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February 7, 2011

Camosun College is expanding its horizons to Eastern Africa. As the recipient of two new $300,000 contracts, Camosun's School of Trades and Technology is developing new, competency-based training programs with partner institutions in Africa. Funding has been provided by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) through the Education for Employment (EFE) initiative.

"This is an excellent example of internationalization of our programs, and a great opportunity to contribute to world issues," says Dr. Jim Paulson, program and projects officer in Camosun College International.

In Arusha, Tanzania, Camosun is working with Arusha Technical College to develop a one-year Lapidary and Jewellery Design program as well as a three-year Heavy Duty Equipment Technician program.

In Mozambique, Camosun will support the development a one-year entry-level Residential Construction Technician program as well as a more advanced technical diploma.

"One of the key expectations in Tanzania and Mozambique is that the curriculum be "competency-based,'" says Ian Warrender, Electrical Trades instructor. "Camosun has 40 years of experience in providing competency-based education. It is this approach that made Camosun a leader in trades training both locally and nationally. It is very exciting to be applying that same recipe of success at an international level."

The Education for Employment (EFE) program supports private sector development in Senegal, Tanzania and Mozambique through workforce training and micro-enterprise support where there is a lack of qualified workers and entrepreneurs. Program goals are poverty reduction and the creation and maintenance of sustainable jobs through the expansion of continuing education opportunities.


Dr. Jim Paulson, International program and projects officer,
Camosun College International

Last updated: March 4, 2011 10:54 am

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