School starts Tomorrow!!!! Something you may not be aware about some students….


So I know this weekend, there has been a lot of conversations around Syrian refugees. And it is an important conversation that hopefully opens eyes and challenges hearts.

Now, we are focused on #peegate.

However, I would like to make you aware of something else.
School starts tomorrow. It is an exciting time for many as they are going forward to pursue an education to get a job. To contribute to society in some way. To feel better about themselves. To be better people.

The problem is as school starts tomorrow, there will be many students that will not have a place to stay. At our orientation Friday, several hands went up when asked who needs a place.

I understand that there are many issues surrounding this topic. Here are a couple;

If you call a potential and say you are a student, there is hesitation. If you say you are working, there is more openness to rent.

The cost of coming up with in some provinces, not all, of coming up with one month’s rent plus one month’s damage deposit.

You say live in a Hotel? The Y on Beatty and Robson costs $900 a month. Which being a student, is above my own personal price range.

I find it odd that in a country where we say that we value education, that we would allow students to be homeless. An unsettled student is going to be an disorganized student. A disorganized student will be an unsuccessful student.

We are better off with successful people doing what they are good at.

So be aware and educate yourself on the issues in Syria. If you need too, have a good laugh at #peegate or whatever scandal that comes up today.

But, maybe we can be a bit more aware that there are some Post Secondary Students that will start school living on the streets.

Agree or Disagree: A Post-Secondary Education guarantees success


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It’s that time of year again!

The time of year where we begin school! Some kids started Grade 1! Others started High School!

And of course, others started Post Secondary.

Post Secondary is the step towards a work career. Your dreams, your passions, your desires. Maybe you have dreams to change the world! Post Secondary can help with that!

Maybe you have dreams of financial security! Post Secondary can help with that!

Or can it? Does Post Secondary education guarantee success?

Agree or Disagree: Post-secondary graduates leave school prepared for full time employment


Agree or Disagree: Post-secondary graduates leave school prepared for full time employment

We continue our conversations this week about education this week. So far, we discussed standardized testing and teachers. Today, we are going to look at post-secondary students.

Many of you have recently graduated from a Post Secondary institute. Some of you just out of high school. Some of you have returned back to school deciding to change careers.  Some of you may have been able to get a job in your field you studied. Some of you have really struggled to find work. So you know first hand how prepared you are

I have done some employment workshops at SAIT so I have had some discussions with employers about graduates. Some of the feedback  I heard was there was a lack of professionalism from some. If you are an employer, do you feel that graduates are employed?

This is some feedback from Jonathan Nitsch to IT students at SAIT. Would you concur or add anything to this?