Community-based program launched to help student retention

October 4, 2013

First Nations University of Canada has launched a new community-based program designed to improve the retention rates of Indigenous students. The Indigenous Access and Transition Education Certificate (IATEC) program was launched in September on the Piapot First Nation as an answer to problems many students face when transitioning to PSE. Officials at FNUniv say there is a large number of students who struggle with the transition to their second year of studies. The IATEC program is 10-months long, with transitional courses in math, English and science, as well as personal and cultural university preparedness. Students can receive 30 university credits upon successful completion of the program. Larry Gauthier, FNUniv Registrar and program co-developer, said that “the extra work put into ensuring first-year students are successful will pay off in the long run.” Regina Leader-Post