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Centro Federal de Educação Tecnológica do Rio Grande do Norte
Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil


University description (as per official university website)

School of the Federal Institute of Artisan

The history of this institution began on September 23, 1909 when then-President Nilo Pecanha signed the decree creating 19 Schools Apprentice Craftsmen, including the Christmas. Installed in January 1910 in the old Charity Hospital, where he currently works Student House Christmas, the School for Craftsmen offered elementary school, drawing and crafts workshops.

In 1914, the institution moved to the Avenida Rio Branco, occupying over 53 years, the building No. 743, built in the early twentieth century, formerly occupied by the Military Police Headquarters.

The change of name to Liceu Industrial Christmas joined the reform instituted by Law No. 378 of 13.01.1937, the Ministry of Education and Health, to which the schools were subject Apprentice Craftsmen since 1930.

Such plant on Avenida Rio Branco in 1942, the School receives the name of Industrial College of Christmas, starting to act, twenty years later, in offering technical courses in high school, and becoming, in 1965, Industrial College Federal.

With the inauguration of its new headquarters at Avenida Senador Salgado Filho, in the district of Tyrol, the school in 1967 he moved to facilities where now runs the Christmas-Central Campus IFRN, receiving the following year, in 1968, designation of the Federal Technical School of Rio Grande do Norte.

Over the years, ETFRN extinguishes the basic industrial courses and passes the focus on vocational education in 2nd grade. In 1975, it is first recorded the presence of women among students of regular courses of the institution.

In 1994 starts the process of "cefetização" of ETFRN, culminating in 1999 with its transformation into the Federal Center for Technological Education (CEFE), whose challenges include the provision of professional education in basic, technical and technological as well high school. His performance in teaching 3 rd grade began by offering undergraduate technology, extending later to the teacher training courses, degree. More recently, the institution also started to operate in professional education related to teaching medium in the form of youth and adult education and distance learning.

Internalization - The expansion of the federal network of technology education in Rio Grande do Norte began in 1994 with the inauguration of Decentralized Education Unit Mossley. Twelve years later, the Ministry of Education, through the Department of Vocational and Technological Education (SETEC), broadens the federal system in the state, deploying in 2006, the Teaching Units in the Northern District of Christmas, and Ipanguaçu New corrals.

In 2007, now enters the second stage of the Network Expansion Plan, in which the Rio Grande do Norte now has six other units, which must be opened in 2009 in the municipalities of Apodi Irons of Pau, Macau, John House , Santa Cruz and Caico.

New processing - About to complete his first century on September 23, 2009, the institution acquires new configuration with the transformation of the Federal Institute of Education, Science and Technology of Rio Grande do Norte, as a result of Law No. 11,892, 29 / 12/2008.

With the change of CEFE-RN for the Federal Office of Education, Science and Technology, the social function of IFRN will have to adapt to this new institution.

As the Federal Center of Technological Education as a social function we promote scientific and technological education, aiming at the humanistic education of the citizen-professional critical-reflective, competent technical and ethically and effectively engaged with the social, political and cultural conditions in act in the world of work in the prospect of building a more just and egalitarian society, through initial and continuing training of employees, professional technical education middle level, professional education technology undergraduate and graduate, and teacher training based on the construction, reconstruction and transmission of knowledge.

Key Objectives

Courses of initial and ongoing training to employees, including the initiation, improvement and upgrading. At all levels and types of education;
Teaching youth and adults, covering the principles and practices involved in vocational and technological education;

Teaching high school, observed the local and regional demand and strategies for coordinating with the technical professional education of middle level;
Provide professional technical education middle level, in coordination with the school, designed to provide professional qualifications for different sectors of the economy;

Provide higher education at graduate and post-graduation courses and strictly speaking, for the training of professionals and experts in technology;
Offer continuing education, through different mechanisms, aimed at updating, developing and expertise of professionals in technology;

Undergraduate courses, as well as special training programs for educational, scientific and technological areas;
Conduct applied research, encouraging the development of technological solutions in a creative and extending its benefits to the community;
Stimulate cultural production, entrepreneurship, science and technology and reflective thinking;
Encourage and support the generation of employment and income, especially from management procedures, identified with the potentials of local and regional development;
Promote integration with the community, contributing to its development and improvement of quality of life through interactive activities that contribute to the transfer and enhancement of the benefits and achievements earned in academic activities and applied research.

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