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Tuesday, October 16, 2012


Community colleges find their weaknesses are also their strengths
Globe and Mail
Postsecondary institutions often sell the “Canadian brand” when recruiting international students – multicultural, cosmopolitan and world-class education at affordable prices. Try selling a community college in rural Canada with that message and it just doesn’t fly. Smaller community colleges are choosing to market themselves differently to boost international recruitment. In a report released in August, a federal advisory board set out an ambitious goal of doubling international student enrolment in Canada across all sectors, including colleges. What some might consider weaknesses – remote, homogeneous communities with little diversity, smaller institutions – are in fact the selling points for these colleges. (Article mentions Okanagan College, ACCC, Red Deer College, College of the Rockies and George Brown College)

Fleming College launched its fundraising campaign for the Kawartha Trades and Technology Centre on Monday
Peterborough Examiner
Jim Horkey could be the poster boy (or rather poster man) for Fleming’s new Kawartha Trades and Technology Centre. This time last year the 34-year-old retail manager was looking forward to the birth of his first child when Blockbuster Canada declared bankruptcy and he was left unemployed after 10 years on the job. Next week, Horkey will complete his one-year construction skills program at Fleming and expects job offers in both the plumbing and carpentry fields. “I can now be taken seriously by any employer in the trades field,” Horkey said. “I’m ready to start my new career path. I’m really enjoying myself.” The Conference Board of Canada has predicted there could be a shortage of 180,000 skilled workers in Ontario by 2020.

Students explore options at College Day
Sarnia Observer
College Day allowed her to compare the program at multiple institutions – with 20 colleges sending ambassadors to the Lambton gym. Monday was Lambton College’s turn to host the event, which runs throughout the province from September to November, allowing schools to reach out to different communities. Lambton College representative Cindy Buchanan said the event – coupled with Nov. 10’s open house – help the college attract prospective students. “There’s a lot of interest in Lambton as a result,” she said. Lambton College’s enrollment has grown by 1,500 since 2001. More and more students are realizing what colleges – and Lambton College specifically – have to offer, Buchanan said. “A lot of people are finding that our graduates are getting employment, if that’s what they want, or transferring to university, if that’s what they want,” she said.

Researchers to examine future of Great Lakes
Toledo Blade
Twenty-one universities and institutions in the United States and Canada are developing plans for long-term research projects to help protect and restore the Great Lakes, project officials announced Monday….Canadian institutions funding the work are Guelph University, McMaster University, Queens University, Trent University, University of Toronto, University of Windsor, Ryerson University, Waterloo University, Western University, York University, McGill University, Seneca College, Université de Montréal, and the Université du Québec à Trois Rivières.

Crouse among NAIT’s Top 50 Alumni
St. Albert Leader
When it comes to alumni of the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, Nolan Crouse is at the head of the class. St. Albert’s mayor was named Monday as one of NAIT’s Top 50 Alumni as the school celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. Crouse, who graduated from NAIT’s chemical technology program in 1973, said it’s a humbling honour when he considers that there have been about 170,000 people graduate from NAIT over those five decades. “I’m really a representative, a symbol of the 170,000, and there have so many graduates who have done unique and different things around the world,” he said.

Douglas college helps students find right path
The Province
To meet changing student expectations, Douglas College is creating new educational opportunities that emphasize flexibility. “Douglas is the college of doing and discovery,” says Douglas president Scott McAlpine. “Part of that discovery means finding the educational pathway that meets your particular needs. We believe you should have multiple options for entering and exiting programs, and multiple options for transferring and laddering between programs. It shouldn’t matter whether those programs are at Douglas or somewhere else.” (Article also mentions Capilano University, Langara College and Vancouver Community College)

College of New Caledonia Gets Funding For Warehouse Program
56 people will be able to participate in the College of New Caledonia’s Light Warehouse Program thanks to provincial funding announced today.  $288,000 dollars is going towards the program that helps build skills for people seeking work.  Jobs Minister Pat Bell says this is apart of the government’s Employment Skills Access Initiative. “In the next eight years were expecting a million new jobs in British Columbia,” says Bell, “and some of that will be a result of retirement some of that will be a result of new job growth but out of that million jobs we know that about 430,000 jobs are going to be something to do with skills training.”

NLC receives $1.663 million for skills training seats
The provincial government has announced $1,663,000 in funding for skills training at Northern Lights College. In total, an $18.7 million investment has been made to fund 3,000 new seats at 17 colleges and universities across the province. The money is going towards fields like nautical training, forestry boot camp, health care assistant, heavy equipment operators and mining technicians. At NLC, it will fund seats in the following programs: a seven month Clean Energy Certificate, a three month Heavy Equipment Operator program, a one month Professional Oil Field Driver course, a three week Oilfield/Gasfield Bootcamp Training course, a 12 week Mining Fundamentals program and a four month Professional Office Skills course. Emphasis is placed on programs that provide students with provincially or industry recognized credentials.

Selkirk College students clean-up shoreline
Nelson Star
Students in their second year of the Recreation, Fish and Wildlife Program at Selkirk College canoed Slocan Lake this September, picking up litter along its entire western shoreline. During the annual field-trip, the class has done projects with BC Parks staff in Valhalla Provincial Park such as campground construction and trail work, and this year they participated in the Great Canadian Shoreline Clean-Up. BC Parks staff provided the necessary tools, supplies and support for the project.

NVIT’s home of aboriginal public post-secondary education
The Province
Founded by the five First Nations Bands of the Nicola Valley in 1983, the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology was created to give Aboriginal Peoples the opportunity to study at a post-secondary institute within a supportive aboriginal environment. Beginning with 13 students enrolled in a forestry program in 1983, NVIT now serves more than 1,300 students representing over two-thirds of B.C.’s First Nations communities. Governed by First Nations people from communities across B.C., together with an elders council and a committed group of employees dedicated to aboriginal education, NVIT continues to anticipate and respond to the educational needs of aboriginal students and the First Nations community.

Local employers take in students on Industry Day 2012
The Telegram
Today is Industry Day 2012, meaning students from trades programs at the College of the North Atlantic in St. John’s and Corner Brook will be heading onto local work sites. At each job site, the students will be assigned to a company employee — a mentor — whom they will job shadow, to get a sense of the daily work associated with their chosen profession. The day is a project of the Newfoundland and Labrador Construction Association (NLCA), the Newfoundland and Labrador Construction Safety Association (NLCSA) and the College of the North Atlantic.  This is the third year for Industry Day and over 70 students are participating this year.