UWindsor hosting event for local high school students Saturday


An opportunity this weekend for local high schools students to get a firsthand look at options available to them in postsecondary education.

Plan Ahead - Get Ready for University! is an informative event being put on by the University of Windsor, designed for students in Grades 9 to 11.

It's taking place on Saturday, December 2 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Toldo Health Education Centre.

In collaboration with the Office of Career Development and Experiential Learning, the Office of Enrolment Management is hosting the campus experience to provide valuable insights to students and their parents or guardians. 

Officials say the event aims to equip those in attendance with preliminary information on potential career pathways, financial planning for postsecondary education, and the overall transition to university life.

Dr. Chris Busch, Associate Vice President of Enrolment Management, says this event is not just about navigating the journey to higher education but about empowering young minds to envision and pursue their academic and professional aspirations.

He says it's an opportunity for students to come to campus and get ready for their university experience.

"Knowing that that is still a few years down the way, this event helps them be able to identify what courses they might need to take in high school to align with their goals. Do some career exploration, etc. It's a great opportunity for people to explore and get to think about what does university look like for me," Dr. Busch said.

Presentations at the event will be structured based on the career clusters model, allowing students to delve into various areas of study. 

Officials say this model offers a comprehensive overview, introducing students to the diverse range of opportunities that a university education can provide.

Dr. Busch says it's an opportunity for students to evaluate their interests, and learn about things they might be interested in potentially exploring.

"They'll be able to undertake an assessment to explore those elements, and what the learning opportunities are there. They'll also be able to meet with members of the different areas and disciplines be it within Business and Leadership, Natural Sciences and Health, Education, the Arts, etc. To learn a little bit more and get some great resources to help in selecting high school courses."

He says while it's designed for students still a few years out from university, Grade 12 students interested in taking a tour are welcome to as well.

"We have a great career cluster assessment tool that we'll be using to help guide some of these conversations. It's a great opportunity for individuals even in Grade 12 to still participate in a campus tour, and get access to our faculty, students and staff. To answer some of their questions, even if they're thinking about what does school look like next fall," he said.

Dr. Busch is encouraging anyone interested in participating on Saturday to register in advance.

A link to register can be found here.