A new model at the University of Prince Edward Island aims to prepare students for careers after graduation.
The work integrated learning (WIL) model builds on knowledge gained through traditional academic education, helping graduates to transfer that knowledge into practice in workplace settings.
At UPEI, the programming will include experiential learning, co-op and clinical placements, internships, research and teaching practice, volunteerism, international academic exchange and field placements.
On Tuesday, the governments of Canada and Prince Edward Island announced funding to support the model. The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency is providing a non-repayable contribution of $114,660 through its business development program to UPEI for the project, while the provincial government is providing a grant of $17,640.
“The University of Prince Edward Island has long played a central role in building our community, attracting talented staff and students from P.E.I. and around the world, and developing expertise that focuses on the strengths of our region,” said Charlottetown MP Sean Casey in making the announcement.
Sonny Gallant, P.E.I. minister of workforce and advanced learning, said the programming will prepare students for success and drive prosperity in the province.
“Increasing the connection between post-secondary education and the workforce is another step in linking Islanders to great job opportunities,” said Gallant.