This year’s NACC conference was held in beautiful British Columbia from April 24-26. The conference brought together over 90 delegates from across Canada, with over 50 career college representatives hailing from Ontario, according to NACC.
The conference kicked off Wednesday evening at Vancouver’s Marriott Renaissance with a welcome prayer and song by first nations’ ambassador Wasaskwun Winston Wuttunee.
During the opening reception, NACC CEO Serge Buy announced the launch of the Canadian Forum Linking Employers and Educators (CFLEE), an initiative focussing on connecting businesses and the education sector to address training needs.
“By bringing educators and employers to the same table, and encouraging them to discuss their needs, we will help bridge the gap and fill holes in our labour market,” said Buy.
This announcement came on the heels of the 2013 federal budget announcement, during which the government noted the need to address the demands of the changing labour market.
Award-winning labour economist and conference keynote speaker Roslyn Kunin spoke to the changing economy and how career colleges can adapt to benefit their students.
Throughout the conference, there were eight 30-minute workshop sessions with topics ranging from international students to lead generation and legal rights and responsibilities to distance education.
Buy provided delegates with updates and highlighted successes from the past year, including their lobbying and communications efforts.
The conference closed with a keynote by two-time Olympic medal winning Canadian Coxswain Brian Price. He shared his inspirational story and motivation with the NACC conference delegates.
Next year, OACC will be holding a joint conference with NACC in Ottawa from May 6-9, 2014.
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