Catholic school division adds entrepreneurial course to high school

Kristen McEwen
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St. Mary High School students can expect to see a new class being offered at their school this fall -- an entrepreneurial course.

In line with the “Students First” provincial initiative, the Prince Albert Roman Catholic Separate School Division is launching their new three-year strategic plan, which includes offering the Paul Martin Foundation Aboriginal Youth Entrepreneurship Program.

The former prime minister’s entrepreneurial course provides students with the opportunity to develop their own business plans in school.

The program also began at three other city high schools including Carlton, Wesmor and PACI earlier this year

“We have a lot of students who come from all parts of the province, from the northern area, who want to start their own businesses in their own community,” director of education Lorel Trumier said.

“These students actually walk out of school with a business plan,” she added.

This course is in addition to the Emergency Response course the high school began offering in the spring semester.

“Those are opportunities for students who may not only want the English and Math (classes) but might engage through Emergency Response,” Trumier said. “They might want to be a fireman or they might want to be a paramedic or they might want to do that kind of work in their lifetime.”

Other aspects of the strategic plan include a focus on reading, writing and math as well as the faith dimension of the school division.

For the reading, writing and math aspects of the strategic plan, the school division’s goal is to increase achievement rates and graduation rates in schools.

“We’re one of the highest school divisions for graduation rates for First Nation and Métis students in the province and we outperform the national norm,” Trumier said. “We’re continuing to do some work as well has have great success in those areas.”

As part of the school division’s faith mandate, international faith speaker Jesse Manibusan will be working with teachers for Faith Development Day on Aug. 26.

“We’re really excited to be kicking off the strategic plan in that capacity,” Trumier said.

The first day back for students in the separate school division is Sept. 2.

“We certainly want to welcome all students, returning and new, for the 2014-15 school year,” she added. “We’re looking forward to working with everyone.”

Organizations: Prince Albert, First Nation

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