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Tuesday, April 3, 2012


Le Cégep soigne sa campagne publicitaire
Trait d’Union
Confronté au défi que représente le recrutement de candidats pour l’enseignement en soins infirmiers, le Cégep régional de Lanaudière se tourne vers les médias sociaux pour une campagne de recrutement.

Niagara College student brews up success
Thorold News
But then she began to explore turning that hobby into a career and was accepted into Niagara College’s program last fall. Craig Youdale, chair of the Canadian Food and Wine Institute at the college, said he was proud of Robertson and her win.

Le Collège Montmorency annule sa session d’été et fait pression sur Québec
Courrier Laval
En raison du fait que la présente session sera inévitablement repoussée jusqu’au moins la mi-juin, la Direction des études du Collège Montmorency n’a eu d’autre choix que de lever les cours de la session d’été, offerts aux étudiants de l’enseignement régulier. Cette «décision difficile» s’imposait, considérant que la session estivale n’aurait pu se terminer au-delà de la mi-juillet, alors que la direction devra procéder à certaines «opérations préparatoires à la session d’automne», mentionne-t-on dans un communiqué publié le 2 avril.

Okanagan College professor lands on CBC awards podium
Vernon Morning Star
Okanagan College English professor Alix Hawley has been named one of the four runner-ups for the CBC Literary Prizes in the short story category. “I had just about given up hope when I got the message from CBC. It was a happy way to start the day,” said Hawley, who will receive $1,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts for her short story Tentcity..

Activité exploratoire en Technologies de l’électronique au cégep de Drummondville
Express Drummondville
«Traditionnellement, peu d’étudiants s’inscrivent dans ce programme malgré le fait que le taux de placement est excellent et les possibilités de carrière nombreuses, explique Isabelle Côté, conseillère en communication au Cégep de Drummondville. Cette activité a donc pour but de démystifier le programme Technologies de l’électronique et de faire découvrir aux participants l’option Ordinateurs et réseaux offerte localement en collaboration avec l’entreprise de réputation mondiale Cisco.»

Students stir up medals
Nanaimo News Bulletin
Vancouver Island University culinary arts students have done it again. Competing at the 16th annual B.C. Chefs Hot Competition Live at the Vancouver convention centre in January, they won several medals, including grand gold, grand silver and grand bronze.

Deux cégeps annulent leurs cours d’été
La Presse
Dans son message qui annonce la levée de cours pour la session d’été, le Collège Montmorency demande au gouvernement de négocier avec les étudiants. Le Conseil d’administration «salue l’implication citoyenne du mouvement étudiant et invite du même coup le gouvernement du Québec à ouvrir le dialogue avec celui-ci afin de dénouer la crise actuelle et de favoriser le retour en classe des étudiants dans les plus brefs délais», peut-on y lire.

Algonquin students respond to virtual emergencies to practise for the real ones
Ottawa Citizen
The ‘Second Life’ style program was created because there was a concern that fresh-out-of-school first responders had poor communications skills when dealing with other emergency workers. “The police will want to collect evidence while the paramedics will want to look after the medical needs of the victim, there can be conflict there and they have to be able to negotiate with each other, but that can only happen through communication,” said Eleanor Riesen, a professor of nursing at Algonquin College who is using this program, now in its second year, with her students.

That’s a wrap: Ontario film industry posts a hot 2011
The Toronto Observer
Around 30000 full-time direct and spin-off jobs were filled, with some of them employing Centennial College film instructor Malcolm Byard’s students. “A lot of Centennial grads and fourth and fifth semester students were able to work on set last year on TV shows like Alphas, Warehouse 13, and Nikita, and big feature films like Total Recall and Cosmopolis,” Byard said. “One or two big feature films a year really make a huge difference.”

Okanagan dreaming
Calgary Herald
The valley is home to one of the fastest growing and active chapters of the Canadian Culinary Federation, he says, adding that Okanagan College is playing a vital role in developing wine country cuisine with its culinary arts program and “good, passionate instructors.” “A lot of juniors went to Calgary or Vancouver for school. Now they’re staying here. It’s really exciting.”

Irving shipyard set to modernize
In addition to the loans from the province, Irving Shipbuilding will spend between $5 million to $10 million annually of its own cash in what was described as “sustainable capital investment” over the next 30 years. It will also contribute $250,000 per year over the next 30 years to support the Irving Shipbuilding Centre of Excellence at the Nova Scotia Community College. The centre of excellence has a mandate to train a new generation of skilled tradespeople, with an emphasis on recruiting and training aboriginals, visible minorities and women.

Leading by example
Collège Boréal has awarded its 2012 Prix de la Francophonie (francophone community award) to Justin Lemieux.

Alberta culinary students get creative with pulses
Western Producer
Mallory Bowes and Elizabeth Dowdell tweaked their recipe 14 times before winning a student food product development competition with an instant angel food cake mix made with pulse flour.
The culinary arts students from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology won first prize in the Mission imPulseible contest for their gluten-free, nut-free, dairy-free instant cake mix.

Retiring president honoured at SIAST networking dinner
Moose Jaw Times-Herald
He paid tribute to retiring president Dr. Robert McCulloch for his role in expanding enrolment and raising the school’s profile. “Dr. McCulloch put SIAST up there as a first-line choice,” said Andrews. McCulloch, who retires in June after 10 years as president and CEO, was the keynote speaker at the dinner, an annual event held to provide networking opportunities for students and potential employers.

Bladerunner graduates take control of their destiny
Columbia Valley Pioneer
Resumé writing, preparing for interviews and acquiring the needed training can all be barriers to gaining employment, but a new program offered through a partnership between the Ktunaxa First Nation and the College of the Rockies in Invermere is helping residents take control of their destiny and find work locally. The Bladerunner program was first established as a way for the trade industry in the Lower Mainland to find qualified workers leading up to the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

Langara College’s largest endowment ever funded by estate of late Province columnist
The Province
The largest endowment in Langara College’s history was announced Wednesday and comes from the estate of late Province columnist Jeani Read. The endowment — a $1.3 million gift from Jeani’s husband and playwright Michael Mercer, who passed away in 2010 — will create two annual $10,000 journalism scholarships to help kick-start the careers of graduating students.

The Selkirk College advantage
Nelson Star
Deciding a career path is a challenge for most people and for those who are more creative it can be difficult to find a career that is financially viable and satisfies the creative urges. For two former Selkirk College students the digital arts and new media program provided them with the skills and passion to succeed.

NSAC merger with Dalhousie University becomes official July 1
Atlantic Farm Focus
That was the message delivered Friday (March 23) by Dr. Leslie MacLaren, co-president of the Nova Scotia Agricultural College (NSAC), regarding the pending merger with Halifax-based Dalhousie University. Addressing her message through the media to NSAC alumni, faculty, staff and students, MacLaren said the long-awaited merger with Dalhousie is an “absolutely” positive move that will benefit all involved.

Algonquin College masonry students hold the fort in Churchill, Manitoba
Daily Commercial News
Algonquin College’s masonry heritage and tradition program specializes in field placement for students. That program has taken them to such diverse projects as the restoration of an historic fort on the shore of Hudson Bay and a century-old Ontario textile mill. Program coordinator Rod Bain has been with the program for almost a decade. With a background as a contractor specializing in restoration of historic carpentry and stonework, he’s applied himself to such high-profile restorations as Ottawa’s Connaught Building, the Supreme Court of Canada Building, and the West Block of the Parliament of Canada.–algonquin-college-masonry-students-hold-the-fort-in-churchill-manitoba

VIU launches new program for teachers
Vancouver Island University is launching a new graduate diploma program in online learning and teaching for teachers and those holding a Bachelor of Education degree. The two-year part-time, fully online program, trains students to use existing and emergent technologies to optimize online learning and teaching opportunities for a range of diverse learners.

Jobs waiting for machinists
Machinists are in high demand across the province. The booming resource sector is putting pressure on the steel manufacturing industry to ramp up capacity. Despite the need for workers, the machinist programs at the SIAST campuses in Saskatoon and Regina are still looking for applications to fill the 24 spots available in each city this fall. In fact, at one point earlier this year there were just two applicants for Saskatoon and three for Regina.

Graphic example for success
Belleville Intelligencer
After four years of development, Loyalist College is ready to draw up plans for the September launch of a new three-year graphic design program. In 2008, Lisa De Angelis, animation teacher at the community college’s school of media studies and the co-ordinator of the new program, began the process by extensively researching the curriculum of other schools in the province that offer comparable program as well as evaluating the current state of the graphic design profession.

NWCC’s mining school strikes interest in Nunavik, Yukon
Smithers Interior News
Northwest Community College may find new ground for its mining field school—Nunavik, northern Québec. Tony Harris, industry liaison with NWCC’s School of Exploration and Mining, recently introduced the school in Kuujjuaq, an Inuit town of 2,500 just south of the tree line in the Nunavik region near Ungava Bay.