UBCO partners with Ki-Low-Na Friendship Society to provide learning opportunities

January 28, 2015

UBC Okanagan and the Ki-Low-Na Friendship Society have partnered to create the Downtown Education Project, which will provide opportunities for Aboriginal adults to access academic and non-academic programs in order to transition to PSE. The project will first pilot UBCO’s Preparation for University Writing, an introductory writing course taught from an Aboriginal perspective. Additional courses will be added in the future if the program proves to be successful. By attending courses in the Ki-Low-Na Friendship Centre participants have access to a variety of supports, including mentors, program facilitators, and support workers. In addition, students will learn in an environment that is comfortable and familiar. “The course is designed to help students make the transition from high school-level studies to undergraduate-level studies at UBC, and to provide learners with a variety of opportunities to practice, develop, and apply in context their academic writing skills,” said Adrienne Vedan, Director of Aboriginal Programs and Services at UBCO. “The course allows learners to express their ideas and those of others through written academic discourse.” UBCO News