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August 25, 2014

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Education for Employment (EFE) getting underway in Bolivia

On August 15, the Association officially launched the second round of Institutional Partnerships for Bolivia through the EFE-Andean region Program. These new partnerships will prepare students for employment in their local job markets. As part of the initiative, our members will help local institutions develop relevant, competency-based curriculum and teacher training. The training will be linked to the needs of the following sectors: agriculture, industrial mechanics and strategic resource industrialization. The project will also support the development of training programs for instructors in Bolivia to build capacity and a process for continuous upgrading. In the medium term, the objective is to improve the quality of the country’s Technical, Vocational, Education and Training programs. Over the longer term, the aim is to enhance the socio-economic condition of Bolivian youth, especially young women in rural and urban areas in the Altiplano, Llanos and Amazonia regions of the country.

This new partnership with seven of Bolivia’s Technical and Technological Institutes has received the support of the Government of Canada’s Aid Effectiveness Agenda through the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development. In total, the government is contributing $8.3M toward the program. A delegation representing three of the seven Bolivian institutions was in Ottawa last week to meet with representatives of various Canadian colleges and institutes. The agreed-upon partnerships getting underway in the upcoming weeks are: (1) Welding (Cégep de Trois-Rivières and Instituto Tecnologico de Ayacucho) (2) Industrial Mechanics: Electrohydraulics (College of the Rockies, Niagara College and Instituto de Aprendizaje Industrial) (3) Industrial Mechanics: Mechatronics (Cégep Édouard-Montpetit, Cégep Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu and Instituto Tecnológico Jose Luis San Juan García). Four other projects will begin in November.

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International Education Leadership Academy a success

As internationalization becomes an increasingly significant priority area for post-secondary education institutions in Canada, a growing need has emerged for professional development and networking opportunities for those who coordinate international activities on behalf of their institution. To meet this need, Association staff recently organized and hosted the 2014 International Education Leadership Academy from August 11-15 in Montebello, Quebec.

This four-day conference offered delegates from our member institutions an opportunity to advance their skills in international leadership and development. Attendees discussed the challenges of international development here and abroad, the Canadian college approach to internationalization, the challenges of managing an international office as well as best practices for developing an effective international division. Guest speakers included international education experts Bernard Simon, a former journalist now with the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs, and Francisco Marmolejo, who coordinates the World Bank’s tertiary education research activities in Washington, DC.

If you are responsible for coordinating your institution’s international activities and would like to further your knowledge, expand your network and gather new perspectives, consider attending the International Education Leadership Academy in 2015!

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WFCP World Congress

The World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics (WFCP) Congress is only two months away. Organized in collaboration with the China Education Association for International Exchange (CEAIE), the WFCP World Congress 2014 will be held at the China National Convention Center in Beijing, China, from October 24 to 26, 2014, with pre-congress events on October 22 and 23.

This will be an exceptional opportunity to bring together leaders of the higher applied education system to discuss the latest international trends, topics and development of our sector.

For registration and enquiries about WFCP World Congress 2014, please contact WFCP2014@ceaie.edu.cn or visit the website: www.wfcpbeijing.org


Colleges and Institutes Canada supports Entrepreneurship

While in Quebec City to attend the grand opening of Cégep Garneau’s l’Espace Entreprendre and salute the institution’s leadership, Colleges and Institutes Canada President and CEO, Denise Amyot, announced a national symposium on entrepreneurship. The event will gather experts from across the country in the spring of 2015.

The symposium will allow participants to share success stories and best practices as a growing number of colleges, cegeps and institutes develop innovative ways to inspire an entrepreneurial spirit among their students.

More details will follow in the coming weeks.


New VP at Colleges and Institutes Canada

Colleges and Institutes Canada is proud to welcome Wendy Therrien as its new Vice-President, Government Relations and Canadian Partnerships. Ms. Therrien assumed her new position at Colleges and Institutes Canada on August 18. She has previously worked at World Vision Canada where as Director, Policy she championed maternal, newborn and child health, among other key issues. She has extensive experience in the areas of Policy, Government Relations and Management and has created a number of policy tools related to theory of change mapping, stakeholder mapping, and policy influence metrics.

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C-EFE Call for proposals

In a new collaborative venture with our CARICOM Education for Employment Program (C-EFE), we are pleased to inform you of a call for proposals for three new Pre-Technology Partnerships!

These Pre-technology Partnerships, funded jointly by Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD) and the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) are designed to prepare 15-29 year old out-of-school/work youth for jobs through the use of applied learning strategies to develop essential employability, vocational, entrepreneurship and academic skills. Requests for proposals are now online and due September 29, 2014 at 5 pm EDT. Please contact Susan Sproule, Manager of Operations at ssproule@collegesinstitutes.ca for more information.


Canada School of Public Service consultation

The Canada School of Public Service, in charge of providing continuous learning opportunities to federal public servants, has launched a consultation process to help with the modernization of its curriculum.

To that effect the School recently posted a Letter of Interest: Modernization of the curriculum of the Canada School of Public Service on buyandsell.gc.ca to help gather information on how to best acquire courses, related digital content and subject-matter experts to meet organizational needs.

We know that colleges and institutes have a lot of expertise to offer in this regard and we encourage our members to take part in this consultation before the September 30 deadline.


Mannequin donation to Barbados

The students at Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic (SJPP) in Barbados will now be able to practice their trade on a new fashion training mannequin, courtesy of Montreal’s Cégep Marie-Victorin. This will help the college develop its new clothing manufacturing program.

The donation was made possible thanks to CARICOM Education for Employment (C-EFE), a $20 million program sponsored by Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs Trade and Development (DFATD) and implemented by Colleges and Institutes Canada.


Canadian college alumni walk the red carpet at Emmy Awards

Stephanie Gorin, a Sheridan College alumnus who graduated from the Media Arts-Music Theatre program in 1981, won an Emmy Award last week for her work on the TV series Fargo. Ms. Gorin was a part of a 3-person team nominated in the Outstanding Casting for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special category. This was her first Emmy win and third nomination overall following nods in 2008 and 2009 for her contributions to The Tudors TV series. Looking back at the Creative Arts Emmy Award show on August 16 in Los Angeles, Ms. Gorin said: “Winning the Emmy was an unbelievable experience. Having our names up on the screen, walking up to the stage which was filled with so much talent was a dream come true.” Congratulations Stephanie!

Meanwhile, Frank Laratta and Jason Lawrence, alumni from SAIT who attended the Calgary-based college in the early 1990s, received Emmy nominations for their work in sound editing on Fargo and Klondike. Both nominees attended the Creative Arts Emmys with the crème-de-la-crème of North American television production. While they didn’t take home any hardware this time, they did say prior to the event that: “Even if we don’t win, we’ve already won.” Hard to disagree. Congratulations Frank and Jason!


Power Canada

As a member of The Partnership for Resource Trade, Colleges and Institutes Canada would like to encourage its members to share their success stories with the Power of Canada campaign. This is a great opportunity to discuss the responsible use of Canada’s abundant natural resources as a source of social and economic benefit .

We invite you to submit news stories on how the natural resource industry is impacting your college or institution. Whether it’s skills training, internship programs or anything else— we want to hear about it. Stories can be submitted to contact@powerofcanada.ca. For more information, visit: http://powerofcanada.ca


Did You Know?

It’s been a really great summer for Okanagan College in British Columbia. Last month, the provincial government provided $928,000 in funding to create 203 new trades training seats. The investment was announced as part of the province’s $6.8M Skills for Jobs Blueprint that is expected to establish more than 1,400 training seats at 14 colleges across the province. Specifically, the funds for Okanagan College will create foundation seats this September in pipefitting, welding, heavy equipment operation, electrical training and heavy-duty equipment mechanics. Meanwhile, a recent economic impact study estimates the college contributes at least $542M to the regional economy and $915M to the province as a whole. Keep up the good work Okanagan College!


Eureka! moment

Last week, students at Algonquin College broke what must be one of the most unusual world records by unveiling the world’s largest pepper grinder. Standing at 16’ 4’’, the functioning grinder can hold an estimated 2.47 million peppercorns.

The giant pepper grinder was built by nine students from the college’s cabinetmaking and furniture technician program who were challenged with building something large that would test their hands-on skills in new and interesting ways. Student craftsmen include Eric Beuman, James Brint, Andrew Carver, Liam Cluff-Clyburne, Rodrigue Dagenais, Jihad Farhat, Cameron Larsen, Spencer Olivastri and Declan Thomas.

The over-sized pepper grinder will be showcased at the college awaiting confirmation of the record from Guinness.

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Congratulations

Jos Nolle has been appointed Dean of Seneca International at Seneca College effective September 22, 2014. Mr. Nolle has previously served in leadership roles at Niagara College and Doctors Without Borders. He has also served as a Technical Advisor in Colombia for Colleges and Institutes Canada. Congratulations Jos!

Denyce Diakun has been appointed Director of Student Success at Loyalist College starting September 2, 2014. In previous years, Ms. Diakun has served in senior leadership positions at St. Lawrence College and Algonquin College. She has also amassed significant leadership experience from positions in both the public and private sectors. Congratulations Denyse!

Amy Proulx, a professor in the Culinary Innovation and Food Technology program at Niagara College, has won a Young Scientist Award from the International Union of Food Science and Technology (IUFoST). Ms. Proulx was named as one of eight of the world’s top young food scientists in 2014—the only North American to achieve the feat. Congratulations Amy!

Barry O’Brien has been named the new Dean of the School of Business at Centennial College. Mr. O’Brien has experience in various academic and commercial settings, including the Liquor Control Board of Ontario where he was responsible for coordinating various initiatives related to government relations, marketing, sales and purchasing. Congratulations Barry!

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