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Monday, October 29, 2012


La chaire de recherche TERRE démarre
Quatre mois après l’annonce par le Conseil de recherche en sciences naturelles et en génie du Canada (CRSNG) de la création de la nouvelle chaire industrielle sur les Technologies des énergies renouvelables et le rendement énergétique (TERRE), le travail est amorcé au Cégep de Jonquière. Hier, le député de Jonquière, Sylvain Gaudreault, accompagné de Guylaine Proulx, directrice générale du Cégep de Jonquière, Bert Van den Berg, directeur de la Division du transfert de connaissances et de technologie au CRSNG, ainsi que Martin Bourbonnais, titulaire de la nouvelle chaire, ont présenté le programme d’activités de recherche pour la première année. Soulignons que le programme d’attestation d’études collégiales TERRE, créé en 2008, vise le développement de technologies axées sur la production d’énergie propre adaptée aux besoins des communautés.

Welland native has encouraging words for college graduates
Welland Tribune
“You can do anything if you work hard enough.” That was the message imparted on Niagara College’s class of 2012 by Welland native Anthony Lacavera, chairman and CEO of Globalive Communications and WIND Mobile, during convocation ceremonies on Friday. Lacavera was the honorary guest speaker at the ceremony and received an honorary diploma in business and entrepreneurship presented by college president Dan Patterson. “Anybody can achieve a goal and make their community proud,” he said “All it takes is following that old adage of perseverance, diligence and good old fashioned hard work.”

Une année radioactive pour Radium
Hebdo Rive Nord
De la musique, du pop corn, du bruit, beaucoup de bruit, des élèves qui relaxent ou qui étudient tandis que d’autres s’évertuent à les divertir… Voilà l’ambiance qui régnait le jeudi 27 septembre au salon du Cégep régional de Lanaudière à L’Assomption lors du lancement de la nouvelle saison de Radium, la radio étudiante du cégep de la région. « Ce sont les étudiants qui s’occupent de tout, de la musique et des émissions. Il y a trois enseignants qui supervisent pour s’assurer de la continuité de la radio, d’éviter de répéter les mêmes erreurs et de rendre les activités plus fortes », explique l’enseignante au Cégep de L’Assomption, Joselle Baril, impliquée auprès des jeunes qui s’investissent dans la radio étudiante.

New Flyer gets $3.4M for zero-emission buses
Winnipeg’s New Flyer Industries is getting a big cash injection to develop zero-emission transit buses. The Transcona-based business is receiving $3.4 million from the federal government “to further develop battery-electric bus propulsion technology.” The all-electric bus development and demonstration project is a partnership between New Flyer, the province of Manitoba, Manitoba Hydro, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Red River College.

CamBay’s Arctic college campus gets a boost
Nunatsiaq News
Nunavut Arctic College’s Kitikmeot campus is slated for a new building: a $6.5-million residence and daycare centre in Cambridge Bay, Dan Shewchuk, the minister responsible for Arctic College, said Oct. 25 in the Nunavut legislature’s committee of the whole. This new building will support the development of future mine training centre, he said. And it “also provides us with great opportunities to build relationships with the Canadian High Arctic Research Station,” he said. When members of the CHARS development team visited Cambridge Bay in September, they suggested the new residence could double as a short-term residence for visiting researchers at the station due to open in 2017.

Taking culture online
St. Albert Gazette
Malanowski, president of St. Albert’s Avatar Media, says he was up in the Yukon as a young man trying to learn how to tie a knot. “It was really complicated, and I could never figure it out.” Then a seven-year-old Inuit kid showed him. “It made me realize that we have so much to learn from our aboriginal people.” He went on to found Avatar Media, a company that has done extensive work promoting aboriginal culture and education. Avatar Media received the Senator Thelma Chalifoux Award Thursday from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT). The award, presented by former senator Chalifoux herself at the college’s downtown campus, recognizes the company’s commitment to aboriginal student success.

SIIT appoints acting president following death of Randell Morris
News Talk 980 CJME
The Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies (SIIT) has appointed a temporary leader while the search for a new president gets underway. Randell Morris, SIIT president and CEO, died Oct. 16 from a sudden health emergency. Acting president Ray Ahenakew is a familiar face at the First Nations education and training institution.

New wellness services at Cambrian
Cambrian College has signed a partnership with Acclaim Universal Health to enhance health and wellness services for students, staff and the Greater Sudbury community. The partnership has brought Acclaim Universal Health’s specialized services to Cambrian College’s Barrydowne campus, including massage therapy and chiropractic, counselling, physiotherapy and naturopathy.

Chamber to honour Niagara’s business leaders
The Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce will highlight some of the region’s business leaders during its Niagara Business Achievement Awards….The Community Leadership Award recognizes an individual whose leadership has made a significant impact in the community. This year’s recipient is Dr. Dan Patterson, Niagara College. “Dr. Patterson’s leadership at Niagara College has led to the College being one of the highest ranking colleges in Canada,” explains Sendzik. “He has not only guided the College to new heights as an institution, he has connected Niagara College into the economic and social fabric of the community at a time when partnerships are needed if we are to truly build a stronger Niagara”–chamber-to-honour-niagara-s-business-leaders

Language commissioner pushes for more French in schools
Ottawa Sun
While Fraser didn’t go so far as demand universities to comply, the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities said they’re listening. A spokesman for Minister Glenn Murray said the province has more than doubled its funding for French-language post-secondary education in the past 10 years. In fact, experts say Ottawa is sitting pretty when it comes to offering French language courses, if you know where to look. The University of Ottawa is Canada’s largest bilingual university, while La Cite Collegiale offers a wide range of bilingual diplomas, and even Algonquin College offers FSL lessons and a small pool of courses in French. Silvia Garcia from Algonquin’s language institute says they’ve partnered with La Cite to offer courses in both languages, all the while saving costs by splitting the programs between colleges.

School out on Tuesday at Vancouver Community College
School will be out on Tuesday for students at Vancouver Community College. Support staff will be out on strike on October 30, after serving 72 hour strike notice today. The college’s Helen Carkner says they are in the process of letting students know. “The college will be handling this by closing both campuses. [It is] similar to what we might do on a snow day for example, there will be no classes at either campus, neither Broadway or Downtown.”–school-out-on-tuesday-at-vancouver-community-college

BU and Assiniboine College strike new deal on nursing programs
A new agreement between Brandon University (BU) and Assiniboine Community College (ACC) will open the door for students to transfer credits directly from their completed Licensed Practical Nursing program at the College to the University’s Bachelor of Nursing program. In March 2009, Brandon University and the College signed a historical Memorandum of Understanding  “Connect 20/20” The two institutions vowed to work together to provide improved opportunities for collaboration and student transfer of credit. This nursing partnership is a step toward achieving that goal.

Dual credit program gives students a second chance to ‘get well’
Orangeville Citizen
High school students often find themselves in a situation where they are just a few elective credits short of their diploma, but circumstances make it difficult for them to go through a 20-week semester necessary to pick them up. With this in mind, Conestoga College and the Upper Grand District School Board have collaborated on an innovative and successful “dual credit” program that combines both high school and community college credits. Dual credit instructor Greg Hurst, who taught at Orangeville District Secondary School for 22 years, also refers to the program as “re-engagement” for students who have dropped out and are coming back. “There’s nothing like it, anywhere in the world,” said Mr. Hurst.

David Agnew, former adviser to Bob Rae, relishes role as Seneca College president
Toronto Star
On the subject of which program he’d take if he were a student rather than president of Seneca College, David Agnew settles into the briefest of pauses. “That’s a very dangerous question to ask me, because then it’s going to sound like I’m picking favourites.” But that little bit of politic reticence quickly passes, and Agnew is soon waxing on about his love of aviation. “I don’t think I’d get past the first class because of the requirement for maths and sciences, but I get such a thrill from flying,” he says. “Every so often I get to go up in one of the planes. Being in that kind of visceral relationship with the sky is, I find, very exciting.” Imagining Agnew as fly boy isn’t quite the stretch you’d imagine at first blush. His chameleon career has been one of constant reinvention.–david-agnew-former-adviser-to-bob-rae-relishes-role-as-seneca-college-president

Georgian gets funding to help small biz
The Barrie Advance
A $100,000 grant made to Georgian College will ultimately help small and mid-size businesses. The recent contribution came from the National Research Council of Canada’s Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP). “Georgian will leverage its academic capabilities with business leaders and resources from surrounding communities to offer business advisory and mentoring services,” says Chris Berni of the college’s Centre for Applied Research and Innovation (CARI). “This will help develop new business ideas and technologies.”–georgian-gets-funding-to-help-small-biz

Four CNC Transfer Students Receive Scholarships
Of the 89 Ike Barber Transfer Scholarships handed out this year, four went to students at the College of New Caledonia.  The scholarship is awarded to students who have completed two years of undergraduate studies and are transfering to complete their degrees.  CNC Transfer Student Morgan Bruintjes says she received $5,000 to transfer to UNBC’s biology program. “This one is a really big one for transfering and it’s really helpful for students if they do not live at home to help them along during the school year,” says Bruintjes, “just to help pay for tuition and living costs and things like that.”

Holland College gets new sundial
The Guardian Charlottetown
A bit of old technology has joined the new with the dedication of a sundial at the Prince of Wales campus at Holland College in Charlottetown Friday. Michael O’Grady, the college’s vice-president, said the school wanted an appropriate centerpiece for its new quad. “Among the suggestions was a sundial,” he said. Samuel Holland was the surveyor general of British North America and mapped out P.E.I. He visited Dartmouth College during its first commencement in 1771, after which he commissioned the sundial. By chance, O’Grady said he stumbled onto a reference online to a sundial Holland College’s namesake donated to Dartmouth College in New Hampshire in 1773.

Georgian and Gateway Partner
Bayshore Broadcasting News Centre
Georgian College in Owen Sound is now a partner with Huron County’s Gateway Rural Health Research Institute. Gateway’s main mandate is to study illness in rural areas. Georgian has been involved with the Gateway Institute since 2005 when it started offering a practical nursing program at the Seaforth-based facility. College officials say this new partnership will encourage students to stay closer to home by offering the Seaforth area and Huron East enhanced educational opportunities.

New hospital gets name change, budget increase
Alberta Daily Herald Tribune
The Queen Elizabeth II Hospital will continue to be open, using it’s newly renovated emergency room as a main focus for “ambulatory care,” as well as walk-in care according to Horne. This hospital is a partnership between the Grande Prairie Regional College and Alberta Health Services with the intention of meeting the inevitable increase in demand for medical workers in the region. “We know, very often, if people have the ability to stay here to do their work, then they will continue to stay here later on, so we’re very excited about this investment,” Redford said. Don Gnatiuk, president and CEO of GPRC said he’s pleased to have the project in place, despite the extra year wait.

Discover what Fleming has to offer Nov. 3
Kawartha Media Group
Prospective students and their family and friends are invited to spend Nov. 3 checking out Fleming College. Fleming’s annual Fall Open House is an opportunity for those considering going to college or starting a new career to learn more about Fleming’s programs. Visitors will have the chance to participate in hands-on program demonstrations, campus and residence tours, and sessions on financial aid and housing. Currently, the college features more than 90 full-time programs in business and technology, continuing education and skilled trades, environmental and natural resource sciences, visual arts education, health and wellness, and law, justice and community services..–discover-what-fleming-has-to-offer-nov-3

Reaching out to community a key mandate at NSCC
Truro Daily News
Five years ago, on Oct. 17, 2007, the Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) mobilized thousands of staff and students throughout the province to volunteer for hundreds of community-based projects. It was the college’s way of saying ‘thank you’ to Nova Scotians for helping us build a world-class community college. Here at the Truro campus, our ‘thank you’ day included a neighborhood cleanup campaign in Truro and we bagged groceries at supermarkets and rural stores across Colchester County and gave away paper bags to promote our ‘Green’ message. NSCC was then, and is now, acutely aware that it is not just a community college in name, but in practice. With 13 campuses across the province, the success of both the college and Nova Scotia’s communities are intertwined.

A one-year tour of skilled trades at George Brown
Daily Commercial News
In many cases, a person committed to the idea of a construction career faces an additional hurdle — the choice of a specific trade. A George Brown College program has been aiming to help construction students make informed choices by exposing them to a broad range of trades over a single year. The Construction Trades Techniques Program, launched in 2009, takes students on a one-year tour of eight trades. In the first semester, students take plumbing, welding and steamfitting. In the second, they’re introduced to electrical and millwrighting. In the final semester, they experience carpentry, sheet metal and air conditioning. “The program was created simply because students have no way to discover what they like and don’t like about various trades in the construction industry,” says Geurt Van De Kraats, chair, Skilled Trades & Apprenticeship with George Brown.–a-one-year-tour-of-skilled-trades-at-george-brown

College arts get a boost
Terrace Standard
A cash injection of $300,000 will give Terrace arts students a first-hand look at Northwest artists in action. Announced today, the grant given to Northwest Community College‘s Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art will come in instalments over three years time. The grant is intended to pay for field trips to communities where artists practice, the documentation of student experiences and also aid for students in the program with financial challenges. “With this support from the foundation, we can connect students with communities, elders, artists and museums where they can learn the rich cultural traditions that allow this art to live and flourish,” said Freda Diesing program coordinator and instructor Stan Bevan in a press release today.

RRC losing interest in outgoing cop HQ
Winnipeg Free Press
Red River College’s enthusiasm for acquiring the Public Safety Building has cooled significantly — the building’s condition is just too crummy. “It would be a good location for us. I talked to the mayor a year ago,” RRC president Stephanie Forsyth said. But no one knows how much it would cost to fix the building, let alone convert it to college use, she said. “With what we hear about the structural issues, it’s less likely” Red River will add the soon-to-be-vacated police station to its downtown campus, she said. In a wide-ranging interview, Forsyth said Red River wants family housing on campus, still seeks to expand in the Exchange District, and is eyeing more degree programs.

College, police agree to work together
St. Catharines Standard
Niagara College students on the road to earning a badge and a gun will get a helping hand from local police officers, thanks to a new agreement signed between the college and the Niagara Regional Police. On Tuesday, college president Dan Patterson and NRP Chief Jeff McGuire signed the deal that will see some students in the police foundations, advanced law enforcement and other justice programs be selected for a ridealong program with NRP officers. That will allow them to see first-hand what police do. The agreement will also allow NRP officers to serve as part-time instructors at the college.

VIU support staff set for strike vote
Nanaimo News Bulletin
The threat of job action is looming once again at Vancouver Island University. Support staff at the institution will hold a strike vote Tuesday (Oct. 30) and if workers are in favour of job action, the union could then serve a 72-hour notice to launch job action, which can mean anything from an overtime ban to rotating picket lines to a campus-wide strike. Support staff at the College of the Rockies and Vancouver Community College held a similar vote on Thursday. If the VIU workers end up on strike, it would be the second time in recent years that classes are disrupted – a month-long faculty association strike shut down the university in the spring of 2011.

GTA firms don’t highly rate the need to innovate, study finds
Globe and Mail
The study commissioned by George Brown College surveyed more than 300 Greater Toronto Area employers, and less than a third said they would invest in innovation to increase long-term profits at the expense of short-term gains. Half the companies said investing in innovation is primarily government’s responsibility, while 55 per cent couldn’t name a successful local innovator, and only 58 per cent felt fully confident they understood the very meaning of innovation. The study supports an impression that Canadian companies are often overly risk-averse. Less than half those surveyed think investing in new technologies or innovation skills training would promise a significant return, while only 36 per cent see a major benefit to hiring graduates from schools where innovation is central to the curriculum. “That was a surprise,” said George Brown president Anne Sado. “We’re trying to understand why, writ larger, the business community and industry isn’t seeing the benefit of [investing in innovation].”

The power of tourism sector not set to wane
Nelson Star
BC’s tourism and hospitality industry is now the single largest “primary resource industry” in the province, generating an annual real GDP ($2002) of more than $6.4 billion in 2010, ahead of forestry, mining, oil and gas extraction, and agriculture. Tourism and hospitality generated $13.4 billion in annual revenue in 2010. Overall, between 2004 and 2010, industry revenues grew by a total of 25.5 per cent, representing an average annual growth rate of 4.2 per cent.The provincial government’s Gaining the Edge: A Five-year Strategy for Tourism in British Columbia targets revenue growth of five per cent a year that will top $18 billion in tourism spending by 2016. Nelson’s Selkirk College is part of the solution to the expected labour shortage in this industry. The local post-secondary institution’s School of Hospitality and Tourism continues to enjoy solid enrolment as it prepares students for the future.

Cambrian students collecting teddy bears
For the next three weeks, more than two-dozen Cambrian College Police Foundations students will be canvassing businesses and individuals, collecting donations of decked-out teddy bears. The bears will be auctioned off to raise funds for childhood cancer research. “We’re happy to join the Canadian Cancer Society in the fight against childhood cancer,” Stephanie Monahan, a second year Police Foundations student and Teddy Bear Picnic and Auction co-leader, said in a press release.