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Tuesday, October 2, 2012


Algonquin says students seek shelter of trades
Algonquin College is reporting a jump in applications for its trades programs this year, as concerns about the local economy have students seeking the relative security of tradeswork. The school has seen an increase across the board in trades applications, and dramatic jumps in a few programs. The power line technician program, for example, had hundreds of applicants and a 68 per cent jump in applications from a year ago. There are 48 students now enrolled in the program, with 189 people on the waiting list to get in.

Formation de pointe en pomiculture biologique à Victoriaville
Forum 17
Le Centre d’expertise et de transfert en agriculture biologique et de proximité (CETAB+) a organisé une formation de pointe en dépistage d’insectes et de maladies du pommier au verger du Boisé des frères à Victoriaville. Des pomiculteurs et des conseillers de différentes régions de la province ont assisté à cette formation qui s’est déroulée sur quatre samedis répartis durant la saison pomicole de juin à fin août 2012…. LE CETAB+ mène plusieurs projets en pomiculture bio et le verger du Boisé des Frères constitue un site d’essais principal pour ces projets de recherche. Le CETAB+ est une composante du cégep de Victoriaville.

Durham College opens cultural centre
Northumberland News
ICCAD opened the Career and Community Link Centre at Durham College this fall to assist with the delivery of services to newly arrived international students as they transition into Canada. On Sept. 21, dignitaries, college staff and students celebrated the new centre with speeches and food. Durham College president Don Lovisa said when students are new to Canada, they need a connection into the culture and the post-secondary education system. He noted more and more international students are attending Durham College for their post-secondary studies each year, and said this year more than 300 international students are studying there.–durham-college-opens-cultural-centre

Les agronomes en visite dans les Bois-Francs
Forum 17
Une trentaine d’agronomes de la section Estrie-Bois-Francs se sont réunis le 31 août dernier pour participer à une journée de visites professionnelles dans les Bois-francs. Le rendez-vous du matin à Victoriaville a été l’occasion de faire une pierre deux coups. Le groupe a été accueilli par les enseignants en horticulture maraichère biologique du département d’agriculture du Cégep de Victoriaville. Yves Auger, enseignant en culture en serre, a fait visiter les installations du Cégep où les étudiants planifient, sèment, transplantent, entretiennent et récoltent des laitues, des tomates et des concombres. Par la suite, Ghislain Jutras, nous a reçus dans sa classe en plein champ, au Verger des Frères du Sacré-Cœur. Il passe ses étés avec un groupe d’étudiants qui expérimentent la culture maraichère mécanisée et semi-mécanisée.

CNC Water Program Seeing Success
The College of New Caledonia in Prince George has been having great success with its campaign to phase out bottled water usage.  The college’s student’s union has been handing out water bottles for students to use around campus.  Student Union Chair Leila Abubakar says college administration has also been helping with fill stations around campus. “They are making them more user friendly so you can easily go and fill up your bottle,” says Abubakar, “opposed to what we had before you had to sip water and go on your way.”

Blue-collar labour shortage looming for BC
Vancouver Sun
The government is projecting that among the one million job openings expected by 2020, 43 per cent will require skilled workers. It predicts there will be a gap of 22,000 to 32,000 people in northern B.C. alone. According to government figures, between 2010 and 2020, the province will require 435,490 technical or skilled workers with a college or trade certificate. That compares to a need for 364,070 professional workers with a university education. ….The cash will be used to renovate facilities at both Okanagan College in Kelowna and Camosun College in Victoria, as well as fund upgrades to trades-related equipment at several other institutions. It does not represent any new investment, with some of the funds shifting from other spending areas within the education budget.

Durham College, Region team up for research
Durham College and the Regional Municipality of Durham are colliding in the world of research. Randy Uyenaka, a Durham College professor with the school of health and community services, has received a Public Outreach Grant worth $25,060 through the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. Mr. Uyenaka, students and staff will work with the Region’s social services department to develop a new research agenda to measure the impact of social services on residents, the local community and the economy. They also plan to create methods to enhance service delivery, and guide program planning, policy and future research.–durham-college-region-team-up-for-research

College sets enrolment record
The Chronicle Journal
Promoting Confederation College to the world is paying off, with the school reporting its highest number of international students. The college has 120 students from countries including India, China, Jamaica, Bangladesh, Saudi Arabia, Nigeria and Vietnam, said a college official in a news release. “Confederation College has increasingly become an international community,” said Jim Madder, president of Confederation College. “A growing diversity and a mix of cultures on campus bring a global and rich perspective to the classroom and throughout our entire College.”

Muskens: Funding boost for trades at OC will help future students
Kelowna Capital News
Okanagan College, the provincial government and many industry and business leaders believe in trades training. They believe so much in this type of training that the provincial government is giving Okanagan College $28 million towards a renovation and expansion of the Kelowna campus trades training facility. Construction is expected to begin soon as this project will take up to four years to complete.

Setting the stage for learning
Northern News Services (subscription)
A group of 10 students from the teacher’s education program at Aurora College put on a play for elementary students at East 3 on Tuesday morning. Based on the Inuit legend Tiktu’s Journey, the play told the story of a child who has to catch the sun to save an ailing grandfather. The moral of the story is that a person’s courage is not dependent on their size, said elementary school principal Janette Vlanich before the play started. The students worked on the play for a little over a week and designed and handcrafted all the props.

Great Plains College introduces innovative new scholarship program
Southwest Booster
Great Plains College is excited to announce the launch of its innovative new Entrance Scholarship program – the first of its kind at any post-secondary institution in Saskatchewan. New for 2013-14, every full-time student in a full-time post-secondary program that is student-loan eligible at Great Plains College will receive a minimum scholarship of $500. This amount is in addition to any money students may receive through the provincial government’s Saskatchewan Advantage Scholarship program. The college will also continue to offer merit-based scholarships up to a maximum of $5,000, the largest scholarship Great Plains has ever offered.

George Brown’s health campus a watershed event in Toronto’s waterfront redevelopment
Toronto Star
There, at the waterfront campus of George Brown College, which opened this month, Lorie Shekter-Wolfson shows off the building as if she were a brand-new homebuyer, delightedly noting for visitors its charming features, unique aspects and clever design. The voluble Shekter-Wolfson is one proud and happy dean. And why not? As George Brown fundraiser Gordon Cressy puts it, the new campus could easily be called “the house that Lorie built.” The opening of the $175-million campus was a watershed event in Toronto’s waterfront redevelopment — the beginning of a transformation that will see a mixed-use neighbourhood rise next door and the housing built for the 2015 Pan-Am Games become student residences after the medals have all been awarded and the athletes gone home.–george-brown-s-health-campus-a-watershed-event-in-toronto-s-waterfront-redevelopment

Donation For Georgian College
Bayshore Broadcasting News Centre
The Collingwood campus of Georgian College has received a hefty private donation. Barry Kelly — who used to own four McDonald’s in the area — has given 25 thousand dollars to the John Di Poce South Georgian Bay Campus.

NIC president to retire in spring
Dr. Jan Lindsay is looking forward to spending more time with her grandchildren and doing the things she loves, like cycling with her husband. Lindsay surprised everyone at Wednesday’s Board of Governors meeting when she announced her intention to retire as president of North Island College, effective May 31, 2013. By the time she leaves, Lindsay would have served as president for four years. It was a difficult decision, she said, as she enjoyed working with students and the staff at the college.

Tour highlights agriculture diversity in Chilliwack
Chilliwack Progress
This year, the two tour buses took their 80 passengers to four different operations in Chilliwack. The group included members of the business community, education professionals, politicians and a substantial number of students. Kloots FarmObserved Chilliwack city councillor Jason Lum: “Every time I come on this tour there are more and more young people.” Education has become a big component of agriculture, agreed Mark Evered, president of the University of the Fraser Valley. He said UFV is committed to ensuring young people have the tools to succeed in an increasingly complex industry. For example, UFV allows students to merge diploma programs, enabling them to graduate with a four-year bachelor degree in agriculture business..

Man leaves $500000 to university
Nanaimo Daily News
Vancouver Island University’s bursary program received a $500,000 gift from the estate of a local resident, the school announced on Thursday. “If you are educated, you are free,” read a quote attributed to the late Stanislaw Radzik, who passed away Aug. 26, 2011. Officials at the school say the donation was made quietly by the family. According to VIU, the average student graduates with some $30,000 in debt, a financial burden that can often prevent them from reaching their goals.

Good things grow in Durham
Members of the community can now get involved to help create a more sustainable and meaningful future in Durham. The Get Involved campaign is the public phase of Durham College‘s $5 million Growing for our Future fundraising campaign to support the new Centre for Food. Being built on the northwest corner of the Whitby campus, the 36,000-square-foot building is designed to accommodate around 900 additional students studying in culinary, hospitality, tourism, agricultural and horticulture programs.–good-things-grow-in-durham

Class act for aboriginal youths
Niagara Falls Review
Niagara College and the Metis Nation of Ontario have joined forces to support a brighter future for aboriginal youths. The two organizations came together Sunday during the annual Metis Harvest Festival, hosted by the Niagara Region Metis Council, to sign a memorandum of understanding to solidify their commitment. The memorandum is intended to strengthen and formalize the longstanding working relationship between MNO and the college. The document includes several key areas for collaboration, including increasing Metis participation in and access to Niagara programs and services, engaging in joint Metis research initiatives, and promoting Metis content across the curriculum….

St. Clair College enrolment up 3 per cent
Windsor Star
St. Clair College has seen a three per cent increase in enrolment this year, thanks to new programs, new facilities and greater awareness of the programs available, the college says. New buildings such as the Centre for Applied Health and Sciences in Windsor and the Trades and Technology Centre and the student and community gym and fitness complex known as the Healthplex in Chatham have helped draw students to the school, according to administration. The college’s overall full-time enrolment is 8,272 students, an increase of three per cent over 2011.

Students file human rights complaint against the City of Ottawa
CTV News
Members of Algonquin College’s student association say they may file a human rights complaint against the City of Ottawa if it doesn’t remove the age cap on student bus passes. They are accusing the city of being unfair after imposing adult bus fares on students over the age of 19. “We’re asking the City to reverse its decision and go back to where a student is a student, with a fair fare. Then anyone who is attending full time school is eligible for a student bus pass,” said David Corson, Algonquin Students’ Association President. As of September, about 4,500 Algonquin students had to pay the full adult fare to be able to use OC Transpo, that’s about $100 per month. For students 19 and under, transit passes are about $76 a month.