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Students celebrate skills milestone
Four complete career advancement program in Fort Simpson

Roxanna Thompson
Northern News Services
Published Thursday, January 9, 2014

The achievements of four adult students in Fort Simpson were celebrated at Aurora College last month.

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Elaine Harris, left, a community adult educator, presents Russell Hardisty with a record of participation on Dec. 19, for completing the essential work skills program at Aurora College in Fort Simpson. - Roxanna Thompson/NNSL photo

The college held a celebratory luncheon and ceremony on Dec. 19 for Bobby Cazon, Jordan Isaiah, Lance Hardisty and Russell Hardisty, who all completed the essential work skills program.

Community adult educator Elaine Harris presented each of the students with a certificate signifying their participation in the program.

"It's been a pleasure to work with those guys. They've been really fun," said Harris.

The essential work skills program is designed to develop skills that will help participants become employed.

Between the end of September and Dec. 20, the students covered basic computer skills, resume and cover letter writing and how to conduct job searches. They also worked on communication, numeracy and team and confidence building.

Cazon said the program helped improve his math, reading and other essential skills.

He enjoyed the outings outside of the classroom that were part of the course, and creating a digital story project that traced the students' experiences during the course. The project was shown at the ceremony.

Cazon, who will be returning to adult basic education at the college in February, said he hopes to secure a job as a result of the program.

For Lance Hardisty, the best part of the course was the two-day camping trip to a cabin outside of the community that concluded the program. Learning more computer skills was also enjoyable, he said.

Hardisty received a special certificate during the ceremony to mark his perfect attendance during the course. Hardisty said he thinks the course has definitely made him more employable.

The four students were all engaged in the course, said Harris. Six students started in September, but only these four completed the program.

"They all did very well," she said.

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