NWCC Reacts to Prince Rupert Council's Concern of Cancelling ESL Course

Councillors in Prince Rupert have brought up concerns with the cancellation of English as a Second Language courses at the local NWCC campus.

The ESL course gives new Canadians a chance to learn English.

Councillor Barry Cunningham says it's frustrating to see this take place.

"It's hard enough already for someone for coming to our country, new town, new culture and having trouble with communication. This is essential to any community that has a service industry of any type. These people typically start out a lower service jobs and work their way up. What chance do they have to get a job or do anything else? I think it's very important."

In a statement, the college says ESL courses are a federal responsibility and the government expects other organizations to take on contracts for this course.

The college adds the course contracts do not align with the N-W-C-C collective agreements and limits the ability of the College to execute the contract in the best interests of the students who require the services.

The college says it does remain committed to working with the city to best serve its needs and attract students to the area.