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Happy Mother’s Day!

mothersday 300x199 Happy Mother’s Day! On Sunday, May 12, don’t forget to give your mother a call or, if distance permits, visit and cook a meal for her! If you’re a mother, enjoy the weekend and gestures of appreciation from your kids.

It’s difficult being a woman and a mother – a time-consuming duo of roles that is nearly as difficult to pull off today as 105 years ago, when Mother’s Day was established. The difference is, today, you have control over you and your children’s education and future.

While you’re working on those charred pancakes, consider this: you know the importance of putting your kids through school, but are you putting off your own education? Students whose parents completed post-secondary studies are three times more likely to do so themselves than students whose parents only completed high school. Getting an advanced education not only improves your mind and career, but also your children’s chances in life.

To make things easier, find out about all the tax benefits, savings plans, and financial assistance available. For example, if you are enrolling in any program of 12 weeks in length or longer (part-time or full-time) and have dependents under 12 years of age, you may qualify for grants from Service Canada. Additional grants are available to low-income families. You can also set up Canada Learning Bonds, RESPs, and other benefits for your children.

In Canada today, women are more likely than men to complete advanced education. This Mother’s Day, encourage yourself or a mom you know to pursue further studies; whether it’s Practical Nursing or Advanced Business Management, going back to school will be worth it for everyone involved.

Sprott Shaw announces cooperation with the Justice Institute on joint programs

135074707 300x200 Sprott Shaw announces cooperation with the Justice Institute on joint programsSprott Shaw College has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Justice Institute of British Columbia to cooperate on certain joint programs and recruitment activities. Under the terms of the MOU, Sprott Shaw College and JIBC will examine opportunities in several areas including: integration of certain programs and assess the possibilities of dual diplomas, establishment articulation arrangement for credit transfers between the two institutions, offering certain JIBC programs at selected Sprott Shaw and CIBT’s overseas locations, and attracting international students to study at JIBC in Canada.

“We are pleased to cooperate with JIBC on various programs including Emergency Management, Paramedics, Fire and Safety, Police Academy and more,” commented Toby Chu, President and CEO, Vice Chairman of CIBT Education Group Inc. “We see great potential and market demands for these types of specialized programs from China, Middle East and other emerging countries. The cooperation with JIBC will allow us to fully utilize our recruitment network from around the world, while JIBC will be able to fully utilize their infrastructure, expertise and resources to achieve higher economy of scale.”

“JIBC looks forward to a productive relationship with CIBT Education Group,” said Dr. Michel Tarko, JIBC President and CEO. “CIBT Group has built an impressive global network, and JIBC is a recognized global leader in public safety education. By cooperating and sharing our expertise, we see opportunities to expand program delivery in international markets and to attract more international students. For students looking to earn credentials that prepare them for careers in public health and safety, the cooperation between CIBT Group and JIBC will provide more educational options, more flexibility, and more support.”

Look for more information on this important cooperation coming soon. For more information on current Sprott Shaw College programs click here or call us at 310-4473.

10th Annual Have-A-Heart Radiothon in Kelowna

haveaheart 20131 300x225 10th Annual Have A Heart Radiothon in KelownaFor Kelowna’s 10th annual Have-A-Heart Radiothon, the Sprott Shaw College Kelowna Campus had volunteers (students and staff) pan handle for change (and in some cases cash!) along the streets in front of Kelowna General Hospital for the entirety of the day with all proceeds going towards Children’s Charities.

On May 2nd alone, they collected over Three Thousand Five Hundred Dollars!

Thanks to all the instructors and staff that supported and encouraged the involvement of our students, and in some cases themselves. And to those that were on the front lines, way to go!

Good show everyone and well done!

PN Open House

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Join us at our Vancouver campus for a PN Open House on Wednesday, May 8th from 5:00pm – 6:30pm.

- Meet instructors, alumni, students & staff
- Learn about current course offerings and career opportunities
- Discuss current Practical Nursing program prerequisites
- Learn about job opportunities in your local area & abroad
- Celebrate 110 years of professional career training in BC

There will be door prizes, snacks and beverages.

RSVP to 604-683-7400.

Vancouver Campus
200 – 885 Dunsmuir Street
Vancouver, B.C.

Victoria Teen Expo 2013

IMG 0045 224x300 Victoria Teen Expo 2013Sprott Shaw College had a great time at the first ever Victoria Teen Expo, held Saturday, April 27th at the Pearkes Recreation Centre. Our high school liaison Gemma Wilson along with our Junior Marketing Assistant Jennifer H. kept busy meeting teens from the area and getting the kids excited to for entering our hourly Power Hour draw to win a Starbucks card or ITunes card. Here are the winners below:

10:30 am – Kyra T.
11:30am – Colleen M.
12:30pm – Tessa V.
1:30pm – Teagan C.
2:30pm – Morgan L.
4:00pm – Brooklyn W.

Winner Tessa V. is pictured with her Starbucks card.

Visitors to our booth also had fun dressing up and taking pictures using our silly party props or taking a future career photo.

We also had a contest to win a 16gb iPod Shuffle. Congratulations to our winner, Nicole B.!

Richmond Campus Open House

DSC 0276 300x198 Richmond Campus Open HouseYou are cordially invited to our “RICHMOND CAMPUS OPEN HOUSE” on Friday, May 10th, 2013.

Learn about our newest campus! There will be traditional Chinese Lion Dances, music, entertainment, and snacks.

Date: May 10th, 2013
Time: Doors open at 10:30 AM
Ceremony starts at 11:00 AM
Venue: 7920 Cambie Rd, Richmond, BC V6X 3K6
Food: Snacks, Hotdogs, and Drinks
Prizes: 2 Tickets to Las Vegas, Gift Baskets, Scholarships, and much more…

Please RSVP by calling us at 604-683-7400 or email international@sprottshaw.com

Admin Pros have Their Day (Week)

A31T2532 300x199 Admin Pros have Their Day (Week)Formerly Secretaries Day, the last full week of April (April 21 – 27, 2013) is Administrative Professionals’ Week, which celebrates the dedicated individuals who have helped offices across the country organize their tasks for the week (and many upcoming weeks!).

Administrative Professionals’ Week was created in the 1950s by the then-president of the then-National Secretaries Association in the United States (now the International Association of Administrative Professionals). From its humble origins as a day on which the secretary got an extra pat on the back, the holiday now honours secretaries, office managers, executive assistants, administrative assistants, receptionists, and other vital support staff.

From small businesses to big government, admin assistants are needed in any office at any time of the year. That’s why, despite a high turnover rate (due in part to admin professionals advancing to higher-level positions), the occupational outlook is stable. Job prospects are above average in BC, where hourly wages range up to $27.66.

Not only are average wages surprisingly high, the average job applicant is also becoming highly educated, with an increasing number of post-secondary-educated workers choosing the industry, according to WorkBC. Computer proficiency and interpersonal skills are also becoming increasingly necessary.

To join the ranks of the proud, organized administrative professionals, enroll in Sprott Shaw’s Administrative Assistant Program today. In just 29 weeks, you will acquire the skills you need to compete, including office technologies — such as spreadsheets, databases, and document processing applications — customer service, business English, and accounting and bookkeeping.

Sprott Shaw also offers Admin Assistant and Legal Assistant Accelerated and Admin Assistant and Medical Office Assistant Accelerated Programs. Contact one of our advisers today for details.

Staying Alive While Studying

 Staying Alive While StudyingStudying at the last minute while downing coffee and energy drinks might seem efficient (you have so much more time for activities!), but you could be learning, performing, and feeling better by studying better. Keep in mind these healthy study habits:

Put down the macchiato

Coffee is fine until the caffeine (and, often, sugar) wears off, taking your energy and concentration with it. Switch to green tea for better hydration and less caffeine. Similarly, energy drinks may have more negative effects than positive, generally taste awful, and cost more than, say, fruit juice with no sugar added (give coconut water a try) or milk. Whether they contain caffeine or not, avoid fad pills and supplements. If you do go with tea or coffee, don’t forget to drink more water, which also helps with hunger and cravings.

Protip: Study sober. Alcohol is high in calories, and damages brain cells.

Overcome the Freshman 15 (at any stage of your education)

Fluids alone don’t make a meal, so at least have a proper breakfast, even when you don’t feel like it. Instead of three square meals, have several smaller meals throughout the day – just not before bed, as this may affect your sleep.

Protip: Cocoa might boost your brain function, so have some dark chocolate.
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Embracing Diversity Workshop

What is Embracing Diversity?

A project and website created to assist in incorporating cultural music and children’s songs and rhymes to help promote cross-cultural understanding with the goal of creating a more welcoming and inclusive community.

This free workshop is designed to show an award winning resource developed by Burnaby Public Library, to assist Early Childhood Educators and College Instructors in including ethnic DIVERSITY in their programs during a two hour workshop featuring:

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- Continuing Education
- Certificate on Completion
- Snacks Provided
- Fun, Enthusiastic Speakers

When and Where

Wednesday, April 24th 2013
6:30 – 8:30 pm

Sprott Shaw College
#420 – 88 Sixth Street, New Westminster


Please contact Terry for any further information regarding this event: terrybr@sprottshaw.com

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Loving what she is doing with her life

IMG 4724 300x225 Loving what she is doing with her life
Josephine had been looking for her next step in life since she graduated from high school last summer. After consulting her sister, a current Sprott Shaw student who is “loving what she is learning and doing with her life”, Josephine decided to apply for a scholarship to the Medical Office Assistant Program.

“I’ve always wondered how that part of the medical field is always run perfectly,” Josephine writes. “I hear so much about this course, and how people love what they learn and being able to juggle several tasks at once.”

“While [I was] in my information session with a career advisor, a graduate came into the centre and talked to me about how she loved the course,” Josephine writes. “[She] tells people to go take it – it will change their lives.”

Josephine has now taken charge of changing her life. She was the recipient of a $4,000 Sprott Shaw grant and began her studies on April 8.

Click here for more information on High School grants.

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