I would like to set the record straight for some people trying to go to school in town.
Being an out of towner, meaning the southside; it gets tedious to take a course in Burns Lake without transportation to and from the southside. I figured wrong when I thought I could just register for a course at the College of New Caledonia (CNC) and get a place to live in town while taking a course, just didn’t happen.
I tried to live in a motel, which was out of my budget, had applied to rent an apartment, but was never contacted by the apartment managers. I appealed to Mrs. Mathews to advocate on my behalf, which she had done, got a new application for the apartment, and was not contacted again by the caretakers.
When I inquired about the available apartment I was told it was being repainted. I had stayed with friends, but it didn’t work out, so reluctantly I decided to withdraw from the course.
I feel maybe CNC should try to cater to out of towners and the landlords more or less paint people with the same brush, which I feel is discriminatory to others.
It would be beneficial for the college to be more aware that non residents may have a difficult time attaining housing while attending courses and help them more with information on what is available for housing.
Maybe, courses can be taken at the main campus in Prince George where housing for participants can attain housing, but Burns lake has missed out on one person’s contribution to the local economy, don’t let there be others.
I remain, Theodore Morris