WINNIPEG – They help Indigenous students graduate and achieve their dreams.
Today, ground was broken on a new school for Southeast Collegiate in Winnipeg.
Students also board at the school. They get extra educational supports when they need them.
Principal Sheryl McCorrister says the new school will help with their programming.
“The resource classroom, we’re going to have a classroom for that. We’re going to have a regular-sized gymnasium. The dorm rooms are going to be fantastic. They’re going to be two students to a dorm room so they’ll have their room and their freedom there and a lot more privacy than we had in the older facilities.”
McCorriter adds that the new building will also allow them to offer extra tutoring help.
“If you’re not reaching that 60 per cent average, which is the entrance level for post-secondary, then students are encouraged and mandated to stay after school.”
McCorrister says the school’s graduation rate this year is 90 per cent. More than a third are going on to post-secondary education.
The school will cost $24-million to build, but to help with the cost Indigenous Northern Affairs Canada selected Southeast Collegiate to receive a $10-million grant.