by Becky Chisholm - Communications & PR Officer, CBU

SYDNEY – On June 1-2, the Business Network for Aboriginal Youth concluded a highly successful first year, with a gathering in Millbrook First Nation to celebrate the achievements of the program’s first graduates. The program, which is an initiative of Cape Breton University’s (CBU) Purdy Crawford Chair in Aboriginal Business Studies, is exemplary of CBU’s commitment to excellence in Aboriginal post-secondary education. The two-year pilot program launched in March of this year and is believed to be the first of its kind in Canada.

“We are exceptionally pleased with the success of the program. The students were engaged, committed and most importantly passionate about their work. They were challenged throughout the program and each student excelled in his or her own way. Since the gathering in March, we have definitely witnessed a positive change in the students. They are more business minded and you can sense their excitement for the future. I am confident that these students will take what they have learned in the program and make a difference in their communities,” says Dr. Keith Brown, Purdy Crawford Chair in Aboriginal Business Studies, Shannon School of Business.

Through the emulation of positive peer role models, the program exposes Aboriginal secondary students to the array of career opportunities available through business education, while preparing them for the transition to university. Twenty-nine Aboriginal students p ...

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