"International recruitment is something new for Collège de l'Île, and we're seeing that it can be very productive. In only a few months, we've succeeded in recruiting and welcoming Mexican students who are now here taking language training and are enrolled in the two-year full-time Licensed Practical Nursing program for January. It's incredible," declared Donald DesRoches, President of Collège de l'Île
The first four students, who included two instructors from universities in Mexico, arrived in June to take English language training at Collège de l'Île to improve their skills in that language.
Stephanie Huerta stayed behind to take language training in French. Selma Osuna and Arturo Arias joined Stephanie in early July, also to learn French. The three are also enrolled in the two-year full-time Licensed Practical Nursing program at Collège de l'Île.
Selma says that so far her experience has been positive. "I decided to come here because Collège de l'Île has a good program, I like Canada and I'd never been to Prince Edward Island before. It's a really nice place and people are very kind and friendly."
This spring, with the objective of providing a good immersion experience, the Collège offered families in the Évangeline region an opportunity to become host families.
Yvonne Gallant has taken student Stephanie Huerta into her home in Abram-Village. "Everything is going great. She is continuing to improve her French here at home, and she can also communicate with her family very easily, using Skype for instance."
Collège de l'Île is the only postsecondary French-language institution in Prince Edward Island. With three learning centres in DeBlois, Wellington and Charlottetown, the College offers regular programs, customized training and training based on labour market needs. It offers a stimulating, student-focused learning environment that uses cutting-edge technology.
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