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International Education Certificate Program impacts OCDSB students

   

 At the OCDSB International Certificate Program Information Session held at the Confederation Education Centre during the evening of November 16th, these seven students enrolled in the International Certificate Program from several different OCDSB schools, provided moving and impassioned testimonials about how the OCDSB International Certificate Program emphasis on active global citizenship is not only affecting them in a positive way today, but also influencing both post-secondary and career choices in the future.


During International Education Week (Nov. 14-18) a new format for an information night was introduced at the Confederation Education Centre in order to showcase the International Certificate Program (ICP) and introduce students and their parents to the innovative program. Numerous organizations which support the international experience focus of the ICP were also present in order to provide information and network with students and parents. 

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 Look for this poster in schools advertising the second ICP Information evening.

Many Grade 8 students about to enter high school in 2017 were in attendance to learn about the ICP. With over 450 secondary students now enrolled in the popular OCDSB International Certificate Program, this information evening provided a way to reach a large group of people interested in the ICP. Another ICP information night is scheduled for Wednesday, March 22nd.

A highlight of the evening was a series of presentations by seven students who have found the ICP to be a valuable and rewarding experience. Completion of the three main components and the Summative Portfolio in the program has the following purpose: “To recognize and honour students who demonstrate a commitment to being motivated, engaged and active global citizens.”

In June 2017, it is anticipated that over 130 Grade 12 students will meet the criteria to receive the ICP Certificate. The ICP is becoming more widely recognized by Ontario universities; for example, Carleton University now offers two ICP student scholarships in its Bachelor of Global and International Studies Program (BGInS).

 More information about the ICP,
click International Certificate program at the OCDSB website.

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