On August 2nd, a uhaul pulled away from the St. Alban’s Community Building where the College of North Atlantic has been offering programs such as Adult Basic Education and many others courses for years.
Several students that were attending, and did attend previously, stated how having the College so close to home gave them the chance to go back and upgrade when they normally would not have due to the distance to travel. One student stated how she truly loved attending and was very upset to learn that the doors were closing for good.
“Only the Adult Basic Education program closed,” stated Roger Hulan, College of North Atlantic-Communication Specialist.
“Our continuing education and contract training initiatives are ongoing. The college’s programming decisions are based on demonstrated community needs and fiscal responsibility and there was no need for the ABE program as determined by a lack of interest in the area.”
The college felt this was because they had met the required need for the time being. The CNA feels it responds well to demonstrated community needs and if such a need arises they will certainly consider it as part of our future programming.
“There were no full-time students in regular attendance in the ABE program and all our campuses and programs are accessible to anyone in the province,” stated Mr. Hulan.
There were a total of 11 people attending the College based here in St. Alban’s and taking different courses. According to Mr. Hulan, the CAN has been functioning St. Alban’s for the last four years and in the Coast of Bays approximately 10 years.
“We will continue to benefit the Coast of Bays through our Continuing Education and Contract Training initiatives – such as the programs we have offered in Gaultois, Hermitage, Harbour Breton, and Conne River during the past three years,” stated Mr. Hulan.