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Local students plan post-secondary future

Lloydminster students prepare for the next chapter of their lives with a visit from Alberta and Saskatchewan post-secondary institutions.

Lloydminster Comprehensive High School hosted 17 post-secondary institutions on October 18th for College Day. Both Grade 11 and 12 students took the time to ask questions to help direct them to their desired career path.

Grade 12 Career and Guidance Counsellor, Lisa Spence says most information can be found through the internet, but students usually learn more through in-person conversations with college representatives.

“I’d like to say most of our Grade 12 students know where they are going, but they don’t and that’s fine because there is still time to apply. It’s a great opportunity for our Grade 11 students to start thinking about that to get into the mode of  ‘what classes do I need’ and ‘what are my requirements’ and so on.”

Even though she knew where she wanted to go, Katie Bowman, a grade 12 student at LCSD, says College Day provided additional information such as costs required. Bowman plans to go to the University of Saskatchewan for secondary education.

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“College Day is super helpful for anyone who doesn’t know where they’re are going and it helps you want you’re doing. Post-secondary is very important to me because without it I wouldn’t be able to do what I want.”

Being a Border City, Spence believes having a variety of institutions from both provinces will help give students more options. The event opened it’s doors to rural students without a chance to have direct contact with post-secondary representatives.

“It’s a great opportunity if they take the initiative. There will be kids that probably don’t come to this college day but for the ones who do, I never hear anything bad that comes out of it. They always find something that they didn’t know before.”

Grade 12 students who may be unsure of which programs they’d like to get into have plenty of time. Spence says some students are applying for early admissions, however, regular admission usually doesn’t close until March, depending on the program.

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