Thursday, August 1st, 2013

North Island College Receiving Aboriginal Service Plan Funding

Aboriginal Students

Funds received from the Aboriginal Services Plan will bolster programs and services for the College’s aboriginal students.

North Island College is among eleven post-secondary institutions that will receive part of a total $4.4 million the B.C. government through its Aboriginal Service Plan.

North Island College will receive $267,639 in funding that will support ongoing activities to support Aboriginal post-secondary education, training and employment goals.

“Funding provided via the Aboriginal Service Plan supports expanded programming and services specifically designed to promote the success of Aboriginal students,” says Vivian Hermansen, North Island College Director of Aboriginal Education. “It also allows the college to partner with Aboriginal communities to address local education and training needs on-site, within their communities, while recognizing and delivering programming within the context of Indigenous history and culture.”

North Island College, situated on Northern Vancouver Island, has campuses in Campbell River, Comox Valley, Port Alberni and Mount Waddington.  It also serves students on the BC mainland coast from Desolation Sound to Klemtu.

“It’s important to provide training and education specific to Aboriginal students’ culture at North Island College,” says Don McRae, MLA for Comox Valley. “Funding for these culture-specific programs will increase student enrolment and prepare more young people for jobs across the Comox Valley.”

Camosun College, Capilano University, and Thompson Rivers University are also among the eleven institutions receiving ASP funding.

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Jerri Carson
Author: Jerri Carson
Jerri is a graduate of the University of Victoria.  She teaches primary music and choir at SD61 in Victoria, B.C.  
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