Techniques de tourisme and Techniques d’éducation à l’enfance programs offered through distance education

Montréal, March 5, 2013Techniques de tourisme (Tourism Techniques) and Techniques d’éducation à l’enfance (Early Childhood Education Techniques) DCS/DEC distance education programs will be offered in French , announced Cégep à distance, Cégep de la Gaspésie et des Îles and Cégep de Matane at a multi-site press conference today.
The Tourism Techniques program will be offered by Cégep de Matane and Cégep à distance starting next fall, and the Early Childhood Education Techniques program will be offered by Cégep de la Gaspésie et des Îles and Cégep à distance starting in fall 2014.
With this arrangement, the program-specific courses will be given in classrooms at Cégep de Matane or Cégep de la Gaspésie et des Îles and transmitted live onscreen in classrooms at Cégep à distance in Montréal and by Internet to students at home who will be able to interact with the professor just like the students in the classroom. The general education courses will be offered using the Cégep à distance distance education model.
These three CEGEPs signed a five-year agreement in December to share expertise and develop projects, expand the college-level distance education offering and promote better access to CEGEP studies for all regions of Québec. The agreement also provides support for CEGEPs in the regions to help them maintain their educational offer by allowing them to fill spaces in their courses and launch cohorts.

“By helping CEGEPs in the regions maintain their educational offerings, Cégep à distance is fulfilling its mission of complementarity with the college network. In doing so, we are testing out new ways to offer distance courses, which aligns perfectly with our developmental objectives. We are also very proud to be offering a solution that increases the access to education, which is one of the subjects at the heart of last week’s Summit on higher education,” stated Viet Pham, Director of Cégep à distance.
“Cégep de Matane and Cégep de la Gaspésie et des Îles have developed an enviable expertise in distance education. Our partnership with Cégep à distance allows us to leverage our respective strengths and keep our programs viable by adding an average of fifteen distance students to our class groups,” explained Emery Béland, Director General of Cégep de Matane.
“It’s important to point out that these new programs lead to a DEC, or diploma of college studies. The combination of teaching through videoconferencing and traditional distance education will allow off-site students to complete the program as quickly as the on-site students. And having students all over Québec will add to the value of the discussions,” added Roland Auger, Director General of Cégep de la Gaspésie et des Îles.
To enrol, applications must be sent to the SRACQ. More information can be found on the three CEGEPs’ websites.

About Cégep à distance

Cégep à distance is an integral part of the Collège de Rosemont, offering programs in French that lead to a diploma of college studies (DEC, for its French acronym) or an attestation of college studies (AEC, for its French acronym). Some courses are also offered in English. Every year, some 17,000 people register for one or more of the 200 credit courses offered, for a total of 27,000 course registrations. All courses are offered through a continuous intake model.

About Cégep de la Gaspésie et des Îles

The Cégep de la Gaspésie et des Îles is comprised of one national school and three campuses, in Carleton-sur-Mer, Gaspé, in Grande-Rivière and in the Îles-de-la-Madeleine. Each location uses a different approach and offers unique opportunities. For the past 11 years, the Cégep de la Gaspésie et des Îles has offered courses through videoconferencing in a variety of fields, such as Aquaculture, Accounting and Management, Nursing Care and the Social Sciences.

About Cégep de Matane

The Cégep de Matane has locations in Matane, in Amqui at the Centre matapédien d’études collégiales, and in Sainte-Anne-des-Monts, where it offers adult education and professional development courses.  After experimenting with different types of distance education starting in the early 2000s and developing CISCO CCNA online certification, a world first, it created its virtual campus in 2006. People from all over Québec have studied from home or from work, developed their skills, and earned diplomas thanks to the distance education courses and programs offered in its interactive virtual classroom (CVI) or through individualized online education (FIL) with the support of a teacher. These classes allow it to offer Accounting and Management in collaboration with the Cégep de la Gaspésie et des Îles. Starting in fall 2013, the Nursing care program, and eventually the Social Sciences program, will be available through videoconferencing at its Sainte-Anne-des-Monts training centre in the Haute-Gaspésie.