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Community Groups Respond to University of Alberta's Announcement by Offering 15 Full Scholarships for College-Level Programs in French

May 29 2013 12:00AM

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EDMONTON, ALBERTA -- (Marketwired) -- 05/29/13 -- A Consortium of 14 community organizations, including Canadian Parents for French, announced the details of a recruitment campaign like no other - a campaign to recruit and fund 15 students to the new Business Administration program, scheduled to start in September 2013 at the Centre collegial de l'Alberta, which operates under the auspices of the University of Alberta's Campus Saint-Jean.

On April 30, the University announced through an online blog that that it was suspending registrations to the program. It wasn't until 17 days later that the Acting Provost of the University of Alberta offered a more detailed explanation for the suspension, that as a result of a lack of interest, the program's academic integrity was not going to meet the standards of the University.

This explanation from the University shows an unwillingness to implement the Centre collegial de l'Alberta. The Consortium denounces the University of Alberta for not consulting with the community prior to making this drastic decision. So, the initiative announced today is intended as a demonstration of the powerful impact that the Francophone community can have when it is a true partner of the University in offering French-language postsecondary education in French.

Today we are announcing three objectives and strategies:

First, we launched of a petition to gather 1,000 signatures from concerned citizens; an objective that was surpassed in one week with over 1,300 signatures from Francophones and Anglophones from Alberta and beyond. Our goal is now 5,000 signatures.

Second, we aim to recruit 15 prospective students for the Business Administration program. This would easily surpass the threshold for a feasible first intake of students for the inaugural program.

Third, we will raise $42,000 to offer full scholarships to the first 15 successful applicants if the University overturns their decision to suspend the Business Administration program and students are allowed attend classes in September 2013. This funding will be secured from the contributions of community groups and generous individuals through a Crowd-funding initiative. To date, $24,925 has been committed for scholarships, 59% of the overall objective.

To support the student recruitment campaign, the Consortium has set-up the following tools:

-- The petition: http://www.petitions24.net/proteger_le_centre_collegial_de_lalberta-- A secured crowd-funding website to raise funds for the scholarships: https://fundo.ca/en/projects/97-- A toll free Hot line: 1-855-830-6313-- A website (one stop shop): www.CentreCollegialAlberta.com



The Consortium will also work with Francophone high schools and French immersion high schools to promote the program, to distribute pamphlets and to host information sessions.

Interested candidates should contact the Consortium as soon as possible to fill out an application as the scholarships will be offered on a first come first served basis to qualified applicants.

The organizations that make up the Consortium include:

-- Le Conseil de developpement economique de l'Alberta-- L'Association canadienne-francaise de l'Alberta (ACFA)-- Canadian Parents for French (CPF)-- La Coalition des femmes de l'Alberta-- acces-emploi-- Federation des parents francophones de l'Alberta-- Centre d'accueil et d'etablissement du Nord de l'Alberta-- Regroupement artistique francophone de l'Alberta-- L'association des entreprises du Quartier Francophone-- La societe d'education de l'Alberta (EDUK)-- Reseau sante albertain-- Francophonie jeunesse de l'Alberta (FJA)-- Institut Guy-Lacombe de la famille-- Conseil scolaire Centre-Est-- Conseil scolaire du Nord-Ouest





Contacts:
Marc S. Tremblay
President and CEO
Conseil de developpement economique de l'Alberta
780-414-6125, ext. 101
Cell: 780-915-9868

Michael Tryon
Executive Director
Canadian Parents for French
780-433-7311

Denis Perreaux
Executive Director,
Association canadienne-francaise de l'Alberta
780-466-1680, ext. 204





Source: Marketwire