On June 3rd at the Roseland Golf and Curling Club, Canadian College once again celebrated the achievements of our students as they walked across the stage, received their diplomas, and enjoyed a well-earned graduation celebration. Each and every year, this time marks an important milestone in the careers of our students, and this year’s celebration was certainly no exception.
In fact, for 19 of our students, the journey to graduation had been especially bumpy. Originally beginning their studies at Everest College, these 19 students had to navigate a school closure and more before finally reaching their graduation day.
Read on to find out just what that journey was like, and how they finally received their diplomas with the help of Canadian College.
For students Chanel Mitchell and Stephanie Snary, as well as many others, the journey towards their new career began a few years ago and at a different college. They first enrolled at Everest College, where they began their studies.
But then, in 2015, these students received a shocking bit of news. The college had lost its accreditation, and suddenly their classes were cancelled and their diplomas left unfinished. As Chanel Mitchell remembers, “We were all very shocked, disappointed, didn’t know what we were going to do.” Would she ever have the chance to complete her medical office assistant training? Fortunately, the answer was a resounding yes!
As Everest College closed its 14 schools all across Ontario, many students were left wondering if they would ever be able to finish their diplomas. After having invested so much time and hard work into their studies, many of them certainly wanted to try.
To help ease students through this difficult transition, Canadian College offered to help.
“We contacted the ministry, let them know that we were able to help any way that we could,” recalls school administrator Melissa Cole. Working with Ontario’s Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, Canadian College soon determined which programs it could offer to students looking to complete their courses in Windsor. And with the help of the training completion fund, which each career college pays into, many students were able to finish their education at no extra cost.
As each student received their hard-earned diploma, it was a time of celebration. Graduate Samantha Janisse called it a truly happy day, saying that “It just feels really good to actually graduate this year.”
Other students also celebrated their achievements as they prepared for the next step in their journey. As Stephanie Snary mentioned, “I have a full-time job in the field that I’m in and it’s been two long years but I’m finally here.”
Congratulations to all of our graduates!
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