UNESCO UNEVOC Centre
UNESCO has named ACCC as the UNEVOC Centre to coordinate activities in Canada and to support skills development in Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa. UNEVOC assists UNESCO member states to strengthen their technical and vocational education and training (TVET) systems. We are working with partners worldwide to modernize terminology, using phrases such as “advanced skills for employment” and “trades professions.”
An ACCC op-ed Colleges and SMEs: Getting Innovations Out the Door was published in the RE$EARCH Infosource Canada’s Innovation Leaders supplement in the National Post and the Ottawa Citizen November 2, and in The Hill Times November 5.
A November 5 Globe and Mail op-ed by Gwyn Morgan entitled Divisions between haves and have-nots begin with having skills – or not, echoed ACCC advocacy messages on Canada’s skills gap; university graduates turning to colleges for practical education leading to employment; employers unable to find candidates with advanced skills; and the consequences for Canada’s productivity and prosperity.
Watch for future supplements: the Globe and Mail Report on Colleges November 12; and Maclean’s The West Side Story November 12, and Distance and Continuing Education December 17.
Nomination Information for ACCC Awards of Excellence Now Available Online
The ACCC Awards program recognizes and promotes excellence within member colleges and institutes. It showcases extraordinary contributions of individuals to their communities and highlights the role of our institutions in social, cultural and economic development. Nomination packages are now available for the 2012-2013 Awards. Gold, Silver and Bronze awards will be presented in six categories: staff excellence, program excellence, student leadership excellence, teaching excellence, leadership excellence and internationalization excellence. Deadline to submit nominations is Monday, January 28, 2013.
ACCC Symposium – Colleges Serving Aboriginal Peoples
George E. Lafond, Saskatchewan Treaty Commissioner, and Nathan Elliot, President of Insightwest Research will be keynote speakers at the November 18 – 20 Symposium. Dr. Randy Smith will share the strategic enrolment approaches adopted by U.S. Tribal Colleges and Dr. Marlene Atleo will speak about pathways to success. Click here for the full agenda and to register. The Symposium will be held at the Bessborough Hotel in Saskatoon, SK.
Friend-raising and Fundraising Symposium
Forty-five participants attended the October ACCC Colleges and Institutes Friend-raising and Fundraising Symposium. The symposium included presentations from partners such as Imagine Canada, KCI, RBC Royal Bank, the Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education and the Association of Fundraising Professionals. A formal network of Directors of Development/Advancement was created and will launch May 31 at a pre-conference session at the ACCC Annual Conference Ideas Uncorked.
CARICOM Education for Employment
The ACCC CARICOM Education for Employment Program (C-EFE) recently completed the selection process for seven institutional partnerships. Ten ACCC members were selected by our Caribbean counterparts: College of the North Atlantic, the Fisheries and Marine Institute, St. Lawrence College, Nova Scotia Community College, Lakeland College, Bow Valley College, Parkland College, Seneca College, University of Guelph – Kemptville Campus, and Dalhousie Agricultural Campus of Dalhousie University (formerly Nova Scotia Agriculture College). A request for proposals for nine additional institutional partnerships will be launched in early 2013.
Congratulations to Dr. Jeff Zabudsky, President and CEO of Sheridan College, who has been named the recipient of Athabasca University’s Distinguished Alumni Award.