EWC's Tembisa Campus Hosts American Delegation.
In a quest to learn more about South African TVET Colleges, an American delegation, led by Dr Jeffrey Ayala Milligan, a professor and Director of the Learning Systems Institute in Florida University, and Dr Vilma Fuentes, an Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs at Santa Fé College, visited Ekurhuleni West TVET College, Tembisa Campus, in March 2019. Their visit forms part of an exchange programme between the Department of State of the United States of America, and the Department of Higher Education and Training in South Africa.
During their visit to the Tembisa campus, the delegation toured the various campus workshops, where they were exposed to students hard at work doing their practical assignments. They also visited the Electrical workshop, where the apprentices are being trained through a German model called Dual System, where students get an opportunity to study in class as well as gaining practical exposure in the working environment. This programme has been piloted for over three years.
In a closed discussion that took place after the tour, the delegation presented the Community College Administrator programme, to be run with South Africa.
The discussion covered the following aspects:
The programme, where South African officials will study the USA Community College System, which will last for about six weeks, and be conducted by Florida University and Santa Fé College.
The exchange programme, which will consist of a one-week executive dialogue and four- or five-week community college seminar.
The primary objectives of this programme are to (a) demonstrate enhanced ability to effectively address governance and policy questions integral to the establishment of a Community College System relevant to the South African context, and (b) to contribute to the present and future demands for policy formulation, continuous planning, programme management, decision making, and day-to-day administration of Community Colleges in South Africa.
Ms Sandra Mavhungu, Acting Deputy Principal - Corporate Services, gave the delegation a brief background of the college, including the number of programmes offered and the number of students enrolled per year. She also touched on the partnerships that the college has with Industry and other educational institutions.
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