Posted on October 31, 2011 by Naomi Finseth

In October 2011, Dr. Lars Hallstrom, Director of the Alberta Centre for Sustainable Rural communities (ACSRC) gave the keynote address at 3 Norquest College networking events (held in Stony Plain, Fort Saskatchewan, & Leduc).  These presentations set the stage for Norquest’s release of their recently completed Adult Learning and Labour Market Needs Assessment. Each address …

In October 2011, Dr. Lars Hallstrom, Director of the Alberta Centre for Sustainable Rural communities (ACSRC) gave the keynote address at 3 Norquest College networking events (held in Stony Plain, Fort Saskatchewan, & Leduc).  These presentations set the stage for Norquest’s release of their recently completed Adult Learning and Labour Market Needs Assessment. Each address provided a perspective on the value, nature and possible pitfalls of community-post-secondary partnerships, and the importance of developing partnerships for both post-secondary institutions, and rural communities.  Framed in the context of the changing nature of those partnerships, and in particular the shift away from the conventional models of agricultural extension and technology transfer, Dr. Hallstrom discussed the context and factors leading to a more participatory model of partnership, key factors in the success of collaboration and partnership-building, and the numerous and reciprocal benefits that can be gained by both sides of the partnership.


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