Herzing College Winnipeg Completes Accreditation Review by Canadian Education and Training Accreditation Commission (CETAC)

Only Manitoba Career College to be Recognized

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA (July 11, 2012) – Herzing College – Winnipeg and the Canadian Education and Training Accreditation Commission (CETAC) today announced Herzing College – Winnipeg has successfully completed requirements related to the 2011 Annual Accreditation Review of the institution. Herzing College – Winnipeg has earned the CETAC accreditation every year since 1984. Each review is a challenging process designed to maintain high ethical and operational standards among private career colleges in Canada.

“We are pleased that Herzing College – Winnipeg has achieved this milestone in its CETAC Accreditation,” said Deborah Burns, Executive Director of CETAC. “Accreditation is an educational process which leads, not just to recognition, but focuses on continuing improvement of the quality of training and service provided to students, ultimately helping them to achieve personal success.”

CETAC accreditation involves evaluation of all aspects of Herzing College – Winnipeg’s operation, including institutional planning, instructor qualifications and educational effectiveness, admissions practices, facility and student services. The initial accreditation can take from one to four years to complete, depending on the option selected by the College. Options for initial accreditation enable the College to proceed through a number of stages, wherein one or a number of the nine elements in the CETAC Standards are examined at a time. Each stage encompasses a number of steps beginning with self-evaluation and self-evaluation review by CETAC. At least two on-site visits to the institution are conducted during the initial accreditation process. All decisions on material submitted and collected during each stage are made by Committees of CETAC Commissioners. Colleges which have program or other accreditation from another organization may now apply for recognition of that accreditation toward meeting the CETAC requirements through the Credit for Prior Accreditation/Regulation (CPAR) process. “Completing CETAC accreditation is a voluntary and rigorous process that focuses on meeting high standards throughout our operations,” said Bill Riches, campus president of Herzing College – Winnipeg. “Accreditation involves all of our campus departments and demonstrates our continuous commitment to providing a top-quality educational experience for all of our students.”

Herzing College – Winnipeg is one of nine Canadian career college campuses that currently are fully accredited by CETAC. In addition, eight other campuses across Canada are at various stages of initial CETAC accreditation. Herzing College’s Toronto and Ottawa campuses are also fully accredited by CETAC.

“Credibility and quality are key values supported throughout the entire Herzing Educational System,” said Renée Herzing, president of the Herzing Educational System. “Recognition from CETAC validates the hard work we undertake every day to make a Herzing education one that stimulates students’ intellectual growth, contributes to their personal development, and enhances their potential for career advancement.”

About CETAC

The Canadian Education and Training Accreditation Commission (CETAC) was established in 1984 by stakeholders wishing to establish a set of standards of excellence for their sector. Over the years, a number of Canadian private career colleges have been accredited by CETAC. In 2009, after more than 15 months of consultation, collaboration and redesign, CETAC was re-launched with new Standards, Processes and Governance. This redesign process was directed by a Transition Team comprised of provincial/territorial and federal government representatives, industry, educators and private career colleges. CETAC now stands as an independent, arm’s length organization providing quality assurance accreditation for private career colleges in Canada.

About Herzing College − Winnipeg

Serving the local community since 1970, Herzing College – Winnipeg boasts state-of-the-industry classrooms and labs to provide a real-world, hands-on learning environment, consistent with its “career-focused, convenient, and caring” educational mission. Its 18,000-square-foot facility is specifically designed to prepare students for dynamic careers in the fields of healthcare, business and technology. Information about Herzing College – Winnipeg is available at www.herzing.ca/winnipeg.

About Herzing College

Herzing College encompasses four campuses located in Ottawa and Toronto, Ontario; Montreal, Quebec; and Winnipeg, Manitoba. Herzing College is part of the Herzing Educational System which also encompasses 12 physical locations and Herzing University Online in the United States. Founded in Canada in 1968, Herzing College serves approximately 1,500 students per year, offering career-focused, convenient, and caring education for diplomas in the fields of technology, business, healthcare, design, and public safety. All Herzing College locations in Canada are approved by provincial authorities, which review the approvals periodically. The Toronto, Ottawa, and Winnipeg Campuses are also accredited by the Canadian Education and Training Accreditation Commission. More information about Herzing College is available at: www.herzing.ca.


STEPS TO CETAC ACCREDITATION

Verifying eligibility: The institution must be registered or licensed by the Regulator of Private Career Colleges in the province(s) in which they operate, must have been in operation for at least two years, and must have graduated at least one class of students from its longest program.

Credit for Prior Accreditation/Regulation (CPAR): Colleges may apply under the CETAC CPAR process for recognition of program or other external accreditations, or of regulatory requirements of Provincial/Territorial Governments toward full CETAC accreditation.

Self-evaluation: An institution must examine and evaluate current practices to ensure compliance with the CETAC Standards, evaluate and identify areas for improvement, measure its ability to achieve established educational objectives and gauge its ability to achieve its stated mission and objectives.

Self-evaluation review: Following submission of the self-evaluation, CETAC reviews the submission and accompanying evidence to evaluate compliance with the Standards. CETAC may require additional evidence or clarification before proceeding to the on-site visit.

On-site visit: A trained CETAC Reviewer verifies information in the self-evaluation through an on-site visit, and gathers additional information and evidence that might be needed. Additionally, the Reviewer seeks information from students, administration and staff, instructors, and graduates to assess conditions, educational programs, and effectiveness.

Commission review: Once the Reviewer submits a final report to the Committee of Commissioners assigned to the file, the Committee meets to evaluate all submitted material to determine compliance with the CETAC Standards. Each institution is given opportunity to correct any shortfalls prior to the final decision of the Commission being released.