ACTE Techniques February 2012 : Page 10

Leadership Matters CTE’s Role in the Globe: A Visit to Morocco Photos courtesy of Jan Bray A solar/gas turbine energy plant in Oujda, Morocco. An independent car dealership in Oujda. By Jan Bray the worLd is fLat, according to Tom Friedman, and the United States will need to revisit its role within this new global society. We now know that the productivity of other countries has an im-pact on the economic growth of the U.S. This new order has significantly increased the focus on and the need for career and technical education (CTE). The Ameri-can CTE system has the knowledge and expertise that can be shared across the globe to empower workers from all walks of life to become productive world class citizens. Exporting CTE Abroad The Association for Career and Tech-nical Education (ACTE) has had the privilege of being a partner with Gateway Technical College and various additional partners who are members of the Na-tional Coalition of Certification Centers, on an initiative to deliver diagnostic training to automotive instructors in the Broader Middle East and North Africa (BMENA) region. The initiative is funded by a Higher Education for Develop-ment (HED) grant, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S. Department of Education as part of the BMENA-U.S. Community College Small Grants Initia-tive competition. The purpose of the grant is to assist the Universite’ Mohammed I Oujda/Ecole Superieure de Technologie, located in Oujda, Morocco, in the development of its automotive program. The initial phase of the grant was the assessment of faculty and the facility at the college. Admin-istration and faculty members from the college attended the ACTE 2010 Annual Convention in Las Vegas. The Moroccan visitors were invited to present a session on the grant and vocational training in their country. ACTE membership was also extended to these educators. Since last year, the college has built an automo-tive training lab and is in the process of replicating Gateway’s Horizon Center for Transportation Technology model. The second phase of the grant was carried out in late September 2011 when the diagnostic training was delivered to faculty members in Oujda. The training delivered will prepare the faculty for the delivery of their new auto program which has 25 students enrolled, including three young women. 10 Techniques F E bru A r y 2012

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