It is a school... I enjoyed my time there very much.
Student (Former Employee), Wetaskiwin, AB – June 9, 2014
Pros: the opportunity to better yourself, and to learn.
Cons: very little finacial support.
Typical day was filled with a lot of school work, and great learning opportunities.
I learned a lot about myself, and earned a few certificates for having the highest grades, and earned my diplomas in English 30 pure, and Math 30 applied. I also earned the regional shine award for outstanding student.
The teachers were fantastic, and as long as you – more... respected them, they were more than willing to work with you to help understand the work.
School work is always challenging, but the hardest thing about school is delegating your time, so that you can complete your homework, and have at least some time for studying.
The most enjoyable part of the school is the freedom of expression for some of the assignments (speaking of English). And of course the outstanding teaching staff. – less
Administrative Support (Temporary) (Former Employee), Edmonton, AB – June 4, 2014
My job started as a two week cover off position which led to me being called back to NorQuest College for a contract position. I loved the office that I worked in and the students that I helped. However the college was at that point going through major transitions. There were layoffs and cut backs, my position ended due to financial restraints. Most – more... contract or temporary employees were laid off due to low enrollment. – less
Although there are some good people working here, not a good career step if you are seeking an academic career..
various positions (Former Employee), Edmonton, Alberta – January 19, 2014
Pros: some employees really care about the students and work hard to ensure students are successful.
Cons: dysfunctional, governmental organization.
Despite many employees who really care about the students and are very dedicated, this is a very disengaged and dysfunctional place to work. This organization is plagued by poor or non-existent processes and lacks a strong vision of where it is going as an academic institution (despite a recent rebranding). Very frustrating 'governmental' work environment – more... where employees rarely feel valued or listened to. The most senior executives of the organization lack connection to the frontline staff and to the real purpose of this organization. Very disappointing place to work if you have an interest in pursuing an academic career. Good place to land if you are a technocrat. – less
Tyrant of government administered education. Avoid!
Curriculum Writer and teacher (Former Employee), Edmonton, AB – December 13, 2013
Pros: nuturing line-staff and wonderful students.
Cons: refusal to pay for work accepted and used; admimistratively competative.
Very unstable atmosphere. Students are wonderful, but they and their sponsors are exploited without mercy by the College (i.e. admissions, bookstore, etc.). No adequate provisions for class space, or teacher workspace. No academic privacy (administration access to e-mail, phone calls, etc.). Lines of authority constantly changing. Favoritism. Intimidation. – more... Ineffective union representation. Awful employer! Yet the staff is talented and friendly. They go out of the way to help students succeed. – less
Language Teacher (Former Employee), Edmonton – June 22, 2012
Pros: good experience
Cons: not for me
I jumped into a classroom in the middle of summer and tried to teach a language class. The textbook was not sufficient, so I had to find my own teaching materials. It was stressful, and I felt shy teaching adults!
Administrative Assistant (Former Employee), Edmonton, AB – May 1, 2012
Pros: great working environment, positive learning expereince
Cons: temporary position
Interesting work environment geared towards maintaining a positive experience for students. Provided an understanding of how an office is run, specifically in a college setting. Inspired personal advancement in post secondary education. Great co-workers who inspired personal dedication to the job. Provided opportunities for leadership and responsibility, – more... and increased self-confidence and assertiveness within the workplace. – less