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Monday, March 31, 2008
Cambrian College President Sylvia Barnard and Oshki-Pimache-O-Win Education and Training Institute Executive Director Rosie Mosquito today re-singed an Agreement for Partnership and Collaboration in Higher Education through Community-Based Delivery. This agreement reflects the commitment of both Cambrian College and Oshki-Pimache-O-Win Education and Training Institute to provide enhanced educational opportunities to Aboriginal people.Through the renewal of this Agreement, which was originally established in 2003, Cambrian College and Oshki-Pimache-O-Win Education and Training Institute are reinforcing their commitment to fostering educational opportunities and encouraging excellence in the development and delivery of postsecondary education and training programs.
The objectives of the agreement are to improve accessibility, retention, and success of Aboriginal students in postsecondary programs; to ensure quality programming; to respond to the employment and training needs within First Nations communities; and to contribute to the advancement of self-governance, sustainable economic development and self-sufficiency within the First Nations communities.
“Cambrian College is pleased to renew an agreement that has had such significant benefits for both partners,” said Sylvia Barnard, President of Cambrian College. “Our partnership with the Oshki-Pimache-O-Win Education and Training Institute ensures that Aboriginal students have access to programs and delivery methods that will enable them, as graduates, to have a very positive impact in their home communities. Cambrian is proud to be part of such an important initiative.”
“For the people in the communities of Nishnawbe Aski Nation located in 314,000 square kilometers of traditional territory across northern Ontario, this partnership agreement means increased access to postsecondary education,” said Rosie Mosquito, Executive Director of Oshki-Pimache-O- Win Education and Training Institute. “This is made possible through our blended delivery approach that includes minimal on-campus sessions, distance by teleconference or video conference and independent study. Other learners also enjoy the sense of community and the student-centred approach at OSHKI that increase student successes.”
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