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MONTREAL, MAY 28, 2012–  For the second time in six months, an English Montreal School Board (EMSB) delegation will visit China in an effort to develop further cooperation with the country’s education system. The trip began on May 25 and concludes June 7.

The delegation will be headed by the newly appointed Regional Director of Adult Education and Vocational Services  Cosmo Della Rocca.  He will be joined by EMSB Commissioner Ginette Sauvé-Frankel, Director of Pedagogical Services Sandra Furfaro and Recruitment Officer Cindy Yao. Their itinerary is filled with visits to technical and vocational centres throughout seven cities in China:  Guangzhou, Taishan, Jiangmen, Huizhou, Huidong, Nanchang, and Beijing.  The goal of this trip is to sign cooperation agreements between educational establishments in those cities and the EMSB.

In 2010, the EMSB embarked upon a new initiative to offer vocational training to international students. That November, the AEVS Department   sent a delegation to visit China to meet with influential Chinese leaders in education, as well as local politicians who are involved in funding both in private and public vocational training centres.  Another successful trip took place last November.

“These exchanges have proven to be very successful,” stated EMSB Chairman Angela Mancini. “It is an opportunity for collaborative educational projects to be explored and developed.

“While this delegation was organized primarily to recruit students to our vocational sector, our Chinese partners have added meetings with youth sector schools. The opportunity to recruit middle school students in China to complete their high school and receive a Quebec diploma with us is a tremendous opportunity. Other forms of collaboration and exchange will be evaluated and discussed with the schools in China.”

Expected gross revenue for 2011-2012 is $1.3 million based on 77 students that are in class presently and another 58 who are expecting to enrol after the delegation visit.

The EMSB is the largest English public school board in Quebec, with more than 34,000 students in its youth and adult sectors. It has 11 adult education and vocational training centres. The latter offer a wide variety of training opportunities, such as: Accounting, Professional Sales, Computerized Secretarial Studies - Secretarial Studies - Legal, Hotel Reception, Travel Careers, Starting a Business, Electrolysis, Hairdressing, Automobile Mechanics, Sale of Mechanical Parts and Accessories, Aesthetics, Cabinet Making, Furniture Finishing, Industrial Drafting (CAD), Production Equipment Operation, Machining Techniques, Numerical Control Machine Tool Operation, Desktop Publishing (Computer Graphics Techniques), Printing, Automated Systems Electro mechanics, Food and Beverage Services, Professional Cooking and Welding and Fitting.

This initiative is aligned with the International Education Marketing Action Plan for Provinces and Territories “Bringing Education in Canada to the World, Bringing the World to Canada” wherein one of the objectives is an increased share for Canada of the international student market.


Michael J. Cohen
Communications and Marketing Specialist
English Montreal School Board
Tel: (514) 483-7200 ext. 7243
Fax: (514) 483-7213