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ERIC Number: ED511359
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Mar
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Colleges, Institutes and Communities: Partners in Rural Sustainability. ACCC Submission to the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology
Association of Canadian Community Colleges
This report provides the recommendations made by the Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC) to the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology based from its examination on the accessibility of post-secondary education in Canada. Colleges are the advanced skills educators of choice. Aligned with the needs of employers, and operating on the leading edge of skills identification, economic trends, and market shifts, colleges solicit continuous business and industry input into curriculum development through Program Advisory Committees. Colleges encourage business formation and sustainability by growing the local talent pool, by re-skilling displaced employees, by offering customized education, and by providing applied research and development support to local businesses. They are key to providing different types of education and training programs intended to meet the diverse needs of aboriginal learners or disadvantaged groups. This report discusses the key roles that the national network of colleges play in facilitating access to post-secondary education in Canada and in particular to rural, remote and northern communities. Opportunities for federal contributions are identified, including: (1) Establishing a college infrastructure and equipment fund adequate to secure the supply of advanced skills requirements of the economy; (2) Increasing funding for the Indian and Northern Affairs Canada Post-Secondary Student Support Program to reflect the increasing number of Status Indians and Inuit learners requiring financial support to enter post-secondary education; and (3) Increasing federal research funding by five percent, dedicating the additional amount to innovation, applied research, product development, technology transfer and commercialization projects of colleges with their private sector partners. (Contains 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association of Canadian Community Colleges
Identifiers - Location: Canada