Media Coverage/Liaison Regarding Federal Budget
ACCC was a focal point of media interest through the Budget period. We engaged with the following media:
ACCC Salutes Canadian Armed Forces’ College Collaboration
On March 8, 2013, ACCC and the Canadian Defence Academy of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) signed a new agreement to extend the Canadian Forces College Opportunities Program (CFCOP). The Program identifies college programs that align with armed forces occupational training requirements. Since its inception in 2008, 82 member institutions have participated with the program, which has resulted in the CAF recognizing 116 programs.
CAF-recognized programs benefit students and graduates through subsidized education, advanced standing, employment opportunities, and time credit towards promotions, which can translate into higher salaries.
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. Don’t miss the April 15 early registration deadline!
For information on the Conference program, keynote speakers, network sessions, pre-Conference sessions, accommodation or to register, please visit the Conference website.
NSERC Communications Day
Staff attended an NSERC science communicators meeting on March 26 with a goal of achieving greater media interest and pick-up of college and university applied research. Participants shared exemplary practices and failures in communicating science research with the media and with Canadians, and received expert advice from guest speaker, Jay Ingram (formerly of CBC Quirks & Quarks, and Discovery television). Several member institutions participated including Camosun College, NAIT, Nova Scotia Community College, Georgian College, Cambrian College, Holland College, Mohawk College and College of the North Atlantic.
ARC Symposium | April 29-May 1, 2013 | Kingston, Ontario
The 2013 Alliance of Rural Colleges (ARC) Symposium will focus on Renewable Energy Research and Training and is being held in conjunction with St. Lawrence College’s annual Sustainable Energy Symposium (April 30-May 1). ARC is a partnership between ACCC, the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), and the U.S. Rural Community College Alliance (RCCA).
Former Canadian Immigrant Integration Program (CIIP) India field office manager Sean Corrigan assumed management of the Philippines field office following the retirement of Michel Doiron. Jens-Michael Schaal is the new manager of the India field office. We welcome Sylvie Beauvais as the new CIIP Program Enhancement and Quality Assurance Manager, replacing Jens.
Sylvie is on loan to us from La Cité collégiale, where she was Director, International and Applied Research as well as Acting Vice President, Student Services. She has worked in the field of education for 28 years, and has spent the last 5 years primarily focused on the integration of immigrant and international students into college life. Sylvie has led and supported the development of programs in the areas of international student mobility, international student recruitment, as well as competency development to facilitate the integration of new Canadians into post-secondary education and employment.
Team Member Honoured
Maha Surani, Senior Stakeholder Engagement Officer for the Canadian Immigrant Integration Program, has been named one of the 75 finalists in the 5th annual RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Awards program, presented by Canadian Immigrant Magazine. Maha has developed an extensive partnership network to help immigrants lead successful lives and received her Canadian citizenship while working at ACCC. Please help Maha make it to the top 25 by voting for her at www.canadianimmigrant.ca/rbctop25. Encourage your friends and family to cast their votes too!
Jean-Robert Vaillancourt, ACCC’s former Vice-President of International Programs passed away on March 16, 2013. Jean-Robert continued to work with ACCC after his retirement, contributing to the Education for Employment approach and the ACCC International History. Our sympathies are with Jean-Robert’s family.
Faculty and staff from a number of member institutions have been recognized for their ongoing commitment to their communities. Congratulations to Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee Medal recipient Hazel Postma, Associate Vice President External, Douglas College.