TR Leger opening doors for its students

TR Leger School of Adult, Alternative and Continuing Education has been holding Days of Innovation at its campuses across Eastern Ontario, and last week is was the Williamsburg Campus’ time to shine.

Serving about 80 students, the Williamsburg campus opened its doors to the community April 21, to let the community know about all of the programs they offer, and to give its students the opportunity to let the community know about the work they are doing there.

For anyone ages 14 and up, TR Leger offers many programs, with flexible schedules. 

Not only is it an option for young people who may not fit into the mainstream schooling, it offers a huge amount of resources for adults who may want to upgrade their skills, gain additional credits or complete a high school diploma.

Through Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition, offered at TR Leger, secondary school credits are awarded to adults for previous schooling and work experience.

Julie Duchesne, guidance councillor for the Williamsburg Campus, is typically a person’s first contact when they walk through the doors of the TR Leger Campus. A person doesn’t need to know which program they want to sign up for. “We will figure that out, and bridge them into the program that will help them achieve their goals,” said Duchesne.

All of the staff work closely together and create a very comfortable environment for the students.

Sharon Hall of Iroquois is a student at TR in Williamsburg, and looks forward to writing her final exam in the coming weeks.

“It’s really hard to go back to school in your 50s, but I did it,” says Hall. “Everyone here is so nice and helpful, and no matter what, they work to try to help you.”

Reflecting on her time a TR, she says, “Actually, I’m very  proud of myself.”

The day of the open house, Erin Moss of Morrisburg wrote his final exam to officially become a high school graduate.

Moss started a TR in Williamsburg to learn some computer skills when he was off work for a workplace injury. From his experience with that program, he then started to think about finishing his high school diploma. “The staff here is very supportive and I feel comfortable, and that helped me gain the confidence I needed to get my diploma.” 

“I was skeptical at the beginning,” he admits. 

But now, he earned his four credits, and he’s a high school graduate.

“It feels excellent. This is a really good feeling, and my kids are proud of me. For anyone considering it, this is the ideal place to come. There’s a lot of great support here.”

TR Leger principal Sandy McInnes and vice principal Rich Tamblyn were both at the Williamsburg Campus open house last week. 

“Events like this bring people together and that validates our students work and learning,” said Tambyln.

McInnes said it was important for the administrators to be there to support the students as they share what’s important to them with the community. 

“It’s important for people to come here and see that there’s no stigma. It’s just about teaching and learning and our campuses are filled with good people.”

He said that all of the students’ work at TR will open doors for them. 

“Every times someone finishes their time here and walks out the door of this building, a person’s life, and the community, just got better.”

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