Transitions began as a pilot project between Holland College and the PEI Department of Education in the 2002/2003 school year. In its inaugural year, Transitions hosted 16 students from Bluefield Senior High School. The program has grown to take in over 150 high school students annually and runs out of four locations, partnering with schools to offer programs in Charlottetown, Montague, Souris, Summerside and Alberton. Students explore career options under the guidance of Transitions staff. See a list of participating schools and our partners here.
To give Prince Edward Island high school students the opportunity to make informed decisions about their post-secondary options.
To re-ignite the learning process through student-centered, activity-based learning.
To build student confidence and preparedness for the post-secondary world.
Students attend college for half days for one semester.
Students are divided into small groups which rotate every 2-3 weeks so that by the end of the semester every student has experienced every rotation. All Transitions exposures happen through a combination of college and community experiential learning, followed by program and job market research. Throughout the semester, students have the opportunity to build relationships with individuals in their field of interest, connect to their community, gain presentation skills, build their résumé, and learn more about themselves.
Rotations are complemented by tours, guest speakers, volunteering, fundraising, presenting, and portfolio development.
Every day is different: different instructors and different activities.
Increases self-awareness and confidence.
Students receive two high school credits and preferred status when applying to any Holland College program upon completion.
Students are better prepared for post-secondary education, as they are familiar with the post-secondary environment and expectations.
Transitions students explore many different programs. For detailed information, explore the programs Holland College offers.