A success story backed by regional teamwork

 
During the Quebec government's regional forums on public finances and demography in September 2004, the problem of school dropout was clearly identified as a major concern in the Estrie region.

Alerted by the educational milieu, which for its part had first brought together an initial group of partners to address the problem, the Conférence régionale des élus de l'Estrie (CRÉ de l'Estrie) made this one of its priority.

Mobilization within the educational milieu continued and in spring 2005, the « Table estrienne de concertation interordres en éducation » (TECIÉ) was formed.

This table was created thanks to the determination of various partners from the field of education and other concerned milieus in the region to work hand-in-hand to counter the school dropout issue.

Its members include:
  • the 2 universities, the 2 CEGEPS, the 4 school boads, and the Association des écoles privées de l'Estrie;
  • the Conférence régionale des élus de l'Estrie, the Forum Jeunesse Estrie (FJE), and the Agence de la santé et des services sociaux de l'Estrie (ASSS de l'Estrie);
  • Emploi-Québec and the following provincial government departments: Ministères de l'Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport (MELS), Développement économique, de l'Innovation et de l'Exportation (MDEIE) and Affaires municipales et des Régions (MAMR).
These representatives joined forces to conduct an analysis of the situation in terms of school perseverance, to ensure concerted efforts by the various regional partners, and to develop a strategic plan and an operational plans for five-year period to counter the problem of school dropout. They also identified well-defined priorities for action: promoting perseverance in school and boosting the qualifications and graduation rate of young Estriens. The TECIÉ action plan was taken into account when the Conférence régionale des élus de l'Estrie prepared the second of the strategic directions in its 2007-2012 development plan for the Estrie region: banking on human capital and immigration as a driving force for development.

To implement its action plan, the TECIÉ also equipped itself with an integrated structure, the Projet PRÉE « Partners for Educatonal Success Estrie». Joining TECIÉ members were representatives from various other organizations also concerted about the educational success of youth in the region:
  • the Fédération des comités de parents de l'Estrie, representatives from elementary and high schools and vocational and technical training centers;
  • the Maison régionale de l'industrie (MRI);
  • the unions (SEE, ATA and CSN Estrie);
  • the Centres de santé et de services sociaux (CSSS) et the Carrefours jeunesse-emploi (CJE); and the Regroupement des CPE des Cantons-de-l'Est (RCPECE).
All of these partners, under the structure of the Projet PRÉE « Partners for Educational Success Estrie» thus have the mandate to play a role within their sphere of activity in implementing the Table estrienne de concertation interordres en éducation (TECIÉ) action plan to counter school dropout and boost the qualifications and the graduation rate of young Estriens.