LCI students wrap up dual credit course with final presentations

By Garrett Simmons

Lethbridge School District No. 51

Communications Officer

Public policy was the focus for a group of Lethbridge Collegiate Institute students who presented their final project presentations at the school on Tuesday.

The 16 students wrapped up their Liberal Education 1000 course, a dual credit initiative operated in conjunction with the University of Lethbridge.

Projects covered a wide range of topics, which included Should We Have Supervised Injection Sites, Concussion and Return to Play, Mandatory Movement – the Need for Daily Physical Activity in Schools and Should City Governments Promote Densification Over Urban Sprawl.

LCI teacher Jen Scott added students gained a great deal from their research into 2017’s presentations.

“I think it was really eye opening for a lot of them in that they didn’t realize how much information they would find about their topic. They then had to narrow that down to get a well-constructed series of arguments to support their conclusion. Some of them had different conclusions from what they originally thought, so I think they all had a really good learning experience with things they weren’t necessarily familiar with.

Scott went on to say the presentations had a unique feel to them this year, based on a change in topics.

“This year was a little different. In previous years, we focused on food and what we should eat. This year, we focused on public policy and to what extent any governing body, not just necessarily government, should have to influence public policy in relation to the people experiencing them.”

Students gained a significant amount of knowledge on a wide variety of topics, Scott added, and also learned how to properly present their findings.

 “The whole goal of this is to have the students immerse themselves in some research and basically become experts in that field, and have the courage and capacity to present to their friends and adults, and I think they have all reached that point. These dual-credit classes in particular really give the kids a lot more confidence in what they know. Just seeing them talk to people that they don’t know, about something they do know, it’s inspiring. I’m very proud of all of them.”

Next semester, the focus will shift to the supply chain management course, as the dual-credit program wraps up its third year at LCI.

Date posted: Dec. 13, 2017

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