Niagara College has been awarded three new contracts for global development projects as part of the Pacific Alliance (PA) program, a global development investment managed by Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) that focuses on sustainable development and skills for employment in Latin America.
These contracts, which were awarded to the College this summer, are for a three-year period and are funded by the Government of Canada through Global Affairs Canada.
The PA projects will be implemented in four Latin American countries including Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru, with Niagara College supporting three of the seven PA projects executed in Chile, Colombia and Mexico. Niagara College will be collaborating with Marine Institute of Memorial University, College of New Caledonia, Fanshawe College, Cegep Trois-Rivieres and Nova Scotia Community College as well as with local partners in each country.
The overall goal of the program is to enhance socio-economic opportunities for men and women in a viable and inclusive extractive sector. Objectives will be achieved through two interventions aimed at providing technical assistance and support, the first concerning the establishment of institutional partnerships and the second focused on extractive sector governance. Niagara College will be involved in supporting educational institutions in sectors such as electricity and energy efficiency (Chile), environmental sustainability (Colombia), as well as industrial mechanics and industrial electrical-mechanics (Mexico).
Through faculty and staff’s work abroad, NC continues to work towards contributing to the global good, enhancing the success of its faculty and staff and enabling students to be world-ready through cultural and global engagement.