Assiniboine Community College has signed a deal with the Department of National Defence to provide educational opportunities for soliders at CFB Shilo, civilian employees at the base and their families.
The deal was co-ordinated through the Canadian Forces Continuing Education Program, or CFCEP.
"We’ve always been proud to be considered a partner with CFCEP and in particular, our relationship with CFB Shilo," said Diane Shamray, ACC’s vice-president for enterprise development. "The current agreement opens the door for us to expand our offerings and explore further opportunities."
ACC already delivers regular professional development to Canadian Forces personnel. This includes the mature student high school program at the adult collegiate as well as courses at the Centre of Continuing Studies and Distance Education. In return, CFB Shilo makes space available for college courses and provides practicums or co-op placements for ACC students.
"This agreement … improves soldiers’ professional development and can help prepare them for higher ranks and more complex responsibilities," said Lt-Col. Richard Goodyear, the base commander at CFB Shilo. "The ability for the college to conduct courses in Shilo is particularly important. For example the adult high school program is much in demand by soldiers and to be able to attend the classes on base will help them achieve their high school credits."
One of the joint projects is Project Warscribe. Now in its third year, Project Warscribe is an initiative that better prepares members of the military to deal with the media when they are deployed, while making future journalists, producers and camera operators familiar with the situations they may encounter when reporting on military activities.
During the project, ACC’s interactive media arts students accompany units from CFB Shilo on training exercises and experience an overnight encampment.
The college and CFB Shilo formally began working together in 1995.
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