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Partnership presents valuable opportunity for students and businesses
November 21, 2019
The Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce and Medicine Hat College (MHC) have partnered to connect local businesses and post-secondary students through a new Work Integrated Learning (WIL) collaboration.
WIL experiences provide students with the opportunity to build connections with industry professionals and gain meaningful workplace experience as they complete their post-secondary education, two valuable assets setting them up for success upon graduation.
“The Chamber’s vision for this project is to cultivate in-demand skills and develop futures leaders by connecting the best and brightest post-secondary students to the business community and provide workforce-relevant learning opportunities for students. This partnership demonstrates our commitment to supporting our local business community by making the connections they need to further develop the workforce they require. It also supports our commitment to building future leaders within our community by connecting the wealth of knowledge and experience within our business community to a diverse and eager talent pool who will bring a fresh perspective and eagerness to learn, providing immense value and benefit to both parties,” remarks Tracy Noullett, President of the Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce.
Student work placement activities can be in the form of mentorship programs, co-op placements, practicums, project work, internships, and more.
For Madison Aubry, an internship placement at QinetiQ last winter opened his eyes to local career possibilities and led to an ongoing position with the international technology company. “I was born and raised in Medicine Hat and thought I would have to leave to have these opportunities,” says Aubry, who will graduate from MHC and the collaborative Mount Royal University Bachelor of Business Administration program in spring 2020.
A WIL experience not only provides benefit to the student in the partnership, as employers will add great value to their organization through the sharing of current and innovative ideas, knowledge, and best practices the students have learned through their academic experience, it also builds a strong and qualified candidate pool for future job opportunities within the organization.
“Partnerships like WIL are the key to success for our college and our community. Together, we can work to bring ideas forward that address the unique challenges and opportunities in our region,” says Kevin Shufflebotham, president of MHC. “I am grateful for the leadership of Karl Schwonik, our associate dean of business, and the ongoing support of the Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce and their commitment to enhancing the educational experience for our students.”
Local businesses interested in participating in the WIL program can contact the Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce at 403.527.5214 or visit www.medicinehatchamber.com for additional information.