Georgian College and Lakehead University have partnered with the Simcoe County District School Board to recruit and support international students. The groups have signed a three-year Memorandum of Understanding that will guide collaborative efforts to attract international students and support their transition through the different phases of schooling. Lakehead’s Orillia Campus Principal Kim Fedderson says that this approach “creates a pathway for students to move from primary and secondary school, through to college and university… When we’re recruiting in China, India, Brazil, Malaysia, people are asking for that.”
Georgian College and Centennial College are offering assistance to students affected by the closure of Everest College. Staff in the Office of the Registrar at Georgian are offering learning assessments as well as insight into what courses Everest students would need to take to obtain a certificate or diploma from Georgian. Georgian offers a number of programs that overlap with those provided by Everest, including health, business, and human services. “At Georgian College, we feel for Everest students who suddenly find themselves in such a stressful position… We will do our best to work with each of them to determine if there is a Georgian program that fits their needs, and to let them know exactly where they stand in terms of academic learning that they may transfer to Georgian,’ said Cindy Mutchler, Associate Registrar, Admissions. Centennial has also invited affected students to contact the institution to discuss possible pathways into its own programs.