Students interested in post-secondary choices in both official languages will benefit from a unique new partnership between Collège de l’Île and Holland College.
Students whose first language is French or who have taken French Immersion now have an opportunity to continue their studies in both languages right here on PEI.
“Many students who register for Holland College have a French Immersion background in the secondary school system,” says Natalie Mitton, Programs Director, Holland College.
“Last year, we also had approximately 72 students from the French Language schools. This partnership will provide students with more bilingual opportunities to expand their language development career path.”
“We are excited about this partnership and the potential for further initiatives and program delivery in both languages,” says Colette Aucoin, Vice-President of Collège de l’Île. “Each college will keep their identity, but this opens the door of opportunity wider for students and will benefit PEI industries by increasing the number of graduates with French language skills.”
Starting in September, 2017, students who register with Collège de l’Île or Holland College will be able to choose a select number of courses in two programs that will be offered in both languages: Human Services and Early Childhood Care and Education.
As a result of this partnership, in the next five years, Holland College and Collège de l’Île are aiming to offer the following programs in both English and French languages:
- Administrative Assistant
- Accounting Technology
- Human Services
- Practical Nursing
- Resident Care Worker
- Youth Worker
- Early Childhood Care and Education
“By providing pathways to post-secondary education in English and French, Collège de l’Île and Holland College are supporting the province’s investment in French education at the elementary and secondary levels,” says Collège de l’Île President Donald DesRoches.
“We see this enhanced collaboration as an extension of the existing relationship and as a joint effort contributing to the enrichment of French language services on PEI.”
“Holland College is delighted to welcome Collège de l’Île to our campus,” says Holland College President Dr. Brian McMillan. “For each institution to be able to offer a greater scope of programs in both official languages means that we can offer our students language training opportunities, and it also translates into a significant advantage in the competitive post-secondary marketplace, making PEI an even more attractive education destination.”
The two initial courses will be offered at the new Charlottetown location of Collège de l’Île, which opened in November 2016.
“Video conferencing will be used for the French aspect of the program,” says Colette. “The French language instructors will come to Charlottetown occasionally.”
“Last year, Collège de l’Île started providing students with a linguistic passport with their diploma, which recognizes that a standardized language level was acquired,” says Colette. “This stamp of approval is well received by employers such as the PEI Public Service Commission when recruiting for provincial jobs. The passport will also be available to students taking the programs now available in both languages as a result of this partnership.”
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