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Stories of Success from the Regent Park Higher Learning Initiative

October 25, 2013
School News

Continuing studies can accelerate careers and transform lives, a graduate of the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies’ Regent Park Higher Learning Initiative recently told an audience celebrating the program’s achievements.

Dr. Mahbub Hasan came to Canada from Bangladesh with a graduate degree in cultural anthropology, but like many new Canadians, he faced challenges and obstacles in obtaining meaningful employment.  With the assistance of the Regent Park Higher Learning Initiative, he has managed to overcome those obstacles.

“These courses not only provided me knowledge and skills, but also widened my network, and built my confidence to achieve my professional goals,” Dr. Hasan told an audience gathered at the event Celebrating Regent Park: Ambition, Action, Accomplishment, on October 23rd as a part of Workforce Development Week.

Dr. Hasan’s inspiring success story covered his arrival in Canada in 2010, a stretch of unemployment, and finally accessing support for internationally educated professionals through Regent Park Employment Services.  After attending courses at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies, Dr. Hasan now holds an Advanced Certificate in Business English for International Professionals and has completed a certificate in Project Management. He has also secured employment as a faculty member at the School of Community and Health Studies at Centennial College.

Through his experience, the encouragement he found through different channels was especially important. Dr. Hasan said, “As a community member, I highly appreciate the support for Regent Park Higher Learning Initiative. Without your collective support and cooperation, new immigrants like me could not get education from Canada’s best university that provides such a wonderful educational environment.”

The School of Continuing Studies, in partnership with The Daniels Corporation and Toronto Employment and Social Services (TESS) launched the Regent Park Higher Learning Initiative in 2011.  The initiative was created in order to help new Canadians enhance their credentials, augment their existing degrees, enrich their communications skills, and expand their networking opportunities.

Dr. Hasan’s story of success was one of several shared at the Celebrating Regent Park event.  Charmaine Duller, the Director for Toronto Employment and Social Services, introduced additional speakers including Martin Blake, Vice President of the Daniels Corporation; Clifton Donegal from the local 27 Carpenters Union; and students that were a part of the Mill Centre Pre-Apprenticeship Carpentry Program.

Congratulations to all of those who have gone through the Regent Park Higher Learning Initiative. We wish you all the best on your continuing education journey.

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