Qualico Bridge to Success: New program supports incoming university students
Every year, the University of Manitoba welcomes approximately 500 new Indigenous students to its campuses. Students who attend come from both rural and urban locations in order to embark on their goal of achieving their dreams of obtaining a university degree. With determination and motivation, students leave their comfort zones and look to the university to support their goals.
The University of Manitoba strives to be a welcoming place that translates into success for Indigenous students. However, the transition to university can be a challenge for many and with an ever-growing Indigenous student population, the Indigenous Student Centre is pleased to announce a new program to help make that transition smoother.
Thanks to a recent donation from real estate development company Qualico, the Qualico Bridge to Success program is positioned to ease the transition of Indigenous (First Nation, Inuit, Métis) students into post-secondary education at the U of M.
“The University of Manitoba is committed to creating a strong foundation for Indigenous students and this program will allow us to promote Indigenous student success in meaningful and intentional ways,” says Christine Cyr, director of the Indigenous Student Centre, which oversees the program.
The program will offer one-day summer camps prior to the start of the Fall Term, the Neechiwaken Indigenous Peer Mentor Program, social events, and academic enhancements such as a learning cohort, tutoring and more. Students will be invited to join the program once they are accepted and will be able to apply online through the Indigenous Student Centre’s website.
“The Qualico Bridge to Success program will enhance the first-year experience for Indigenous students and allow us to provide a cost-free program with numerous benefits,” says student advisor Carla Loewen. “With this donation from Qualico, we’ll be able to do more than ever. It’s a really exciting time for our incoming students.”
To learn more about the Qualico Bridge to Success Program, please visit its website.