
technologies we have to invest in current equipment.
I don't think that community members are aware that we are offerring to bring
training to them and what is involved in getting it to happen.
because we are a much more hands-on institution and can help good (but not
great) students successfully transistion to a BC Univ.
A larger variety of applied workforce training and certificate programs.
Certain programs have had a different Dean per year over a period of 7 or so
years. Such change caused great instability to programs as each Dean had a
different plan for the department triggering time consuming changes to
programs; many of which were changed back by subsequent Deans
To keep NWCC at the forfront of peoples minds.
I think many students in Prince Rupert would jump at the chance to do a
bachelor's degree at the Prince Rupert campus (via UNBC.) However, the
population may not be able to support it in PR at this time.
cost of attending University in a major center is cost prohibitive to many
This would open the campus to the public more, create a more relevant
learning/communication environment, and bring in some money by selling coffee
provide the upgrading skills to enable people to complete further training
While we can't be all things to all people, there must be some key areas we can
focus on to help those in declining primary resource sectors become employable
in jobs/careers that provide them with a living wage.
There is a growing need for more health care workers to serve the aging
population where they live. Let's train them in our communities.
Provide this program and utilize our sourroundings and people - build the
NWCC ist doing a great job at including learning oppurtunities for first nations
students. Any programs (possibly in the Work Force Training Area) that can also
help personal development of all students would be helpful for continued
motivation and success.
To provide more variety and choice, again, nice to have.
To be able to recruite and know what programs are happening at each campus
with some level of confidence..
ACE-IT culinary, for example, allowed NWCC to expand what we offer to the
community. In this example, we don't have a usable kitchen; the high school
does and they have some money and some students. Perfect. GWES has access
to a huge amount of money that the College doesn't and partnering would make
us both stronger. Their programs would benefit from the credentials that the
Northwest "Community" College
so we can complete our studies faster.
Decentralixation is expensive in person power. It is more cost efficient for
students to come in to a larger center or take distance courses than it is for
people to be in remote communities. As well remote communities are difficult to
students often worry they can't transfer their credits and don't attend NWCC for
fear of wasting time and money
Quite often these are just for fun or a need to continue learning but they are not
necesariy important to a students employment goals.
Another area that baby boomers will be vacating are trades. We need people
trained with practical skills.
They usually provide your local programs with the best instruction. They are
more able to go above and beyond to ensure student success.
There will be a shortage of skilled trades people in the region and across
Canada. Trades occupations tend to pay well and to support families and
I believe in this time of economic stress that the last thing to be cut should be
academic programs. We are, after all, supposed to be a public service.
TRU offers a program for journeyperson's to get a bachlors degree in business,
as an example.
16) What are NWCC's greatest strengths?
What are NWCC's greatest strengths?
NWCC has come a long way towards de-colonialising education, and, there is still
a long way to go. There is an opportunity to develop a more effective way of
supporting learners in their learning journey.
Its potential, and its vision.
Face to face with students and seeing the students strengths and capablities.
Accessibility and a good second option
In touch with the communities it serves (potentially responsive and flexible),
covers northwestern BC so has a huge population base (76,000?) which can be a
source of students, support, job placements, fund-raising, information and ideas.
Sincere desire to help the aboriginal people enter the economy and overcome
any barriers to learning and career success.
Small, local and easy to access.
you are here
At this point the fact that they have a new building is the greatest strength,
other than that I have had bad experiences with the college...counsellors aren't
helpful, and no variety at all in courses available.
Local education, creative programming (i.e. online, face-to-face, weekends,
On Haida Gwaii, these have been Essential Skills for Work (just cut) On-island
Early Childhood Education
-Small classes and affordable tuition, close to home option -Excellent instructors
-A strong President -The willingness to change -The ability to partner with key
areas of the industry
Locally situated facilities in downtown Kitimat.
-Local staff who are connected to the community and have a strong knowledge
of the region, friendly campuses that do outreach, highly visible
The only post secondary choice.
Good reputation with community members and organizations but not with lots of
people who have taken their courses. Flexible, responds quickly to community
needs. Manages to cover a big region = lots of opportunities in terms of
communities, people, geography, areas of study, job training needs, etc.
that is it local and all training can be done on island
Offering a variety of courses/programs within and around Port Simpson. Offering
short term courses in our community as well as offering CCP, ESWK, FNHCA
programs in Port Simpson.
In this community our greatest strength is our community contacts and respect
within the community. This has been earned with many hours or hard work and
local content people resources and knowledge
Local roots and understanding
The people are great
smaller class sizes allows for a student to access and converse with the instructor
there is strength in reaching out to the communities because education is
paramount in order for all to move ahead and be successful.
Their on island staff
Local presence, success stories they could build on, aboriginal and cultural
Working with the communities
Small classrooms one-on-one attention for students local presense
The staff is very friendly and shows respect for all students.
New Director - fresh blood, we love new blood!
staff--in communities such as Houston there are dedicated staff that do what
ever they can to meet the needs of the community
We have made some effort to reach out to our Aboriginal communities. We have
several campuses. shift to new, strong, creative leadership team. Management
identifying strengths and weaknesses.
Great campus, amazing instructors, the nicest admin people in the universe. (Hi
Rhoda!) Very competitive tuition. Small classes.
the teachers are one of the best I have
Small, nimble, able to develop needed courses quickly, experienced in partnering
the local staff and thier commitment
Ability to be flexible and adaptable to local and northern needs
-trained teachers -polite staff at the desk -affordable day long courses -updated
upgraded computers with internet and printer access
the support staff are great as well as the instructors.
In Hazelton, the openess of the campus and programs to community, and overall
the college is very good at helping motivated students achieve success beyond
student support cultural diversity awareness
the incredible support that the staff gives students, some of whom are not even
NWCC students!! Also, the ability to connect potential students with appropriate
support, approachability to students
bc list of
In Smithers, partnering with community organizations to meet community needs,
and at the same time open doors for potential future NWCC students.
In Smithers, Regina does a great job of being accesible. She is open to new
ideas. I see her trying to respond to the expressed needs of our community.
it's respect and commitment to meeting the needs of aboriginal students and
-educators -size/cost -locations
Relationships with schools and community organizations.
Delivering training in the communities.Making the training more accessible
Providing ongoing Education
Local people who care and live in the community and are staff from NWCC
Community based. Local staff including manager. Staff who care about what
they teach. Staff who care about the people they teach. A really nice building
Great staff and a great school building.
NWCC is located and interacts in all major towns and cities in NWBC. NWCC
students come from all communities. Besides being an educational instiution
NWCC can play a much broader role if it choses to.
Most people know each other and care.
community awareness and personal interest in the students.
small enough to get one on one, big enough to have extra classes
Having the college available in other communities and just in Terrace.
It is in your community. It is local. It gives people the chance to achieve some
sort of an education while living in their own community.
The greatest strength is that the workers care about the education of the
Classroom sizing is small understanding our community flexibility
Have really great qualified instructors, that have worked in their fields so they
are able to teach better than someone who didnt have that kind of experience
HOLDING COURSES SORT OF PERTINENT TO THE AREA. OFFER MORE CHOICES
preparing the personwho is interested in learning other job skills
Inclusion, perseverance, and innovative ways to "make it work" for our students.
Team work at our campus is HUGE!
We are already very engaged with our communities We hire and retain
tremendous staff & faculty
Small classes, great price.
Our staff and faculty 'connections' to community members, organizations,
leaders, stakeholders etc. High student success rates, small class sizes,
campuses in many communities.
We are smaller and can be very flexable.
Personable, students are not just a number, NWCC want to see them succeed
and go futher. Help is available to overcome barriers.
Flexibility, working relationships with local FN, commitment to serving our local
population, fantastic environment.
Size - Great Instructors - Area
Diversity of offerings. Accommodation. Small class size, which allows better
Top notch Staff and faculty. Community campuses that offer courses closer to
home. Field schools..
Institutional flexibility and innovation. Regional coverage.
The willingness to improve services
Wendy Prystay--demonstrates how important it is to be in the community
seeking partnerships and developing relationships
Accessible across the Northwest. Caring staff. Innovative offerings such as the
one on one help from instructors
the First Nations specific programming
Small classes personal attention. prescence throughout the region NWCC serves.
Acccess and opportunity for higher education. responds to community training
The people who choose to teach here
Close to home for most of us.
Local presence, great instructors, decent facility, though small.
NWCC has the potential to call this statement its greatest success: Providing
relevant, employable, and accessible education with multiple points of entry for
learners of different academic backgrounds.
Community involvement, delivery of present day required education in the
community, diversity of programs
We are in the communities we serve.
Small campus atmosphere. Closer to home. Lower tuition and loving costs.
Being a small organization that is open to asking for feedback, then hearing the
comments and responding to the requests of the communities we serve.
Local connections and communications
Its people and role in the community
Our greatest strength has to be the people. Technology will never replace a
passionate, caring workforce.
Freda Diesing School of Art University Credit Courses Criminal Justice Program
The Instructors in University Credit courses
I think that NWCC is great at getting out into communities and trying to build
programs specifically designed for them. We are open to ideas and try to make
new ideas work.
The motivation to make change and come out to our clientele to make this
Our successful First Nations learners, achieved through a number of key
The front line and support staff. They are the face of the college, first people to
trouble shoot for students.
Committeed teachers, inclusive FN approach, we're here....
quality staff and faculty, high profile programs (Freida Deising); paradigm
conference; field schools; connection with FN groups
Instructors that care and invest tremendous time into their students. Good
student support services (in PR anyway).
The greatest strength NWCC has is their citizenship within the community, so
that the college is able to answer training needs through CS as well as through
CCP and other access programs
programs which provide personal touch and quality because we don't require
students to be piled into huge classrooms
The people, the NWCC community
Access and affordability.
working towards aboriginal inclusion - newer campuses in Smithers and Rupert
are more attractive to students
Staff and faculty who are committed to the community and who genuinely care
about the students
student support in the area
1. Instructors 2. Affordability
caring, community-minded staff
1. Close to home, therefore cheaper to access and allowing students family and
community support 2. Small class size & availability of instructors
increasing openness to First Nations and non-academic students needs
personable friendly offer extra help on a one on one basis good stepping stone
before going to uni affordable
Respect for Students of all kinds, making them successful. And strengthening the
communities through that.
multiple campus locations, diversity in faculty; online offerings
Its employees or it should be!
Strong mission, vision and values - Embracing diversity and equality.
Flexability or the "lets make it work" attitude and the many supports and
resources for students.
The emphasis on programs that meet the needs of indigenous students is HUGE
as is the ability for each campus to reflect the needs of its area, rather than
having a number of "cloned" campuses, all offering much the same thing.
We have a diversified demographic of people in this area that attend NWCC.
Staff and Instructors that truly care about the students and each other.
Small classes Staff cares about the students because personal relationships
develop. Support staff is willing and helpful with students and fellow staff
Friendly atmosphere NWCC staff do their best for people to help problem solve
for students Partnerships between different programs to support learning
between programs Good reputation in the community Provides housing for
students Resources are current in the library, science labs & Nursing labs
Community sees us in a positive light ie. Culinary Arts community outreach and
events on campus Longhouse & totem in the front parking lot acknowledges our
small class sizes, approachable teachers, locally available courses, speicalized
locally oriented prgrams
NWCC greatest strength is soliciting and responding to the communities needs.
students and faculty
We are in the communities we serve. We offer a variety of programs, often with
smaller "butts in seats" numbers, but we serve the interests and needs of our
Your on the floor staff and admin staff are usually excellent - prompt, well
organized and easy to work with. Dedicated instructors, especially when they are
local. The quality of your programming is usually excellent with staff bending
over backwards to help students succeed.
Small class size, friendly, personalized atmosphere, helpful staff and instructors,
high quality of instruction, lower tuition costs than other institutions.
The instructors that give a bit extra for their students every day.
Works for the region, small enough to affect positive changes, Principal working
listens and is beginning to take heart to such
Affordable, local with local knowledge.
17) What are NWCC's greatest weaknesses?
What are NWCC's greatest weaknesses?
NWCC is spread over a vast area, with many different communities. The College
could do a better job empowering local communities, and making sure local
campuses have the resources and programming they need.
In this particular location, the lack of instructors.
To small, need a bigger school.
Only a second option
Inconsistent funding from government, stuck in old teaching methods and
media, not willing to take risks, inconsistent policies regarding literacy and
development education, job-readiness programs, trotting out the same old CCP
workbooks instead of adapting the programs and content to aboriginal culture
(i.e. extensive investment in curriculum development required), not paying
attention to how much program content and delivery affects student retention
and success but rather offering "fluff" and "fun" as incentives, could do both,
have solid curricula which appeals to students, plus fun.
Lack of public awareness of full opportunites this scool offers.
lack of government funding need to collaborate with key community resources
support each others programs, initiatives.
Not enough courses.
There seems to be a lot of turnover in management, and not a lot of guidance or
supports for new or part-time instructors.
Lack of community involvement.
Not providing relevant, accessible, post secondary education. Demanding
unrealistic class sizes before offering courses.
-Needs to offer greater diversity of programs and university transfer courses
-The ability to expand to remote areas -The ability to provide courses to remote
Lack of "critical mass" in Kitimat. People are not drawn down to the NWCC
Kitimat Campus therefore more and more of us have no relationship to NWCC. It
is getting worse over the years ... the losses to KVI was a critical development in
this decline in relationship.
Lack of solid provincial support to keep important program components running,
at the mercy of funding cycles
the only post secondary choice.
People slow to respond to calls and emails = frustrating. Not all courses and
teachers are very good ie. not engaging, you don't learn everything you want to
learn about. NWCC doesn't and isn't able to offer all the programs people want.
Seems to be a lot of tension between staff members, especially at different
levels. People are not unified towards a common goal and can be petty. No
not enough programs being offer
Not able to offer Associates of Arts Degree or UC courses in Port Simpson. Do
not have an office or training facility in our community.
Stretching people too thin. There is never enough time in the day to do all that
needs to be done. Having people handle multiple portfolios no matter how well
intentioned means somebody down the line is always waiting on something.
not enough promotion about programs in the high schools sometimes limited
offerings of courses competition between NWCC and Hecate Strait Development.
Both offer some same courses.
small scale and geography
The schedule keeps changing and courses are cancelled. There is not enough
communication when these things happen.
lack of trades options
I don't know if there is an aboriginal liasion rep to help younger students get into
courses, or even help with course planning... ^^ mind you I have been out of
the education system for a long time.
Not adapting adequately to islanders needs
Cancelling of courses at last minute, short lead time for courses, lack of local
instructors. Lack of action on previously identified threats and opportunities.
Drag time from identification of courses to when they actually take place - this
has resulted in lost students, people moving away, etc. during the time they
have expressed interest and the time it takes for the course to take place (find
ways to shorten that process somehow).
not enough funding
The tendency to informt he Band Council about courses at the last second &
expect that organization to fill the void. They need to increase presence in
Cannot always provide programs that are needed by the community.
not around enough
hit and miss offerings
New Director (just kidding ken). Communication and planning. How do I know
what courses are offered throughout the year? Need to kow as a professional to
cannot repond to training needs in a timely manner; actions, letters, policies etc
are not in line with vison, mission and values--a number of potential students
have expressed frustration with trying to register--for example a student taking
an online program could not register online
Need to increase our community relations. Need industry buy in. Our campuses
are somewhat autonomous(or staff feel they are). Old ways in transition to new
more efficient productive ways throughout, which is good but is also stressful
and difficult for some. Financially responsible.
Same old same old courses.
no provide more courses
It cannot possibly offer a wide range of education choices.
infrastructure, equipement, NWCC is out-dated
Communication between teachers and their students Communication between
the different campus's
Internal organization. Very hard to promote new opportunities with in current
provide day care
Lack of funding leads to constrained decision making that will provide education
opportunities that WILL make a direct impact on our northern residents lifestyle
(employment choices are limited if can't get relevant training).
-lack of training/knowledge for directors who try to plan upcoming courses -a
director that has no idea what the needs are in the community -unwelcoming
isolated classroom space -very little office hours available -office hours are
"irregular" and no one knows when to go to the office ie: not the same everyday
-funding is easily accessible BUT is given to the wrong people
not enough programs
The divide and conquer mentality that seems to pit campus and communities
against each other . This happens because we are generally underfunded and
fing ourselves fihgting over the crumbs.
because it is so First Nations focused a lot of community people misunderstand
that the college is for EVERYONE
potentially lack of funding to maintain such high quality staff in such a small
weak IT, laughable web presence, decision making capacity weak/slow/removed
from local experts -> Missed chances to retain students; missed short-term
to ya g
The College can be quite insular and intimidating for community members. Find
other, non-print ways to communitcate course offerings with the public, such as
the Community Radio.
I see NWCC as somewhat insular. It can be challenging to find out what is
happening there if you are not familar with the internet - especially if you are
intimidated to enter the building (note: once in the building posters are up,
people are friendly)
lack of planning when marketing programs, too little too late approach, not
considering band funding deadlines when offering programs, lack of planning to
give plenty of notice of new programs to ensure awareness in the community
Feels separate from the community. Can be hard to find out what classes are
offerred. Suggestion - work with CICK 93.9FM (Smithers Community Radio).
-most everything happens in Terrace -don't see NWCC in the community much
Operational funding limits programing
Possibly promotion of training courses, need to ensure that there is sufficient
time to find funds and register for courses, some times information is received
just before the training is scheduled.
not seen in FN communities, centralized in Urban centers mostly, costs too much
to offer courses/programs in communities
Developing partnerships with communities and representatives. Need to work on
communicating and visiting local offices and other organizations.
Outreach to Youth.
Unknown - better answered by the people who work there or are taking courses
You would be more knowledgeable than I.
NWCC campuses vary in their interactions with the communities they are located
in. Some have a much closer realtionship with the communities they serve.
NWCC should pay attetion to the campuses that have a higher level of
understanding of what thier community needs are than others.
few opportunities or evening classes to have guest lectures or forums on
environmental and social issues, impacts of development by outside agencies
such as LNG pipeline or mining.
not enough courses in a year
Not advertising enough about programs/courses offered.
There aren't enough programs. Their are some people that just have to move
with their families which is costly. It would be nice if NWCC would expand to be
more open to many more online courses with support.
need more programs such as social service worker diploma, trades courses, lpn
etc in the smaller communities
programs that are not sustanable to the community, LPN< teaching certificates
Not being able to react to demands quickly
Not to Sure
I often cannot attend programs because of the hours
NOT ENOUGH CONTACT WITH PEOPLE
To much effort on training programs that should be done by industry
Financing for the Student to be and bring in the special program
not enough university credit programs
Trying too hard to make each of the campuses more alike each other. We need
to spend more time celebrating our differences and coming up with ways to
make it work best in "our" community for "our" students. Regional positions are
not always effective with snowy winter roads, travel time, and tight job
descriptions standing in the way of just getting the job done. Creating job
positions and titles based on what would be required at each campus rather than
trying to standardize everyone to fit in a box. I know this is difficult with union
positions but there has to be a better way to do our business than having a
regional person drive to town once per week during a small time frame that
might not work for our students.
We don't have huge dollars from non-gov partner like wealthy alumni or major
institutional ego, inability to change, budget shortfalls
too much red tape to get anything done. lack of money
Dorms, out of the way location, advertised courses aren't always offered.
Our enormous geographic spread, failure of many 'frontline' staff to see how
crucial their influence and role is as the 'face of NWCC' i.e. nasty, cold attitudes
when dealing with confused, fragile students taking their first baby steps back
into the world of education. We probably lose more students due to this than any
other factor. Many of our human resource management practices (or lack of)
hurt the college. This is too vast of a topic to elaborate on in this form, but I
suggest you ask staff and faculty to do separate feedback on HR at nwcc, and
you will probably find some great ideas on how to improve things. Also, being
perceived by some community members and potential students as a 'second-
rate' option, when compared with other larger institutions.
offering programs two weeks before they are going to start.
Communication - need better internal communication to keep all college staff
informed of upcoming programs/courses. Many times the public knows before
the staff does.
lack of a full breadth of courses
Not necessarily NWCC's weakness - population - economy
Rumoured: overload of administration; lack of financial transparency; fear of
speaking openly; fear of job loss over "low" class numbers; rumouring.
Thorough pre-planning and budgeting for unexpected expenses (Waap Galts'ap)
Internal politics. Budgeting shortfalls
Stuck in old ideas
a small number of staff/faculty who don't always act in the best interest of
students and the College's greater goals
Follow through with students and employers after graduation. Recruitment and
registration systems are challenging for students - not fast/simple enough. Do
not always get accurate information from front line staff. Slow to respond to
lack of communication between administration/IT decisions and instructors
at risk student support
poor management and response time. Management does not make decisions in a
timely manner. Management is invisible ---
-outragiously slow decision making -paying lip-service to programs, then failing
to fund them adequately -communications, the right hand doesn't know what the
left hand is doing -fear of making decisions (NO is the knee-jerk response when
innovative thinking crosses the path)
Funding. Old facilities. Politics.
Leading the way in cooperation with other educational institutions and programs.
Decisions being made in Terrace or Smithers, lack of staff, too expensive for
many people and small businesses, no flexibility in hours, failure to embrace
technology. Slow to respond. There was a good reason Skills Centres were set
up. Not much has changed.
I think NWCC struggles to respond quickly enough to the needs of the
community and industry. The mechanisms that needs to improve, in my opinion,
are the nimbleness,flexibility and organization of the administrative structure,
NWCC succession planning for key positions to retain and promote capacity in
the college, and continually revisiting educational priorities.
lack of funding for necessary programs,
Hiring of unqualified staff and faculty. I recognize there aren't as many options in
the north as in other places but if staff and faculty aren't qualified, programs
should be postponed, not ran at a sub par level. Not living up to commitments is
another weakness. On Haida Gwaii, an agreement with Haida Heritage Centre
was signed and NWCC has not met those commitments. I believe we are still
there because of the lease money that goes into the space - badly needed by the
building. We either need to pull out of the agreement or live up to it.
Being a small organization we are challenged to stretch the dollar beyond its
elasticity. In some areas we have dated processes that could be greatly
streamlined if resources were available to implement technologies that would
bring us into more advanced (what others might consider basic) ways of doing
business. Being remote often prevents us from being at important tables where
the larger institutions are seated in numbers quite comfortably. Again, a financial
issue to a large degree. We cannot afford to travel to get to where these
discussions are taking place.
Directions from other regions without consultation and acknowledgement.
Outdated equipment, buildings, and teaching methods
The length of time to develop and implement new ideas
This organization just can't react fast enough!There are many opportunities that
come up and our approval process is just TOO SLOW and cumbersome. Perhaps
it is just that we small which means loads of multitasking but with better
processes we could be doing a far better job. Another weakness is that every
time we change senior administrations (I.e. Presidents) we seem to throw the
baby out with the bath water. Sometimes it is people that leave and this time its
Policies that go.
The state of the buildings at the Terrace Campus. communication between
management and support staff the way part time employees are treated
Our greatest weakness is our out of date equipment.
Follow up in indigenizing our community environment. Education of faculty and
staff in role modeling and implementing a welcoming environment for our
Program instability. Programs come and go, change names. This must be as
frustrating to staff trying to promote the College as it is to students
Being able to assure programs in well advance of the start date.
The moat between management and faculty in terms of information sharing - an
us verses them world, failure to address certain known problems (video
conferencing comes to mind....) I must admit, having only 2 academic deans
seems to have them streched.....
lack of support/contact for faculty and staff with management; limited extra-
curricular activities for students; quality of curriculum needs more support
(development $$) to maintain quality and consistency (professional look).
Marketing. Our website is 5-10 years behind the times. Our marketing reach
beyond the local community is poor. Current marketing director is possibly on the
right track, but the plan in mind is a tall order and yet to be seen if it can be
materialized to produce results. Also, some elements of the college have been
difficult to work with; creating unnecessary obstacles to what could be simple
Not recognizing the college's ability to be a large part of the remedy for the
poverty and illnesses that plague these northwestern rural and remote
seems to be a disconnect between the people in closest touch with students as
those in charge--it's become an increasingly top-heavy institution; and when
budgets require cutbacks, so far the cutbacks have come from FTE-generating
personnel rather than from management or middle-management
The location out of town.
- See first priority (terrible website) - Visibility.
aging facility in Terrace is becoming less student/learning friendly.
The long distances among the campuses are both a strength and weakness.
poor marketing, centralization, inability to respond to opportunities, beaucracy,
managers don't have authority to act or are afraid, excessive organizational
structure and processes
1. Lack of visibility 2. Inflexibility of course scheduling. 3. Too few computers on
campus (esp.in LRC). 4. No wireless access. This has been very frustrating for
students, and it needs to be addressed sooner rather than later.
-lack of a 5-year program plan -cost associated with so many campuses and such
a large college region
Limited size and ability to offer big, exciting new programmes. Desire of high
school graduates to move away from home and seek greener pastures (not
NWCC's fault, just human nature!)
To decentralized trying to serve all communities
the standard is low technology is poor nwcc's wings are spread to thin and
therefore, time/money is an issue
Centralized decision making. Does not recognize local diversity and commitment
to community, since this model does not understand the community other than
Do not know.
Not caring enough for students success
quality of education
Some facilities and buildings are getting very tired and are in need of
Lack of program planning as a collective. Maybe regional campuses should get
together to do some longer term program planning together..
Lack of mid to long term planning: it's difficult to ready students for programs in
a community when it's not clear what the programs will be until the last minute.
The communication about programs can be a issue. For example, it's not
possible to depend on the website for the most current information.
Not always providing equal opportunity for all communities/ethnic backgrounds.
lack of funding
Programs that are cancelled due to low enrollement which is a catch 22. If a
program is cancelled, the student may not apply again as they may have made
arrangements to attend and with the cancellation, this provides hardship. Lack of
residences or college provided accomodation in most of the college communities
makes it difficult for some students to take NWCC's programs as students often
do not have extra funds for hotel rooms and restaurant meals.
Only two semesters available to attend.
Poor communication between Senior administration and the staff Lack of
problem solving in a timely way
reputation as the place the weaker students og instead of leaving town
Internally we tend to in-fight between campuses and departments. Instead of
being on the same team, we are all separate entities and have often been played
off against each other in order to meet the desires of the administration. Bad
behaviour has been accepted and modeled. Internal competition for those
dollars. Inertia, lack of motivation to improve or challenge within faculty because
this has been discouraged in the past. Cynicism within faculty, especially UC,
because they have been directly targeted rather than engaged.
High Staff turnover. Some people are amazing to deal with, others never email
or phone back. Disjointed programming that does not ladder well or the program
is good but it ends after a couple of years. Bad to start program at NWCC and
then have to finish at another institution. Apparent inability to remove staff
through bad hires or long term performance issues. Some bad hires have been
and are embarrassments to NWCC and do not instil confidence in your
organization. Your local director of education appears to be a shining example of
this. You seem to lose your best and brightest through inconsistent programming
and planning. NWCC seems paralyzed with no real direction or interesting local
Some facilities are ageing and need to be replaced or modernized. It's always a
challenge to convince people of the quality a smaller local institution can provide.
Its nick name is coconut college. People go there because they can't make it
anywhere else. These are some comments I have heard in our community.
Older facilities for trades.
18) What are NWCC's greatest opportunities?
What are NWCC's greatest opportunities?
The greatest opportunities are through collaboration and partnership with local
partners, including the bands, village councils, industry, small business, etc.
People want to see the College succeed, and they want to see the students
succeed. Also, all the communities have identified youth as a priority. Engaging
the youth will be important to long term success.
The number of potential students that are looking at meeting their future
educational and training goals from home, or at least in the northern BC region.
Too learn outdoor information
Presence, you can be the "first" post sec option
Never too late to change course, if "lazy way of doing what we've always done
whether it works or not" is changed, student success will skyrocket (i.e. could
have focus groups, test and pilot projects to develop new curricula which is long
term but worth it!), bands, government and industry will willingly fund due to
improved student track record, which unfortunately we don't have now (in terms
of percentages enrolled and completed), so any plea for further funds to finance
existing relatively unsuccessful developmental programs is not enthusiastically
received and is perceived as self-interest or maintaining the status quo rather
than realistically improving the education of aboriginal people.
Local practicums, to provide local employment.
opportunity for making positive life choices in education that reflect community
Expanding the courses available.
I think there is a lot of opportunity to link with local First Nations communities to
bring education for them even closer to home.
Look into your backyard, develop specialized programs that are suited for the
north. Horticulture, natural resources, geology and mining.
Focussing on what a post secondary institution can offer. The Recreation
Commission could easily take on courses that NWCC has been associated with,
such as First Aid.
-Certificate and diploma programs that people can finish fairly quickly and find
good employment with in their communities
-The Ecploration and Environmental programs that are well established -The
ability to take beginning courses for undergrad that are transferrable -The ability
to partner with other colleges
A population that knows very little of what NWCC offers and are therefore
potential "students" ... especially the adult population(s).
EXPAND TO COMMUNITY NEEDS
Continued strong partnerships with community groups, First Nations bands,
Working with industry in area so students can get most up to date training.
Amazing geography in area. Outdoor education programs. Newest technology
should make more and more courses available to students in the Northwest.
there are people that want to learn but dont want to leave island so training here
would keep staff here
To offer all the programs in PS that it offers in PR and Terrace.
If NWCC can develop the experiental learning concept to allow us to meet people
where they are comfortable and show them that we understand they are smart
NWCC will succeed. Too many people here are shut out of edcation because they
don't fit in the box. TIME TO THROW OUT THE BOX. We have the abilty we just
need a reason to make it work.
Potential to promote the college in a wider range within our region
Training for the cultural camps and new jobs that will be created by
extending programs to the Bachelor level and increasing the Trades program
To work with successful aboriginal training programs that have been established
in other areas to bring them here... adapt for local opportunities.
Providing the training/education to fit the emerging island economy
Outdoor Education - capitalizing on remoteness, pristine environment, marine &
forest environment, Aboriginal culture, local flavour, community centered
programming, art education (native, contemporary, computer graphics, etc.),
partnerships with local band councils & businesses - fishing lodges, etc.
Building on the local culture
To expand programs that can be offered to communities
giving FN opportunities otherwise not there
TO SERVE THE DIFFERENT ETHNIC GROUPS IN THIS COMMUNITY
the great desire of people to self-improve
Haida Gwaii related courses like art, boat building, language, resource
management, partnerships w/ HG organizations
Utilize island resources, people, land
NWCC has the opportunity to be involved in the growth of the northwest--there
are opportunities in the needs of the people in the northwest
Aboriginal communities, for their partnerships in business, training, and increase
in campus space and student numbers. Institutional advancement department
for community relations, and financial opportunities. Baby boomers retiring
allowing those to move up and those people need training.
A mature population living in small communities where there is not much to
do...the campus should be teeming with mature students taking evening classes.
Is a big College , located in a good and happy community, bring more courses
bring more students
The new projects starting in the Northwest need trained employees.
new industry moving forward around the northwest
Work with industry to provide apprentice opportunities. Provide 3 year degree in
teaching consentration on teaching skills not extra interest classes.
loads of new and/or experimental training opportunities
To capitalize on industry coming into area. Need to train locals for local jobs.
there are LOTS of people that want to take courses and do not want to move
away from home.....the desire is there, but the courses offered are irrelevant to
the type of learning that should happen in the community
Especiallky in Hazeltn we have an opportunity to show how it should be done to
build coooperation between First Nations and the surrounding communities. We
have strong partenrships, both formal and informal among community
to provide quality, less costly education to high school graduates that is close to
home and very applicable in our community
local FN population -> need more professionals from within. New investments in
northwest -> need local workforce. Supply not only low-paid workers, but
professionals - geologists, nurses, lawyers, technicians, biologists, school
psychologists, speech pathologists. Why pay outside consultants to fly into
Helping develop a knowledgeable work force in the mining North-West.
Become involved in local media through CICK Smithers Community Radio, 93.9
FM. There is an opportunity to have community college courses and
programming - radio reaches people in their homes and work. Also - continuing
to engage in community events. The totem raising was important in Smithers.
stepping up to meet the needs local industries and business - please note that
industries still need HR, finance and support staff - not just the trades type
offerings, acknowledge the uniqueness of each campus and community to offer
niche programs and provide appropriate funding levels to help programs evolve -
To work with local artists (music, dance, theater, performing arts, pottery, crafts
people). We are the most vibrant artistic community in the north.
-people wanting to learn -growth of communities
Relationships with First Nation Communities
The opportunity to assess the needs in our communities, and deliver the training
in the communities, which makes it more accessible to a wide range of clientele.
Working with communities and local industry.
Accessing out of area Instuctors/Programs. IE: on-line learning.
Sorry - no time to write an essay right now.
To help all people in the community who want to better their life through
The economics of NW BC are about to take a dramtic change; one our area is
not really ready for. Is NWCC making sure they know what is coming and are the
courses availavle matching the labour market demands?
Future tourism potential of area may create jobs in starting businesses. Offering
busines classes-eg. marketing, doing business plans, financial projections,
market surveys, would be useful.
Computer classes for me, I didn't think I could ever learn the computer now to
have classes to run the different programs
To reach as many potential students as possible.
Upgrading, Prerequesite courses.
the greatest opportunities is partnering with the industry levels...ie: mining
Education is a life long learning process
Our outdoors and great learning experiences on how to take care of our
communities and environment - partnering carefully that will give all of us long
lasting opportunities in our communities
Expansion to offer a wider range of courses and programs
I DON'T KNOW
special training for the needs right to day
We are the only post secondary education choice in many of our communities.
As long as we can keep our students satisfied with our work, they will continue
to come back.
Our partnerships with First Nations
Meeting the needs of students, particularly young people direct from high school,
with innovative, supportive, accessible, affordable education choices. A much
greater focus on actively recruiting high school students and elementary school
students. Older adults have a greater understanding of what's important and will
seek out what's available to them; younger people must be actively recruited into
an environment that will meet their needs.
get more into the high schools
To establish ourselves as a vibrant, viable educational choice.
The vastly untapped (though we have been working on it) student market in
First Nations communities, TECH (we need to bolster current tech program
offerings, but consciously and methodically GROOM students for entry into more
advanced courses) specifically mutimedia creation programs such as intensive
adobe creative suite or other video editing, web development and new media
creation. Corporate training (I've never seen NWCC partner with companies to do
'in-house' training events for example).
Mining - hands on training; out in the field, participants are prepared to go to
work, and are fully aware of the work environment and the demands they will
encounter. Awesome that the training includes a culture component as well;
helps build self-esteem and make them proud of who they are.
environment, brain trust, evolving self-realized power of First Nations
Our stunning surrounding area - Beautiful Campus
Responding to needs of community
Low-cost access to training and introductory university courses.
Inclusive to it's communities..
Community engagement re: field schools. Industry training for front line/entry
Everyone wants to receive good education, we can promote NWCC more and at
a lower cost!
respond to labour market demands to build a skilled workforce--this community
Partnership with local industry/business organizations. Partnership with other
colleges/universities. Create/improve a bureaucracy that can move quickly and
adapt to change.
trades, arts, coastal guardian, adult dogwood
potential industry sector growth (see below)
Growing FN demographic. Provide specific cultural niches such as Freda Diesing.
Growing mining sector in NW BC provides training opportunities
There is a massive "educational vacuum" in the north. NWCC should embrace it.
Consider offering some programs every other year so the labour market isn't
flooded but giving people the opportunity to get their education locally.
Building economic strength in the FN communities of the region.
If proper consultation is done and by partnering with others, NWCC can be
ahead of the curve in meeting community, business and industry training needs.
1. Providing training for the natural resources industry: forestry, exploration and
mining. This training needs to seek constant feedback from industry to keep
pace with the cyclic nature of these industries. 2. Providing training with transfer
agreement with universities to ladder into academic credits.
expansion in all fields of education in the Northwest for greater employment
Our communities and our northern environment.
We have a young population. Young people need training. Trained people in the
north are the future of the north.
First Nations inclusion ... we have a great resource that we need to include in all
aspects of our institution. We can model this to the world.
Explore destination learning (i.e. summer art schools, tourism training, etc.)
Training in upcoming construction projects in the NW
We have the opportunity to tap into all of the new Industry projects coming into
our region and help build a safely trained workforce.
Opportunity to provide leadership in truly creating partnerships with the
aboriginal community and making change in the way education is provided.
Short-term is to be the training centre for the work that will be coming to the
Northwest; long-term, adapting to post-boom with sustainable career training
We're here, and we're good!! There is a need and we can meet it. I think this
area will boom in the next 3 - 5 years, nwcc must be there to train!
Focus on multiculturalism; increase student engagement in various areas such as
the green initiative, sports activities etc.
Location (in PR at least). Opportunities for world class education are possible due
to the marine environment here, but are not being capitalized on adequately.
This connects to all of the points above (points 10-17)
Reaching out with information, counselling, education around life skills, training,
literacy and health.
to figure out how to tap into the huge pool of talent that lies within the college
without creating levels of responsibility and accountability that stifle it
So many opportunities! Business, mining, trades.. NWCC offers what the mines
and trades are looking for. NWCC is willing to go the extra mile and make things
happen for students where there is employment opportunity.
- To draw people in to unique programs like Applied Coastal Ecology. - To attract
high school students looking to complete their first two years of schooling
Trades to capitalize on the Industrial/Mining boon in our area.
see priorities 1-3
expertise of instructors internal education sustainability eduation
The potential to attract more students as NWCC is seen as a desirable option
with useful/employable outcomes.
-new Smithers campus
Increasing young local indigenous population. New Smithers campus facilities
generating local interest. Further opportunities through the School of Exploration
Centralize campuses to better utilize increasingly scarce funds - concentrate on
quality of education not providing programming in every community necessarily
economy will move forward - ride the wave
to remain people oriented and not technology oriented. never forget that we are
about people first.That means prioritize people, not numbers and technology.
diversity of communities can offer diversity in offerings
Cater to International students
aboriginal education success
To tap into future growth of the Northwest to determine requirements, engage
with key stakeholders and organisations.
As the men go to camp we have the women left in the communities. No
competition per say and the Economic shift from forestry to mining.
The economic boom happening in the NW which will result in training
opportunities as well as funding possibilities; the Aboriginal population in our
region which is one of the few populations having children; multiple campuses,
responding to the needs in each community; the fact that there are no other
colleges/universities in the region.
Being in the Nothwest.
trades training, especially in regards to unique northern job opportunities
Being able to be reactive and proactive to the changing needs of the
Industrial expansion in the region. Population increase as more people reach
post secondary age (Aboriginal pop is increasing faster than other populations in
the region) Population may increase as people come to the region to work.
expanding into full degrees
NWCC can draw students from a large geographical area.
trades and UC transfer blocks
We have a diverse community (I know diverse is over-used but it applies
nonetheless.) We have a lot of truly intelligent people and staff and faculty who
want to do their best. We live in a great area where we can create opportunities
for unique field schools and outdoor activities.
Greatly expanding first nations population. Over 50% is under the age of 19.
Land claims is opening sustainable resource extraction and offering monies for
Large aboriginal population eager to get quality education. Forecast economic
boom with power and mining developments.
Have a decent science and engineering program to serve the community and
attract some external students (China?) to help supplement and keep running
the programs that the student of the north require in order to get ahead.
Dispell any myths by hiring great instructors.
Looking at course offerings that will complement the business within the area
Smaller, local campuses.
19) What are the external threats NWCC may face in the coming five
years? (for example, competition, declining population,
government policy changes, etc)
What are the external threats NWCC may face in the coming five
years? (for example, competition, declining population, government
policy changes, etc)
If NWCC does not find a way to help people achieve their goals, then it will cease
to be relevant. The lack of funding for the College seems to be a key issue.
Perhaps partnerships and entrepreneurship are part of the solution?
The possible changes that college and university education will see in the coming
years; the closure of many schools due to lack of resources.
External threats would be the population getting less because of work.
population decline, funding changes
NWCC already has competition from UNBC but not much else local, although
people will travel if courses not available. The northern population will increase
as city living becomes more unaffordable and mining and other resource
opportunities open up. What are the future demographics and do we make it our
business to know the trends? Government policy states that they are interested
in improving the education of the aboriginal population as a captive work force
already located here, rather than importing workers from across Canada or other
countries who do not know the language or customs. Therefore, if NWCC can
persuade them to put their money where their mouth is, we can have a viable 5-
year program to graduate x-number of whatever kind of students are in demand
for jobs. NOC and BC Labour websites do have stats on specific areas of demand
and specific jobs in demand, as well as educational qualifications required. A
master list could be compiled of likely suspects and used to support funding
requests and channel students into areas likely to be successful, if related to
their interests as well.
Lack of financial support
Competion is already a problem, not many students coming out of highschool
make NWCC an option at all. And for the older student, there is not enough
variety to suit peoples needs and interests. Its very sad.
The tight budget is obviously a problem for many reasons, including that it can
be a barrier to change. Specifically, new programming requires quite a bit of leg
work, and there needs to be funding for new course development, course and
program restructuring, etc. Money should be earmarked for these purposes.
competition with UNBC
All of the above... Instead of looking at what potential threats might be, why not
look across the country at what other community colleges are doing in similar
-Resource industry fluctuations due to unstable markets - may be training people
for temporary and uncertain jobs -Market recession - people facing greater
financial difficulties and unable to afford to pay tuition costs
-Governement policy changes may be the biggest threat -Technology, if NWCC
does not keep updated
Continued draw of the southern large universities on the academic
student...declining government support of the community college system.
All of the above! Lack of solid funding, government policies that don't support
the community college model, increasing demands with less dollars
Less money from government. Declining population. Not as much disposable
income in the area. People wanting specific training that NWCC can't offer.
Competition from other training facilities ie. UNBC. Technology moving forward
and NWCC can't afford/doesn't have the knowledge to keep up.
lack of funding for programs,, poor community
INAC Policy changes. competition from other institutes such as BCIT, VIU, UNBC,
NVIT, and so forth.
The economic conditions in the NW are and will continue to be a challenge. The
balance should be on ethical and sustainable economic development.
continued competition with Hecate Strait and other agencies offering similar
Lack of funding, lack of enrolment, lack of community support, classrooms and
buildings that are poorly maintained
declining popluation means declining funds available through government
programs that fund per capita... need to identify future business opportunities
and discuss funding required with Employment Canada, Indian Affairs etc so that
business training can be done in preparation for new business start ups.
Not keeping tuned to the islands' needs
I'm more concerned with internal threats - high turnover, lack of funding, lack of
commitment to Haida Gwaii. I'm sure the college is well aware of what the
external threats are.
-stiff competition from other institutes -declining enrollment due to economy
Declining population lack of funding
funding for FN students
COMPETITION FROM OTHER AGENCIES IN THE COMMUNITY.
declining school population
Yes, funding can be a problem. Doing more with less. Defining what people need
and want to learn
Provincial government policy changes
maybe declining population but more interest in getting more education
Population may not dictate need.
economic down turn; lack of government funding; lack of vison and responsve to
the communities; online and distance opportunites from other institution;
demonstrated inability to operatewithn the era of new technologies; not
embracing distance learning;
Government funding staying same and costs increase. Forest industry decline will
continue to hurt the north.
Declining population. High school graduates that are not post-secondary
education material. And those who are, they want to go away for their schooling.
Government cuts to funding. Government really enforcing how many students
are needed to run a class.
Competition from other Colleges that offer more education, than decline in
students, and lay off theachers and next decline in population
poor community involvement, funding
FIRST NATIONS TRAINING PROGRAMS
on line trainings
declining enrolment due to prefering to go to other off island locations for their
post secondary training - Vancouver, Victoria,Nanaimo, etc.
aging population; continuing migration of qualified workers taking most of the
jobs; scarce and limited funding from sr govts for training/education
-government policy changes -a director that has no experience with planning this
specific type of work -lack of funding on provincial/federal level
if they do not offer more programs people will leave to gain the education they
Policy changes can be scary. We expect an increase in demand for education and
upgrading locally -- we need to maintain our momentum in order to be ready
i don't know of any
low funding from outside; internally, strangling of initiatives by red tape/
havanese cream brown
NWCC has strong roots in the communities they operate, and it needs to nurture
those relationships more. Lack of funding for ESWK is of concern, as this is a
much-needed program in our community.
Economic stability of region and costs of education.
if programs and courses are offered, even if the classes aren't full it, proves that
nwcc is supporting its communities, which will in turn encourage people in
declining population to stay in local communities. when programs/courses
keeping be cancelled due to low enrollment, it's like we are giving up on our
communities, so why should people attempt to stay and utilize the expertise and
knowledge that nwcc has to offer
all of the above
Government perspective that learning has to be connected to a job instead of
promoting life-long learning.
Other institutions that may want to deliver similar programs, and a resistance to
Declining population, because more and more community members are moving
to find employment
large FN local population that needs motivation and inspiration to get unstuck
Government policy changes, funding, competition, other industries developing
Student Fee increases.
Definitely government policy changes Not declining population so much as
declining incomes and people's inability to pay for courses.
Budget cuts. A "liberal" government that doesn't really care abotu education but
would sell out our environment without a thought.
Population demograhics may be changing to an older population in many places
but that is the opposite in FN communities. What will that mean for eduaction
needs? If more funding is needed for education don't vote Liberal in the province
or Conserative in federal elections
gov't policy changes, lack of funds
shutting down due to declining enrollment and having to go to Smithers or
Terrace for services
I think the only threat NWCC might have is the Government cutbacks
Government policy changes especially with tuition fees.
I think if they don't expand their programs in the smaller communities they will
lose a lot of potential students attending their schools. More and more people
are just moving to get their education whereas it would be move convenient to
just stay in thier communities if there were many more programs available.
student tuitions and education funding from Bands is not adequate for the
amount of people that want to attend college. Education should be top priority.
Policy and is the GTO is successful with the alternative governance model we as
Gitxsan will suffer dramtically because we are not ready to become self suffient,
who will pay back the 19 million already spent on the lands claims,
competition from other institutions that can meet the demands of our
communities faster than we do. Budgeting from the prov. gov. it is not
necessarily education friendly
Government policy changes Not getting enough government money to be able to
offer students the same services
loss of funding
GOVERNMENT CHANGES E.G., GITXSAN TRYING TO CHANGE FROM BAND
OFFICES WHEN COMMUNITY MEMBERS ARE NOT INTERESTED IN DOING SO
Declining # students lack of financial support from prov.govt.
Goverment changes in Frist Nation Sponcer for programs
Lack of funding. That is why we need to be creative and spend the money we do
have more efficiently.
Competition; if we don't offer it, someone else does or will.
lack of money. as work in the area increases we may have less good students
UNBC? Declining budget.
The apparent government agenda to upgrade institutions to university status and
leave community colleges on the sidelines as second-rate, insignificant
institutions. LACK OF FUNDING.
industry changing, people may not need more training.
Government cut backs - more demands with less money; Also, more competition
- hard for the college to compete with the private sector, as our markup is much
higher then what contractors are charging. They can always under bid us.
on-line competition, size of community hence the needs are broad but shallow
Failure of relationship with UNBC regarding first- and second-year university
course offerings. Devaluing of university education. Irrelavant trades training (we
should build an eco-house, for instance, to train for the "green" economy).
Too many grads from the art school who are still unable to find employment.
Provincial funding models. Competition from online post-secondary educational
Disintegration of services because of competition. We all need to step up to the
Too many jobs - employers hiring people without training. Other colleges/private
training institutions that are quicker to respond to communities needs moving
into the Northwest.
industry sector growth which will draw students away to work without
finishing/taking educational programs. Somehow we must convince industry or
the students that they need the educational background for the jobs...
poor management - ineffective management
competition, declining population, government policy changes reduced,
affordable student housing paucity of summer work for students
Inability to adapt to a rapidly changing world. Losing touch with the real
disinterested community members, lack of industry support, internet webinars,
others beating NWCC to the punch, budgets cut
I don't know enough to have an opinion on this.
Lack of government support in funding
Declining population is a huge external threat as is aging infastructure and lack
of funds to maintain it. Lack of overall funding - for infastructure and programs -
is an external threat. Lack of long term provincial policy is also an issue, eg. The
ASP was for 3 years, we've built relationships but now that is over...now what.
Finally, as First Nations empowerment increases, their desire for self education is
as well. This is a great situation for First Nations but unless we work with them
and follow up on our commitments and meet their training needs, we'll be left
Good job market. Declining population. Lower income can not afford.
Boom in jobs affects student enrolment. If those jobs are not local, declining
population of today's workforce will affect future student enrolment.
Government policy / budgeting, slow acceptance of education technologies that
will move us behind other institutions, competition from UNBC
Increased online learning competition is already lowering prices for Ed2Go
classes, I can take the same Ed2Go class at Richmond College in USA for half the
price NWCC charges and get the same learning outcome
Definately competition, other colleges advertising in our area
Other educational institutions.
I think outside competition is our greatest threat. It takes us a long time to
develop new programs and get them implemented and that opens up the door
for others to get involved.
all of the above as well as funding may be an issue for the way that we want to
provide services in communities. Competition from other institutions who have
aboriginally friendly environments and activities for students.
Lack of funding from gov't
Competition for sure. Industry dictating too much of what we do.
definitely declining northern BIRTH rates (pop is stable or even growing a bit),
government spending on PSE. As a small institution, we really don't have to
luxury to treat staff as teachers and not co-managers in moving us forward -
acknowledging that this process is a great step in the right direction. A failure to
focus on $$$ and not equal attention on increasing student enrollment and
retension (again noting that Irlanda's new duties are a step in the right direction)
UNBC, online education at the school district and private training centers; lack of
funding; lack of support for students who face multiple barriers.
Competition for operating resources. Other institutions are getting smarter. We
have the ability to get smarter FASTER because we're smaller and can make
adjustments with less red tape. Population declines have to be compensated for
by drawing students into the region from across the country. This draws in
capacity which then enhabces the community.
cut budgets, competition, government policy changes
definitely the government; also our population is not just declining, but those
that remain may have fewer opportunities and options. Funding sources have
really dried up for them too.
Definitely competition and declining enrollment when there is greater
employment. But then where there is greater employment, we can use that for
- Declining population in the North. - Gov't policy changes (re: budget.)
Funding cutbacks, global economic crisis
other institutions are able to respond faster
-Potential reduction in funding. -Competition from other agencies filling gaps
where NWCC is slow to respond to community/student needs.
funding cutbacks, declining population. Difficulties inherent in accessing
distributed learning (although there are also some advantages)
yes competition for smaller numbers of Grade 12 grads and increaing pressure
from governments to be more efficient
outsiders are better educated and will take the jobs lack of funds
CNC and other similar institutions doing a better job in their communities at
connecting with and soliciting community members to enroll.
Very rapid changing economic situation, change in population
lack of funding for learners ; governments lack of concern about educational
benefits to youth
Competition: Most Colleges/Universities go ahead and invest in
development/revamping of programs in order to be up todate and attract
international students. The World is getting smaller!
all mentioned pressure for financial accountability
One threat is real right now, IE: ACA funding cuts by 80%.
Migrating population to find work. Industry getting an upper hand of NWCC
priorities and mandate.
Overall migration to cities is a threat, which may be offset by a growing regional
economy. Also, improved technology will be an increasing issue as some
potential local students will access program "from away" through online
Government funding cuts, competition from other post-secondary institutions
lack of funding from the provincial government
Definitely competition. Students not being able to acess funding. Rising costs of
transit affecting enrollment.
Funding sources continue to not keep pace to rising costs. Lack of funding to
maintain our infrastructure from external funding sources.
perceptions, funding, explosion of smaller colleges becoming universities,
unnecessary rigidity by other institutions re transfer credits
Government funding cut backs.
lack of professional marketing and recruitment
Underfunding, and because of that we might court private funders who will try to
control what we provide.
Government policy changes. Our region is not a priority. NWCC will have to be
nimble and creative to meets the needs of our communities.
Government policy changes towards funding of post-secondary educaction, lack
of provincial recognition of the geography of our area, distance from power
centres, competition for students.
Funding from government. World economic situation
cutbacks of programs and online courses offered by bigger institutions.
Government funding is on the decline and the challenge is to raise capital for
new facilities especially Terrace. How would NWCC not make it without using the
government to fund every project?
20) What makes NWCC different from other post-secondary
What makes NWCC different from other post-secondary institutions?
NWCC is here in our communities in the North working to make a difference. For
that they should be commended. Other large institutions are far away and
pursuing their own agendas.
Location and local
Exceptional traditions of offering vocational education from way back, adapting
to new realities, embracing the north and its distinctiveness, including aboriginal
needs, willing to change and grow, interested and involved in the surrounding
communities, self-evaluation and open to new ideas, committed faculty and staff
to goals and vision.
availability, lowered cost, community based and focus
Offers hardly any courses at all.
Its small size offers the opportunity for great relationships amongst students,
staff, faculty and community members. These relationships, in turn, allow for
creative course offerings, practical projects and research, placements, etc.
It's location in the northwest
-Small and accessible
The First Nations content to their programs, very respectful and their abiltiy to
view remote courses for areas in which students do not fill programs
Its First Nations connections make it truly Northwest ... and its Campus system
in so many small locations with a critical core (Terrace) relatively accessible to
outlying NW communities.
Strong focus on being community centred and driven, literacy focus, responsive,
I believe we need choices. Meaning it would be great to have a second choice to
the professors. For instance having more than 1 psychology prof.
Cheaper. Flexible in terms of trying to offer students the courses they need to
get the certifications they need/want. Very involved in community. Focus on
Aboriginal relations and programs. Lots of campuses in lots of places = all a little
bit different. Lots of outdoor education. No research by faculty.
It's closer to our community.
I guess the simple answer is that we care about the success of individual
students and our communities for more reasons than the revenue they bring in.
rural locations and offerings in aboriginal content
They are receptive to input from the community
size of class
smaller classes are great for students to receive more personalized attention
from instructors. bigger education facilities don't have the time or resources to
look out for students needing a bit more help.
they are accessible and local
Locations in aboriginal and northern rural communities, smaller classes - build on
those to attract outside students to augment the smaller numbers of local
The fact that you are seeking community input. And, that you are active in so
More accessible and user friendly
goes to small isolated communities
Local! and ken has big bubbles
truly a northern institute & accommodates the needs
Right now it is different in that it is slow to incooperate advanced technologies
for learning; it is different in that it is searching for an identity and niche
Only recognizable college in area. Aboriginal focus. Tuition lowest in province on
average. Personal attention to students as compared to larger schools.
Staff is truly helpful. It really makes a difference.
IT is not big, it is small.
UNBC satalite campus
more community based, more accessible to "average" students
more flexible, adaptable and creative.
it is geared specifically for aboriginal learners but welcomes all types
the instructors are great, helpful, and personable. i have gone to other schools
and have not felt this.
so inclusive so open so willing to respond to student demand for programs
its right here in our hometown, OR programs in other towns are close enough to
come home on the weekends!!
(speaking for Rupert) remarkable inclusiveness, colour blindness, support for
students in school matters and beyond
our location, our significant aboriginal heritage, our opportunities to develop
unique programming, our smaller classes and instructional expertise with
incredible experiences a student could not possibly receive in a larger institution
location-cost-educators-size of class rooms/intake-caring-can adapt to new
situations easier then bigger institutions-
I think the fact that the NWCC is in many communities, which makes them more
Smaller, everybody knows everybody
it is local
Programs are offered locally; It is small enough for students to develop skills and
knowledge to lead to higher learning
It molds the courses to fit the students
It is community based and tries to answer the needs of this specific community.
It is small(in Hazelton).
Hopefully NWCC will listen closer and pay more then lip service to what the
people of your area tell you.
smaller, gives one the sense of community.
It is personal, small, attention to individual needs of students.
More environmentally friendly
Local and focus on community. Provide a lot of local programs such as first
NWCC is very student friendly...realize the differences in learning levels and can
adjust programs to suit these needs.
beening so close to home.
Uniqueness and flexability
Its got a variety of courses/classes but still has a home town feel
it's in my community
THEY GO TO SMALL COMMUNITIES
First nation participation
its close to home and doo not have travel far away
Personal touch. Small town feel.
Offers less, demands more from it's students and not in good way, that is, less
or outdated facilities and technologies mean students must work harder, put up
with more problems. When students complete and faced with the real world,
they must relearn updated technologies. And, anything extraordinary has high
further away from where the money is.
It offers a great variety of programs. Small. Inexpensive. A beautiful, culturally
Our cultural make-up (large First Nation population), geographic spread, highly
depressed local economies.
Students come first - without students we would not be here. We treat them
with respect, and try our best to help them succeed with the path that they have
small, individual attention,
Samll town - intimate - both good
location; large population of Aboriginal Peoples
From the view of university faculty, a strong union that has been able to
maintain a viable program despite frequently shifting administrations and their
hostility and incomprehension. Otherwise, we are as good as any other
institution in access, support, and quality of teachers. We do, however, face
more student poverty and under-preparation than do other colleges.
The Freda Diesing Art School, Field Schools, Community Campuses.
Heart, character, our people.
location location location we can service so many communities, lets get out there
and work together to promote the College.
Small organization. Embraces Aboriginal culture. Caring staff. Takes risks such as
camp based training - not afraid trying something new.
First Nations content
student centered and empathy for students to ensure they are successful.
Unfortunately it is not sufficiently different except it has a lamer web site.
For people in the NW, it is in the NW. Nice to have a partnership with UNBC for
Lower tuition is very meaningful.
Home advantage, local people doing the instruction, some courses tailored to
needs better than other institutions can do. Local staff really do care and do an
excellent job in spite of lack of support from Terrace
The effort NWCC puts toward providing culturally diverse education and
providing education that meets the needs of a significant first nations population.
NWCC serves the community
Our northwestern BC location and size. Our ability to work in a region which is an
entire outdoor classroom.
Decreased tuitin fees.
We are small in comparison and are viewed as being approachable and inclusive.
Smaller institutions are better positioned to listen to and respond to educational
The ability to innovate and adapt programs to regional requirements ... this has
been failing lately.
Access to local environment and industries
Its culture and move towards more aboriginal offerings as this is a highly
populated region for this culture.
Smaller community of people, welcoming, less intimidating. located in the
communities where people live and work
We are in a big geographical region and we have good relationships with all of
the communities in the regions. This allows us to be able to have communication
with them and provide services they are looking for.
I believe their commitment to make change to support aboriginal students, the
smaller classes to support student success, their lower tuition costs and the
quality of education being provided.
It is responsive to its demographics, placing a just emphasis on inclusive learning
We are small enough to know our students by name. We are personal, someone
picks up the phone when it rings. We know each other. I hope that we are
flexible,able to meet the changing needs of our students.
small, north, 7 campuses, ability to react very quickly
Small class sizes; relationships with students/staff
Currently: we have less resources (labs, equipment, applied research and other
projects to engage students into, etc.). On the other hand we have smaller
classes so we offer more individual attention to students.
The mission of this college is to be multi cultural and community centred making
it one of the most approachable and flexible colleges in the province. Because it
is the only college in this corner of British Columbia it is an institution of hope
and a gateway to the world for many of our remote citizens.
our First Nations students are what make us unique and is the greatest gift and
resource--but also is a great challenge for us to serve them better.
NWCC is fluid in that we reach out to companies and the communities and we try
to accommodate what is needed in business and industry.
Being that it is smaller than many post-secondary institutions, I think that the
staff and faculty at NWCC are more accountable to our students. I think, for the
most part, that we go the extra mile to help our students succeed.
Nothing,that is why we need to be more aggressive to keep attracting students
and providing the best education possible. (Although it is being done elsewhere
Freida Diesing helps to make it somewhat unique.)
At its best, NWCC can offer educational content that really matters to the lives of
students and not merely conforms to outdated educational models
spread out over a large region, each campus has different needs,
Because we're a smaller institution, students potentially benefit in terms of
instructor attention, feedback and interpersonal communication.
Because of NWCC's spectacular geographic location, spring and summer field
schools and camps, in various disciplines seem popular and more should be
High number of First Nations students and service area including high numbers
of First Nations communities
is size focus is too narrow
Relationship with First Nations
The great teachers and staff and their motivation; smaller class sizes.
smaller classrooms; instructors with external business experiences related to
their instructional field; location;
Closeness to the market.
great number of aboriginal students and service to diverse First Nations
Strong ties to first nations, a quality to be admired.
rural remote or local. NWCC embraceses the aboriginal culture..we are a small
campus, with more opportunities for one-on-one with instructors.
It's small sized campuses, responding to local needs; it's first nations population;
and it's beautiful locales.
NWCC serves a large area (Northwest) and strives to make all communities
The Field Schools.
lower tuition fees.
No waiting lists for programs Tuition fees are reasoable There is a residence for
students that is reasonable
it's local, it's northern-minded and local in its focus, it has some really great
I believe NWCC is truely interested in the student and their success.
lack of commitment to programs, micro-management
We are small enough to know each of our students and to connect with them as
individuals. We have a large First Nations population that enriches our culture.
Local staff and instructors that go the extra mile to ensure student success. Good
value for money, especially when you are able to offer a local program.
Our geographic region, with stunning natural beauty, unique geography and
vibrant First Nations cultures, and the way we reflect, promote and incorporate
these features into our programming and infrastructure.
Our location and that we serve a group of students that no one else does
It caters to aboriginals.
NWCC has adapted to the local needs, and people (first nations)includes
everyone and sees the opportunities.
21) In addition to the topics you previously identified, are there any
other ideas you think NWCC should be pursuing in its priority
In addition to the topics you previously identified, are there any other
ideas you think NWCC should be pursuing in its priority planning?
NWCC should take up the cause of aboriginal language, and seek to bring the
different local language authorities into the college.
The need for Career and College Prep in our areas.
Need to get information out to the public quickly
Everything else is secondary and should come along if industry and jobs are
The development director should include foundations in his research for new
sources of funding, as many have a category for aboriginal programs or
marginalized people. International students can be sought for the field schools
for example, take advantage of their unique programs and our incredible setting
to obtain credits, properly marketed and publicized, i.e. a huge interest in
wildlife, wilderness and all things aboriginal in Europe and Asia. Try to get some
kind of consistent funding so you don't keep losing good staff due to programs
being underfunded or abandoned, which also damages NWCC reputation in the
community (now a program is offered, blink and it is not).
Having a resource person who might work as a liason with the community for
academic advising, advertising, and simple resourcing to engage people who
have fear around post secondary education.
Get a surveys out in the community to as many people as possible, businesses,
highschool students (especially)..and see what courses people want to see or
would take if you brought it to our area.
Remember its the students, programs and faculity that make a college. Have
strong programs and faculty and you will have students
Consider creative and active ways to partner with: . Northern Savings Credit
Union (who have great interest in, and have strongly supported, the need for
daycare - which won't happen without ECE) .Haida Gwaii Higher Education
Society .School District 50 .Skidegate and Old Masset Band Councils .The Gwaii
Trust .Misty Isles Economic Development Society .Literacy Haida Gwaii
- Focus on Indigenous issues and courses, these issues are going to continue to
become more prominent in this area
Full undergrad abilities to all Universities in BC and Canada. This will give young
students the ability to stay home with family for the first 2 years before being
implemented into the full university degrees.
In the early days of the NWCC, people scheduled community use of your
classrooms, library etc. for day and after-hours meetings ... this drew the
community as a whole into a close(r) relationship with the College. This has been
lost in the past couple of decades.
Having fully qualified educators in the right fields. Just because you are a
registered nurse does not make you a good choice for a teacher on Biology in
the Nursing program. Or changing instructors part way through semester
because they realize they are not qualified for position.
Staff cohesion. Connecting with schools and organization inside and outside of
region in order to learn from their success. Better website = so confusing!
For programs that require short term certs, make the required short term cert a
part of the program so that the tuition/books and fees can be covered as not all
Bands can cover these fees as per INAC guidelines. For example, for Culinary
Arts, make OFAL1 & Food Safe L1 a part of the program and include those costs
in the tuition. Culinary Arts Tuition $......(but do not directly say OFAL1 & Food
Safe L1 on the invoice). Include the CCP required courses as part of the
programs as there is a one year limit for CCP...and again...include the cost in the
invoice, but do not state CCP on it.
Bring training here that will help people get jobs! Wilderness first aid, food safe,
forestry training, boating, fishing, emergency training, online courses, driving,
computers. Talk to the employers! Talk to the high schools!
None that I could think of at this time
Liase with Employment Canada to see what the projected jobs will be for the
Partnerships, community liaison, fundraising, innovative learning. Carpentry
courses that build eco-adventure camps or tree canopy walks, youth centres, etc.
Community ec dev courses that actually do community beautification projects
and then track what difference the projects make in terms of tourism, etc.;
staying abreast of computer technology in the classrooms - IPAD labs, etc.;
emphasizing the word COMMUNITY and really embracing that - getting students
engaged in all aspects of community initiatives and development & having the
courses reflect that commitment to the community.
forestry & marine program that can be offered on island
As a member of this community not informed for my age 67
INVITE OTHER COMMUNITY MEMBERS TO GET INVOLVED.PERHAPS PARENTS
OR OTHER CIVIC MINDED INDIVDUALS.
Short - week, 2 week long courses covering _______ of topics. Academic to
business, family life, addictions, health
Partner w/ organizations. offer dual credits for high school kids. Tap into new
technology. Distance courses. I like the brochure rack at the museum. glad
you're at the helm Ken.
be more visible @ community sessions/events; cost share with _____
How to provide adequate services and programming to smaller campusees
No, but reinforce community based training, focus on Aboriginal communities for
partnerships and increased FTEs, and health care programs. 6 of 10 of the most
in demand positions in the country are health care, 3 of 10 are in technology and
1 is in civil engineering according to Maclean's magazine
Develop more online and distance courses to serve the scattered population in
the Northwest. Offer 300- and 400-level University Transfer courses. While I
understand your efforts to accomodate First Nations students and include their
culture in the programs, remember that white people are people too...and we
are your biggest market, honestly. Stop alienating us. Really.
Please contact Northern Health Autority and the local politician, and togheter you
support the future for next generation
NWCC should be moving forward and pursuing funding through industry. NWCC
ECE DO NOT ADMIT FIRST NATIONS TRAINING ON EQUAL LEVEL
Identify and educate for keeping residents in the north.
-trying to be less isolated from the other campuses by having more frequent
visits to smaller communities -hiring a knowledgeable, trained and experienced
director of education that can work with people rather than isolate the
listen to the students that want more from this college.
Yes -- I'll send a letter
Flatten organization & professionalize management; think about ways of tapping
potential of current NWCC employees; ways of working together with other post-
eris c johnson
I see a real need for expansion into the arts.
develop possible co-op and work experience for BADM and other programs
students, help students connect with potential employers, and STOP cancelling
programs and courses a week or two before they are scheduled to start - it's
ridiculous and disrespectful to the people in our communities
Note: in your survey page 2 (strongly agree, etc), there should be an option for
N/A if not enough knowledge to answer the question
-A needs assessment of communities needs to be done. Speak with businesses
see what they are needing. -Build partnerships in the community, what kind of
training can you offer that these businesses are needing. Real, tangible training.
-Build on the long term where students can come out with a degree locally. -
Have advisors that truly advise and give guidance opossed to what you currently
I think creating training were people can develope skills in more fields, so that
they are more diversified, and not relying on one specific trade or skill.
there is such division in the northwest amongst native and non-native...need to
target diversity, getting along, being good neighbours, caring and strengths
Focusing on future needs and requirements for students to succeed. Build on
community engagement and planning or link with other organizations focused on
youth and learning.
Be politically active in order to bring the North to more public prominence
NWCC should offer courses that are not necessarily cost recovery. Many course
are too expensive for the average person in this community.
A shorter survey.
continue Elders' College activities.
offer more short term courses, such as photography, computer classes such as
Point of Sale, excel, acpac, programs the businesses are using
Meet and greet communities to inform them of programs/courses offered.
have programs in the evening for people that cannot stop working but would like
to further their education and get the diplomas through online or one on one
evening courses. Sociology, psychology, first nations study, counselling courses,
not at this time.
New funding options so smaller scale campuses can be enlarged so they can
offer a wider variety of courses then the ones they currently offer.
I DON'T KNOW
management of what is started to day
I truly believe in the smaller centers, becoming more creative with the job
positions/titles. We should be trying to use employees talents to the college's
advantage which could save money on traveling regional positions that can not
always be effective based on their limited time at the campus they have traveled
to. Perhaps you hire on full time staff member and have them take on more than
one title, rather than a bunch of part time people doing one job. For example,
why couldn't one person fill the role of advising, campus principal, first nations
support in the smaller campuses? That one full time employee could be effective
in all three positions, because they would have more flexibility with their hours,
additionally, the job positions advertised may become more attractive if they
were advertised as a full time position. Hence more competition, a better range
Focus on quality ps education, students and not try to be everything to
make the place look better ...... paint in the trades building, more yard
A new library?
more partnerships to offer a wider range of programs
Would be nice to expand the smaller campuses, so that they can offer more
training locally. Space is limited; and renting space is not feasible. It's hard on
families when they have to move away from home to take training... no support
system available to them, and many drop out due to pressures of course load,
lonliness, financial situation, etc. If they could take the training in their home
community, they would have family/community support to help them cope.
Elder in Residence at each campus.
Joining with Hecate Strait instead of splintering CE courses
Community Economic Development and playing a role in community cluster
External review of operations, from administration to teachers, with analysis of
budget allocations, to determine viability of distribution. Objective would be to
direct funds to maintaining both pertinent trades training and university access.
More focus on basic adult education for First Nations students who are still
pushed through the school system but don't have the basic skills to succeed in
the post-secondary education system.
Need to create an atmosphere of respect, caring, and trust among all faculty,
staff, unions, students and other groups across all campuses. All need to share
the same vision of what college will be.
Thinking outside of the box and the box is big. All employees need to care more
about students than the jobs they hold at the present moment. Without the
numbers of students we would not have a job.
More use of video conferencing to offer UNBC courses/programs in all
NWCC should recruit new students via outreach
Dream big, be realistic, knock down stupid road blocks.
get out into community to see what community,business and industry needs are.
In 20 years not one person has ever contacted us to see what our staff of 15
might need in terms of training and courses.
Consider offering certificate training in for the forest industry. Although cyclic,
the forestry industry remains an important economic driver in BC and is currently
on another upswing. We should be offering the following training: log scaling,
silviculture surveying, danger tree assessment, electroshocking, stream
classification, layout and timber cruising.
Improve staff morale, provide ongoing staff training
I just think that we need to work on our link to Industry and our Communities
we serve and work into partnerships to train workers.
I think that we definitely need to focus on providing activities that support
aboriginal students in a more positive way. I don't believe that we should
segregate students but we need to have a family environment for them where
they can build a new family support in their education journey.
I think that answers to a few questions (i.e. what do we want to do about
International students) will emerge from this process.
Would be good to see the higher levels of management aggressively pursuing
significant partnerships; so departments are chasing management's lead, rather
than trying to drag them ahead... (i mean that respectfully...)
The Priority Planning exercise seems to be "just the ticket" for these
communities, giving every one an opportunity to be heard as well as listened to.
we should be figuring out how to support curricumlum initiatives AND to support
existing curriculum to ensure it stays current, relevant, and of highest quality.
I think the changes with priority planning, including all of the communities is a
terrific start. Hearing what the communities are needing is a huge step to the
success of the students and the college.
Offering 4-year degree options at the PR campus (in partnership with UNBC?). I
think it's important to provide feedback and updates once priority plans are
chosen and implemented.
Connect with highschool students, their parents and their teachers to
demonstrate to students who intend to pursue post secondary education
(especially UC) the quality of NWCC's offerings and the advantages of pursuing
further education close to home. An open house demonstration might help, as
well as videos, campus specific. Also instructors making presentations to high
school students. General note: It is critical that when new courses are planned or
are implemented at a different campus, that neccessary resources, library and
other materials, are made available before the start of these courses, and that
the instructors have what they need and don't have to scramble for it at the
beginning of (or all the way through) the courses. Because of NWCC's
spectacular geographic location, spring and summer field schools in various
disciplines seem popular and more should be explored, as mentioned above.
Eventually rebuilding Terrace campus - start with dorms!
Provide enough resources for campuses to do their work effectively and in line
with individual community expectations
sourcing out funding through ongoing trusts from benefactors
My children and many others have suffered from the lack of course
transferability when transferring to other institutions - this appears to be a
common complaint in our community - Nwcc should ensure that courses transfer
to other institutions and clearly state this on outlines and refer students to
BCCATTA. It is unethical to change course numbers and offer similar content
none of which transfers to other institutions - ie Anthro field courses! It seems
faculty promotes all their courses as transferable?
In the more remote campuses we need to do more outreach..particularly here in
Hazelton..as transportation is a huge barrier for many..we must work with and
bring the courses to the more remote villages.
Where possible, consideration must be given to other important student
supports. In our community these include transportation and childcare primarily.
Not that I can think of at the moment. There are probably many ideas though!
just focus on full summer semesters
beef up the Continuing Ed courses and make them more attractive to better
calibre tachers - the pay scale is low and the hours alotted for prep are so few,
that few peopl are interested in teaching the courses and the quality and
Nothing comes to mind.
All colleges in the north should combine to form one "Northern" college, reduce
management and increase program delivery in all communities
Get rid of the BI-cultural garbage. We have people from different communities
with different cultural practices. We also have students, staff and faculty from
different countries and cultures -BI is divisive and excludes too many.
You need to pursue outside funding to make programs work in rural areas.
Working with community partners (assisting already busy administrators to write
proposals, etc.) is the most efficient way of doing this.
Just to restate that I think we should pursue attracting foreign students to set an
international environment where all student can benefit from each others
experiences and to boost the numbers in the programs that are needed by the
people in our community but may currently have low numbers.
NWCC has to progressive with their adaptiveness to changing economics, plan
for the future needs.
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