Niagara board, King’s sign partnership to enhance faith learning

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  • November 9, 2011

The Niagara Catholic District School Board and King’s University College at the University of Western Ontario have signed a partnership agreement to promote the life-long process of Catholic education. 

The partnership reflects the Niagara Catholic board’s focus on “building a strong Catholic identity and community to nurture the distinctiveness of Catholic education,” said John Crocco, the NCDSB’s director of education.

Crocco said the agreement will provide faith formation for the adult faith community at King’s College and the Niagara Catholic board, including individuals at the diocesan level.

According to the agreement, NCDSB and King’s College will promote professional development for its staff through courses, centres, seminars and staff exchange. There will also be student opportunities for voluntary service or work bursary education placements where students will earn appropriate academic credits or experience.

Both partners will have opportunities to share human resources, facilities and programs. Also, the partnership will provide co-operation in the development of curricula “that meet the distinctive needs of Catholic education.”

Crocco said the agreement fits into the board’s strategic plan which includes a “call to social justice” and living out the board’s “charism of faith and justice, community, support and leadership.”

Through this plan, the board will promote Catholic higher education for its students at Catholic institutions.

The board recently hired its first board-wide chaplaincy leader and two elementary chaplaincy leaders as part of its strategic plan. They will also contribute to the implementation of the partnership, Crocco said.

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