May 29th, 2019 – Ottawa, ON – Students attending the seven member institutions of Atlantic Colleges Atlantique (ACA) will benefit from new learning opportunities which will contribute to developing their skill set and to bridging the skills gap in the workforce.
ACA is collaborating with the Information and Communications and Technology Council (ICTC) to support education-industry partnerships that will enhance opportunities for students in the digital economy as part of ICTC’s Work Integrated Learning (WIL) Digital Program.
“Our students are eager to contribute their talents to the workplace and also to be model life-long learners,” said Donald DesRoches, Collège de l’Île President and interim chair of ACA. “The collaboration with ICTC will provide them with worthwhile placements in the STEM, business and cybersecurity areas.”
“We are delighted to work with the Atlantic Colleges Atlantique (ACA) and industry partners from Atlantic Canada. WIL Digital is a significant milestone in addressing the skills and labour shortages while strengthening Canada’s digital advantage in a global economy.” said Namir Anani, ICTC President & CEO.
About ICTC and WIL Digital
ICTC is a not-for-profit national centre of expertise for the digital economy. It is the trusted source for evidence-based policy advice, forward looking research, and creative capacity building programs for the digital economy.
The ICTC WIL Digital Program is designed to work with academic institutions and industry to give students the skills needed to work in emerging technology sectors. Over four years, WIL Digital will create over a thousand high-quality work experiences for students across Canada. The program is funded by the Government of Canada’s Student Work Placement Program.
About Atlantic Colleges Atlantique
Atlantic Colleges Atlantique is the association of the seven public colleges in Atlantic Canada: Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick, Collège de l’Île, College of the North Atlantic, Holland College, New Brunswick Community College, Nova Scotia Community College and Université Sainte-Anne. ACA serves students and industry in Atlantic Canada, with more than 40 campus locations covering both urban and rural centers. Colleges serve more than 60,000 full and part-time students annually.
Media contact information
Information and Communications Technology Council – Stephanie Wilson, Senior Director, Digital Transformation & Strategic Outreach 613-237-8551 x147 [email protected]
Atlantic Colleges Atlantique – Byron James, Executive Director, Atlantic Colleges Atlantique
506- 461-0433 [email protected]