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Tuesday, September 18, 2012


Colleges Rise Up
Toronto Star
“People used to see college as a vocational school,” says Linda Franklin, president of Colleges Ontario. “That has changed as colleges have broadened their mandate and now do everything from academic upgrading to degree granting.” Post-secondary institutions are no longer a vertical hierarchy, in which students who can’t get into university go to college instead. The line between the two types of institutions is beginning to blur. In addition to co-op, apprenticeship, certificate and diploma programs, 12 colleges now also offer degree programs at 21 campuses across Ontario. And for many, the prestige of university degree is giving way to the bottom-line — finding job after graduation. (article mentions George Brown College, Centennial College, Seneca College and Algonquin College)–colleges-rise-up

Ça tourne au Cégep
Nouvelle Union
Grâce à un partenariat entre le cégep de Victoriaville et la Télévision communautaire des Bois-Francs (TVCBF), les élèves du programme Arts et lettres, profil culture et communication, peuvent désormais vivre tout le processus relié à la production d’émissions télévisuelles.

Whitehorse gets machine to convert plastic into oil
Project manager Andy Lera first read about what he calls the “amazing” machine more than a year ago. He read that a Japanese man who was tired of seeing so much waste plastic being burned had found a relatively inexpensive way of converting plastic to crude oil. Lera pitched the idea to Cold Climate Innovation at Yukon College’s research centre. The centre convinced the federal government to share in the cost, which is around $200,000.

Une douzième année pour les Mercredis des sciences humaines
Nouvelle Union
Le début de l’année scolaire au cégep de Victoriaville marque depuis 12 ans, le lancement des Mercredis des sciences humaines. Encore une fois cette session, les élèves de sciences humaines et la population en général auront accès à des activités variées dont un documentaire, un panel et une conférence.

Durham College, UOIT, Trent numbers up in 2012
Northumberland News
Durham College’s numbers are up too. The school has seen more than 8,700 full-time students at its Oshawa and Whitby campuses, and brand-new Pickering Learning Site, since classes began on Sept. 5. This includes more than 5,200 new students — a new student enrolment increase of 12 per cent. New international student enrolment is also up 85 per cent with 141 new students from other countries attending Durham College this semester.–durham-college-uoit-trent-numbers-up-in-2012

Predicting the ocean
Clarenville Packet
Thanks to cod fish and satellites, researchers and scientists alike will soon have a better idea of how the waters around this province are changing and the effect that is having on some of the organisms that live in them. “This is a neat thing, it’s all quite new,” begins Dr. George Rose, of the Marine Institute of Memorial University.

Smart phone game app orients new students to campus
Nanaimo News Bulletin
A game played using smart phones will get new students oriented to their campus and community. Vancouver Island University Students’ Union in Nanaimo is launching a new mobile social media app for iPhones and Android system-based phones designed to help students find their way around campus and Nanaimo.

College Profiles: Centennial College
Toronto Star
Centennial was Ontario’s first community college when it opened in 1966 in an old radar factory on Warden Ave. with just 500 students and 145 programs. Today it has four campuses and seven satellite locations, and is one of the most culturally diverse post-secondary institutions in Canada — some 80 languages are spoken by 100 different ethno-cultural groups. Courses are career-oriented, with jobs virtually guaranteed for some programs — the following have an employment rate of 90% or higher…–college-profiles-centennial-college

College Profiles: Durham College
Toronto Star
Durham College has strong partnerships with York and Trent universities, and shares a campus with the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. The result is a number of bridging programs that allow students in particular areas of study to move easily between college diploma courses and university courses and degrees. The college, in conjunction with UOIT, supports laptop-based learning with full integration of wireless services on campus, e-learning content and curriculum development. Altogether, it’s a fast-growing school, constantly innovating, adding and expanding programs to meet student needs.–college-profiles-durham-college

College Profiles: George Brown
Toronto Star
Toronto’s George Brown College is one of the biggest and best “hands-on” colleges in the country. Health sciences classrooms include hospital labs with lifelike mannequins that speak and have vital signs. Carpentry lab tools are construction-site ready. The school operates nine fully licensed childcare centres where early childhood education students learn on the job. The upscale Chef’s House is open to the public and fully staffed by culinary students and hospitality students. And the faculty is composed of working professionals from a variety of fields, including tradespeople, certified accountants, accomplished actors, professional engineers and more.–college-profiles-george-brown

College Profiles: Humber College
Toronto Star
In 1990, Humber became the first college to offer graduate certificates to university grads who wanted job-related training. Since 2002, Humber has been offering integrated degree-diploma programs through a partnership with the University of Guelph. With so many popular programs, the students who do get in tend to be focused and hard-working — like Zsofi Balazs, 22, pursuing a police foundations diploma. Originally from Hungary, Balazs finished 18th in the women’s marathon 10km swim at the London Olympics this summer. What struck her about Humber was how practical experience was combined with academic courses:–college-profiles-humber-college

College Profiles: Mohawk College
Toronto Star
Fighting to stay awake during late-night work sessions in the Mac lab, pub nights at the Arnie with “ridiculously cheap” beer, and surviving on greasy fast food from the school’s “endearing, hole-in-the-wall kitchen,” The Grill is how Bobby Box, advertising and marketing communications ‘10 grad, remembers his three years at Mohawk. The pub has since been renovated and healthier food franchises are now available, “but one thing that hasn’t changed, and I hope never will,” says Box, “is the passion teachers exude and pass on to their students.”–college-profiles-mohawk-college

College Profiles: Seneca College
Toronto Star
Seneca has always had an innovative approach to education. In 1988, it was the first college in Ontario to have a joint articulation agreement with a secondary school — offering academic and skills upgrading programs as credit courses for students at Georges Vanier Secondary School. In 2002, Seneca became the first college in Ontario to offer a degree program, with its Bachelor of Applied Business, Financial Services Management program.–college-profiles-seneca-college

College Profiles: Sheridan College
Toronto Star
Sheridan integrates theory with application to prepare students for careers in visual and performing arts, business, community services and technical fields. But, with 43 graduates who last year worked on seven different Oscar-nominated films, the school is best-known as a major talent pool for Hollywood producers. As the school’s president, Dr. Jeff Zabudsky, justifiably boasts on his blog, Sheridan is “acknowledged as the #1 School in the world for Animation, Gaming and Design by animation industry professionals and recruiters as well as industry-reviewed lists like the Princeton Review.”–college-profiles-sheridan-college

Other College Profiles
Toronto Star
Short profiles of Algonquin College, Cambrian College, Canadore College, Collège Boréal, Conestoga College, Confederation College, Fanshawe College, Fleming College, Georgian College, La Cité collégiale, Lambton College, Loyalist College, Niagara College, Northern College, St. Clair College, St. Lawrence College and Sault College.–other-college-profiles

Ontario Is Where It’s At
Toronto Star
Success on the college scene is equally impressive — winning accolades and prizes in programs designed in conjunction with the job market. Niagara College Canadian Food and Wine Institute, for example, is the scenic home to the country’s first teaching winery and only brewmaster and brewery operations program. … Paul Whalen, 37, worked at a Rogers Communications call centre for 19 years before he finally applied to Seneca College’s computer systems technology program. He sought out a course with professor Chris Tyler, Industrial Research Chair for Colleges by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada and author of many titles about Linux and open-source software. … Centennial College’s Ryan Gomes, 23, took his love of auto mechanics to the next level by studying aircraft mechanics.–ontario-is-where-it-s-at

University Profiles: University of Guelph
Toronto Star
In 1964, the Ontario Agricultural College, the Macdonald Institute and the Ontario Veterinary College amalgamated to form Guelph. Today it’s one of Canada’s top schools, and is “dedicated to cultivating the essentials for our quality of life — water, food, environment, animal and human health, community, commerce, culture and learning. The University community also shares a profound sense of social responsibility, an obligation to address global issues and a concern for international development.” There’s a real sense of community on a campus of classic old brick structures mixed with mid-century Brutalism. Guelph has a partnership with Humber College, which has created an offshoot called the University of Guelph-Humber. Located on Humber’s North Campus in Toronto, it offers eight programs, each of which grant both an honours degree and college diploma.–university-profiles-university-of-guelph

At the old Brick Works, rubber works as a playground material
Toronto Star
The design is the brainchild of Gloria Perez and Jessica Gafic, Humber College interior design graduates, who won last fall’s inaugural challenge to Ontario post-secondary design students from the nonprofit agency Ontario Tire Stewardship, in partnership with the Ontario Association of Landscape Architects. Students were asked to design a new ecological landscape feature using products made from recycled tires.–at-the-old-brick-works-rubber-works-as-a-playground-material

Construction association marks 25 years
Fort McMurray Today
“It’s a memorandum of understanding between us and Keyano to get students into the trades and into our workforce with us. Keyano does the training, our membership does the employing afterwards,” said Charles Iggulden, president of the FMCA. “We’ve worked together over the years, but this is just bringing our relationship closer together and a longer-term focus for us. Keyano’s always been a very good partner to us, and we just want to enhance it to a long-term future.” The MoU was signed by Iggulden and president and CEO of Keyano College, Kevin Nagel, who recognized the efforts and importance of the FMCA despite severe labour shortages throughout the region.

Lethbridge College expands rural reach
Western Producer
Just in time for the start of a new semester, Lethbridge College has opened its fifth rural campus. Vulcan, about 75 kilometres north of Lethbridge, will be offering college courses using video conferencing as well as direct instruction. The town joins the ranks of rural college campuses in Fort Macleod, Claresholm, Pincher Creek and Crowsnest Pass.

College Wind Turbine Decision
It’s now up to the provincial Environment Ministry to decide if Lambton College can build a small wind turbine on the north end of its London Road campus. Dean of Applied Research and Sustainable Development Doctor Maike Luiken says it would be less than 145 feet and have a total power rating of 10 kilowatt.

Turn on the sun
Halifax News Net
A local research scientist eager to share information about his passion for solar energy is one of many Nova Scotia Community College staff hosting the college’s first ever Solar Saturday event. Alain Joseph has received funding to carry out his work investigating how solar energy can be used in this region. He’ll be answering questions during this weekend’s event and he and NSCC staff will provide demonstrations highlighting a variety of solar energy technologies.

Learning to care for others: Nunavut’s nursing program
Nunatsiaq News
Nunavut’s new nursing students are enthusiastic about starting the first year of Nunavut Arctic College’s four-year nursing program, an enthusiasm they were eager to share when Sophie Rhys-Jones, the Countess of Wessex, paid a visit to the college Sept. 14. The group of first year nursing students — 16 in all — is one of the biggest groups that physiology instructor René Ritter has taught.

Student firefighters blaze new trail
Sarnia Observer
A rookie squad of student firefighters has added to Lambton College’s history of successful combat challenge teams. The team wrapped up the season Labour Day weekend by adding more medals at the Canadian National Scott FireFit Championships, held in Baie Comeau, Que. That brought the season haul to eight, most in college history.

College opposes wood-burning energy plant on its campus
North Island College is making clear it doesn’t want a wood-burning district energy plant built on its local campus. The idea was floated by consultant Stephen Salter at this week’s Courtenay City Council meeting, when he suggested it could be constructed on land owned by the college to provide heating and hot water to four public buildings in the immediate area.

New app to show students city’s charms — and keep grads here
Hamilton Spectator
Thousands of young people from all over the world come to Hamilton each year to study. Some have never been here before and arrive knowing nothing about their new home. Too many leave at graduation still knowing nothing about the city. A new app called MyHamilton aims to introduce students to Hamilton and show them what it offers. The goal: To convince more of them to live and work here once their studies are over…. The app is a partnership between McMaster University, Mohawk College, Columbia International College, the City of Hamilton and technology company Weever Apps.–new-app-to-show-students-city-s-charms-and-keep-grads-here

New Loyalist board of governors members
Community Press
While thousands of new and returning students were making their trek back to Loyalist College’s classrooms, members of the Belleville community college’s board of governors were busy doing their homework. Thursday evening, the board’s chairman Stuart Wright introduced new governors Natalie Bohnen-Twiddy, Gary Dyke, June Hagerman, David Pickett and Ross Danaher during the board’s first meeting since its members last met June 14.

Alberta college searches for answers after stallion’s death
Olds College in southern Alberta is now offering a $2,000 reward to find out what happened to a stallion that died after fighting other horses released from its equine program pens Saturday night. Someone let several horses out of their stalls and into a common area where the stallions got into a fight.

VIU looks at cancelling, suspending some programs
Nanaimo Daily News
A number of programs at Vancouver Island University may be cancelled, while others could be enhanced and added, after an extensive review of approximately 130 programs that was conducted over the summer by VIU officials. VIU’s horticulture therapy, green building, minor in theatre and the diploma in computing science programs are recommended to be cancelled in the review.

Construction Well Underway at St. Clair College Schlegel Village Long-term Facility
Construction has started on a brand new long term care facility located on St. Clair College’s campus in South Windsor. Shovels hit the ground for the new 256-bed facility on August 20th. The building, part of the Schlegel Villages network of long term care facilities, will have an active partnership with St. Clair College which will include utilizing the space as a living classroom to foster research and hands-on learning for St. Clair medical students.

Boréal teams up with forest waste recovery group
Northern Ontario Business
Collège Boréal is teaming up with the Centre technologique des résidus industriels (CTRI) [Technological Centre for Industrial Waste] on what is being described as a “long-term environmental collaboration.” .… CTRI is affiliated with Cégep de l’Abitibi-Témiscamingue, which offers programming in mining and forestry, as well as social, technical, industrial and communications professions.

RSVP for UFV peace studies
Abbotsford Times
All UFV is saying . . .is give peace a chance.  The University of the Fraser Valley is developing an interdisciplinary Peace Studies program that will highlight the diversity of the interdisciplinary nature of its curriculum, and in engagement of multi-faith and multicultural participants.

First year enrollment up at Loyalist College
Quinte News
School has been back in session for a couple of weeks and Loyalist College is seeing an increase in first-year student enrollment. College President Maureen Piercy says first-year students have increased by two percent from last year. She says that’s due to the popularity of programs in the School of Skilled Trades & Technology, with Automotive and Welding programs at capacity.

Researchers playing tag with Atlantic Cod
Harbour Breton Coaster
Researchers at the Marine Institute’s Centre for Fisheries Ecosystems Research (CFER) are currently involved in a satellite-tagging project that hopes to gain insight into Atlantic Cod. Twenty-five large cod in several areas were tagged with “X-Tags” made by Microwave Telemetry which are fitted on a “backpack” harness that tether the tags on Atlantic wild cod. Fish from the 3Ps area, the Flemish Cap, the Bonavista Corridor and the southern Grand Bank were tagged in the project that started in May of this year.

Fleming College celebrates introduction of Haliburton School of the Arts courses in Peterborough
Peterborough Examiner
Fleming College held a gala at ArtSpace on Friday night to launch a new program at the Peterborough campus this year. The Haliburton School of The Arts is bringing some of its classes to Peterborough. Classes touch on everything from creative writing to sculpture to slide guitar.

Cars help buff up college program
Welland Tribune
The parking lot at Niagara College looked a little different on Sunday, but car-enthusiasts didn’t seem to mind. Filled with Cadillacs, Corvettes, Mustangs and even an Aston Martin, there was an impressive lineup of vehicles in the school’s main lot. About 200 cars — all shapes, sizes, makes and models — ventured out into Sunday’s sunshine for the college’s classic car show. The event was an opportunity for the college to promote its motive power programs and to welcome the community on campus for a day in the sun.

New programs coming to Loyalist College
Quinte News
There will be some new programs available at Loyalist College next fall. Starting in September of 2013 the college will offer a two-year Construction Renovation Technician diploma program. College president Maureen Piercy says students asked for a more in-depth construction program, and the college listened.

Ground broken on College’s petroleum centre
Meridian Booster
Construction on the new $17 million Lakeland College Petroleum Centre is set to begin in November and students, community members and college executives celebrated with a sod-turning ceremony earlier this week. “It is a good day, it has been a long time coming and there has been a lot of hard work put into this project so it is nice to see that vision finally starting to form into a reality,” said Kara Johnston, director of energy, entrepreneurship and aboriginal programming for Lakeland College.

Fun and games for first-year students at Algonquin College
Pembroke Daily Observer
Thursday morning was all about fun and games, with some team building thrown in for good measure for the first-year students at Algonquin College in the Ottawa Valley. About 250 first-year students gathered at the Pembroke waterfront yesterday for the annual fall games day which serves as an orientation event meant to bring students from different programs together and introduce them to a range of services available at the school.

Loyalist Skilled Trades Centre gets cash from CIBC
Quinte News
Students learning skilled trades at Loyalist College will benefit from a large donation made to the school yesterday. John Fitzpatrick of CIBC Commercial Banking presented a $30,000 cheque to the Campaign for Loyalist College at the school’s Board of Governors meeting yesterday.