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Sheridan and Peel District School Board launch experiential learning partnership enhancing international student opportunities

May 13, 2024
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Sheridan College and Peel District School Board (PDSB) have signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to further strengthen their long-standing strategic relationship and dedication to experiential learning.

This collaboration marks a significant milestone in Sheridan’s and PDSB’s commitment to providing exceptional educational opportunities for students and promoting the Peel region as a learning destination for all students, including international students.

Representatives of Sheridan and the Peel District School Board stand side by side for a group photo in front of Sheridan signage“This partnership creates exciting and mutually advantageous opportunities for both institutions,” said Mary Vaughan, Sheridan’s Provost and Vice President, Academic. “By leveraging our respective strengths and resources, we will not only enhance the educational experience for students, but also contribute to building a strong talent pipeline that connects businesses with top talent in Peel Region. We look forward to a successful collaboration with the Peel District School Board and to the positive impact it will have on students, our communities and the broader education landscape.”

“Part of our commitment to nurturing the next generation of leaders and innovators involves providing international students with an educational experience centred in real-world learning, one that goes beyond the confines of traditional classroom learning,” said Rashmi Swarup, Director of Education for Peel District School Board. “Our collaboration with Sheridan College not only enhances the experiential learning landscape but also strategically supports students with clear trajectories into postsecondary education and the job market.”

Since 2005, PDSB’s dedicated program, Peel Schools for International Students, has provided comprehensive support for international students pursuing their education in the Greater Toronto Area, offering them the opportunity to earn an internationally recognized Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD).

Under the Memorandum of Understanding, Sheridan and PDSB will work together to promote Peel Region as an ideal learning destination for international students exploring secondary and postsecondary education.

About Sheridan:

Founded in 1967, Sheridan is one of Ontario's leading postsecondary institutions, educating approximately 43,000 full- and part-time students every year from campuses in Brampton, Mississauga and Oakville. Sheridan is an award-winning institution that attracts students from across Canada and more than 110 countries. As a trailblazer in unique arts, technology and health care programs, Sheridan has always been on the leading edge of innovation ensuring students learn job-ready, practical skills and develop the confidence, empathy and problem-solving savvy that allows them to push boundaries in an ever-changing world. Learn more at sheridancollege.ca.

About PDSB:

The Peel District School Board (PDSB) is a racially, culturally, and linguistically diverse board that serves nearly 150,000 students in 259 schools across Brampton, Caledon, and Mississauga. PDSB is the second- largest school board in Canada and the largest employer in Peel Region. Learn more at www.peelschools.org and connect with them on X (formerly Twitter), Facebook, and Instagram.

Pictured in group photo are Travis Westlake – Associate Registrar, Student Recruitment, Sheridan; Phil Hayes – Deputy Registrar, New Student Enrolment, Sheridan; Pooja Singh – Acting Manager, International Student Program, PDSB; Bernadette Smith – Superintendent, Innovation and Research, PDSB; Kam Holland – Registrar & AVP, Enrolment Management, Sheridan; Heather Waugh-Gordon – Assistant to Superintendent of Innovation & Research Department, PDSB; Ryan Teeter – Manager, Student Recruitment, Canadian Markets, Sheridan; and Kim Tran – Student Recruitment Supervisor, Onshore International and Newcomers, Sheridan.

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