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14TuesdayMarch12201313032MM0Thisexperienceopenedoureyestodierentculturesandgaveustheopportunitytobuildfriendshipswithstudentsfromaroundtheworldglobalcitizenswhotakeanactiveroleininternationalaairs.ElyseGlorSecond-yearBachelorofArtsstudentInmid-JanuaryElyseGlorandateamofMacEwanUniversitystudentsvisitedtheGalapagosIslandsaspartoftheNationalModelUNLatinAmericaconference.TheyparticipatedinUNcommitteesimulationsalongsidestudentsfromotheruniversitiesinCanadatheUnitedStatesEuropeandLatinAmerica.Buttheexperiencedidntendthere.ItwentbeyondtheconferencetakingthestudentstotheGalapagosIslandsculturalandenvironmentalsites.Takingfulladvantageoftheopportunitytheyalsomadetimetohelpoutinanumberofcommunityserviceactivitiessuchasbeachcleaningreforestationandtrailmaintenance.TotopoffanamazingweekofextraordinarylearningexperiencesthestudentsreceivedtheOutstandingDelegationAwardatthemodelUNconference.Weallfeelveryfortunatetohavetheopportunitytoparticipateinsuchahigh-qualityconferenceatsuchauniquevenuesaysElyse.Weareanengageduniversitythatencouragesmeaningfulconnectionsbetweenstudentsfacultystaandtheworldaroundus.LearnmoreaboutstudyabroadopportunitiesatMacEwan.caInternational.pathwaystoopportunityeducationspecialsectionForestrycoursebringscareersintoclassroomDiamondJennessrstinNWTtoofferhighschoolforestrytrainingByMEAGANWOHLBERGHayRiversburgeoningbio-massindustryhasteamedupwithDiamondJennessschooltohelphighschoolstudentstakeadvantageofemergingjobopportunitiesinthesectorthroughanewpilotforestrycoursethatbeganFeb.1.OfferedtostudentsinGrades10-12thecourseaimstointro-ducestudentstothecareerop-portunitiesavailablethroughforestryandgivethemsomepreliminaryexperienceintheeldincasetheydecidetopur-sueitatthepostsecondarylevel.WhywedecidedtoofferthiscoursehasalottodowiththelocaleconomyTimBor-chukviceprincipalatDJSStoldTheJournal.Everyindi-cationhasbeengiventousthatwehaveanewpelletplantcom-ingtotown...andwewantedtokeepasmanypeoplefromhereemployedaspossible.Borchuksaidlocalentrepre-neurBradMapeswhoiscur-rentlyintheprocessofbuildingawoodpelletmanufacturingplanttosupplytheHayRiverareaandbeyondwithbiomassheatingsuppliesapproachedtheschoolaboutayearagowiththeideatotrainyouthforforestryjobsinthecommunity.Theschoolimmediatelyjumpedonboard.TeamingupwiththeWood-landOperationsLearningFoundationWOLFinSlaveLakeAlbertaalongwiththeAlbertaDistanceLearningCentreinEdmontonthehighschoolhasputtogetherave-modulecoursethattakesstu-dentsthroughthesocialeco-nomicenvironmentalandcul-turalsignicanceofforests.Throughoutthesemesterguestspeakersfromtheindus-tryanditsoffshootsaresched-uledtopresentandtentativeeldtripswiththedepartmentofEnvironmentandNaturalResourcesforestmanagementdivisionareintheworks.Di-amondJennessisalsohopingtocoordinateaforestrycampwiththeFortVermilionschooldivisionthisspring.Studentswillalsobegivenaccesstotechnologyallowingthemtouseasimulatedfellerbuncherandharvestertogetafeelforworkingonthegroundwhileintheclassroomwiththehelpofinstructorsfromtheforestryindustry.InstructorJ.J.Hirstsaidwhilethetwo-creditcoursewontqualifystudentstonec-essarilyentertheindustrystraightawayitisdesignedtogetstudentsthinkingaboutwhattheymightbeinterestedindoingafterschool.Themainpurposeoftheprogramistoexposestudentstodifferentcareersinforestry-notjusttheharvestingas-pectbutallavailableandre-latedoccupationsthatgowithforestryhesaid.WhenwetalkedtothekidsintherstclassmostofthemthoughtforestryisaboutdrivingaCAT.Theydontunderstandtheotherimportantjobsthatgowithit.Sohopefullythissparksaninterestinthem.Hirstsaidthepilotprojecthasreceivedanincredibleamountofsupportfromthedistricted-ucationauthoritytheschooldivisionandthecommunityinthehopethatstudentswillstickaroundaftergraduating.Everyonesonboardwiththishesaid.WewanttogivethekidsachancetoseewhatjobsareavailabletothemsowhentheyleaveourschooltheycanworkinHayRiverandhaveacareertolookforwardto.WewantourkidstoseeHayRiverisagoodplacetobe.PhotoJ.J.HirstDiamondJennessrstforestryclasscountstheringsofdifferenttypesoftreestodeterminetheirages.