Welding Faculty at NBCC Saint John, National Inclusive Education Award Recipient for 2020

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Welding Faculty, NBCC Saint John Top row left to right: Scott Steen, Kristie McHugh, Fred Smith; Bottom row left to right: Amanda Fagan, Kelsey McKenzie

The welding faculty at NBCC Saint John has demonstrated exemplary support, inclusion, education and leadership in fostering an atmosphere of belonging and learning. The instructors began teaching a student with autism in their classrooms this year, welcoming the experience to adapt their classroom environments and teaching styles to better serve the student. They have gone to great lengths to provide support, including coordinating their availability to offer one-to-one instruction outside of instructional hours.

The instructors collectively took the initiative to develop alternate methods of instruction, and worked collaboratively with Shelly Merrill-McKillop, Learning Strategist at NBCC Saint John, along with the student’s tutor and family. As a result, the student’s engagement and confidence have grown and other students in the classroom have learned about inclusion.

“The welding faculty treats all students the same, and makes sure that everyone gets what they need to be successful,” said Shelly. “Using universal design, they look for ways to make things better for all learners.”

Leading by example, the welding faculty have had a positive impact on other staff. The goal of these instructors is always student success, but this extends to far more than academic success. They strive to encourage open communication, interpersonal skills, self-confidence, and self-advocacy.

In an ever-evolving post-secondary environment, the welding instructors at NBCC Saint John have demonstrated they are leaders in change and inclusion. AS NBCC welcomes more learners with diverse needs, the instructors in this program have gone above and beyond to meet the needs of each individual student, and continue to do so.

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