The Community-Based Master of Education Program in Educational Administration for Southeast Cornerstone SD #209 and Holy Family RCSSD #140 was designed to provide a unique cohort model of graduate education to educators in off-campus locations in order to more effectively link theory to local educational issues and practice.
Students in this cohort began their program in the summer of 2015. They finished in the summer of 2017.
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Bachelor of Education graduates. Back Row (L to R): Kourtney Kerelation, Shaunee Kobialko, Amy Kapeller, Lacey Wicks, Kaitlin Wesnoski, Shannon Cranch, Elise Fettes, Lorena Whitecap, Tarynn Freed, Oliver Head, Jenna Rudolph, Carmelle Kubat, Julie Rempel, Middle Row (L to R): Ashley Hobbins, Luc Casavant, Bernadette McKenzie, Payton Hiebert, Leanne Allen-Bader, Audrey Whitecap, Gillian Smith, Lolery George, Rubyann Dorion, Front Row (L to R): Michela Adlem (STF Prize recipient), Brenna Morris, Robyn Hildebrand, Rosanda Daniels, Melanie Ilnisky Also, unable to attend and not pictured are Alicia Garlock, Dora Morrow, and Kalen Reed. Jane Boehr/NIPAWIN JOURNAL
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MAY 3, 2017 09:46 AM
Cumberland College’s first group of four-year Bachelor of Education students are set to graduate this year and some have their eyes set on teaching positions in the Northeast.
Amy Kapeller of Tisdale did her teaching internship in Melfort at Brunswick School.
“It was a very good experience, and I liked working with that grade,” said Kapeller.
“Once we get our teaching certificates, then we can start looking for jobs,” she said. “I’d prefer Melfort or Tisdale, but anywhere in the Northeast that’s driveable to, I would work at.”
Melanie Ilnisky is one of several students who graduated a semester early. She’s already working a temporary contract position in a local Grade 5 classroom.
“This has been a great chance to get started and get ideas rolling into actions and trying out new things,” said Ilnisky. She’d like to stay in the area if she can.
“I love being around family and being in small communities, so that’s something that’s important to me, and I’d like to be able to stick around here if possible.”
As far as Ilnisky was aware, three of her early-graduating colleagues had found work close to home.
The Community-Based Bachelor of Education Program was offered at Cumberland’s Nipawin campus through the University of Regina.
Ilnisky, who is from Kinistino, was considering going to Saskatoon or Regina for school when she was offered a spot at Cumberland.
“I really liked the idea of being able to stick around family and close friends, and not having to spend the cost of going to the city, making that big move and finding a place to live and whatnot,” she said.
According to the college’s website, the program aims to “support potential students in becoming teachers within their own communities”. Cumberland hopes to train local students to become local teachers.
“That’s part of it,” said Mike Relland, who is director of community-based programs for the University of Regina. “It’s also accessibility for students. Not everyone can uproot their families and even if they’re young people, relocate to Regina or Saskatoon.”
The first four-year program was offered in Nipawin, but the new group of students starting in September will take their classes in Melfort.
“It’ll be a somewhat different cadre of courses, but otherwise it’s going to be basically the same,” said Relland.
Both Kapeller and Ilnisky noted that the small classes were a positive part of their learning experience.
Kapeller started school in Saskatoon before transferring to Cumberland.
“It was 30 people in your class compared to 300, and it was much more personal,” she said.
“It was great,” said Ilnisky. “We became like a little family.”
The 28 graduates from the Tisdale campus. Review Photo/Devan C. Tasa
Graduations are a time to celebrate success, yet there was another purpose why people gathered at Cumberland College’s Nipawin grad: to remember.
Brenda Bakken received a posthumous bachelor of education degree. She had passed away suddenly during her third year of her degree.
“This affected our students greatly,” said Tom Weegar, the college’s president. “They’re a close-knit group, they’ve been going through all of their courses together and when one of the students passes, they’re all very deeply and profoundly affected by it.”
So the college worked with the University of Regina to get a posthumous degree for Bakken.
“I pay tribute to the University of Regina to being open to it and working with us very closely to do it, do it properly and do it well,” Weegar said.
The college president said Bakken was on the minds of the graduates as they accepted the first degrees from the joint program.
“It was just really nice to finish up with that and provide the students with closure, and the family closure as well.”
The Nipawin graduation ceremony was held May 31. The Melfort ceremony was held the day before, on May 30, and the Tisdale ceremony was held June 1. There were 158 graduates from across the region.
Weegar said the ceremonies celebrate the success of the college’s students.
“That’s a really big thing. We watch our students walk across the stage and they’re different people than the students that have come to us,” he said. “They’re confident, they’re knowledgeable and they’ve got a greater sense as to where they want to go and what they want to be.”
The graduates were from the adult basic education, business certificate, office administration, bachelor of education, continuing care assistant and practical nursing programs.
In terms of that last program, Weegar said nursing students that go on to get licensed receive an average of 97 per cent on the exam. The national average is in the low 90s.
The president said he’s proud of the graduates and pleased to be part of a personal transformation. He added later that he stepped out into the hall during the ceremonies and overheard how some of these students take care of children while they get an education.
“I say to myself sometimes: that’s why I consider our students to be heroes because they overcome things like crazy. They have two babies and they still get their Grade 12, they still get a B.Ed degree,” he said. “I could never do that. Not a hope in heck I could do that. I’m just amazed by our students’ capabilities.”
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Congratulations to the spring Class of 2017 undergrads and graduate students who will walk across the stage today. Congratulations to Michela Crystal Adlem on receiving the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation Prize and to Matthew Alexander Mickleborough on receiving the Bachelor of Education After Degree Convocation Prize.
President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Vianne Timmons recently participated in graduation ceremonies for students in Nunavut, who studied in a partnership offered by the U of R and Nunavut Arctic College.
The ceremonies were held on June 1 in Arviat, which is 1,300 kilometres northeast of Regina, and on June 2 in Rankin Inlet, almost 1,600 km northeast of Regina. The communities are on the west coast of Hudson Bay, north of Manitoba.
“Holding graduation ceremonies in Arviat and Rankin Inlet brings out the whole community,” she says. “It is inspiring to see how much a university degree means not just to these students, but also to those around them.”
The students graduated from the Nunavut Teacher Education Program (NTEP), a partnership between the U of R’s Faculty of Education and Nunavut Arctic College that began in 2007. It is the only sanctioned Bachelor of Education degree offered in Nunavut.
“These graduates, all with children, worked so hard to complete their Education degrees. I am proud of each and every one of them, and thrilled that I could be there to celebrate with the communities,” says Timmons.
The students earned Bachelor of Education degrees with an Elementary School Concentration.
Some of the students took courses in Regina during their fourth year.
Ceremonies are also being held this month in Iqaluit – 2,600 km northeast of Regina – at another campus of Nunavut Arctic College that offers the joint program with the U of R.
With that ceremony, there will be a total of 21 graduates in the program this year.
Posted: June 5, 2017 4:00 p.m.