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First Year in Focus Maximizing Student Retention. Enjoying the Ride on the Way to the Destination. The Successful Incorporation of SIFE into Clarenville’s Business Program. The 1960’s Vision of NL Education…. To drag Newfoundland “kicking and screaming into the 20th century ”

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enjoying the ride on the way to the destination

First Year in Focus

Maximizing Student Retention

Enjoying the Ride on the Way to the Destination

The Successful Incorporation of SIFE into Clarenville’s Business Program

the 1960 s vision of nl education
The 1960’s Vision of NL Education…

To drag Newfoundland “kicking and screaming into the 20th century”

J.R. Smallwood

NL’s first Premier

our vision today
Our Vision Today…

To help Newfoundland and Labrador students see that they can kick and scream their way into the 21th century (and beyond) as well as – or better than - anyone!

The Ride begins…

welcome we are
Welcome! We Are…

Deidra Strowbridge

Business Instructor

Clarenville Campus SIFE Clarenville Principal Advisor

Paul Tilley

Business Instructor

Clarenville

SIFE Clarenville Advisor

our story
Our Story…

This is a story about engagement, experience and empowerment using SIFE

clarenville campus
Clarenville Campus
  • Clarenville, NL
  • Population 5,400
  • Service Centre
  • 35,000 catchment
  • Clarenville Campus
  • Population 300
  • 7 Programs
  • 22 Instructors
  • 2 year Business Program

You are Here

we live in a world of opportunities
We Live in a World of Opportunities

How do we recognize and capture them?

the clarenville business department
The Clarenville Business Department

In our region the Business Department at Clarenville campus has developed a reputation for offering a high quality program producing highly skilled graduates.

the clarenville business department1
The Clarenville Business Department

Our graduates can be found working in leadership roles from within the greater Clarenville region the across to country.

our program goal
Our Program Goal
  • The Goal of the Business Program is to give our students the fundamental skills to;
    • Be successful in their chosen careers
    • Become lifelong learners
    • Be valuable contributors to their communities
our program strategy
Our Program Strategy
  • Our approach has been to “blur the lines” between the classroom and work.
  • The vehicle that we have used to do this is our Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) Chapter.
our business program s strategy
Our Business Program’s Strategy
  • ….To create an experience that will make learning intrinsic, fun and “life-worthy” - resulting in a highly motivated individual who works to contribute to their community’s development.
about
About
  • SIFE is an international non-profit organization that works with leaders in business and higher education.
  • SIFE mobilizes post-secondary students to make a difference in their communities while developing key business skills.
about1
About
  • Student teams develop community outreach programs to educate others on the concepts of social, economic and environmental sustainability.
  • There are over 50 SIFE chapters at schools across Canada. Our students have the opportunity to network with students in these other chapters, as well as SIFE’s corporate partners.
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In the Campus

In the Community

Engagement

Confidence Building

Volunteerism

Mentoring

Employability

Impact

Ground truthing

Levelling

  • Academics
  • Assessment
  • Academic Support
  • Personal Support
  • Personalized learning
  • Interdisciplinary learning
  • Project based learning
  • Meaningful experience
  • Citizenship
  • Access to the Community
  • Intergenerational
  • Economic Development
  • A “service” culture
  • Community &World wise

Enjoying the Ride on the Way to the Destination

in the campus
In The Campus

SIFE operates in many institutions but we have taken it a step further – we have built it into our curriculum!

  • Academics
  • Assessment
  • Academic Support
  • Personal Support
  • Personalized learning
  • Interdisciplinary learning
  • Project based learning
in the campus1
In The Campus
  • We’ve built SIFE activities into and around our Business Program.
  • Students in first year incorporate SIFE based projects into both their Marketing and Computer Application course curriculum.
  • As students move through their program progressively more soft “difficult to teach” skills are incorporated.
  • Academics
  • Assessment
  • Academic Support
  • Personal Support
  • Personalized learning
  • Interdisciplinary learning
  • Project based learning
in the campus2
In The Campus
  • SIFE students in the second year of their program will be working with first year students. This “mentoring” will serve two purposes:
    • it will assist new students understand the expectations
    • it will provide much needed personal support to new students – no one will be alone!
  • Academics
  • Assessment
  • Academic Support
  • Personal Support
  • Personalized learning
  • Interdisciplinary learning
  • Project based learning
in the campus3
In The Campus
  • Students choose their projects based on their interests.
  • A single integrative project is given to the students so that they can see how different aspects of each course relate – teaching and learning is not done in a bubble.
  • Academics
  • Assessment
  • Academic Support
  • Personal Support
  • Personalized learning
  • Interdisciplinary learning
  • Project based learning
in the community
In the Community

SIFE operates in our greater community, partnering with organizations and “ground-truthing” the classroom theory

  • Meaningful experience
  • Citizenship
  • Access to the community
  • Intergenerational
  • Economic development
  • A “Service culture”
  • Community & world wise
in the community1
In the Community
  • Our students worked on their chosen projects, each working with a variety of community partners
  • Meaningful experience
  • Citizenship
  • Access to the community
  • Intergenerational
  • Economic development
  • A “Service culture”
  • Community & world wise
in the community2
In the Community
  • Student projects incorporated youth and seniors, flood victims, low income families, small businesses, bigger businesses, government and not-for-profit organizations.
  • Meaningful experience
  • Citizenship
  • Access to the community
  • Intergenerational
  • Economic development
  • A “Service culture”
  • Community & world wise
in the community3
In the Community
  • Students gain an appreciation for how world events affect our community.
  • Once out working with businesses, students get a better appreciation for the nuances of business operations.
  • Meaningful experience
  • Citizenship
  • Access to the community
  • Intergenerational
  • Economic development
  • A “Service culture”
  • Community & world wise
the status quo has gotta go
The Status Quo has Gotta Go…

“There are two types of education: One should teach us how to make a living and the other should teach us how to live.”

John Adams

conference board of canada
Conference Board of Canada

Employability Skills 2000+ are the employability skills, attitudes and behaviours that graduates need to participate and progress in today’s dynamic world of work.

student engagement and retention
Student Engagement and Retention
  • Teams
  • Projects
  • Travel
  • Accomplishment
  • Rewards
  • Employability Skills
conclusion
Conclusion
  • SIFE adds value to our program
  • The SIFE experience adds to the educational experience
  • SIFE is a confidence builder
  • SIFE compliments the program
  • SIFE highlights student’s strength
  • SIFE helps us achieve our objectives
thank you
THANK YOU

QUESTIONS?

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Paul Tilley [email protected]

Deidra [email protected]

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