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Update regarding your studies

May 29, 2020 11:00AM

Hope this message finds you and your families safe and well!

We have successfully returned as many students as possible to online studies. A very special thanks to all our staff, faculty and students for making this transition with us. Student survey’s are very encouraging, but please do not hesitate to reach out to us with any questions or suggestions. Your academic progression is key as we all learn to use new tools in delivering and learning course content.

I hope that you are taking advantage of the federal governments recently announced nearly $9-billion in financial support for post secondary students and recent graduates. The applications have been available since Friday May 15th. The Canada Emergency Student Benefit and the Canada Student Service Grant will help students continue their studies get the experience they need to start their careers.

Canada Emergency Student Benefit

  • Provide support to students and new graduates who are not eligible for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit. This benefit would provide $1,250 per month for eligible students or $1,750 per month for eligible students with dependents or disabilities. The benefit would be available from May to August 2020.

Canada Student Service Grant

  • Will help students gain valuable work experience and skills while they help their communities during the COVID‑19 pandemic. For students who choose to do national service and serve their communities, the new Canada Student Service Grant will provide up to $5,000 for their education in the fall.

We have also received a communication from the OSAP office that students not attending online classes as of May will need to be withdrawn. Please note that if you are withdrawn it is a result of your timetable/schedule and likely requiring clinic, lab time or practicum. Since we cannot currently successfully deliver these learning outcomes we will need to pause your training until we get the green light from our local Health departments. Please do not panic, we remain committed to your successful completion and will return you to studies once we receive approval to do so!

We have been in discussion with the Ministry of Colleges and Universities and several of our regulators in regards to returning stranded students back to the college so you can complete your studies. With the Ontario Emergency order now extended to June 9th we are tentatively planning to return some stranded students on Monday June 15th if we receive the required approvals.

With Phase 1 already under way in the Province of Ontario, I’m hopeful we will be able to start returning some cohorts under strict rules and measures to return to College to complete their studies. I expect we will continue to support many students with online studies until we can return you to the college to complete your studies.

Please remember that the most effective way to prevent the spread of COVID 19 are things you do yourself.

  • Wash your hands often.
  • Please follow self isolation requirements if required
  • Do observe proper social distancing of at least 2 meters
  • When you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth with a tissue or the inside of your elbow.
  • If you have flu-like symptoms, inform the people around you including the College. If your symptoms aren’t mild, please seek medical care.

On behalf of all of us at Westervelt College, let me again say how committed we are to ensuring the health and safety of our employees, students and communities. These actions do not come lightly, but we need to follow the advice from our Governments and take our preemptive part in preventing the further spread of COVID 19.

Sincerely,

Don Thibert

 

President and CEO

Westervelt College

 

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May 14, 2020 11:00AM

Hope this message finds you and your families safe and well!

We have successfully returned as many students as possible to online studies. A very special thanks to all our staff, faculty and students for making this transition with us. Early student survey’s are very encouraging, but please do not hesitate to reach out to us with any questions or suggestions. Your academic progression is key as we all learn to use new tools in delivering course content.

The federal government recently announced nearly $9-billion in financial support for post secondary students and recent graduates and those applications will be available on Friday, May 15th. The Canada Emergency Student Benefit and the Canada Student Service Grant will help students continue their studies get the experience they need to start their careers.

Canada Emergency Student Benefit

  • Provide support to students and new graduates who are not eligible for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit. This benefit would provide $1,250 per month for eligible students or $1,750 per month for eligible students with dependents or disabilities. The benefit would be available from May to August 2020.

Canada Student Service Grant

  • Will help students gain valuable work experience and skills while they help their communities during the COVID19 pandemic. For students who choose to do national service and serve their communities, the new Canada Student Service Grant will provide up to $5,000 for their education in the fall.

We have also received a communication from the OSAP office that students not attending online classes as of May will need to be withdrawn. Please not that if you are withdrawn it is a result of your timetable/schedule and likely requiring clinic, lab time or practicum. Since we cannot currently successfully deliver these learning outcomes we will need to pause your training until we get the green light from local Health departments. Please do not panic, we remain committed to your successful completion and will return you to studies once we receive approval to do so!

Please note that all practicum’s are currently on hold till we receive further information from the Ministry of College, Training and Universities on when they can resume. We are working with all our regulatory officials and proposing and evaluating alternatives so we can graduate you as soon as possible.

We will also be starting some new classes in May and June that we can support through online delivery of learning outcomes. If you have any friends or family that are interested in attaining a Westervelt Education please have them contact the College and be sure to take advantage of our referral program.

The Ontario Emergency order has been extended to June 2, 2020. Today, the Province is expected to open phase one of the economy and will identify and allow some businesses to open under limitations. We are still very hopeful to be able to start returning students to the College in June with a tentative date of Monday June 8th.

Please remember that the most effective way to prevent the spread of COVID 19 are things you do

yourself.

  • Wash your hands often.
  • Please follow self isolation requirements
  • Do observe proper social distancing of at least 2 meters
  • When you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth with a tissue or the inside of your elbow.
  • If you have flu-like symptoms, inform the people around you including the College. If your symptoms aren’t mild, please seek medical care.

On behalf of all of us at Westervelt College, let me again say how committed we are to ensuring the health and safety of our employees, students and communities. These actions do not come lightly, but we need to follow the advice from our Governments and take our preemptive part in preventing the further spread of COVID 19.

Sincerely,

Don Thibert

President and CEO

Westervelt College

 

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April 24, 2020 11:00AM

Hope this message finds you and your families safe and well!

We have received a couple of important announcements over the past 24 hours that may impact your studies and student funding. At this point in time we are currently planning for resumption of in person classes on Monday June 1st 2020 or sooner once allowed by the Province of Ontario.

We have commenced online studies for a number of our students with great success and feedback and we continue to explore getting even more students online.

The federal government recently announced nearly $9-billion in financial support for post secondary students and recent graduates. The Canada Emergency Student Benefit and the Canada Student Service Grant will help students continue their studies get the experience they need to start their careers.

Canada Emergency Student Benefit

  • Provide support to students and new graduates who are not eligible for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit. This benefit would provide $1,250 per month for eligible students or $1,750 per month for eligible students with dependents or disabilities. The benefit would be available from May to August 2020.

Canada Student Service Grant

  • Will help students gain valuable work experience and skills while they help their communities during the COVID‑19 pandemic. For students who choose to do national service and serve their communities, the new Canada Student Service Grant will provide up to $5,000 for their education in the fall.

The student benefits outlined above will require additional legislation, which will be brought forward in the coming days.

We have also received a communication from the OSAP office that students not attending online classes as of May 1st may need to be withdrawn. As such we will be connecting with as many students over the next couple of days to get you set up for online studies so we can avoid any further breaks in your studies and hopefully allow you to qualify for the previously mentioned benefits.

We will try to accommodate as many students as possible but please understand that several factors will need to be considered on a class by class basis. If you are at clinic and or placement we may need to withdraw you until we can safely accommodate your practicum or clinic time.

Please note that all practicum’s are currently on hold till we receive further information from the Ministry of College and Universities on when they can resume.

We do not anticipate any issues if you are near the end of your studies. We will simply re-instate you and complete your studies when allowed.

We will also be starting some new classes in May that we can support through online delivery of learning outcomes. If you have any friends or family that are interested in attaining a Westervelt Education please have them contact the College and be sure to take advantage of our referral program.

Please remember that the most effective way to prevent the spread of COVID 19 are things you do yourself.

  • Wash your hands often.
  • Please follow self isolation requirements
  • Do observe proper social distancing of at least 2 meters
  • When you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth with a tissue or the inside of your elbow.
  • If you have flu-like symptoms, inform the people around you including the College. If your symptoms aren’t mild, please seek medical care.

On behalf of all of us at Westervelt College, let me again say how committed we are to ensuring the health and safety of our employees, students and communities. These actions do not come lightly, but we need to follow the advice from our Governments and take our preemptive part in preventing the further spread of COVID 19.

Sincerely,

Don Thibert

President and CEO

Westervelt College