Sault College Working in Africa

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At its Board meeting last evening, Sault College President, Dr. Ron Common announced news of an exciting International partnership for the College with Arusha Technical College (ATC) in Northern Africa and Pwani Regional Vocational Training and Service Centre (Pwani RVTSC) near Dar Es Salaam in central Tanzania.

“I am delighted to announce two international partnership projects in Tanzania, East Africa that Sault College will be leading,” says Common. “I have worked in several African countries throughout my career and am very pleased to contribute to its educational development once again.”

The progressive partnership for the ATC will be a program designed to transition unskilled labourers to technical programs and occupations referred to as pre-technology programs. For Pwani RVTSC, instrumentation and process control programs will be developed.

“The experience and expertise Sault College has gained over the last several years in these areas will greatly assist the two institutes,” says Colin Kirkwood, Dean, Technology, Aviation and Environment at Sault College. “We have created a recognizable brand as a premier institution for trades and technology based on high key performance indicators in student and employer satisfaction, quality of facilities and quality of instruction that adds credibility to our organization.”

Beginning the first week of February, 2016, a team of Sault College professors and administrative leaders will be visiting the two institutes in Tanzania to develop a detailed project plan with implementation scheduled for April 2016.

“Our mission is to understand the institutes’ needs and capabilities so that we are prepared to implement a strategy that will meet desired outcomes,” says Ted Newbery, Chair of Continuing Education at Sault College. “We will be planning and implementing key activities such as labour market analysis, curriculum development, teacher training, facilities and equipment enhancements as well as student and faculty exchange between February 2016, and March 2019,”

The progressive partnership between Sault College, ATC and Pwani RVTSC is a project that Global Affairs Canada is sponsoring over three years. The project is made possible through the Improved Skills Training for Employment Program which is managed by Colleges and Institutes Canada.

In 2014, as part of a Canadian Government commitment to the Caribbean region, through the (former) Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada, Sault College was also selected by the Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic (SJPP) in Bridgetown Barbados to collaboratively develop training to support the growing Renewable Energy Industry in Barbados and throughout the Caribbean.