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Monday, October 22, 2012


Dream of Wall’s friend key for us all
There was a brief quiver in Premier Brad Wall’s voice Tuesday as he talked about the critical role the Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies (SIIT) will play in our economic future. Moments before delivering a state-of-the-province speech linked to his Saskatchewan Plan for Growth, Wall had been told that his former Swift Current high school classmate and current SIIT president Randell Morris had suddenly died at age 47. It must have been a very emotional moment for the premier. It was certainly a sad loss for the province. But as sometimes happens when someone comes upon such a personal tragedy, it can also be a moment of enlightenment – a chance to give pause and realize what is truly important about a person’s life. And if anything good can emerge from the loss of Randell Morris, it will be the realization that First Nations’ education is of far greater significance to Saskatchewan’s wellbeing than whether or not public/ private partnerships are the most cost-effective means for certain infrastructure projects or even whether we get personal or corporate income tax cuts.

Légère hausse des abandons au cégep
Les étudiants des 14 cégeps dont une partie de la session d’hiver 2012 a été reportée au mois d’août en raison de la grève printanière ont été un peu plus nombreux que l’an dernier à abandonner leur session. En moyenne, parmi les 57 000 étudiants concernés, 4 pour cent ont abandonné leur session, ce qui représente une légère hausse par rapport aux 3 pour cent qui avaient fait de même à l’hiver 2011, a rapporté jeudi la Fédération des cégeps. Un abandon entraîne automatiquement la mention d’échec sur le bulletin d’un étudiant…. Les données recueillies concernent les étudiants qui fréquentaient 14 cégeps à l’hiver 2012, à savoir le collège Ahuntsic, le cégep André-Laurendeau, le collège Bois-de-Boulogne, le collège Édouard-Montpetit, le collège Lionel-Groulx, le collège de Maisonneuve, le cégep Marie-Victorin, le collège Montmorency, le collège de Rosemont, le cégep de Saint-Hyacinthe, le cégep de Saint-Jérôme, le cégep de Saint-Laurent, le collège de Valleyfield et le cégep du Vieux Montréal.

Boréal’s registrations up 11%
Collège Boréal’s full-time registrations have jumped by nearly 11 per cent for the fall semester. Since 2006-2007, the increase in the total number of registrations at Collège Boréal is actually close to 40 per cent. “Such excellent results are a testimony to the efforts of Collège Boréal since 1995 to be an avant-garde establishment, in terms of education, technology and employability,” said the college’s president, Denis Hubert-Dutrisac.

Plus de facilité aux études en français pour les francophiles
La Cité collégiale
a signé jeudi soir un protocole d’entente avec Canadian Parents for French . L’accord confirme la volonté des deux parties de travailler conjointement afin de promouvoir l’éducation postsecondaire en français. Les deux organismes concentreront leurs efforts auprès de jeunes Canadiens issus d’un milieu anglophone dont ceux ayant suivi un programme de français langue seconde. La stratégie vise à montrer qu’une formation collégiale en français représente une valeur ajoutée lorsque vient le temps d’intégrer le marché du travail.

Conestoga College sets enrolment record
Waterloo Record
Conestoga College announced record enrolment numbers this fall, reflecting the success of its career-focused programs. “Education is an investment and (students) are looking at colleges as the best return on their investment,” said Alan Vaughan, vice president of enrolment management and international education at the college. More than 10,000 full-time students attend the college, which is an increase of eight per cent from the last school year. First-year enrolment is also up this fall by more than nine per cent over 2011. With such spikes in enrolment, Conestoga is outpacing the average rate of growth at other Ontario colleges.–conestoga-college-sets-enrolment-record

Architecture branches out
Montreal Gazette
A new construction on the campus of John Abbott College is making a statement about contemporary architecture in the midst of all those century-old academic buildings. The CEGEP’s new glass and steel Science and Health Technologies Building, designed by Montreal architects Gilles Saucier and André Perrotte, has deftly inserted itself among the red-brick halls of learning on this historic 1,600-acre campus in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, which opened in 1906 as Macdonald College. Situated between the main Herzberg Building and Stewart Hall — part of the complex bought from McGill University in 2002 — the 11,360-square-metre science building is “a folding object,” Saucier said. Constructed six storeys high, it has been designed at a 40-degree angle around an old ginkgo tree and an enclosed semicircle between the buildings, which is unheated and therefore affectionately known by students as the “Arctic circle.”

College trades training gets $100000 boost
Lethbridge Herald
A local company has added its support for renewed trades training shops at Lethbridge College. Headwater Equipment announced a $100,000 donation Friday, to enhance heavy duty equipment research at the college. The heavy duty bay will be part of a $55-million facility renewal project which could get underway next summer. Detailed planning for the college’s Trades and Technology Renewal and Innovation Project is already in progress, acting president Peter Leclaire said. It should be “shovel ready” soon after the next provincial budget is unveiled. Denis Sheppard, dean of applied management, said the Headwaters gift will help the college cope with the “phenomenal growth” in demand for trades training, expected at Alberta’s economy and population continues its upward spiral.

Stan Sae-Hoon Chung new vice-president at RRC
Winnipeg Free Press
Red River College has named Stan Sae-Hoon Chung as the new vice-president, academic and research. Chung has more than 23 years of experience in the post-secondary system in British Columbia, having most recently served as the dean of arts and sciences at Camosun College. In that role, he oversaw 14 departments with 7,500 students, and helped lead the development of the college’s strategic and education plans…Chung held a variety of academic and senior administrative positions at Okanagan College, College of New Caledonia and Simon Fraser University.

What Canada needs: A national strategy for students
Globe and Mail
Currently in Canada, competition for students and ingrained institutional prejudices have hindered a pan-national approach. While combined programs are expanding, universities are still seen as the place where the smart kids go to get a well-rounded education, even if practical training at colleges is more likely to land them a good job. That’s not doing students any favours: Mr. Baylis will graduate after four years of tuition with highly valued skills, while an increasing number of his university peers will take a meandering, and more costly, path to college to boost their resumés. “We need to deliver the right people with the right credentials to the right economy at the right time,” says James Knight, president of the Association of Canadian Community Colleges. He tells one story about a law student from Douglas College who was denied admission into UBC’s law school because of his college credentials; based on his stellar LSAT score, he went off to Oxford instead. “Some institutions have an elevated view of the type of education they offer.” (Article also mentions Algonquin College and Red River College)

Britannia automotive service technicians get head start to auto tech career
The Vancouver Observer
Each year, over a dozen district students get a chance to bypass a year of apprenticeship with teacher Kim Or’s Automotive Service Technicians ACE IT district program. The program, a partnership between the VSB and Vancouver Community College, allows students to get a head start on their auto tech careers, all under the tutelage of Kim Or, a red seal technician and teacher at Britannia Secondary. Or’s teaching space is divided between a classroom where theory is taught and a fully equipped garage decked out with all sorts of tools along with three vehicles in various states of disassembly. Or says the program strives to give students a hands-on and authentic experience of what work as a tech is like. Over the ten month program, students will pick up safe work practices, automotive technical info and put their analytical mind to work each day.

$5.5 million for Miramichi, NB community college expansion
Daily Commercial News
The government of New Brunswick is investing $5.5 million over three years to expand and improve the Miramichi campus of New Brunswick Community College (NBCC). The design will connect the new expansion directly to the existing building, bringing the majority of the campus under one roof. It will include upgrades to the fire protection system as well as new spaces such as classrooms, multipurpose industrial shops, and flexible office and common areas. The work will include renovating about 425 square metres of the existing building and adding an additional 1,489 square metres. The project will make use of the existing electrical infrastructure while allowing direct connection to the main campus building. Plans include a geothermal heating system.–55-million-for-miramichi-nb-community-college-expansion

Sheridan president to receive honour
Jeff Zabudsky, president and CEO of Sheridan College, has been named by Athabasca University as the 2011 recipient of its Distinguished Alumni Award…. Previously, he served as President of Red River College in Winnipeg for six years, following a series of progressive positions with post-secondary institutions in Nova Scotia, Alberta and Ontario. Zabudsky has spent some 25 years in post-secondary education administration and educational broadcasting. His resume includes serving as a vice-president with Sault College, a dean of technology and curriculum innovation at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology and distance education specialist at the Nova Scotia Agricultural College in Truro.–sheridan-president-to-receive-honour

NSCC, Irving to boost diversity in trades studies
An agreement signed by Irving Shipbuilding and the Nova Scotia Community College on Friday aims to boost the diversity of the workforce in the shipbuilding trades. Under the memorandum of understanding, Irving will contribute $250,000 each year for 30 years to support recruitment and training efforts for students who are under-represented in the trades, such as women, First Nations, African-Nova Scotians and people with disabilities….The memorandum of understanding focuses on recruiting and training students as well as providing career advice. While the agreement signed Friday is not binding, a more definitive agreement is expected as the shipbuilding contracts are finalized.

VIU president wants closer look at report recommendations
Vancouver Island University’s president says he supports the “principles” behind a list a recommendations that would have the government invest $181 million more into the post-secondary system over four years. But Ralph Nilson said he also wants to take a closer look at the breakdown of some of the proposals put forward in the report, which was prepared by the Research Universities’ Council of British Columbia and presented to the legislature Thursday. The report, titled Opportunity Agenda for B.C., calls for the province to fund 11,000 under-graduate, graduate and college and trades spaces over the next four years.

Crime patrol returns downtown
Sault Star
Bryan Greco is back fighting crime. The third-year Sault College police foundations and protection security student returned for a second year to volunteer as co-ordinator of a downtown patrol program. Crime Stoppers is the lead agency. The patrols run daily, with stepped up staffing from Thursday to Saturday, in the downtown core. About 80 volunteers who walk the streets and supervise the crime fighting project are from Sault College justice-related programs like Greco. The patrol gives Sault College students “an incredible opportunity,” said Frank Caputo, one of the two co-ordinators of the school’s justice studies program. The patrol partnership between Crime Stoppers and Sault College may be the only one of its kind in North America. “This is a first time we can give our students something outside the classroom,” said Caputo. “This is something that’s hands-on. This is something that is a great learning process for them. Last year was pretty successful. We’re looking forward to this year too.”

Power to the people
Lethbridge Herald
Lethbridge College and industry partners will soon be preparing students for some high power jobs. The Power Line Technician program, a 15-week, pre-apprentice program, will start in January. Students will get plenty of training in the classroom and outside in the training yard at the college’s Agriculture and Technology Training Centre (the former Animal Husbandry building) on Jail Road. Once students have completed the program they’ll be ready for entry level jobs in power transmission and distribution. The program was launched earlier this month by the college, along with industry partners which include the City of Lethbridge, AltaLink, Rokstad Power Corporation, MVA Consulting, Compass Rose Power Solutions, K-Line Group and HD Supply Calgary.

GPRC President’s Ball promises a dream come true
Alberta Daily Herald Tribune
he theme of this year’s President’s Ball is a Midsummer Night’s Dream as the food, décor and entertainment are based around the classic Shakespeare story. The elegant dance and dine event, which includes a live and silent auction, is taking place at 7 p.m. on Oct.20 at the Bowes Family Crystal Centre Gardens. The President’s Ball is one of the Grande Prairie Regional College’s two main fundraisers which play an important role for students, said Sharron Barr, chairwoman of the President’s Ball. “It could make the difference of a student being able to come to college or not,” she said. “The money goes directly back to students in the form of bursaries or to enhance student life.”

Shipbuilding contract: Boom or bust?
CTV News
When the federal shipbuilding contract was first announced in October, 2011 there was a great deal of excitement about the trickle down effect. Nearly every industry was abuzz about the possibilities that could arise from consumer confidence. One year later, the initial ‘boom’ seems to have died down, but there has been substantial change in some areas. Students in a welding class at the Nova Scotia Community College Waterfront Campus in Dartmouth say they have never felt more secure in their futures. “You’re pretty much guaranteed a job if you get your red seal,” says NSCC student Andrew Trifts. That confidence has made for a very busy year at the NSCC. “We’ve developed a number of new programs. We’ve actually increased the enrolment in some particular programs and we have changed and actually recalibrated some space,” says NSCC president Don Bureaux. “So, we have actually done a number of construction projects to get ready for the future demand.”

New student centre reflects name, accomplishments of Algonquin president
Ottawa Citizen
When Robert Gillett was appointed president of Algonquin College in 1995, people back then called the school “Shoppers City U,” after the plaza located across the way. They didn’t mean it as a compliment. But several years later, when the site was redeveloped to welcome an array of new retailers, it was renamed “College Square.” It was, Gillett says, a nod to Algonquin’s transformation. “That was a really nice turnaround. That naming sent a solid message that we like what’s happening next door.” The latest reflection of that transformation — which has spurred rising enrolments and a half-billion-dollar building boom on campus — is the school’s shiny new, $52-million student commons, which officially opened this week.

Students learn about heavy machinery
Nanaimo News Bulletin
Learning to operate excavators, bulldozers and dump trucks isn’t part of the typical high school curriculum, but that’s exactly what more than two dozen Nanaimo students did last week. The youth – 25 from Nanaimo and seven from the Parksville-Qualicum school district – are the first high school students on the Island to take a work experience course in heavy equipment operation. From Wednesday to Friday, they learned to operate 30 different pieces of construction equipment at Vancouver Island University’s Heavy Equipment Operator training site on Timberlands Road.

Hairstyling program gets a new look
Sault Star
Sault College hairstyling students will get more training to prepare them for additional career opportunities when a new diploma program replaces a long-running certificate course of study. A two-year certificate will be replaced, starting in fall 2013, with a compressed 48-week program that runs over three consecutive terms. That means students can finish their education requirements more quickly and start earning a paycheque sooner. “We felt very strongly that the program would be very successful and it would enhance student learning by moving to a diploma format,” said Angelique Lemay, dean of community services and interdisciplinary studies. Students will complete 1,500 hours of hairstyling instruction, with classes including cutting and styling hair to preparatory procedures and treatments.

Immigrants face intimidating health-care test
Winnipeg Free Press
This week, Deborah Olukoju is leading a group of women on a school field trip to the Victoria General Hospital. They’ll experience what they’ve learned about in class, and there will be a test. A Pap test. Olukoju is accompanying female immigrants in Winnipeg on a “field trip” for a Pap smear. The counsellor at Winnipeg Technical College helps women studying English as an Additional Language take care of themselves. “We provide the language skills they need to advocate for themselves to go and see a doctor and function independently.” Some have never heard of a Pap test, an effective way to screen for highly preventable cervical cancer, CancerCare Manitoba says. CancerCare teams up with newcomer agencies and English as an Additional Language classes to teach women about the importance of Pap smears.

Stallion makes remarkable recovery
CTV News
A stallion that was severely injured at Olds College when someone deliberately let it loose to battle other stallions for dominance is making a full recovery. Staff and students at the agricultural college say someone tampered with the pens and let four stallions and two geldings out to battle for dominance. The incident happened in September and one horse bled to death after being kicked repeatedly. A second horse, named Mac, was seriously injured in the incident and suffered numerous cuts and bruises….Since the incident security at the school’s corrals has been stepped up and the pens are now chained and locked. A $4000 reward is being offered for information in the case.