Transition to Work program

The Tumbler Ridge campus of Northern Lights College is running a Transition To Work Program from February 13 to June 30, 2006. As a result of a partnership between School District #59 and Northern Lights College, ten high school students are participating in the course. They attend regular school classes in the morning and spend the afternoons at the college learning valuable work-related skills. This is the third set of students accessing the course on the Tumbler Ridge campus.

There are four main modules and several certification courses included in the program. Module one is Workplace Communications where students learn and practice communication skills necessary to develop and maintain successful interpersonal relationships in the workplace. The second module, called Professionalism in the Workplace covers such areas as time management, personal hygiene and ethics on the job. The third module consists of two-three week work placements. The work experience allows the students to practice the work related skills they learn in the classroom. They also provide an opportunity for the students to explore career paths, while getting valuable experience and making employer contacts. In the fourth module, students reflect on their experiences throughout the semester and identify education and employment goals for the next year to develop a personal transition plan.

Interspersed among these four modules are several different workshops which enable the students to acquire skill certificates. To date, the students have attended six separate workshops including OFA1, H2S Alive, Hazard Recognition in the Workplace, Ergonomics, Violence in the Workplace and WHMIS. Other courses scheduled are Super Host, Food Safe, Traffic Control, Anger Management/Conflict Resolution and Bear Aware.

Each student is expected to pass eight of the certified courses as well as the four major modules.

For more information, please contact Sherry Berringer, Instructor at the Tumbler Ridge campus, 242-5591 or email