NSCC First Nations training program leading to jobs

An eight-week, pre-employment program is helping aboriginals enter the workforce

NSCC First Nations training program leading to jobs

After completing the pre-employment program at Indian Brook, Bernadette Syliboy was hired by the school.

“There’s all kinds of jobs but if you haven’t got an education, or you’re not geared up to understand computers, there’s no way for you to move forward.” ~ Chief Rufus Copage

Fast Fact

NSCC also offers another program at Indian Brook – Academic and Career Connections. ACC is for individuals looking to upgrade their academics to enrol in other NSCC Programs.

Not long ago, the career paths at Indian Brook First Nations tended to be limited.

That’s now changing, thanks to collaboration between NSCC and the Mi’kmaw Economic Benefits Office.

Chief Rufus Copage has seen the transformation firsthand.

“I see a lot of pride in a lot of our people,” he says. Copage knows a female graduate who hopes to become a Correctional Services guard and others who hope to land jobs at the shipyard.

Copage is talking about a new pre-employment program, where participants learn crucial job-hunting skills and complete an eight-week work term.

Indian Brook is one of six First Nations communities in Nova Scotia to offer the program. For some, it has opened up a whole new world.

Career success

Bernadette Syliboy had just come through the most difficult period of her life when she walked through the doors. 

Taking part in the program cemented her desire to counsel other recovering addicts. Bernadette did her work term at the Indian Brook Community Centre, where the program is offered.

Along with clerical duties, Bernadette counselled some troubled students.  

“There were a few that wanted to quit and just say ‘the heck with it.’ But I talked them out of that. There were even a couple of students that weren’t getting along and I kind of brought them together.”

Today Bernadette says she loves life again and wants everyone else to feel the same happiness. She's now working in the community as a counselling assistant at Eagle's Nest Recovery House.

Simon Francis is a second cousin who says Bernadette’s compassion transcends family ties. He remembers her kindness during his time in NSCC’s Academic and Career Connections program at Indian Brook.

“It was good to see that beautiful smile in the morning. It really got us going, especially when we felt down and out.”

25/09/14

“There’s all kinds of jobs but if you haven’t got an education, or you’re not geared up to understand computers, there’s no way for you to move forward.” ~ Chief Rufus Copage

Fast Fact

NSCC also offers another program at Indian Brook – Academic and Career Connections. ACC is for individuals looking to upgrade their academics to enrol in other NSCC Programs.

Comments

Hello, I would like to give you an update after NSCC,I would like to inform you that I am now a Treatment Counsellor here at the Eagles Nest Recovery House in Indianbrook and been here since September, 2014, I Love my job and the wonderful people I work with every day. 2015-03-16 19:12:54
Bernadette Syliboy
Congratulations on the job! We'll have to update the story. 2014-09-29 15:06:31
nsccnow admin
This is so neat. The lady that chief Rufas is talking about with the Correctional officer is me. I am now attending the NSCC criminal justice program in hopes to making my dream come true. Bernadette was amazing and i always made sure to tell her hello every morning! 2014-09-27 19:25:10
Krissy McDonald

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