Graduated in June 2017 with her Ontario Secondary School Diploma and Graduated in 2018 with a Pre-Health Sciences Certificate
Chiva Thompson of Red Rock Indian Band drove 18 hours to Belleville to attend the graduation ceremony for completing Quinte Adult Education’s Ontario Secondary School Diploma. With the support from staff at the Contact North | Contact Nord online learning centre in Nipigon, she completed her diploma without leaving her community.
“I left school at 17 only 5 weeks away from graduation after I lost my step-dad,” shared Chiva. At 25 years of age and with a 5-year-old son, she wanted a better future for her family. Online learning offered the opportunity to remain in her community with her son and family support, while furthering her education.
Chiva focused on school during the week and worked on weekends. “Online was really easy,” she said. She appreciated the quiet at the online learning centre and regularly used the computers and Internet to complete her course work. Even after being out of school for 9 years, she dove into her studies and received high marks.
She also liked the ability to model the importance of school for her son. “He was proud that he went to school and so did I.” Her dedication and success also inspired friends and family around her, encouraging them to consider online learning.
After graduating with her Ontario Secondary School Diploma in June 2017, she enrolled in Confederation College’s online Pre-Health Sciences program. She is not sure what career is right for her, but she is clear about her love and aptitude for mathematics and science.