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Monday, October 15, 2012


RV donation benefits college
Vernon Morning Star
One of the biggest RV rigs cruising North America today will be helping Okanagan College students get their careers on the road, thanks to a donation from a Calgary man with a college connection. Ron Lee took Okanagan College’s popular RV owners lifestyle seminar series for two years running and in that time, got to know instructor Jon Itterman. This year, when the two got chatting, Lee mentioned an older rig he had parked in his backyard. “Jon said the students could probably really use it, so that got me thinking,” said Lee.  When Lee returned home to Calgary, he virtually turned around, this time driving his 2001 30-foot, class A motorhome straight to the Kelowna campus where he handed over the keys to John Haller, OC’s dean of trades and apprenticeship programs.

VIU’s oldest living alumus revisits his roots
Nanaimo News Bulletin
Vancouver Island University’s oldest living alumnus returned to the site this week where he studied auto mechanics as a teenager at Nanaimo’s first vocational training school in 1938. Art Baker, now 91, enrolled in Jack Macready’s automotive program, located  at the corner of Machleary and Campbell streets, when he was just 17 as a way of securing employment in a time when jobs were scarce. Vancouver Island University representatives, city officials and a handful of students from VIU’s current automotive program designated the location, now part of the Sid Clarke Gyro Park, as a historic site with the unveiling of an engraved six-tonne granite rock donated by LaFarge Canada.

Algonquin students spend chilly night in the park
Ottawa Sun
After just 19 hours on the street, Jonathan Thompson had already zeroed in on a lucrative panhandling strategy. The trick, he said, is waiting for the drunks to show up. “We started getting a lot more money once people started drinking and going to the bars,” said the second-year Community and Justice Services student. Thompson was one of a group of Algonquin College students who spent 24 hours living as homeless people in a downtown park, begging for money to support a homeless initiative. Overall, Thompson said sleeping on the ground of Elgin Street’s Minto Park wasn’t really a learning experience. The group knew they were in for an uncomfortable few hours going into it — the mercury dipped below zero as darkness fell on the city — but were also well aware it would be a temporary inconvenience.

NLC’s Simulated Wellsite Facility ready to start “drilling”
After almost 10 years of planning and construction, Northern Lights College’s Simulated Well Site Facility/Drilling Rig is finally completed. With a few minor adjustments left to be made, it’s expected it will be ready for use by students this semester. The rig’s completion was celebrated this afternoon with a barbecue and ceremony at NLC’s Jim Kassen Industry Training Centre. The project was initially started with an investment from the provincial government. Peace River North MLA Pat Pimm spoke on behalf of Minister of Advanced Education John Yap and the province, commenting on how a facility as unique as this one will build on NLC’s reputation as B.C.’s Energy College.

Fleming College re-affirms strategic directions in submission to province
As part of the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities’ review of postsecondary education in Ontario, Fleming College has submitted its eight-page strategic mandate agreement to Minister Glen Murray. The Ministry asked colleges and universities to identify their top three priorities over the next five years and the resultant impact on students, enrolment, budgets and communities. Fleming’s three priorities are: breaking down the barriers between education and the workplace through work integrated learning, continued development of its Centre of Excellence in environmental education at the School of Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences in Lindsay, and productivity and innovation efforts through lean initiatives, resource sharing and revenue generation.;type=user&func=display&sid=17859

College students take out the trash
Vernon Morning Star
Okanagan College students persisted through the stink and sticky as they got down and dirty with their campus garbage Wednesday. The Kalamalka campus took part in a trash audit which looks at the garbage produced in a 24-hour period and determines how much of it could be kept out of the landfill. It took two classes 45 minutes and a couple of dry-heaves to sort the garbage into six categories: recyclables, returnables, compost, garbage, paper coffee cups and other (e-waste). The result is shocking: 70 to 80 per cent of the waste collected could have been diverted from the landfill.

VIU churning out ‘next generation’ of workers
Nanaimo Daily News
Vancouver Island University is aggressively working to churn out the next generation of skilled workers, the school’s president and vice-chancellor said this week in a luncheon address to the Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Ralph Nilson said VIU is focused on addressing key recommendations set out in a Canadian Chamber of Commerce paper titled, Canada’s skills crisis: what we heard, by promoting opportunities for workers to upgrade their skills and further their professional development, while connecting educators with employers who are hungry to fill the demand for skilled trades and other high-skill occupations.

An ambassador and two retired judges pop in
Vice president, academic of Sault College, Leo Tiberi, was happy to play host to them at Sault College and raised the prospect of exchanging students and staff with Italy. “We are honoured to be part of their tour in Sault Ste. Marie,” he said. “Ambassador Meloni, Mr. Iacobucci and Mr. Stortini can really be called the ‘salt of the earth.’ We look forward to working with the ambassador on initiatives in Italy in all aspects, including the possibility of exchange programs for both students and staff.” The progress Sault College has undergone, especially in regards to the new Essar Hall, did not go unnoticed as Iacobucci congratulated all those involved.

Fundraising for new skilled trades centres kicks off with a hefty donation
Kawartha Media Group
Fundraising for the new Kawartha Trades and Technology Centre got a $150,000 head start Oct. 15. As the community kicked off a fundraising campaign for the new facility at Fleming College, Peterborough MP Dean Del Mastro announced the Good Samaritan Hands-Up Foundation, a fund within the Community Foundation of Greater Peterborough, would provide the first donation. The centre is planned to provide training opportunities for high school, college and adult students, as well as for those already working in the field looking to upgrade their skills. MP Del Mastro says he’s heard from people in the industry, and there’s a great need for skilled trades professionals.–fundraising-for-new-skilled-trades-centres-kicks-off-with-a-hefty-donation

St. Lawrence College launches new program in Cornwall
Seaway News
St. Lawrence College will offer a much anticipated Supply Chain & Logistics Techniques program in January 2013. Delivered on St. Lawrence College’s Cornwall campus, the 18-week program is comprised of 15 weeks of in-class instruction, followed by 3 weeks of field placement at some state-of-the-art 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.