The pimâcihisowin Foundation Program (PFP) is a study program designed to address the gap between a student’s current level of qualifications and knowledge and the level needed for admission into and success in post-secondary diploma or degree.
The PFP is geared primarily towards Indigenous students and offers culturally appropriate education.
The pimâcihisowin Foundation Program addresses three identified needs:
Providing Indigenous students the opportunity to meet admission requirements to a diploma-level or baccalaureate-level program
Offering students a supportive academic environment and an opportunity to gain transferable skills for a diploma or degree program
Offering a pimâcihisowin course, academic/life skills, tutoring and cultural supports throughout the program
Each student will receive:
Up to 15 hours of individual/group mentorship per term
pimâcihisowin orientation (12 hours over 2 days), held prior to classes; the orientation will include university life skills, basic life skills and connections to resources and supports in the City of Edmonton and MacEwan University.
Minimum of two Indigenous focused non-credit seminars per term, offered through kihêw waciston yearly programming
Up to three high school equivalent courses per term to fulfill admission requirements or for competitive entry to programs
Up to nine credits of post-secondary courses over two-to-three terms. These courses can be used by students to fulfill elective requirements.
The following is an example of two terms:
|Term 1||Term 2|
|Mentoring (6 hours)||Mentoring (6 hours)|
|pimâcihisowin 100 (home-room; 39 hours) undergraduate course||Indigenous 100 (home-room; 45 hours) undergraduate course|
|UP (1 course; 90 hours)||UP (1 course; 90 hours)|
|UP (1 course; 90 hours)||Undergraduate Open Studies course (1 course; 45 hours)|
|Two Indigenous seminars (2-4 hours)||Two Indigenous seminars (2-4 hours)|