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With an annual budget of over 70 million Canadian dollars (54.7 million euros), 1,500 employees including 600 on the teaching staff, the CEGEP (post-secondary collegiate institutions specific to Quebec, editorial note) of Sainte-Foy has unceas-ingly demonstrated its spirit of initiative and its educational vision. “We take in 8,000 students per year, including 6,500 young people and 1,500 adults. It is important that training reproduces, as faithfully as possible, the working context that young people will have to face. In addition, all our equipment is at the cutting edge of technology,” explains Denis Juneau, General Manager of the CEGEP of Sainte-Foy.
Take the example of the 1,100-seat library, completely renovated, with IT stock comprising over 1,000 computers. “Other than long-distance collaboration and teaching, students, as well as teachers for that matter, also have access to a system of online services allowing them, in real time and remotely, to access their tuition dossiers, to select their classes, to modify their timetables, to consult their grades and to access a multitude of administrative documents. Students and teachers can also communicate online, exchange documents, and share class content inside virtual classrooms.”
Another asset of this CEGEP is its sporting activities, with one of the most polyvalent sports centres in Quebec, featuring a swimming pool, gymnasium, sports grounds, an equipment rental service, and over 50 sports activities open to students, CEGEP staff and outsiders. Finally, with its 1,300 seats and numerous perfor-mances open to the public, the Alber Rousseau concert hall is one of the most important cultural venues in Quebec.
Choice in training
At the CEGEP of Sainte-Foy, students are grouped together by study programme
in specific sections, and in certain disciplines, belong to set groups. This initiative promotes communication, mutual aid and learning. “Other than continuing education, we offer ten or so pre-university programmes, as well as around twenty technical programmes, some of which are exclusive to the CEGEP of Sainte-Foy,” says Denis Juneau. “As well as preparing hundreds of young people for university studies every year, the CEGEP of Sainte-Foy constitutes an important breeding ground for future business collaborators. Indeed, every year, almost 800 students in the technical sector graduate with their diplomas, while over 1,000 choose to go onto university. Let’s not forget that our placement rate is 97%.”
Technical training is divided into five sectors for around twenty programmes: administration and IT, art and design, health and environment, biology and forestry, social work and education techniques. Pre-university programmes specialise in human sciences, natural sciences and humanities. The establishment also places great importance on innovation and research. “We hugely support the development of the expertise of our resear-chers and place an emphasis on pedagogical-type research, research relating to educational success, as well as research in digital images and forestry.”
Opening up internationally
With its 100 overseas students every year, including 75 from France, the CEGEP of Sainte-Foy has been part of the Con-sortium for International Development in Education (CIDE) since 1982. In this capacity, it has participated directly and indirectly to over 60 expertise exchange projects in 22 countries in relation to pedagogical management, human resource management and material resource management. “With this mindset of openness, we staunchly encourage our students to get involved in international activities. In this way, inter-institutional agreements enable over 150 students every year to live in foreign countries where they have the opportunity to study, do internships or take part in international cooperation projects,” concludes Denis Juneau. “The reception of overseas students is also one of the major pillars of the CEGEP’s international activities.”
Further informations on www.cegep-sainte-foy.qc.ca