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Dear Editor: Back in 2001, I was funded through Advanced Education and Skills for five years of post-secondary school, taking general courses in helping me to work towards a career.

Advanced Education and Skills is a program that gave people with disabilities a grant for schooling — the grant that was given me lasted for five years, and I took courses through College of the North Atlantic. This grant was forgivable, meaning I did not have to pay it back.

My story is I need to find another grant to fund my education. At this moment, I am with student aid and at a school in Alberta, but they are giving me a rough going over.

There are problems with our education system and no one can see them, only those who are going back to school to get higher education.

In knowing the problems with the education system, those people who work in the Education department or funding agency should take time to hear someone who knows those problems.

The school is blaming student aid for not allowing me to take a non-credit course, but this is wrong because student aid has funded other students for non-credit courses. If student aid is the problem, I want to be able to apply for a school grant to get further education.

There is funding, but when it comes to golf courses or companies that deal with tourism, they seem to me to be able to get all the money they want.

There is a lot more that I could talk about, so where is the funding for education if they have money for golf courses and everything else?

Roland Reid, Norris Point

Organizations: College of the North Atlantic, Dear Editor, Education department

Geographic location: Alberta

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  • Roy
    March 13, 2014 - 08:00

    Something is missing. Back in 2001, thirteen years ago, he received 5 years worth of funding but is still in school. Is he now asking NL taxpayers to pay for his Alberta tuition?

    • Roland Reid
      March 14, 2014 - 09:57

      No, I was funded before through Advanced Education & Skills, but after finished college I couldn't get any work under my field. I need to go back to school for further education; in order to get further education, I need to find another Grant for school. If I was in the Tourism Industry, I would be entitled to funding. Therefore, there are Grants out there for education but where?