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  • 1. Association of Canadian Community Colleges
    • Presentation to the
    • Canada-Caribbean-Central America
    • Partnership Forum
    • Paul Brennan, VP Partnership Programs, ACCC
    • Gerald Ingersoll, Chief Learning Officer, NBCC
    • November 1, 2008
    • St. John’s, Newfoundland & Labrador
  • 2. Who we are
    • 150 Post-Secondary institutions of Applied Learning
    • Under provincial/territorial jurisdiction
    • Community Colleges, Colleges, Cégeps, Institutes of Technology, Polytechnics & University Colleges
    • Campuses in over 1,000 communities
    • 1.5 million+ learners
    • 65,000 employees
    • Multicultural in nature
  • 3. Canadian Educational System ( for most provinces ) Post-Graduate Studies (17-22..) Traditional Universities (13-16) Secondary Education (9-12) Primary Education (2K+8) Colleges & Institutes (13-16) Adults
  • 4. Common Attributes
    • Applied Learning and Research
    • Accessible to all who want to learn
    • Learner-focused, student success
    • Connected to industry/employers
    • Global in outlook
    Core competencies with broad diversity
  • 5. Collaboration and Innovation in the Americas ?
    • How to better link our learning systems to the needs of the labour market of our region
    • The role that Distance Learning and ICTs can play in that
    • Partnerships that are currently active and that could be happening in the near future
    • Issues, challenges and next steps?
    • Local : Employer Program Advisory Committees for EVERY Program, who meet twice/year to tell us how to adjust our programs to new employment realities;
    • Provincial: Joint Labour Market Committees of Employers, Unions and Government to determine provincial standards and learning outcomes;
    • National 34 National Human Resource Sector Councils to do National Labour Market Studies, Standards, Mobility and Transferability.
    • Region of the Americas ?: Common Issues, Common sectors of employment? Common employers? Common or recognized standards? Forum for dialogue?
    • Ex.: Tourism training and employment?
  • 7. 2. Various delivery modes available
    • Could distance and e-learning allow us to collaborate in new ways?
      • Joint diplomas
      • E-learning plus internships in other country
      • Joint class discussions on common issues
      • Joint applied research by faculty
      • A certificate of the Americas
      • Collaboration with the OAS and its resources
    • Can we do a better job of preparing citizens of the world, of the Americas?
  • 8. 3. ACCC Partnerships in the Caribbean & Central America over 25 years
    • Multilateral Program
      • 3 IFI projects (IADB, CDB, WB)
    • Bilateral Program
      • 8 CIDA-funded projects
    • Canadian College Partnership Program (CCPP)
      • 28 projects in 10 countries
    • Value of over $30,000,000, plus in-kind contributions for partnership projects
  • 9. Sample Project
    • Technical and Vocational Up-dating
      • Outcomes: increased capacity to deliver technical and vocation education; and foster business and industry partnerships, including the use of advisory committees, cooperative education programs and labour market assessment techniques
      • Caribbean partner: Cyril Potter College of Education, Guyana
      • Canadian Partners: Humber Institute of Technology & Applied Learning, Champlain Regional College
  • 10. Findings from IADB Research Project College Models in the Caribbean
    • Business and industry are not well integrated into the post-secondary system
    • business interaction on curriculum development helps identify current business practices that drive a dynamic and relevant curriculum change process
    • Training is more demand-side rather than supply-side
      • need to better align education to meet the needs of the labour market
      • outcome-based curriculum is responsive to employment needs
  • 11. Findings from IADB Research Project College Models in the Caribbean
    • Need for Total Quality Management approach to community college management
      • feedback mechanisms from students, clients and business sector to ensure effectiveness of programs
      • work is measured through performance indicators
      • mechanisms for tracking trends & improvements over time, getting industry advice and curriculum and program development
  • 12. Issues, challenges, potential
    • Sustainability of changes and of partnerships requires integrated approaches not one-offs
    • Through the lessons learned in international cooperation ACCC has developed its integrated approach to support reform in the technical and vocational education systems;
    • It involves providing support at the ministry, institutional and network levels to ensure greater chance of success and sustainability of change.
  • 13. B Institutional Partnership C Capacity Building Network [Country, Region ] C Capacity Building Networks IDRC, UNEVOC, WHO… C Capacity Building Network [Employers] B Institutional Partnership B Institutional Partnership B Institutional Partnership B Program Reform by competencies, Employer partnerships, Institutional Management, Entrepreneurship Development C Capacity Building Network [Other ACCC projects] C Capacity Building Network [Trade Associations] C Capacity Building Network [South - South] EDUCATION FOR EMPLOYMENT Adjusting training to actual country and sector needs ACCC Integrated Approach to Sustainable Development Cooperation A At the Ministry Level A Change Management Team re Orientations, Policies, Structures. (Presided by the country representative, assisted by a long-term Canadian technical advisor and short-term advisors) Based on the Country priorities and within a coordinated reform context Systemic approach by Intervening at 3 levels: A – Ministries B – Training Institutions (Secondary & Post-Sec.) C – National, Regional & International networks
    • Coordinated approach with:
    • Country priorities
    • SWAP interventions
    • Other similar projects
    • Chambers of Commerce
    • Regional initiatives
    Association of Canadian Community Colleges, 2007
    • Country- led by their choosing:
    • - Priorities, Issues & Sectors
    • Their Pilot Institutions
    • Their desired Canadian partners
    • Sustainability built upon:
    • Closer links to employers
    • Closer links to the Community
    • Multi-purposing of Equipment
  • 14. 4. Next Steps?
    • An integrated approach to helping Caribbean institutions better meet their own and regional labour market needs? A sectoral approach?
    • Collaboration between UWI-Virtual Campus and college distance learning networks in Canada?
    • Use of the ICTs regionally in many programs?
    • Better use of the Canada-Caricom, OAS scholarship programs?
    • Canada and Central America?
    • A region of the Americas that knows itself better and better prepares its learners for global citizenship, mobility, joint applied research, more ‘innovative societies’?