Foundation Program - pimâcihisowin
School of Continuing Education
The pimâcihisowin Foundation Program (PFP) is a study program designed to provide students with the skills needed to be successful in a post-secondary diploma or degree.
pimâcihisowin, which means “to create a life of independence” in Cree, is designed to address the gap between your high school credential and the requirements you need to be admitted into a post-secondary diploma or degree program. Geared primarily towards Indigenous students, pimâcihisowin includes cultural support, mentorship and ceremonial events that help you achieve your post-secondary goals.
The PFP is geared primarily towards Indigenous students and offers culturally appropriate education.
Successful completion of this program prepares students for further post-secondary studies at the undergraduate level. Upon completion of the pimâcihisowin Foundation Program, students are required to apply to a degree or diploma program. Completion of this program does not guarantee admission to another program.
Program of Study
The pimâcihisowin Foundation Program addresses three identified needs:
- Providing Indigenous students, the opportunity to meet admission requirements to a diploma-level or baccalaureate-level program
- Offering students, a supportive academic environment and an opportunity to gain transferable skills for a diploma or degree program
- Offering a pimâcihisowin course, academic/life skills, tutoring and cultural supports throughout the program
Each student will receive:
- Up to 6 hours of individual/group mentorship per term
- pimâcihisowin orientation (9 hours over 2 days), held prior to classes; the orientation will include university life skills, basic life skills and connections to resources and supports in the City of Edmonton and MacEwan University.
- Minimum of two Indigenous focused non-credit seminars per term, offered through kihêw waciston yearly programming
- Up to three high school equivalent courses per term to fulfill admission requirements or for competitive entry to programs
- Up to nine credits of post-secondary courses over two-to-three terms. These courses can be used by students to fulfill elective requirements.