CCTT-ISPs: more information
Les College centres for technology transfer(CCTT) are organisations recognised since 1983 by the Ministère de l’Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport, in consultation with the Ministère de l’Économie, de l’Innovation et des Exportations, under the responsibility of the colleges with which they are affiliated. These centres have close ties with enterprises in key sectors of the Québec economy and provide them with research and development services as well as technical support and training while contributing to the growth of Québec as a whole and more specifically, to that of the regions in which they are established. These centres are expected to generate benefits in social and economic development as well as in college education in their respective fields. In 2009-2010, the network was improved by the addition of six centres focussing on innovative social practices (ISP), thus rounding out the services provided by the network by including a social component and addressing the growing non-technological needs of SMEs and organisations (the next generation of entrepreneurs, health and security, sustainable development, integration of immigrants and the handicapped, etc.).
CCTT-ISPs are actors in the transfer and valorisation of research. Their ultimate goal being social development, they provide a home for applied interdisciplinary research that seeks to address the needs of those who use this research and to find solutions to social problems and issues expressed by the community. Maintaining constant contact with practice environments, CCTT-ISPs provide them with support, particularly in the area of prevention, knowledge transfer and training. They bring together a variety of partners such as institutions, organisations and communities to stimulate new social practices.