The Student Affairs Department at St. Michael’s College School (SMCS), led by the Learning Enrichment Centre (LEC), will be hosting an event in November, created to support families of students who are transitioning to university.
“This topic used to be handled during the University Information Night held in September,” says Frank Trentadue ’84, Director of Student Affairs. “However, we feel it is important enough for those interested to be a stand-alone event.”
‘University Transitions Information Night’ is designed for students who are on Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) and their families. Students expecting to receive accommodations while at university are encouraged to attend. It will provide relevant information, tips, and advice from experts to support the student’s move to their next academic environment.
“Accommodations at university are definitely available, but must be sought after by the student,” says Trentadue. “Giving enough information to our students while still in high school, can only benefit them when they go to university.”
Erin Hogan is one of two Learning Strategists in the LEC. Both staff also serve as Guidance Counsellors for Grade 7 and 8 students.
“Our university model for the LEC is self-advocacy,” says Hogan. “We build self-advocacy with the student by building routines specific for the students’ individual learning style. Examples of this would be routines of booking tests for extra time, communicating or meeting with teachers to explain what they need to learn, and preparing for tests.”
Hogan says, “transitioning to university implies less opportunity and support to meet with teachers and therefore the importance of enrolling with the accessibility centre.”
Found within universities, accessibility centres are responsible for providing student support.
She adds, “mental health and wellness continue to be important concerns for all students and the recognition of all supports available will help with a better transition to university.”
The event will feature representatives from several universities who specialize in transitions.
“These representatives will form a panel discussion,” says Trentadue. “They will present pertinent information specific to the schools they represent followed by a question period. A light dinner and refreshments will contribute to the casual conversational tone for the night.”
University Transitions Information Night will be held on Wednesday, November 13, 2019 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. in the Robert Campeau Lecture Hall.