Year 12 engagement plan: The Blues Degree
Over the past few weeks, the Upper School leadership, faculty and Advancement team have been working with the College’s Board of Stewards and Parents’ Organization to create meaningful ways for Leaving Class students to stay connected and engaged as well as gain valuable skills. With the aim of providing exciting opportunities that foster a deeper sense of belonging and community, we’ve created a program that allows students to participate in a series of sessions and activities on themes including university preparation, career insights, learning beyond UCC and Grad Fridays.
The Blues Degree, running from April 27 to May 22, is an extension program exclusively for Year 12 students and provides opportunities for further learning, connection with UCC alumni, and participation in fun, student-led activities. All sessions are organized as follows:
- Monday – Learn How to Life: Designed to prepare for life beyond UCC, boys can attend a cooking class with renowned chefs, learn how to stretch their first-year budget and other essential life skills.
- Tuesday – Fast Forward: Boys will have an opportunity to audit a university course with UCC teacher support, including Harvard’s renowned Justice 101 course, learn from industry experts, earn an exclusive certificate from Ivey Business School, and develop leadership, marketing, negotiation and financial skills.
- Wednesday – First Year Survival Guide: Recent alumni will share their post-UCC experiences, answer questions and offer valuable tips on managing university life. Morning sessions feature general themes of navigating life at school while afternoons are university-specific.
- Thursday Speaker Series: This will feature some of Toronto’s most prominent leaders for presentations and Q-and-As. Speakers include Mark Shapiro, President of the Toronto Blue Jays and Jordan Banks, President of Rogers Media, along with other top leaders and innovators in the worlds of culture, health, media and business.
- Fridays Are For the Grads: Students will join their fellow grads for student-led activities, such as trivia games, showcases, and a chance to connect with peers from other independent schools.
A highlight of The Blues Degree is a certificate course from the Ivey Academy, part of the Richard Ivey School of Business at Western University. Modules include What leaders actually do and why it matters, Understanding the basics of financial accounting, Value creating negotiations and Creating your own elevator pitch. Those students who attend all four modules will be awarded an Ivey Academy certificate at the Leaving Class celebration weekend later this fall. Whether your son has chosen to focus on business in university or another subject area or industry, gaining entrepreneurial skills will be valuable in the pursuit of a successful career, allowing him to be more nimble, strategic and resourceful.
While The Blues Degree is voluntary and not for academic credit, we hope you will encourage your son to sign up and participate in these valuable sessions!