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Wednesday, November 7, 2012


Major construction projects in Whitby
In 2009, the Durham College board approved a more than $30-million expansion and renovation project for the college’s Whitby campus at 1610 Champlain Ave. to be undertaken in three phases. The project is currently in its third phase, which comprises the construction of a 36,000-square-foot building for hospitality, tourism and food programs. Phase 1 provided access to renewable energy training in a laboratory environment and the second phase added 40,000 square feet of space to the campus, including increased study and social areas for students. Phase 3 is expected to cost $17,406,440. Scheduled for opening in fall 2013, the facility will accommodate 900 students and also include a full-service green-certified restaurant.–major-construction-projects-in-whitby

Une nouvelle image pour le Vie-Voir
Nouvelle Union
Les étudiants de sciences humaines du cégep de Victoriaville peuvent désormais apprécier le nouveau logo installé au mur à l’entrée de leur local, le Vie-Voir. Le dévoilement officiel de la gravure, portant l’effigie de ce local destiné aux élèves de sciences humaines (on y retrouve un centre d’aide et les bureaux du personnel enseignant), a eu lieu mardi midi, devant des élèves et professeurs (anciens et actuels), et surtout devant celle qui a réalisé le logo, l’ancienne élève Marie-Josée Bourgault. Celle-ci a participé au concours qui visait à trouver un nom au local ainsi qu’un logo. Il a eu lieu en 2006 et, puisqu’elle était alors étudiante au Cégep, elle a décidé d’y participer.

Find new ideas at sports and recreation summit
Sarnia Observer
The second annual Sarnia-Lambton Sports and Recreation Summit, happening Nov. 17, is aimed at helping community groups be successful. Organized by Sarnia’s Parks and Recreation Department, Tourism Sarnia-Lambton and sports and Lambton College, the half-day session at the Lambton Inn Conference Centre is expected to attract more than 100 people. It runs from 8:30 a.m. to noon, is free to attend and open to anyone involved in sports and recreation. Information is available by calling 519-332-0330, ext. 210. Ian Smith, Sarnia’s director of parks and recreation, said about 70 people attended last year.

Trade show aims to reel in marine-sector players
“Young people can make a better living now at home in the aquaculture industry than they did relocating to urban areas in search of employment,” he said by email. “As a result, the area is witnessing more young families moving back home.” The Shelburne & Area Chamber of Commerce will host a networking breakfast Nov. 17 on how to do business with the marine sector. The deadline to register for the $15 breakfast is Friday. Marine companies, associations and service providers will have booths at the show, which will feature two Nova Scotia Community College navigational simulators. The show will also include marine-related panel discussions. A discussion on supporting marine industry growth will feature participants from Nova Scotia Community College’s school of fisheries, the Lobster Council of Canada, the Aquaculture Association of Nova Scotia and the provincial Fisheries and Aquaculture Department.

SIAST student wins research award
A SIAST grad won a national honour for her research into fat content. Julia MacDonald received the Canadian Technology Accreditation Board award this week. MacDonald tested an alternative method for “determining the percentage of fat in food and feeds,” according to a SIAST news release. “Participating in the applied research project was a rewarding learning experience,” MacDonald said in the release.

Polytech head back home with ideas about research
Otago Daily Times
Speaking in a report tabled at Otago Polytechnic’s council meeting yesterday, Mr Ker said he gained significant insights into how Olds College established itself as a high-performing institution. “My overall purpose at Olds College was to consciously reflect on the operations, practices and performance of Otago Polytechnic by observing and discussing how another high-performing institution went about its business.” Among areas where he got inspiration was that of applied research. The key lessons he learnt in this area were that if Otago Polytechnic was to develop a successful applied research business, it needed to ensure research was “industry driven, not just staff interest driven”, it needed to narrow its focus to what it “can be good at”, and “hire specialists to anchor our research initiatives”.

Students gain skills, work experience through Habitat project
Sackville Tribune Post
Carpentry students from Nova Scotia Community College have learned new skills and gained valuable work experience during several recent visits to Sackville where they added some of the finishing touches to the community’s first-ever Habitat for Humanity home. The first-and-second-year students, who are enrolled in the carpentry diploma program at NSCC’s Springhill campus, say they were grateful to have been involved in such a worthy project.,-work-experience-through-Habitat-project/1

College suspends mechanics program
Terrace Standard
Northwest Community College has suspended its heavy duty mechanics program, citing low demand and old equipment as the prime reasons. Senior college official Beverley Moore-Garcia said applications and registrations dropped as people realized the kind of equipment they would train on was outdated compared to industry standards. “It was really intertwined,” she said of how one circumstance affected the other as word spread about the state of the college’s equipment. “We knew we were reaching a point where we could not be providing the desired learning outcomes on what we could offer.”