Kelly McLean credits Fleming Collegeâ€™s strong pathway agreementÂ with Trent University for helping her achieve her education goals.
â€śThe transfer agreement with Trent was key to me achieving myÂ schooling goals because I was able to complete a four year degree in two years. If I had to complete all four years I likely would not have gone to university,â€ť said Kelly, who is now completing her Master of Science and Forestry at the University of New Brunswick.
Kelly is a graduate of Flemingâ€™s School of Environmental & Natural Resource Sciences and completed the Fish and Wildlife Technician (2012), Ecosystem Management Technology (2013), and Fish and Wildlife Technology (2014) programs.
â€śWhen I started at Fleming I wasnâ€™t sure what I wanted to do, but the professors were very inspiring and we were exposed to so many different topics that I was able to explore my interests and begin to build a career that I am very passionate about,â€ť she said.
After graduating from Fleming College, Kelly decided to use the education pathway to Trent University because of the strong agreement between the two institutions. She liked that Trent was also small and environmentally focused, and that some of her Fleming peers were also going to attend Trent to add a degree to their resumĂ©.
â€śFleming students were well-known at Trent for our field skills, so we were often called upon by our lab coordinators to lead lab work.â€ť
â€śIt was great to have the support of peers going through the same process,â€ť she said. â€śFleming students were well-known at Trent for our field skills, so we were often called upon by our lab coordinators to lead lab work.â€ť
Kelly said the administrative process of moving from Fleming to Trent was â€śvery smooth and seamlessâ€ť and felt very prepared for university courses thanks to her college education.
â€śIn fact, my thesis supervisor recently commented that I have above average writing, a skill that I attribute to the projects and reports that I completed at Fleming,â€ť Kelly added.
After earning her Honours Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology (2016) from Trent, Kelly spent four months working as a Student Migratory Game Bird Technician for the Aquatic Assessment Unit of Environment Canadaâ€™s Canadian Wildlife Service, and spent another eight months working as a Wildlife Biologist.
â€śHaving a combined field skill set from college and university has provided me withÂ very employable skills.”
She is now working on a research-based masterâ€™s degree at the University of New Brunswick, studying wetland buffer width and the persistence of black ducks in New Brunswick under the supervision of Dr. Joe Nocera. She anticipates completing her Master of Science and Forestry in 2019.
Kellyâ€™s end goal is to work in government science and influence policy around harvested wildlife species. â€śHaving a combined field skill set from college and university has provided me withÂ very employable skills,â€ť she said.