PHILIPSBURG:--- On Monday May 16th the AVE Board of the NIPA was please to sign a contract with local educator Dr. Maria van Enkervoort, to develop its first level 4 course. This course is for the certification of Educational Assistants who are very much needed in our Elementary level of education. This level 4 course will be primarily prepare eligible persons to be a support to the teacher, in the areas of academic support for students, classroom management and ICT support among other supporting tasks. Level 4 is equivalent to an Associate degree and it will allow successful students who are interested in furthering their education to go on to obtain a Bachelors degree in Education. The Board is very excited about this development and is prepared to add this to the new list of level 3 & 4 courses for the new academic year!