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Friday, August 31, 2012


Despite ample rental vacancies, VIU students still struggle with housing
Nanaimo Daily News
There are rental vacancies everywhere, but college students are still struggling to find housing they can afford. That’s according to Steve Beasley, executive director of the Vancouver Island University Students’ Union. He says students’ budgets are too stretched to access safe, affordable housing in the city, as well as cover other expenses.

Want a sustainable building built?
Kawartha Media Group
Companies and individuals interested in having a sustainable building constructed now have the opportunity to team up with Fleming College. The college’s Sustainable Building Design and Construction program, is currently seeking expressions of interest from those in the community who are interested in having a building put up as part of the 2013 course, which runs from April to August. The program gives students the opportunity to get involved in both the design and construction aspects of the building, using a variety of sustainable building materials and systems.–want-a-sustainable-building-built

College-unversity sign collaborition agreement
Alberni Valley News
Officials from North Island College and Pacific Coast University for Workplace Health Sciences on Tuesday signed a memorandum of agreement to increase collaboration between the two schools. PCU-WHS is a chartered degree-granting university specializing in disability management, and is on track to begin classroom instruction in September 2013, subject to provincial approval. The MOA would allow PCU-WHS students to take prerequisite courses, known as “breadth requirements,” at NIC, and to apply existing NIC credits towards their degree program, according to NIC president Jan Lindsay. (Vancouver Island University also mentioned in article)

McMaster and Mohawk launching joint certificate in Social Sciences
Exchange Morning Post
Building on their reputation for innovative teaching and learning, McMaster University and Mohawk College are proud to announce a new affiliated certificate partnership. The unique program will allow students in McMaster’s Faculty of Social Sciences to pursue a Mohawk College certificate while simultaneously completing a university degree. Each class offered through the Hamilton college will also be recognized as a McMaster elective – alleviating the need to take extra classes after-hours.

Averted strike means more interest in St. Clair College
Windsor Star
News that a faculty strike is likely averted for colleges across Ontario has produced an added bonus at St. Clair College: a surge of inquiries. “With the news of the strike being over we have had such a spike in interest today,” John Fairley, St. Clair vice-president of community relations, said Thursday.  “I think there was a lot of people sitting in the wings. “There have been more people calling and stopping by. People were waiting to make decisions.”

VIU gets $3.4M in funding but is bracing for future cuts
Vancouver Island University will receive $3.4 million in provincial funding to deal with infrastructure issues at its five campuses, Advanced Education Minister Naomi Yamamoto announced Wednesday. VIU president Ralph Nilson said the money makes up for the loss last year of the province’s annual capital allowance, which covered many of the infrastructure needs of B.C.’s universities and colleges, as the Liberal government began a series of belt-tightening initiatives to balance its budget.

College enrolment still rising in Comox Valley
by Comox Valley Record
More programs and more students are expected at the Comox Valley campus of North Island College this fall. According to NIC director of college and community relations Susan Auchterlonie, enrolment numbers are stabilizing region-wide compared to the past two years, but in the Comox Valley things are different….