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Press release from CNW Group

Imperial Oil donates $1M to create Aboriginal Science and Technology Education Program at Mount Royal University

Monday, June 11, 2012

Imperial Oil donates $1M to create Aboriginal Science and Technology Education Program at Mount Royal University11:30 EDT Monday, June 11, 2012Program goal to boost graduate success rates in sciencesEducation program addresses barriers to entry for Aboriginal students to complete science and technology degreesMount Royal Aboriginal students currently represent less than 1% of Bachelor of Science studentsYoung Aboriginal adults entering the labour market are projected to increase by 40% by 2017 - four times the growth of the general populationCALGARY, June 11, 2012 /CNW/ - The Imperial Oil Foundation announced today a $1 million investment over five years to establish the Aboriginal Science and Technology Education Program (ASTEP) at Mount Royal University.ASTEP will focus on preparing and transitioning Aboriginal students into science-focused programs with the objective of increasing the number of Aboriginal students completing a degree from Mount Royal's Faculty of Science and Technology. Specifically, the program will provide academic, financial and mentorship support in collaboration with the Faculty of Science and Technology and Mount Royal's Iniskim Centre - a centre dedicated to increasing enrolment and retention of First Nation, Inuit and Métis students."Science and technology are essential to progressing growth in our business and to Canada's competitiveness," said Bruce March, Imperial Oil Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "We believe ASTEP will empower Aboriginal students to achieve success in science and help to meet Canada's needs for a skilled and diverse workforce."Imperial's donation is an extension of its current support of Mount Royal's Iniskim Centre, having provided $300,000 to the centre over the last six years. The centre is dedicated to increasing enrolment and retention of First Nation, Inuit and Métis students. ASTEP will expand services at the Iniskim Centre to include support for Aboriginal students seeking to complete a degree in science and technology."I am inspired by the new opportunities ASTEP will offer my peers and me," said Katelin Breaker, a Mount Royal Aboriginal student pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in health science. "Mount Royal's smaller class sizes and commitment to supporting students of all backgrounds and, particularly, Aboriginal students are the key reasons why I chose to pursue a science degree here.""Without the generous support of the Imperial Oil Foundation this program would not exist," said Mount Royal President David Docherty. "We are very grateful to have the support of such a strong community partner as Imperial Oil and look forward to the future development of this program."For further information: Fred Cheney, Media Relations Officer Marketing and Communications Office of University Advancement Mount Royal University  Office: 403.440.5195 Cell: 403.542.7904 mediarelations@mtroyal.ca Imperial Oil, Public & Government Affairs, 403-237-2710