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Tuesday September 8 2015 11 Many families schools and communities feel excitement and hope at the beginning of a new school year anticipating the continued journey of learning and growing together. There is also excitement because education in the north is changing. The Department of Education Culture and Employment has heard you tell us to nd ways to strengthen wellness culture and identity in schools as critical starting points for change to take place. Through NWT Education Renewal we are making changes to improve school environments and achieve better results for students. We must all work together with a shared vision to strengthen our students families and communities. Every student is different and with your help and continued feedback we can renew an education system that will ensure every student succeeds. Students and School Staff Honourable Jackson Lafferty Minister Department of Education Culture and Employment WELCOME BACK Early Childhood Development Scholarships More information is available online at or check out our Facebook page at Facebook.comNWTRightFromTheStart or contact the Early Childhood Development Intern Paige Scott 867 920-6330 Considering a career in Early Childhood Development in the NWT Have you been accepted into a full-time diploma or degree program for the 2015-2016 school year Then apply today for the 5000 Right from the Start Early Childhood Development Scholarship. Ten 5000 scholarships will be awarded to qualifying full-time college and university students to help with the cost of attending accredited post-secondary institutes in Diploma or Degree programs with a direct focus in Early Childhood Development. Deadline for Application is September 15 2015 ng for frontier with new ways to learn a full underground miner program running. Once theyre nished theyll be ready for full training shifts as underground miners. Again these are all people from across the territory that took our intro courses in their communities and they were selected to be in the full 12-week delivery in Yellowknife. AURORA CAMPUS For years the Aurora Campus in Inuvik has offered an early childhood certicate program via distance education. After re- ceiving many requests the school is now providing a one-year delivery of the program in a classroom setting. Students in the far North are also train- ing to care for elders in their communities. For the second year running the one-year personal support worker program will con- tinue responding to the demands of nursing homes and health-care centres in the region. The one in Inuvik for the Sahtu region will meet the needs of their new elders cen- tre thats being built Arychuk said. Last year we offered it in Inuvik and all but one who chose not to work got a job. OUTREACH IS IMPORTANT Aurora is continuing to expand its educa- tion initiatives into the more remote com- munities of the North using a three-pronged approach a mixture of local educators distance learning and mobile classrooms. The Aboriginal language and culture instructor program is taking place in Tu- lita Arychuk said. The plan is to host the program throughout the Sahtu over the academic year. Wherever its offered it fo- cuses on the language of that region and it prepares people to be language instructors or cultural instructors in schools or for other people who need cultural organiz- ers and coordinators. In another exciting move the schools new mobile trades unit is currently on a barge coming back from Tuktoyaktuk where it was used for career technology studies programming. When I start thinking about it theres lots of stuff on the go Arychuk said. Were really looking at embracing technology and making it part of the way we do business at Aurora College. PhotoscourtesyofAuroraCollege