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AHCOTE grads are ready to teach

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When teachers join forces, great things happen.  

Last night, we had the absolute honour of celebrating the graduation of the Alaska Highway Consortium on Teacher Education (AHCOTE) students. Yesterday, they were students; today they’re teachers, and we couldn’t be more proud.  

Congratulations Chelsea MacKay, Jessica Ennis, Ariel Gunn, Madison Bassett, Linlin Gu, and Annika Nixon Bander Linden!  

“It’s always so exciting to see future teachers graduate. Getting to see these incredible students accept their certificates and start on their path to life-long, promising careers is the best feeling,” says Kathleen Lewis, Associate Dean, Academic and Vocational Studies.  

AHCOTE is a partnership with Northern Lights College, Simon Fraser University, and our regional school districts to teach… well… teachers! This program has existed for more than thirty years and has seen hundreds of graduates move into promising careers in education.  

“We are so excited to introduce this group of new educators to the teaching profession. AHCOTE, which was established in 1987, is such an important program to our northern communities. We’re so fortunate to have this unique partnership with Simon Fraser University and Northern Lights College. It is the only teacher education program where future teachers from this region get trained in this region, to hopefully stay and work at schools in this region,” says Angela Connelly, Faculty Associate/Coordinator for AHCOTE with Simon Fraser University. 

AHCOTE was designed specifically for students interested in teaching and living in northern British Columbia. However, the B.C. Ministry of Education teaching certificate enables students to pursue a career anywhere in the province.  

Learn more about the program and get ready for the next round of intakes here.