Program Structure

Here is what you can expect while studying in the Kwitn Program at CBU

Year Structure Key Components
Year One   15-20 students in a cohortMost specified courses delivered in-community

Students choose one course suited to their own interests

Students decide on their degree program at end of first year


Support from mentor-coordinator/tutorsCareer development via field trips & industry tours, resume development, et cetera

Guest presentations from professors in diverse fields, so students meet them and learn about their research interests, and professors get experience teaching in community

Engagement with Elders and knowledge keepers to strengthen cultural identities

Mostly modular delivery in-community, with some on-campus experiences

Assistance to find relevant summer employment

Year Two Students branch into chosen degree programs Continued support from mentor-coordinator/tutors, especially for students taking calculus, chemistry, physics, anatomy, etc.Assistance in accessing on-campus supports (such as academic help centres)

Career development opportunities (such as partnering with CBU professor acting as judge at Mi’kmaq Regional Science Fair)

Continued access to Elders and knowledge keepers

Assistance to find relevant summer employment

Assigned faculty advisor to assist with career and educational planning


Subsequent Years Students in chosen degree programs Continued access to mentor-coordinator and/or co-op placement officers for career development / experiential learning opportunitiesContinued access to Elders and knowledge keepers

Continued mentoring from faculty advisor, who assists with career and educational planning