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Friday, September 28, 2012


Cutting-edge tech centre opened at Magellan Aerospace
Canadian Skies
“One of the key themes of Red River College’s strategic plan is to fuel Manitoba’s economic growth and community development,” said Stephanie Forsyth, President of Red River College. “By partnering with the federal government and Magellan Aerospace on the creation of CNDI, we’re helping spark innovation within the aerospace sector and giving researchers and students access to state-of-the-art inspection equipment.” Don Boitson, vice president and general manager of Magellan Aerospace, said: “At Magellan, CNDI is integral in meeting the demanding production schedule and quality requirements for the manufacture of the composite components that comprise the next-generation F-35 aircraft.

Cambrian president leaving college in a ‘great place’
The president of Cambrian College says she’s “ready to move on” after announcing her retirement at a board of governors meeting Thursday. Sylvia Barnard, who has been at the helm of the college for the past 10 years, said she plans to stay in Sudbury after her retirement and hopes to keep giving back to the college community. “You come to a certain point where you realize that you’ve been doing something for quite a long time,” she said. “I feel like I’m leaving the college in a really great place.”

City antes up land for college
Yorkton This Week
The city of Yorkton has donated land as the future home of the proposed Parkland College Trades and Technology Centre. The land, bordered by York Road and Darlington Street and located between Highway #9 and Dracup Avenue, is valued at $3.48 million. It will conform to education tax incentives and, as land used for educational purposes, will be considered tax-exempt. The City and the College have agreed to a symbolic purchase price of one dollar. Yorkton Mayor James Wilson said the donation of land is really an investment in the future.

NSCC unveils its green home design
Annapolis County Spectator
From the outside the Pilikan house looks like other houses on the block, but on the inside it’s a lean, green energy innovator. This demonstration site at the Annapolis Valley Campus of Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) in Middleton officially opened to the public on Sept.18. Described as a living lab, the house is a practical classroom for students to explore the practical applications of theories heard in the classroom. These theories can be tested and even improved for future residential designs.

An education in college enrolment
Okanagan College enrolment continues to exceed provincial targets. A snapshot of fall enrolment taken in mid-September shows an overall increase of 1.6 per cent. Enrolment at the college’s four campuses and distance education courses on Sept. 14 was 6,117. That figure is expected to rise when some trades and continuing studies courses begin later in the fall.

Student headcount decreases at local college campus
Vernon Morning Star
There are fewer students at Okanagan College’s Vernon campus but they have taken on a full workload. “The interesting thing is that while Vernon’s overall student numbers fell to 725 students from 756, the number of course registrations grew slightly (from 3,252 last year to 3,260 this year),” said Jane Lister, regional dean. For the entire Okanagan College system, overall enrolment has increased by about 1.6 per cent.

Dealer’s Voice: Wanted — More auto industry professionals
Toronto Star
Centennial College conducts outreach programs, organizes skills competitions and arranges apprenticeship programs with auto dealerships. Representatives from the college also visit high schools to speak with students, teachers and guidance councillors. (The TADA also sponsors an apprenticeship program at Centennial.) Post-secondary institutions have embraced web-based technologies and social media to help spread their messages as well. The Automotive Business School of Canada, Centennial College and other post-secondary institutions are active on Facebook, Flickr, Twitter and YouTube. The “Millennial” generation spends a lot of time on social media and so it’s important to have a presence in that space.–dealer-s-voice-wanted-more-auto-industry-professionals

Trent Hills again asked to help with college funding
Northumberland News
Loyalist College officials returned to council Sept. 18 to try once again to extract $100,000 in funding to equip the new Skills Centre. The college struck out when it made the same request in March 2011 but it’s having better success the second time around with some municipalities. Belleville and Quinte West have each committed $500,000, and Hastings County $350,000, leaving the college $650,000 short of the $2 million target it’s set for municipal contributions.–trent-hills-again-asked-to-help-with-college-funding

Simulator puts disaster plans to the test
Cape Breton Post
The Canadian Coast Guard College used the same state-of-the-art simulation equipment that helps sailors avoid accidents to create a mock collision at sea Thursday. The disaster preparation exercise at the college simulated a collision between a passenger ferry and a container ship near Sydney harbour, then tested the reaction skills of various partners. “We had to go to great lengths to make the two of them collide,” said Myles Ross, a search-and-rescue instructor at the Canadian Coast Guard College.

Rapidly growing Lambton College feeling the pinch
Sarnia Observer
A dramatic increase in the student population has forced Lambton College administrators to get creative with how they use existing space. Enrolment at the college jumped by about 1,500 students since 2001 to a current student body of nearly 3,500, including a record 8% spike this year. The college occupies largely the same space as a decade ago, which has forced officials to use other means to accommodate growing numbers, said Lambton College president and CEO Judith Morris.