Expanding Postsecondary Pathways for SNP STEAM Academy Students

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The STEAM Academy represents a uniquely effective approach to building pathways to postsecondary education for Indigenous and non-Indigenous high school students, where learners can begin to braid diploma level courses into their studies – the “Early College Model.” Currently, this allows students to build toward their Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) while simultaneously receiving credits toward a Software Engineering Technician Diploma. Mohawk College and SNP have shown consistent commitment to supporting students through new and innovative pathways that address both established and anticipated community needs. To this end, ONCAT Project P2025 aimed to build out a new program of study for students, that would take elements of the existing Early College Model at STEAM. These pre-built elements include an accrued, fine-grained understanding of dual credit programming that presents students with innovative transfer opportunities that would otherwise be unavailable.