CVO HIK is one of the biggest adult education centres in Flanders with 350 teachers/lecturers and more then 6000 adult students (more then 1 000000 hours/learner a year). CVO HIK is located in a rural area. We offer higher education and secondary education in various fields. Higher education: teacher training, higher professional education (= associate degree) for social studies, remedial education, economical studies, language assistant, electro mechanics, informatics, tourism and guidance. Secondary education: we offer a large scale of courses going from languages over welding, cooking, software packages, digital photography, bike repair, wine and beer tasting etc... We offer high quality education to mostly younger adults (average age 35) but we have also a lot of retired people who follow courses. Another segment are the courses on demand that we provide for companies. For the office of employment, offering special courses on remedial education, PLC, electro-mechanics for unemployed people to get a diploma of associate degree.
We are linked and/or associated to the university college Thomas More Kempen (we share the same buildings), to the university of Leuven (School of Education is an expertise network of 22 teacher training centres we belong too, under guidance of KU Leuven), and to Erasmus ECHO, a Flemish network to disseminate and implement outcomes of international projects (we are co-founder of this network, enclosing Ghent, Brussels, Antwerp, Geel). We have privileged contacts with KOGEKA, a secondary school in Geel where a lot of our teacher students do their internships. We are also member of PKI (Plan Kempen International), an organization within the chamber of commerce, to promote languages and entrepreneurship at international level. Via the H-web, we promote the start-ups of young entrepreneurs and offer specialized support. Through these networks, we have very good contacts with the labor market and organize (international) internships. Our expertise on the use of a learning management system to stimulate flexible learning paths for learners is a trump card. We offer individualized training programmes for certain target groups, to close the gap with the labor market, to enable the integration of the newest pedagogical methods to be fruitful for our learners. We work competence oriented and stimulate the implementation of the required competences in the modular structure of the curriculum.
We have expertise in the training of teachers & in blended learning courses in several departments (Social work, ICT, teacher training, Economics,..). We have a tradition in European projects (Grundtvig - Leonardo VETPRO, PLM, partnerships ? Daphne) as coordinator and participant.