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Laurentian University and RBC team up to give students practical, real-world training on Experiential Learning Day

The two organizations take another concrete step in breaking the ‘no experience, no job’ cycle

(SUDBURY - February 13, 2020) For the first time ever, Laurentian University and RBC proudly team up for Experiential Learning Day on campus. The initiative, a collaborative venture supported by RBC at institutions of higher learning across Canada, has one goal in mind: set the next generation of workers on the right path by giving them practical, real-world experience.
To attain this goal, our students were given the opportunity to meet one-on-one with potential employers, as well as hear the knowledge of experienced professionals. Attendees had the chance to pitch their skills to companies through the RBC Backpack to Briefcase speed networking session. We also saw the launch of Ten Thousand Coffees at Laurentian; this online mentorship platform connects people for peer mentorship based on shared goals and interests. We thank the organization’s founder, Dave Wilkin, for his kind words in celebrating today’s launch.

This was also a day for Laurentian University to mark a milestone in its ongoing collaboration with RBC. We celebrate the one-year anniversary of RBC’s generous gift of $300,000 towards the university’s Career Development Plan program, while also grateful to see Ten Thousand Coffees reach our community as well. Special thanks to RBC regional vice-president Scott Simon for speaking about RBC Future Launch.

Learning never stops, and neither does our work with RBC. Other Backpack to Briefcase events will take place on March 13.

“We're incredibly fortunate at Laurentian University to have dedicated faculty members who embed experiential learning into their courses. We also have a number of strong partnerships with employers who help our students gain work-integrated learning experience. With generous donors like RBC Future Launch, our students continue to benefit from enhanced programming to support their experiential learning.” Rachel Meehan, Special Advisor on Leadership and Experiential Learning at Laurentian University