NC renews partnership with Anishinabek Educational Institute

AEI signing

Grand Council Chief Patrick Madahbee is pictured with college president Dan Patterson.

Niagara College and the Anishinabek Educational Institute (AEI) have renewed a partnership aimed at providing high-quality academic programs for Anishinabek students.

The partnership, which has been renewed for a period of five years, will also improve access to programs for Anishinabek students, and student retention. It responds to the employment and training needs in Anishinabek communities and contributes to Anishinabek’s advancement towards self-governance, economic development and self-sufficiency.

For 2016, the partnership will Niagara College’s Autism and Behavioural Sciences (Graduate Certificate) program delivered at AEI.

Under the terms of the partnership, Niagara College and AEI will work jointly on marketing and promotion and the development of curricula while exploring opportunities to share curricula, as well as staff and faculty development.

“We’re extremely pleased to renew this important partnership, which will see Niagara College and Anishinabek Educational Institute pursue our shared goals of providing high quality academic programs, and meeting the economic needs of the communities we serve,” said Niagara College president Dan Patterson. “This agreement builds on Niagara College’s longstanding commitment to Aboriginal education.”

“The partnership agreement for Autism Behavioral Science between Niagara College and the Anishinabek Educational Institute will have a hugely positive impact in our First Nations,” said Murray Maracle, Anishinabek Educational Insitute director. “I applaud Niagara College for their commitment to better the lives of our community members especially in the high demand programs in the College system. Together we will close the educational gap for our First Nation students.”

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