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Canada-Caribbean-Central America Partnership Forum

  1. 1. Association of Canadian Community Colleges <ul><li>Presentation to the </li></ul><ul><li>Canada-Caribbean-Central America </li></ul><ul><li>Partnership Forum </li></ul><ul><li>Paul Brennan, VP Partnership Programs, ACCC </li></ul><ul><li>Gerald Ingersoll, Chief Learning Officer, NBCC </li></ul><ul><li>November 1, 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>St. John’s, Newfoundland & Labrador </li></ul>
  2. 2. Who we are <ul><li>150 Post-Secondary institutions of Applied Learning </li></ul><ul><li>Under provincial/territorial jurisdiction </li></ul><ul><li>Community Colleges, Colleges, Cégeps, Institutes of Technology, Polytechnics & University Colleges </li></ul><ul><li>Campuses in over 1,000 communities </li></ul><ul><li>1.5 million+ learners </li></ul><ul><li>65,000 employees </li></ul><ul><li>Multicultural in nature </li></ul>
  3. 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. 4. Common Attributes <ul><li>Applied Learning and Research </li></ul><ul><li>Accessible to all who want to learn </li></ul><ul><li>Learner-focused, student success </li></ul><ul><li>Connected to industry/employers </li></ul><ul><li>Global in outlook </li></ul>Core competencies with broad diversity
  5. 5. Collaboration and Innovation in the Americas ? <ul><li>How to better link our learning systems to the needs of the labour market of our region </li></ul><ul><li>The role that Distance Learning and ICTs can play in that </li></ul><ul><li>Partnerships that are currently active and that could be happening in the near future </li></ul><ul><li>Issues, challenges and next steps? </li></ul>
  6. 6. 1. CONNECTED AT 3 LEVELS <ul><li>Local : Employer Program Advisory Committees for EVERY Program, who meet twice/year to tell us how to adjust our programs to new employment realities; </li></ul><ul><li>Provincial: Joint Labour Market Committees of Employers, Unions and Government to determine provincial standards and learning outcomes; </li></ul><ul><li>National 34 National Human Resource Sector Councils to do National Labour Market Studies, Standards, Mobility and Transferability. </li></ul><ul><li>Region of the Americas ?: Common Issues, Common sectors of employment? Common employers? Common or recognized standards? Forum for dialogue? </li></ul><ul><li>Ex.: Tourism training and employment? </li></ul>
  7. 7. 2. Various delivery modes available <ul><li>Could distance and e-learning allow us to collaborate in new ways? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Joint diplomas </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>E-learning plus internships in other country </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Joint class discussions on common issues </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Joint applied research by faculty </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A certificate of the Americas </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Collaboration with the OAS and its resources </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Can we do a better job of preparing citizens of the world, of the Americas? </li></ul>
  8. 8. 3. ACCC Partnerships in the Caribbean & Central America over 25 years <ul><li>Multilateral Program </li></ul><ul><ul><li>3 IFI projects (IADB, CDB, WB) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Bilateral Program </li></ul><ul><ul><li>8 CIDA-funded projects </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Canadian College Partnership Program (CCPP) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>28 projects in 10 countries </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Value of over $30,000,000, plus in-kind contributions for partnership projects </li></ul>
  9. 9. Sample Project <ul><li>Technical and Vocational Up-dating </li></ul><ul><ul><li>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 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Caribbean partner: Cyril Potter College of Education, Guyana </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Canadian Partners: Humber Institute of Technology & Applied Learning, Champlain Regional College </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Findings from IADB Research Project College Models in the Caribbean <ul><li>Business and industry are not well integrated into the post-secondary system </li></ul><ul><li> business interaction on curriculum development helps identify current business practices that drive a dynamic and relevant curriculum change process </li></ul><ul><li>Training is more demand-side rather than supply-side </li></ul><ul><ul><li>need to better align education to meet the needs of the labour market </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>outcome-based curriculum is responsive to employment needs </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Findings from IADB Research Project College Models in the Caribbean <ul><li>Need for Total Quality Management approach to community college management </li></ul><ul><ul><li>feedback mechanisms from students, clients and business sector to ensure effectiveness of programs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>work is measured through performance indicators </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>mechanisms for tracking trends & improvements over time, getting industry advice and curriculum and program development </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Issues, challenges, potential <ul><li>Sustainability of changes and of partnerships requires integrated approaches not one-offs </li></ul><ul><li>Through the lessons learned in international cooperation ACCC has developed its integrated approach to support reform in the technical and vocational education systems; </li></ul><ul><li>It involves providing support at the ministry, institutional and network levels to ensure greater chance of success and sustainability of change. </li></ul>
  13. 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 <ul><li>Coordinated approach with: </li></ul><ul><li>Country priorities </li></ul><ul><li>SWAP interventions </li></ul><ul><li>Other similar projects </li></ul><ul><li>Chambers of Commerce </li></ul><ul><li>Regional initiatives </li></ul>Association of Canadian Community Colleges, 2007 <ul><li>Country- led by their choosing: </li></ul><ul><li>- Priorities, Issues & Sectors </li></ul><ul><li>Their Pilot Institutions </li></ul><ul><li>Their desired Canadian partners </li></ul><ul><li>Sustainability built upon: </li></ul><ul><li>Closer links to employers </li></ul><ul><li>Closer links to the Community </li></ul><ul><li>Multi-purposing of Equipment </li></ul>
  14. 14. 4. Next Steps? <ul><li>An integrated approach to helping Caribbean institutions better meet their own and regional labour market needs? A sectoral approach? </li></ul><ul><li>Collaboration between UWI-Virtual Campus and college distance learning networks in Canada? </li></ul><ul><li>Use of the ICTs regionally in many programs? </li></ul><ul><li>Better use of the Canada-Caricom, OAS scholarship programs? </li></ul><ul><li>Canada and Central America? </li></ul><ul><li>A region of the Americas that knows itself better and better prepares its learners for global citizenship, mobility, joint applied research, more ‘innovative societies’? </li></ul>