New scholarships for future academics

There are now two registration periods available: in September at the beginning of the school year or in January at the beginning of the winter semester.

The aim of these measures is to train more educators to help create the 1,000 new day care facilities that the Legault government has promised for the region.

In Cégep de Jonquière, the number of early childhood technology students has fallen by around 40% in the last two years. The result is a shortage of new staff in crèches and pressure on current students.

The directors are just waiting for me to finish my work DEC so that he can commit. »

Quote from Valentina Morneau, a 2nd year student in early childhood education techniques

Valentina Morneau says that thanks to the new scholarships, ECE students feel valued.

Photo: Radio-Canada / Catherine Paradis

In this context, CEGEP needs to redouble its recruitment and retention efforts.

We need to motivate students not only to enroll, but to continue their studies with us, because communities are so in demand that they do not necessarily have to complete their studies to be hired. What we advocate is the quality, quality of service and quality of our studentsexplains Isabelle Lambert, teacher and head of coordination.

Scholarships

To attract new students and encourage them to complete their studies, the provincial government is now offering exclusive scholarships to future educators.

The new scholarship is a maximum of $ 4,600, which is nothing. We think this may give some students some extra stimulusmentions Mario Julien, director of studies at Cégep de Jonquière.

Young people will receive a first scholarship of $ 2,300 after completing the first internship and a second equivalent scholarship after the second internship.

It is beneficial for us to continue in technology and work even more in the area we love, because they respect us there. Having a scholarship helps us immensely.admits Valentina Morneau, who is currently in her 2nd year.

Student in front of a shelf with books in the material library of the department in Cégep de Jonquière

Aïda Aubras, a 3rd year student in childhood education technology, thinks that this profession should one day be more valued in the labor market.

Photo: Radio-Canada / Catherine Paradis

Financial assistance will also help Aïde Aubras, who is in her final year of study. On the other hand, he believes that recognition in the labor market must continue.

The situation we are experiencing today is that work is not really valued, maybe that is why students do not want to choose it as a profession. We feel less valued compared to the work we doclaims.

Profession support and better salaries are at the heart of teachers’ demands. Some union members also scheduled additional strike days on November 2, 3 and 4 in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean.

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