About the NACC

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Since the 1800’s, regulated career colleges have been an integral part of the Canadian educational landscape.

Who we are

NACC is a national association representing 500 regulated career colleges from across the country. We have an elected Board of Directors from across Canada that oversees the organization and is responsible to its members. The NACC staff administers the day-to-day business of the association and reports to the Board of Directors and the members.

History

NACC has a long, proud history of supporting the national interests of Canadian career colleges:

– Established as an association of private business educators in 1896 as the “Business Educators Association”
– Incorporated federally as a not-for-profit association in 1964
– Changed name in 1991 from the Association of Canadian Career Colleges to the National Association of Career Colleges

NACC’s Purpose

Our purpose is to be the voice and enabler of opportunities for our members and benefits for their students.

NACC’s Vision

Our vision is to be the recognized and respected voice of regulated career colleges across Canada. 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 five programs available:

– Early Childcare Assistant Program
– Esthetics Program
– Personal Support Worker Program
– Personal Support Worker Bridging Program
– Pharmacy Assistant Program

For more information on our curriculum, please contact NACC’s Educational Coordinator, Edit Maté at emate@nacc.ca

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

Industry Representation

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

Government Relations

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

Educational Materials

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.