“College or University 101: The United States & Canadian Systems” workshop to be held on August 22

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PHILIPSBURG – Student Support Services Division (SSSD) of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport is organizing a free workshop entitled “College or University 101: The United States and Canadian Systems” on Thursday, August 22, 2019.

This event will be held at the University of St. Martin, Room 202, from 6:30 P.M. to 8:30 P.M.

Students in their last two years of secondary school or recent graduates who are interested in studying in the United States of America (USA) or Canada,  and their parents,  are invited to attend this free and interactive workshop which aims to ensure that attendants walk away with a better understanding of the U.S. and Canadian college and university educational systems.

The workshop will be conducted by SSSD’s Career Guidance Counselors Michel Chance and Cassie-Ann Robin and will be covering aspects from application to graduation. Emphasis will be put on the first year of college/ university, where key differences in comparison to our own educational system need to be addressed,  to the last year of college or university.

The aim is for workshop participants to learn the various steps in applying to schools and what factors to keep in mind when considering schools to apply to.  In addition, while attending college or university, it is important to pay attention to important aspects like the Placement Test,  Grade Point Average (GPA),  grades and graduation requirements.  These and other college/ university terminology will also be explained to the workshop participants.  Some social aspects like living in the dorms or off campus will also be addressed. Parents are also urged  to encourage their children to attend since this is beneficial to them.

SSSD provides many services to students. Some services include: psychological services, counseling services, social work services, educational diagnostic services, career services, and parent education.

Students and parents are encouraged to contact SSSD at 543-1235 for more information or to register for the workshop on August 22, 2019. They can also visit the SSSD office which is located in the Amigo Building across from the Police Station and next to WIB.