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New funding and career tools aim to launch futures for CNA students in Newfoundland

From left, Terry Murphy, College of the North Atlantic Carbonear campus director; Anna Peddle CNA manager of alumni and advancement; Colin Krulicki, vice president of RBC, Newfoundland and Labrador; and RBC Olympian Brett Gallant, who plays second with Team Gushue were part of the celebrations of a new partnership and signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between RBC and CNA. CONTRIBUTED
From left, Terry Murphy, College of the North Atlantic Carbonear campus director; Anna Peddle CNA manager of alumni and advancement; Colin Krulicki, vice president of RBC, Newfoundland and Labrador; and RBC Olympian Brett Gallant, who plays second with Team Gushue were part of the celebrations of a new partnership and signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between RBC and CNA. CONTRIBUTED
CARBONEAR, N.L. —

College of the North Atlantic (CNA) students will have more access to available funding, scholarships, and work-related programs, tools and resources, thanks to a new partnership with RBC.

The partnership details were unveiled Thursday, Feb.13 at CNA’s Carbonear campus. Highlights include a $100,000 donation from RBC Foundation to fund a student success program and a two-year, $40,000 subscription to the online mentoring and networking platform Ten Thousand Coffees.

Colin Krulicki, vice president of RBC, Newfoundland and Labrador, addresses those attending the CNA and RBC partnership announcement on Feb. 13. CONTRIBUTED
Colin Krulicki, vice president of RBC, Newfoundland and Labrador, addresses those attending the CNA and RBC partnership announcement on Feb. 13. CONTRIBUTED

RBC has also introduced a new scholarship program for students who are not in school or are studying part-time. Grades nor transcripts are not required to apply for the scholarships, making them available to more students.

The opportunities are part of the $500 million RBC Future Launch — designed to prepare Canadian youth for the jobs of tomorrow by providing skills development, networking, work experience, and increased access to mental well-being supports and services.

The initiative hopes to build stronger communities and systems of support for youth and families while providing timely academic and early career advice. It seeks to make students a part of the conversation so they are a part of the solution, and also provide opportunities for the community to connect around important issues and opportunities.

“Our community and corporate partners, along with the provincial government, enable us to deliver post-secondary education opportunities that wouldn’t otherwise be possible. It’s incredible to see contributions that will be used to further student success and increase their chances of finding meaningful employment after graduation," said Bruce Hollett, CNA president and CEO.

Peer tutoring is now available on campus and peer mentoring is in the development stages. Students and alumni are already utilizing the Ten Thousand Coffees platform and alumni are encouraged to sign up to be a mentor at the CNA Café. RBC advisors will be visiting CNA campuses across the province, starting this week, to deliver financial literacy workshops and advice sessions to students, their families, and the broader community.

RBC Olympian Curler Brett Gallant, who plays second on Team Gushue, was a special guest during the announcement. The Prince Edward Island native visited classrooms at the campus, sharing his success story, and future plans with students and faculty. He also took the time to sign autographs.

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