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York U to celebrate internationally educated bridging program graduates

TORONTO, February 4, 2014 — York University’s Bridging Program for Internationally Educated Professionals (IEPs) in the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies will celebrate the success of its 41 newest graduates, February 6.

At the event, Celebrate Success 2014, two graduates will share their experience, from struggling as IEPs to how the program helped them succeed in their chosen professions.

“The bridge program participants bring with them incredible skills, abilities and a desire to be successful,” says Program Manager Nora Priestly, adding, “It is highly rewarding to provide them with additional training as well as networking opportunities that help to further their efforts towards interesting, challenging and fulfilling careers in Ontario.”

Provincial Minister of Research and Innovation Reza Moridi, MPP (Richmond Hill), a foreign trained professional himself, will offer the keynote address at the event, to be attended by nearly 200 guests including current students, alumni and their family members.

Funded by the provincial and federal governments, the program at York U has assisted IEPs from more than 35 countries to break the barriers to employment in Ontario and land positions that best match their foreign education, credentials and work experience, offering professional certificates in business, human resources and information technology.

WHAT: Celebrate Success 2014

WHO:  Bridging Program graduates; Provincial Minister of Research and Innovation Reza Moridi, MPP (Richmond Hill)

WHERE: First floor, Accolade East Building, York University, Keele Campus, (building number 92 on the map)

WHEN: Thursday, February 6, 2014, 7:00pm

Note: Graduates and the program manager are available for media interviews

York University is helping to shape the global thinkers and thinking that will define tomorrow. York U’s unwavering commitment to excellence reflects a rich diversity of perspectives and a strong sense of social responsibility that sets us apart. A York U degree empowers graduates to thrive in the world and achieve their life goals through a rigorous academic foundation balanced by real-world experiential education. As a globally recognized research centre, York U is fully engaged in the critical discussions that lead to innovative solutions to the most pressing local and global social challenges. York U’s 11 faculties and 27 research centres are thinking bigger, broader and more globally, partnering with 288 leading universities worldwide. York U's community is strong − 55,000 students, 7,000 faculty and staff, and more than 250,000 alumni.

Media Contact:
Gloria Suhasini, York University Media Relations, 416 736 2100 ext. 22094,  suhasini@yorku.ca