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3,200 pupils, a staff of no less than 500 including over 330 teachers for 28 post-secondary training programmes and 3 integration programmes. These are the key figures of this vast establishment that was set up over 40 years ago in the region of Saguenay–Lake Saint-Jean in Québec. “We are amongst the great CEGEPs (post-secondary collegiate institutions specific to Quebec, editorial note) in the region, and our exclusive programmes in the domain of arts and media technology in Quebec make up the renown of our establishment,” specifies Michel Gravel, the General Manager. “Our mode of functioning resembles that of an American campus with ultramodern equipment, a plethora of practical labs, numerous sporting and cultural activities, a great openness to businesses, in short, everything that works towards optimising the pupils’ chances of succeeding. The idea is precisely not to pent young people up in a definitive career choice, but rather to offer them passages between various training program-mes and activities. And above all to allow them to evolve in relation to their professional aspirations.”
The establishment’s success can be described as exceptional, going on its 71% success rate in technical programmes. “The privileged relationships between businesses and teachers set the technical ‘colour’ of the establishment.” However, in Quebec, many students continue studies while working, with the result that their studies take longer to finish. This rate thus takes into account pupils who obtain their diplomas in the classic 3-year period or else 4- or 5-year period, depending on their personal situations. Technical training (collegiate diploma for a 3-year study period) represents 70% of the activity of the CEGEP of Jonquière, the most coveted streams being art techniques and media technology (TV production and postproduction, advertising, radio, journalism and multimedia integration), but also physics techniques (transformation and environmental industries). The establishment offers 20 technical programmes in 6 domains: biological and physics techniques, social work and educational techniques, administration and art techniques. As for the two-year pre-university training programme, this prepares pupils for further studies and is compulsory for admission to university.
Another unique feature of the CEGEP of Jonquière lies in its centres for technological transfer and applied research for social sciences and communications, offering consultancy services to businesses in various areas: automation, environment, work hygiene and security, renewable energy and energy yield, the teaching of second languages (French, English and Spanish), social sciences and communications.
Today, with its international development and cooperation service (SCDI), the CEGEP of Jonquière intends to endow its training mission with a truly international dimension. “We welcome around one hundred foreign students on our site, essentially French-speaking countries (Europe and Africa), who are generally beneficiaries of scholarships,” points out Michel Gravel, “But we are hoping to double this figure in the next two to three years. Indeed, all our programmes are perfectly adapted to the international market, notably physics techniques which are particularly sought after and recognised throughout the world.” Note however that certain programmes dealing with environmental norms, municipal rules, and building codes inherent to a country require further qualifications to bring candidates on a par with local standards. Spots in technical programmes in art and media technology are also available, but in limited number as these are exclusive to the CEGEP in Jonquière.
The General Manager also wishes to indicate the setting up of its Earth program- me (renewable energy and energy yield technologies): “This is a multidisciplinary training programme (9 departments) com- prising a total duration of 2,160 hours in a work-study context in the following domains: hydraulic energy, wind energy, solar energy, ground energy, bioenergy and eco-energy measurements.”
Further information on www.cegepjonquiere.ca.