ST. JOHN’S, NL –
It’s not every day that someone can say their job involves royalty, but in Robert Greeley’s case, it’s an everyday occurrence.
Greeley, a 2016 graduate of the Comprehensive Arts and Science (CAS) Transition Program at College of the North Atlantic (CNA), started working as the Manager of Communications for the Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador in May 2021.
Greeley says it’s a pleasure to work with the Viceregal representative of Queen Elizabeth II in the province.
“It's a real privilege to be able to work with the Lieutenant Governor,” he said. “With the initiatives we have here at Government House, where the grounds are open to the public, all the different events, and people you get to encounter; it makes coming to work every day interesting and allows for me to challenge myself professionally.”
Greeley says he owes a lot of his current success to his early days at CNA and completing the program at Clarenville campus.
“My time at CNA was fantastic,” recalled the Clarenville native, adding that the CAS Transition Program was a great way for him to improve his marks to further his education. “It allowed me to prepare for the post-secondary tasks of my undergraduate and master’s degrees ... This program is perfect for anyone trying to amplify their academic portfolio.”
Since graduating from CNA, Greeley continued to further his post-secondary career. He holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Ottawa, and he is currently working towards completing his master of Digital Media program from Ryerson University.
When he is not working or studying, Greeley says he is working on his portfolio as part of his own personal production company.
“I’m always looking for the next story to tell, whether that be with video, photo or graphics,” he said.
Currently living in St. John’s NL, he says he encourages others to pursue their own dreams.
“Fixate on what you can control and note what you can't so you can learn from it,” he advised. “But don't let it take away from what you're striving for, and always keep your happiness and health as a top priority.”
Brenda Tobin, Dean of CNA’s School of Academics, Applied Arts and Tourism, says there are many opportunities available to students who graduate from the CAS Transition program.
“No matter what your background in life is, you need to give yourself a chance,” she said. “We’ve seen so many students complete this program and move on to great success in their education and professional careers. As dean, I am proud to say we have instructors who believe in our students, care about them and don’t judge them. We can see their potential, and before they leave this program, we help them see it as well. I had the pleasure of meeting Robert Greeley while he was in the CAS Transition program and his words to me then gave me a sense that he would accomplish his goals. I am so delighted to hear about his latest work for the Lieutenant Governor of NL and his future career plans!”
Happy Valley-Goose Bay campus is one of several sites throughout Newfoundland and Labrador where the CAS Transition program is offered.
Craig Baker, Senior Campus Director at CNA’s Happy Valley-Goose Bay Campus, agrees with Tobin and says he also sees the value of the program, whether it’s to boost marks after high school or a transition for students who have been out of the school system for a while.
“This is a great bridging program for students who need the academic courses or required grades to enter a college program that they are interested in,” said Baker. “We also had students take courses as a refresher before they enter their college or university program … It is valuable for students to help them attain their educational goals in life and hopefully their life goals of working in their chosen profession.”
For more information about CAS Transition or CAS Transfer programs, visit www.cna.nl.ca
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