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Tuesday, April 10, 2012


Tuition fee fight reaches critical point as semester runs out of time

Montreal Gazette
The Fédération étudiante collégiale du Québec says that day is a kind of point of no return when CEGEPs will have to figure out how to make up lost time before June 15, which is as long as most college teachers have to work, contractually. In fact, a few CEGEPs – such as Collège Montmorency in Laval – have already had to cancel their summer sessions to accommodate the extended semester.

CNC balancing the budget
Caledonia Courier
College of New Caledonia’s (CNC) Board of Governors learned Friday the college is well positioned to balance the budget for the 2012-13 fiscal year. The college had been projecting a $2.3-million budget shortfall for next year, if nothing was done to address rising expenses and declining revenues and funding. CNC President John Bowman said there is still work to be done, but things are on track to present a balanced budget for the board’s approval on April 27.

Camosun College, Vancouver Island University among B.C. institutions to offer free ESL classes for all Canadians
Victoria Times Colonist
English-language courses are now available free of charge at 17 BC post-secondary institutions for all Canadian citizens. Previously, free ESL classes were only offered to new immigrants. But now the province is extending that service all citizens, the government said in a release. Instruction will be provided at basic, intermediate and advanced levels for people whose first language is not English.
(Article mentions Camosun College, Capilano University, College of New Caledonia, College of the Rockies, Douglas College, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Langara College, North Island College, Northwest Community College, Northern Lights College, Okanagan College, Selkirk College, University of the Fraser Valley, Vancouver Community College, and Vancouver Island University)

Continuing education courses keep senior’s mind active
Vancouver Sun
The University of B.C., as well as Langara and Douglas colleges, VCC and the University of the Fraser Valley, offer some courses tuition-free for seniors 65 and older, and others at a discount. Capilano University has a program called Eldercollege geared to adults 55 and up “with a zest for learning and exploring life,” which costs $139 per term or $75 for a single course, according to the program’s website.

College teaches emergency responder communication
Algonquin College has been training future police, paramedics and firefighters for years and with the help of a new online program, the college hopes they’ll be better prepared to work together in the field. Web Alive is an online world that simulates emergency scenarios. It teaches emergency responders how to communicate with each other on the job.

Camosun staff memo reveals wide cuts
Vancouver Sun
Camosun College unveiled deep cuts to programs and services Thursday as it struggles to erase a $2.5-million deficit. College president Kathryn Laurin provided details to staff and faculty in an internal memo, a copy of which was obtained by the Times Colonist. “This is a difficult time in Camosun’s history and I know that we all feel very deeply for our colleagues who will be impacted by the difficult decisions that have been made to balance the budget,” she said.

Olds College Gala 2012 honours supporters
Calgary Herald
Olds College Gala 2012 recognized J.C. (Jack) Anderson as Partner-of-the-Year, awarded an honorary degree to Bow Valley College president Sharon Carry and entertained a record crowd nearing 500 guests at the recent glam event held on campus.

Edwards felt time was right to leave college after seven years
Lethbridge Herald
Come Canada Day, Tracy Edwards will be casting her line into a lake somewhere in northern Saskatchewan and contemplating her life after being the president of Lethbridge College for the past seven years. “I decided it was the appropriate time for me to leave the institution because right now our planning cycle takes us out to 2014. We’ve got a very strong board, we’ve got a strong leadership team and we have a lot of community support. Exiting at this point will give a new leader time to get their feet underneath them before they go into the next planning process from 2015 to 2020,” Edwards said Friday.

North Island’s first exercise and wellness program launched by NIC
North Island College is taking education to the slopes this September, with a new Exercise and Wellness certificate, dedicated to understanding and improving your own health and the health of others through active living. Learn to sail, kayak, stand-up paddle board, and go Nordic skiing over eight months as you explore your fitness and prepare for a career as a personal trainer, group fitness leader, wellness consultant, or fitness coach. Complete one year here, earn a certificate, and guarantee your spot at Camosun College’s two year Exercise and Wellness diploma, or, transfer into education, recreation, and health-related programs at Vancouver Island University and beyond.

No co-op positions? Try student consulting
Globe and Mail
Colleges and universities are increasingly cultivating opportunities for students to gain work experience as an integral part of earning their diploma or degree. At Winnipeg’s Red River College, the School of Business and Applied Arts has developed a new model of learn-work experience that goes beyond traditional forms of co-operative education and internships.

Giving students the tools
Nelson Star
“In this field, talent and efficiency are key,” he said. “Our role as instructors is to ensure that the student’s technical abilities match their creative talents. We work with students one-on-one, offering feedback and support. We demand a lot from our students, because we want them to succeed.” Unlike bigger schools in Calgary and Vancouver, Jolly feels that the small class sizes offer an advantage to Selkirk students. “Because of small class sizes, we are able to work with students individually and focus on their strengths and goals,” he said. “We get to know our students well, and are personally invested in their success. Lower tuition fees are a big benefit as well.”

Algonquin College’s new campus moves toward opening
EMC Arnprior
Staff at Algonquin College in the Ottawa Valley are pleased with such new programs as Co-opWorks, pre-apprenticeship carpentry, environmental technology, and applied research. But the biggest reason for enthusiasm is the Pembroke college’s new waterfront campus, which is scheduled to open this September. During the March 29 session of county council, Jamie Bramburger, manager of community and student services for Algonquin College in the Ottawa Valley, provided an update of activities related to the campus opening.

Camosun communication program first to suffer college budget cuts
Victoria Times Colonist
A Camosun College program that trains students for careers in journalism, publishing and public relations has been decimated by budget cuts. Kim O’Hare, who teaches radio in the applied communication program, said faculty and staff were told Wednesday that the two-year course will cease to exist after next year. The college will not accept any new students, and students going into their second year will be the final graduating class.

Nunavut Arctic College thanks Iqaluit firefighters
Staff and students from Nunavut Arctic College gave the Iqaluit fire department 15 pairs of handmade mittens Tuesday night as a gesture of thanks for their efforts at the Creekside Village fire. Two people died in the Feb. 26 fire that destroyed the 22-unit townhouse complex. It housed mostly Nunavut Arctic College students and their relatives.

Sault College makes international sales pitch
Sault Star
Sault College officials are travelling to several countries as the school prepares to welcome its first international students this fall. President Ron Common and registrar Krista Pearson were in China and South Korea last November. They attended an international education fair in Shanghai and were part of a Canadian-only schools event in Seoul. The latter program was co-ordinated by the Canadian embassy in the Korean capital.

Tough love for Loyalist College
Belleville Intelligencer
City council says its decision to provide hundreds of thousands to Loyalist College should be seen as an ‘investment’ in the city’s future and not simply a donation to Loyalist. It’s a message that was stressed a number of times during Wednesday’s operating budget discussions as councillors debated a $1 million request from the college for its campaign to purchase equipment for the new Sustainable Skills, Technology and Life Sciences Centre. The college had asked for the $1 million over six years but will, instead, receive $500,000 over the next three years.

Former ‘Dragons’ Den’ star speaks at Durham College
If W. Brett Wilson returns to Durham College in five years, he’d like to see some big changes. The former Dragons’ Den star and host of Risky Business didn’t single out the college, but referred to all post-secondary institutions when he said marketing, entrepreneurship and philanthropy should be core courses for business students.–former-dragons-den-star-speaks-at-durham-college

Researchers make crash test dummy for bikes
Calgary Sun
After two test runs in a mock bicycle crash, the bike was in pieces, but the incalculably valuable dummy was intact, and ready to spew valuable readings from its sensors about the effect of a crash impact on a cyclist’s body. The project was a co-operative effort of the mechanical and aerospace engineering students from Carleton University and mechanical technician students from Algonquin College. They’ve been working away on it all year — about 25 of them altogether.