New Brunswick

NBCC to offer courses on First Nations reserves

The New Brunswick Community College is offering courses to aboriginal students on First Nation reserves for the first time.

The New Brunswick Community College is offering courses to aboriginal students in First Nation communities for the first time.

Marilyn Luscombe, NBCC's president, said the college has been working to attract students from New Brunswick's aboriginal population in recent years.

Those efforts have been focused on attracting students to the college, but now the college will go to them.

Luscombe said it's hoped this will boost the number of aboriginal people attending post-secondary institutions.

Luscombe said more than 30 First Nations students will be able to attend the practical nurse program at the St. Mary's First Nation in Fredericton and an acute care program at Elsipogtog First Nation, north of Moncton.

"In St. Mary's there would be an intake of 16 students and the acute care/personal support worker program would be 16 students as well," she said.

Luscombe said she hopes once students complete the two-year programs at St. Mary's and Elsipogtog, they'll be in a position to further their education and career goals.

"We are trying to arrange more articulation agreements with the universities and with the nursing community to have articulation from our practical nursing program into nursing," she said.

Luscombe said the acute care course at Elsipogtog begins in September and the practical nursing classes at St. Mary's in January.