That’s because Mike Davis is an accomplished NWCC graduate from the Social Service Worker (SSW) program. The 2010 grad is now a fourth year Bachelor of Social Work student at UNBC in Terrace and is back at NWCC as part of his practicum requirements.
Davis, a multi-scholarship winner at NWCC, will be working under the umbrella of the Student Services Team throughout the fall semester for the equivalent of three days or 21 hours per week.
“I chose to do my practicum at NWCC because I had a great experience here as a student and I wanted to be placed in a position where I could help students succeed,” said Davis, who plans to eventually earn a Masters Degree in Social Work and work as an addictions and grief and loss counsellor. “I thought it was important to try my hand at different things before getting to my end goal.”
So far, adds Davis, he’s got a good range of experience in his practicum role – exceeding his expectations.
“The first week I was job shadowing and learning about the roles and responsibilities of the NWCC staff. I have been involved in orientations in various classrooms and programs and I have joined in some outreach work in New Aiyansh and Kitsumkalum,” said Davis. “I’ve also participated in Learning Pathways courses, where I have sat in on discussions and offered my perspectives as a former student.”
Leona Wells, the First Nations Access Coordinator with the Student Services Team, says Davis being a former student is a huge benefit for his ability to understand the challenges students face.
“He can relate to student problems. Their needs are still so fresh with Mike, he was able to waltz into this position,” said Wells, adding Davis is extremely approachable.
Despite an obvious familiarity with student life and challenges, his experience here has still opened Davis’s eyes.
“I'm seeing a different side of campus life in my placement here. I’m seeing the needs of students, something I didn’t see as a student,” said Davis. “I’m reaching out to students to let them know there are people here to help solve their problems. Students need to know that asking for help is a sign of strength, not a sign of weakness.”
The practicum here is the first of two for Davis, who’ll earn six credits for his work at NWCC. He has yet to decide where his second practicum – a 15-credit, full semester assignment – will take place.