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Camosun College’s E-PPRENTICE Flexible Learning for Professional Cook Training Receives Gold Award for Program Excellence

Halifax, May 29, 2012 – Camosun College’s program, E-PPRENTICE Flexible Learning for Professional Cook Training, received the Association of Canadian Community Colleges’ 2012 Gold Program Excellence Award today.

The Victoria, British Columbia, institution was recognized for its innovative program, which has revolutionized the way cook apprenticeship training is delivered in British Columbia. The groundbreaking integration of the practical and technical workplace training enables the apprentice to be supported in a learning community throughout their apprenticeship.

In May 2009, Camosun College was awarded a provincial contract to develop and pilot an E-PPRENTICE for Professional Cooks Training program. The impetus for this development was in response to A Strategy for the Expansion of Flexible Learning in the Trades in British Columbia that was commissioned by the Industry Training Authority of B.C.

The pilot for the program successfully launched Professional Cook (PC)-1 in April 2010, PC-2 in January 2011 and PC-3 in November 2011. Although three e-pprentices withdrew from the program for personal reasons, there was a 100% success rate of e-pprentices who completed the technical training, practical assessment and the Industry Training Authority written Certificate of Qualification exams.

The Silver Award went to the Bachelor of Applied Business: International Commerce and Global Development program at Niagara College, Niagara on the Lake, Ontario, and the Bronze Award went to the Youth and Community Engagement Relationship Model of Centennial College of Toronto, Ontario.

The Program Excellence Awards were presented at the biennial congress of the World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics, hosted by ACCC in Halifax, May 26 to 29, 2012.

ACCC’s Awards of Excellence recognize and promote excellence in Canadian colleges and institutes. The awards showcase extraordinary contributions of individuals and programs to their institutions and highlight the role colleges play in social, economic and cultural development.

ACCC is the national voice for 128 publicly-funded colleges and institutes with campuses in 1,000 communities across Canada.


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Rosemary Lafrenière
Manager of Communications
Tel: 613-513-6291