I am writing concerning the closure of Adult Basic Education (ABE) at the College of the North Atlantic.
I started ABE at the Burin campus at the end of February. I am not very pleased with our government; this is affecting our lives so greatly. I worked at the fish plant in Marystown and that closed down, then I went to work at Highliner Foods in Burin and that closed down. The government did nothing to help keep the fish plants open and now they are closing down ABE at the College of the North Atlantic.
It has taken so much courage to go back to school. In order to get a job at most places now you have to have a Grade 12 diploma, you can’t even get a cleaning job without it. To go on to another program you have to have Grade 12 also.
On Thursday we were told by our employment counsellors that when ABE is finished at the college in June we have to wait until September to do our transition, which I really don’t think is fair.
Personally, I think if I have to leave the college and go home for the summer that I probably won’t have the courage to go through that again. It is a big adjustment to have to make. I am very discouraged with all this.
This government doesn’t have any compassion for anyone at the college or anyone else on the Burin Peninsula. They have lots of help for everyone else — like $90 million for a privately owned company in Corner Brook, which they say is a loan. They already helped them before, so I think this says it all.
They could have taken some of that money and kept ABE in the college. Why have you taken away our choice?
ABE student at the College of the North Atlantic