Arisnel Mesidor, M.A., RCIC
The province of New Brunswick has introduced two centres of excellence for international students
New Brunswick launched two centres of excellence for international students in the province’s English-language elementary, middle, and secondary schools.
In these centres, students are eligible for innovative programs which provide them with career experience in entrepreneurship and preventative mental health skills. According to Dominic Cardy, the New Brunswick education minister, these centers "allow students to gain insight into key industries and interact with and learn from experts in their fields, regardless of their location in the province."
The entrepreneurship center will be aimed at increasing students' financial literacy and helping them to develop the crucial business skills needed to succeed as entrepreneurs.
Students in the "centre of excellence for health" will participate in classroom activities geared towards mindfulness practices, emotion regulation, self-esteem, and managing anxiety and stress.
As the province continues to experience labor shortages, these centers of excellence are imperative to ensuring students are prepared for the opportunities that await them.