The Peace Wapiti Enterprise Centre has a new home for the new school year. It has moved into the same building as VO2 Max Health and Performance at 10720 117 Avenue in Grande Prairie.
The space is larger than its former location nearby in the Royal Oaks Plaza, which Alternative Education Principal Kate Thon says will lead to improved facilities and more opportunities for students to connect with their teachers and each other. She adds staff are also excited for the move.
“We are very excited to be able to offer increased drop-in times for students to come in and work on their courses. We will also have increased access to services and additional student workshops on the schedule.”
In the new facility, the centre will have room to run clubs and host activities, which was more difficult in the smaller location.
“With our limited space in the previous location, it was rare to not have exams in session, which made fostering a less structured and more relaxed environment a little challenging,” says Thon.
Blue Vetsch has been a student of the outreach school since it opened in 2018. They say they’re happy about more drop-in availability.
“Ever since PWEC has gained traction drop-ins have only been allowed on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays, because Wednesdays and Fridays were reserved for credit courses. I’m excited for drop-ins to go back to five days a week.”
PWEC offers a range of flexible program options for students from grades 10 to 12 who might be facing challenges finding success in a traditional school environment through the Peace Wapiti Public School Division.