January 16, 2007: A very special graduating class

      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
      Tuesday, January 16, 2007
      Contact: Shelley Kean at 604.983.7596

      (SQUAMISH, B.C.)—After nearly 18 months of studies, all but one of the 17 graduates of Capilano College’s Special Education Assistant program in Squamish are now working for either the Howe Sound or North Vancouver School Districts. Seventy-two guests, comprised of family members, community members, teachers, principals and friends, helped celebrate the students' achievements at their December 12 graduation ceremony at Don Ross Secondary School in Brackendale. Most of the students are from the Squamish, Pemberton and Whistler areas, with only a few who commuted from elsewhere to take the certificate program.

      A Special Education Assistant, also known as a SEA or EA is a para-professional who works in the school system (can be public or private) with children or adolescents who have special needs. SEAs support students in a variety of settings (classrooms, resource rooms, self-contained classrooms) and are under the direct supervision of either a teacher, resource teacher, or administrator.

      “We are looking at a possible next intake in Squamish commencing in July 2007,” says program instructor, Diane Koch, “as the demand for qualified SEAs continues to increase.”

      An information meeting is scheduled at the College’s Squamish campus, room 109, on Wednesday, January 24 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The program also runs annually at the College’s North Vancouver campus and an information meeting is scheduled at that campus in the Cedar building, room 347 on Wednesday, February 28 from 6 to 8 p.m.

      For more information on the SEA program, call 604.984.4960, e-mail sea@capilanou.ca, or visit the program website at www.capilanou.ca/programs/special-ed/Home.

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