Launch of a new assistance program
ÉTS continues to support its student community: Half a million dollars to promote academic perseveranceWednesday, October 21, 2020
École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS) is pleased to announce the launch of a $505,000 assistance program for students affected by the ongoing pandemic (COVID-19). In effect, ÉTS is allocating $400,000 to provide students with financial assistance and encourage academic perseverance. In addition, at least another $105,000 will be earmarked for a brand new psychosocial support component. It is important to note that this assistance is made possible thanks to the recent announcement (in French) by Danielle McCann, Québec’s Minister of Higher Education.
According to François Gagnon, Director General of ÉTS: "We are well aware that the current situation can be a cause of anxiety, which is why we are committed to continuing to invest in supporting the success of our student community. Humanism is at the very heart of our values, and as such, our goal is to ensure that we focus our priorities on human beings as we navigate through these difficult times."
Financial assistance in the form of bursaries
After launching the emergency fund in March of 2020, ÉTS is reinforcing its support for the student community with this new initiative. Changes to eligibility criteria will allow more students to receive assistance. New students who registered for the Fall session will have access to the program, and special attention will be focused on the academic perseverance of applicants. The bursaries will also allow for the acquisition of the computer equipment required for successful completion of remote courses.
Detailed information concerning the financial support and promotion of perseverance bursary program will be available on the ÉTS website on Wednesday, October 28. The bursaries #will range in value from $500 to $1,500 per person for the 2020-2021 school year.
Enhancing psychosocial support: A new component of the program
In addition to the financial assistance component, the addition of new resources will also enhance the psychosocial support offered by Student Services. Moreover, wait times for obtaining a psychological consultation may be reduced to only a few days. A variety of prevention and awareness-raising activities aimed at promoting positive mental health within the context of the current health crisis will also be unveiled in the coming weeks.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, Student Services has continued to offer all of its activities remotely, including the Sciences, Computing and Mathematics Assistance Centre (CASIM), assistance services for student clientele with special needs, psychological assistance and a number of support for learning workshops. A new mentorship program (in French) has also been launched with a view to more effectively facilitating the integration of new students.