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Thursday, October 4, 2012


Kwantlen welcomes new president
Surrey Now
Kwantlen Polytechnic University welcomed its sixth president Tuesday with the installation of Dr. Alan Davis in a ceremony at the Surrey campus. Attended by MLAs, MPs, civic politicians and various members of the education community, the ceremony saw the official swearing in of Davis as well as a performance of the “Kwantlen Honour Song” by members of the Kwantlen First Nation. Davis hails from Reading, England and his career in higher education includes roles such as director of university programs for the Open Learning Agency, vice president academic at Athabasca University, vice president for education for Vancouver Community College and president of Empire State College in New York.

New era of learning: UCN opens Mining Academy, Regional Centre
The Reminder
Education in Flin Flon took a giant leap forward last week with the official launch of two modern University College of the North institutes. More than 80 dignitaries gathered last Friday, Sept. 28 to open the Northern Manitoba Mining Academy and adjacent UCN Regional Centre. “While we are here to celebrate the fact that we’re opening two new buildings, I think it’s more than just buildings,” UCN President Konrad Jonasson told the guests from a podium. “It’s opportunities for our students, it’s choices, it’s the chance to access education closer to home.”

Traditional degrees — with a career-making twist
Toronto Star
Gary Ng likes flying more than most people. In fact, he likes it enough to dedicate the rest of his life to it. Ng is one of six students enrolled in a new joint program between Sheridan College and the Brampton Flight Centre. Over the next four years, he’ll earn a bachelor of applied business in global business management and his commercial pilot’s licence at the same time…. The concept of offering an academic program that also gives students professional accreditation in a given field has proven very successful at Humber College. Since 1995, Humber has partnered with the Canadian Professional Golfers’ Association (CPGA) to offer an advanced diploma: Business Administration — Professional Golf Management. Like Sheridan’s new combined business degree/pilot training program, the professional golf management diploma is specifically geared to give students a direct pathway to their dream career while building a broad set of business skills.–traditional-degrees-with-a-career-making-twist

When liberal arts and professional training meet
Toronto Star
Erin Christie plans to leverage a unique new program at Seneca College to turn her college diploma into a degree and improve her future employment prospects. The Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies at Seneca, launched this fall, offers a mix of traditional liberal arts studies as well as training in a professional occupation. Christie is currently enrolled in Seneca’s Chemical Laboratory Technician program. After graduating this December, she plans to start the new interdisciplinary studies degree program on a part-time basis while working in her field full-time.–when-liberal-arts-and-professional-training-meet

Blacksmithing alive and well in Cloverdale
Surrey Now
Considering the size and scope of the industry, Canadians have very few options when it comes to one of the industry’s primary occupations. The farrier, or blacksmith, is one of the most critical contributors to the health and welfare of horses. Yet unless you live in Western Canada, formal training in the art can be hard to come by. Luckily for horse owners in the Lower Mainland, Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Cloverdale campus offers a foundation program for would-be farriers to eventually become a qualified blacksmith.

Algonquin students and prof to head to build in Nicaragua
EMC Nepean Barrhaven
A couple of Algonquin College students will accompany their instructor on a Habitat for Humanity build in Nicaragua. Mike Nauth, the co-ordinator of the carpentry apprenticeship program at the college, has been involved with the Habitat program in Ottawa since 1994. “I was the foreman on one of the first builds in Ottawa,” Nauth said, adding he has volunteered his time on other jobs doing framing and other carpentry work since then.

Record Number of International Students Attending CNC
A record number of international students are studying at the College of New Caledonia in Prince George this year. 100 new international students have enrolled in classes this year, up from 70 new students in the fall of 2011. Spokesman Randall Heidt says enhanced recruitment efforts have played a big role in the increase. “Our Dean, Barb Old, and her staff have been just excellent and they continue to expand into new areas.  We have our first student from Uganda this year, for example, and our first student from Turkey as well.”

Kemptville College pulling up socks, mulls dress code
Ottawa Sun
One of Eastern Ontario’s most benevolent agricultural organizations decided Tuesday to help Kemptville College turn around its gradual erosion in stature with a $50,000 donation. Directors of the Ottawa Valley Seed Growers Association voted unanimously to provide the cash after listening to college director Dr. Claude Naud describe his vision for what’s technically a satellite campus of the University of Guelph. It’s not the first time the Seed Growers have come through with a major gift; two years ago, the association kicked in $100,000 towards completion of a $1.5-million dairy research centre on campus.

International fare on the menu for new culinary program
Toronto Star
Both George Brown and Humber offer 2-year-diploma programs in culinary management — programs designed to meet the increasing industry demand for skilled chefs and kitchen managers. And in January, Centennial College will launch a new 2-year-culinary management program with a particularly international flavour. “We’re looking to do something a little bit different but still meet the demands of industry,” says Samuel Glass, a chef and professor of the soon-to-be cooking Culinary Management – International program. “[We wanted] to supply industry with trained cooks. But at the same time, our perspective was [that] we wanted to have cooks who have global perspectives and skills and an understanding of food and culture.”–international-fare-on-the-menu-for-new-culinary-program

Kwantlen to develop advanced agriculture program
Vancouver Sun
Kwantlen Polytechnic University has been given the go-ahead to develop an advanced “agricultural academy” at Colony Farm in Coquitlam. The move, approved by Metro Vancouver’s environment and parks committee Wednesday, will help Kwantlen reach its “ambitious aim to become B.C.’s premier agricultural university,” said Kent Mullinix, an agriculturist and director of sustainable agriculture and food security for the Institute for Sustainable Horticulture in Langley. The university this year enrolled its first 25 students in a four-year Bachelor of Applied Science in Sustainable Agriculture degree program, which Mullinix said was unique to North America.

More hospital workers ready to retire
Sarnia Observer
Hospital strategies include continuing to monitor staffing levels; encouraging retiring workers to continue on part-time; ensuring Bluewater Health is seen as an employer of choice; and continuing to collaborate with high schools, colleges and universities to encourage placements at Bluewater Health. “It’s important for us to work with Lambton College to expand that nursing education program,” said Denomy, referring to a joint four-year Lambton College and University of Windsor program. Students spend two years in Sarnia, then two in Windsor.

Island aquaculture gets $1.2M
Nanaimo Daily News
The finished facility will house 15 fresh water tanks, ranging in size from three metres to eight metres in diameter. It will produce 100 tonnes of fish annually. Vancouver Island University is a partner in the project. “This is an opportunity to be involved in a technology that is leading edge,” said Don Tillaphaugh, VIU Centre for Shellfish Research director. “It provides opportunities for our students to come and be trained in the most advanced aquaculture technology.”

Students clean up Braeside Beach as a college project, Environmental initiative also a thank you to McNab-Braeside for educational support through bursary
EMC Arnprior
The Braeside Beach looks much tidier this week after a pair of St. Lawrence College students conducted a clean-up as part of a class project Sunday. Kailey Hook and Sam Zroback, students in the college’s environmental technician program at the Cornwall campus, wanted to do a project that had some positive impact for the community. While Zroback hails from Kenora, Hook has spent her whole life as a resident of McNab-Braeside.,+Environmental+initiative+also+a+thank+you+to+McNab-Braeside+for+educational+support+through+bursary