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Pinehouse Business Program a Success

Sep 13, 2018

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By Dylan Pelletier

Dumont Technical Institute was proud to offer a Business Certificate program in Pinehouse Lake, Saskatchewan during the 2017-2018 school year. This program was a huge success especially since it is typically not run in a small community such as Pinehouse Lake. The main reason for this is that the instructor credentials needed to teach the program are rigorous. For example, our accounting instructor needed a professional accounting designation. These individuals are usually only found in larger communities. We were fortunate to be able to hire Raj Joshi and Randy Natomagan to teach the courses. Both met the high standards set by the Saskatchewan Polytechnic and Dumont Technical Institute. The students not only had great success in the Business Certificate program, but they were also very satisfied with how the instructors handled the class.

The students included Amy Boyd, Farrell Boyd, Maxine Iron, Kaylene Lariviere, Kelsey Lariviere, Owen Lariviere, Dena Marsh, Sophie McCallum, Joanna Misponas, Brendan Natomagan, Fiona Natomagan, Kendra Natomagan, Lorelle Natomagan, Matthew Natomagan, and Pamela Woods.

The Northern Village of Pinehouse and Pinehouse Business North played a major role in making the program a success. They provided administrative assistance in student recruitment, helped with interviews, and helped the students with funding documents. Many thanks to Walter Smith, Martine Smith, Mike Natomagan, and Reyna Natomagan for helping make it possible for Dumont Technical Institute to deliver the program in the community.

Gabriel Dumont Institute Training & Employment funded the majority of the students so they too deserve credit for making the students’ dreams possible.

The students themselves had to meet extremely high academic standards to both get into the program and to pass their exams. They worked very hard often staying in the classroom into the evenings to get extra help. Some of the students graduated with averages over 80%. Great job!

Pinehouse will have a brighter future with so many well educated community members. The grads can go on to further training and get a diploma or a degree in business. Others may choose to work for the Village, PBN or local businesses and apply the skills they learned in accounting, marketing, and human resources. Congratulations to the graduates of the Pinehouse Business Certificate program.

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