Master of Ceremonies Simona Baker welcomed everyone who came out to recognize the achievements of the 11 students who completed the program. Graduates were led into the ceremony with a traditional drum dance by Arctic College student Rene Aggark, who himself just recently returned from Cambridge Bay where he is a student in the Human Services program.
Arctic College Board of Governors representative Martha Main addressed the graduates and commended them for making the personal choice to pursue their College education.
"There is such a variety of choices. So many courses available. So many paths that you can follow using Nunavut Arctic College courses and programs," she said. "You should be very proud of yourselves. We're all proud," she said. "And from the Nunavut Arctic College Board of Governors I offer to each one of you, sincere congratulations and best wishes for the future."
"It's the goal of Nunavut Arctic College to bring learning as close to home as possible for students," said Linda Pemik, the College's Director of Academic Affairs.
Noting the increasing number of jobs and employment opportunities available in Nunavut's growing mineral exploration and mining sectors, Arviat Mayor Bob Leonard encouraged the graduates to continue pursuing their post-secondary education.
"I think for the first time in about 30 years since the death of the fur industry, we have a chance here in the Kivalliq region to have a real economy," he said. "Continue on and get more education so that you can come back and help us grow this great territory that we are building."
Congratulations to Office Administration Certificate graduates Rachel Aggark, Emilia Ahmak, Roseanna Alareak, Nathan Amarudjuak, Stephanie Gibbons, Sonia Hodge, Mary Isluanik, Matthew Isumatarjuak, Charlotte Kuksuk, Mary Nibgorski and Florentine Voisey. Recognition of Achievement certificates were also presented to Lorena Gibbons and Sarah Iblauk.
The College also recognized the support of local Elders. Awards of appreciation were presented to Elders Louis Angalik, Rhoda Karetak and Donald Uluadluak for their dedication and contributions to incorporating Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit and culture in the classroom.
The award for Outstanding Academic Achievement was presented to Nathan Amarudjuak. Graduate Mary Isluanik was presented with the award for Best Student Attendance and Stephanie Gibbons was recognized as the student who showed the most improvement.
After the ceremony was over, attendees were treated to a special reception prepared by the graduates and their families.
What is the Office Administration Program?
The Office Administration program is an ideal program for those who would like to embark on a career in office administration.
It provides students with the opportunity to acquire the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to enter employment as secretaries, administrative assistants, typists, receptionists, word processors, finance clerks, data-entry clerks and other administrative support positions. The Diploma in Office Administration leads to careers as Executive Secretaries or Administrative assistants in the public and private sectors.
Programs and Courses at the Arviat Community Learning Centre starting this fall:
- Introductory Mine Training: starts September 2010
- Pre-Employment: starts September 2010
- Camp Cook: starts September 2010
- Fur Production and Design (Traditional): starts in September 2010
- Mineral Exploration Field Assistant: starts in January 2011
Don’t wait! Space is limited! Apply today!
If you’re interested in studying at Nunavut Arctic College in Arviat this fall, come and visit your local College campus or Community Learning Centre. You can also find more information about the programs and courses offered in your community by calling the Registrar’s office toll-free at 1-866-979-7222, or by visiting the College’s web site at www.arcticcollege.ca. The deadline for applications is July 15.