Southeast College mission is to provide access to learning experiences and information that enable people and communities to meet the realities of today and create opportunities for tomorrow. The college has done that through a 2018 year in the books and moving forward to continue to achieve that goal in the new year.
Sheena Onrait, Manager, Marketing and Communications liaison, "We really saw an increase in our adult basic education students coming back to Southeast College, so that is students that want to come back and upgrade their high school marks or even get a grade 12 education. SO really saw an increase in the that, well we did see a bit of a decrease in our post-secondary programs that the increase in Adult Basic was kind of a surprise and nice to see lots of students in our facilities throughout Southeast Saskatchewan."
The decrease in post-secondary students has not dampened the efforts of staff moving forward, Onrait shares, "Scholarships, we had a really great year for scholarships again this year, so we go out to local areas and local businesses in Southeast Saskatchewan, where we have our students come from. And we talk to local businesses about the importance of donating money to the scholarship fund. How important it is for students to get those scholarships and what meaningful and impactful difference it makes their education with Southeast College. Last year we gave away 187 thousandish dollars, so that was combined between our Southeast College Entrance Awards which students get when they apply for our programs before June 30th each year. And then there are application and merit-based scholarships that we give away at our industry and education luncheons in early May of every year. There's a lot of scholarship dollars available to students of Southeast College and students of southeastern Saskatchewan."
Economic Decline in the Energy City has been a reality for many going on to College, Onrait expresses how they try to make things easier, "Its a really great feeling, we have a couple really big fundraisers each year that our Swing for Scholarships in Estevan, our Swing for Scholarships in Weyburn, our newly minted Swing for Scholarships in Moosomin campus as well. We have something exciting coming up for 2019, we're launching a new scholarship initiative and there will be a fairly large fundraiser that we will be hosting in Weyburn this year."
2019 at the Estevan Campus the staff will be introducing new courses, "We're looking at the health information management course, this is a two-year diploma course, so we're just working out some of the details for that. We should have more information on that in the next little while, but that's a new course for Estevan. There's a lot of interest in it so far."
"We're also relaunching the Primary Care Paramedic Program, it's actually going to be delivered in Redvers so it's not too too far. There is a lot of need and were in rotation with Saskatchewan Polytechnic for the Primary Care Paramedic Program. We're excited this one is coming up in fall of 2019, so its generally a really popular program and it's usually fully subscribed with the maximum amount of students."
Southeast College played host to many different community initiatives, including the Business Summit, "Anytime that we have companies come to us or community organizations that come to us and want to partner with us to utilize our facility or utilize our auditorium. It really means that people appreciate the facility that we've built here in Estevan, and we worked really hard to have that facility here. Its such a gorgeous space, and such a multi-purpose space that we are just so grateful to the people that want to partner and come in and utilize our space. We know how fantastic it is and we love to share it with the community of Estevan."
Southeast College continues to provide collaborative, innovative leadership in creating and ensuring learning opportunities into 2019.