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Source: Malaspina University College
http://www.mala.ca/media/release.asp?ID=993

Students launch exciting new careers through ABE

November 8, 2006

Malaspina University-Collegeís Adult Basic Education (ABE) program is helping Mike Bates and Laura Painter launch exciting new careers.

Painter, 24, is completing Chemistry and Physics 11 courses at the Cowichan campus, prerequisites for first-year university studies. Her goal is to become a Pharmacist or work in a related field. Upgrading her education through ABE is convenient and inexpensive, said Painter, who lives at home with her parents in Cobble Hill.

Bates, employed at the Crofton Pulp & Paper Mill for more than 10 years, is also upgrading his education through ABE. He wants to get an apprenticeship to become an electrician, and taking Physics 11 will help him reach that goal.

"I havenít been in a classroom in 15 years," said Bates, "but I love ABE. The field trips and in-class lab time really enhance my classroom learning."

Vicki Noonan, ABE Coordinator, said Grade 11 and 12 courses in Chemistry, Biology and Physics are offered at the Cowichan campus. "These courses help students meet admission requirements for programs like Forestry, Resource Management, Fisheries and Aquaculture, Nursing, Engineering, Bachelor of Science in all disciplines, Dental Hygiene, and technology programs," she said.

ABE courses are taught by passionate, highly skilled and experienced instructors. Class sizes are small, with a maximum enrolment of 24. "Teachers and students get to know each other, and students get help when they need it," added Noonan. A volunteer tutor program provides extra support for students, and well-equipped labs provide excellent opportunities for hands-on learning.

Classes are usually diverse, and often include students straight out of high school, young parents, new Canadians and students of First Nations ancestry.

"Many students hold down jobs, and fit courses into their work schedules while getting the prerequisites they need for admission into college or university programs," she added. "That's why we offer both daytime and evening classes, which start January 2 and February 12 respectively."

Anyone considering launching a new career should think about ABE, said Painter. "You may be scared, especially if youíve been out of school for a long time, but Malaspina provides a friendly, positive atmosphere. You'll meet people of all ages, from all backgrounds. That's what makes going back to school interesting and fun."

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For more information contact: Toni O'Keeffe, Director of Communications & Public Relations. Phone (250) 740-6341; FAX (250) 740-6474; E-mail okeeffet@mala.bc.ca


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