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Students learn welcoming skills

A group of 15 students are learning skills they hope to use one day to welcome visitors from around the world to Cumberland County.

AMHERST A group of 15 students are learning skills they hope to use one day to welcome visitors from around the world to Cumberland County. The students are enrolled in the Joggins Fossil Cliffs Essential Skills Development and Training Program, which is being taught at River Hebert District High School through a unique partnership between the Chignecto Central Regional School Board, the high school, and the Nova Scotia Community College Cumberland Campus.

The program was initiated by CREDA to help address a growing labour shortage in the tourism sector as well as to provide a potential labour pool to draw from when the new $9-million Joggins Fossil Cliffs Interpretive Centre opens late this summer. Funding for the program is being provided by the Nova Scotia Department of Community Services, Service Canada and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA).

The 26-week program began in early January and is designed to help individuals gain successful employment in the tourism sector within Cumberland County.

From construction companies to craft producers, every small business in Nova Scotia has the potential to sell their products or service to government, including institutions like schools and hospitals. Businesses in Cumberland County are encouraged to learn more about the opportunities to sell to government by attending a Supplier Development Reverse Trade Show scheduled for Tuesday, February 27th from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Dr. Carson and Marion Murray Community Centre in Springhill.

Sponsored by the Nova Scotia Office of Economic Development and CREDA, this twist of the traditional trade show will give vendors a chance to visit government display booths to discuss their potential sale of product and services. As part of the provincial Supplier Development program, procurement staff from provincial, federal and municipal governments will be on hand. If you have any questions, please contact Paul Hopper or Janet Smith at CREDA at 667-3638 or Roger Gerrard, Office of Economic Development at 667-3223.

Also this month, CREDA is partnering with the Government of Canada, CBDC Cumberland, and the Parrsboro Board of Trade to present the e-Business Awareness Program, an entry-level workshop by the University of New Brunswick-Saint John that provides a simple, one-day introduction to the concepts of e-Business.

The program is intended for business people who do not have prior experience with e-Business and e-Commerce, and need an orientation to help them understand basic concepts and make high-level decisions about moving their business on-line. The workshop will be held on Wednesday, February 28th from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Fundy Geological Museum in Parrsboro.

Previous experience with the Internet and computers is not required. Focus of the seminar is on business value and e-Business solutions.

An introductory module in the seminar provides a primer or refresher on the concepts of how the Internet works. Participants are required to register by contact CREDA at 667-3638, fax 667-2270 or e-mail cerc@creda.net. Lunch will be provided.

If you have any questions or want further information about CREDA phone 667-3638 or visit our website @ www.creda.net. CREDA is Quality System Registered to ISO 9001:2000.

Editors Note - The CREDA File is a monthly column on economic development issues and activities in Cumberland County from the files of the Cumberland Regional Economic Development Association. Submitted by Ron Robinson, the Development Field Officer for CREDA.

Organizations: Cumberland Regional Economic Development Association, Nova Scotia Community College Cumberland Campus, Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency River Hebert District High School Chignecto Central Regional School Board Nova Scotia Department of Community Services Service Canada Marion Murray Community Centre Nova Scotia Office of Economic Development and CREDA Parrsboro Board of Trade University of New Brunswick-Saint John Fundy Geological Museum Quality System Registered

Geographic location: Cumberland County, Nova Scotia, Springhill Canada Parrsboro

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