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Excel bursary will assist Safeway employees

In response to recent news of the impending closure of the Courtenay Safeway store, Excel Career College has created a bursary program to assist Safeway employees to train for new careers.

The program, with a potential value of $120,000, represents 120 bursaries — one for each of the 120 employees slated to lose their jobs — of $1,000 each towards full-time, career-training programs.

Fifty full-time and 70 part-time employees will be out of work when the store closes May 10.

Excel president Pauline Stevenson notes, “This closure is a huge blow to these employees and their families. The Comox Valley is growing, but not in a way that supports these employees; and when we discussed this discrepancy and the people affected by the massive job loss, the idea of the bursaries came to light.

“Our career programs are designed to get people trained and working quickly. We have high success rates for employment after graduation, and we feel this will be some encouraging news to those Safeway employees who have recently had to face some very bad news.

“This community has shown tremendous support to the college since our opening in 1989, and we are committed to giving

back and contributing to the vibrancy that is the Comox Valley.”

Excel delivers full-time programs in aquaculture, business management, digital design, health-care assistant, IT network and repair, as well as a range of specialized business programs.

The College was recently named Professional Company of the Year at the 2014 Vancouver Island Business Excellence Awards.

Excel will host an open house for Safeway employees later this month. It will be a chance to tour the college and receive specific information on each of the career programs and on additional funding options that may also be available.

— Excel Career College

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