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Broadcasting future choices

Darrell Greer
Northern News Services
Published Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Schools across the Kivalliq have stepped up their efforts during the past few years to make students more aware of the opportunities and career choices that await when they finish their high school education.

Both career and job fairs are now being held annually at a number of Kivalliq schools, and special presentations from college and university recruiters, industry representatives and trade school instructors have become the rule rather than the exception.

Many Northern entities such as the Government of Nunavut, Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. and the regional Inuit associations and their various investment arms also spend a great deal of time recruiting future additions to their ranks.

While Maani Ulujuk Ilinniarvik was hosting a traditional career fair this past month in Rankin Inlet, Sakku School in Coral Harbour brought in a special presenter to extol the benefits of a career many Sakku students may not have given much consideration to - radio broadcasting.

The day-long presentation also saw lucky Grade 7 student Caylin Angootealuk and Grade 10 student Jay Pudlat win brand-new iPods.

Sakku teacher Lison TamEveleigh took the lead in arranging for Cheryl Maracle to appear at the school and discuss radio broadcasting as a viable career choice.

Maracle's presentations were divided into two sessions, with students in grades nine to 12 attending the morning gathering and students in grades 10 to 12 the afternoon session.

Tam-Eveleigh said Sakku School was fortunate to have Maracle present careers in radio broadcasting.

She said one of the interactive highlights of the presentation was when students were given the chance to present their findings on a chosen career in front of their group.

"It was a good experience for them to go through, in working together to give a presentation," said TamEveleigh.

"The students enjoyed learning about the qualifications and job-skills set for the different careers.

"The workshop was coco-ordinated through Indspire, which was formerly known as the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation.

"We were fortunate to have the workshop take place this year with Indspire's cooperation and coordination."

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