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September 11, 2006

School District 91 & The College of New Caledonia Announce New Partnership

The College of New Caledonia - Nechako and School District No. 91 – Nechako Lakes are pleased to announce a new partnership intended to better meet the needs of adult learners living in Fort St. James, Fraser Lake, Vanderhoof and surrounding areas.

Working collaboratively, the two education service providers have already joined forces to successfully offer new continuing education programs in the West end of the School District in Grassy Plains, Burns Lake and Gran’Isle. Now they are working together in the East end to align programs and services, share facilities, resources, equipment and expertise.

The intent is to increase course and program options while providing more comprehensive services and ensuring learners a seamless transition as they complete adult graduation requirements and begin post secondary studies in their local communities. The concept of having adult basic education, high school graduation completion and post secondary courses available in one location, is just the beginning of what will be developed.

Programs and services such as child minding, early learning, parenting workshops, career counseling, healthy families, and new duo-credit trades training are also being planned. These services and programs already effectively compliment continuing education at the Burns Lake campus making it easier for many adults to participate. It is this type of dynamic and vibrant multi-services centre that the two organizations hope will result from their collaboration. The education partners will continue to work together with community agencies and organizations also interested in achieving greater synergies from cooperative planning and the use of shared facilities.

Learners seeking adult basic education and high school graduation completion are reminded to enroll prior to September 30th at your local adult learning centre. College level programs including post secondary studies and general interest courses have varied start and enrollment deadlines. Information and brochure materials for all programs are available at both SD 91 Adult Learning Centres and CNC campuses in Fort St. James and Vanderhoof, or at the Fraser Lake Adult Learning Centre.


College of New Caledonia - Nechako Region
Fort St James: (250) 996-7019
Vanderhoof: (250) 567-3200

July 21, 2006

Showing off our backyard to the world online with assistance
from the eCommunity for my Community Program!

Wherever you go in the Stuart Nechako Region you see stunning scenery, friendly faces and lots of opportunities. Now you can see it all online!

REDI has launched, the Stuart Nechako eCommunity. This project is funded by REDI in partnership with support from Smart Choices Society.

“Helping our communities throughout the region create strong relationships and partnerships to increase local socio-economic development is the key role for REDI,“ explains Keith Playfair, President. “The website is one of the first major projects initiated by REDI and is a great example of successful collaboration with all of our communities.”

REDI provides economic development leadership and assistance to the incorporated communities of Fort St. James, Fraser Lake and Vanderhoof; the Regional District areas C, D and F; and the First Nation communities of Nadleh Whut’en, Nak’azdli, Saik’uz, Stellat’en, Tl’azt’en, Takla and Yekooche. 

“We are excited to see REDI launch with the participation of so many communities and organizations,” says Joe Wozny of Smart Choices.  “The website reflects the goals of the eCommunity for my Community Program initiated by Smart Choices in 2005

The ease in which all community members can be part of creating or contributing to the website is a result of the technology and knowledge platforms created through the citysoup initiative.  The eCommunity is created by integrating modules including content management tools, portal and website builders, as well as directory, calendar and community consultation applications. 

“We are pleased to see the eCommunity Products support this regional initiative,” says Don Elliot, President of CS Networks, the company responsible for supply, support and technology configuration of  “This is an excellent demonstration of the technologies and knowledge libraries that we provide.”

Showcasing our amazing region on lets everyone locally, regionally, provincially, nationally and internationally visit us with a click of a mouse.

“Increasing regional capacity to quickly and easily respond to business and economic inquiries and opportunities has been a one of the many benefits that is already being realized,” says Dionne Olsen, Web Manager, REDI.

Learn more about the Smart Choices Society! Learn more about CS Networks!

Learn more about our region, find the latest events on the eCalendar, visit today!


Dionne Olsen
Project Manager
(250) 401-1551  

Smart Choices
Media Communications
(604) 468-5693