It’s that time of year again – young adults donning caps and gowns in front of proud family members and friends, pausing for photos, and sopping up last bits of wisdom before trotting off to the next chapter.
Whether leaving high school or post-secondary, these grads have decisions to make – where to study, where to work, where to live.
And will that be here, in the northwest? More and more, judging from the bright, young faces spotted around town, that seems to be the case – whether that’s students choosing to study here, or choosing to return to their hometown from abroad later in life.
Twenty-three years ago, UNBC was created, in large part, to train people who will then stay, work, and nest in the north. That, combined with a strong focus on skills training at NWCC, and the cooperation of the school districts in preparing those future students and workers – alongside the necessary government and industry support – should help fill out the next generation of northwest leaders.
And what kind of place does this next generation want to live in?
It’s never too early for these future leaders to begin thinking about the culture, environment, and city they want to build, grow with, and foster – nor is it a bad idea for the leaders of today to take the next generation under their wing, provide them with relevant advice, and ready for the eventual passing on of the torch.