UPREP — Saint Mary’s Univer­sity Prepa­ra­tion

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Do you have your sights set on go­ing to univer­sity? Do you want to bol­ster your ed­u­ca­tional qual­i­fi­ca­tions to meet univer­sity ad­mis­sion re­quire­ments? Saint Mary’s Univer­sity is com­mit­ted to life­long learn­ing, wel­com­ing in­di­vid­u­als look­ing for op­por­tu­ni­ties to con­nect with univer­sity and pur­sue their goals of aca­demic suc­cess.

The Stu­dio for Teach­ing and Learn­ing is home to Univer­sity Prepa­ra­tion cour­ses (UPrep) at Saint Mary’s. UPrep cre­ates path­ways to univer­sity ad­mis­sion.

Two years ago, at the age of 21, Ryan Ivany de­cided to leave his pro­fes­sion as a plum­ber, and ful­fill his ca­reer goal. Ivany had al­ways as­pired to at­tend vet­eri­nary school and en­ter the field of zo­ol­ogy: Now he de­cided it was time to get on this ca­reer path. To take this di­rec­tion, Ivany re­quired fur­ther high school cour­ses to be ad­mit­ted to a univer­sity sci­ence pro­gram. Ivany en­rolled in Saint Mary’s UPrep pro­gram and that was the be­gin­ning of re­al­iz­ing his dream.

“I wanted to change my life for the bet­ter and work to­wards a ca­reer that I had al­ways hoped for but I knew I needed high school sci­ence cour­ses re­quired for ad­mis­sion,” he says. Over the course of one year, Ivany com­pleted four UPrep cour­ses and in turn, met the re­quire­ments to ap­ply to the Fac­ulty of Sci­ence un­der­grad­u­ate pro­gram at Saint Mary’s Univer­sity.

“The knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ence I gained from the UPrep cour­ses cre­ated a solid foun­da­tion to build on when start­ing my first se­mes­ter in the sci­ence pro­gram,” Ivany says. He has en­tered his sec­ond se­mes­ter of stud­ies and he at­tributes his suc­cess to his time in UPrep. “Uprep also helped me tran­si­tion back to school, so I was bet­ter pre­pared when I started my sci­ence de­gree.” With the sup­port of Saint Mary’s UPrep pro­gram in­struc­tors and en­cour­age­ment from his friends and fam­ily, Ivany is on track to mak­ing his dream come true.

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