Unique partnership offers Keyano education students rural teaching experiences

Posted On Friday June 19, 2020
Education Students grocery shopping in Fort Chip- Left to Right Taylor Fraser-Chaba, Skylar Van Der Kooi
Education Students grocery shopping in Fort Chip: Left to Right Taylor Fraser-Chaba, Skylar Van Der Kooi

This spring, nine Keyano College Bachelor of Education students received valuable rural practicum placements in Fort Chipewyan and Anzac thanks to a partnership with Canadian Natural and Northland School Division.

Although the practicum was cut short due to COVID-19, it was a valuable experience for the students. Fourth year student Taylor Fraser-Chaba was among those very thankful to have a chance to live and work in Fort Chipewyan.

 “It was incredible to see the inner workings of such a closely bonded community,” said Fraser-Chaba  

This important project was made possible through a generous donation of $30,000 from Canadian Natural and Northland School Division who provided the housing and Wi-Fi.

Without financial support and access to housing in Fort Chipewyan, students like Taylor would not have experienced this unique opportunity. During the practicum, students received support for housing, transportation, food, and even Wi-Fi, which helped them keep in regular contact with family and access online teaching resources. 

Keyano College is committed to meeting the educational needs of all communities it serves. Since the Collaborative Bachelor of Education program’s inception, well-trained student teachers have been placed in rural schools throughout the region. This includes Fort McKay School, Athabasca Delta School in Fort Chipewyan, Father Perrin School in Janvier/Chard, Conklin Community School, Anzac Community School, and Bill Woodward School in Anzac.

This practicum experience has also resulted in job opportunities at the Northlands School Division, as Keyano graduates add stability for school districts in the region.