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As an ambassador, the French native speaker aims to share her experience and let others know they can complete their studies regardless of the challenges they may face.
“If you stay focused you will have no problem completing the assignments,” says Koné. “My hope is to speak with students who are taking these programs and help them understand it’s an achievable goal.”
As an ambassador, she’ll be answering questions from first year students on Lakeland’s online learning platform as part of their college prep course. She has also prepared tutorial videos.
Having worked at a bank for years, she left her hometown in the Ivory Coast of Africa in 2010, destined to make a difference. Upon arriving in Canada, Koné’s belief system led her to begin working as an aide in an out of school care program.
“Good in the world begins with children. While working with kids you can inspire them and ensure they grow up with values and knowledge of all cultures,” says Koné.
With this in mind, she set out to further her education. Living in Edmonton, Alta., and working full-time with a family of her own, Koné was looking for online schooling. She wanted flexibility and something close to home. She was referred to Lakeland’s ELCC program.
“Being able to learn in my native tongue meant I didn’t have to invest two to three years first to learn English,” says Koné. “I recommend this program and the advice I would give prospective students is to stay organized and manage your time.” Koné currently works at Sainte Jeanne d'Arc School in Edmonton as an educational assistant.
Lakeland’s ELCC program is offered at the Vermilion campus as well as online in English and in French. The program received a Silver Award of Excellence in the Program Excellence category from Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) in 2017. The award is presented to programs that are innovative, portable, sustainable and effective. Thanks to a partnership with Centre collégial de l’Alberta, Lakeland’s educational assistant program is also offered in French.