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Trent University Teacher Candidates go to College

Trent University's secondary teacher education candidates learned from Fleming College about the options and opportunities the community college system can offer high school graduates on November 14.

The teacher candidates, many of them more familiar with the opportunities of a university setting, gained insight into the value of a college education. The workshop cames at an opportune time, as the teacher candidates have recently completed their first round of practice teaching. Trent students met with Fleming's vice-president, academic, as well as academic team leaders, and toured the Sutherland Campus. They also learned about the demographics of the "college" student from Fleming's Data Services department.

"The afternoon's workshop was very much in keeping with Trent's approach to teacher education," says Dr. Deborah Berrill, director, Trent's Teacher Education and Professional Learning program. "Our objective is to prepare teachers who will truly be able to teach all students; only one-third of high school students are university bound."

The workshop was intended to prepare teacher candidates to assist their future high school students in post-secondary decision making. Approximately 42 per cent of Fleming's students come directly from high school and more than 60 per cent are 20 years old or younger. Themes for the day included how college and university experiences complement each other, new programs and, high school and college partnerships.

Posted November 14, 2003

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