A group of educators from Peru visited NC this week as part of collaborative Education for Employment projects funded by Colleges and Institutes Canada (CIC).
The group included representatives from two educational institutions: Centro de Formacion Agricola, Moquegua (CFAM), and Luis E. Valcarcel Technological Institute (LEV).
Located in an agricultural region in southern Peru, CFAM delivers four three-year programs: viticulture and oenology; horticulture; fruit culture; and animal husbandry. Niagara College has partnered with Nova Scotia Community College to work with CFAM to improve its viticulture and oenology program and enhance the management of the institution.
LEV is a small public postsecondary institution located on the Pacific coast of Peru near the Chilean border. LEV supports the local fishing and fish processing industries with a food industries program that is the focus of a project with Niagara College and Conestoga College. NC and Conestoga are working with LEV to enhance its food industry program, strengthen its relationships with the business sector and institutional management.
During its time at NC, the group attended sessions led by NC faculty and staff, toured NC facilities and visited local businesses. The groups will visit the other partner colleges before returning to Peru in early July.
Above: NC president Dan Patterson, right, accepts a gift from Linley Vega Vega, director general of Centro de Formacion Agricola, Moquegua, after being introduced by International’s Mary Kilmer-Tchalekian.