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We would like to acknowledge the organizations, parents/guardians and students that have contributed to the development of this document. The material in this guide has been shaped by their feedback, experiences, and expertise. Thank you.
The Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO) and the Ontario School Counsellors’ Association (OSCA) would like to acknowledge the integral role of the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM) in the creation of What’s Next: Your Guide to Education and Career/Life Planning in Ontario. This guide was inspired by UTM’s University Preparation for Parents (StepUPP) program, which was created to help parents/guardians of first generation students better understand Ontario’s postsecondary system. StepUPP was originally funded by the First Generation Pilot Project offered through the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU). UTM has made a concerted effort to ensure that parents/guardians and students are well-informed about all of the pathways and resources in higher education.
What’s Next has become the next step in the evolution of this idea, bringing together stakeholders from across educational fields to provide a comprehensive resource for mapping out pathway opportunities for Ontario high school students and their families.
In particular, we would like to acknowledge the central role of UTM’s Associate Registrar, Lorretta Neebar, who developed and directed the original StepUPP program at UTM, and also served as the project advisor and one of the main driving forces for the What’s Next guide.