VCC: New partnership aims to help Aboriginal students succeed in school
New partnership aims to help Aboriginal students succeed in school
It's a commitment to access, opportunity and empowerment -- from Kindergarten to college.
Vancouver Community College (VCC) and the Vancouver School Board (VSB) have teamed up to improve education and career opportunities for Aboriginal students.
Highlights of a collaborative agreement signed on April 18:
- Establish initiatives to help Aboriginal students explore careers and plan for the future
- Develop and offer technology, trades, and human services education programming in VSB’s K-12 classes that could lead to post-secondary training
- Explore scholarships and grants that will make it easier for Aboriginal students to attend post-secondary
- Develop and support innovative bridging programs that allow Aboriginal teens to access college programs and services
- Share relevant support services and facilities when appropriate
As a show of commitment to this agreement, five Aboriginal high school students in Vancouver will be offered tuition-free studies at VCC for one year, upon recommendation from the school board.