Grade 11 and 12 students to get head start on post-secondary goals
RED DEER, AB, Aug. 26 /CNW/ - Aboriginal students across Alberta now
have access to tuition-free post-secondary courses through a new
agreement between the Sunchild E-Learning Community and DeVry Institute
of Technology in Calgary. Under the agreement, qualified Sunchild
students have access to a selection of DeVry Calgary's bachelor's degree
courses online through DeVry's Passport2College program.
"DeVry's Passport2College program is an excellent opportunity for
Sunchild students to earn post-secondary credits from a school that has
been granted accreditation by the Government of Alberta to award
baccalaureate degrees," explains Martin Sacher, CEO of the Sunchild
E-Learning Community. "The program is the perfect fit for our students
because it gives them a tuition-free opportunity to get a head start on
higher education before they even graduate high school."
Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, the Sunchild E-Learning
Community offers junior and senior high school courses to Aboriginal
students through online synchronous distance learning programs.
Responding to the need for quality education programs in remote areas,
Sunchild has successfully increased the high school completion rate in
the Aboriginal community through the online school. The Passport2College
agreement was signed at an August 19 anniversary-commemoration event by
Sunchild E-Learning's Sacher, Sunchild First Nation Chief James
Frencheater and DeVry Calgary president Ranil Herath.
"Sunchild and DeVry share a mission to foster student learning through
high-quality, career-oriented education," says Herath. "DeVry is pleased
to provide qualified Sunchild students with this important step in
furthering their education, and we look forward to working with Sunchild
to increase access to higher-learning opportunities for Alberta's
DeVry's Passport2College program was designed for high school students
interested in getting a head-start on their post-secondary education
goals by earning credits from a provincially-approved institution for
coursework in business, technology and general education including
English, math and psychology. Tuition and fees are waived for those
qualified and selected to participate and students need only to purchase
books and course materials. First offered in 1992, the Passport2College
program is available at many DeVry locations across North America.
The program will open immediately to the top 25 qualified Sunchild
students. These students will be able to take up to four tuition-free
courses through DeVry's Calgary campus.
Additional information about DeVry Institute of Technology can be found
at www.DeVry.ca. Additional
information about Sunchild E-Learning Community can be found at www.sccyber.net.
About DeVry Calgary
DeVry Institute of Technology in Alberta is part of the DeVry University
system, one of the largest degree-granting higher education systems in
North America, with more than 85,000 students enrolled in the United
States and Canada. At more than 90 locations, DeVry University
delivers practitioner-oriented undergraduate and graduate degree
programs, onsite and online, that meet the needs of a diverse and
geographically dispersed student population. DeVry Calgary offers degree
programs in Business Administration, Computer Information Systems,
Electronics Engineering Technology, Computer Engineering Technology, and
Network Communications Management. In Canada, the government of Alberta
grants approval for baccalaureate degrees awarded by DeVry Calgary. In
the United States, DeVry University is accredited by The Higher Learning
Commission of the North Central Association, href="http://www.ncahlc.org/">www.ncahlc.org.
DeVry University, a subsidiary of DeVry Inc. (NYSE: DV), is based in
Downers Grove, Ill. For more information about DeVry University, find
us on Twitter @DeVryUniv or visit href="C:UsersKBoleyLocal SettingsTEMPnotes758E9Cwww.devry.edu">www.devry.edu.
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