At a ribbon-cutting ceremony on November 18, 2016, Chippewa of the Thames First Nation (COTT) and Fanshawe College celebrated the forging of a new and growing relationship bringing post-secondary education to the people of Chippewa of the Thames First Nation.
“Partnerships with Canada’s educational institutions like the one we have with Fanshawe helps to write a new history of education for First Nations living in their communities,” says Chief Leslee White-eye. “The program is designed to meet community job shortages, while providing quality programming close to home in a supportive learning environment created for the people of Chippewa of the Thames First Nation.”
After community consultations identified post-secondary education as a priority within the First Nation community, COTT and Fanshawe collaborated to begin offering the Personal Support Worker (PSW) program on-reserve. Currently ten students are enrolled in the program that began on October 3, 2016.
“We know these students really well and the challenges they face. We are here to support them in every aspect, whether it’s for a car ride, lunch, babysitting or counselling,” notes Angela Fisher, employment and training director. “So far full enrolment remains and every student is passing the program. I believe offering the program within the community is contributing to their success.”
The College will begin offering entrepreneurial and small business programs in January 2017 and is developing a college preparatory program to assist future students in the transition to college.
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