Thrive Information for Employees

The Thrive program is currently being piloted at the Prince George campus, and is designed to help to connect students to the resources and supports they need, when it is needed most. It helps streamline the referral process by reducing the need for faculty and staff to keep track of every service and support available to students, and connects students directly with supports offered on campus. It also helps support faculty by helping students develop the learning and personal skills needed to tackle academic content.

“Early support” programs have become best practice at many colleges and universities in Canada and the US. Other Canadian institutions that use early support and early alert type programs include UBC, Ryerson University, Mount Royal University, the University of Calgary, and many more. 

The development of an early support system was a priority identified by leadership that was included in CNC’s Institutional Health & Wellness Strategy. CNC’s Thrive program is a custom system developed by CNC Student Services and an “Early Support Committee” comprised of staff, faculty, Students’ Union representatives, and educational administrators to fit the CNC context.

Step 1: Complete the Referral Form

A CNC Employee or Student Union Representative completes the Thrive referral form for a student in need of support to begin the process.

Step 2: Referral Reviewed

The Thrive team reviews the referral to determine which resource streams fit the student's needs.

Step 3: Services Offered

The student is contacted and offered services from corresponding streams.

  • Academic
  • Personal Resillience & Wellbeing
  • Mental Health & Medical
  • Non-academic Misconduct & Safety

Step 4: Appointment is Booked

The student books appointments with recommended services.

Step 5: Student works with resources on their goals

How to Talk to Students about the Thrive Program

If possible, have a conversation beforehand with the student about the referral. It’s helpful to emphasize that they’re not in trouble but that Thrive is an additional resource on campus that they can use to help them with academic and personal goals. Students often appreciate knowing you are concerned for their well-being and about getting them connected with supports. 

If you want to share information about Thrive with your students, feel free to use the paragraph below:

"Unexpected challenges and difficulties at home, work, or school may come up during the school year and can impact your studies. Life happens! During the semester I (or other CNC staff) may refer you to Thrive, a voluntary program connecting you to campus services and resources that can support you to succeed personally and academically by developing skills you can use well beyond post-secondary."

Check out our guide on how to have a supportive conversation with a student


Frequently Asked Questions

Thrive FAQ

  • Will Thrive program information show up on a student’s transcript or academic record?

  • Do students have to participate in the Thrive program?

  • How does this program benefit faculty and staff?

  • If I submit a referral form, is the student notified?

  • How can I access the Thrive referral form?

  • Do other post-secondary institutions have similar programs?