Life skills students graduate to the next step

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June 18, 2015 8:15 AM

Jaime Polmateer Photo Sakara Scoville was one of 10 graduates that moved on from the Lloydminster Native Friendship Centre's Life Skills Preparation Program on June 12. Scoville said now that she has graduated she would like to move into a career in social services. - Jaime Polmateer

Last week, the Lloydminster Native Friendship Centre’s Life Skills Preparation Program graduated 10 of its students at a small ceremony held on Friday, June 12.

“This was a six-week program on life skills to help them sort of get their life back on track, believe in themselves and get some skills to be able to go out there and get a part-time job, maybe a full-time job, or to go back to school - just to give them some direction in their lives,” said Laurie Harris, instructor for life skills adult basic education and academic upgrading.

Some of the transferable skills taught in the program include communication skills and showing students what some of the expectations are in the workplace. Harris says they also try to help identify skills students already possess so they can sell themselves better to potential employers and promote self-esteem. This helps alleviate weight on social systems by producing graduates who can contribute to the community.

Sakara Scoville, 22, who was among last week’s graduates, said it felt good to pass the program and slowly get herself back into an educational environment. Now that she’s graduated, she’s looking at getting into social work so she can help troubled youth.

“I chose (social work) because I’ve lived in Lloyd for a long time and my past history isn’t that great,” she said. “I kind of grew up in the more rougher lifestyle that Lloyd does have, so I thought now that I’m clean and sober, I can bring something like this to the table to help youth who were in my position to get help and be better themselves.”

Scoville says that the program is helpful and if anyone is looking into an opportunity such as this, she encourages them to go for it. The Life Skills Preparation Program is also going to be offered again in the fall, along with an academic upgrading program. They will be offering Level 3 and flex Level 4, which is the equivalent of grades 10, 11 and 12 in Saskatchewan adult education.

It will be in partnership with Gabriel DuMont Institute and with these opportunities Harris says they’re hoping to remove a need that has been in Lloydminster since the program was removed from Lakeland College.

“We’re hoping to fill that gap and help people get the courses they need so they can do post-secondary.”

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