Students in Mississauga, Brampton urged by police to avoid ‘poor life choices’


Published January 27, 2023 at 1:36 pm

College students in Mississauga and Brampton are learning how to make better life choices in a new course offered in collaboration with Peel Regional Police.

The educational training program for marginalized students at Sheridan College, with campuses in Mississauga, Brampton and Oakville, opened to enrollment last summer and its first students just recently completed their training.

Funded by U.S.-based Moody’s Analytics, the program seeks to provide future business leaders with economic research regarding risk, performance and financial modeling, Peel police said in a news release.

The collaborative program provides students with an opportunity to learn valuable life lessons from positive role models in the financial sector and the necessary certification to help them achieve their goals in life, partners in the initiative say.

The program also aligns with the Peel police Community Safety and Well-Being model and Our Way Forward strategy.

A component of that strategy “…is to identify and work with priority populations; to provide support and guidance to students about the risks associated with making poor life choices,” police said.

Delivered by trained Canadian Securities Institute professionals, the course offers participants a combination of online self-study and in-person instructor-led webinars. It outlined tax planning, financial markets, financial statements, ethics and more, allowing the students to understand investments in the real world.

“This partnership and collaboration further strengthens Peel Regional Police’s ability to support the needs of our priority populations,” said Deputy Chief Marc Andrews. “As we work with Sheridan College and Moody’s Analytics, this program has created opportunities for those in our community that they may have not had previously.”

Nazlin Hirji, Sheridan College executive director of continuing and professional studies, also sang the praises of the collaborative effort.

“As a community college, we prioritize supporting, developing and investing in the communities we serve to help individuals maximize their opportunities and achieve their potential,” said Hirji. “We have made intentional commitments regarding access, equity, diversity and inclusion so this initiative really aligned with our goals.”

Mohamed Karkoukli, a student who completed the training, was impressed by the program.

“Collaborative efforts were very effective and helped us as students to focus and learn in a constructive and efficient way.”

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