Brandon University demonstrates commitment to co-operative education with new position

January 26, 2017

Kelley Mitton joins Brandon University to advance co-op, work-integrated and experiential education.

Students at Brandon University (BU) will have new opportunities for hands-on learning, thanks to a new hire.

Kelley Mitton started this month as BU’s new Co-operative Program Coordinator. She’ll be helping oversee and develop co-op, work-integrated, and experiential learning options in a variety of disciplines across the university, and she will be coordinating the implementation of BU’s forthcoming Co-operative Education Program.

“Brandon University is committed to the importance of experiential learning and to facilitating the transition of our students from university to career,” said Steve Robinson, BU’s Vice-President (Academic & Provost). “With her background and education in project management and adult education, Kelley is well-suited to implement new and innovative programs that will truly enhance our student experience.”

Although direct, hands-on experience has long been a part of education at Brandon University, from science labs and health-care simulations to business plans and music performances, hiring a new Co-op Program Coordinator will allow the university to expand and enhance the types of experiences that students will have as options.

“Increasingly, students are looking for an education that gives them valuable experience as well,” Mitton said. “Not only is this an excellent way to broaden your horizons and buff your résumé while getting your degree, but research shows that putting what you’ve learned into practice can really help you remember and internalize that knowledge.”

Mitton, who grew up in Nova Scotia, has a Master’s of Education in adult education from the University of New Brunswick and has worked and studied in adult education since 2002. She also brings 10 years of experience as a project manager in the training and development industry.

This position has been made possible through a targeted operating grant increase from the Province of Manitoba.