Donation Helps Canadian Workers Impacted by COVID-19

#LetsContinYU Series

By William Griffiths

Days after launching our Continuing Studies Emergency Benefit, we received a $10,000 donation to help an additional seven individuals access our continuing studies programs. The donation was generously provided by Gautham Kolluri, Founder and Director of CIP Study Abroad, who was moved to support the Emergency Benefit after first learning about it through the our launch announcement last week.

“My family and I moved to Canada many years ago and we are blessed to be here in a safe and welcoming country,” said Gautham. “Canada welcomed us, and Canadians supported us. This donation towards the Emergency Benefit is my opportunity to help Canada and Canadians during these stressful times.”

The response to the Emergency Benefit has been truly overwhelming. Over the past week, we’ve received hundreds of applications from Canadians eager to return to school in order to upskill during this difficult economic time. Gautham’s donation will add to the original benefit of $25,500, providing successful applicants with $1,500 toward their School of Continuing Studies certificate tuition.

“I am deeply moved by Gautham’s generosity and so grateful that we can change the course of another seven peoples’ lives together. The Emergency Benefit was generated by our reaction to news that one million Canadians applied for Employment Insurance and we knew we had to do something quickly,” said Tracey Taylor-O’Reilly Assistant Vice-President, Continuing Studies. “People may be feeling helpless but by pursuing a continuing studies program, they will be doing something now that could change their trajectory in just a few short months.”

During difficult economic times, an increasing number of adults turn to university education to help recession-proof their careers. Our online certificate programs are designed with industry and tied to high-demand careers. The Emergency Benefit will support Canadians who want to reskill or upskill in high-demand fields, allowing them to stay competitive and seize opportunities during and after the crisis.

“We are living in unprecedented times. Millions of Canadians have lost their jobs and need help. Providing food and financial help is a temporary measure but providing education will help Canadians earn their livelihoods with new career options,” said Gautham Kolluri. “This is the time to take courage and step up to help every Canadian. I hope other businesses can come forward and also help.”

Individuals can still apply to the Continuing Studies Emergency Benefit until April 30, 2020. For more information on eligibility criteria and how and where to apply, please click here.