Access to Success – UM Today

by ahnationtalk on September 18, 202358 Views

UM alums attribute success to Access Program

September 18, 2023 — September is a time for connecting and re-connecting at the University of Manitoba. The UM strives to ensure connections made on campus continue beyond graduation, and with Indigenous Homecoming taking place this week, September is also a time to celebrate the success of UM alumni.

Over the years, more than 600 students have graduated from the Access Program. These accredited professionals now successfully share their hard-earned skills in communities all across Canada and also right here at UM.

Currently working at the University as the Indigenous initiatives and partnerships lead with Extended Education, Adrienne Carriere is one of those professionals. Hailing from a small Métis village of 150 people in northwestern Manitoba, Carriere says the thought of moving to a big city and attending university was daunting. She credits the Access Program supports and resources for her success.

“The staff and students worked so very well together, and I knew I could count on them when life became difficult. There were many times I wanted to give up and go home, but the love and kindness shown by the Access Program staff and my peers kept me engaged and helped me graduate,” says Carriere.

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