June 14, 2016

Why should you attend CCID's Latin America & Caribbean Forum?

There are many reasons and with support from STA and Partners of the Americas, we are looking forward to an exciting weekend of networking and partnership development surrounding Latin America & the Caribbean. REGISTER NOW! (REGULAR REGISTRATION EXTENDED TO FRIDAY, JUNE 24th!)

Here are a few highlights you don't want to miss:


Mario Masvidal Saavedra (Havana, 1953) graduated from the Faculty of Languages, University of Havana in 1974, since then he has taught in several universities such as the University of Havana, the University of the Arts, the International Film School of San Antonio de los Banos and others. He is a PhD and a full professor of the Linguistic Studies Department at the University of the Arts and has published on Linguostylistics and other topics.
The Teaching of the Arts in Cuba: Cuba has a state-funded, tuition free, system for the teaching of the arts, that is, to teach and train future professional artists, beginning at the elementary level, through the intermediate level, both in almost all the provinces, to the University of the Arts in Havana, with subsidiaries in three provinces inland. This system encompasses music, performing arts, visual arts and media art. At present, The University of the Arts in Havana is the chair of an international net of schools of arts in Latin America and Europe. This presentation intends to describe such system and explore possibilities for exchange.

Mtro. Raúl Martínez Hernández holds a Master of Science from Universidad Autónoma Agraria Antonio Narro (UAAAN), a public university dedicated to the agricultural sciences, forestry and related disciplines such as Entomology, Botany, Plant Genetics, etc. He is currently the rector of UT Torreón and the president of Asociación Nacional de Universidades Tecnológicas (ANUT). ANUT is the National Association of Technological Universities in Mexico. UTs are Mexican higher education institutions most similar to the community college model with both 2-year and 4-year programs.

Dr. Robert W. Robertson is the President of the Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute. In 2016, Dr. Robertson was named a Fulbright (Specialist) Scholar by the United States Department of State. In addition, he is a Visiting Full Professor at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia (2006-  ) and a Scientific Adviser (2006- ) to the Global Universities in Distance Education.He has more than twenty five years of experience leading and managing organizations in the public sector, the private sector and in academia in Kazakhstan, Canada and the United States.
Building Workforce Skills in the Bahamas
We live in turbulent times. The economy is global and based increasingly on knowledge and technology. To compete in these changing times requires that we develop and maintain a skilled and competent workforce that is a prerequisite for any company. Governments are more active in structuring workforce development support mechanisms and specific training opportunities to assist employees and businesses. In that regard, community colleges have a key role to play in these economic development efforts.

Andrea Keith, Executive Director of Asociación CREAR, is originally from Texas, where she attended Austin College and graduated in 2008 with a degree in Psychology and Spanish. She moved to Costa Rica in 2009 to serve as the Program Director for Asociación CREAR. Since then she has made CREAR a sustainable program, and has spearheaded multiple new projects including the Girl’s Empowerment program. Andrea was the recipient of the Yo Creo Award in 2015 for her work as a social entrepreneur.

CREAR is a non-profit organization dedicated to supplementary educational opportunities for the youth of Playa Sámara. 210 days a year, CREAR provides English, Art, and Technology classes, Girl’s Empowerment activities, among others; all to improve the holistic education of our youth. CREAR additionally aims to educate global citizens through our GAP year and internship programs. Students can gain valuable work skills and give back to the community via our safe and organized student travel/volunteer options. Find out how to bring a group of students, or support CREAR’s mission by promoting our internship programs at your campus.

The National Training Service- SENA is responsible for investing in the social and technical development of the Colombian workers by offering and implementing a comprehensive professional training for the incorporation and development of people in productive activities that contribute to the country’s social, economic and technological development. SENA imparts certified and complementary professional training programs in its 117 training centers distributed al around the country reaching more than 1 Million people a year. SENA also counts with the public Employment Agency, a tool of mediation for Colombians to find a job, or for employers to find their human capital. In addition, it has a capital seed fund that promotes entrepreneurship and work creation. Within its internationalization goals, SENA is searching for partner institutions around the world for promoting academic mobility of students and faculty specifically in the fields of Agriculture, Infrastructure, ICT, Environmental sciences and Textile and Clothing Industry.
And much more! Speaker web page coming soon! For more information on the Latin America & Caribbean Forum, and to register, please visit CCID Summer Regional Forums.
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