On Friday, August 10, the Indigenous Careers Explorers Academy celebrated the successful completion of 10 students in the intensive, five-week program. Northern Lakes College (NLC), in partnership with CAREERS: The Next Generation and Shell Canada, hosted the camp from July 9 – August 10 at the NLC Campus in Slave Lake.
Open to Métis and First Nations youth, the program focused on the development of employability and personal skills, and included a one-month job placement. Students lived at NLC’s Mouallem Student Residence for the duration of the program, preparing communal meals and sharing housekeeping responsibilities. During the first week of the program, students collaboratively developed a Code of Conduct, which focused on the values of accountability, flexibility, integrity, quality, respect, and teamwork. For every 25 hours of on-the-job experience, students were eligible for one Work Experience credit that can be used towards an Alberta High School Diploma. Personal skills were developed in the classroom, on the job, and during evening group events such as drum-making.
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