KIIKENOMAGA KIKENJIGEWEN EMPLOYMENT & TRAINING SERVICES (KKETS) CELEBRATE GRADUATION OF 4TH COHORT OF STUDENTS
THUNDER BAY, ON: Kiikenomaga Kikenjigewen Employment and Training Services (KKETS) announced today that they hosted a graduation ceremony for 63 students successfully completing the 2016-2017 Aboriginal Skills Advancement Program (ASAP). Students obtained their Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) with many also completing their post-secondary entrance requirements.
ASAP is a one-of-a-kind adult education program that goes beyond the education essentials by incorporating the social, emotional, cultural and transition supports to the learner. Since its inception in 2012, ASAP has assisted 258 Matawa First Nations members in obtaining their OSSD.
KKETS is entering into its final 3-year funding agreement with the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development where approximately 88 students will continue to work on their high school credits in 2017-2018.
The graduation ceremony took place at 1:00 p.m at the Valhalla Inn. Officials from the KKETS Board of Directors, Ontario Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development, Lakehead School Board and the Lakehead Adult Education Centre attended in addition to a representative Honourable Patty Hajdu, MP Thunder Bay-Superior North’s Constituency Office. Chiefs from Aroland, Long Lake #58, Ginoogaming and Nibinamik First Nations, along with proxies from Eabametoong and Neskantaga First Nations were also in attendance.