THUNDER BAY – Graduation Ceremonies are always exciting.
The current funding agreement between KKETS and MTCU (Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities) to implement the pilot “Aboriginal Skills Advancement Program” will be ending March 31, 2014. The remaining students in the program are working on completing their OSSD (high school) / PSE (post-secondary entrance) requirements.
As of March 28th, 2014, the program has seen 62 successful high school graduates out of 101 enrolled participants since the program began in November 2012 which is great program success! The upcoming graduation ceremony will be held in Thunder Bay at the Airlane on April 4th, 2014 where 45 students will receive recognition for their achievements. At the graduation held in June 2013, there were 17 successful OSSD/GED graduates.
The Ceremony will be carried live on NetNewsLedger.com
APRIL 4TH, 2014 GRADUATION
Leanne Gagnon -Aroland
Derek Sutherland-Constance Lake
Wayne Taylor-Constance Lake
Isaiah Achneepineskum-Constance Lake
Charlie McGuire-Marten Falls
Samuel Achneepineskum-Marten Falls
Candace Towegishig-Long Lake #58
Arnold Fisher-Long Lake #58
Mike Williams-Long Lake #58
JUNE 28TH, 2013 GRADUATION
Patricia Moore-Constance Lake
Adnan Chum-Constance Lake
Shawn Baxter-Marten Falls
In February and March, the ASAP team began its recruitment drive again visiting Matawa First Nation communities to deliver a presentation update, and conduct intake and academic assessments. There is a strong interest in ASAP which has resulted in a waiting list of approximately 260 applications.
First Nation visits will continue into the new fiscal year.
In terms of moving forward, KKETS has been successful in reaching a one year funding commitment from MTCU to continue the delivery of the Aboriginal Skills Advancement Program. It is expected to have the next cohort of 100 adult learners start early May 2014 (3 classes) and June 2014 (1 class). KKETS and ASAP staff are excited to continue offering this education opportunity in Thunder Bay which will prepare Matawa First Nation members for future employment, post-secondary education and/or training.