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ACCC’s Education for Employment Program Underway in the Andean Region

Ottawa, December 6, 2012 – The Association of Canada Community Colleges recently announced that work has begun on the Education for Employment Program for the Andean Region. The announcement was made at the Servicio Nacional de Capacitación para la Industria de la Construcción (SENSICO) on the occasion of the visit to Peru of the Governor General of Canada, his Excellency David Johnston.

“A shortage of persons with advanced skills is a major constraint to economic development. Education delivering skills related to local employment opportunities is key to poverty reduction and sustainable socio-economic progress,” says James Knight, ACCC President and CEO. “Colleges and institutes are the ideal partners because of their strong links with businesses in Canada to develop programs that educate graduates for immediate employment.”

Funded by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), this five-year, $19 million program will allow Canadian colleges to partner with institutions in Peru, Bolivia and Columbia to develop educational programs targeting the skill requirements of local employers. Other program stakeholders include the Ministerio de Educación and the Ministerio del Trabajo y promoción del Empleo in Peru, the Ministerio de Educación in Bolivia, and the Servicio Nacional de Aprendizaje (SENA) under the Ministerio de Trabajo in Columbia.

CIDA has also supported ACCC’s EFE initiatives in the Caribbean and Africa.

ACCC is the national voice for 130 publicly-funded colleges and institutes with campuses in 1,000 communities, serving 1,500,000 full- and part-time learners.

For more information on ACCC’s EFE program please visit:

For more information, contact:

Judy Barbeau
Communications Officer
Tel: (613) 746-5656