February 24 and March 3, 2003
This week, we are launching seven stories written by students from NorQuest College in Edmonton, Alberta. You can read some of the stories as well as hear them.
NorQuest College has approximately 10,000 students enrolled in upgrading, ESL and skills training programs. The main campus is in downtown Edmonton and the ESL campus is in the West End of the city. There are satellite sites around northern Alberta. We are very proud of the extra learning support we are able to give to students with learning disabilities and physical challenges. NorQuest won the City of Edmonton Mayor's Award for Accessible Architecture, 2001. Several of the students whose stories you will see receive support from Learning Support Services at NorQuest.
Emma lives in Edmonton with her dog Chico - a terrier poodle. Her goal is to become a Rehabilitation Practitioner. She loves to read novels and says, "Learning to read is very valuable to me."
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Mrs. Chia is a person I will remember for a long time. I met Mrs. Chia in the 7th grade. She's the kind of teacher that any student would wish for. She taught EE3. I had to do a work project in my class so I asked Mrs. Chia if it was OK if I did it in her class. She said it was OK with her. So the next day I went to her class. I was so surprised that her students were children. A lot of her students came from poor families. I felt very sad that her students could not afford food or clothes. Her students made me feel that they really needed me. Mrs. Chia told me that I could help in the spelling game. What really changed my life was that she always encouraged me to do my best in school. Her motto was "God doesn't make junk". A few days before I had to do my presentation in my class, Mrs. Chia passed away. Her students were very sad.
Thank you Mrs. Chia, for all you did for me.