MPLAN, Manitoba’s RPL network, celebrated 20 years of service in 2015. As we move forward into 2016, we hope to continue the heritage of getting together with Manitoba’s RPL communities to share RPL innovations, challenges, and heartwarming success stories from individuals who have started to turn dreams into reality.
According to the Winnipeg Free Press on June 16, 2016, “the province gained 19,432 people in the 12-month period from April 1, 2015, to April 1, 2016 — an increase of 1.51 per cent… In addition to the record population gain, the province added 16,135 new immigrants, 5,158 new non-permanent residents — mainly international students and foreign workers”. This means Manitoba’s RPL communities will have many opportunities to serve new Canadians in attaining their goals and dreams.
MPLAN members represent organizations such as adult learning centres, adult literacy programs, essential skills centres, employment and training programs, Colleges, Universities, Regulatory authorities, Sector Councils, immigrant-serving and supporting agencies, employers, and Government departments. We invite you to join our membership ranks at a very reasonable cost… Please click here to select the best category to fit your needs.
A benefit to joining is that it can help those new to the RPL field build the knowledge, attitudes, confidence and recognition required to succeed as prior learning practitioners. Word of our network has spread beyond provincial and national borders and we continue to help colleagues in other jurisdictions replicate our success.
In 2015 we offered our first session on the new Quality Assurance for RPL in Canada: The Manual launched in Toronto at the Canadian Association for Prior Learning Assessment (www.capla.ca) conference. For 2016-17 we have been asked to offer another session in the Brandon region for those RPL communities. We would be happy to offer sessions according to your needs, so if you work with or for Regulatory Bodies, Immigrant Professional Associations, Employers, Industry, Government, English as an Additional Language facilitators, Post-Secondary institutions, RPL Consultants, Career Development groups, or others, please contact us so we may better serve your RPL interest and needs in RPL activities including Building a RPL system within an organization, RPL advising, Methods of Assessing Prior Learning, RPL resources, and RPL portfolios.
I invite you to come and join the MPLAN board and members as they continue to serve Manitobans by helping them to “excavate learning from their deeply layered experience sites,” (Marienau, C. Why the Adult Brain Likes PLA. 2015) receive credit if learning meets the required standard, and journey forward to live their dreams!