ACCC Leaders’ Summit: Essential Skills | March 19-20
Towards a National Strategy for Developing Essential Skills (ES) will explore findings of applied research into ES investments; share solutions that increase student success and retention; examine enhancing employability of people not currently pursuing education; and identify the most effective strategies to enhance Essential Skills for all Canadians. ACCC will release findings of a three year applied research project involving 12 colleges, 9 employers and 1,300 individuals in 8 provinces.
Leaders from employers, the federal and provincial/territorial governments, educational institutions and not-for-profit organizations will gather to explore the challenge of equipping all Canadians with the essential skills they need to succeed in a knowledge economy. Special attention will be paid to new Canadians, indigenous people, workers and students in need of higher ES levels to succeed in college, at work and in life. Closing remarks expected from:
Ideas Uncorked | ACCC Annual Conference | June 1-3, 2013
Preparations for this year’s annual conference hosted by Okanagan College in the picturesque wine region of Penticton, British Columbia remain in full swing.
Sponsored by Workbay.Net, participants will have ample opportunity to connect, share ideas and influence the future direction of post-secondary education. More than 700 delegates will attend, including CEOs, senior administrators, board members, managers, faculty, staff, students, international guests and business executives. You can register right now. The early registration deadline is April 15.
An impressive group of distinguished keynote speakers, include award-winning authors and journalists; college, aboriginal and business leaders; as well as prominent alumni. Details on the concurrent sessions are on the Conference website. Sessions ranging from student engagement to the economic development of communities address key opportunities for success.
Network Sessions provide formal and informal opportunities for sharing or shaping future action.
While ACCC recently concluded its 40th anniversary celebrations, our hosts at Okanagan College are just starting to pop the corks for their own 50th anniversary. Delegates will socialize, and savour fresh ideas, and enjoy renowned Okanagan hospitality, just as the blossom season draws to a close across the valley.
Pre-Conference Sessions | May 31, 2013
Before Ideas Uncorked has a chance to reach for a corkscrew, ACCC is offering several pre-conference sessions designed to spark discussions, exchange solutions to ongoing challenges and identify paths to success.
From the forum on serving indigenous communities aimed at enhancing access and engagement, to the senior finance officers’ network session examining institutional efficiency gains, to the senior communicators’ network planning to raise the national profile of Canadian colleges and institutes, which includes an opportunity for members from Higher Education Marketing, ACCC has you covered. Sessions supporting sustainable campuses, including excellence in sustainability of rural and remote colleges, and a session for the directors of advancement and development network round out the day’s pre-conference activities.
Pre-conference registration fees include lunch, or dinner and breaks, as appropriate.
A session on new opportunities for Canada-India college partnerships will be held on May 31st. Details and registration information will be forthcoming in the next issue of Inside ACCC.
The Globe and Mail, ACCC & Members Make the Case for College
On March 13th, The Globe and Mail reported on growing enrollment in Canadian college business, management and public administration programs. The report cites Statistics Canada data indicating an 11.5 per cent increase, to more than 130,000 students, between 2005 and 2011. Reports highlighted the benefits of college learning, including hands-on learning, smaller class sizes, internships that link students with employers, as well as postgraduate business certificates for students who already have university degrees.
ACCC Communications will collaborate with members to generate media interest in colleges and their role in bridging Canada’s advanced skills gap. The Senior Communication Officers Network session at ACCC 2013 in Penticton will examine ways to enhance the pan-Canadian engagement.
New Dates for Brazil-SWB Missions
The 3rd Brazil-Canada Professional and Technical Education Forum for Canadian College Presidents and Vice-Presidents with all the Rectors and Coordinators of International Activities from Brazilian Federal Institutes will be held from April 23-25, 2013 in Salvador da Bahia. An invitation from James Knight will be sent to all Presidents as soon as we receive the formal letter of invitation from our partner, CONIF.
Another mission (June 17-25, 2013) will focus on student recruitment. The target is to bring to 250 Brazilian students to Canada, next January, under the Science Without Borders (SWB) scholarship program.
For more information: Marie-Josée Fortin, Mehdi Abdelwahab ou Sylvie Tavares.
Individuals from ACCC member institutions have been recognized for their ongoing commitment to their communities with a Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. Recently, the Governor General of Canada bestowed that same honour upon ACCC’s President and CEO at Rideau Hall. Congratulations to these recipients:
Garry Merkel, Board member and past Chair, Nicola Valley Institute of Technology
Steve Schnitzer, Director, Police Academy, Justice Institute of British Columbia
James Knight, President and CEO, Association of Canadian Community Colleges