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Indian Business Management Training Inagurated

On Friday, September 1st the Touchwood File Hills ,Qu'Appelle District Chiefs officially inagurated the Indian Business Management Program at the District Chiefs' Education Centre in the town of Fort Qu'Appelle.

The program is offered by the District Chiefs in affiliation with the Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies and the Palliser Campus in Moose Jaw.

Joan Peigan, a graduate from the Business Program is the Co-ordinator for the program.

"The SIIT is providing the administrative support and the Palliser Campus is providing three instructors in the first year and two more in the second year," Joan stated.

"There are 30 students enrolled in the first year program and we anticipate another 30 for the second year for a total of 60 students."

"The program is a two year diploma program accredited by the Palliser Campus of SIAST."

The program will be enriched with Indian content to compliment the existing subjects offered by Palliser. This will not take anything away from the Palliser program but will enrich it to make it more meaningful and applicable to Native students.

The three instructors are; Cathy Samoleski who teaches Accounting and Management, Karel Yong who teaches Micro Economics and Financing and Molly Sapergia who teaches Data Processing and Communications.

The staff also includes a tutor, Sharon Desnomie and Student Counsellor, Michael Starr.

Joan Peigan - Coordinator Michael Starr, Student Counsellor

Joan Peigan - Coordinator

Michael Starr, Student Counsellor

"As the Student Counsellor Michael sees the housing shortage in Fort Qu'Appelle as the biggest problem." "We help students find accommodations through Silver Sage Housing, Sask. Housing and CMHC Housing."

"Commuting is also a problem for students coming in from the reserve," he states, "breakdowns and cold weather can be a problem and as a result their attendance will suffer."

Michael also developed the program logo that was unveiled at the opening.

The two year program runs through four semesters of classroom instruction from September to May and an eight week practicum in June and July. The practicum offers the students an opportunity to work in an existing business. The students get the month of August off and return for year II in September 1990 which takes them to completion in May 1991.

Admission requirement include grade 12 with a strong aptitude for Algebra and English. If yon are interested in the program contact; Joan Peigan, Box 1549, Fort Qu'Appelle, Saskatchewan, SOG -1SO or call (306) 332 • 5664.