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March 9, 2015

Seven colleges and institutes selected for ISTEP in Tanzania

After hosting 16 delegates from our Improving Skills Training for Employment Program (ISTEP), we are pleased to announce that our Tanzanian partners have selected seven Canadian colleges and institutes to collaborate in six Institutional Partnerships. Following a rigorous selection process led by our ISTEP partner institutions, the partnerships were chosen as follows: - College of the Rockies and Camosun College will partner with the Mwanza Regional Vocational Training and Service Centre, - Cégep Abitibi-Temiscamingue will partner with the Moshi Regional Vocational Training and Service Centre, - Camosun College will partner with the Arusha Technical College, - Fisheries and Marine Institute and College of the North Atlantic will partner with the Dar es Salaam Institute of Technology, - Nova Scotia Community College will partner with the VETA Hotel and Tourism Training Institute, and - Bow Valley College and Nova Scotia Community College will partner with the Morogoro Vocational Teachers Training College. These new institutional partnerships have been officially endorsed by the Tanzania Ministry of Education and Vocational Training (MOEVT) as well as the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD). CICan would like to thank all the colleges and institutes that applied. Special thanks to Seneca College and Durham College for accommodating our delegates and for showcasing the Canadian college system at its best.

Did you know?

College of the Rockies has launched a program aimed at older workers, which teaches them skills they need to remain in the workforce. The 14-week program called "Targeted Initiative for Older Workers Program"ensures that aging workers who are transitioning out of a more physical job can acquire the skills they need to remain employable. The program includes training in areas such as computer training, resumes, interview and job search skills as well as communications skills.
I love getting the opportunity to visit member colleges, and this week I got to do just that! On Monday, I headed to Toronto where Collège Boréal has a campus. Though this francophone college is based in Sudbury, it opened a campus in downtown Toronto in 2012 where students can study for a career in business management, law, health, and children’s education. College Boréal’s Toronto campus is smaller, but it is still certainly quite impressive! The college is in an ideal location, and is also one of the few francophone campuses in the area. It has also developed a unique partnership with York University that eventually led to the launch of an Excellence Centre for bilingual and French post secondary studies in southern Ontario. Some of College Boréal’s classes are offered at York University, which is an excellent way to introduce students to a university education. Since the campus was only established in 2012, I was also impressed by the modern equipment that staff and students have access to. The campus feels fresh and modern, and is at the heart of a vibrant city! What a neat experience for students! While in Toronto, I also met with Tanzanian delegates who were in Canada to visit member colleges for CICan’s ISTEP program. It’s always great to meet international partners, and to promote our member colleges. Back in Ottawa, I also had a productive meeting with the Amabassador of Azerbaijan, Mr. Mr. Ramil Huseynl, right here at the CICan headquarters. On Thursday, I had the opportunity to visit the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates to participate in an event for International Women’s Day. What a nice opportunity to celebrate and meet many great women! Happy International Women’s Day!

Congratulations!

Debbie Frankel is the new Vice-President, Finance and Administration at Red River College. Mrs. Frankel’s previous positions include Chief Financial Officer of the Misericordia Health Centre. She begins her position at RRC on May 19 2015. Brian Holland’s term as President of Holland College has been renewed for an additional 5 years. McMillan is currently the Vice-Chair of the board of Colleges and Institutes Canada, and has been the president of Holland College for the past 9 years.

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