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Friday, September 21, 2012


College, Marine Institute sign educational agreements with Guyana
Western Star
The fact the developing mining and oil and gas sectors in Guyana came looking for training expertise in Newfoundland and Labrador says a lot about the level of education being provided in the province, says the president of the College of the North Atlantic. Ann Marie Vaughn was in Corner Brook on Thursday morning to take part in a teleconference that linked her up with representatives from the Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland in St. John’s and officials situated in Georgetown, Guyana as they jointly signed agreements to pursue educational opportunities in the South American country.,-Marine-Institute-sign-educational-agreements-with-Guyana/1

Dès l’automne 2012 : Programme de formation en apiculture à Victoriaville
Forum 17
Le Collège d’Alma, en partenariat avec le Cégep de Victoriaville, est en recrutement de clientèle pour démarrer son programme menant à une Attestation d’études collégiales en apiculture. Afin d’améliorer l’accessibilité à cette formation, celle-ci sera offerte dans le centre du Québec, au Cégep de Victoriaville. Le programme a été récemment amélioré afin de répondre le plus fidèlement possible aux besoins de l’industrie : ajout de compétences en hygiène et salubrité alimentaire, en conduite de chariots élévateurs, en fiscalité, etc. De plus, un nouveau cours permettra aux élèves de s’initier à la transformation des produits apicoles.

Big boost for college peace program
Sault Star
The Rotary Club of Sault Ste. Marie made its contribution to peace this week – to the tune of $50,000. The club donated the money to Sault College’s peace and conflict studies program. Half the money came from Rotary, with a matching $25,000 donation from one of its members, Dr. Sardar Sohi, and his wife Maria Sutton.

“Trades: It’s a Smart Move” Campaign Launched
The College of New Caledonia, School District 57 and Initiatives Prince George have come together to launch the new “Trades: It’s a Smart Move” campaign. The campaign promotes the Career Technical Centre program offered at CNC and through School District 57, that allows students to earn a two-for-one credit in high school and college at the same time.

Province announces expansion of voucher initiative
Now in its fifth year, the Productivity and Innovation Voucher Program provides businesses with up to $15,000 in assistance from Nova Scotia academic institutions in areas such as applied research, engineering services, prototyping, product design and field testing…. Participating institutions include Acadia University, Cape Breton University, Dalhousie University (including the former Nova Scotia Agricultural College), Mount Saint Vincent University, NSCAD University, Nova Scotia Community College, Saint Mary’s University, St. Francis Xavier University and Universite Sainte-Anne.

BC Hydro invests $1 million in NLC Foundation
B.C. Hydro has made a significant investment in support of trades education in the north. Thursday, September 20, the energy company announced an investment totalling $1 million to support trades and skills training at Northern Lights College’s Dawson Creek campus. The funds will be provided over a five-year period with the intention of supporting the development of skilled workers in the north, targeting students who may not otherwise have access to post-secondary education. Peace River South MLA Blair Lekstrom says the investment will benefit a variety of groups within the northern region.

Students make use of unique app technology
Nanaimo Daily News
Through its partnership with other Canadian universities, Vancouver Island University has been able offer students a smartphone application unique to the campus. The VIU Students’ Union on the Nanaimo campus launched a new mobile social media app called OoLaLa for iPhones and Android system-based phones on Wednesday. The app is designed to help students interact with other students on campus, and also receive campus event notifications and promotions.

Canada heating up as a destination for tech employers
Globe and Mail
“Across all industries, as technology becomes more and more ingrained in all aspects of business and as companies look for production gains and efficiencies, the demand for top IT talent is continuing to rise.” That creates opportunity for people in other fields who want to retrain for a career with a technology component, said Mary Lynn Manton, co-chair of the school of information and communications technology at Seneca College in Toronto. Seneca’s two-year diploma and three-year advanced diploma programs have seen a steady increase in demand, with a sharp spike in enrolment from people in business careers who, in the aftermath of the recession, want to retrain in a tech specialty, she said.

Strong growth in Sault College numbers
Sault Star
A 2% overall enrolment boost at Sault College comes with one of its largest first-year classes in about the past decade. There are 1,545 freshman students on campus this fall. That’s a 6% increase over September 2011 and is just two students shy of the size of 2009’s first-year class. That was the biggest group of new students in the last eight years, said vice-president academic Leo Tiberi. The bump in September numbers is due to the college’s “aggressive recruitment across the province,” he told the board of governors during a meeting on Thursday.

NSCC committed to delivering highest program quality
Truro Daily News
Welcome to the first edition of On Campus, a new monthly column here in the Truro Daily News. My name is Kevin Quinlan and I’m principal of the Nova Scotia Community College, Truro campus. I have spent 36 years in post-secondary education working in various roles at colleges and universities, and am proud to be located in this campus and community.

Collège Boréal’s board appoints new president
Monique Rocheleau has been appointed president of Collège Boréal’s board of governors. Rocheleau has been a senior officer with the North East Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) since 2006. She has more than 25 years of experience in the health and social services field, where she has held the position of program supervisor and was in charge of the Best Start program.

Algonquin to offer co-ops to all students: college president
Ottawa Business Journal
Every full-time student at Algonquin College will have the opportunity by 2017 to participate in a work placement while completing their education, says the school’s new president. Kent MacDonald says co-ops can range from formal credit opportunities to working with businesses under Algonquin’s applied research program, which invites businesses to give research opportunities to students to solve a defined problem.

Film studio, Boréal devise Set Etiquette course for the North
Northern Ontario Film Studios (NOFS) is moving to the head of the class with a partnership with Collège Boréal that will train the professionals needed to supply the television and film industry in Northern Ontario. NOFS and Collège Boréal have teamed up in a new public-private partnership to offer students in the region new specialized programs focused on hands-on film and television production to help meet the increasing need of qualified local workforce in this growing economic sector.

Marine Institute’s Ocean Net to host Topsail beach cleanup
The Telegram
The Marine Institute’s (MI) Ocean Net will be getting together Friday with volunteers from community groups, divers, youth and government departments to clean up the Topsail beach area in Conception Bay South. “Protecting our sensitive marine ecosystems and fostering clean oceans is essential in providing the resources our coastal communities depend on,” said Justin Dearing, MI Ocean Net conference co-ordinator.