Canada’s Regulated Career Colleges commit 200 scholarships, a value of $2M, to Syrian refugees

Canada’s Regulated Career Colleges commit 200 scholarships, a value of $2M, to Syrian refugees coming to Canada

November 23, 2015

For Immediate Release

Ottawa, Ontario – With thousands of Syrian refugees set to arrive in the coming months, Canada’s regulated career colleges are offering 200 scholarships for full tuition costs to help them obtain skills and training once they arrive in Canada.  Some of these regulated career colleges are also offering free tuition for English as a second language (ESL) training.  The combined value of the commitment is currently estimated at $2 million and the number of scholarships is growing as more colleges offer their support.

“Syrian refugees and their families are coming to our country for safety and security and right now the focus is on getting them here. Once in Canada though, it is important that we as a society collectively help them to rebuild their lives,” said Serge Buy, CEO of the National Association of Career Colleges (NACC). “Canada’s regulated career colleges are ready and wanting to step up by offering 200 full scholarships, in colleges across the country, to help them obtain the critical skills and training needed to become established and find work in Canada.”

NACC will work with the federal and provincial governments and other stakeholders in order to create the most effective application process to access the program.  Students will need to go through skills assessment, ESL programs and meet entry requirements which may vary depending on the chosen program.

Further details will be announced on the National Association’s website, nacc.ca, and made available as we work with government agencies, settlement organizations and other stakeholders across the country.

NACC launched a pilot program last year, Alternative Career Pathways, and worked with over 5,000 newcomers across the country facing issues with foreign credential recognition. The findings and experience from that program have laid the foundation for the colleges to now contribute this significant support to Syrian refugees arriving in Canada.

“Having the opportunity to obtain skills and training needed here in Canada will help these newcomers to support their families and be successful in our communities – and we all can benefit from that,” added Buy.

Regulated career colleges are an important part of Canada’s post-secondary education system, training over 175,000 students each year, in 1,300 colleges, employing 35,000 instructors and staff.

 

ABOUT NACC

Established in 1896, the National Association of Career Colleges (NACC) is the oldest post-secondary education association in Canada. Regulated career colleges are an important part of Canada’s post-secondary education and training system, training over 175,000 students each year, in 1,300 regulated career colleges, employing 35,000 instructors and staff.  All NACC members meet the highest regulatory standards, ensuring the best possible education for their students. Visit www.nacc.ca for more information.  Follow us on Twitter @NACCCanada.

 

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For more information or to schedule an interview:

Serge Buy, CEO

sbuy@nacc.ca Tel: (613) 720-1777

 

 

FACT SHEET 

ALTERNATIVE CAREER PATHWAYS PROGRAM

Canada is home to ever-increasing numbers of internationally-trained individuals, but these professionals face multiple challenges to working in Canada.

From having difficulty with regulatory barriers and credential recognition, to dealing with the time and cost of re-training, newcomers need alternative options to accessing Canadian training and the job market.

In 2014, NACC decided to more formally respond to the consistent flow of skilled immigrants whose foreign credentials are not fully recognized in Canada.  The Alternative Career Pathways program was launched as a pilot, with the support of the Government of Canada, to help internationally-trained individuals make the best use of their previous training and gain employment in alternative careers in Canada.

Advisors in regions across the country worked with over 5,000 newcomers, helping many to find alternative paths for their careers through shorter-term training at regulated career colleges.

Some of the students featured by our program:

 More success stories may be found at nacc.ca/acp.