During an evening celebration at Collège Boréal’s restaurant, Au pied du rocher, international students, members of the Greater Sudbury Police Services (GSPS), and representatives of the YMCA newcomer program celebrated the successful completion of this year’s Intercultural Police Ride-Along Program.
Initiated three years ago by GSPS Sergeant Sherry Young, the program is based on a similar initiative for aboriginal students. The Intercultural Police Ride-Along Program matches international students from Collège Boréal, Cambrian College, and Laurentian University with Greater Sudbury police officers to help them understand local laws and regulations. The initiative also aims to help change newcomers’ perception of law enforcement agents by showing them how welcoming Sudbury is.
Each year, approximately 20 international students are invited to participate in the local program which consists of an orientation session where students get to know the officer with whom they are matched, two ride-along sessions, and an exchange celebration.
The following YouTube video offers more information on the GSPS Intercultural Ride-Along Program: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWbERKoBqCQ.
“Going to college away from your home country can be a challenging experience. As an inclusive institution, Collège Boréal is a proud partner of this innovative program. By breaking down cultural barriers and improving communication, our international students feel safe, gain valuable skills, and thrive.”
Daniel Giroux, President, Collège Boréal
Established in 1995, Collège Boréal is a French language post-secondary training and learning institution dedicated to the development and growth of French communities throughout the province.
Collège Boréal offers a wide variety of services in 35 access centres in 25 communities across the province. Since 1995, over 116,000 clients across Ontario have benefited from College Boréal’s expertise relating to post-secondary education, training programs, services for immigrants, and services pertaining to employability. Furthermore, Collège Boréal has developed and implemented over 70 articulation agreements with other post-secondary institutions.
According to the Key Performance Indicators recognized by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development, Collège Boréal now holds the top-ranking position in four out of the five areas surveyed! Out of all Ontario colleges, Boréal has the highest student satisfaction rate, graduation rate, graduate satisfaction rate, and employment rate in the province. Moreover, 97% of surveyed employers would recommend hiring Collège Boréal graduates!
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