Students from Aurora College’s Social Work program denounce budget cuts

The students of the Social Work program - Photo Credit Melinda Trochu

The Bachelor of Education and Social Work Program will not be accepting new students next fall at Aurora College.

Sonya Almond moved from Lutsel K’e to Yellowknife to become a Social Worker.

“It’s very distressing for fellow students, and hard for us who worked so hard for the last two years to get into first year,” said Almond.

Almond says her class just learned about the change last Thursday that the College was dropping the Social Work program.

Her classmate Jacqueline Hunt-Cornock says it feels like her Student financial aid money was wasted.

“If they’re giving money and funding to the Pre-K program to give them education, I don’t think it’s fair they take away our education,” said Hunt-Cornock.

Aurora College President Jane Arychuk confirms closing enrollment, following changes in last week’s Territorial budget. Arychuk says students already enrolled will be able to complete their studies.

“The social work program will continue for two more academic years so it won’t end until June 30th, 2019, and the bachelor of education will go for another three years, until June 2020,” explained Arychuk.

She says the college is working to help students find other courses or schools to further their studies in education or social work.

Arychuk says ending the programs stems from a review by the College and GNWT on how to cut costs.

About the Author

Josh Campbell
Josh Campbell has returned to the CKLB News Team. He covered female university soccer and volleyball in New Brunswick, prior to graduating from Loyalist College in Mohawk Territory near Belleville, Ontario in 2007. He's covered politics and Indigenous stories in both the NWT and Yukon over the last 10 years.

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