Danielle Campbell, a Grade 12 student at Riverview Collegiate, flips through a University of Regina scholarship book. Public senior high school students were invited to Peacock Collegiate for a post-secondary education day. Colin Dewar photograph
Moose Jaw - A group of post-secondary institute representatives gathered earlier this week at Peacock Collegiate to give students information and guidance for the future.
The post-secondary education day is an annual event started by the Saskatchewan University and Technical Liaison.
This group includes the University of Saskatchewan, University of Regina, SIAST and now three schools from Alberta, said Tammy Saylor a guidance counsellor at Riverview Collegiate.
She said other organizations such as student loans and Saskatchewan Apprenticeship were also invited to come and talk to the students.
"I think this is great for the students. They don't have to travel, they can all come to one building, go from presentation to presentation and get the information they need from each school."
Saylor said although the students only had the opportunity to visit two of the nine presentations, there also was the option to come back in the evening.
"We (hosted) another session (the same) night for those who could not make it and for parents who (wanted to) learn more about their children's post-secondary options."
It is important to keep the parents involved and up to date with where their child is in regards to their post-secondary plan and what they can do to further their child's success, she said.
Days like this not only help students learn more about programs they may be interested in, they also give students the information they need to prepare for each program, as well as what they will need to be accepted into their desired programs, said Saylor.
"It can be a real eye-opener for some students."
She said it shows the students there is something out there for everyone.
"I think it would be nice to have a mandatory class that deals specifically with career planning."
Besides the universities and colleges that attended the event, Saylor said there are many other schools out there for the students.
"I think it is really important to remind students that there are diploma programs at SIAST, they can go to hair school, or even truck driving school.
"The goal of afternoons like (this) is to get students excited about their futures."
Lyndsay McCready can be reached at 691-1264.