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World Autism Awareness Day

LIUB HORIZ 300x153 World Autism Awareness DayToday (April 2) is World Autism Awareness Day. According to the World Autism Awareness Day web site;

“Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and autism are both general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. ASD can be associated with intellectual disability, difficulties in motor coordination and attention and physical health issues such as sleep and gastrointestinal disturbances. Some persons with ASD excel in visual skills, music, math and art.”

Sprott Shaw College’s Community Support Worker – Social Services program includes an Applied Behavioural Analysis course which discusses Autism and the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (ABC Model). The program also has courses in Child and Adolescent Growth and Development, Counseling Techniques for Children and Youth as well as two 4 week Practicums.

When is your next enrolment?

A31T24381 300x199 When is your next enrolment?Spring break is now upon us, many students will be taking a break from their centers of learning across the province. Unfortunately, there are some who have not applied yet, who have not decided on a career, or are stuck on wait lists. There is no need to wait another year, with those people in mind Sprott Shaw College developed a “continual intake system” allowing students to enroll monthly and are still able to get their full, PCTIA accredited, learning experience. Using a year-round continual system also allows you to get a head start on your competition enrolled in other post-secondary institutions. At Sprott Shaw College you’ll get the same skills and knowledge but faster, allowing you to get into the workforce earlier and start making money. This system also prevents wait lists, allowing us to accept anyone with the willingness to learn and develop their skills. We have more then 100 programs in our 13 campuses across the province and our career advisors would love for you to visit for a no-cost, no-pressure career exploration session. Click here to contact us.

Santa Fox Food Drive

img 0 5866224 jpg 300x199 Santa Fox Food DriveFor the third year in a row, Sprott Shaw College is sponsoring the largest food drive of its kind in Surrey, BC benefiting the Surrey Food Bank. With the help of 99.3 The FOX, our Surrey campus, and our partnering schools we hope to make this another successful year. This year we have taken it one step further and will be offering a person in need (from the Greater Vancouver Area) the chance to better themselves with a new career by donating a grant for their Sprott Shaw College education.

Drop off your non-perishable food or cash donations before Friday, December 13th to our Surrey campus located at 217 – 9801 King George Boulevard, Surrey, BC (map) or call the campus for more information at 604-583-1004.

Toy Mountain

toymountain flyer 231x300 Toy MountainThis year Sprott Shaw College is an official supporter of the Toy Mountain campaign supporting the Salvation Army. Our East Vancouver campus will be an official donation drop-off location starting Friday, December 6th and running through until Thursday, December 12th. We invite you drop off a new unwrapped toy or cash donation to the campus during this time. On December 13th we will be bringing all the donations to Brentwood Town Centre where the “mountain” is located. From there the good people at The Salvation Army will then deliver these toys to less fortunate children in our community in time for Christmas morning.

December 6, 9, 10, 11 & 12 – 8:00AM till 6:00PM
December 7 & 8 – 10:00AM till 6:00PM

2750 Rupert Street, Vancouver (map). Rupert Square across from Superstore.

For more information or to volunteer call the East Vancouver campus at 604-251-4473.

Charity of Choice Raffle 2013

Proceeds VarietyLogo Stacked 300x288 Charity of Choice Raffle 2013Sprott Shaw College has chosen to support Variety, the Children’s Charity as their Charity of Choice for 2013. Sprott Shaw College will be holding a Charity of Choice Raffle between November 15-December 15, 2013. Early Bird Draws will be on December 2, 2013 and the Final draws will be held on December 19, 2013. Tickets are only $2 each or 3 for $5! Only 1700 tickets are available. Tickets can be purchased at our campuses.


Early Bird Prizes, 3 in total

1. 1 Gourmet Gift Basket (value $50.00), sponsored by Investors Group
2. 1 Tim Hortons Gift Basket (value $25.00), sponsored by Sprott Shaw College
3. 1 Tim Hortons Gift Basket (value $25.00), sponsored by Sprott Shaw College

Final Draw Prizes:

1) Grand Prize: Executive Night Out with the Canucks! Valued at $981.56, sponsored by Sprott Shaw College

• One night hotel at Sandman(including parking)
• Two Canucks Champion Club Suite tickets (Suite tickets offer a 20% discount at the Official team store on game day. Suite tickets must be presented at time of purchase.)
• 1x $50.00 Earls restaurant gift certificate

2) One pair of Canucks Tickets for January 7, 2014 game, valued at $373.00 and sponsored by Rogers Broadcasting Ltd.

3) Restaurant gift certificates for “ The August Jack Restaurant, valued at $100.00 and sponsored by Virgin Radio.

4) Black Press Prize Pack , valued at $ 347.97 and sponsored by Black Press.

• Small gym bag
• Box of 15 golf balls
• 1 baseball cap
• Men’s Polo Shirt
• Men’s’ Columbia light shell jacket
• 4 x $50.00 Stonegrilll Restaurant Gift Certificates

5) CTV – Bell Media Prize Pack, valued at $ 637.40, and sponsored by CTV-Bell Media

• 2 sets of Canucks Tickets: Game 1 (January 26, 2014), Game 2: February 26(2014)
• Fulton Automatic Umbrella
• Black laminated mini tote
• Pen with neck lanyard
• Red wine aerator
• Gortex Baseball Cap

6) Giants Tickets for January 25th, 2014, valued $100.00 and sponsored by Metro News

7) Quattro Restaurant Gift Certificates, valued at $100.00 and sponsored by Bell Media

8) Giants Tickets for January 5, 2014, valued at $100.00 and sponsored by Shaw Media

BC Gaming Event License #59391
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Kamloops PN Info Session

158721213 b 300x200 Kamloops PN Info SessionOur Kamloops campus is having a Practical Nursing (PN) Information Session on Thursday, November 21 starting at 7:00pm.

Find out more about starting a well-paid rewarding career and learning with one of the largest, fully-accredited trainers of practical nurses in Canada.

Tour the campus, meet instructors and current students.

Please RSVP to the campus at 250.314.1122 and we’ll see you there!

Legal Open House in Vancouver

85449672 300x199 Legal Open House in VancouverOur Vancouver campus will be holding a Legal Open House on Wednesday, November 20th starting at 5:00pm and running until 6:30pm. Sean Amiri, Juris Doctor (J.D.), Barrister and Solicitor at Amiri Law will be speaking. You will also be able to tour the campus, learn about our Paralegal and Legal Assistant programs, enjoy some refreshments, win door prizes and two $500 grants for Sprott Shaw College will also be given away.

Everyone is invited! Please RSVP by November 15th to 604.683.6400.

Sprott Shaw College introduces “Math for Trades” course

1564169731 300x199 Sprott Shaw College introduces Math for Trades” courseSprott Shaw College introduces Math for Trades approved by the Private Career Training Institutions Agency (PCTIA). The 20 hour math course will assist students in building a foundation of math skills required for and related to various trade applications.

Course topics include: Algebra skills, measurement and calculation problems, using drawings, ratios and rates, money math and percentages, problem solving skills, budgeting and accounting, as well as data analysis.

Students are encouraged to take this course prior to entering Level 1 or 2 of the Construction Electrician programs or as a math refresher course for continued studies.

Classes are scheduled 4 consecutive Saturdays starting November 30, 2013, times 8:30am to 1:30pm, at Sprott Shaw Port Coquitlam campus 200 – 1405 Broadway Street, Port Coquitlam, B.C. V3C 6L6.

For more information, please contact Dilys, Career Trades Advisor at Sprott Shaw College, 1-604-552-9711 ext. 333.

110 Celebration

110 Year Annivesary Poster withbands Clubstyle2 194x300 110 CelebrationThis year Sprott Shaw College is celebrating its 110th Anniversary. To celebrate this momentous occasion, we are having an event called the “110 Celebration” for alumni, students, staff, friends and family. This will be a 19+ event hosted at the “Venue” on Granville street in Vancouver on November 15th with doors opening at 6:00pm.

There will be two live bands, a DJ, prizes, no cover charge and more, and as members of the Sprott Shaw family we want to invite you to attend and celebrate with us.

Let us know you are coming by joining our Facebook Event.

Making First Impressions

1527e5a Making First ImpressionsRecently I was invited to present to a class at one of our campuses. The College Director asked me to discuss what a Recruiter or Hiring Manager would look for and what my perspective was as a HR professional.

I have never been a professional recruiter but working in HR and operations management always meant I had to either shortlist applications or be part of the interview process.

While preparing this presentation, I recalled many situations where certain things stood out to me.

We all talk about the first impression one can make on a potential employer. That first impression starts with the resume and cover letter.

The saying “Less is more” applies here. The resume is the snapshot of one’s professional career. The cover letter is one’s introduction to the potential employer and the information it contains serves as the “hook” to have the recruiter look at the resume.

Given that a recruiter may only look at the documents for 20 to 30 seconds means the candidate needs to stand out in order to get selected for an interview.

Cover letters should be short and quickly lists the key elements the employer is seeking. Both the letter and resume should contain a good balance of typeface and white space. In other words, do not overcrowd it with too much text. Recruiters will not be able to see what they are looking for.

A few memorable moments in my career includes some major “do not’s” when one is looking for employment.

Have a professional email address; do not have one which reads sexykitten69@….com.

Do not show up for an interview in your Halloween costume.

When asked for an example of conflict resolution and how you handled it, do not respond “I knocked the daylights out of him” and laugh maniacally.

When asked why the person left their previous job, do not say “I had an affair with my manager”.

Do not come to an internal interview dressed in workout gear thinking you already snagged the position.

My word of advice is to have a well balanced cover letter and resume, dress professionally, answer all questions concisely and appropriately, and smile and be nice to the receptionist when you arrive 5 minutes early.

Oh, and leave the wench costume in your bag; even when your interview is right before the start of the Halloween Party. Those fishnet stockings didn’t quite capture me.

Shirley Guglielmini
Director of Human Resources
Sprott Shaw College

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