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Two Plus Two with NKU

A102_C003_10014SGateway Community and Technical College in Covington, Kentucky and Northern Kentucky University announced a partnership called Gateway2NKU that will make earning a Bachelor’s degree in northern Kentucky easier, quicker, and more affordable. The pathways begin at Gateway and end with a Bachelor’s degree from NKU, with a seamless transition. It features dual admission with participants enrolled simultaneously at NKU and Gateway with access to activities and services at both places.

“This is an example of how higher education institutions can work together to improve the quality of life,” said Gateway President/CEO Ed Hughes. “Not only will students be able to earn an Associate’s degree and Bachelor’s degree in less time and spending less money, but this program will also allow Gateway and NKU to operate more efficiently and effectively by reducing the duplication of programs and services.”

Gateway students on a degree pathway will be able to take up to four NKU courses at Gateway’s tuition rates, reducing cost while acclimating students to the NKU campus before transferring.

On January 28, a ten-year partnership between Gateway Community and Technical College and the Florence, Kentucky site of financial services company Citi received the prestigious national Bellwether Award for Workforce Development from the Community College Futures Assembly and the University of Florida. “In more than 1,200 national community colleges, this is one of the highest honors an institute can receive,” said Dale F. Campbell, professor and director of the Community College Futures Assembly and Institute of Higher Education. The Gateway-Citi partnership emphasizes career development and provides resources to enable Citi employees to begin or complete college credentials.

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Southern Regional College, Northern Ireland

srcSouthern Regional College (SRC) is a Further and Higher Education College in the southern area of Northern Ireland in the United Kingdom. The College was formed on 1st August 2007 when three further education colleges merged to become Southern Regional College. Southern Regional College now comprises the former FE colleges at Armagh, Newry and Upper Bann. It is also the largest Further and Higher Education College in Northern Ireland outside of Belfast. There are a total of six campuses across the geographical region. The College’s main campuses locations are:

  • Armagh (Lonsdale, Lisanally Lane, Hamiltonsbawn Road Industrial Estate)
  • Banbridge
  • Kilkeel
  • Lurgan
  • Newry (Patrick Street East, Patrick Street West, Greenbank, Model)
  • Portadown


The College offers a wide range of courses: in excess of 100 for full-time further education; more than 80 on a full-time and part-time higher education capacity, and over 1,320 (not counting those courses offered in the community) on a part-time vocational or recreational basis. At the further education level, SRC offers courses from Level 1-3 Certificates and Diplomas, through National Vocational Qualifications and A levels. Many of these are aimed at the full-time student market although many courses are also available on a part-time basis. The college also offers Apprenticeship Training programmes where students learn valuable trades to take into the workplace. SRC prides itself on offering students a diverse range of Higher Education learning experiences. Its broad ranging portfolio of higher level professional and technical courses ensures that all programmes-whether degrees, diplomas, certificates, or professional qualifications-are of a quality surpassing that offered at university.

Within the eight Schools of the College SRC is confident that it can offer students qualifications with clear progression pathways and relevance to the world of work. The college currently enrolls over 36,000 students each year and has in excess of 1,100 members of staff.

Community Learning Team

SRC students and Chief Executive Brian Doran celebrate award to college in recent college wide inspection.

SRC students and Chief Executive Brian Doran celebrate award to college in recent college wide inspection.

Southern Regional College works with over 100 Community and Voluntary Groups covering over 1,500 square miles within the Southern Region advising on courses available for adults within their communities. SRC’s dedicated Community Learning Team ensures that adults have access to learning and training to improve their knowledge, skills and qualifications. Community Development Officers work with employers and community stakeholders to enable individuals, groups and communities to participate in learning, at a time and place which is accessible for everyone.

An important part of the work involves providing education and other employment opportunities to residents of local Neighbourhood Renewal areas through Department of Social Development sponsored projects. In addition the team researches local area needs in order to provide relevant economic and social programmes that enable change to take place and assist people into employment and/or to improve community resources.

These programmes are funded by the Department for Social Development (DSD) through its Southern Regional Development Office, the Big Lottery and the European Social Fund. The College offers many programmes including Employ Me offering employability and vocational skills to the unemployed and economically inactive people of all ages. Big Lottery’s Live and Learn Programme which aims to increase learning opportunities and promote wellbeing among Northern Ireland’s most disadvantaged communities delivered a range of educational and support services to Migrant and Traveller.

Successful completer of SPICE program, student Danielle Malcolm, celebrates with SRC Chief Excutive Brian Doran and Minister for Employment and Learning Dr. Stephen Farry.

Successful completer of SPICE program, student Danielle Malcolm, celebrates with SRC Chief Excutive Brian Doran and Minister for Employment and Learning Dr. Stephen Farry.

The College received a prestigious AOC Beacon Award for this work in February 2014. The SPICE programme is designed specifically for young people aged 16-24 who are not currently in education, employment or training across the Southern Region. The purpose of the programme is to offer training and courses to young people to retrain or simply acquire new skills.


Southern Regional College has strong links with educational institutions around the world and regularly arranges both cultural and study exchanges. Such exchanges give students the opportunity to build on their learning abroad as well as providing partner institutions with the chance to let their own students have a taste of Northern Ireland. The College has also been successful in securing funding for over 40 innovative European projects under the EU Lifelong Learning Programme.

Business Support

i3 is the Southern Regional College’s (SRC’s) business support centre. Building better business by promoting and supporting: Industry, Innovation, and Incubation. Its team of 20 Research Lecturers and Business Development Officers works with SRC and industry to bring the latest R&D from classroom to commerce while feeding business insights back into the curriculum. This cultivates a workforce fit for the future. The centre currently works with over 2,000 companies from across Northern Ireland, particularly in the southeastern region, and extending into the Republic of Ireland. The bulk of its services are either free or subsidized made possible with financing from InvestNI, the Department for Employment and Learning (DEL) and Intertrade Ireland.

SRC is an award winning College, a centre of Excellence for teaching and learning and offers students an intellectually and socially stimulating environment.

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New Grants

Howard Community College in Maryland received workforce development grants for innovative programs in IT and healthcare under Maryland’s Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training initiative. The grants provide for basic skills and occupational instruction to students lacking those skills to succeed. Twenty students, some without a high school diploma/GED or proficient English skills, will receive basic skills training while learning to become certified in A+. The grant will provide 150 hours of instruction, internships with stipends, and assistance in job placement. HCC also received an EARN planning grant from the Maryland Department of Labor to investigate workforce needs of the Mobile Health Devices industry. The College will identify training needs and skills gap for this new sector, which includes applications like sensors for measurement of chemicals, dietary intake, physical activity, and psychosocial stressors and addictive substances. The College is partnering with entrepreneurs designing products and with institutions such as The Center for Health, Information and Decision Systems (CHIDS) at the University of Maryland to determine how best to meet the training and workforce needs for this new industry.

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Collaboration in Minneapolis

A new collaborative effort of Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) and Augsburg College, a private Lutheran college in the Minneapolis metropolitan area, has resulted in an accelerated 34-month baccalaureate in professional nursing (BSN). Augsburg College’s nursing department focuses on culturally competent care and a slight majority of MCTC’s nursing students self-identify as members of cultural or ethnic minorities. This collaboration will increase the diversity of the nursing workforce in Minnesota. Students are dually admitted to Augsburg College and MCTC when accepted into the professional nursing program. After a program of study for five consecutive terms they graduate with an Associate Degree. Those who meet the grade point criteria and pass the National Council Licensing Exam-RN can continue at Augsburg College and complete a baccalaureate program in as little as 12 months.

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Merger in Scotland

One of the longest-standing members of the TA3, Anniesland College in Scotland, has merged with Cardonald and Langside colleges to form a new super-college, Glasgow Clyde College. Part of a wave of college mergers across Scotland, the new Glasgow Clyde will have around 20,000 students and will operate from three campuses. The new super-college will be led by Principal and Chief Executive Susan Walsh, one of Scotland’s best known and most experienced college principals. The merger is a response to the Scottish Government’s reform of post-16 education in Scotland, the biggest shake-up in education in a generation. Approved in June 2013, the new name was chosen by students and a competition to design a new college logo. Craig Black, a BA student in Creative Industries, designed the winning logo.

Principal Susan Walsh said “We have a proud tradition of excellence in education to maintain and I know we have the skills, expertise, and commitment not to let ourselves, our students, or our predecessor colleges down. We are innovative, creative, and professional and most of all we focus on what we need to do to get it right for our students. This is the start of something inspirational and aspirational; a place people want to be part of. From now on being ‘Clyde-built’ means something new, and something very special.”

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Queen’s Anniversary Prize

cambriaColege Cambria in North Wales has been honored by the Queen for helping the £24 billion aerospace industry to take off in the UK. The school was awarded the prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Further and Higher Education at a ceremony at St. James’s Palace in London in November. Coleg Cambria Chair John Clutton and the Principal and Chief Executive, David Jones, attended the ceremony. These awards have a very intensive and demanding assessment process, and most are won by the UK’s leading Universities.

The Centre of Excellence for Aerospace Development has trained more than 5,000 learners since established in 2002 by the former Deeside College, which this year became part of Coleg Cambria with campuses in Connah’s Quay, Northop, Wrexham and Llysfasi. The merger makes Colege Cambria the eighth largest higher education institution in the UK. The initiative resulted in Airbus employees at the wing-making factory in Broughton gaining more than 7,000 nationally recognized qualifications. The centre’s staff were instrumental in setting up Airbus Academies in the UK, France, Germany, and Spain and work closely with other locally-based aerospace firms like Marshall Aerospace and Defense Group, Raytheon, Magellan, and Apple Aviation.

This project has created a very positive impact at national, regional, and local levels and as such is well deserving of a national award that recognizes the achievements of Airbus learners, staff and the college as a whole.

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National Workforce Team Gets Underway

South Central College (Minnesota) President Dr. Annette Parker was invited to serve on President Obama’s Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP) Steering Committee 2.0, which includes 19 leaders from industry, academia, and labor. AMP is part of a continuing effort to maintain U.S. leadership in the emerging technologies that will create high-quality manufacturing jobs and enhance global competitiveness. The Steering Committee established five work teams to address specific areas aimed at driving advances in U.S. innovation and workforce capabilities related to manufacturing. Dr. Parker co-chairs the “Workforce” work team along with Eric Spiegel, President of Siemens. The team is taking a holistic approach to scalable and sustainable solutions to the talent pipeline challenge, beginning with childhood education and ending with long-term employment models. Outcomes will be in the form of playbooks and implementation pilots in the following areas:

  • Portable and Stackable Credentialing System: Increase nationally portable, stackable credentialing systems through certifications and work-based learning elements.
  • Regional Apprenticeship/Internship Models: Establish regional work/project-based study apprenticeship models in partnership with labor market intermediaries.
  • Bridging Modules for Veterans: Develop practical competency based “bridging modules” for transitioning Veterans focused on private sector manufacturing skills certifications and apprenticeships with Department of Labor/GI Bill funding and support.
  • Advanced Manufacturing Education: Increase career pathways and “dual credit” opportunities across education (K-12, community colleges, and universities) to increase the number of qualified technical employees in advanced manufacturing.

Dr. Parker will be assisted by three subject matter experts for the subcommittee: Dr. Keith Bird, Corporation for a Skilled Workforce; Hope Cotner, Center for Occupational Research and Development; and Joseph P. Dragone, Superintendent of Ballston Spa Central School District.

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IKASLANIKASLAN is an association of 60 public vocational colleges in the Basque Country of Spain. It offers initial vocational for post-compulsory education students and continuing education for workers, the unemployed, and those threatened with unemployment. Many of the programs are modular and individually tailored to students based on labor market demand, The schools also emphasize entrepreneurship.

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Ivy Tech Community College

IvyTechIvy Tech Community College, with 23 campuses across the state of Indiana, educates more than 110,000 students every year. It offers more than 150 programs and concentrations leading to degrees, certificates and certifications, and credits transfer to four-year schools throughout Indiana. Ivy Tech also offers distance learning and a special program for working adults.

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Tampere College

TampereTampere College (Tampereen ammattiopisto) is a vocational college in the upper secondary level, located in in the city of Tampere and the municipality of Kuru, Finland. Tampere College is one of the largest vocational Colleges in Finland, and has developed good partnerships and implemented valuable projects within recent years. Tampere’s five Institutes (Hervanta Institute, Kuru Institute of Forestry, Pyynikki Institute, Tampere Institute of Commerce and Tampere Institute of Health Care) educate individuals who are able to work in changing work environments in the public or private sectors or to become entrepreneurs; are open to constant development and lifelong learning to improve their skills; are internationally-minded; and have a good environmental awareness.