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Monday, November 5, 2012


Le Cégep s’apprête à recevoir près de 1 900 élèves du secondaire
Nouvelle Union
Le mercredi 7 novembre, le cégep de Victoriaville, en collaboration avec la Commission scolaire des Bois-Francs, accueillera près de 1 900 élèves des 4e et 5e secondaires des écoles publiques de la région, de l’éducation des adultes de la CSBF et d’Asbestos, du Collège Clarétain et du programme d’Accueil et intégration. Au cours de cette «journée carrière régionale», une centaine de conférencières et de conférenciers viendront présenter près de 175 programmes d’études professionnelles, collégiales et universitaires. Information sur les cours, les institutions scolaires, les préalables et les perspectives d’avenir font partie des sujets qui seront abordés.

Educated partnership
Sometimes a good idea is so obvious that no one thought to do it. That’s the way four Ontario schools, including Confederation College, view a new collaboration project for environmental and natural resources programs. Confederation, Northern College, College Boreal and Fleming College signed a memorandum of understanding Monday morning that will see the four schools share programming, curriculum and even students as graduates prepare for jobs in industries like mining and forestry. Confederation College president Jim Madder points to mining, where up to 13,000 jobs are expected in the next five years, as a sector that has such high demands that one school by itself can’t meet them.

Two Different Programs, Three Distinct Stories
Tumbler Ridge News
There’s a saying that goes, “It would be tough to be the only white chicken in a black chicken coop”. The same theory seems to be applying for men trying to work in female-dominated fields and for women trying to work in male-dominated fields. Bill Smith, Teacher in Trades at Northern Lights College (NLC) says, “The black chickens are going to pick on the white chicken. I’ve had lots of girls in the trades. On average, I teach about one or two women a year in the programs. The percentages are way off. They usually get through the program; some go on to work in a trade. Others hit that glass ceiling. You can’t go to work every day and be leered at or degraded,” he continues, “The same things happen when it’s a women dominated field. My wife’s a nurse. It’s the opposite and the same things do happen.”

Special projects at Fleming
Peterborough Examiner
Members of the public, mostly prospective students and their parents, had an opportunity to see plans for two special projects at a Fleming College open house Saturday, and they liked what they saw. People had the chance to talk with consultants and representatives of the city and the college about the Fleming Sports Complex, scheduled for completion for the start of school in 2013 and the Kawartha Trades and Technology Centre (KTTC), a facility also being built on Sutherland Campus, set for the beginning of the 2014 school season. The sports complex is a $5.8 million project that will see the development and construction to two new artificial sport surface fields with lights to support soccer, rugby and field lacrosse and a new field house with public washrooms, four change rooms and a modest multipurpose room. It involves a partnership of the school, student administrative council, the city and community soccer organizations to help fund the project. Construction is to start in the spring.

Keyano wakes up $465000 richer after Gala Discovery
Fort McMurray Today
Normally a place for overtired college students in sweat pants and rousing volleyball and basketball games, the Syncrude Sport and Wellness Centre was transformed into two radiant and elegant ballrooms for Keyano College’s annual gala. Dubbed “Gala Discovery,” McMurrayites far surpassed their Sunday best, donning tuxedos and luxurious gowns to partake in the food, drink, socializing, and musical stylings of country and pop superstar LeAnn Rimes. “The Keyano College gala is the event of the season, and you’re going to see another spectacular show tonight,” said chair of the Keyano College Board of Governors John Wilson just before the doors opened. “They tend to raise the bar every year around here, and I think you’ll find that it’s going to be even bigger and even better this year.”

Students learn valuable lessons at conference
Students at Vancouver Island University were told how the world they are entering into as professionals is an “awesome place,” despite what other generations might think of them. The sixth annual Vancouver Island Leadership Conference wrapped up on Saturday after students received words of encouragement from keynote speaker Juma Wood, a manager with MNP consulting in Vancouver. Those in attendance were asked how other generations might describe people between 20 and 30 years old.

‘Generous donation’ supports Boréal students
L’Alliance des caisses populaires de l’Ontario limitée donated $150,000 to the Collège Boréal Foundation Oct. 29. Revealed during a videoconference involving the college’s Nipissing, Hearst, Kapuskasing and Timmins campuses, this donation brings the “Leading us to prosperity” campaign to $3.7 million. The campaign has an objective of $5 million. “This generous donation from L’Alliance des caisses populaires de l’Ontario substantially increases the student bursary fund while supporting the funding of new facilities that we are placing at our students’ disposal,” said Collège Boréal president Denis Hubert-Dutrisac.

Calgary’s Bow Valley College expands with new business school
Globe and Mail
Like the city in which it is located, Bow Valley College in Calgary is a growing institution – led by its business faculty. In recognition of that growth, the college has opened a new school of business that brings together business programs from various departments under one roof. “The School of Business is the fastest-growing faculty at Bow Valley College,” inaugural dean David Allwright, the former associate dean of the Bissett School of Business at Mount Royal University in Calgary, stated in an e-mail. “I expect that given the demand for business education in the Calgary region, we will continue to grow quickly to meet the needs of the local community.”

Campus Tim Hortons gets a web cam
Sault Star
Students at Sault College have one less excuse for being late for class since the school installed a live web cam in front of the campus Tim Hortons this fall. “The students are starting to figure it out now, that when they go onto their portal that there’s a new link there, that they can see the Tims cam,” said Tessa Pino, college spokesperson. Pino said the college got the idea from a student who suggested on Twitter that the college should follow the International Bridge’s lead and set up a web cam so students and staff could check the line before they head for a coffee. Residents of this border city have become accustomed to avoiding long lineups at the U.S. and Canadian customs checkpoints by checking live views on the bridge authority’s web site before they leave the house.

Chamber to host First Nations job fair
Regina Leader-Post
The career fair addresses the most important aspect of the strategy – the attraction and retention of our people at home, Hopkins added. Taking part in the career fair will be companies operating in a range of industries, including construction, financial services, tourism and hospitality, manufacturing and information technology. SaskPower, SaskTel, SaskEnergy and SGI are among the public sector employers participating. The Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology (SIAST), Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies (SIIT), the Regina Skills and Trades Centre, the Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission and the University of Regina will be on hand to provide information regarding training.

Kwantlen given Hydro’s Power Smart Award
Surrey Leader
BC Hydro recognized Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) with a 2012 BC Hydro Power Smart Excellence Award for the fifth time. Committed to energy conservation, KPU maintains a distinguished history of accomplishment with BC Hydro and continues to lead the way for other local and BC businesses alike. “Kwantlen’s significant leadership in energy conservation is achieved through our great partnerships with BC Hydro, the province of British Columbia, many service providers, and our campus community,” said Karen Hearn, executive director, facilities services, KPU.  “We are privileged that our leaders have invested in projects that create energy efficiency, and in result, allow Kwantlen to use approximately 50 per cent less energy than other universities across North America.”

New Algonquin College on display
Pembroke Daily Observer
Five hundred high school students from 15 schools in Renfrew and Pontiac counties (as well as two more from Mattawa area) descended on Algonquin College’s new waterfront Pembroke campus on Friday morning for College Day, a chance to check out the new campus, all of the college’s programs and hear presentations from 17 other Ontario colleges. “It’s important that young people, high school graduates, have a sense of what’s out there,” says community and student affairs manager Jamie Bramburger. “(This is) a really good scope of what’s available for these students if they’re pursuing a college education.”

AIS transponder program expanded
Placentia Charter
The automatic information system (AIS) offered last year through Vale and the Marine Institute to fishermen near Long Harbour has now been expanded and offered to a wider group of fishermen and vessel operators in Placentia Bay through the Centre for Applied Ocean Technology (CTec) of the Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland. Advertisements ran recently in The Charter, The Southern Gazette and The Packet asking for fishermen and workboat operators in Placentia Bay to contact SmartBay to get on the list to receive one of these systems that can greatly enhance safety for smaller vessels.

Workplace accident leads to career change
Nanaimo News Bulletin
He is one of 32 students enrolled in Vancouver Island University’s health-care assistant program. Seven weeks into the program, he couldn’t be happier. “It’s been 23 years since I’ve attended school,” said the father of two. “I find it intellectually stimulating and gratifying to learn something new. My kids, especially my son who just started kindergarten, think it’s cool Dad is going to school.” The provincial government proclaimed s Health Care Assistant Day in B.C. Oct. 18, and Cooper celebrated with students and instructors at VIU. Health-care assistant refers to several positions including community health workers, residential care aides, home support workers, long-term care aides, continuing care assistants and personal care aides, said VIU instructor Deb Denhoff.

Certification and mentorship enriching for chefs
The path to success can be a winding road, but educators and regulators are working to provide a clearer and more reliable map for young people beginning their careers. Moe Mathieu, a restaurateur in Regina and chef instructor at SIAST Kelsey Campus in Saskatoon, earned his own Red Seal certification as a chef and now works to mentor those who are new to the trade. Red Seal certification is a varied and flexible process, said Mathieu. An aspiring Red Seal chef can simply attempt the requisite exam without any formal instruction, but varying degrees of instruction are also possible. Some applicants are trained and prepared through hours of working under a chef who has already been certified; Mathieu himself teaches chefs who spend one day each week learning in a classroom setting. “In the school situations, that one day a week, you spend time in your books and also time doing practical work, but it’s a good balance between learned and relearned wording, and history and different stuff that you’re going to have to use in real life. So, it’s a really good thing to try,” said Mathieu.

St. Clair unveils new downtown student centre
Windsor Star
Another downtown building is being targeted for a St. Clair College takeover, with hope for at least a couple of hundred more students coming into the core by next fall. The college is looking for the city to donate the unidentified building, according to college president John Strasser, who hopes the city and college can hammer out a deal in the coming weeks. “We already know where the building is, it’s just a matter of having the right deal,” Strasser said. The deal needs to be done by around Christmas so the students in a particular program can start using it next fall, said the president, speaking after the unveiling of the college’s latest downtown addition, the TD Student Success Centre, a former TD Bank building at University and Victoria avenues.

Push for Registered Nurses Program at Georgian College
Bayshore Broadcasting News Centre
Bruce County council’s Homes Committee has approved supporting the request for Georgian College to provide a Registered Nursing program at the Owen Sound facility. Eleanor MacEwen, Administrator at Brucelea Haven and Charles Young, Administrator at Gateway Haven called on the committee to write a letter of support to the Grey Bruce Long Term Care Home Committee. MacEwen says they need Registered Nurses in the 19 long term care homes in Grey and Bruce Counties.

Conestoga College strat. Mandate
570 News
Conestoga College has issued its Strategic Mandate to the Ministry of Training, Colleges, and Universities. School President John Tibbits tells 570 News the number one issue is that Conestoga wants to be able to offer more three-year degrees. “We’re growing, there is a lot of demand for our services. Huge demand. I think there would be even more demand if we were able to offer more degrees in the applied learning area.”–conestoga-college-strat-mandate

Trades Day of Caring
LOCAL2 Sault Ste. Marie
What do you get when you have 37 Trades students from Sault College helping around the house? You get a lot done that’s what. The third annual Trades Days of Caring, a joint partnership of the Sault Ste. Marie United Way and Sault Colleges teams up crews to help seniors with all sorts of household chores from raking leaves and bagging them to winterizing their homes. “This project provides help to seniors in Sault Ste. Marie, ON with minor household repairs and maintenance which will result in reduced utility costs.” said Rob Majury, project coordinator. In all the team of 37 students visited 30 homes
Saturday morning and afternoon and didn’t stop until the work was done.

VIU support workers agree to mediation in seeking deal
A strike by support workers at Vancouver Island University may be averted as university officials and CUPE Local 1838 have agreed to move to mediation. A joint press release indicated that the parties will meet with a private mediator during the next few days with the goal of achieving a renewed collective agreement. The press release said both VIU and CUPE are committed to reaching a fair, negotiated settlement that is fair to all of employees, while also respecting the current fiscal challenges and realities.

Mental health needs shortchanged on Alberta post-secondary campuses, say student leaders
Calgary Herald
ASEC features representatives from 15 post-secondary institutions students associations, who lobby to the provincial government for changes. This year, they’ve decided one of their major positions will be on behalf of student mental health. With inadequate resources almost across the board, the organization will push for a new provincial fund similar to the one in Ontario. Recently, the Ontario government created a Mental Health Innovation Fund, which allows post-secondary schools to address gaps in services, and increase awareness, among other things. About $7 million has been set aside for it each year. (Article mentions Olds College)