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Grade nine students to experience University life

News Release Release Date: May 11, 2015 2:00 p.m.

On May 12 and 13, approximately 100 grade nine students from Regina’s partner school divisions and local First Nations will discover some of the exciting opportunities the University of Regina offers as part of a program called Discover Your Direction.

Students will tour the University’s main campus and federated colleges, stay overnight in a residence room, participate in breakout sessions delivered by faculty and hear from current University students about the challenges and successes of University life.

“We’ve had tremendous support and participation from the school boards and teachers, as well as our faculty and student volunteers who do an excellent job of introducing these students to the campus,” says Len Brhelle, consultant with the High School to University Transitions Committee which hosts the conference.

This is the fifth Discover Your Direction student conference, which is focused primarily on Aboriginal students, from the Regina Public, Catholic and Prairie Valley school divisions, and local First Nation reserves. The conference helps achieve the committee's goal that all students be encouraged to explore a post-secondary education.

“Unfortunately many Aboriginal students don’t complete high school so this conference is designed to encourage these students to stay in school and consider the University as a viable option,” says Brhelle.  “Most of these students are coming to the University for the first time and we hope to show them that they will be welcome and can be successful here.”

The High School to University Transitions Committee promotes a shared responsibility in the successful transition of students from high school to university.

 

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