June 8, 1998

Distance education program wins national award for program excellence.

TORONTO, CANADA, June 8, 1998 - The Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC) today announced that George Brown Colleg's Electronics Technician distance education program is the recipient of this year's Program Excellence Award. It is the first time in the history of the ACCC that a distance education program has won this award. According to Gerald Brown, President of ACCC, it represents the future of on-line learning. "Dr. Colin Simpson has found a new way to provide interactive learning by integrating lab simulation software with curriculum. The electronics program offered by George Brown College is an excellent example of innovation in education".

The program currently has over 700 students in Canada, and training partnerships have been established with over 30 companies. "We expect the program to continue to grow rapidly for the foreseeable future", said Maureen Callahan, Vice-President Academic at GBC. "Our partners, such as publishers and software developers, have made a very significant investment in this program and we are all very optimistic that the program has tremendous growth potential". These growth plans also include targeting U.S. students and employers, as well as development of other technical programs in areas such as electro-mechanics, and programmable logic controllers.

According to Joe Koenig, President of Electronics Workbench, the market for simulation-based electronics training is still in its infancy, and programs like GBC's electronics program represent a revolutionary approach to teaching electronics in Colleges and Universities. "I have known Colin Simpson for many years, and his combination of energy, vision and knowledge of the subject, of student need, of employer requirements, of how to create something that has never been done before, provides a most valuable model to those who want to address new educational opportunities. Colin's ability to create a program that reaches out to learners everywhere, takes on tremendous importance. We are proud to be partners with Colin Simpson and George Brown College and congratulate them on winning this award, and for changing student's lives with their program".