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ICTC and CCI Learning Combine Resources to Boost Canadian Education System

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OTTAWA, ON — September 22, 2014
The Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC) and CCI Learning have announced a partnership to provide innovative learning experiences that promote 21st century business, technology and communications skills among Canadian youth.

Through their partnership, ICTC and CCI Learning have identified industry certification "crosswalks" within Canada’s Focus on Information Technology (FIT) program. Developed by the ICTC, with top educational specialists and ICT employers, FIT is a nationally-recognized certificate program promoting digital literacy to advance youth skills development, experiential learning and development of effective learning resources for students and teachers. It provides secondary school students with valuable course pathways fostering ICT skills development.

“To identify these crosswalks, we conducted a thorough analysis of learning outcomes within ICTC's FIT certification paths, comparing them to skill sets required for leading IT industry certifications. In many cases, FIT learning outcomes almost completely matched with certification objectives such as those within CompTIA Strata and the Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) Software Development certification” said Malcolm Knox, CCI Learning President and CEO. “Many provinces already include the same learning outcomes as the ICTC FIT certification paths.”


“Providing secondary school students with a clear and compelling pathway to further ICT training is a critical part of addressing technology skills shortages” said Namir Anani, ICTC President and CEO. “Our partnership with CCI Learning will be a model for achieving this for similar agreements across the country.”


Schools choosing to integrate these systems will provide triple recognition to graduates through national, provincial and industry level certifications. Students can graduate with multiple industry level certifications in addition to their current certification programs, bolstering chances for career success.

CCI Learning and ICTC’s FIT Certification Industry Crosswalk provides the most effective education solution. It ensures Canada’s success in the global digital economy by investing in technology education that is tangible and applicable to the labour market.

View the FIT Certification Industry Crosswalk Data Sheet (PDF)

About CCI Learning
As a Certiport Platinum Solution Provider, CCI Learning manages and supports certification programs for Microsoft Office Specialist, Microsoft Technology Associate, Internet and Computing Core Certification (IC3), Adobe Certified Associate, Autodesk Certified User, CompTIA Strata and HP Accredited Technical Associate.

About ICTC
The Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC) is a centre of expertise in digital economy research, labour market intelligence, policy development, program management and delivery. Through our strong network of industry, academia and government, we enable the progress of Canada’s future economies by empowering industries to maintain a competitive advantage in a global market through a highly-skilled and innovative workforce. (http://ictc-ctic.ca).

About the FIT program The Focus on Information Technology (FIT) project is funded by the Government of Canada’s Sector Council Program. For additional information, please contact:
Daman Beatty, Marketing Manager
CCI Learning
Phone: 604-343-2566
beatler@ccilearning.com
www.ccilearning.com/fit


Jeff Leiper, VP, Strategic Communications,
Research & Policy | Information and
Communications Technology Council
Phone: 613.868.2375
j.leiper@ictc-ctic.ca