Parkland College is proud to announce it has been selected to partner with Sault College (Ontario) on a new education project in Africa. The colleges will work with a technical institute in Tanzania as part of Colleges and Institutes Canada’s (CICan) Improving Skills Training for Employment Program (ISTEP).
ISTEP is a five-year program funded by the Government of Canada. There are multiple projects involved in building the capacity of technical and vocational institutions in Tanzania. The end goal is to produce 1,200 graduates with the right skill set to find or create employment in Tanzania’s extractive and tourism sectors.
Parkland College’s project will develop a bridging (pre-technology) program at Arusha Technical College in northeastern Tanzania. Students will be able to build skills and climb into higher levels of training. Sault College will lead in technical expertise and curriculum development, while Parkland College will contribute in Essential Skills, student support, marketing, and gender mainstreaming.
“We are proud to work on this important project and improve the lives of many young people in Tanzania,” said Kami DePape, Director of Academics and Student Services at Parkland College. “We are excited to team up with Sault College and look forward to working with our new partners in Arusha.”
An inception mission is scheduled for late January, when a three-year plan for the project will be developed.
This project adds to Parkland College’s growing international résumé. The College is in the midst of a similar two-year partnership with HEART Trust in Jamaica, and also recently worked with the University of Belize Central Farm Campus to develop a degree program aimed at getting more women working in agriculture.
Since its inception in 1973, Parkland College has worked to expand the philosophy of life-long learning in East Central Saskatchewan. Among the seven basic principles upon which the community college system was founded is the idea that programs are to be developed in response to the needs of the community. Today, Parkland College offers a broad spectrum of educational services from trades training and high school upgrading to the province’s most diverse off-campus university offerings.
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