Chetwynd wins achievement award

CHETWYND, BC ? A leader in post secondary education was discovered in Chetwynd recently.

Gloria Millsap was named the Leader in Knowledge Achievement at the Northern BC Today?s Woman awards banquet in Prince George recently. Millsap, an Applied Business Technology (ABT) instructor at the Chetwynd campus of Northern Lights College, received the award from Dr. Charles Jago, president of the University of Northern British Columbia, co-sponsor of the award.

Millsap was one of the driving forces behind the initiative to standardize Applied Business Technology courses province-wide.

Millsap stated, ?ABT became the first full program offered online provincially. We were the beginning of what is now BCCampus.? BCCampus is the portal to hundreds of online courses delivered by colleges and universities around the province. ?We got the ball rolling provincially. We?re very proud of the role we played in the beginnings of BC Campus.?

Millsap has been a leading member and role model on the Northern Lights College staff for over 20 years and is a member of the Society of Vocational Instructors and past president of the Business Educators Coordinators Committee (BECC). She remains the Northern Lights College representative for both provincial organizations and continues to advocate for northern and rural colleges and students as she has done throughout her career.

?The provincial ABT group is one of the best groups I?ve ever worked with. Everyone shares work and ideas. Without cooperation there would be no online program and no transfer agreements because it is such an enormous amount of work and we?ve accomplished a lot of it off the sides of our desks.?

The latest certification to be added to the ABT program is the Legal Office Assistant certificate. The legal courses are now all available online. The BECC group has just made application to put the Medical Office Assistant program online. It is hoped that by this time next year, regional northeasterners will be able to do the Medical Assistant program online.

?We don?t have instructors who can teach everything in our region,? explained Millsap. ?Now our northern students, and others around the province, can take advanced training from an expert somewhere else in the province without having to leave the region, their job or their family.?

Her innovative spirit made it possible for three Tumbler Ridge students to enroll full time in the ABT program this year using SMART classroom technology. The SMART classroom uses a variety of technologies to enable students in two locations to hear each other and the instructor as well as view the notes and presentations given by the instructor. Northern Lights College has SMART classrooms on five campuses so far. Millsap hopes to be able to use the same technology to deliver the ABT program to students in Hudson?s Hope next year.

Millsap is an active member of the Chetwynd community. She has been volunteer coordinator of the Terry Fox Run for several years, and does volunteer work for the local public library. She is well known around the campus, and organizes special events for students every year.