The Cégep de Matane inaugurates its virtual education centre (…)

The Cégep de Matane inaugurates its Sainte-Anne-des-Monts virtual education centre and announces the centre’s offer for the fall 2014 session

Conférence 4 mars 2014
From left to right: Louis Poirier, Director, Educational Services, Cégep de Matane; Allen Cormier, Prefect, RCM Haute-Gaspésie; Gaétan Lelièvre, MNA for Gaspé, Minister for Regions, Minister responsible for the Gaspésie–Îles-de-la-Madeleine region and the Bas-Saint-Laurent region; Louis-René Dessureault, Director, Cégep à distance; Micheline Pelletier, Mayor of Sainte-Anne-des-Monts; Emery Béland, Executive Director, Cégep de Matane; and Martin Pelletier, Executive Director of the CSSS Haute-Gaspésie. Credit: Cégep de Matane

Sainte-Anne-des-Monts, March 4, 2014 – At the inauguration of the Sainte-Anne-des-Monts Centre virtuel de formation collégiale (CVFC), in the presence of Gaétan Lelièvre, Deputy Minister for the Regions and the Minister in charge of the Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine region, Cégep de Matane Executive Director Emery Béland, Director of Educational Services Louis Poirier, Cégep de la Gaspésie et des îles Academic Dean Louis Bujold and Cégep à distance Director Louis-René Dessureault announced the centre’s educational offer for the fall 2014 session.

“I am very pleased to be here in Sainte-Anne-des-Monts today for the inauguration of our virtual education centre and to announce to the people in the Haute-Gaspésie that they will have access to the DCS Springboard program*, five diplomas of college studies (DEC) and seven attestations of college studies (AEC) beginning in fall 2014. Thanks to the miracle of distance education, very small groups of students from the region will be able to take CEGEP courses or, if numbers warrant, take their courses in Sainte-Anne-des-Monts. The Cégep de Matane has been here in the Haute-Gaspésie for some thirty years, offering services to businesses and continuing education services to the public. Since this past fall, we have had about 50 full-time students at the centre, and we believe this number will increase with our expanded educational offer,” explained the executive director of the Cégep de Matane.

“I am thrilled that the centre will be offering four of the five programs offered through the Cégep à distance partnership with the Cégep de Matane and the Cégep de la Gaspésie et des Îles. Thanks to this partnership and to the reputation of the Cégep à distance as a leader in college-level distance education, we are improving the accessibility of training programs in the regions and expanding student support by offering various services and shared objectives that we share with the CVFC,” added Cégep à distance Director Louis-René Dessureault.

An innovative and unifying project

Renovating the centre’s premises, installing two tele-teaching rooms and building a break room for the students will require an investment of over $200,000.

“This innovative project got off the ground thanks to the cooperation and contributions of Haute-Gaspésie stakeholders who believe in the importance of offering higher education that will keep young people in the region and train them to meet the needs of the job market. I want to thank the Gaspésie–Îles-de-la-Madeleine CRÉ, the regional county municipality of the Haute-Gaspésie, the Gaspésie–Îles-de-la-Madeleine health and social services agency, the CSSS Haute-Gaspésie health and social services centre and the Chic-Chocs school board for their support, and especially the Mayor of Sainte-Anne-des-Monts, the Deputy Minister of the Regions and the Minister in charge of the Gaspésie–Îles-de-la-Madeleine region and the Minister of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology, who believed in our project and helped make it a reality,” added Mr. Béland.

Educational offer for fall 2014

Already recognized as the leaders of distance education, the Cégep de Matane, the Cégep de la Gaspésie et des Îles and Cégep à distance joined forces a year ago to offer an expanded selection of distance courses to Quebecers. This partnership has been leveraged to maximize the training offer available to the people in Haute-Gaspésie, starting in fall 2014, with further projects in the works for subsequent years.

For fall 2014:

Cégep de Matane

–       Springboard to a DCS

–       Nursing care (DCS)

–       Tourism techniques (DCS)

Cégep de la Gaspésie et des Îles

–       Accounting and management techniques (DCS)

–       Aquaculture techniques (DCS)

–       Aquatic product processing techniques (DCS)

Cégep à distance

– General education courses not available at the CVFC

Groupe Collegia

–       Office technology, accounting and business English

–       Real estate and residential broker

–       Financial security advisor

–       Team coordination in the workplace

–       Network architecture upgrade, CISCO CCNA certification

–       Municipal building and environment inspection

–       Travel consulting services

The Cégep de Matane Tourism techniques program will also be available through distance education in all Cégep de la Gaspésie et des Îles campuses as of fall 2014.

“The Cégep de la Gaspésie et des Îles is proud to be contributing to the increase in the educational offer in the Gaspé. The development of distance education stems from the college’s involvement but also draws on valuable contributions from professors, without whom we would never have been able to make today’s announcement,” added Cégep de la Gaspésie et des Îles Academic Dean Louis Bujold.

The CSSS Haute-Gaspésie health and social services centre offers benefits to candidates interested in Nursing Care

“The CSSS Haute-Gaspésie has a serious need for nursing staff and hopes to interest candidates in choosing this profession and studying Nursing Care at the CVFC. In addition to welcoming students for internships, we promise to hire students during and after their studies, as a personal care attendant beginning in the first year, in a clerkship after the second year and as a nursing candidate (CEPI) after three years of study. We also guarantee them a nursing position after they receive their practice licence from the Ordre des infirmières et des infirmiers du Québec (OIIQ), and we will reimburse their registration fees, books and materials when we sign their contract, up to $3,000,” announced Martin Pelletier, executive director of the CSSS Haute-Gaspésie.

Students from the RCM of the Haute-Gaspésie have had access to a daily shuttle between Sainte-Anne-des-Monts and the Cégep de Matane for several years already. This service will be maintained at a cost of $5 a day.

For further information or to enrol, applicants interested in the CVFC programs can contact the Cégep de Matane at or 1 800 463-4299 or contact the Cégep de la Gaspésie et des îles for its distance programs at servicesauxclientè or 1 888 368-2201, ext. 1381.

About Cégep à distance

Cégep@distance is an integral part of the Collège de Rosemont, offering programs in French that lead to a diploma of college studies (DEC, for its French acronym) or an attestation of college studies (AEC, for its French acronym). Some courses are also offered in English. Every year, some 18,000 people register for one or more of the 200 credit courses offered in French and English, for a total of over 28,000 course registrations. All courses are offered in the continuous registration model.

About Cégep de la Gaspésie et des Îles

The Cégep de la Gaspésie et des Îles is comprised of one national school and three campuses, in Carleton-sur-Mer in the Gaspé, in Grande-Rivière and in the Îles-de-la-Madeleine. Each location uses a different approach and offers unique opportunities. For the past 11 years, the Cégep de la Gaspésie et des Îles has offered teletaught courses in a variety of fields, such as Aquaculture, Accounting and Management, Nursing Care and the Social Sciences.

About the Cégep de Matane

The Cégep de Matane has locations in Matane, in Amqui at the Centre matapédien d’études collégiales, and in Sainte-Anne-des-Monts, with its virtual college education centre. It offers teletaught programs in Nursing Care and Tourism Techniques, and receives teletaught courses in Accounting and Management in collaboration with the Cégep de la Gaspésie et des Îles. Its continuing education service, Groupe Collegia, is a distance education pioneer in Québec. For information, please see

* All study programs mentioned in this press release are or will be only offered in French.