Canada’s young adult immigrants need extra assistance to attain their academic goals and start their careers off on the right foot.
Switching to a different education system can be trying for young adult newcomers to Canada. Having been raised with other languages and cultures, their prior educational experiences may not align with Canadian institutions.
Credentials gained in other countries aren’t always transferrable and students may have to take extra classes to catch up. Another common obstacle is a potential language barrier – not only do these young adults have to acclimatize to a new education system, but they may also have to learn English along the way.
Fortunately, there are trusted institutions across the country that recognize the hurdles newcomers may have to overcome. Many have implemented new, necessary infrastructure to support these students. One of the most successful establishments leading the way in young immigrant education is St. Clair College.
Make a seamless transition
Located in one of the most diverse communities across the country, Windsor’s St. Clair College offers unparalleled support to its students – Canada-born or newcomer alike. They’re successfully able to do so because they’ve realized the issues faced by immigrant students and are addressing them directly.
“A lot of information gets transferred through word of mouth. They rely on information that is shared within their communities,” says Michael Silvaggi, the Associate Vice President of Student Services and Registrar at St. Clair College. That’s why the school made it a top priority to build relationships with local community leaders, bridging information gaps.
“Their expertise is key. While we provide all the services we can, we bring in professionals to do what we cannot,” Michael says. “For example, the New Canadian Centre for Excellence brings their services to us on campus, making them easily accessible to students.”
Partnering with United Way, the college has created a mentorship program to help newcomers transition into college life. These mentors, known as Student Success Officers, are available to help students every step of the way.
Access to personal guidance
The Student Services Office also provides counselling, one-on-one study planning, and tutoring to help students adjust to post-secondary education. “Our student services have put together pre-programs that allow individuals to work at their own pace,” Michael explains. “Through modules, they access and complete when they’re ready, they gain perspective about what post-secondary education looks like.”
Plus, the college offers specific newcomer education courses like electives about Canadian culture or versions of courses created for those still learning English. With many ministry-funded programs and a free dual credit curriculum for high school students to attain Canadian credentials, St. Clair College has simplified the upskilling process.
Beyond this, the school’s student body is dedicated to creating an environment where everyone feels welcome. “We’re unique in that our student governments and associations strongly advocate for their community, offering programming that appeals to everyone,” adds Michael. “Our student body will support you along the way – they’ll see you as a valued member of our St. Clair family.”
A community of support
“St. Clair College is an institution that will provide you with opportunities to open doors and find success,” Michael explains. Our dedicated faculty and support resources are able to address each student’s individual needs as they accomplish their academic goals.