Meet the Business Community – Northern Lights College

Going back to school to gain your GED (General Educational Development) can make many people feel nervous. Sometimes the thought of it can even seem fearful. The professional and friendly ABE (Adult Basic Education) instructors at the Northern Lights College in Tumbler Ridge are dedicated to making your learning experience fun and fulfilling. You can choose from a wide range of courses, as well as college entry upgrades. David Szucsko and Stacie Gruntman work together to provide an inviting atmosphere for all their students.

David moved here five years ago to look at the prospect of buying some property. While he was looking around he not only found a new home, but also a new job. David has helped create many new educational programs in the area. Through both paid and volunteered time, David has designed, developed and delivered a Skills For Employment program in Kelly Lake. He was part of an Essential Skills Special Project throughout the Northern Lights College and Peace Region. He is proud of his accomplishments in developing programs and services for communities. He says the satisfaction of watching people accomplish their goals is a wonderful reward of his career. One of his most memorable moments is when he created a literacy program for displaced mine workers in Tumbler Ridge after the mines closed. In two years he helped over 24 people learn to read and write.

Before David moved to town, he had enjoyed traveling to Africa and to Europe. A very memorable traveling moment for David was when early in the a.m. he awoke on a ship and observed the sun rising on the coast of Greece. When not at work David enjoys golfing, and is currently trying to get together a local Toastmasters group. In the future David plans on obtaining his Masters degree in Educational Administration.

Stacie is very new to Tumbler Ridge, only having moved here in August. She and her husband Mark were married in Powell River in 2003. They are currently awaiting the arrival of their first baby during the Christmas season. Stacie started part time with the college in October of this year, and is enjoying her position. Stacie has an educational background in teaching, but her passion is to experience new places. She started traveling right out of university. First it was to Ukraine, then to South Korea where she taught English for two years. She has also been to Europe, Southeast Asia and across Canada four times. Stacie feels that the birth of her baby will top all the other exciting moments in her life. Professionally she is rewarded when she sees students start to understand what they are learning. She called it the ?ah!? moment that they have. Even with her hands full with the new addition to the family, Stacie still hopes to solidify her career in the near future.

If you are interested in learning, these two people will be beside you from start to finish. ABE is a continual intake course that runs Monday thru Friday from 9am to 3:15pm, and late Wednesday nights from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. With flexible schedules the ABE course is designed to fit individual lifestyles and needs. Northern Lights College, and David and Stacie wish you a happy holiday and hope to see you fulfilling your educational goals in the New Year.