High School math students add college experience to the equation

L-R: St. Catharines Collegiate Math Teacher Bill Aida works with Grade 9 math students Candice Henry and Savannah Singh to solve a math problem that made use of NC's Pharmacy Lab at the Welland Campus during Experience College Math May 2.


Nearly 50 students in Grade 9 math classes from two Niagara schools visited Niagara College on May 2 to see how the concepts they learn in class translate into real-world solutions.

Experience College Math is a joint initiative between Niagara College’s School of Academic and Liberal Studies, the District School Board of Niagara and the Niagara Catholic District School Board. Students from St. Catharines Collegiate and St. Michael Catholic High School in Niagara Falls came to the Welland Campus to tour the college, meet faculty and staff, and participate in hands-on workshops that demonstrated how the concepts taught in high school translate to real-world skills in college and beyond.

One demonstration made use of NC’s new Green Automotive Technology Lab, and used car tires to illustrate the concepts of diameter and circumference, while another activity in the Applied Health Institute put students to work in the Pharmacy Lab to learn about ratios and division.

“Experience College Math is just one piece of a larger strategy to expose Niagara’s high school students to the skills and experiences they need to begin a successful college education,” said Joanne Bakker, associate dean of Workforce Development. “Bringing these students on campus and showing them the hands-on learning that happens at Niagara College opens their eyes to the unique benefits of a college education.”  

Experience College Math is a local event that is part of the School College Work Initiative (SCWI), a collaboration of the Council of Ontario Directors of Education and the Committee of College Presidents and jointly funded by the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development. First implemented in 1997, SCWI funds projects and forums that support student success in secondary education and assist students in their transition from secondary school to college programs.

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