Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 73.23
Liaison Michael Chapman
Submission Date Dec. 8, 2016
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Nova Scotia Community College
AC-5: Immersive Experience

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Katie Orr
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Does the institution offer at least one immersive, sustainability-focused educational study program that meets the criteria for this credit?:

A brief description of the sustainability-focused immersive program(s) offered by the institution:
MIKUMI SOLAR PROJECT In May 2014, a team of faculty and students from NSCC and VETA Mikumi Campus in Tanzania collaborated to design and install a small-scale solar electrical system on the Mikumi Campus. In May 2015, the team designed and installed a solar powered water pumping system. In May 2016, the project was to design and install a solar water pasteurization system and a weather station to monitor the effect of weather on the solar panels. The NSCC team included Environmental Engineering Technology and Energy Sustainability Engineering Technology faculty and 10 students from a range of trades and technology programs. Throughout the project, curriculum modules have been developed on various aspects of these projects, including skills training in installation, maintenance and repair of small scale solar systems, to enhance electrical trades, technician and technology training programs. Entrepreneurship, problem solving and teamwork are all valuable “soft skills” that have been gained by the Canadian and Tanzanian students through the hands on project-based learning. Next steps include planning with VETA to further refine these curriculum modules to align them with VETA curriculum standards for application throughout Tanzania, with VETA Mikumi as a demonstration centre for small scale solar power solutions. NSCC began working with VETA Mikumi in 2009 on a Government of Canada funded Association of Canadian Community Colleges Education for Employment (EFE) project to improve the quality of its tourism training programs. Frequent power outages prompted the Mikumi Campus to approach NSCC for help in developing a renewable energy solution and the Mikumi solar project was established. The joint Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC www.international.nscc.ca www.nscc.ca) and Vocational Education Training Authority (VETA http://www.veta.go.tz/index.php/en) Tanzania “Mikumi Solar Project” was awarded the 2015 Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) Panorama award for excellence in international education http://www.cbie.ca/news/cbie-announces-the-winners-of-the-2015-excellence-awards/. A video about the project can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3w0Q1Yv0ols

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