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Monday, August 27, 2012


UFV still bursting at the seams
Abbotsford Times
The University of the Fraser Valley is struggling to meet students’ needs and growing enrolment in the face of a continued provincial funding freeze in the coming year. Eric Davis, UFV provost and vice-president academic, said for the last couple of years UFV as a whole, and especially the Abbotsford campus, is feeling the pinch of too many students and not enough money.

Langley hub of health studies
Langley AdvanceNews
“I can’t breathe,” rasps the patient in the hospital bed. Fortunately, it’s not an emergency. The “patient” is being tested out, but soon he’ll be switched off until the arrival of health and nursing students to the Langley campus of Kwantlen Polytechnic University in two weeks. Contractors and technicians are putting the finishing touches on the revamped wing that formerly housed the trades courses at the Langley site.

Foreign-trained nurses translate skills
Toronto Star
Having passed her exams in George Brown College’s Academic Pathway for Nurses Graduate Certificate program, she has received the approval of the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) to practise. At any given time, 400 to 500 internationally trained nurses are enrolled in the George Brown program to fill gaps in their education — as identified by the CNO — and to become familiarized with the Ontario health-care system.–foreign-trained-nurses-translate-skills

College crowd to be wowed
Niagara Advance
When Niagara College opens its doors to more than 4,700 new students in a couple of short weeks, it wants its welcome to be warm. To usher in the slew of new full-time first-year Knights, the college is hosting a series of orientation activities that kick off Tuesday, Sept. 4. “The overall theme this year has been to enhance student success. That’s what orientation is all about,” said Phil Hayes, the college’s associate registrar. “It’s about having a balance of social engagement and academic preparation.”

SIAST’S part-time courses boost career prospects
Regina Leader-Post
SIAST’s new continuing education calendar offers more than 800 courses for people who want to explore a new career or improve their workplace skills. Flexible learning options are available, such as evening, weekend and online courses, which allow students to learn while working or caring for a family.

Educational investing
CRIBE and Confederation College have teamed up to give students a chance to get hands-on training in the bio-energy field. Officials with the Centre for Research and Innovation in Bio-Economy announced Thursday they would provide more than $460,000 to develop a research facility at the college’s Thunder Bay campus.

Holland College Waterfront campus on time and on budget, college says
The Guardian Charlottetown
Holland College is almost ready to roll out the welcome mat for students of its new Summerside centre. Work on the Waterfront Campus, formerly the Waterfront Mall, is on time and on budget according to the college’s facilities manager, Justin Dunn.,-college-says/1

College to offer more trades training
Okanagan College students will soon have access to more skilled trades-related training. The college and BC government announced Thursday that more than $550,000 in one-time funding will be used to offer training in mining, oil and gas related supervision and safety and green building design, among others.

SIAST expects increased enrollment; housing lacking
Moose Jaw Times-Herald
Students at SIAST Palliser campus have been preparing to head back to school. And though students are allowed to apply throughout the year, officials with the school expect to see a growth in attendance in their September audit. The school experienced attendance growth by 6.1 per cent and dean of industrial training Dennis Johnson said, with a booming economy, he expects to see that movement continue.

Boreal hosts Priestley production
The Sudbury Star
The Sudbury film industry doesn’t look like it will slow down anytime soon, and College Boreal is proud to be part of that boom. With its ultra-modern, varied facilities and its stage management programs, the college is able to meet the needs of professionals in this industry. The main campus is currently playing host to the filming of Cas & Dylan, the first movie directed by Jason Priestley, starring Richard Dreyfuss and Tatiana Maslany.

Nunavut’s nursing program plans Inuktitut course, higher entrance standards
Nunatsiaq News
Starting this fall semester, all first year Nunavut Arctic College nursing students will take a required 30-hour conversational Inuktitut course to be taught by a qualified Nunavut Teachers Education Program instructor. The pilot project comes after feedback from many Inuit people and patients who say they would like nurses to speak to them in Inuktitut.

Bio-wall at college library more than ‘pretty plants’
Globe and Mail
A wall of lush tropical plants soars four storeys above the atrium of the Centennial College Library and Academic Facility at the Progress campus of the Ontario college. Even on a scorching summer morning in Toronto, groups of students cluster around almost every table and fill the casual seating balconies on upper floors that project out in front of the wall. But it takes a few minutes in the space to become conscious of another attractive, but rare, feature in this school building: the refreshing air quality.

Confederation College of Thunder Bay prepares for mining construction boom in Ontario Ring of Fire
Daily Commercial News
As mining exploration ramps up in the Ring of Fire in northwestern Ontario, the construction industry in the region awaits busy times. Along with the expected building construction boom, there will be bridges, roads and power infrastructure to build plus “a whole range of unprecedented development,” says Don Bernosky, vice-president, Regional Workforce Development (RWD), at Confederation College in Thunder Bay.–confederation-college-of-thunder-bay-prepares-for-mining-construction-boom-in-ontario-ring-of-fire

Guyana Mining School for September launch
Demerara Waves
“What we’re doing is collaborating with these companies so when these experts come in to do their work we will structure the programmes so they will also be there.” The curriculum for the school is still being developed with assistance from the College of the North Atlantic and the Marine Institute in Canada. The school is being bankrolled initially by the government and there is a starting investment of some GUY$35M but Persaud added that they will be looking to see how the sector can play a larger role in the school’s operation.

Sheridan launches workshops for business
Brampton Guardian
This fall Sheridan College is launching workshops for Brampton business executives. The Executive Learning Workshops will officially begin with four course offerings— Project Management Fundamentals, Project Management Leadership, Strategic Time Management and The Art of Presentation Skills.–sheridan-launches-workshops-for-business

Inside the Niagara College Teaching Brewery: Here, they teach critical drinking
National Post
No parent hopes their progeny spends the majority of their post-secondary waking hours thinking about beer. That is, of course, unless the post-secondary institution in question is Niagara College, and the program of study is the Brewmaster and Brewery Operations Management program, now heading into its third year on the heels of graduating its first class in June.

CF pilot program takes off
The Barrie Advance
Aaron Jeffrey, 17, was sworn into the Canadian Forces Air Environmental Affiliated Degree (AEAD) program by his father, Maj. Frank Jeffrey. Five people have been accepted to the program so far, which combines the academic requirements for a bachelor’s degree in Aviation Technology from Seneca College with Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) pilot training.–cf-pilot-program-takes-off

College creates new role
Vernon Morning Star
One of Okanagan College’s longest-serving employees is now taking on the new role of director of learning and teaching. Jayne Brooks has spent the last year in an interim basis developing the position, which includes providing leadership for the college’s Institute for Learning and Teaching.

VIU is anticipating enrolment increase
As staff at Vancouver Island University gear up for the fall semester, registration numbers are looking good, according to Fred Jacklin, registrar of ennrolment services. “In our academic and diploma programs, enrolment is up 2.3% over this time last year,” he said. This figure covers all four VIU campuses but excludes the trades program.