Giving high school students a college head-start
TELUS Community Board grant supports Camosun – High School LYNC program
September 7, 2012
Carpentry, chemistry, computer engineering – you name it – local high school students are fast-tracking their college education thanks to a highly innovative program offered by Camosun College and the five School Districts of Southern Vancouver Island.
The LYNC Program (Leading Youth to New Careers), coordinated by Camosun and the Victoria, Sooke, Saanich, Cowichan Valley and Gulf Islands school districts, gives Grade 10, 11 and 12 students the chance to earn college credits and advanced placement at Camosun while completing high school.
This highly successful high school-to-college transition program is one of few in Canada and allows over 600 students a year the opportunity to attain dual credit and an accelerated jump-start on their future careers.
And now, thanks to a $50,000 donation from the TELUS Victoria Community Board, these students will have access to more support services to help them stay in school and stay focused on their college goals.
"We are anxious to help expand Camosun's timely and valuable LYNC program which encourages high school students to continue their education, providing them with tangible knowledge and experience," says Mel Cooper, Chair of the TELUS Victoria Community Board. "For them it's the road to good jobs."
"The TELUS Victoria Community Board's generous grant will allow us to create a new 'LYNC Learning Skills Service' for our students," says Kathryn Laurin, President of Camosun College. "Finishing high school and working on a college credential at the same time is extremely demanding. It requires confidence, time management, and dedication."
"Thanks to TELUS, we are now able to offer these hard-working students extra tutoring, free textbooks, educational counselling and mentoring to help ensure their individual success," she explains. "These extra support services are highly critical, especially for young students who may be at-risk and are new to the post-secondary environment."
Did you know?
- Over 600 high school students take a course or program at Camosun each year
- High school students can choose from 16 different Camosun programs and courses in: business, health care, technology, trades, arts and sciences
- Courses are tuition free, helping students and families with limited resources
- Programs are taught by highly qualified college instructors, experts in their fields
- Successful students receive a high school diploma and a Camosun credential
- Camosun is Canada's college of life-change learning - enrolling over 20,000 students each year in more than 160 certificate, diploma and Bachelor degree programs
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Last updated: September 7, 2012 1:31 pm