In 1890, a newspaperman named Thomas J. Foster was one of the first
to recognize that working adults with ambition needed a convenient way
to learn advanced skills. He developed the distance-learning method as a
way of helping anthracite coal miners become mine superintendents and
This was the solution hard-working people around the country had been
searching for! Miners would work a twelve-hour shift, then return home
to study by candlelight, so they could gain the engineering knowledge
they needed to earn promotions.
By 1894, the school was enrolling students in Mexico, British
America, and Australia. The school became a stunning success virtually
overnight, enrolling more than a quarter of a million students in its
first decade. More than 16,000 Canadians are currently studying with ICS
As the world's leader in at-home education, ICS has maintained a
tradition of excellence for more than 100 years. We're proud of our
history and excited about our future. We look forward to helping you
become a successful part of our next century of learning and
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ICS Canada is accredited by the Middle States Commission on
Secondary Schools for most of our vocational-technical courses.
The Canadian Education and Training Accreditation Commission
ICS Canada is accredited by the Canadian Education and Training
Accreditation Commission (CETAC). One of the most important
characteristics of an accredited school is its ongoing efforts to
improve course curricula, administrative procedures and student
services. CETAC has a Federal Charter in Canada for the purpose of
accrediting those private post-secondary vocational schools that
demonstrate educational excellence.
Quoting from its handbook, "The Canadian Education and Training
Accreditation Commission (CETAC) is an independent branch of the
National Association of Career Colleges. It has been responsible for
institutional accreditation of private post secondary institutions in
Canada since 1985."
CETAC sees its mission as being two-fold:
- To ensure the general public of the quality of a given
institution and its courses.
- To assist the institution in a continuous improvement of itself.
To do this, CETAC schedules team visits, the members of which conduct
an on-site investigation to verify data submitted by the institution in
its self-evaluation report. In the course of its visit, the team
interviews administration, staff, instructors and students, discussing
the effectiveness of the institution's operations and educational
The CETAC team then compares its findings to the institution's
self-evaluation report, previously submitted to CETAC, wherein the
institution outlines its goals and its ability to meet its objectives.
The CETAC team assesses the institution's effectiveness at fulfilling
its mission, from the point of view of the students' best interest.
The CETAC team may recommend certain procedures be instituted or
changed before accreditation is granted for the standard five year
period. However, once accreditation is granted, students can feel
confident that they are enrolled in an institution meeting the highest
academic and professional standards.
ICS Canada is a member of the National Association of Career
International Association for Continuing Education and Training:
As of January 1998, all ICS Canada diploma courses have been assigned
CEU values by the International Association for Continuing Education and
The original intent of the national task force when it established
the CEU (Continuing Education Unit) was to create a unit of measurement
that could be used to quantify continuing education and training
activities. This new unit of measure was designed to serve the diversity
of providers, activities, and purposes in adult education. While
standardizing the way in which learning activities were quantified, the
task force sought to maintain the diversity and flexibility of
continuing education and training. Based on a philosophy that the value
of a learning experience is in the eye of the beholder, thousands of
organizations have adopted the CEU because of its utility and
recognition as a national standard.
Since the inception of the CEU in 1970, there has been increasing
emphasis on the CEU as a mark of quality assurance for learning
activities. In response to that emphasis, the Council on the CEU, now
the International Association for Continuing Education and Training, has
undertaken several research projects leading to enhancements in the
criteria and guidelines.
Now in its third decade of use, the CEU serves a number of purposes:
- a uniform unit of measure for continuing education and training
- a nationally recognized unit of measure
- a concept that can be used by different sponsors
- a concept useful in a variety of learning formats
- criteria by which the quality of learning activities are judged
- a systematic means for course development and delivery
- criteria by which educational sponsors are evaluated
- a requirement for the documentation of learning experiences.
Reprinted from The Continuing Education Unit:
Criteria and Guidelines, 5th Edition
for Continuing Education and Training
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