Cambrian College and Kenjgewin Teg Educational Institute Sign Agreement to Collaborate
Cambrian College President Sylvia Barnard and Kenjgewin Teg Educational Institute Executive Director Stephanie Roy today signed an Agreement for Collaboration in Higher Education through Community-Based Delivery. This five-year agreement reflects the commitment of both Cambrian College and Kenjgewin Teg Educational Institute to provide enhanced educational opportunities to Aboriginal people.Through the Agreement, Cambrian College and Kenjgewin Teg Educational Institute are reinforcing their commitment to fostering accessibility to community-based education and training opportunities and to meeting the employment and training needs of First Nation communities.
The objectives of the Agreement are to ensure quality programming; to improve accessibility, retention, and success of Aboriginal students in certificate and postsecondary education and training programs; to respond to the employment and training needs within the First Nation communities of Manitoulin Island and North Shore; and to contribute to the advancement of self-governance, sustainable economic development, and self-sufficiency of these communities.
The Agreement builds upon the long-standing relationship that exists between Cambrian College and Kenjgewin Teg Educational Institute – a relationship that, over the years, has provided opportunities for Aboriginal students to study in the areas of General Arts and Science and Business Administration. Under the Agreement being signed today, new opportunities will be jointly developed to increase access to courses and certificate and diploma programs in First Nation communities.
“Cambrian College’s ongoing partnership with Kenjgewin Teg Educational Institute has had such significant benefits for both partners, so we are pleased to enhance our collaboration with an all-encompassing articulation agreement,” said Sylvia Barnard, President of Cambrian College. “Our partnership with Kenjgewin Teg Educational Institute ensures that Aboriginal students have access to programs in their own communities that will enable them, as graduates, to have a very positive impact in these communities. Cambrian is proud to be part of such an important initiative.”
“I am very pleased that Kenjgewin Teg and Cambrian College are continuing to partner through this five-year collaborative agreement for two main reasons,” said Stephanie Roy, Executive Director, Kenjgewin Teg Educational Institute. “Firstly, we want our students to have increased opportunities to enter the labour force, while remaining with their families and in their communities. Secondly, we want to ensure we build capacity in the trades and training sector by increasing our local human capacity and resources in the trades. This is what the Pre-Trades program will do – provide our people with an access point to become skilled trades people in their areas of choice. The shortages of skilled trades people in our area are great. This program with Kenjgewin Teg Educational Institute and Cambrian College is a starting point for our students that is sure to address a real need in our First Nation communities.”
About Cambrian College
Cambrian College has over 14,000 students, 4,500 of whom study full-time in 80 programs and 9,500 of whom access one or more of the College’s 900 part-time continuing education programs, courses, seminars, customized training packages, and distance education opportunities. Cambrian has provided global workplaces with over 30,000 graduates who enjoy an overall employer satisfaction rate of 91 per cent. Cambrian also enjoys a graduate satisfaction rate of 85.4 percent.
Throughout its 42-year history, Cambrian’s partnerships with business, industry, the professions, and other educational institutions have been the hallmark of its success. They have led to the establishment of the Federated School of Mines, SkyTech, Co-op Diploma Apprenticeship programs, the Wabnode Institute, the Glenn Crombie Centre, and others.
About Kenjgewin Teg Educational Institute
Kenjgewin Teg Educational Institute is an Anishnaabe controlled and directed education organization that strives to provide a comprehensive, qualitative, cultural, and holistic approach to First Nations-based education, training, and services. Kenjgewin Teg Educational Institute strives for educational autonomy utilizing a progressive and community-based approach. The Institute is governed by eight member First Nations:
• Aundeck Omni Kaning First Nation
• Sheshegwaning First Nation
• Sheguiandah First Nation
• Zhiibaahaasing First Nation
• Whitefish River First Nation
• Sagamok Anishnawbek First Nation
• M’Chigeeng First Nation
• Constance Lake First Nation
Since 1992, Kenjgewin Teg has been providing a variety of educational programs, services and training, including direct service through the delivery of College and University accredited programs, pre-employment training programs, and employee training and professional development workshops.
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