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Friday, September 7, 2012


SIAST finishes first week of classes
Moose Jaw Times-Herald
Ventocilla said, after obtaining a university degree in justice studies, the programs at SIAST are a bit of a change. “It’s a different learning experience for sure as opposed to university. University deals all in theory and SIAST is all hands-on, direct learning,” she said. “I’ve been working for Sasktel for seven years so I thought that me getting this diploma would better my chances when I’m applying to another position.”

Meet Keyano’s new VP of academics
Fort McMurray Today
Taking the helm of Keyano College academics, Catherine Koch has been named as the new vice-president of academics, beginning Oct. 1. With more than 20 years experience in post-secondary institutions across the globe, Koch has delved into a number of disciplines and academic credentialing, including certificates, diplomas and degrees.

Holland College Waterfront Campus welcomes students for first time
Journal Pioneer
Holland College opened its new Summerside campus for the first time Wednesday. The transformed former Waterfront Mall still requires a few finishing touches, but the facility is ready for students.

Students flock to Douglas College this fall
The Tri-City News
Douglas College is seeing record enrollment this year as 11,000 students flock to the New Westminster and Coquitlam campuses. Enrollment is up 6% overall and the number of international students has increased 10% to 1,100 — doubling since 2007. The college is expanding its offerings in sales and marketing, including the establishment of the Peter Legge International Institute for Sales Excellence with a focus on customized industry training, research and seminars, and a new Bachelor of Performing Arts degree is being offered in partnership with Capilano University, Langara College and Vancouver Community College.

New president and CEO for SERC
Lifestyles Publications
The Southeast Regional College’s (SERC) board of governors has announced that Dion McGrath has been named the college’s new president and CEO. McGrath will assume his new position on October 1. McGrath is currently employed with the Saskatchewan Ministry of Advanced Education. With 15 years of experience in the provincial government in multiple and diverse roles, McGrath combines his knowledge of the province’s post secondary system with his experience in economic development.

Mohawk College receives $350000 grant from Scotiabank
Mohawk College got a boost for its revitalization efforts Wednesday when it received a $350,000 donation from Scotiabank. The funds are going towards ongoing construction and renovation projects at Mohawk’s Fennell campus. “Scotiabank is a strong supporter and long-standing partner of Mohawk College,” said Rob MacIssac, Mohawk College president. “We are very appreciative of this donation which will give future generations of Mohawk students an even better place to learn, and provide students in need with the financial support they require to complete their college education.”

Boréal opens curtain on new concert hall
“Through its new facilities and the numerous agreements we signed over the past two years with professionals in the entertainment industry, Collège Boréal demonstrates once again its determination to remain focused on the reality of the job market, living up more than ever to the expectations of its students and their future employers.” The facility will be used by students in the college’s stage technician program. From a technical perspective, its made from 300 incandescent lighting devices and 36 fully automated LED systems, as well as a high performance sound system for concerts, dance performances and film projections.

Two elementary schools to receive musical instruction from MHC Conservatory
Medicine Hat News
Elm Street School and Riverside School have entered into a five-year partnership with the Medicine Hat College Conservatory called Bring on the Music, which will allow students to receive instruction from three of MHC’s music instructors. “The college was looking for a way to use its expertise to the benefit of the community,” said Reagan Weeks, principal of Elm Street School, who said discussions for the program began last year.

College students shown how to spend responsibly
Niagara Falls Review
Post-secondary education can be challenging enough without having to worry about things like money. This September, Niagara College is working to help students deal with those issues so they can spend more time focusing on their education. The college’s orientation co-ordinator, Shauna Tuyp, recalled her own time as a student and the challenges she faced when organizing a series of seven different workshops on topics ranging from financial planning to healthy living.

8 Oceanographic Buoys for Newfoundland Marine Institute
Hydro International
AXYS Technologies Inc. (AXYS), Canada, has recently been awarded a contract by the Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUNs) for 8 oceanographic buoys for delivery later this year. The buoys will expand the existing near shore coastal network off Newfoundland, providing fishermen, vessel operators, weather forecasters and other stakeholders near real time access to a variety of marine meteorological and oceanographic data.

Lakeland’s Lloydminster campus continues to grow
Lloydminster Source
Though Lakeland College’s enrolment numbers are about par for the upcoming school year, Phil Allen, vice president, advancement, won’t be surprised if they begin declining over the next decade or so. Approaching its centennial year, the school itself is doing better than ever, but demographics suggest a decline is imminent.

Student enrolment static at VIU
Nanaimo News Bulletin
The number of students in academic programs heading back to class at Vancouver Island University this fall remains steady. The institution’s upward trend in recent years was reversed last fall with an enrolment dip the equivalent of about 143 full-time students at the Nanaimo campus, which officials attributed to uncertainty about the labour market and the month-long faculty strike in the spring of 2011.

SIAST appoints vice-president
The Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology has a new vice-president of student affairs. Susan McIntyre has been acting VP of student affairs with the institution since last year, but today the school announced it has made her position permanent.

Paramedic Training to be Offered at CNC
Paramedic training will be offered in Prince George next year to help the BC Ambulance Service meet its staffing needs. The Justice Institute of BC has partnered with the College of New Caledonia to offer a program at the college with room for 15 full-time students.

Douglas College gets boost
The Record (New Westminster)
Douglas College welcomed the new school year with a funding boost. The New Westminster-based college received $661,000 as part of the provincial government’s investment in B.C.’s postsecondary infrastructure this year. The money will go toward upgrading campus facilities, including upgrades to the fire protection systems in the college’s library, says a provincial government media release.

Mohawk College goes big for frosh month
He says this incoming crop of Mohawk students have even more zeal for the college experience than usual. “Students are more engaged this year than I have ever seen them,” he said, adding that sometimes organizers just get lucky with a great crop of students. Wayne Poirier, vice-president of student services, said the Mohawk campus is vibrant and coming alive this week. “There’s a really great energy, and this group of students is getting off to a fantastic start,” Poirier said.

New building, new start for many students
Chilliwack Times
A whole lot of students got their first look at the University of the Fraser Valley’s new campus in Canada Education Park Tuesday. Except for a few specialized theatre and agricultural courses and activities, all Chilliwack courses are now offered at the new campus at 45190 Caen Ave. off Keith Wilson Road. UFV’s Trades and Technology Centre has been open nearby since 2007.

ElderCollege all about learning
Nanaimo News Bulletin
What topics interest you most – downtown abbey history,  Greek comedy and Roman satire or  William Faulkner’s greatest hits? These are only a few new courses being offered this fall at Vancouver Island University’s ElderCollege. They among dozens of already popular courses that will also be running such as Vancouver Island history, Bridge the Communist Revolutions, and Birding –Backyard and Beyond.