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CLI College of Business, Health, & Technology
Muna Mohamud is a very inspiring woman. She has a tremendous passion for helping Canadian immigrants find employment and success in their new home. Muna is the Operations Manager at CLI College of Business, Health &Technology which recently opened its second Edmonton location at 8706-118th Ave. Muna started CLI College in Edmonton after one year as an Operations Manager for CLI in Toronto. She opened the first Edmonton campus at 10575 – 114 street just three years ago with a Health Care Aide certificate program.
Now she has started a second certificate program in Hairstyling at the Alberta Avenue location, and she is looking forward to starting an online high school program to "fill the breach" for many immigrants who have not completed the necessary high school requirements for the CLI certificate programs. Along with class room and field work, the CLI students are encouraged to volunteer in their field before their first job, so they have both experience in and understanding of the vocation they are entering.
The new CLI location on Alberta Avenue is situated between Catholic Social Services and the Mennonite Centre for Newcomers, making it an ideal location for continuing to help and resource CLI graduates. Muna said that CLI is not just a school, but an important part of the community for many of their graduates. They help students create resumes and get their first job. They are also a place for students to come back to for more help when they are looking for other jobs and opportunities.
Muna comes from a family of inspiring and talented women. Originally from Somalia, Muna immigrated to Canada in 1991 and was followed by her Grandmother in 1993 and her mother in 1994. Her mother was one of the first women in Somalia to earn a college education, and her grandmother is a poet and activist who has challenged women's oppression and the plight of refugees. Muna's mother has even written a book about her grandmother's life and poetry.
Muna is grateful for all that she has received from her family and her new home in Canada, and she is very glad to be able to give back and help others.