April 6, 2009
FREDERICTON (CNB) - The establishment of Groupe de concertation sur l'éducation postsecondaire (CEPS) francophone du Nord-Est in Shippagan was announced today by Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Donald Arseneault.
"CEPS will set up formal partnerships between the college, university, and community sectors to stimulate learning as stipulated in The Action Plan to Transform Post-Secondary Education in New Brunswick: Be Inspired. Be Ready. Be Better.," said Arseneault.
The focus group will be co-chaired by representatives of the Université de Moncton, Shippagan Campus (UMCS), and the Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick (CCNB), and will include members from UMCS; CCNB (Bathurst, Campbellton, and Acadian Peninsula campuses); municipal representatives from the Chaleur, Restigouche, and Acadian Peninsula regions; and representatives of the economic community, including Enterprise Chaleur, Enterprise Restigouche, and Enterprise Péninsule.
"This group will facilitate the establishment of much closer ties between francophone post-secondary institutions and communities to ensure that the programs offered in the northeast quickly meet local needs," said Arseneault. "This investment in CEPS of $225,000 will not only contribute to the region's development, it also supports our self-sufficiency initiatives."
The focus group's head office will be on the UMCS premises, and will employ three people who will oversee implementation of the group's recommendations and the development of proposals for applied training in the region.
"It makes perfect sense for such a group to have its office in Shippagan, given the proximity of the university and college campuses," said Yvon Fontaine, president of Université de Moncton. "It is by implementing such collaborative mechanisms that it will be possible for the Université de Moncton to become more involved in community development in co-operation with the community college, which in future will be managed independently."
The government's Action Plan to Transform Post-Secondary Education may be found online.
MEDIA CONTACT: Marie-Josée Groulx, communications, Department of Post-Secondary, Education, Training and Labour, 506-444-3465.