More than three dozen young adults have taken classes at Okanagan College through the B.C. government’s free tuition program for those who were under provincial care as children.
Okanagan College is one of 25 institutions that accepts students through the tuition waiver program, which began in 2017 and has increased by 326 per cent since its launch.
The program supports the transition into post-secondary by waiving tuition and mandatory fees, and provides an increased chance for a positive employment outcome for former youth in care.
“We look forward to helping as many former youths in care as possible access higher learning at Okanagan College and find pathways into the world,” Okanagan College president Jim Hamilton said in a press release. “This is an exciting initiative that is yielding results.”
There are currently 806 former youths in care now studying across the province.
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