Put the community into NWCC

  • Aug. 22, 2011 7:00 a.m.

Submitted by Dr. Ken Leslie, NWCC–This fall, Northwest Community College (NWCC) will be hosting a series of community engagement meetings across NWCC’s vast service area, which ranges from Houston to Haida Gwaii. The “Together This Way Forward” Priority Planning Process will help set the college’s direction for the next five years. Three community forums are scheduled on Haida Gwaii: one in Old Massett on October 3, one in Port Clements on October 4, and one in Skidegate on October 5. NWCC President Dr. Denise Henning is scheduled to come to the island to chair these forums. Each will run from morning through to late afternoon, and will include discussion about the post-secondary educational needs of the community, lunch, and a giveaway. All participants will be eligible to win one of two Apple iPads to be drawn for at the end of the college-wide planning activity. The process is designed to be fun and engaging.The “Together This Way Forward” Priority Planning Process is meant to give community members, including NWCC students, alumni, educators, potential students, parents, industry partners, and community partners, an opportunity to share their perspective and ideas on how the college can better meet the educational needs of the community, and what priorities the college should be focusing on over the next five years.I’d like to invite everyone on Haida Gwaii to come to participate in this process. If you are unable to attend, you can still participate via an online survey (details tba). Please come and share your perspectives on how to make the college a more vibrant and effective institution here on Haida Gwaii.