Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) and YELL Canada have joined forces to provide post-secondary credits to high school students.
The deal allows for a faster start for young entrepreneurs keen to make their mark, according to participants in the program, billed as “the first high school entrepreneurship course in Canada eligible for college credit,” with the aim of “providing young people with practical tools and experiences they need to be successful in the real world.
YELL operates a full-year entrepreneurship program for grades 10-12 students in most Metro Vancouver school districts, including Surrey. Now, students who complete the YELL program will receive credit for the Introductory Entrepreneurship Course at KPU.
âThe collaboration between secondary and post-secondary education is an important partnership in helping young students get the most out of their education,â said Stephanie Howes, Dean of the Melville School of Business at KPU.
âOne of those ways is for post-secondary institutions to recognize rigorous after-school programs in high schools that allow students to be successful when they choose to continue their education at the university level. The YELL program is a prime example of one of these programs.
Maggie Sew, a graduate of KPU’s Wilson School of Design, says the YELL program has given her skills that have helped her progress in college and that students are responsible for what they get out of the classroom. Classes.
âThe flexible nature of the program gives students a taste of what independent learning is like in college,â Sew explained.
âMy favorite aspect of the course was the self-directed learning process. This allowed each student to tailor the program to their speed and learning style. The time management skills that the YELL program taught me provided a great foundation for me to start my studies at KPU.
Sew said she has since developed skills in time management and self-directed learning âto a very productive level. These are incredibly important abilities to have in the fashion industry, an industry where designers are self-taught and rely on their own efforts and skills to achieve their goals.
Amit Sandhu, Managing Director of YELL Canada, said the program operators âare delighted to welcome KPU to the growing list of post-secondary institutions recognizing the importance of entrepreneurial education by providing a credit opportunity for YELL alumni. This partnership offers YELL alumni the opportunity to further develop and develop their entrepreneurial skills and knowledge at KPU. “
YELL Canada teachers include Brenden Graham of the Surrey School District.
âEvery week I think to myself, ‘I wish I had had something like this when I was younger,’ Graham, physical education teacher at North Surrey High School, said in a testimonial posted on the site. Yell Canada Web (yellcanada.org). . âYELL should be compulsory in all high schools in our country. “