Canadian Parents for French

Canadian Parents for French
Association canadienne-francaise de l'Alberta

Association canadienne-francaise de l'Alberta
Conseil de developpement economique de l'Alberta

Conseil de developpement economique de l'Alberta

May 29, 2013 06:00 ET

Community Groups Respond to University of Alberta's Announcement by Offering 15 Full Scholarships for College-Level Programs in French

EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - May 29, 2013) - A Consortium of 14 community organizations, including Canadian Parents for French, announced the details of a recruitment campaign like no other - a campaign to recruit and fund 15 students to the new Business Administration program, scheduled to start in September 2013 at the Centre collégial de l'Alberta, which operates under the auspices of the University of Alberta's Campus Saint-Jean.

On April 30, the University announced through an online blog that that it was suspending registrations to the program. It wasn't until 17 days later that the Acting Provost of the University of Alberta offered a more detailed explanation for the suspension, that as a result of a lack of interest, the program's academic integrity was not going to meet the standards of the University.

This explanation from the University shows an unwillingness to implement the Centre collégial de l'Alberta. The Consortium denounces the University of Alberta for not consulting with the community prior to making this drastic decision. So, the initiative announced today is intended as a demonstration of the powerful impact that the Francophone community can have when it is a true partner of the University in offering French-language postsecondary education in French.

Today we are announcing three objectives and strategies:

First, we launched of a petition to gather 1,000 signatures from concerned citizens; an objective that was surpassed in one week with over 1,300 signatures from Francophones and Anglophones from Alberta and beyond. Our goal is now 5,000 signatures.

Second, we aim to recruit 15 prospective students for the Business Administration program. This would easily surpass the threshold for a feasible first intake of students for the inaugural program.

Third, we will raise $42,000 to offer full scholarships to the first 15 successful applicants if the University overturns their decision to suspend the Business Administration program and students are allowed attend classes in September 2013. This funding will be secured from the contributions of community groups and generous individuals through a Crowd-funding initiative. To date, $24,925 has been committed for scholarships, 59% of the overall objective.

To support the student recruitment campaign, the Consortium has set-up the following tools:

The Consortium will also work with Francophone high schools and French immersion high schools to promote the program, to distribute pamphlets and to host information sessions.

Interested candidates should contact the Consortium as soon as possible to fill out an application as the scholarships will be offered on a first come first served basis to qualified applicants.

The organizations that make up the Consortium include:

  • Le Conseil de développement économique de l'Alberta
  • L'Association canadienne-française de l'Alberta (ACFA)
  • Canadian Parents for French (CPF)
  • La Coalition des femmes de l'Alberta
  • accès•emploi
  • Fédération des parents francophones de l'Alberta
  • Centre d'accueil et d'établissement du Nord de l'Alberta
  • Regroupement artistique francophone de l'Alberta
  • L'association des entreprises du Quartier Francophone
  • La société d'éducation de l'Alberta (EDUK)
  • Réseau santé albertain
  • Francophonie jeunesse de l'Alberta (FJA)
  • Institut Guy-Lacombe de la famille
  • Conseil scolaire Centre-Est
  • Conseil scolaire du Nord-Ouest

Contact Information

  • Marc S. Tremblay
    President and CEO
    Conseil de developpement economique de l'Alberta
    780-414-6125, ext. 101
    Cell: 780-915-9868

    Michael Tryon
    Executive Director
    Canadian Parents for French
    780-433-7311

    Denis Perreaux
    Executive Director,
    Association canadienne-francaise de l'Alberta
    780-466-1680, ext. 204