(Quebec) Formerly, the foundation of educational institutions were banging on the doors of businesses to raise in order to purchase new equipment or to arrange a football field. In the context of austerity in which the institutions are found, the foundation now solicit the generosity of the business people to implement innovative practices to promote student success, including better support of the latter.
Is the State abandoning the private school?
The Cégep Limoilou Foundation just finished passing the hat. She raised $ 2.5 million.
Greenbacks to be invested over the next five years in the college’s success Project, which provides, inter alia, the establishment of a response structure allowing early identification of students who are at risk or who have difficulties ($ 1.1 million), the implementation of distance education classes and the development of interactive classes ($ 600,000) and the development of innovative measures that will enable high school students to better define their study project (750 $ 000).
There are not only business people who have put their hands in their pockets to enable the Foundation to achieve its objective. The students contributed a sum of nearly half a million dollars.
“I’m almost nervous to announce that we have money!” Joked Thursday, the Director General of the Cégep, Louis Grou, during a press conference. “For us, this $ 2.5 million, it’s a breath of fresh air that gives us wings.”
Like the other institutions of the college system, the return is done under the sign of cutbacks in Limoilou.
The latest cuts imposed by Quebec is $ 1.5 million.
“Painful choices had to be made. This was the seventh compression we encaissions in five years, “noted Louis Grou advocating a return to” fiscal stability “in the network. “Are there fewer students who may succeed because there are cuts? Certainly, “said he said stressing that the network might” escape “the most vulnerable young people in the race to achieve a balanced budget.
While recalling that Quebec had seen pass six Ministers of Higher Education in five years and that this year alone, three different people had occupied the post of deputy minister in respect of this important ministry, Mr. Grou recalled the urgency of giving a “vision” in the college sector.
The private sector will never replace the state in the funding of education. Louis Grou recalls that the Cégep Limoilou budget is $ 55 million.
“By cons, if we think outside the box and do more to foster academic success – as we do with our successful project – there is no public funding for this initiative.”
The call to the private is precisely to add the “icing on the cake”, but shows Mr. Grou recalling the importance that a project like the one developed at Cégep Limoilou “is defined by the college and the college.”
And there is no discomfort to seek help from the private who, one day, will benefit from this windfall of future workers trained in colleges and universities.
The alma mater of Yvon Charest
It is precisely because the project success is not a matter of “brick and mortar” that Industrial Alliance has contributed to the Cégep Limoilou fundraising campaign, argued the president and CEO of insurance company, Yvon Charest. Himself a former Cégep Limoilou, he co-chairs the council of ambassadors of the Foundation with Claude Marcoux, CGI Head of Canadian Operations.
“If we want to be able to create wealth in Quebec, we must focus on three things: education, technology and immigration,” said Mr. Charest adding that he was in the long-term interest of companies to help finance projects such as led by the Cégep Limoilou.
Whoever multiplies interventions to stimulate philanthropy in the world of business in Québec explained that Industrial Alliance opened its pockets mainly to help universities, hospitals and the poor through the United Way. It does now for the Cégep Limoilou. The insurance company paid him more than $ 200,000 since 2007.
Yvon Charest noted that his alma mater was not an institution like any other in Quebec and that customers came from strong diverse socioeconomic backgrounds.
Among others, as many as 500 of its 5,000 students are enrolled in an orientation process and are looking for a way forward.
Also, more than 600 students are from immigrant families.
Nearly 400 students are experiencing undiagnosed learning problems.
The College also has a higher percentage of boys than other establishments, which poses the greatest challenges to academic success.
And the graduation rate (60%) at Cégep Limoilou is a bit lower than the provincial average (63%).