University is filled with class time, lectures and tests. However, the University of New Brunswick extends learning beyond the classroom through a new program that helps students develop personal and professional skills that they will use in the future in work or grad school.
The program focuses on learning opportunities outside of the classroom, anything that extends their academic learning and contributes to their overall life experiences.
Activities include volunteer work, athletics, attending events, awards, community involvement and other leadership activities — providing recognition for the activities they do outside the classroom and that complement their education on the Saint John and Fredericton campuses.
“This program provides the opportunity for students to showcase the skills they have acquired outside of the classroom so they can bring them forward to potential employers,” says Fredericton campus program co-ordinator Gillian McLean.
The Co-Curricular Program is based around six learning themes: career development, global and cultural awareness, personal development, leadership and entrepreneurship, civic/social responsibility and “Proudly UNB.”
Each learning theme has criteria to be met, but can be completed at any pace throughout a student’s time at UNB. Criteria varies by theme but some experiences consist of becoming an involved community member and writing a reflection on the experience.
“The program has the capacity to really create the university experience for students at UNB,” says David Decker, UNB Saint John campus co-ordinator. “As a commuter campus, our social experiences are sometimes limited and easily forgotten in favour of ‘life off campus.’ The Co-Curricular Program provides students with a framework to get involved, to engage, and be active. It creates the UNB experience and fosters a sense of community.”
UNB has recognized the first students who have completed the Co-Curricular Program since offering the program in the 2016-17 academic year.
Cory Quintal, who graduated from the bachelor of business administration program this year, and Nick Bransfield, current third year bachelor of business administration student, completed the Co-Curricular Program and extended their course learning by planning and attending events in and around UNB. Currently UNB Fredericton and Saint John campuses have approximately 200 participants in the program.
“Being involved in different student groups and committees gave me a sense of being part of a welcoming community,” says Mr. Quintal.
“While completing the tasks within the program, you will be opening many doors to short- and long-term opportunities as well as establishing connections with community leaders both on and off campus,” says Mr.Bransfield.
Photo: Co-curricular program graduates Cory Quintal (left) and Nick Bransfield. Rob Blanchard / UNB Photo.
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