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New UBC-Langara program to help more Aboriginal students get university degrees

The University of British Columbia and Langara College have partnered to create a transfer program to support First Nations, Métis and Inuit students working toward a university degree.

The UBC-Langara Aboriginal Transfer Program, the first of its kind in B.C, will offer up to $8,500 in scholarships to Aboriginal students, plus guaranteed admission to UBC’s Faculty of Arts and personalized support from Aboriginal advisors at both institutions.

“This program is designed to provide Aboriginal students the support they need to successfully transition to UBC and excel in their studies,” says Linc Kesler, UBC’s Senior Advisor to the President on Aboriginal Affairs and a professor in the Faculty of Arts.

Program students will complete one or two years of courses at Langara, including a newly created Aboriginal Plus Program, which aims to prepare students for academic success through workshops, extracurricular events, and support from Aboriginal faculty and staff at both institutions.

Langara students who meet program requirements will receive guaranteed admission to the Faculty of Arts at UBC’s Vancouver campus. By maintaining high academic standards, program students will be eligible for the scholarships.

“Langara is very excited to be able to offer this program to our Aboriginal students,” said Larry Railton, Manager of Services for Aboriginal Students, Langara College. “Supporting our Aboriginal community is a priority and this program will go a long way towards providing new and exciting pathways for our students.”

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