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Tuesday, March 6, 2012



‘My First Year’ part of program launch at Brooks Campus
Brooks Bulletin
Medicine Hat College made some major announcements at a Brooks Campus programming launch on Friday, including the introduction of My First Year – a cohort modeled university transfer program. The program will offer ten university-transfer courses that students will attend collectively, sharing the experience of starting post-secondary education as a group.

797 demandes d’admission au Cégep
‎Nouvelle Union
Le cégep de Victoriaville a accueilli 797 demandes d’admission au premier tour en vue de la rentrée automnale de 2012. Il s’agit d’une diminution de 8% par rapport à l’an dernier, laquelle avait été une exceptionnelle cuvée (892 demandes). Un record à vie, d’ailleurs, a rappelé le directeur des études, Daniel Mercier.

Regional sustainability plan looks to ensure college included in the mix
Alberta Daily Herald Tribune
Fitting Grande Prairie Regional College into the mix was an important aspect to each municipality, says regional sustainability plan facilitator, Michelle Gairdner. “We need to support the college so we’re not doing it without them, we had their input,” said Gairdner. “We’re looking at how we’re supporting where the college wants to go.”

Brigitte Bourdages et le Cégep : une «lune de miel qui perdure»
‎Express Drummondville
«Le Cégep se distingue par ses valeurs humaines et son dynamisme. Je vis réellement un mariage heureux avec cette institution. La lune de miel perdure». Cette citation est celle de Brigitte Bourdages, directrice générale du Cégep de Drummondville. Depuis qu’elle est en poste, soit depuis le 18 avril 2011, cette gestionnaire peut se targuer d’avoir rapidement saisi son rôle, car en l’espace de quelques mois, en plus d’avoir dû composer avec un délicat plan de contingence, elle a réussi à mobiliser une équipe chargée de bonifier l’ambiance des lieux.

Collège Boréal enters education agreements
Northern Ontario Business
Collège Boréal in Sudbury has signed four partnership agreements with Costa Rica’s major post-secondary education institutions to collaborate in the areas of the environment, technology, and health and trades. Memorandums of understanding have been signed to “foster the sharing of knowledge, human resources, applied research and best practices,” and the agreements have French, English and Spanish language learning components, according to a press release.

Les diplômés en économie peu enclins à enseigner au cégep
Les emplois de professeur d’économie au cégep ne sont pas des plus prisés par les finissants à la maîtrise et au doctorat dans cette discipline. En effet, les finissants en économie ont l’embarras du choix lorsqu’ils terminent leurs études. En plus d’oeuvrer comme expert-conseil, analyste financier, analyste de politiques ou cambiste, ils peuvent également travailler pour les gouvernements fédéral et provincial.

As engineers retire, schools struggle to replace them
Toronto Star
Just when employment prospects in some professions are bleak, engineering schools are setting the brightest and best on a path to employment. These young people will seek answers to some of the world’s biggest problems: the need for renewable energy resources on a planet wracked by climate change, for computer security, for buildings that can withstand earthquakes. Some will start businesses, while others will be hired by companies to replace skilled, seasoned engineers from the baby-boom generation, who are retiring from the workforce. (Article names 24 Ontario Colleges offering accredited engineering degrees or engineering technology and technician education)–as-engineers-retire-schools-struggle-to-replace-them

Un laboratoire d’énergies renouvelables au Cégep de Matane
‎Journal L’Avantage
Le Cégep de Matane, grâce à son programme d’Électronique industrielle, accueillera le premier laboratoire d’énergies renouvelables de la région, avec le projet de conception d’une maison autonome n’utilisant que les énergies éolienne et solaire. Un pas de plus pour les étudiants vers la pratique en contexte réel.

Designs that take the cake: Georgian College hosting third annual cake design competition
The Barrie Examiner
“I love cake decorating. I’ve made lots of cakes at home and I took a cake decorating course before college,” said Miller, a first-year culinary management student at Georgian College. “I’ve made a family friend’s wedding cake, birthday cakes for family. And, I’ve always wanted to try working with sculpting chocolate.”

Le Cégep de Sept-Îles forme des opérateurs de locomotives innus
‎Le Nord-Est
Les 14 étudiants du Cégep seront embauchés dès le 1er avril par Tshiuetin. Le Cégep de Sept-Îles œuvre comme partenaire privilégié auprès des entreprises de la Côte-Nord dans le domaine de la formation professionnelle. «Nous répondons aux besoins des compagnies de la Côte-Nord avec des programmes personnalisés et des enseignants chevronnés. Les employeurs sont ravis de pouvoir compter sur cette main-d’œuvre qualifiée selon leurs exigences», soutient la porte-parole du Cégep de Sept-Îles, Caroline Michaud.

Practical nursing program comes to Cowichan’s VIU campus
Cowichan News Leader Pictorial
Vancouver Island University has announced a new practical nursing diploma program, with one of two intakes happening at Cowichan’s campus. The two-year program starts in September, but a free information session about the program happens Monday between 7 and 9 p.m. at the Cowichan campus lecture theatre. “Practical nurses are a vital member of the health-care team and job prospects are excellent,” program chair Lynne MacFadgen said in a media release.

The making of an apprentice
Hamilton Spectator
In fact, a Canadian Steel Trade and Employment Congress report in March suggested that over the next five years the broader steel sector will need to hire between 19,000 and 29,000 workers. That means steel companies alone will need to train and recruit between 5,000 and 10,800 workers. Piero Cherubini, dean of skilled trades and apprenticeship at Mohawk College says that although the provincial economy has had a sluggish recovery since the 2008 recession, the predicted shortfall of skilled workers is accurate.–the-making-of-an-apprentice

RHA, ACC unveil aide program
Brandon Sun
Brandon Regional Health Authority is partnering with Assiniboine Community College to deal with the shortage of health-care aides. For the first time the Brandon RHA is offering people the chance to become a certified HCA while on the job. (subscription required to view article)

French force
The Guardian Charlottetown
Donald DesRoches, president of the College Acadie IPE, the province’s only French post-secondary institution, wants French immersion students to realize “what they have’’ and appreciate the value of advancing their French language skills. The college’s regular and customized programs are designed to meet the training needs of the Acadian and Francophone population but it also offers some French Second Language programs.

Niagara College gets rebate for energy-efficient approach
On Tuesday representatives from the hydro headed to Niagara College to hand over a cheque for $226,000. The money came from the Ontario Power Authority Retrofit Program administered by Welland Hydro in response to the college’s installation of to energy efficient water chillers at a cost of $1.3 million. The chillers will are used to cool the campus’ 500,000 square foot main complex.–niagara-college-gets-rebate-for-energy-efficient-approach

Call on immigrants to fill labour needs, Bow Valley College advises Calgary area employers
Calgary Herald
New research from Bow Valley College hopes to link qualified immigrants with employers in Calgary’s booming bedroom communities. New Canadians have long settled in the fringes of major cities — which offer low living costs and access to jobs. Anna Kae Todd, the college’s vice-president of learning, said up to a fifth of some of the city’s neighbouring municipalities are populated by immigrants. As communities such as Airdrie, Banff and Black Diamond continue to grow in population, employers are worried about an acute labour shortage, she said.

Okanagan College receives major gift
Pentiction Western News
Great-West Life is building on its 20-year connections with Okanagan College with a gift that will both help with both the capital costs for the Centre of Excellence and developing a new instructional program at the centre. Earlier this week, Great-West Life, one of Canada’s leading insurers, contributed $100,000 to Okanagan College to encourage sustainability training. Half the donation will go to the fund to cover the college’s share of the $28-million building at the Penticton campus and the other half to help develop a new, three-year, Sustainable Construction Management Technology program.

CNC Board Approves Tuition Hike to Help Address Budget Shortfall
The College of New Caledonia’s Board of Governors has approved a two percent tuition increase for 2012/13. The move is one of the first attempts by the board to eliminate a projected $2.3 million budget shortfall.  The increase is expected to generate $100 thousand extra without having a huge impact on students.

NBCC sheds 31 positions in restructuring
The New Brunswick Community College system is cutting 31 positions as the network begins to centralize its administration. The New Brunswick Community College became a Crown corporation almost two years ago and is in the midst of implementing a five-year plan. Marilyn Luscombe, the president and chief executive officer of NBCC, said the aim is to move towards one central college office rather than spread the administration over the six campuses.

Offshore safety centre simulates helicopter crashes
The Marine Institute has improved its training facilities for workers in Newfoundland and Labrador’s offshore oil industry, although demand for safety preparation may exceed what it can deliver. The Offshore Safety and Survival Centre in Foxtrap has new equipment that can help prepare workers for a helicopter crash in the Atlantic Ocean, a follow-through on a recommendation on an inquiry into safety led by retired judge Robert Wells.

$35 Raspberry Pi computer sells out on launch
The ultra-cheap Raspberry Pi computer went on sale Wednesday amid overwhelming demand, crashing the distributors’ websites and selling out on one site shortly thereafter. The $35 Raspberry Pi Model B, which is the size of a credit card and runs on open-source software developed at Toronto’s Seneca College, became available for pre-order at 1 a.m. ET Wednesday from British manufacturers and distributors Premier Farnell and RS Components.

Sheridan partners with Mohawk College
Brampton Guardian
Sheridan and Mohawk colleges entered into an agreement this week that will give students access to a wider selection of programs. The presidents of both colleges signed a memorandum of understanding at Sheridan’s Hazel McCallion Campus in Mississauga. Mohawk is located in Hamilton. The pact ensures the post-secondary institutions will explore opportunities to co-locate programs at both campuses in their respective areas of academic strength.–sheridan-partners-with-mohawk-college

Smithers college course brings paramedics to new levels
Smithers Interior News
A new program at the Northwest Community College (NWCC) in Smithers is bringing high level paramedic training to rural ambulance workers. The Justice Institute of B.C. has teamed up with the NWCC to bring the Primary Care Paramedic Program, which is the second level of ambulance training in the province. The first level is Emergency Medical Responder.

Tougher training now possible at survival centre
The Telegram
The Marine Institute held a show and tell at its Offshore Safety and Survival Centre in Foxtrap on Wednesday, following the completion of $3 million in upgrades to the facility. The upgrades were focused on toughening up survival training and testing at the facility pool — to better prepare workers for dealing with emergencies offshore.

Employability key to success
Vancouver Sun
While learning to think is important, a head full of concepts shouldn’t be the only thing you take with you when you walk away with your degree. Recognizing this demand for employment-related education, Kwantlen Polytechnic University has developed a range of innovative programs, which blend skill development, theoretical education and real-world experience for impressive employability results.