Jan 18, 2012
RRC’s School of Continuing and Distance Education is pleased to congratulate Nicole Drapeau on her successful completion of the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Practitioner program. Drapeau is the first person in Canada to graduate from this program.
An educator at College communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick (CCNB), Drapeau is responsible for Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) — the process by which students obtain official recognition of their prior learning from another post-secondary institution (academic achievement) or through life and work experiences (experiential learning).
Drapeau has been teaching at CCNB since 1988, and over the years has taught a variety of courses. (Unique to the College, she taught Pharmacy Technician courses while herself enrolled in the program, in order to learn more about the profession.) She enrolled in RRC’s RPL Practitioner program in 2008, after temporarily assuming more PLAR-related responsibilities at CCNB.
"(The) program allowed me to acquire specialized skills in several aspects of PLAR, including RPL foundations, assessment, coordination and the training of trainers," says Drapeau. "I also had the chance to intern for two weeks at Red River College, the University of St. Boniface, and a department of the Government of Manitoba."
In 2010-11, CCNB approved more than 600 requests for academic recognition, and more than 1,300 requests for assessment and recognition of experiential learning As part of her duties, Drapeau is also Vice-Chair of the New Brunswick PLAR Action Group, the mandate of which is the promote the effective delivery of PLAR in the province. She’s also the Atlantic representative to the PLAR affinity group of the Association of Canadian Community Colleges, and is currently working on a PLAR project with eight educational institutions for the Network of Francophone Colleges in Canada.
"(Ms. Drapeau’s knowledge and skills) are a valuable asset to our implementation of a PLAR department at CCNB," says CCNB President Liane Roy. "Assessment and recognition is strategic in the educational journey of the student. It is important that the CCNB meets the demand in an efficient and timely manner."
Click here for more information on the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Practitioner program at RRC.