Program helps aboriginal students transition into university – The Aquinian

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Program helps aboriginal students transition into university – The Aquinian

by ahnationtalk on September 23, 2015540 Views

September 22, 2015

The first graduates of the Elmaatagemg program are now attending classes at St Thomas University.
The Elmaatagemg program offers Mi’kmaq students from Elsipogtog First Nation an opportunity to attend accredited STU classes on reserve.

“It helps ease aboriginal students into the university lifestyle, because one of the main reasons St. Thomas branched with Elsipogtog was the alarming rate of drop outs in aboriginal students,” said Suleon Augustine, an Elmaatagemg graduate. “This way it really helps and makes it easier.”

Suleon said the program offered him a chance to improve his essay writing and reading skills. He, along with four other graduates, received 12 credits with the completion of the Elmaatagemg program. The program started last October and offered courses in math and English. The program also offered workshops to learn time management, note taking and other essential university skills.

“It’s kind of different with the program. It was designed to (allow) you to get all of your work done and be closer to home, while helping you transition away from home,” said Nelson Augustine, Suleon’s younger brother. “Like everyone would say it’s lonely, but still good.”

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