About us

History

For more than half a century at the service of education for young and adults

ACOF Olga Fiorini – ONLUS Social Cooperative, non-profit training body, was born in 1997 as the evolution of the “Olga Fiorini” Modern School for Manufacturing and Craftsmanship that today it has became an independet school, whose origins date back to 1956.

It is an educational entity strictly connected with the territory of Busto Arsizio and its surroundings, that, in the Fifties, this area saw a considerable expansion in textile and clothing Industry. In this context Mrs. Esterina Olga Fiorini, that leads the Association even now, has privately started the educational activity with qualified specialists in clothing industry.

Regional courses have been developed into the “Istituto Professionale Sartoriale”, legally recognised in 1989 and in the following years, it has became independent school for “Specialists in Clothing and Fashion”.

The need to meet specific demands in order to create a professional profile more and more required by the territory has lead to implement, from 1995, the course of “Specialist in advertising graphics”.
The educational programme of “Olga Fiorini” Institutes has been expanded in the academic year 2004/2005 with the creation of the “Marco Pantani” high school of Communication, organized with two alternatives in Sport and Performing Arts: a study path that ends with the achievement of the scientific high school diploma.

In the last few decades “Olga Fiorini” Institutes has achieved the recognitions as independent Schools by activating the “Istituti Tecnici Sistema Moda”, articulatd in textile, clothing and fashion fields and Communication Graphics, the “Liceo delle Scienze Umane” option socio economical, the “Liceo Scientifico” for sport, the “Liceo Artistico” for fashion design and the “Liceo Internazionale for Innovation”.

Key stage 4 secondary education, it isn’t the only educational sector where Acof works that in 2003 has implemented in the territory of Busto Arsizio the “English Primary School”, independent primary school. In the academic year 2012/2013 has been recognised the “English Primary School”, independent primary school. In 2017, the path for english independent schools is enhanced with the opening of the “Clil English Middle School” Key stage 3 Secondary School and it is implemented the “Unified English Schools” comprehensive institute, the bilingual educational path is concluded with the recognition of the Olga Fiorini “Liceo internazionale per l’Innovazione”.

ACOF Olga Fiorini – ONLUS Social Cooperative has experienced a significant improvement of its educational programme, with the management of the “Maria Montessori” Independent Comprehensive Institute of Castellanza, that includes the nursery school, the House of children (kindergarten), the primary school and the key stage 3 secondary school
Moreoover, Acof manages the Professional Training Center of Busto Arsizio, that allows people to earn the title of Specialist in Wellness-Beaty; Specialisti in Grafichs-Audio Video; Specialist in clothing-dress maker.
Other professional courses managed by C.F.P ACOF furthermore are present in Milan, where it’s possible to earn the title of Specialist in clothing-dressmaker and in Bergamo, as Specialist in Wellness-Hair stylist
Beyond the field of education, moreover Acof is active for the professional education addressed to employed and unemployed, in collaboration with companies, universities and trade unions, with a constant and close relationship with the educational needs and in harmony with the spirit of the Body, as well as one of its strong points, since origins.
ACOF OLGA FIORINI is registered as Social Cooperative with n° A233465 and is title holder of the quality certification ISO 9001. For “Progettazione ed erogazione di formazione professionale e orientamento“.

Mission

The mission of ACOF can be sum up as the will to spread and increase the knowledge. The development of this goal is extended to all the age brackets and social and professional categories.
The Association intends to promote learning and educational growth since childhood, of teenegers and young; it intends to develop professional knowledges of young and adults supporting the integration or re-integration in the job market.
The Body pays particular attention to vulnerable sectors of society (from a social, economic and healthcare point of view) to strenghten knowledges and foster admission and integration.
Our aim is to emphasise refresher and specialisation trainings for employed people because the growth of competences and knowledges is a fundamental tool for the career path of every individual.

Recognitions

The quality of the wide choice of the training programmes provided by Acof is proven by recognitions obtained throughout the history of this educational Institution:

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1956

courses for specialists in textile and clothing industry are recognised by the “Consorzio provinciale per l’istruzione tecnica”
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1981

courses are recognised by Regione Lombardia (art. 27 rl 95/80)
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1987

it is established the “Istituto Professionale Sartoriale”
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1989

The Department for Education & Skills with M.D. of 18/04/1989 legally recognises the “Olga Fiorini“ Istituto Professionale Abbigliamento e Moda as key stage 4 secondary school
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1995

The “Olga Fiorini“ Istituto Professionale settore servizi indirizzo Pubblicità is legally recognised by the Department for Education & Skills (Md 20(03/1995)
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1997

Acof is recognised by Regione Lombardia as a legal entity (Moral Entity) (Rcc n° 29460 of 04.07.1997): recognition then confirmed by the Department for Education & Skills in in 1999 (M.D. of 2/2/99 O.J. 2/3/99)
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2000

It is recognised the educational equality to the Olga Fiorini “Istituto Professionale Industria Artigianato e Servizi”
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2001

Acof obtains the qualification (Md of 27/4/2001) by the Derpartment for Education & Skills as “Entity that offers training to the teaching staff” (M.D. 177/2000, art. 2 -c.4)
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2003


the Body is credited by Ministry of Health (n. 7588) as a provider of continuing Education in medicine (Ecm)
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2003

it is recognised to the “English School” english kindergarten the status of independent school by the Department for Education & Skills (M.D. 607 of 07/11/2003)
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2006

Acof is credited by Regione Lombardia for continuing Education in medicine
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2008

The Ministry of Education, University and Research recognises the “Scuola di specializzazione in psicoterapia integrata e di comunità”, a five-year post-graduate educational course founded by Acof in the same year (Md 15/07/2008)
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2008

The “Opera Nazionale Montessori” entrusts to Acof the management of specialised didactic courses based on Montessori’s Doctrine for the section of Nursery school, House of children (kindergarten) and Primary School. The Ministry of Education, University and Research recognises with M.D. 621 of 27/06/2008 and then M.D. 483 of 28/06/2010 the Maria Montessori INDEPENDENT COMPREHENSIVE INSTITUTE activating the key stage 3 secondary school too.
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2010

The Ministry of Education, University and Research recognises the status as key stage 4 secondary school to:

• Istituto Tecnico Sistema Moda, articolazione Tessile Abbigliamento e Moda “Olga Fiorini”
• Istituto Tecnico Grafica e Comunicazione “Olga Fiorini”
• Liceo delle Scienze Umane opzione economico sociale “Olga Fiorini”

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2011

It obtains the in concession the “V. Bachelet” Public Nursery school of Magnago
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2012

it is recognised the educational equality to the “English Primary school” primary school (M.D. 285 del 28/06/2012)
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2013

it is recognised the educational equality to the four years project of methodological-didactic Innovation “Liceo Internazionale per l’Innovazione Olga Fiorini” (M.D. 697 del 08/08/2013)
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2014

it is recognised the educational equality to the “Liceo Scientifico sezione ad indirizzo sportivo Marco Pantani” (M.D. 1052 del 12/06/2014)
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2016

it is recognised the educational equality to the “Liceo Artistico indirizzo Design della Moda Olga Fiorini” (M.D. 644 del 23/06/2016)
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2017

it is recognised the educational equality to the key stage 3 secondary school “CLIL English Middle School “(M.D. 2767 del 23/06/2017)
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2017

the authozation by the Ministry of Education, University and Research, after the start of the “Piano Nazionale di Innovazione orientamentale del Liceo Scientifico con potenziamento linguistico quadriennale” Olga Fiorini (M.S. 1568 of the 28/12/2017)

ACOF OLGA FIORINI is registered as Social Cooperative with n° A233465 and is title holder of the quality certification ISO 9001. For “Progettazione ed erogazione di formazione professionale e orientamento“.

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