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Monday, September 10, 2012


College wants alumni back on campus
Sault Star
Sault College has created a formal alumni association with hopes of better connecting with its graduates and hosting more formal get-togethers. The college anticipates welcoming several hundred graduates this fall when it hosts Homecoming 2012 from Nov. 9 to 12. Individual programs, such as personal support worker and nursing, have previously organized their own reunions, said communications officer Tessa Pino.

Cobourg campus offers two new programs
Fleming College’s Cobourg Campus is excited to offer two new programs for Fall 2012: Green Business Management, and Solar Photovoltaic System Planning & Installation. The Green Business Management post-graduate certificate is for individuals who are passionate about creating a more responsible workplace. Courses include Workplace Sustainability, Opportunities in Green Economy, and Implementing Change, and the program combines on-site and online learning.;type=user&func=display&sid=17103

Navigating the corridors of the VCC campus
You can now roam the halls of Vancouver Community College from the comfort of your home as the Broadway campus is now live on Google Street View. The search giant’s team was on campus last year to capture the street-level pictures — letting you navigate through buildings and corridors on Google Maps.–navigating-the-corridors-of-the-vcc-campus

Douglas College gets boost
The Record (New Westminster)
Douglas College welcomed the new school year with a funding boost. The New Westminsterbased 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.

Learning another language easier than many think
Medicine Hat News
Hola, bonjour, kia ora, boozhoo, guten tag. Learning a new language may be hard but it’s not something people should be discouraged over, said Felipe Morales who teaches Spanish language courses with the Medicine Hat College. The college’s Continuing Education programs offer lessons in languages such as French, German, Japanese and Spanish.

Text Book Rental
Bayshore Broadcasting News Centre
Students attending Georgian College will have the option of renting their text books for the semester instead of buying. The school is launching a new program that will see selected titles available for rent at Georgian College book stores at Barrie, Orillia, and Owen Sound campuses and online.

Black: Investing in education promises best returns
Spending on schools, universities and the Nova Scotia Community College is the second-largest provincial expense, after health. Government has made some good choices, but major challenges remain. Spending on post-secondary education is potentially the most valuable economic development investment the province can make. The institutions provide more than 11,000 direct jobs, most of them high paying. And we are net importers of more than 5,000 students, each of whom spend more than $15,000 on local goods and services. But the most valuable contribution is the creation of skills that can compete in the global economy. Unskilled labourers will not be able to compete with counterparts in emerging markets, even at minimum wage rates.

College enrolment up for third year in a row
The Record (New Westminster)
Douglas is also expanding its offerings to give students more choice. Beginning this fall, students can take postdegree programs in sales and accounting. In May, in partnership with Capilano University, Langara College and Vancouver Community College, Douglas began offering a bachelor of performing arts degree for students and working professionals with a significant background in the arts.

Community college students eager to show off their programs
Truro Daily News
The fifth annual Nova Scotia Community College Truro campus program profile challenge will take place this week. The Program Profile Challenge will be held on Wednesday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the college on Arthur Street. The challenge is an event in which a group of students from the Nova Scotia Community College Truro campus will present to other students, staff, judges and the community exactly who they are and what their program is about.

College to host pow wow
Vernon Morning Star
Nursing students at Okanagan College will be among those learning more about the cultural significance of the pow wow as the college prepares to host the fourth annual Youth Exhibition Pow Wow Sept. 20 in Kelowna. “The students are so excited to be attending, they’re beyond excited,” said practical nursing instructor Dana Susheski. “Aboriginal cultural understanding has become an increasingly significant part of the province’s mandated curriculum, so opportunities like this are really valuable.”

Post-secondary numbers strong
Chatham Daily News
Fall enrolment is “strong” for the fourth consecutive year at Ridgetown campus of the University of Guelph. More than 600 students settled in Tuesday for classes that offer degree, diploma and certificate programs. It was the same story at Thames campus of St. Clair College, where approximately 1,300 full-time students have begun classes.

Okanagan College Alumni Association Grants Social Media Innovator 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award
HQ Kelowna
One of the biggest names in social media today – Ryan Holmes, CEO and founder of HootSuite – is this year’s recipient of the Okanagan College Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumni Award. Holmes is known worldwide as the brains behind the multi-million dollar social media management powerhouse HootSuite, and it all started with his studies at Okanagan College’s Vernon campus.

Developing skills for the 21st century workplace
The Tri-City News
Douglas College wants to partner with the private sector to educate a more skilled workforce. That’s the message college president Scott McAlpine will be bringing to the New Westminster Chamber of Commerce this Wednesday.

St. Clair College urges patience for parking woes
Windsor Star
St. Clair College is urging students to be patient as the school year’s busy start makes campus parking hard to find. “It happens every year and we ask for patience,” said spokesman John Fairley. “With the first week of school, the first couple of weeks, there are a lot more cars than what we have room for. That is typical how we start off the year. A lot of people are coming to pick up books, changing schedules, paying, and they may not have classes. Some people are even enrolling and are not really part of the day-to-day of what the school is going to look like in three or four weeks.”