Aug 6, 2015
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Returning to school as an adult learner can often be a difficult decision for people as it is one more thing to focus on in their already busy lives; but the value of an education is priceless. It is not an easy choice, but is one many are making in today’s economy in order to succeed in the current labour market. Many students want to pursue post-secondary education, further their career or apprenticeship opportunities, and a Grade 12 education is often required to make those dreams a reality.
As the basic education and skills training arm of the Gabriel Dumont Institute, Dumont Technical Institute (DTI) is proud to have offered ABE Level 4 programs in Saskatoon, Regina and Prince Albert Learning Centers during the past school year. We also offered a program in Ile-la-Crosse in partnership with the Ile-la-Crosse school division. On June 30, there were 115 DTI students who had completed their Adult Basic Education Level 4 program including 86 who received their Grade 12 diploma, and 29 students who are upgrading or will be returning in the fall of 2015.
Senior Program Coordinator Claudette Moran shared a story of a student who achieved a first time ever award. Prince Albert Valedictorian, Alysha Sanderson-Natomagan, was the recipient of the first time special recognition award for having 100 percent attendance record. The Valedictorian of the 2015 Prince Albert Level 4 Graduation Class shared a few words about her experience, motivation, and future plans. Dennis Warkentine, an ABE Instructor in Prince Albert commented in his address to the students that it was the first time a “student attended more class time hours and days than he did as an instructor in his history of teaching.”
We wish all Level 4 graduates the best of luck in their future endeavours and will welcome several back this fall as they have chosen to continue their post-secondary education with DTI to build brighter futures for themselves and their families. “In the long term education will determine the degree to which we [as Métis] can truly be a self–determining people” as the late Métis leader Jim Sinclair once stated.