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ERIC Number: ED350019
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-May
Reference Count: 0
Keyano College Effective Programming Partnerships: Assisting Aboriginal People To Meet Employer Expectations.
Keyano College (KC), in northeast Alberta, has been involved in several successful partnerships with native communities to deliver community-based programs. Strong college/community partnerships recognize the cultural identity of participants while providing them with the skills vital to personal, community, and economic development. Because the native communities within the region are each unique, with their own history, culture, and concerns, they do not identify the same felt needs, and so are rarely ready for the same programs at the same time. Credit and non-credit programs have been developed specific to each community's needs. For example, at Fort McKay, programs leading to Class II Bus Operator and Class I Truck Transport licensure have been offered, resulting in an 80% employment rate in transportation for successful students. Another effort, the Syncrude Canada/Alberta Career Development and Employment/KC partnership has provided residents of Conklin, Janvier, Anzac, and Gregoire Lake with the opportunity to combine academics and job training. Upon completing the program, participants have been placed in jobs at Syncrude. The most extensive community-based programming offered by KC has been in Fort Chipewyan, with programs including adult basic education, college preparation, and clerk-typist, waiter/waitress, and basic management courses, in addition to the Reaching Out Program (a volunteer literacy project), and a Pre-Carpentry Program initiated by the Cree Band in 1991. At Fort McMurray, the college has been involved in an on-the-job training program with Suncor and the Fort McMurray Regional Job Training Association, in which 83% of the participants have subsequently been employed by Suncor. (MAB)
Descriptors: American Indian Education, American Indians, Canada Natives, Community Development, Cooperative Programs, Cultural Context, Foreign Countries, Job Training, Postsecondary Education, Program Descriptions, School Business Relationship, School Community Relationship, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Keyano College AB
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Association of Canadian Community Colleges (Montreal, Quebec, May 24-27, 1992).