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Gori College 

When the Ministry of Education & Science (MES) began supporting three-year higher professional education programs in 2006, one of the first ones was organized by CCID’s Selkirk College (Canada) and Muscatine Community College (Iowa) and coincided with the establishment of Gori University

Results of the Gori College Academic Program

The result of this workforce education initiative, launched with the support of Minister of Education and Science (MES) Alexandre Lomaia, former U.S. Ambassador John Tefft, and John Halder, president of the Community Colleges for International Development, Inc. (CCID), is a fully functioning and workforce-friendly program where 

  • 300+ students are studying four accredited business specialties,
  • More than 65 books and other course materials have been created by Georgian specialists with active assistance from U.S. and Canadian colleagues,
  • Career services are prepared for students to use in job-seeking and career information is distributed in Shida Kartli schools,
  • More than 61 new teachers were hired and trained in modern pedagogical methods, and
  • Strong practice programs have been developed. 

The program opened the doors of its newly renovated building for classes in February 2008 with 75 students in three academic specialties suggested by the college’s business advisory committee and approved by MES – entrepreneurism, hotel/hospitality, and construction management. Subsequently, agricultural business administration has been added as a fourth specialty. The content and methodology of all the courses have received approval from the State Accreditation Commission. 

Summary of the Elements of the Gori program

Besides the higher professional education program, CCID – Ge’s achievements in Gori include the following:

  • An accredited vocational education program working on selected construction, agriculture, and agricultural processing professions
  • A practice and internship program backed by a full package of career services for students in these programs
  • Established connections with area businesses, local government, nongovernmental organizations, and schools, and
  • A fully-functioning administrative and assessment capacity linked to Gori University administration and its business faculty 

Building on the Gori Program

The Partnership welcomes inquiries about how business, educational, and development partners can contribute to the existing Gori program. Some examples include making available training and educational facilities at our program site near the center of Gori. We can also host and schedule internet meetings for partners there, as well as in Batumi and at the program office in Tbilisi using the NATO production center facilities. Through the Career Center and Practice and Internship program, we also invite collaborations by government, business, and nongovernmental partners to assist with

  • employment initiatives for students, community residents, and the IDP community living nearby,
  • initiatives in the Gori schools, and
  • student mobility activities. 

Another area of interest is using the Gori program as a platform to:

  • customize the same or different specialties at HPE and/or VET institutions in other Georgian regions, e.g., curriculum development, textbook-writing, etc.
  • develop and administer customized teacher training programs for these institutions,
  • conduct workforce needs assessments in other regions,
  • organize accreditation services for HPE, VET, and lifelong learning programs,
  • design and deliver support services to area businesses, especially in the construction, hotel/hospitality, tourism, agriculture, agricultural processing, and SME sectors,
  • organize continuing education programs for target audiences, and
  • organize outreach/extension services in connection with existing Georgian higher educational institutions, nongovernmental organizations or as local businesses. 

In these and other initiatives, the Partnership is using the principles of social entrepreneurism, i.e., creating social capital in an entrepreneurial way. The social capital created includes the opportunities that people in Georgia’s regions will have to work together to add value to their communities through the region’s expanded human capital.