from the Aurora College President
May 7, 2020
Information for Students
May has arrived and it is beginning to look and feel like springtime
around the territory. I hope you are all looking after yourselves and your
families and keeping healthy.
Under normal circumstances, the past few weeks would have been a flurry
of activity and celebration for Aurora College: our Convocations were scheduled
to take place in Fort Smith, Yellowknife and Inuvik over the past two weekends.
As well, numerous completion ceremonies were planned for many of our programs
and courses this spring.
On behalf of Aurora College, I would like to congratulate every member
of the graduating class of 2020; we have not forgotten about you!
I understand the disappointment that all prospective graduates are
feeling and I share that sentiment. Convocations and completions are the
highlight of our academic year, and every one of us looks forward to sharing
those occasions with you.
While COVID-19 has made gatherings impossible at this time, it does not
mean that we will not be recognizing your successes. We are investigating
options to hold formal ceremonies at a later date, as well as alternate ways to
acknowledge your achievements on a smaller scale in the meantime.
Your instructors and other Aurora College staff will be reaching out to
you as plans are formalized, and to ask for input and feedback about how to
celebrate during social distancing. Watch your MyAuroraCollege email, our
Facebook page, and website for more information on this subject.
Included with the email is a set of Frequently Asked Questions for
students and potential students. If you have any questions that are not
addressed in the document, please send a note with your question to firstname.lastname@example.org or respond to this email.
PROGRAMS AND COURSES – FALL 2020:
College leadership has been working hard to
prepare for the 2020-21 academic year to ensure that we can continue to deliver
quality programming no matter what circumstances we may be facing due to
COVID-19. We plan to have details and more information available within the
next few weeks for both returning students and new students.
Applications are being accepted for the fall
of 2020; visit www.auroracollege.nt.ca to
apply online. If you are a returning student and have not yet submitted your
completion form for next year, contact to your instructor or program head.
If you are currently in your residence or
student housing unit – please stay in contact your Residence Manager to inform
them of your plans and any changes to your plans.
If you receive Student Financial Assistance
(SFA) it will continue until your program or course was supposed to end – even
if your program is suspended or cancelled.
If you receive Student Financial Assistance
(SFA) they can help you make travel arrangements. SFA Toll-free:
1-800-661-0793, Yellowknife: 867-767-9355 or by email email@example.com
SFA will be communicating with students
through email and on social media. To ensure you are receiving the most
current and up to date information, please check your emails and follow SFA on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/nwt.sfa/ and/or Twitter at https://www.twitter.com/SFANWT
This is a
stressful time for many people. Student Services is available by phone to
support you at Aurora Campus 1-867-678-0422 (12 noon-6 pm weekdays), Thebacha
Campus 1-867-872-0921 and Yellowknife North Slave Campus 1-867- 445-2287 during
regular business hours.
of Health and Social Services has the most up to date information at www.hss.gov.nt.ca.
You can keep up to date on other COVID-19 information on these websites:
website has information about what the College is doing to reduce
the impact of COVID-19 on our communities.
The Chief Public
Health Officer’s website has the latest health information, legal
orders and recommendations. All travelers are required to self-isolate after
returning to the NWT. As well, restrictions have been placed on all indoor and
outdoor gatherings. You are expected to respect all legal orders whether it
applies to you or to your friends and loved ones.
has information for post-secondary students. You may want to follow SFA on Facebook and/or Twitter
The GNWT has created a new phone number 8-1-1
to call for COVID-19 related information.
For questions on COVID-19,
including information on testing, self-isolation, travel restrictions,
enforcement and contact information to local health care providers and resources.
Available 8 AM to 8 PM, 7 days a week (NWT only).
The GNWT also posts a daily update
about government services and a daily updates on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/yourGNWT/
As we settle into a new routine in our “new
normal”, I will be sending messages to students every two weeks during May and
early June, and then as needed over the summer months. Please remember to check
your College email regularly for important updates and information.