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Thursday, December 8, 2011


Governor General to visit NWT
Friday, the Governor General and his wife go to Fort Smith, with visits to Aurora College and the Northern Life Museum, as well as an official community reception at the P.W. Kaesar school gym at 11:30 a.m.

Michael Rowland shares experience with northern artists
Your Ottawa Region
Ten talented seamstresses from all across Nunavut were selected to attend the workshop. Many of them were graduates of Nunavut Arctic College. There they had enhanced their skills of using materials found in the north that they used for making practical clothing and also creating attractive designs. The group was expert at working with fur and sealskin clothing which are culturally and economically important to the area.–michael-rowland-shares-experience-with-northern-artists

Mall to college conversion underway
Work is underway to convert the old Summerside Waterfront Mall in western P.E.I. to a new Holland College campus. Workers are currently tearing out the old stores. “It’s great. Everything’s going straight ahead,” Justin Dunn, director of facilities management for Holland College, and head of construction at the new campus, told CBC News Wednesday.

Fanshawe Students Receive RTNDF Scholarships
More than 30 years after the competition was launched, Fanshawe College Broadcast Journalism students continue to win scholarships from the Radio Television News Directors Foundation.  Established in 1979, RTNDF scholarships are open to students in Canadian college and university broadcasting programs. Fanshawe has been a dominant force from the very beginning, winning a total of 44 scholarships, plus two distinguished teaching awards. In fact, the very first scholarship was won by Fanshawe student Jasmine Dooh.

New Project Open Doors for Rural Adult Learning Opportunities
Rural Alberta Development Fund Board of Directors approved $3.2 million in funding supporting a collaborative delivery model aimed at increasing access to quality learning for rural learners. Led by NorQuest College, the Collaborative Delivery of Foundational Learning for Rural Learners project will identify the learning needs of adult learners within NorQuest’s stewardship region to better prepare them for post-secondary education or employment opportunities in their communities.

Search and rescue team looking for new recruits
The Westerly
Mercer said new recruits receive 80 hours of instruction, including lecture and practical, and attend a mandatory overnight stay outdoors with minimal equipment. The course curriculum is developed by the Provincial Emergency Program and the Justice Institute of BC. Course topics include search and rescue organization, searching techniques, safety and risk management, communications, basic rope rescue techniques, swift water safety, helicopter operations and safety, orienteering, wilderness survival, and first aid.

Centre of Excellence a draw for national conference of colleges
Okanagan College’s Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Technologies and Renewable Energy Conservation is already proving to be the economic engine it was envisioned to be. James Knight, the President and CEO of the Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC), has announced that Penticton will host the organization’s 2013 annual conference, a four-day event that will take place from May 31 – June 3 and will draw approximately 700 delegates to the South Okanagan and Similkameen. Okanagan College is a member of ACCC.