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Alberta Association of Career Colleges
PO Box 34155
126 Kingsway Garden
Edmonton AB T5G 3G4
780.433.7284
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Benefits of Membership

Each member of the AACC automatically becomes a member of the affiliate national body, the National Association of Career Colleges (NACC).

The AACC provides a cohesive voice to advocate on behalf of its members for issues that are of common concern.

The AACC aims to increase public and industry awareness of the quality of private colleges and their programs.

Association meetings provide forums to invite speakers of interest, either from government or other sectors, so that issues common to all members can be discussed.

Membership in the Association provides an opportunity to work in cooperation with other private providers in the province.

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Mailing address:
Alberta Association of Career Colleges
PO Box 34155
126 Kingsway Garden
Edmonton AB T5G 3G4

Phone: 780-433-7284
Fax: 780-435-6656

Website: www.aaocc.net

Board Bios


Ramona Buda

Campus Director, Robertson College (Edmonton)

What’s your professional background?

I have ten years of management experience in the area of operations, strategic planning and business development. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to work in a variety of industries, from community-based health initiatives in a public health setting to entrepreneurial ventures that received national recognition. But my passion has always been in education and I feel privileged to have the opportunity to oversee the training and skills development of the students that join Robertson College. 

What’s your favorite thing about your job? 

Graduation day – it is truly an outstanding experience seeing the students receive public recognition for their hard work and dedication. It is often at this time that we meet the family members that supported and encouraged our students throughout their time in school. Struggles and successes are recounted and by the end of the ceremony there’s usually not a single dry eye in the audience. 

Why do you feel career colleges are important in Alberta? 

Career colleges provide vocational training programs that ensures students are job ready upon graduation. The multiple intake model allows students to start a program whenever they are ready, and not have to wait to go to school until September or January. Since the programs offered by the career colleges in Alberta do not have the conventional semester breaks, students graduate faster and are able to start their job search often a year sooner than if attending a traditional college. 

What are your hobbies and interests? 

Reading has always been my biggest passion, with dancing and networking a close second.

 

Charles Jarvis

General Manager/President, Academy of Learning

What’s your professional background?

I have been in the career college sector for the last 14 years. I have served on the University of Alberta’s Research Ethics Board. I come from the industry of retail management prior to this. 

What’s your role at your school?

I am the General Manager and President of the Brattberg Group of career colleges which consist of seven Academy of Learning campuses and also Digital School, Technical Design College 

What’s your favourite thing about your job?

Knowing that I am active in the post-secondary industry of Alberta, and thereby being part of the active transformation of our student’s lives. 

Why do you feel career colleges are important in Alberta?

The sector of career colleges offers unqiue program delivery that provides alternatives for Albertans seeking employment in the field of their interest, with the skills and knowledge they need to be successful. 

What are your hobbies and interests?

I’m an avid reader who always looks forward to the summer months so our family can take our camping trailer out for excursions. 

 

CHRIS THOMSON

Director, Excel Academy

What’s your professional background?

I was a manager of Excel Society’s day option programs for adults with developmental disabilities, as well, I  briefly managed the child & youth services department. I bring an understanding of and a passion for seeing all individuals enjoy inclusion in their communities. I graduated from MacEwan University’s Bachelor of Applied Human Service Administration in 2012, and am currently pursuing my graduate studies in Royal Roads University’s Master of Arts in Leadership program.

Why do you feel career colleges are important in Alberta?

Career colleges provide essential training that in many cases simply doesn’t exist in the public education system. Additionally, as many private career colleges such as ours focus programming on very specific career training areas, it ensures that training is current and relevant to industry.

What’s your favorite thing about your job?

I have a real passion for seeing excellence in the human services and health care fields. When done right, people receiving services will experience improved quality of life, whether it’s assisting someone to find their own place to live or providing care while ill. There is often a lot of crossover between these two fields, and so finding ways to incorporate elements of training and skills between these fields is exciting. Preparing our students to be leaders in their workplaces and to engage in mindful practices is an amazing job to have.

What are your hobbies and interests?

"Right now I’m a new father so that’s about all I have time for right now!"

 

AUDREY BRATTBERG,  B.Ed, M.Ed

Owner/Administrator, Academy of Learning

What’s your professional background?

34 years of teaching and administration experience with a Masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction - Secondary Mathematics.

Presently owner and administrator of 7 Academy of Learning Career Colleges and Digital School Technical Design College.

Awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013 for contributions to Canada within the Private Career College sector.

Why do you feel career colleges are important in Alberta?

Career Colleges have the ability to change people's lives by giving them the skills needed to obtain new jobs and new careers.  The industry specific skills training meets the needs of industry in a timely fashion as career colleges have the ability to quickly respond to the ever changing needs of the workforce.

What’s your favourite thing about your job?

I love seeing the confident graduates becoming successful employees with new opportunities, knowing that our caring staff and excellent curriculum played a big role in their development.

What are your hobbies and interests?

I love travelling.

 

RACHEL MWESIGYE

Registrar, MH Vicars School of Massage Therapy

What’s your professional background?

While completing my Bachelor of Commence Degree (Hon), I worked in Fund Development at the University of Alberta. Upon completion of my degree, I continued working with post secondary institutions such as the City University of Seattle in Admissions and Recruitment. I also spent time working for Apple Inc., an experience that allowed me to experience training at the Headquarters in Cupertino. I am currently the Registrar at Alberta’s premier massage therapy school. As Registrar, I oversees student recruitment & enrollment from their initial inquiry about the program to their first day of class, and continue to support their education while they’re in class.

Why do you feel career colleges are important in Alberta?

Career colleges offer an array of courses that are usually not offered at a traditional post-secondary institution. Furthermore, the colleges provide an opportunity for students to specialize and generally complete a program in a shorter amount of time than traditional colleges.

What’s your favourite thing about your job?

Being inspired everyday by the students. Our program is forward thinking and we are able to take feedback from the students and implement changes in a timely manner.

What are your hobbies and interests?

I am an avid traveller and I love photography. I also enjoy playing tennis, yoga and most importantly all things massage therapy related!

 

CHERYL HARRISON

V.P. Operations, MC College Group

What’s your professional background?

I graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Arts Degree.  My first full time job after university was with MC College.  I just celebrated my 25th Anniversary with MC.  I have worked in a variety of roles in the college environment including Admissions Advisor, Administrator and Campus Director. As a V.P. Operations, I am responsible for ensuring a quality educational experience is delivered at all six MC College Campuses. I oversees all aspects of school operations from the MC College Corporate Head Office. I am committed to creating a culture of Graduate Success.

Why do you feel career colleges are important in Alberta?

Often Career Colleges offer programs that need to adapt to changes in industry quickly.  Private institutions can respond quickly to these changes and keep their programming current and relevant.  This is why many career colleges offer creative or technical programs like digital arts, hairstyling or graphic design.  By being able to respond to industry, career college programs create graduates who are in demand for jobs.

What’s your favourite thing about your job?

We change lives every day and help people find their dream career.

What are your hobbies and interests?

"Outside work I love golf, cooking, theatre and watching sports."

 

BRENDA SYMES

Case Manager/Placement Coordinator, Campbell College

What’s your role at your school?

I wear many hats including Recruiter, Admissions Coordinator, Case Manager & Placement Coordinator

Why do you feel career colleges are important in Alberta?

Career Colleges are designed to get Albertans into the work force quickly and provide a hands on alternative to adult learners.

What’s your favourite thing about your job?

The confidence our graduates feel when they are successfully employed and knowing that I have contributed to that success in some small way.

What are your  hobbies and interests?

"Gardening, baking, reading, & building willow furniture"

 

Nicole Lavoie

AB Regional Director, Compliance, CDI College & Reeves College

What’s your professional background?

I hold a BSc and an MBA certificate. I have worked in post-secondary education for over 17 years. Roles I have held in the past include articulation, academic advising, scheduling, systems management, registrarial, curriculum development, manager and director.

What’s your role at your school?

My role is multi-functional as easy description is that I work on programs and policies pertaining to all of our campus locations.

What’s your favourite thing about your job?

The best thing is seeing all of the smiling faces of the graduates and their families at graduation ceremonies. It is the culmination of everyone’s hard work and perseverance.

Why do you feel career colleges are important in Alberta?

I feel Career Colleges serve a segment of the population that is looking to complete their education in a smaller environment. Our schools offer programs and courses in models that differ from other types of schools while focusing on many hands-on skills needed to enter the workforce sooner.

What are your hobbies and interests?

When I’m not shuttling my children to their various activities I love to watch, read, or attend anything sci-fi related. I also enjoy travelling when I’m able as travelling allows me to meet the most interesting people.

 

News & Updates



AACC 2017 Annual General Meeting

2016 Annual General Meeting

TBD

Time: TBD

Location: TBD

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