New diploma to help newcomers adjust
A new diploma program at NorQuest – Settlement Studies – has been designed to help towards the cultural, social and economic adjustment for new people to the area.
The program was created by Romanian-born and Canadian-raised NorQuest graduate, Alexandru Caldarau. He teaches the Community Support Worker program at the college, where along with his community experience, he was inspired to initiate the diploma.
With classes first starting in 2019, the program was informed by Caladaru’s work with community members, immigrant services agencies and internal stakeholders. It aims to address areas of immigration and education that are lacking in research and work. The program will benefit both graduates and immigrants to Canada, and hopes to help them develop their trust and confidence in a new country.
In light of the current coronavirus situation NorQuest are offering all the institution’s usual services online, including student services and advising. The May 2020 cohort of students will be instructed online with plans in place to offer the same online learning experience to students starting in September in the event that face to face instruction is not possible.
Services at NorQuest have not been significantly disrupted with September 2020 and January 2021 offer letters still being processed and disseminated as usual. NorQuest has also provided an extension for students requiring official transcripts for application.
The college has adjusted its English language entry requirements to include Duolingo test results, subject to certain conditions being met. Additionally, students are able to undertake online English language courses offered by the college. Scholarships and financial aid remain available with students encouraged to explore the college website and contact NorQuest directly for more information.