Ready to Connect students with the knowledge and skills for their journey into the workforce as a Lethbridge College alumnus.

Ready to Connect

Ready to Connect was created through Scotiabank's ScotiaRISE initiative to support students from underrepresented groups' transition from high school graduates to proud alumni of Lethbridge College. Ready to Connect will help students by providing them with a structure for academic success, career development and financial aid throughout their education. Students will complete four activities each semester and regularly meet with the Career Development Coordinator. Most activities are the student's choice; activities can include:

  • Attending Lethbridge College Students Association events
  • Taking part in academic and career-related workshops
  • Joining a student club
  • Program networking events

Mentorship is a central component of the Ready to Connect program, and students will be partnered with a mentor to learn from. By pairing students with a mentor from their academic program, we hope to create a community for students to feel supported and build success.

Why should you join Ready to Connect?

This program is designed to better prepare you for success as you work to complete a Lethbridge College program by providing the following:

  • Guidance from Lethbridge College professionals
  • Support services including financial aid, academic skills support and wellness
  • Ongoing career development support, with a curated transition plan created in the student's final semester.
  • Strong mentorship
  • Financial support

Application criteria

To be eligible for Ready to Connect, students must be:

  • A current high school student who aligns and identifies with traditionally underrepresented groups but is not limited to Indigenous peoples, women, visible minorities, 2SLGBTQIA+ individuals, persons with disabilities and newcomers to Canada. 
  • Interested in actively receiving specialized support
  • Applied to a Lethbridge College diploma, pre-employment or certificate program

What can I expect as a Ready to Connect high school student?

Once enrolled in Ready to Connect, you will work with Lethbridge College professionals on various activities to support your transition to the college.

  • Career exploration activities to be exposed to the many job opportunities they will have after graduation
  • Peer-to-peer support from a current student serving as a mentor
  • Program funding to alleviate financial barriers to college
  • Support from Lethbridge College advisors and recruiters
  • Participation in activities such as campus tours or Career Transitions EPIC event

Please note that this portion of the program will not start until February of your grade 12 year.

What can I expect as a Ready to Connect college student?

Each semester you will choose four activities to complete. Financial assistance will be provided to you if you complete the four activities and remain in good standing for up to two years. Some of the activities are as follows:

  • Attending Lethbridge College Students Association events
  • Peer support from a current student
  • Mentorship from an alumnus
  • Academic support with the assistance of an advisor or the Learning Café
  • Career planning and related activities
  • Financial literacy sessions to help students with budgeting, applying for credit cards and paying back loans


Ready to Connect Application

Please use this form to apply for the Ready to Connect program.

Application form

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Help us connect with students who most need this opportunity

  • Our experienced Lethbridge College team will work with Ready to Connect students, starting in their Grade 12 year. But first, we need the help of our partners — high school counsellors, teachers and administrators — to identify and refer students who meet the program criteria.
  • This collaborative approach allows us to work across our community, helping to mitigate the challenges students face even before their first day on our campus.

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