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International Gold Rush Continues: ACCC Congratulates Winning Partners

nr iqn awardOttawa, ON, March 14, 2014 – The Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC) is pleased to congratulate its partners and members who have won gold awards at the International Qualifications Network (IQN) ceremony, held recently in Ottawa. Presented by the Integration-Foreign Credentials Referral Office Branch of Citizenship and Immigration Canada, the IQN awards are presented to Canadian innovators of foreign credential recognition programs and projects.

“Collaborative and engaged partnerships are key to the delivery of effective and relevant pre-departure services for immigrants,” said Paul Brennan, ACCC VP of International Partnerships. “ACCC is honoured to work with the Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC) and the Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists (CCTT) to provide a range of programs and projects that support immigrants on their way to employment and settlement.  We are also pleased to connect our CIIP clients to the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Nova Scotia (CLPNNS) and our member institution, NSCC.”

ICTC won gold in the Engagement category for its Global Talent Connections project, CCTT won gold in the Overseas category for its Engineering Career Pathways initiative, and CLPNNS in partnership with NSCC won gold in the Innovation category for its project The Pathway to Success. ICTC and CCTT are key players in the delivery of pre-departure services who have optimized their use of the platform provided by the Canadian Immigrant Integration Program (CIIP).  CLPNNS and NSCC have created a project that builds effective pathways for internationally educated nurses to practice in Nova Scotia, CIIP promotes this pathway as well as other health sector tools developed by NSCC. “We are extremely pleased to receive this gold award for a project that will benefit many immigrants.  Working with ACCC through CIIP has provided us with the vehicle required to deliver the Engineering Career Pathways Tool overseas.” said Rick Tachuk, CCTT Director, Communications and Government Relations.

“Receiving this award is an honour, we’re very proud of Global Talent Connections, a project that has provided great value to immigrants and employers,” said Sandra Saric, ICTC VP, Talent Innovation.  “Our long partnership with ACCC through CIIP has consistently proven beneficial and useful to our members and their employees.”

“This award recognizes the creativity and innovation of the Nova Scotian healthcare sector for its initiatives that prepare newcomers to work in the province.  We are pleased to be promote these services through the CIIP offices.” said Kelly McKnight, Projects Director, NSCC School of Health & Human Services.

The Canadian Immigrant Integration Program (CIIP), funded through Citizenship and Immigration Canada, provides tailored pre-departure information (Group Orientation) and planning (My Action Plan) services, as well as immediate online referrals to an extensive network of partners across Canada. Partners include ACCC member institutions, immigrant-serving organizations, regulatory bodies, credential assessment agencies and employer-based organizations, including sector councils. CIIP also recently won gold at the IPAC Deloitte 2013 Public Sector Leadership Awards.

ACCC is the national and international voice of Canada’s publicly funded colleges and institutes. 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.

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For more information:

Rick Tachuk
Director, Communications and Government Relations, CCTT
613-293-5250

Ann Mann, RN MN
Executive Director/Registrar, CLPNNS
902-423-8949

Jeff Leiper
VP, Strategic Communications, Policy and Research, ICTC
613-868-2375

Shawn Dearn
Director of Communications, ACCC
613-746-2222 Ext. 3123
Twitter: @ACCC_Comms