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Colleges Welcome Federal Government’s Commitment to Advanced Skills

June 3, 2011 — Today’s Throne Speech demonstrates the Government of Canada is committed to investing in colleges and institutes to strengthen education in advanced skills, applied research and innovation.

The Conservative party’s election platform recognized the integral role of colleges in Canada’s economy. ACCC applauds the government’s continued commitment to applied research and commercialization, supporting the ITC needs of SMEs, and adult basic education in the North. Investments in these areas will increase colleges’ capacity to contribute to economic growth.

“Given Canada’s demographic deficit and the increasing technological sophistication of the workplace, advanced skills will soon be in short supply,” says James Knight President and CEO of ACCC. “To mitigate these powerful realities, ACCC has called for a national dialogue among all orders of government, the private sector and civil society on strategies to increase Canada’s participation rate in post-secondary education.”

ACCC represents 150 publicly-funded colleges, institutes and polytechnics with campuses in 1,000 communities. These institutions play a pivotal role in Canada’s economic recovery as providers of graduates with advanced skills and as partners with small- and medium-sized enterprises in applied research and innovation.

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For more information:

Leslie Cole
Manager of Communications
Association of Canadian Community Colleges
Cell: 613-882-0142

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