De­ci­sions, de­ci­sions

Work­shop helps youth make im­por­tant de­ci­sions

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY BILL BOW­MAN

What to do af­ter high school is one of the most im­por­tant de­ci­sions young peo­ple will make. Youth from the Trin­ity Con­cep­tion re­gion gath­ered in Car­bon­ear late last month for a work­shop de­signed to help guide them on the right ca­reer path. They also learned about the post-sec­ondary train­ing they need to pre­pare them­selves for the work­force.

“ It’s’ the most im­por­tant de­ci­sion you’re go­ing to make,” Megan For­ward told 17 young peo­ple gath­ered around the board­room ta­ble at Mariner Re­source Op­por­tu­ni­ties Net­work in Car­bon­ear Aug. 26. They had turned out for a back to school work­shop de­signed to help young peo­ple ages 15-30 from the Trin­ity Con­cep­tion re­gion de­cide on a ca­reer and the right path to­wards it.

“ There is so much out there for you,” said For­ward, a Youth Em­ploy­ment Coun­sel­lor with the Bac­calieu Trail Youth Em­ploy­ment Cen­tre (BTYEC).

For­ward was one of nine speak­ers from seven dif­fer­ent govern­ment agen­cies and ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions who spent the af­ter­noon telling the young peo­ple what is out there to help guide them on their ca­reer path.

The BTYEC, an ini­tia­tive of Mariner Re­source Op­por­tu­ni­ties Net­work Inc. ( MRON Inc.) hosted the event called, De­cid­ing on a Ca­reer - Back to School Work­shop.

The three-hour work­shop fo­cused on in­form­ing youth about the var­i­ous pro­grams, ser­vices, and re­sources avail­able to help them in de­cid­ing on a ca­reer and the train­ing pro­grams they need to set them on the right course to­wards their ca­reer goals.

Pre­sen­ters spent the af­ter­noon talk­ing about col­lege pro­grams, fund­ing op­tions, on­line ser­vices, em­ploy­ment pro­grams, and ca­reer de­ci­sion-mak­ing tools.

The pre­sen­ters who took part and the groups they rep­re­sented were:

John Kennedy and Deb­bie Mercer, Depart­ment Of Hu­man Re­sources, Labour and Em­ploy­ment;

Robyn Har­ris, Col­lege of the North At­lantic;

Wanette Sharpe, Com­mu­nity Youth Co­or­di­na­tor, Com­mu­nity Busi­ness Devel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion;

Ian Wright, East­ern School District (Western Re­gion);

Helen Ban­ton and Bar­bara Ann Lun­dri­gan, Em­ploy­ment As­sis­tance Ser­vices (E.A.S.)

Kim McNeil, Stu­dent Fi­nan­cial Ser­vices (stu­dent aid) Depart­ment Of Ed­u­ca­tion

And Megan For­ward, Youth Em­ploy­ment Coun­sel­lor, Bac­calieu Trail Youth Em­ploy­ment Cen­tre.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the Bac­calieu Trail Youth Em­ploy­ment Cen­tre you can call ( 709) 596-3700; fax: ( 709) 596-4473; e-mail: btyec@aroundthe­bay.ca; visit our web­site: http://www.btyec.ca Or drop by their of­fice at 22 Goff Av­enue, Car­bon­ear.

Bill Bow­man/The Com­pass

Seven­teen young peo­ple from the Trin­ity Con­cep­tion re­gion gath­ered around the board room ta­ble at Mariner Re­source Op­por­tu­ni­ties Net­work Inc. Aug. 26. They came to hear about all the pro­grams and ser­vices that are out there to help young peo­ple choose a ca­reer and the post-sec­ondary train­ing they need to help pre­pare them­selves for the work­force.

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