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College of the Rockies Wins ACCC Internationalization Award

Ottawa, ON, May 26, 2014 – British Columbia’s College of the Rockies has been recognized for its broad international strategy with the Association of Canadian Community Colleges’ (ACCC) Gold Internationalization Excellence Award. This prize recognizes Canadian colleges who developed innovative international programs and partnerships.

Patricia  Bowron and David Walls

“We’re thrilled to accept this award from the ACCC,” said College of the Rockies President and CEO, David Walls. “Our international team, along with our entire college community, contributes a remarkable amount of passion to Internationalization at College of the Rockies. Outbound mobility is a challenging goal for small institutions, but College of the Rockies has been successful in leveraging our partnership projects as a creative means to support our faculty and students’ overseas learning opportunities.”

Over the past few years, College of the Rockies has launched international initiatives in a number of countries and developed a large network of partners, opening up student mobility opportunities on every continent but Antarctica. In 2012-2013 alone, it managed five large international projects in countries such as Burkina Faso and Tanzania. The college has also led intensive recruitment efforts abroad and hosts students from over 30 different countries. Approximately 6% of their student population now comes from outside Canada.

“College of the Rockies’ commitment to train a new generation of global citizens has led it to develop an impressive array of international partnerships”, said ACCC President and CEO, Denise Amyot. “They have also shown us that all types of colleges, whether urban or rural and no matter the size, can engage with partners on a global scale and develop successful international projects.”

Alberta’s Olds College, also strong with internationalization, has been recognized with ACCC’s Silver Internationalization Excellence Award.

Olds College has developed strong partnerships with coffee growers in the Dominican Republic and helped them export and market their product in Canada. This social entrepreneurship has had significant repercussions for all involved, as 90% of the profits generated by the project are reinvested in a Dominican Republic Education Fund. Canadian students participated and gained valuable experience by applying their skills to each step of the project, from its conception to the marketing of the final product.

ACCC, soon to be known as Colleges and Institutes Canada, is the national and international voice of 95 per cent of Canada’s publicly funded colleges, institutes and polytechnics. We work with industry and social sectors to train 1.5 million learners of all ages and backgrounds at campuses serving over 3,000 urban, rural and remote communities in Canada. ACCC operates in 29 countries via 13 offices around the world.

College of the Rockies, located in the Kootenay Rocky Mountains of southeastern BC, offers lifestyle and learning opportunities to match our spectacular setting. With campuses located in Cranbrook, Kimberley, Creston, Fernie, Golden and Invermere, the College offers certificate, diploma, degree, pre-apprenticeship, apprenticeship and advanced credentials in both classroom and online formats. Established in 1975, College of the Rockies continues to enrich lives and engage communities through the power of education.

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For more information contact:
Shawn Dearn

Directeur des communications, ACCC
613-746-2222, poste 3123
Twitter: @CollegeCan