Teachers from across the province paid a visit to Holland College recently to find out more about college programs and services as part of a project called Experience Holland College.
The project has seen more than 1,000 Island students visit Holland College locations to learn more about the college. This time it was teachers who received a behind-the-scenes tour of the college.
The tour explored programs at the Prince of Wales Campus such as Heritage Retrofit Carpentry, Bioscience Technology, Music Performance, Paramedicine, Kinesiology, and Practical Nursing, as well as culinary programs at the Tourism and Culinary Centre. Tours of other campuses and centres can also be arranged.
“Sharing what student learning looks like at Holland College is significant,” says Holland College President Dr. Alexander (Sandy) MacDonald. “Teachers are a major influence in their students’ lives, and we are confident they will take their experience back to their schools and share it with students.”
During the tour the teachers also learned more about the supports Holland College offers to assist students, the internship opportunities that give students practical experience in their chosen field, and the career pathways available to graduates who want to continue their studies at a university.
In addition to tours for high school students and teachers, the Holland College recruitment team is available to conduct tours for prospective students and their family and friends.
To book a tour, click here or visit www.hollandcollege.com and click the Campus Tours icon.
Some of the many services available
Student Support Services provide a comprehensive suite of free services for students, from mental and physical health to academic supports to help prepare for the job market.
Counselling services provide students with free, confidential access to a professional counsellor anytime, anywhere, via phone or Internet.
Student Help Center is for students who need to talk to someone from Academic Support Services; the Office of Retention, Part-Time Studies & Career Planning; Admissions; First Year Advising; Scholarships and Awards; or the Writing Centre.
Prince of Wales Campus Health Clinic in Charlottetown is open Monday to Friday for students from any Holland College location.
At the Summerside Waterfront Campus, a Nurse Practitioner is available on Thursdays from 12:30 to 3:30 pm.
Nurse practitioners are available to see students by appointment for non-emergency medical services such as sexual health counselling and screening, pregnancy testing and support, mental health management, referrals, prescriptions, and assessment of injuries. Students from any Holland College location are welcome to book an appointment.
Academic Support Team is on hand to support those who have a learning disability or suspect that they may have one.
“We will help you identify supports such as learning plans and adaptive technologies that will ensure you can reach your fullest academic potential,” says Dr. MacDonald. “We provide appropriate and reasonable accommodations for your disability.”
A new wellness centre, which is expected to open in September 2023 at the Prince of Wales Campus in Charlottetown, will centralize health and wellness support, mental wellness, and education services for students, staff, and their families.
Holland College plans to renovate and expand a building the college already owns on Kent Street to accommodate the center. The three-story building will offer a broad, integrated suite of services including a health clinic with two nurse practitioners, student academic support services, and career, mental health, and academic counselling. There will also be a focus on healthy living emphasizing the importance of sleep, diet, exercise, and social interaction.
The province of PEI has committed $2.4 million toward the capital cost of the project. The remaining funds will be provided by the college through external fundraising.
The wellness and health center will have satellite offerings at all campuses and centres across the province to provide full-service supports and to encourage student engagement.
“We recognize that, increasingly, the needs of our students are broader than the development of career skills and goals,” Dr. MacDonald says. “We want to provide an integrated, supportive environment so our students can grow in our community and lead healthy, empowered, and productive lives. We also want to ensure that our staff and their families have timely access to the appropriate health and wellness supports they require.”
The centralization, expansion, and integration of existing and new services will ensure that no students or staff are left without the supports they need.