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Tuesday, October 9, 2012


Winnipeg Technical College to unveil new campus Tuesday
Winnipeg Free Press
Winnipeg Technical College will officially open a $1.98 million, 50,000-square-foot addition and 25,000-square-foot renovation at 10 a.m. Tuesday. The new Fultz campus, across the street from the Henlow Bay campus in southwest Winnipeg, which cost $1,987,000 and took nine months to complete, is home to several existing WTC programs, and makes room for new pilot programs and developing industry partnerships. Technical Drafting, Electrical Applications, Industrial Electronics and Carpentry all found new homes when they located to the large new workshops, with soaring ceilings and ample space for new equipment.

New Brunswick Community College E-Building officially opens
Daily Business Buzz
The $26-million E-Building at the New Brunswick Community College, Saint John campus, recently celebrated its official grand opening. The 7,492-square-metre (83,250-square-foot) building, a focal point on the campus, is designed to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) silver-rating standards. The “E” in E-Building refers to energy, environment and engineering technologies. “This is another example of the New Brunswick Community College accelerating on its journey as a contemporary college,” said Marilyn Luscombe, president and chief executive officer of the community college.

Rates for international students at NIC to go up 10 per cent
North Island College will be raising its tuition fees for international students next year. The college is seeing a steady growth in the number of foreign students enrolling each year and to ensure any extra costs are covered, the Board of Governors passed an International Education Tuition and Fee Bylaw at its regular meeting last week that will see rates go up 9.9 per cent for academic studies and 4.4 per cent for English language courses. “The college is still building a foundation for the department for international education at the institution,” Executive director for International Education Mark Herringer told the board. “There are things that need to be implemented or have been implemented that cost money. So this tuition increase, or the rationale for it, is to ensure that we’re covering those additional costs, covering the cost we’ve already incurred and ensuring that we’re building a sustainable program over the long term.”

Durham College, Lakeridge Health partner in project
Durham College is helping hospitals decrease costs and increase patient safety with a new state-of-the-art project. A portal designed to better keep track of biomedical equipment is now up and running at Lakeridge Health Oshawa and Ross Memorial Hospital in Lindsay. It will roll out next at Southlake Regional Health Care Centre in Newmarket in the coming weeks. “In terms of scope, this is probably the largest project we have,” said Debbie McKee Demczyk, Durham College director of research services and innovation.–durham-college-lakeridge-health-partner-in-project

Region draws record number of foreign students
Oak Bay News
Universities and colleges across Greater Victoria are seeing the payoff in campaigns to recruit abroad, as international student enrollment has spiked this year. It’s a trend that isn’t likely to slow as the number of high school grads in B.C. decreases and Camosun College, Royal Roads and the University of Victoria continue to ramp up recruitment and programming geared to attract foreign students…. China and India also top the list of 53 source countries for international registries at Camosun. More than 578 international students – up 120 since last year – registered between the college’s two campuses.

DV – Program gives students chance to learn power engineering
Drayton Valley Western Review
“There’s a huge demand for power engineers so we’re trying to benefit the community and provide opportunities at a young age for these students,” says Marcel St. Arnaud, field director for CNG. “We want to create opportunities so that they can be employed right here in the local economy and help build the workforce in Drayton Valley, but also provide them with an opportunity to take advantage of the Alberta perspective, which has a huge demand for power engineers. So we’re trying to serve Drayton Valley, but we’re also trying to serve Alberta as well.”…. “At the end of their third year in the program they would have enough hours that they’ll be able to write their fourth class power engineering exam,” explains Arnaud. “If they pass that then they’ll be fourth class power engineers through the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) coming out of high school. So that’s a really powerful thing for them and it leads to all kinds of opportunities.”—program-gives-students-chance-to-learn-power-engineering

Turkey, cranberries and pie – oh my!
Medicine Hat News
Although some students were unable to head home this Thanksgiving long weekend, Medicine Hat College Residence made them feel at home on Monday. The college held a Thanksgiving dinner for their residence students Monday afternoon, giving international students and students unable to head home a chance to have a Thanksgiving dinner. “We want the students to get the feel of Thanksgiving and get a chance to socialize and have fun,” said Tafadzwa Bamhare, senior residence assistant at the college.

How to raise the quality of postsecondary education in Canada
Globe and Mail
To adapt this model to Canada would be challenging, given the reluctance of the private sector to pay for years of employee training, and the absence of a long history of trade guilds. Ambitious families, especially immigrant ones, want their children to attend university. But this is not always the best choice. Polytechnics such as the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology in Edmonton should have the prestige and funding that universities enjoy. They should not become universities, but form alliances with them, and with the private sector.

CNC Adds More Seats to Environmental Field Assistant Program
36 environmental assistant training spots have been made available in the College of New Caledonia’s Environmental Field Assistant program.  The 9-week intensive course covers fisheries and wildlife, natural resource management and renewable energy sectors.  Nechako Lakes Liberal MLA John Rustad says the training spots will be offered across the north to help fill the shortage of job positions in BC. “There is a lot of work required in terms of collecting the data, feeding it into the assessment modeling,” says Rustad, “and those are the kinds of positions that we’re short of right now, so I’m very pleased we can add these seats to our local colleges.”

County council approves unique Balzac industrial development
Rocky View Weekly
A county industrial park will soon include an Olds College wetlands laboratory, after Rocky View council voted unanimously to rezone a portion of High Plains Industrial Park in east Balzac, Sept. 11.The site, which is located at the intersection of Highway 566 and Range Road 291 and currently includes the Target Distribution Centre, Burnco and Sunterra Beef, consists of 1,274 acres of land that will be developed in phases over the next 15 to 20 years…. According to Venner, students and faculty from Olds College will establish a “wetland laboratory” at the site, where they will conduct ongoing aquatic vegetation research, species production and operational monitoring as part of the Province’s Water for Life strategy.

University students left behind on morning buses
Nanaimo Daily News
Bus service is beefed up on the Vancouver Island University routes to collect up to 120 students left behind to buses filled to capacity each morning. Each day, especially during peak morning periods, buses bound for VIU stop at Woodgrove Centre and Prideaux Street are so full many riders are unable to climb aboard. The runs were established a few years ago by Nanaimo Regional Transit operators to capture high traffic to the VIU campus.

HootSuite founder returns to the nest for special appearance
Kelowna Capital News
Ryan Holmes is arguably the Okanagan’s biggest success story. The founder and CEO of the social media management system HootSuite has raised the profile of Canada’s high tech scene, is able to casually speak about his brainchild’s projected market valuation of $500 million and can boast  Sir Richard Branson among his list of friends and acquaintances. The latter, he admits, came dangerously close to making him a “gushing fan boy.” With all that and more to his credit, however,  Holmes, 37, seemed more like the Vernon guy who started a paintball company right out of high school, wearing a calculator watch, a few woven bracelets and slipping in references to the Grateful Dead and Star Wars when he spoke to a crowd laced with family and old high school friends, gathered at Okanagan College.

A two year old solar project at St Lawrence College is finally generating some funds. With the flick of a switch– this multi million dollar project is now hooked to the grid. The 12 hundred solar panels atop the Kingston campus of St Lawrence College will generate 230 thousand dollars in yearly revenues.

NIC vigil remembers missing, murdered aboriginal women
Students, faculty and community members gathered Thursday at North Island College for a Sisters in Spirit Vigil to remember and honour aboriginal women who have fallen victim to violence and to urge the federal government to launch a national inquiry. Over 150 vigils were held all across Canada on Oct. 4 to raise awareness about the 582 aboriginal women who have gone missing or have been murdered in this country in the last 30 years. Many of the women have never been located or their murders remain unsolved. About 60 people attended the NIC vigil, where participants lit candles, spoke about loved ones and made an appeal for more government support.

Six Fleming College grads nominated for 2012 Premier’s Awards
Peterborough Examiner
Six Fleming College graduates have been nominated for the 2012 Premier’s Awards for outstanding Ontario college graduates. The awards recognize recipients for social and economic contributions. The Fleming grads have been nominated in the categories of business, community services, creative arts and design, health sciences, technology and recent graduate. This year, Colleges Ontario received 115 alumni award nominations from 24 Ontario colleges.

Thames Campus High Enrolment
A St. Clair College official says Chatham’s Thames Campus is seeing higher enrolment as it increases its presence in the local community and abroad. Director of Marketing and Student Recruitment Ann Hetherington says the current student population is up six percent this semester to more than 13-hundred students. “It’s important for St. Clair College to be a partner in the community and to be able to offer a wide variety of services,” says Hetherington. “So our work at the capitol theatre is something that we’re extremely proud of and we hope that it will just go to further the name, not only in the community, but provincially.”

Colleges should offer degrees: report
Sarnia Observer
Ontario’s colleges say it’s time for Queen’s Park to allow them to offer their own three-year degrees. That’s one of the recommendations in a recent report to the provincial government from Colleges Ontario, an advocacy group for Ontario’s 24 colleges of applied arts and technology. “I think it’s a coming of age moment,” Lambton College president Judith Morris said about the college system, born in the 1960s. “We have proven ourselves as a very job-focused, able and flexible deliverer of training and education in those years,” she said.

Looming workforce shortage means opportunity for young people in trades
Vancouver Sun
The announcement in September of a $33-million project that will see the expansion and renovation of Okanagan College’s trades training facility in Kelowna is part of a larger provincial strategy that addresses the risk and opportunity. It deserves acknowledgment and attention. That larger strategy, part of the B.C. Jobs Plan, includes government investing $75 million provincewide in facilities and equipment to help address an issue recognized by the college sector and among politicians for some time. (Of that $75 million, $29 million of taxpayer funds are flowing into Camosun College and $28 million is earmarked for Okanagan College’s project.) It makes sense to invest in B.C. colleges now because of those 1.1 million jobs at least 78 per cent will require education after high school and the vast majority are the types of skilled trades and technical training offered mainly in the college system.

Algonquin College supports three-year degrees
580 CFRA Radio
Students at Algonquin College could be enrolling for three-year degrees in the future. The College is supporting the idea of shorter degrees that was proposed in a submission from Colleges Ontario to the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities today. Algonquin’s Vice-President Academic Claude Brule said students with degrees are more competitive when searching for a job. However, he said the College’s support for degree programs doesn’t mean it is shifting towards a university model.;nid=88372

Colleges seek degree programs
Windsor Star
St. Clair College is joining its counterparts across Ontario in demanding the province allow them to replace diploma programs with three-year degrees. “Long overdue,” said St. Clair president John Strasser. “It would certainly mean increased enrolment, it would certainly provide students with more options. There’s no question that, moving forward, the more pathways we can give students to compete out there in the world the better off the students are. I think it’s all about better serving the students.” The 26-page report, Empowering Ontario: Transforming Higher Education in the 21st Century, was released Thursday. It calls on the province to give colleges the authority to offer new three-year degrees and convert some of the existing three-year diploma programs into degrees.

College students win scholarships
Terrace Standard
A NUMBER of Northwest Community College students have been awarded 2012 Ike Barber Transfer Scholarships. Six students from Terrace and one from Nelson who is attending the college will receive the scholarships, awarded annually, from the Irving K. Barber British Columbia Scholarship Society. The awards are worth $5000 a piece and are given to B.C. undergraduate students who have completed two years of post-secondary and are transferring on to another institution.