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Friday, October 12, 2012


You go, colleges
The Globe and Mail
The Globe’s Our Time To Lead series on higher education argues that Canada’s postsecondary institutions do not provide quality education leading to employment. This is simply wrong. Canada’s public colleges (including institutes of technology and polytechnics) are referenced, but the analysis focuses on universities. And the suggestions for reform in universities reflect the strengths of Canada’s public colleges, which are mandated to meet the demand for highly skilled business, technical, health and trades professionals required by employers. Higher education in colleges is characterized by close ties with industry, exceptional student and employer satisfaction, and high placement rates (85 per cent to 95 per cent within six months of graduation). It targets advanced skills for employment, combining theoretical and applied learning, enhanced by the soft skills of collaborating in the workplace. Colleges are key drivers of Canada’s social and economic development. (Letter to the Editor from ACCC President and CEO, James Knight)

Ontario community colleges want diplomas renamed degrees
Toronto Star
Fed up with offering three-year diplomas they say are as rich as a three-year university degree, Ontario’s community colleges and their students want the right to rebrand many three-year diplomas as degrees, and to create new ones. They argue the word diploma is decades out of date, unfamiliar to international students who may rule out college in Ontario because they don’t understand the term, and a roadblock for college grads who need a degree for further study. Moreover, it may be keeping away interested students keen on a college course but nervous about a credential that seems to have less cachet. “No, colleges don’t want to become universities (with the exception of Sheridan College) but in a world where three-year courses at the post-secondary level are called degrees, a three-year ‘diploma’ is an anomaly,” said Linda Franklin, president of Colleges Ontario, whose call for three-year degrees is part of their response to the province’s discussion paper on possible reforms to higher education.–ontario-community-colleges-want-diplomas-renamed-degrees

Sharing knowledge in Coral
Northern News Services
Rankin Inlet elder Rosemary Sandy is passing a bit of her traditional knowledge along to eight female students at the Nunavut Arctic College (NAC) Learning Centre in Coral Harbour this month. And, she’s also made quite an impact with a number of Sakku students as well. A total of 21 people applied for the eight spots in the Coral program. Sandy said there is more to the fur production course than learning how to process sealskin, although that plays a prominent role.

Mohawk targeting health and technology
Hamilton Spectator
Mohawk College is looking to become Ontario’s first specialized institute of health and technology. In a submission to the province, Mohawk proposes that it become a regional hub for the study of applied health and engineering technology – two of the college’s “historic strengths,” according to president Rob MacIsaac. The Mohawk Institute of Health and Technology or MIHT would serve Peel, Halton, Hamilton, Brant and Niagara. Mohawk also proposes shifting some of its advanced diplomas in health and technology to three-year degrees, and outlines plans for the construction of a new engineering facility as well as a downtown Hamilton centre targeted at engaging disenfranchised youth.–mohawk-targeting-health-and-technology

Better schooling
Quinte News
Loyalist College, along with the rest of Ontario’s post-secondary schools, has entered into a discussion with the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities on how to improve post secondary education. One of the key ideas being discussed is a three year degree program at the college level. Loyalist College President Maureen Piercy says that is an idea the college is on board with.

Social Science and Humanities Council deems NIC Eligible for Funding
Campbell River Mirror
Jan Carrie, Vice President Education at North Island College, was recently notified that North Island College has met all the Tri-Council eligibility requirements for potential research grant funding through the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). SSHRC is the federal agency that promotes and supports research and training in the humanities and social sciences. The designation of North Island College as a SSHRC-eligible institution means its researchers are now able to apply for a broader range of the grants, scholarships, and fellowships distributed annually by the Tri-Council.

St. Lawrence College to debut new logistics program in January
Canadian Transportation & Logistics
St. Lawrence College will be offering its new Supply Chain and Logistics Techniques program starting in January. Delivered on St. Lawrence College’s Cornwall campus, the 18-week program is comprised of 15 weeks of in-class instruction, followed by three weeks of field placement at distribution centres within Eastern Ontario. The program will be delivered by the College’s Corporate Learning and Performance Improvement (CLPI) Division and was developed in response to a growing need for workers to support an expanding supply chain sector in Eastern Ontario, according to officials. “This sector is the fastest growing sector in the region’s economy and continues to have significant positive impacts on the regional transportation and warehousing sectors, creating hundreds of new jobs,” said Mark Boileau, Manager of Cornwall Economic Development.

Auto refinish expert John Euloth joins Okanagan College
Collision Repair Magazine
Okanagan College, the second largest trades training institution in British Columbia, is pleased to announce the addition of John Euloth to its team of trades professionals involved in teaching the next generation of leaders in collision repair. Euloth has established himself as an expert in the field of refinishing having worked 20 years in the industry, with a Red Seal in Automotive Refinishing Paint Technician. Prior to becoming an instructor at Okanagan College, he spent more than a decade as a technical representative with BASF Canada, serving the B.C. interior, including northern B.C.