Set up for success

Nicola Valley Institute of Technology (NVIT) will be taking part in a career fair hosted by Simpcw First Nation on Thursday, Feb. 24. Here is a profile of a successful NVIT student.

Editor’s Note: Nicola Valley Institute of Technology (NVIT) will be taking part in a career fair hosted by Simpcw First Nation on Thursday, Feb. 24. Here is a profile of a successful NVIT student.

SUBMITTED

Fawn Marie Adolph liked the vibe of the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology (NVIT) campus right from the very start. “It had a warm feeling to it,” she recalls of beginning her academic upgrading at the Merritt campus in 2002. “The atmosphere, the people, it was all very comforting, very nice and open.”

The Merritt campus was also, conveniently, in her hometown. When the time came and she wanted to attend a post-secondary educational institution, Adolph didn’t even think about going anywhere else.

First of all, she really liked the idea of attending a First Nations institution with values and programs that reflected her ethics and culture. And secondly, she had seen lots of people graduate from NVIT with “good standards and very successful jobs.”

After completing two years of academic upgrading at NVIT in 2004, Adolph finished an academic diploma in 2006 and graduated with a Bachelor in Social Work (BSW) in 2008.

“It’s really a warm welcoming environment,” she says. “It’s easy to concentrate and study and come out with a successful diploma or degree.”

After providing Adolph with an education, NVIT helped set her up with a job. “They have recruiters come in from different agencies and the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) from the Northern Region came in and talked about potential jobs, and they hired me.”

Since graduating, Adolph has been working with the MCFD in Hazleton, most recently as a Resource Worker – Working with Foster Parents. The overwhelming majority of her clients are Aboriginal people-something she finds both rewarding and challenging.