Joggins skills program wraps up

Justin Dickie
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SPRINGHILL New windows of opportunity have opened for 13 Nova Scotia Community College graduates as the Joggins Essential Skills Training Program ended its inaugural year on Friday.

The six-month program was designed to train people to work as tour guides at the Joggins Fossil Cliffs Centre, but student Kevin Paul said he can apply what he learned in the program to many different career paths.

"Even if you didnt pursue anything in fossils and tourism, this could take you to any workplace. I think its a great course to take. I gained a lot," Paul said, noting WHMIS, OHS, SuperHost, CPR, first aid, crisis intervention, and food handlers training as knowledge he can take anywhere. "Only a fool would pass a course like this up. This course had too much to offer."

Crystal Bragg, currently a clerk at the Tidnish General Store, was glad to learn some history of Nova Scotia and looks forward to applying her new skills to a tourism profession.

Joggins skills program wraps up

SPRINGHILL New windows of opportunity have opened for 13 Nova Scotia Community College graduates as the Joggins Essential Skills Training Program ended its inaugural year on Friday.

The six-month program was designed to train people to work as tour guides at the Joggins Fossil Cliffs Centre, but student Kevin Paul said he can apply what he learned in the program to many different career paths.

"Even if you didnt pursue anything in fossils and tourism, this could take you to any workplace. I think its a great course to take. I gained a lot," Paul said, noting WHMIS, OHS, SuperHost, CPR, first aid, crisis intervention, and food handlers training as knowledge he can take anywhere. "Only a fool would pass a course like this up. This course had too much to offer."

Crystal Bragg, currently a clerk at the Tidnish General Store, was glad to learn some history of Nova Scotia and looks forward to applying her new skills to a tourism profession.

"I lived here all my life and I just never realized exactly what was out there for tourists to see," she said. "It was very intense, a lot of studying, but it was all worth it."

Paul has landed a job at the Amherst Visitor Information Centre thanks to the program. Both Paul and Bragg recommend the program to anyone interested in a tourism profession or even to people looking to broaden their knowledge and qualifications.

"To pick up a fossil and look at it is one thing, but to know where it came from, how old it is and what it is makes it all worthwhile," Paul said. "There was a bit of homework, but thats going to happen out in the real world, too. When youre dealing with tourists you have to think on your feet."

Organizations: Nova Scotia Community College, Joggins Fossil Cliffs Centre, Tidnish General Store Amherst Visitor Information Centre

Geographic location: Nova Scotia

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