Administrators, students share mixed feelings about return to CEGEP campuses

August 23, 2021
With the return to campus quickly approaching, Montréal’s CEGEP community is experiencing mixed emotions. Dawson College Director General Diane Gauvin applauded the provincial government’s decision to allow the return to campus, stating that the in-person classes are “the best environment for (learning).” Gauvin described the efforts Dawson was taking to ensure a safe return, and the Gazette reports that all public CEGEPs in Montréal are encouraging students to get vaccinated and that most are offering vaccination clinics. However, some students told the Montréal Gazette that they are concerned about the return to the campus. “I took the two vaccines, but I’m still kind of worried because I know some of my friends didn’t take the vaccine,” said Vanier College Commerce Student Raymond Villapando. “I’m still happy about it because I don’t like online classes. [… But] I’m more worried about having COVID than passing my class at this point.” The Journal de Montréal adds that several CEGEPs have implemented new mental health supports over the past year to contend with growing needs, but that the institutions do not intend to reduce their expectations or requirements for students as they return to campus. Montréal Gazette | Journal de Montréal (QC)