CAS Tran­si­tion pro­gram helps high school grads en­ter post-sec­ondary stud­ies

The Labradorian - - EDITORIAL -

With Septem­ber ap­proach­ing, many high school grad­u­ates are look­ing for­ward to start­ing their post- sec­ondary ed­u­ca­tions. For some, this won’t be pos­si­ble be­cause they don’t meet the en­trance re­quire­ments for ad­mis­sion into col­lege or univer­sity. For­tu­nately, Col­lege of the North At­lantic’s (CNA) Com­pre­hen­sive Arts and Science Tran­si­tion (CAS Tran­si­tion) cer­tifi­cate pro­gram can help.

Of­fered at 11 of the col­lege’s cam­puses, CAS Tran­si­tion was de­signed to meet the needs of high school and Adult Ba­sic Ed­u­ca­tion grad­u­ates (and ma­ture stu­dents) who do not meet ad­mis­sion re­quire­ments for Col­lege of the North At­lantic or Me­mo­rial Univer­sity. Its de­sign is flex­i­ble, al­low­ing stu­dents to get just the cour­ses re­quired for ad­mis­sion, then tran­si­tion into their reg­u­lar col­lege or univer­sity pro­gram.

“For those who grad­u­ate from high school and don’t meet en­trance re­quire­ments for col­lege or univer­sity, CAS Tran­si­tion is a great way for them to be­come el­i­gi­ble,” said Chris Mercer, reg­is­trar at CNA. “Whether you need just the one course or many, the pro­gram is de­signed to help stu­dents get in, get the cre­den­tials they need, and quickly move on to the post-sec­ondary op­tion of their choos­ing.”

Melv­ina Par­sons of Grand Falls-Wind­sor is a liv­ing ex­am­ple of that.

Par­sons was among the first CAS Tran­si­tion stu­dents, en­rolling in the pro­gram in 2005 so that she could get the cour­ses she needed to en­ter the Western Re­gional School of Nurs­ing op­er­ated by Me­mo­rial Univer­sity’s Sir Wil­fred Gren­fell cam­pus.

Through CAS Tran­si­tion, she was able to com­plete cour­ses in math, chem­istry and bi­ol­ogy and en­roll in nurs­ing school.

“Cur­rently I’m em­ployed as a nurse with Cen­tral Health af­ter suc­cess­fully com­plet­ing my de­gree,” she said. “When I left the col­lege in Grand Falls-Wind­sor, I reg­is­tered with the school of nurs­ing and had no aca­demic chal­lenges. Many thanks to the CAS Tran­si­tion pro­gram for al­low­ing me to reach my po­ten­tial!”

Sheila Sin­gle­ton, reg­is­trar pro tem­pore for Me­mo­rial, says the prov­ince’s pub­lic univer­sity rec­og­nizes the valu­able role the CAS Tran­si­tion pro­gram plays for stu­dents look­ing to en­roll.

“We ap­pre­ci­ate the dis­ap­point­ment felt by ap­pli­cants when they learn that they are not el­i­gi­ble for ad­mis­sion to Me­mo­rial. So we stress that it’s about their prepa­ra­tion for post-sec­ondary stud­ies and sug­gest paths that will lead to that prepa­ra­tion and greatly en­hance the like­li­hood of their fu­ture suc­cess,” said Sin­gle­ton.

“The Univer­sity Se­nate has rec­og­nized that the CAS Tran­si­tion pro­gram pro­vides the prepa­ra­tion needed for ad­mis­sion, and we pro­mote it on our web­site and in our let­ters to ap­pli­cants to whom we can’t of­fer ad­mis­sion. It’s a great ex­am­ple of the Col­lege of the North At­lantic and Me­mo­rial Univer­sity work­ing to­gether to cre­ate a strong post-sec­ondary sys­tem for the prov­ince.”

Seats are still avail­able for Septem­ber in many CAS Tran­si­tion of­fer­ings. For in­for­ma­tion on CNA’s CAS Tran­si­tion pro­gram, visit www.cna.nl.ca or call 1-888-982-2268.

“When I left the col­lege in Grand Fall­sWind­sor, I reg­is­tered with the school of nurs­ing and had no aca­demic chal­lenges. Many thanks to the CAS Tran­si­tion pro­gram for al­low­ing me to reach my po­ten­tial!”

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