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RRC helps ex-kids in care

RED River College will provide free tuition this fall to 20 students who grew up in the child-welfare system.

The special bursaries will remove one of many barriers that typically see fewer than five per cent of youth in care pursue a post-secondary education.

"Transitioning out of care can be very challenging for many youth--especially financially," said RRC president Stephanie Forsyth. "The prospect of student loans and debts may prevent capable students from receiving a post-secondary education. Red River College is delighted to be able to remove that worry for a number of students."

There are more than 9,500 children and youth in care in Manitoba, with the majority being First Nations and Métis.

Once youth in care turn 18, they typically leave the child-welfare system and must fend for themselves.

U of W hosts conference

THE University of Winnipeg's faculty of education is hosting an international conference from July 10 to 13 in which educators will gather to share the best practices and strategies for supporting at-risk-youth in a series of seminars.

The joint Lost Prizes/International Centre for Innovation in Education Seminars will focus on the areas of creativity, enrichment and identifying and developing the talents of marginalized, disengaged populations.

U of W said it will continue to host this gathering annually, attracting expertise in the areas of giftedness, creative and critical thinking and at-risk children and youth.

Conference, seminar and course details are at: http://lostprizes.uwinnipeg.ca/lpseminars.html.

Plan for bus passes nixed

MANDATORY bus passes for Winnipeg university students are not feasible right now for economic reasons, Winnipeg Transit concludes in a new report.

In a pair of referendums in 2012, the University of Manitoba Students Union and the University of Winnipeg Students Association approved the idea of embedding a "UPass," or mandatory bus pass, into the cost of annual admissions. U of W students endorsed the idea of a UPass costing no more than $100 per term, while U of M students supported a UPass costing no more than $85 per term.

In a report to city council, Winnipeg Transit service-development manager Bjorn Radstrom said such a move would increase demand for bus service to and from the universities by 20 per cent and create the need to purchase new buses.

The combined operating and capital costs would be $3.67 million more than the revenue it would bring in, Radstrom said.

The report will come before council's public works committee on Tuesday.

-- staff

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 27, 2013 A10

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