NACC is involved in a number of activities that support the career college industry and specifically its members and their students. Here are a few of the current activities that we are involved in:
NACC Curriculum and Examination Service:
We develop and offer curriculum packages to members who are committed to maintaining the program standards set by NACC. There are currently 4 programs available:
- Early Childcare Assistant
- Personal Support Worker
- Pharmacy Assistant Program
For more information on this please contact our Karine Hopper, NACC’s Educational Programs Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NACC Quality Assurance Initiative:
Endorsed by the members of NACC in 2008, the Quality Assurance Initiative was established to set the standards for quality control for career colleges. The Canadian Education and Training Accreditation Commission (CETAC) was originally established in 1984 as a third party to develop and implement quality control measures for Canadian career colleges.
On April 6th, 2009, CETAC released a new set of accreditation standards that are currently serving as a benchmark for quality assurance and continuing quality improvement among Canada’s career colleges. Students, employers and others can be confident that a CETAC accredited institution meets or exceeds high standards of quality in Canadian post-secondary education. To view the standards click here.
Each year NACC holds a conference for all of its members. The conference brings together industry leaders to share and learn about the latest innovations and effective practices in education. Sessions are also held to discuss a number of topics such as:
- Media relations
- Government policy
- Accreditation programs
We continually work with the Federal government to represent career colleges on different levels. NACC has and will continue to work on projects and attend meetings such as:
- Serving as a member of the National Advisory Group on Student Financial Assistance
- Representing career colleges in front of parliamentary committees
- Meeting with elected officials and public servants
- Participating in meetings with the Educator Engagement Steering Committee for the Canadian Tourism Human Resources Council
- Producing an analysis of the latest Canada Student Loans Repayment Rates
NACC has taken a proactive stance on issues that affect its members. To ensure that our members’ interests are voiced to the government, NACC undertakes the following:
- Engages with key government officials so that NACC’s message is heard and understood
- Closely monitors government actions related to education and specifically career colleges
- Positions NACC to be able to quickly respond to questions from the media and government
We continue to support and directly produce educational materials and industry studies to help our members. The following studies and reports have been developed or supported by NACC:
Steering Committee member of a National Survey of Private Career Colleges, Students and Graduates funded by HRSDC, and the Canadian Millennium Scholarship Foundation:
Part 1 – Institutional Survey
Part 2 – In-School Student Survey
Part 3 – Graduate Survey
With funding from HRSDC, NACC helped produce an Innovative Practices Guide
Feasibility Study completed in part with Human Resources and Skills Development Canada to outline the beneficial market impacts, as well as an economic analysis of the career college sector.