NIDES graduate has scholarship revoked

------------------------------------------------------------------------

Alannah Clark shows her $1

Alannah Clark shows her $1

 

 

Alannah Clark knows how far $1,000 can go towards the cost of post-secondary tuition, but now her potential program at Capilano University might end up costing her that much more.

That’s because Clark was a recipient of a $1,000 Dogwood District/Authority Awards when she graduated from North Island Distance Education School (NIDES) in June, but it depended on one biology course which needed to be completed by the end of August.

“It was part of her grad plan,” explained Alannah’s mother Colleen Clark. “With NIDES being always open, it’s normal to work through the summer into July and August and the teachers being there to support the students.”

When Clark heard about potential impacts of the labour dispute on the school, she began investigating other options for her daughter for her to complete the course.

“We went online to register for distributed learning through an independent school and (Alannah) made an attempt to register, but it didn’t work,” added Clark, who suspects there may have been a glitch in the system due to an overwhelming amount of students attempting to register.

As a result, Alannah did not complete the course, and not long ago, received a call from a school counsellor at NIDES telling her the scholarship was being revoked.

“She was confused and I was really upset. Alannah was on the verge of tears. We are grateful for the opportunity and the teachers felt bad; they’ve done what they can to support her, but she’s disappointed,” noted Clark who added Alannah hopes to apply to the Jazz Studies program at Capilano in 2015. “I honestly thought it was a joke.”

Clark said she contacted School District 71, school trustees and the Ministry of Education, and was told because there was a fixed date with the scholarship, nothing can be done.

School District 71 superintendent Sherry Elwood said while she understands the frustration faced by both Alannah and her mother, she explained Alannah withdrew from NIDES in June with the goal to register in a self-designed program.

“We agreed to hold her transcript and the credits would be attached to us. She would have then been in a position to graduate through the summer and be eligible for the scholarship,” Elwood explained. “From June until the end of the job action, she was not a NIDES student; she was not a registered student.”

Elwood noted there were other designated learning schools Clark could have registered in,  after the first application failed.

She said that upon completion of the course, Allanah will be eligible for the 2014/2015 school year, and will have the opportunity to reapply for the scholarship.

The school district is offering support financially for Clark to complete the course through North Island College, with which SD71 has an arrangement for a dual credit program.

“We’re offering to do what we can … this is a young woman we know and support and from our perspective, we didn’t get a chance to assist her, she withdrew in the middle of June.”

While Alannah is now working on completing the one course, Clark said the incident draws attention to the lack of support for distributed learning students across the province.

“Alannah was forced to go to an independent school. School District 71 could not serve Alannah or any student,” she noted.

“Distributed Learning is part of the B.C. government education plan, but it’s not supported by the government. Kids’ needs are not being met. The degree that Distributed Learning students were affected by the strike in the summer was huge — three months. Most kids  at regular schools missed five weeks of school.”

 

 

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Artist Sandra Meigs will be the next speaker in NIC’s online 2021 Artist Talk series, appearing virtually on Friday, March 5 at 1 pm. For the full schedule and link to attend the Artist Talk Online Series, visit https://nicart.tickit.ca/. (Photo: The Glass Ticker (2017) — 15’ X 9’ X 5’, wood, enamel, lights, aluminum, glass, automata. Photo by Toni Hafkenscheid.)
Celebrated artist and mentor joins North Island College Artist Talk series

North Island College’s virtual 2021 Artist Talk series welcomes Sandra Meigs, past… Continue reading

The Coast Range makes a spectacular backdrop for orca heading towards Discovery Passage of Campbell River Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021. Photo by Frank Neil
Island wildlife viewers thrilled by close view of passing Orca pod

Group gives wildlife photographers a classic opportunity to view them off Campbell River shoreline

Dasher is back home with mom Christine Girvin thanks to some help from BC Ferries staff. Photo supplied
The cat came back, with help from Comox ferry staff

After Dasher made a dash, ferry staff found her and got her home safe

A rendering of the Denman Green plans for the Kirk Road site. Image, DHA/Ronan Design
Denman Green finds new site for housing

Facing COVID delays, the project reached expiration date on initial site

A fawn stands in a field. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
MARS hoping to build fawn complex for rehab

Their goal is to raise $20,000 in a relatively short period of time.

A health worker holds a vial of AstraZeneca vaccine to be administered to members of the police at a COVID-19 vaccination center in Mainz, Germany, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021. The federal state of Rhineland-Palatinate, start with the vaccination of police officers in internal police vaccination centers. (Andreas Arnold/dpa via AP)
B.C. officials to unveil new details of COVID vaccination plan Monday

Seniors and health-care workers who haven’t gotten their shot are next on the list

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

A boat caught fire in Ladysmith Harbour on Saturday morning. (Photo submitted)
Search underway for missing woman after boat catches fire in Ladysmith harbour

A large boat caught fire on the morning of Saturday, Feb. 27

An investigation is underway after a man was shot and killed by Tofino RCMP in Opitsaht. (Black Press Media file photo)
Man shot and killed by RCMP near Tofino, police watchdog investigating

Investigation underway by Independent Investigations Office of British Columbia.

B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver on Tuesday December 11, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C.’s compromise on in-person worship at three churches called ‘absolutely unacceptable’

Would allow outdoor services of 25 or less by Langley, Abbotsford and Chilliwack churches

Photo: Lt. Sandy Pridmore, MARS Darlene Banerd, MARS, Warren Warttig and Captain Rob Stevens show the new automatic external defibrillator (AED) that will be located at the MARS facilities located at 1331 William Beach Road, Black Creek. Photo supplied
Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society adds AED to Williams Beach Road location

Submitted Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (MARS) has collaborated with the Comox Firefighters… Continue reading

Baldy Mountain Resort was shut down on Saturday after a fatal workplace accident. (Baldy Mountain picture)
Jasmine and Gwen Donaldson are part of the CAT team working to reduce stigma for marginalized groups in Campbell River. Photo by Marc Kitteringham, Campbell River Mirror
Jasmine’s story: Stigma can be the hardest hurdle for those overcoming addiction

Recovering B.C. addict says welcome, connection and community key for rebuilding after drug habit

Most Read