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Thursday, October 25, 2012


Niagara College inks new partnership with police service
Bullet News Niagara
Niagara College president Dan Patterson and Niagara Regional Police chief Jeffrey McGuire sealed a partnership Wednesday that enhances the learning experience for students in the School of Justice Studies. Patterson and McGuire signed a Memorandum of Understanding that includes provisions for a ride-along program for selected students; opportunities for the NRPS to recommend active members for part-time teaching positions and participation in the College’s Program Advisory Committees; and opportunities for internship positions with the NRPS Training Unit.

Provincial funding boosts cod satellite tagging project
The Telegram
The Marine Institute’s Centre for Fisheries Ecosystems Research will continue an Atlantic cod satellite-tagging project with the help of $50,000 in funding from the provincial government, it was announced today. The research, co-ordinated by Dr. George Rose, will continue this fall in the Bonavista Corridor. According to a news release, satellite tags store latitude and longitude, depth and temperature data for one year or more, measured each hour, then release themselves from the fish and transmit their data via satellite back to a research station.

Where to study: Home-care worker
NOW Magazine
The job market for personal care providers is growing rapidly. Boomers are heading into retirement and, as the years go by, will increasingly need assistance. While much of that work is still done in hospitals, retirement homes and other institutions, more and more people want individualized care at home. (Article mentions Cambrian College, Centennial College, Durham College, Fanshawe College, George Brown College, Humber College, Seneca College, and Sheridan College)

Where to study: Physiotherapist
NOW Magazine
If you’ve ever broken your wrist, put your back out or sprained your ankle, you know the importance of a good physiotherapist. As long as there are street curbs and pedestrians on cellphones, there will be a need for therapists to ease our bodies back into proper working order. Older people are especially vulnerable to accidents, which means there will be lots of work for physical therapists in the coming years. (Article mentions Centennial College, Durham College, George Brown College, Humber College and Seneca College)

Where to study: Medical Researcher
NOW Magazine
Maybe you’d like to be the new Marie Curie or Alexander Fleming. Perhaps you dream of finding the cure for AIDS, cancer or diabetes. While not every medical researcher ends up becoming famous for a life-changing discovery, medical research is a fulfilling career choice for anyone wanting to conduct experiments and test theories. (Article mentions Centennial College, Seneca College, and Sheridan College)

Where to study: Nutritionist
NOW Magazine
We all know that a healthy diet is important for warding off illness, but every day there’s a new study or a new “superfood” being hailed as the key to staying fit. Nutritionists cut through the hyperbole because they understand the science of food. (Article mentions Algonquin College, Centennial College, Durham College, Fanshawe College, Humber College, Kemptville College)

Where to study: Appliance repair
NOW Magazine
Have you ever taken apart your toaster to see how it works? Better yet, have you put it back together only to have it run smoother than ever? People involved in appliance repair are mechanically minded, working on everything from washing machines to air conditioners. As with electrical work and other jobs in the trades, it requires scrupulous attention to safety as well as a commitment to keeping up-to-date on advancing technology. (Article mentions Algonquin College, Cambrian College, Georgian College, Sault College, and Seneca College)

My job: Auto service technician, AutoNiche
NOW Magazine
Not only do I service vehicles, but I also own my business, manage the shop and take care of everything from hiring to advertising to payroll. After high school I went to the University of Waterloo and earned a bachelor of arts degree in psychology and business. I then got a certificate in human resources management at York University and went to Centennial College for levels one and two of the auto service technician apprenticeship training program. There are three levels in all. With a BA, you can move into a different field more easily than with an engineering degree, for example, so my education decisions were good in terms of giving me flexibility. (Article also mentions Cambrian College, Durham College, Sault College, and Seneca College)

Where to study: Doctor (Without Borders)
NOW Magazine
If you want to combine your desire to save lives with your spirit of adventure and, in many instances, selflessness, joining Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) is a great strategy. Founded on the belief that all people, regardless of religion, race or political affiliation, have the right to medical care, health care professionals who join MSF often enter volatile and dangerous situations in order to save lives. (Article mentions nursing programs at Algonquin College, Centennial College, Durham College, George Brown College, Georgian College, Humber College, Seneca College and Sheridan College)

My job: Director of new media, United Way, Toronto
NOW Magazine
I did my first degree at George Brown College in graphic design and web design, but I had a major accident and ended up going to the University of Toronto and studying history and political science. I then took some marketing courses at the Schulich School of Business at York University. Social media is so new that a lot of it involves self-teaching and researching. You have to be researching all the time, keeping an eye on the news about technologies, how they’re changing and how you can use them. Five years ago there weren’t any courses in social media, but Humber College offers one in social digital media, and some of the marketing bodies such as the Internet Advertising Bureau and the Canadian Marketing Association now offer social media seminars and courses. (Article also mentions Algonquin College and Fanshawe College)

Where to study: Organic farmer
NOW Magazine
The back-to-the land movement might have hit its peak in the 70s, but with increased interest in food and food security, more people are growing and buying food grown and raised without pesticides, antibiotics or hormones. While you could just till some land in your backyard (or, more likely in the city, in a community garden), becoming an organic farmer takes things to an exciting new, and potentially lucrative, level. (Article mentions Durham College, Fanshawe College, Fleming College and Humber College)

Where to study: Filmmaker
NOW Magazine
There’s no one way to become a filmmaker. Directors, producers and editors (along with casting directors, choreographers and myriad other positions) are all key elements in the making of a movie. While every person on a set has a unique set of skills, each position requires creativity, organization and a commitment to working long hours, often in adverse conditions. For most filmmakers, years are spent paying your dues, but the payoff can be huge. (Article mentions Centennial College, Fanshawe College, Humber College, Niagara College, Seneca College, and Sheridan College)

Where to study: Web designer and Web developer
NOW Magazine
Considering the importance of a good-looking and highly functional website to the success of businesses large and small, it’s shocking how many substandard ones still lurk on the internet. That’s why there’s a demand for people with an eye for design and a memory for code….. Like the tech side of the internet? Does Java make you melt? If figuring out how the internet works makes you dizzy with glee, then web development might be your dream job. (Article mentions Centennial College, Durham College, Fanshawe College, George Brown College, Humber College, Seneca College, and Sheridan College)

Where to study: Green engineer
NOW Magazine
Creating products and environments that are functional and feasible and pose little or no risk to people or the environment is the goal of green engineering. If you can succeed at that and make something beautiful, too, then you’re really onto something! Green work exists in myriad fields, from construction to waste management. (Article mentions Cambrian College, Humber College, and Seneca College)

Where to study: Green planner
NOW Magazine
As more and more condos stud the skyline, the need to make the most of our remaining green space – and figure out alternative ways to increase oxygen, decrease carbon and keep the city moving – is of utmost importance. Think you have what it takes to make Toronto a better place? Maybe you’ll be the next Jane Jacobs. (Article mentions Algonquin College, and Fanshawe College)

My job: Visual effects artist, Rocket Science
NOW Magazine
I always had the goal of being a visual effects artist. My specialties are dynamics, lighting and tracking. Tracking means recreating a liveaction camera shot in order to then insert CG effects and add 3D elements to the plate. Dynamics are what most people would see as smoke or fire – anything using particles or fluids. I went to Sheridan College to study computer animation and digital visual effects. That gave me a good base in a lot of different 3D elements. I wasn’t specifically focused on one subject. If you work in a small shop, you need to know a lot more than one thing, so the faculty did a good job of preparing us for a multitude of tasks. (Article also mentions Durham College, Fanshawe College, and Humber College)

My job: Paramedic, Toronto Emergency Medical Services
NOW Magazine
I provide pre-hospital care to patients who call 911 for medical help. When somebody calls, we’re notified by our dispatch to attend, and we go to the location, meet the patient, assess their medical concern and treat and stabilize them before transporting them to the hospital for further definitive care. After high school I did my undergrad at the University of Toronto in pre-law, and from there I decided I wanted to get into the paramedic profession. I did some night school courses to get my high school science credits and applied to Humber College’s paramedic program. I spent two years full-time in that program and at the same time also did a preceptorship – going out on the road as a paramedic student working with a Toronto EMS crew. (Article also mentions Algonquin College, Cambrian College, Centennial College, Durham College, Fanshawe College, and Georgian College)

My job: Chef/owner, Local Kitchen & Wine
NOW Magazine
Our restaurant opened three years ago. It’s an Italian restaurant, but more importantly it’s a restaurant that uses local ingredients to make Italian food. We were among the first to start this trend – especially with Italian food. When it comes to ingredients we can’t get here, like olive oil, we try to stay local to our parents. My parents are from Palermo, Sicily, so 85 per cent of our menu is influenced by Sicily. I went to school at George Brown. I took the one-year chef’s training program and the post-graduate Italian culinary program. And I did a stage after that, under the aegis of George Brown, in Perugia, Italy, at a Michelin-rated restaurant called Il Postale. (Article also mentions Algonquin College, Durham College, Fanshawe College and Humber College)

Where to study: Colourist
NOW Magazine
In film, a colourist is responsible for colour-grading – or adjusting – a movie or image in order to control the quality of the work. This used to be done using photo chemicals, but today it’s more common to make colour corrections digitally. This job is ideal for detail-oriented, focused people who want to make sure every frame is perfect.  (Article mentions Algonquin College, Durham College, Fanshawe College, and Sheridan College)

Mohawk College journalism students tackle youth mental health
Mohawk College’s journalism students are putting out a special edition of their Ignite news magazine dealing with aspects of youth mental health. The student journalists will release the special edition on Thursday. Their first stories on the issue are available at and include:     A former Hamilton youth ponders the impact of his father’s depression on his own mental health issues.     The impact of bullying on youth mental health.     The prevalence of suicide in Hamilton.     Internet addiction and the notion of it being a recognized mental illness.

Massages are not just for adults
The Toronto Observer
Many people know that a white comfy pillow and a nice relaxing massage can go a long way. That can only be assumed for the most recent participants of Centennial College’s Massage Therapy Clinic, as second-year students lead the annual infant massage event. Sabine von Boetticher, a faculty member of the massage therapy program, says this particular clinic provides a chance for both students and parents to learn. “The whole premise with infant massage is that parents learn how to do it and do it daily with their babies,” Boetticher said. “It’s a chance for the students to practice but in the end the real benefit is really for the parents to learn the technique.”

U of Bluewater idea not dead yet
Sarnia Observer
Hold onto your graduation caps. Following the Ontario government’s commitment to create 60,000 new undergraduate spaces and three new post-secondary campuses, local officials say they’ll continue to pursue bringing a university campus to Sarnia…. Lambton College has partnerships with both Western University and the University of Windsor (UW), among other schools. A number of joint diploma-degree programs allow Lambton students to continue their education in Windsor. Certain Western University engineering and chemistry degree programs lead students into practical diplomas from Lambton. Some University of Windsor degree programs can even be completed at Lambton. This type of college-university relationship is exemplified in Oshawa, where the University of Ontario Institute of Technology shares a campus and facilities with Durham College, Mallay said.

Employment centre opened in Windsor
Windsor This Week
A new employment centre has opened in Windsor in an effort to help reduce the city’s high unemployment rate. St. Clair College Employment Centre Windsor had its official grand opening ceremony on September 26, at its location on Howard Ave. The centre is one of three college sites offering services for those looking for jobs in the Windsor-Essex area. The other two locations are located in Amherstburg and Wallaceburg. “We’re really excited, today is the official grand opening of our employment centre in Windsor, giving us the opportunity to help those that are unemployed, underemployed or even those looking for their first job,” said Karen Gill-Gore, Director, Government Training Services. “We work with all demographics. We work with those that are looking for their very first job right through to those who are looking for a second career.”

Truly transform post secondary education
Peterborough Examiner
The Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities has now received mandate statements from all the colleges and universities plus associated bodies. There has been much time, effort and consideration given to the minister’s call for transformation of the post secondary system in Ontario. From the submissions I have read there is an attempt by colleges to differentiate themselves and focus on what makes each unique. From the universities there is a strong message that they already are doing what the minister wishes and if supported sufficiently – and this means money – they will continue to be innovative, productive, and of the highest quality….While there is much rhetoric about other actions none of the other proposals I have seen are truly transformative. So I will try again. The college submission addresses one of the three changes I suggested in an earlier column to improve the system from a student’s perspective. But what about the others? Any course that a college or university student takes at a publicly funded post secondary institution in Ontario should be recognized for credit by other institutions. And a distance education platform should be established that would allow every citizen who has the potential to learn at the post secondary level access to any program, a course at any time, anyplace.

Students graduating from Niagara College on Friday
St. Catharines Standard
More than 650 students will take a step toward the future at Niagara College on Friday. Graduates will gather to receive diplomas and certificates during the college’s fall convocation ceremonies, which take place at the Welland campus Athletic Centre beginning at 10 a.m. With ceremonies moving to Welland, the college will honour one of the city’s most esteemed entrepreneurs — Globalive Communications and WIND Mobile chairman and CEO Anthony Lacavera. Lacavera will deliver the convocation address and receive an honorary diploma in business and entrepreneurship.