CDI College Offers Full Scholarships to a Couple of Syrian Refugees

QUEBEC, Feb. 15, 2017 /CNW/ - Janet Jiji, Nabih Sabeh and their two young children were among the first Syrian refugees to arrive in Quebec in December 2015. 

After a full year spent improving their language skills, Janet and Nabih feel ready to make significant and positive contributions to the Canadian society by joining the workforce. 

Despite Janet's legal training in Syria and Nabih's background in computer science, going back to school is an essential step in their process of integration, so they can acquire Canadian experience and hands-on training. 

Having settled in Quebec City when they arrived last year, the couple chose CDI College to help them with their transition to the labour market. It was a natural choice since CDI College compassionately decided to award the couple two full scholarships. 

"We were deeply touched by the story of Janet and Nabih, including their incredible determination to start over from scratch in the hope of providing a better future for their children," said Andre Souza, Vice President of Operations at CDI College. "We didn't think twice: starting a new life in a new country as refugees is no small task and we are pleased to help the integration process of this close-knit family." 

"Janet and Nabih are amazing," said Line Angrignon, director of the CDI College campus in Quebec City. "The quality of their French is particularly remarkable for people who arrived in Quebec just a year ago. These are people who had to flee their country because of the war that was raging in Syria and who show exceptional tenacity every day. I am absolutely certain that they will succeed." 

Janet is currently enrolled in the Paralegal Technology- JCA.1F program and Nabih is enrolled in the Network and Internet Security Specialist - LEA.AE program. In just a few months, Janet can covet a job in a law firm or notary practice and Nabih can consider a career in networking. 

As a reminder, the province of Quebec has pledged to welcome 7,300 Syrian refugees in efforts to resolve the humanitarian crisis in Syria. Those who want to do their part can visit the official site of the Government of Quebec.

Learn more about Janet & Nabih's journey by watching this video: http://bit.ly/2lfezT8

About CDI College Business Technology Healthcare

For more than 45 years, CDI College has been a leading career training institution helping thousands of students achieve career goals and aspirations. With 24 campuses across Canada, CDI College offers hands-on training from experienced instructors in a wide range of business, technology, healthcare, early childhood education, art and design, legal studies, and trades programs. CDI College's practical, hands-on learning experiences prepare students to enter the working world with the skills they need to succeed.

SOURCE Campus Support

For further information: François Morissette, 604-915-7288 ext. 2311, francois.morissette@campus-support.ca

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