India-Canada Colleges Partnership on Horizon?
Canada is one of four countries asked by India to support a massive effort aimed at providing close to 500 million people with urgently needed advanced skills for employment. An ACCC-led delegation of colleges and institutes was invited to participate in a conference entitled Mainstreaming Skills Education: Creating Relevant Human Resources in India, to share Canadian college experiences and offer support to the Federal Government of India’s plan. The country seeks to transform 200 pilot polytechnics into demand-driven community colleges. Key decision-makers from India will also attend an India-Canada College Forum in Penticton on May 31, ahead of the ACCC Annual Conference, to present their plans to institutions interested in establishing sustainable institutional partnerships.
For further information, please contact Paul Brennan.
Brazilian Scholarships a Boost to Canadian Colleges
Meetings of staff with Brazilian officials indicate that there should be a call in May or June for candidates interested in studying or interning in Canada. The Brazilian government has agreed to fund an additional six months of intensive English or French language training in Canada. This will contribute to the number of students coming to Canada. A marketing and recruitment mission for interested ACCC member institutions is planned for the first week of April 2013.
For more information, please contact Michael Fine or Marie-Josée Fortin.
ACCC Applied Research Symposium | April 16-17, 2013 | Quebec City, QC
Colleges and Institutes: Innovation Catalysts, will provide opportunities for stimulating and interactive exchanges with a range of presenters on college and institute applied research. Keynote speakers include:
- The Honorable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology),
- Jeffrey Simpson, The Globe and Mail’s national affairs columnist
- Mark Henderson of Re$earch Money.
The symposium will include perspectives of college CEOs; a conversation with the Social Sciences and Humanities and Research Council and the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences; industry perspectives on collaborative partnerships; success stories; and college metrics. The Symposium is being held at the Lowes Hôtel Le Concorde in Quebec City and will conclude with an evening reception, dinner and keynote address by Mr. Simpson. Click here for more information and to register.
Mobile Apps Conference and Contest
Staff recently met with Christian Roy, Director General of Cégep Gérald-Godin to discuss their upcoming Conference on mobile technologies, the Gapp WhosWho portal and a mobile applications development contest for students and programmers, including college students from across the country. Please visit http://gappcgodin.org/conference/ for information on the April 17 Conference and the contest. At the time of ACCC publishing, information was available in French, but additional English content should be posted shortly. Don’t let that stop you. Tell your students to grab a dictionary and get started – there’s a cash prize and institutional bragging-rights up for grabs.
ACCC 2013 Conference | June 1-3, 2013 | Penticton, BC
Hosted by Okanagan College, the 2013 ACCC Annual Conference “Ideas Uncorked” will showcase innovations, spotlight best practices, get participants talking and spark new ideas. The Conference takes place in the beautiful BC interior at the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre. We’re also pleased to offer the following pre-Conference events on Friday, May 31:
- Serving Indigenous Communities Forum
- Essential Skills Forum
- Senior Finance Officers Network
- Senior Communications’ Officers Network
- Sustainable Campuses Forum
- Directors of Advancement & Development Network
- Excellence in Sustainability of Rural & Remote Colleges
ACCC Public Affairs urges members to encourage their communicators to attend the Conference and pre-Conference sessions. We’ll be sharing best practices, establishing networks and developing collaborative approaches to raising the national profile of Canadian colleges and institutes.
Please visit the Conference website for all the latest information on keynotes, registration and accommodation!
ACCC Colleges Feature
On February 27, The Globe and Mail published a special ACCC colleges feature focusing on innovation and the success stories of Canada’s colleges, institutes and polytechnics. From addressing the skills gap to partnerships with industry that support economic development for small- and medium-sized enterprises, including excellent college project profiles, Canadian colleges are well represented. Grab a copy of The Globe and Mail or save a tree by downloading the ACCC Colleges supplement from our website.
Essential Skills Regional Workshops
Through the Human Resources and Skills Development Canada-funded Developing a National Framework in Essential Skills project, 12 pilot institutions undertook research with 1,300 learners from the institutions and workplaces which had participated in the testing and validation of an integrated essential skills approach. The results are being shared with college, institute, industry and government participants in regional workshops. Workshops were hosted by Collège Lionel-Groulx, Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology, and Bow Valley College with upcoming sessions at Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick – Bathurst campus, Nova Scotia Community College, and College of the North Atlantic. The workshops provide opportunities for leveraging results to initiate systemic changes, and prepare Canadians to meet future economic challenges. The recommendations from each will inform the Skills for Success National Summit on Essential Skills scheduled for later March.
For more information, please contact Ginette Mercier.
Faculty and staff from a number of ACCC member institutions have been recognized for their ongoing commitment to their communities. Congratulations to Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee Medal recipients:
- Mr. Gene Batten, Manager Cafeteria/Coordinator, Culinary Services, Yukon College;
- Mr. Philippe Boissonneault, Vice-Chair of Collège Boréal’s Foundation and Past-Chair of the college’s Board of Governors;
- Mr. Len Crispino, Board Chair, Niagara College;
- Dr. Evandro Lopes, faculty member, Kwantlen Polytechnic University;
- Valerie Mushinski, President & CEO, Cumberland College
- Dr. Fay Myers, President, Parkland College;
- Chantale Perreault, Director, Cégep régional de Lanaudière à Joliette;
- Dr. Nick Rubidge, President and CEO, College of the Rockies;
- Ginette Sirois, Director General, Cégep de Chicoutimi;
- Ron Sparling, professor, School of Fire Sciences and Public Safety, Lambton College;
- Peter Thompson, Professor and Coordinator, Police Foundations Program, Algonquin College;
- Susan Toolooktook, janitor and Elder/instructor, Community Learning Centre in Baker Lake, Nunavut Arctic College.
Congratulations to 2013 CASE District VIII Communications Awards recipients NAIT, NorQuest College, and Yukon College, in recognition of their excellence in marketing and communications.