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(St. John’s, NL) Today, Keyin College announced a new $1.1 million scholarship program to support displaced Ukrainians wishing to pursue an education and life in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. The Fresh Start Scholarship Program will offer 60 tuition-free placements for Ukrainians and other newcomers, with the application and intake process starting May 2022 and continuing for the next two years.

“Everything we do at Keyin College is about community and we see this as an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of displaced Ukrainians who have gone through so much and want a chance at a new life,” said Craig Tucker, President of Keyin College. “It is our hope that with access to re-training and building new skills, the recipients of the scholarships and their families not only feel welcomed and supported but equipped to build a new future for themselves in Newfoundland and Labrador.”

The Fresh Start Scholarship Program will make 20 placements available in each of the following three program areas: Software Development; Digital Office Administration; and Early Childhood Education and may be completed online from anywhere in the province. Program intake will begin in May 2022 and September 2022 and will continue in January, May, and September of 2023. Completion of high school education is a requirement for the program; however, Keyin College will make additional supports available such as English as a Second Language and high school equivalency upgrading for interested applicants who may need it.

“We are so pleased with the generosity of Keyin College in establishing this scholarship. Initiatives of this nature will no doubt support many newcomers in achieving their career goals,” said Megan Morris, Executive Director, Association for New Canadians (ANC).

Students enrolled in Keyin College through this scholarship program will also have access to three supplementary programs to assist them as they adjust to life in Newfoundland and Labrador. Programs on mental health and wellness, financial literacy, and digital literacy will be made available to them at no cost, through the college and will be delivered in partnership with LifeWorks, Enriched Academy, and Brilliant Labs respectively.

“Enriched Academy is proud to stand behind this initiative and do what we can to assist with the tragedy unfolding in the Ukraine,” said Kevin McCarthy, Head, Corporations and Institutions at Enriched Academy. “We fully support the efforts of our partners at Keyin College to make Canada a welcoming home for displaced citizens of the Ukraine and are grateful for the opportunity to assist with some essential life skills around money management to help with this transition to Canada.”

In addition, school-aged children of parents enrolled in Keyin College through the Fresh Start Scholarship Program will have access to the college’s makerspace for workshops delivered by Brilliant Labs.

“We are excited to offer a monthly makerspace workshop at the Keyin College St. John’s campus for the children of those participating in this new scholarship program,” said John Barron, NL Provincial Program Coordinator, Brilliant Labs. “Brilliant Labs is focused on inspiring creativity, encouraging innovative problem-solving, and developing digital skills amongst school-aged children in Atlantic Canada, and we are honoured to extend that opportunity to children who will benefit from not only learning new things, but also socializing with others here in their new home in Newfoundland and Labrador.”

About Keyin College – Keyin College is one of Canada’s largest private colleges, with a long-standing commitment to student success. Their contribution to the post-secondary educational field in both Newfoundland and Labrador and nationally is extensive, and their relationship with the industries in which graduates seek employment is very strong. With close to 40,000 graduates over the college’s 42-year history, virtually every region of the province is home to Keyin College graduates who are making a difference in their communities and the industries in which they work. For more information, visit https://keyin.com/about/.

About Association for New Canadians – The Association for New Canadians (ANC) is a non-profit, community-based organization delivering an array of settlement, language, employment, and public education services in Newfoundland and Labrador. For over 40 years, the Association has been supporting newcomers from the point of arrival on through to citizenship. For more information, visit https://www.ancnl.ca.

About Brilliant Labs – Brilliant Labs is an Atlantic Canadian-based charity. They are a hands-on, experiential learning platform providing youth with opportunities to develop coding and digital skills. When creativity, innovation, and technology are applied to projects supporting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), along with a socially responsible entrepreneurial spirit, educators and youth can effect change within their classrooms, curricula, communities, throughout Atlantic Canada, and beyond. For more information, visit https://www.brilliantlabs.ca.

About Enriched Academy – Enriched Academy, Canada’s leading personal finance education provider, is on a mission to make financial freedom accessible to everyone through an inspiring, entertaining, and engaging platform of online resources and virtual training sessions. The reliable, straightforward and unbiased advice provided by Enriched Academy has helped over 200,000 individual Canadians create a better financial future. Enriched Academy supports many prominent Canadian organizations and corporations with their programs including Alberta Education, the National Police Federation, and the Canadian Football League Players’ Association. For more information, visit https://www.enrichedacademy.com.

Media Contact:

Deanne Green | VP Student Success & Alumni Affairs

709.725.8993 | deanne.green@keyin.com