Optional Diploma Exam Response from the University of Alberta
As you are aware, the Alberta Ministry of Education announced earlier this week that diploma exams will be optional for students who are scheduled to write them in October/November (the first quarter of this school year for those students in the quarterly system).
The University of Alberta will accept final, first-quarter grades from the 2020-21 school year as presented on the Alberta Education transcript, regardless of whether or not students have written their diploma exams.
In order to ensure clarity around our admissions process, the university will continue to follow this practice for any future instances where diploma exams are deemed optional or cancelled by the Alberta Ministry of Education in response to COVID-19.
International applicants who are required to demonstrate English Language Proficiency and had intended to fulfill that requirement through final blended results in English Language Arts 30-1 will only be able to do so with grades that are inclusive of the diploma exam. In absence of the diploma exam, students will be required to demonstrate ELP with acceptable scores in an English language proficiency test. Additional details related to language requirements are available here.
SAB Post-Secondary Fair Nov.3 from 6-8 pm.
We are excited to invite you to a virtual Educational Liaison Association of Alberta (ELAA) fair on November 3 from 6-8pm Mountain Time.
ELAA events are a fantastic opportunity for you to ask questions to 28 Alberta post-secondary institutions including Colleges, Universities, Technical Institutions, the RCMP, and Canadian Forces. In this virtual booth fair you can inquire about programs, admission requirements, scholarships, housing, and much more! Nowhere else do you get all these institutions in one place so be sure to take full advantage of this opportunity to plan for your future.
To register for this event please visit https://elaa.6connex.com/event/alberta/student/login and register in the top right corner. You must be registered in order to join and can register in advance of the actual event. Once you are registered you can connect on the day of the event by logging in from the same link.
Once logged in you can visit the exhibitor hall by selecting “Exhibit Hall” in the middle of the screen or by selecting the icon at the bottom of your screen
From here you will see the exhibit hall where you can select different institutions to explore and learn more about. Be sure to visit each booth and see if they have programs and experiences that might be right for you!
In each booth you will be able to ask questions via the chatroom and recruiters can connect with you one on one if needed. There are materials such as viewbooks that you can collect in your briefcase by selecting the orange briefcase icon. Be sure to download items in your briefcase before the event is over so you have access to it after the event!
Click each item in your briefcase you want to download and then click the download selected in the bottom right corner to download a zip file. Ask for help in the lobby at the help desk if you are having trouble with anything!
The ELAA executive team recommends that you check out each institution's virtual booth to see if they have programs that might be a good fit for you. You should also understand the admission requirements, application deadlines, and costs. Don’t forget to look into their info on athletics, extra-curricular, scholarships, housing, and all the other exciting opportunities that await you in your post-secondary journey!
VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSE EVENTS 2020
SAB Post-Secondary Fair
Meet virtually with 28 institutions across the province to gather information and ask questions.
November 3 from 6:00-8:00
On that date you can login and register using the following link (it will NOT be available before)
University of Alberta October 15-17
MacEwan University November 7 You could win an educational award worth $5000
Kings University October 24 10:00-2:00
Concordia University October 17 10:00-2:00
Norquest October 24 10:00-2:00
St. Mary's University October 17 10:00-2:00
Medicine Hat College October 18
Lethbridge College October 21
NAIT October 16-17
Plus MANY others - just check their website for dates and times.
Post-Secondary Information Guide
Copy and paste the link for an information guide to applying to Post-Secondary in Alberta!
Mrs. Reinhart from OLMP has put together a wonderful presentation showing the steps for applying. (I think my technology skills have failed again and this link will need to be copied and pasted).
CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY INFORMATION
VIRTUAL OFFICE DROP IN!
Things will be different but we are prepared and committed to providing the support you need and amazing engagement opportunities for students.
Stop by our virtual office! Starting September 21, drop in anytime each Monday and Friday from 12:00 pm to 4:30 pm and a member of our recruitment team will be there to field any questions from students, parents or counsellors.
CREDIT CHECK - Do YOU have your MY PASS account?
Students - make sure you have your My Pass account set up, especially our Grade 12 students. You will be able to view your diploma exam marks in your My Pass Account mid-February.
It's also important for all grade 10-12 students to monitor credits and course enrollments to ensure there are no errors.
To set up your account, all you need is your Alberta Student Number and a personal email address (not your school email address). Stop in at the office to get your ASN.
Click on "Sign in with Education Account"
Enter your personal email address, and click "I'm new sign me up"
Fill out the remaining information. A PIN Access code will be mailed to you in about a week to allow you to complete the login process. Parents can create an account for themselves the exact same way.
If you need help with this, you are welcome to stop in at the office and we can help you set this up.
Alberta Scholarship Update re: Covid Changes
Please check the information found in this link: COVID-19 Alberta Student Aid Supports.
Alexander Decoteau Award of Honour
The Alex Decoteau Award of Honour is a new award recognizing the sacrifice of Canada's brave veterans and their families and supports them in their post-secondary pursuits in Alberta. Valued at a one-time amount of $5,000, this award helps meet the Alberta Government’s commitment to make it easier for Canadian veterans and their families to transition from service to the next steps in their careers. Up to 200 awards are available annually.Canadian Armed Forces members must be returning soldiers who:
- actively served in designated military operations in the Canadian Armed Forces (Regular or Reserves), or
- were permanently disabled as a result of participation in Canadian Armed Forces training in Canada.
Applicants who are family members must be spouses/common-law partners or children of Canadian Armed Forces soldiers who are deceased or permanently disabled:
- while serving or as a result of a designated military operation, or
- as a result of participating in Canadian Armed Forces training in Canada.
How to ApplyApplicants must submit the completed application form and all supporting documentation to Alberta Student Aid by October 31, 2020.For more information on eligibiltity and how to apply for the Alex Decoteau Award of Honour, visit:
New Bursary Alert!
Please check the following website for details and application information for a new bursary.
$30,000.00 dollars annually.
- $ 5,000.00 x 3
- $ 3,000.00 x 3
- $ 1,000.00 x 6
New deadline this year of June 30!
New Scholarship for Education students!
Delta Kappa Gamma Education Grant - Delta Kappa Gamma is a society of educators who promote professional and personal growth and excellence in education. The local chapter, Eta, offers a grant of $500 for graduating students from EIPS or EICS who are planning to enter the field of teacher education. One grant will be awarded for applicants attending post-secondary in September 2020. For more information, check the Delta Kappa Gamma Grant. Deadline for submission is June 15, 2020.
Apprenticeship Awards and Scholarships
Alberta Apprentice & Trainee Awards and Scholarships
The Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry (AIT) Training Board provides various scholarships to apprentices and occupational trainees every year.
To learn more, browse the AIT scholarships and awards listings at:
Rotary Club 2020 Scholarship Program
The Fort Saskatchewan Rotary Club will once again award two (2) scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each. One scholarship will be available for a student attending an accredited college or university, and one scholarship will be available for a student attending an accredited technical institute or trade school.
This annual scholarship is open to all graduating students from any Fort Saskatchewan high school. Students may apply in their graduating year or within one year of their graduation if they have chosen to upgrade and/or take a “gap year” prior to attending a post-secondary program. The application documents must be postmarked no later than July 30. Last year we had 2 winners from St Andre Bessette receive this prestigious scholarship!
“Over the years we have awarded many scholarships, and are pleased to assist students fund their post-secondary education,” states Ted Griffiths, Rotary Club President.
Andy Polanski Leader of Tomorrow Memorial Scholarship
The Andy Polanski Charitable Foundation (APCF) is a non-profit society that was established in 2014 following the tragic passing of an exceptional young man, Andy Polanski. Comprised exclusively of volunteers, APCF remains committed to fulfilling the foundation’s vision ‘To make things better, not for ourselves but for everyone around us’. This vision is solely inspired by the sincere and generous personality of Andy, encompassing his many wonderful attributes and traits that left a mark on those who knew him and continues to inspire many. Andy was a young man with strong family roots, always ready to share in some fun and laughter, and a willingness to lend a helping hand. This resulted in Andy volunteering for many positions within his school and community while he completed his high school and post-secondary education goals.
The Andy Polanski Charitable Foundation (APCF) is very proud to offer a $1,000 scholarship to a Fort Saskatchewan high school student pursuing a post-secondary education who, in addition to completing their high school requirements, has been able to demonstrate the importance of giving back, therefore impacting others.
Concordia Virtual Tours
MacEwan Student Connections
The MacEwan University Student Recruitment Team has been hard at work adapting to provide new opportunities to connect with students. Two new offerings from MacEwan University include a virtual presentation (approximately 20 minutes outlining our programs and services with extra time available for questions at the end) and virtual one-on-one sessions. These sessions will be hosted through the online conferencing software Webex. Students may be required to download an app, but there is no need to create a personal account. Presentations can accommodate up to 20 students and will have two recruiters online to work with students. During one-on-one sessions, students will be able to book 30 minute time slots with recruitment advisors. To ensure confidentiality for students, we will utilize a private online meeting space and students will be placed in a digital lobby until their appointment begins. If you are interested in having a presentation in your virtual classroom, setting up a time for one-on-ones, or if you have any questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org
NAIT - Covid-19 Changes
We know that these times are very stressful for everyone. As of now, we understand that diploma exams are still happening. That being said, we know that things can change, and if they do, we are willing to work with students to gain them entrance into our programs for the fall.
On our website, we do have some FAQ regarding admissions, https://emergency.nait.ca/COVID-19-Update-and-general-information/Information-for-NAIT-Students#admissions
These answers are for general admission questions. If a student has a specific question about their application, please have them call our contact center at 780-471-6248, or they can also fill out an online form, https://www.nait.ca/nait/contact/student-service-centre/email-the-student-service-centre
New Alberta Scholarship Alert!
Graduate Excellence ScholarshipThe new Alberta Graduate Excellence Scholarship recognizes outstanding academic achievement of students pursuing graduate studies in Alberta. It was established to incent the best and the brightest students, including international students, to study in Alberta.For more information on the Alberta Graduate Excellence Scholarship including eligibility and how to apply, visit:
Alberta Athletic AwardThe new Alberta Athletic Award recognizes and rewards athletic excellence at universities, colleges and technical institutes in Alberta. Athletes are nominated by the athletic department at their post-secondary institution.To learn more about eligibility this award, go to:
Alberta Junior Athletic AwardThe new Alberta Junior Athletic Award is to recognize and reward junior athletes and provide an incentive for them to continue with their post-secondary education. Athletes are nominated by their coach based on academic standing, community involvement, and athletic achievements.Find out more about the Alberta Junior Athletic Award:
Have you thought about Norquest lately? Want to attend Post-Secondary but the other institutions do not have what you are looking for? Check out Norquest.
Norquest College in Edmonton’s Downtown Core has so much to offer!
New Programs Include:
- Arts and Sciences University Transfer Program - Take your first year of Arts or Sciences at Norquest and transfer to an Alberta University for Year Two! 100% of last year’s students are now in a University program.
- Environmental Protection Technology Diploma
- Hemp Industry
- Settlement Studies Diploma
- Justice Diploma
- Disability Studies Diploma
- Dental and Optical Office Assistant Certificates
Health Studies - The Practical Nurse Program has tremendous career potential
Horatio Alger Scholarship!
To learn more and apply, visit www.horatioalger.ca/en/scholarships.
Application Deadline: October 25
Attention Aboriginal Students!
The University of Alberta has a program to offer Aboriginal students an easier transition into the world of Post-Secondary. Check it out!
Please come check out the bulletin board in Student Services for new scholarship information! Posters will be put up as they arrive.
CANNABIS INFORMATION SHEET FOR PARENTS!
PLACES TO LOOK:
Post-Secondary Institution Financial Awards Office
St. André Bessette Awards Program (Spring)
Rutherford Scholarship (Aug.1)
RAP and Trades
- Tradesecrets/Apprentice Training Award
- FAQs - Apprentice Training Award
- Information Sheet - Apprentice Training Award
High School Math Courses Explained!
Math 10C is Math Common. This is the Math course that is required for Math 20-1 and 20-2. Both are UNIVERSITY LEVEL MATH COURSES.
Take Math 20-1 if you are interested in:
Take Math 20-2 if you are interested in:
- Fine Arts
- Physical Education
Take Math 20-3 if you are interested in:
- Most Certificate programs
- Most Diploma programs
- Trade programs
- You have 5 other courses to submit to a Degree program for admission