Conestoga College program welcomes its first refugee students

Conestoga College has partnered with World University Service of Canada (WUSC) to sponsor young people pursuing post-secondary education in Canada.

Earlier this month, Conestoga welcomed its first-ever refugee student and plans to welcome a second later this fall.

WUSC’s Student Refugee Program (PER) is a sponsorship program that combines higher education opportunities with protection and permanent resettlement for young refugees. Students are sponsored by a campus-based committee that directs financial, social, academic, and health supports.

“We are thrilled to have partnered with WUSC to lead a student refugee program in Conestoga,” said Jillian Grant, executive assistant and special projects for international education at the college in a press release. “Education can be vital for successful resettlement and integration. This initiative provides equitable and quality education while facilitating access to security.

Since 1978, the PRS has helped more than 2,200 refugees settle in Canada and continue their education.

The cross-departmental committee supporting this initiative includes International Education, Student Affairs, Student Engagement, Ancillary Services, Development, Registrar’s Office, Financial Aid, and Conestoga Students Inc.

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