Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 73.23
Liaison Michael Chapman
Submission Date Dec. 8, 2016
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Nova Scotia Community College
EN-6: Employee Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Don Jardine
Academic Chair
Environmental Sustainability & Development School of Trades & Technology
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Does the institution administer or oversee an ongoing faculty/staff peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education program that meets the criteria for this credit?:
Yes

Total number of employees:
1,713

Name of the employee educators program (1st program) :
Education for Sustainability

Number of employees served by the program (1st program):
25

A brief description of how the employee educators are selected (1st program):

NSCC offers a credited course to all faculty and staff in sustainability. It is offered annually and is open to all employees. The facilitators are trained educators.


A brief description of the formal training that the employee educators receive (1st program):

The course is facilitated in-house by staff who are sponsored and trained in Education for Sustainability (EFS), including taking the AASHE Sustainability Across the Curriculum Leadership, Natural Step Sustainability for Leaders workshops and University of British Columbia's Leadership for Sustainability.


A brief description of the staff and/or other financial support the institution provides to the program (1st program):

The College sponsors Education for Sustainability. Participants engage in five modules on-line during the 7-week period immediately preceding a 3-day residency component. The College pays for all participant and facilitator food and accommodation expenses during the residency modules, as well as all course expenses including nature-based learning expenses, honoraria and transportation.


The website URL where information about the program is available (1st program):
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Name of the employee educators program (2nd program):
Annual Facilities and Information Technology (FIT) Conference

Number of employees served by the program (2nd program):
180

A brief description of how the employee educators are selected (2nd program):

The staff educators are selected by Facilities & Engineering Management’s FIT Conference Organizing Committee in accordance with their relevance to the conference theme. Sustainability is a core topic at this conference. Educators are selected based on relevant expertise in a given sustainability topic. Based on the size of the organization, there is a wide range of skills and expertise available to facilitate in-house training.


A brief description of the formal training that the employee educators receive (2nd program):

Annually, NSCC holds a three-day educational conference for all Facilities and Engineering and Information Technology Operational Support staff. The Conference's Sustainability track provides informational and applied education workshops facilitated by employees and guest speakers on the topic of sustainability. The College's Sustainability Steering Committee uses this as part of its education/training resource to campus committees.
Each campus has a Facilities Manager whose accountability is Chair/Co-chair of the Campus's Sustainability Committee. Facilities Managers pass along their conference learnings to their campus committees.


A brief description of the financial or other support the institution provides to the program (2nd program):

NSCC covers all associated expenses for participants and facilitators.


The website URL where information about the program is available (2nd program):
Name(s) of the employee educator program(s) (all other programs):
Understanding Diversity and Building Bridges

Number of employees served by all other programs:
1,713

A brief description of how the employee educators are selected (all other programs):

Workshop facilitators are chosen from a pool of self-identified employees expressing an interest in training colleagues and meeting the criteria of NSCC Diversity & Inclusion Office and the trainers. Training of the inaugural group of facilitators was provided by Diversity Trainers Plus. Train-the-trainer training for subsequent co-horts of facilitators was conducted by NSCC's Office of Diversity & Inclusion as is the future model.


A brief description of the formal training that the employee educators receive (all other programs):

In supporting the building of a culture of diversity and inclusion, this one-day interactive workshop sets the stage for on-going training and operational enhancement in moving the institution beyond awareness and toward inclusive practice. The "Understanding Diversity and Building Bridges" workshop, mandatory for all employees, forms part of the 'New Employee Orientation" process and on-going development of NSCC staff. The workshop includes the following learning outcomes:
1. Examines Nova Scotia's diversity trends and their implications for NSCC Faculty, Administration and Staff.
2. Identifies factors that lead to systemic and personal bias.
3. Explores and practices two strategies that support inclusion.
4. Reflects on and plans how to put learning into action.


A brief description of the staff and/or other financial support the institution provides to the program(s) (all other programs):

NSCC covers all associated expenses for participants and facilitators.


The website URL where information about the program(s) is available (all other programs):
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