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Province’s Bright Futures Program To Introduce Students To Medical Careers

by NationTalk on September 23, 2009489 Views

September 23, 2009

High-school Students to Learn about Potential Careers In Medicine at Pan Am Clinic

The Manitoba government is investing $134,000 in an innovative medical career exploration program to introduce students to careers in the medical field, Advanced Education and Literacy Minister Diane McGifford and Education, Citizenship and Youth Minister Peter Bjornson announced today.“Many students can benefit from additional encouragement and support to ensure they truly have a bright future by finishing school and considering post-secondary education,” McGifford said. “We hope that helping young Manitobans explore career options at an earlier age and making sure they have access to student financial assistance will motivate them to earn good grades and plan to attend college or university.”

The Manitoba government has doubled funding for Bright Futures to $2 million to support three new and five existing programs. Upon high-school graduation, each program will provide participants with post-secondary bursaries. The Medical Careers Exploration Program at the Pan Am Clinic involves Grade 11 students from Children of the Earth High School in Winnipeg.

“When given the opportunity to experience and learn about health-related careers in a health-care setting, students in the Pan Am Clinic program will have the chance to identify their skills, aptitudes and passions,” McGifford said. “We know from experience this is one of the most effective ways for students to plan for their future.”

Seven additional programs are receiving Bright Futures funding. The Seven Oaks School Division Bright Futures program and the Community Education Development Association Pathways program are community-based and offer tutoring and mentoring supports to high-school students. A new program administered by the Manitoba School Improvement Program will provide unique supports for immigrant and refugee students in the inner city.

The Boys and Girls Clubs of Winnipeg Power Up program, Career Trek and the CSI Community Schools Investigators Summer Learning Enrichment Program all work with younger students, providing them with supports to help them succeed academically and helping them learn about potential careers. SEED Winnipeg will help parents establish registered education savings plans for students in the CSI program.

“Inner city, Aboriginal and immigrant students are among those who will benefit from tangible supports that allow them to stay in school, complete Grade 12 and attend college or university,” Bjornson said. “These supports include help with homework, tutoring, getting families involved in the education process, mentoring, goal setting, career exploration and tuition credit accounts.”

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