What are you going to do with your life? For thousands of Winnipeg teens looking at an education beyond high school, university or college is a must.
Our universities offer you a path in the general arts and sciences or a more specific path to a job such as agriculture and engineering. It’s competitive for those programs but access is easy for a general degree.
Cost is another factor – tuition, books and various fees bring most three or four year degrees into the tens of thousands of dollars.
Grade 12 student Justin Happychuck may end up at a university but I caught up with him at Red River College. He has an interest in electronics and stage production. Ashley Stevenson of Lorette, Manitoba is looking at fashion. She’s passionate about following her dreams to design clothes.
Neither Justin or Ashley have it completely figured out. Who will ultimately pay for their tuition?
Clint Thiessen is a recruitment officer at Red River College. He says the path to college is often different compared to university. “We have a lot of students who are straight out of high school but a lot of students who go to university for a year realize it’s not for them. We are program specific so you have to know exactly what you want to do. Once you find that out, you’re set.”
Vladimir Tiuchkin and his wife Christina are very focused. They fled Yalta on the south coast of the Crimean Peninsula as Russia moved into the region. “There is no future there even though I have a Master’s degree with honours,” Vladimir says. “Here it feels like the possibilities are limitless.” Tiuchkin is in civil engineering and hopes a co-op program will help him get full employment. Christina is looking at early childhood education. Their future is bright.