OTTAWA – April 26, 2013 – Today, Fawzi Ahmad, a graduate of Stenberg College, was honoured as the winner of the National Association of Career Colleges’ Graduate of the Year Award. The award is presented to a recent career college graduate who has demonstrated dedication and perseverance in the attainment of higher education.
James Loder, Chair of the National Association of Career Colleges (NACC) presented the award at a ceremony that took place during NACC’s 2013 Conference & AGM in Vancouver, BC. Fawzi had an opportunity to present the story of his education experience.
“This year, we received countless applications for this award. It was really overwhelming to see how many talented career colleges graduates are out there,” said NACC’s Chief Executive Officer Serge Buy. “Fawzi’s story embodies everything that career colleges in Canada strive to be.”
“Stenberg could not be more proud of Fawzi and his accomplishments. He is an exemplary Graduate of the Year Award winner at our college this past year and managed to stand out from a field of superb candidates,” said Jeremy Sabell, President of Stenberg College. “We see Fawzi as representing the very best of what our student body has to offer in terms of his drive, his congeniality and his dedication to helping others. He also epitomizes the type of individual that so many colleges in our sector graduate.”
Fawzi faced many challenges in his life. He left his home and family to come to Canada. He eventually became a permanent resident and learned English. After graduating from Stenberg College’s Healthcare Program (as Valedictorian), he is now working at Total Cardiology Clinic and Foothills Medical Centre in Calgary.
“He is a new Canadian pursuing the dream of a better life, making significant sacrifices and doing whatever it takes to move through the portal of education and on to a career that both fits with his passion and meets his needs for long-term stability. Although his story is similar to that of so many others, we can think of nobody better suited for the tremendous honour being bestowed by NACC,” added Mr. Sabell.
Established in 1896, the National Association of Career Colleges (NACC) is the oldest post-secondary association in Canada, representing almost 500 career colleges across the country. All NACC members meet the highest regulatory standards, ensuring the best possible education for their students.
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