TORONTO, Feb. 18 /CNW/ - Today, Rio Tinto Alcan announced a $13 million investment over five years
(2011-2016) in Pathways to Education Canada that will support the
significant expansion of the program in the province of Quebec.
Pathways will use this generous contribution to add three new sites and
a regional office in Quebec. A leadership council will also be
established to help generate awareness and support in the province.
With this donation, Pathways will now be able to help thousands of
Quebec students graduate from high school and successfully transition
to post-secondary education.
"This investment reflects Rio Tinto Alcan's bold leadership in
addressing a critical issue affecting Quebec and our country," said
David Hughes, president and chief executive officer, Pathways to
Education Canada. "This is a clear response to Pathways' call-to-action
to build a 'Graduation Nation', where all youth have an equal
opportunity to complete high school and realize their full potential."
Pathways' expansion plan for Quebec represents an important next step in
the organization's five-year plan to establish and sustain
high-performing programs in 20 high-need communities by 2016. This
'Graduation Nation' initiative will support more than 10,000 students
per year and make universal access to education a priority issue for
all Canadians. Thanks to the support of Rio Tinto Alcan, Pathways is
able to take a leap towards this goal, but achieving this vision
entirely will require a significant investment from additional
In keeping with Rio Tinto Alcan's corporate objective to support
communities in the regions in which they operate, its investment in
Pathways will be directed to improving the educational success of youth
in Quebec. Pathways will identify three high-needs communities in the
areas of Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, Mauricie and Montreal that would
benefit most from the Pathways program. All three chosen sites will
meet Pathways proven site-selection criteria, which include, but are
not limited to, the selection of an appropriate community agency, the
successful completion of an in-depth community engagement process and
the formal approval of the Pathways Canada Board of Directors.
Pathways will also establish a regional headquarters in Quebec to
provide leadership, expertise and administrative capacity to the Quebec
operations and expansion. Pathways is well-poised to activate this
donation, with a successful site already operating in Verdun and the
recent appointment of Pierre Côté as the president and executive
director of Pathways Quebec.
Pathways will also develop a leadership council of high profile
volunteers and advocates in Quebec who will help raise awareness of the
Pathways program and the importance of high school education and
graduation. Rio Tinto Alcan's chief executive office, Jacynthe Côté,
and members of her management team will assume roles on Pathways'
provincial and national leadership bodies.
Rio Tinto Alcan's donation was made out of the company's "Keeping Youth
in School Together" campaign that aims to support organizations that
provide various projects and initiatives that encourage students to
stay in school in regions in which the company operates.
"The Keeping Youth in School Together program was developed out of the belief that the business community must
take the necessary steps to help combat high school dropout rates to
ensure the next generation is properly prepared to run our businesses,"
said Jacynthe Côté, chief executive office, Rio Tinto Alcan. "Pathways
to Education has a proven track record of success and has already
helped countless youth graduate high school and achieve greatness. Our
contribution will help Pathways reach more Quebec students and help
ensure a promising future for Quebec."
The Pathways to Education program offers a comprehensive,
community-based and results-focused approach that sets it apart from
other programs in its holistic commitment to improving the
opportunities of participating students. Pathways provides academic
tutoring, group and career-oriented mentoring, student advocacy and
financial assistance, including transit tickets or meal vouchers, as
well as academic scholarships for post-secondary studies. Since its
inception in 2001, Pathways has expanded to eleven communities across
the country as part of its long term goal to serve 10,000 students in
20 communities by 2016.
About Pathways to Education Canada - www.pathwaystoeducation.ca
Pathways to Education Canada is a charitable organization that helps
youth in low-income communities graduate from high school and
successfully transition into post-secondary education or training.
Pathways removes systemic barriers to education by providing
leadership, expertise and a community-based program proven to lower
dropout rates. Founded in 2001, Pathways operates in eleven
communities across Canada, with programs in Ontario, Quebec, Nova
Scotia and Manitoba.
SOURCE Pathways to Education Canada
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