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Tuesday, November 13, 2012


Testing Water Turbines
Bayshore Broadcasting News Centre
Don’t let the name fool you — Windtrans Systems Limited has nothing to do with wind farms. The Huron County developer is partnering with Conestoga College, McMaster University and others to market pump-motor-turbine units capable of powering a subdivision, or running a Third World Relief project. Spokespersons Andrew Masse and Allan Ball went to Goderich Council on Monday to ask permission to test a unit in the field. The request follows controlled indoor tests in Seaforth.

Le CETAB+ publie le manuel des intrants biologiques
Nouvelle Union
Le Centre d’expertise en agriculture biologique du cégep de Victoriaville vient de publier un document phare pour l’agriculture biologique au Québec, le Manuel des intrants biologiques (MIB) 2012-2013. Ce guide est utilisé depuis plusieurs années par les agriculteurs, les conseillers et les autres intervenants qui souhaitent se renseigner sur les produits commerciaux qui peuvent être utilisés en agriculture biologique.

ENTREVESTOR: IBM move good news for analytics field in region
Skill sets are developing in the field such that the consulting firm McKinsey Global Institute estimates the U.S. will soon need 140,000 to 190,000 technical personnel with “deep analytical” expertise and another 1.5 million managers versed in Big Data. And that’s where the opportunity is for the entire Atlantic region. If we develop the right skill sets, there are massive opportunities for employment and business creation. The IBM deal includes an agreement with the Nova Scotia Community College and five universities — Dalhousie, Acadia, Saint Mary’s, St. Francis Xavier and Cape Breton — to train people in analyzing Big Data. Matthew Ivis, IBM’s government program executive, said these discussions have not been limited to Nova Scotia, and the company is also talking to the University of New Brunswick, for example.

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.

Mercer Report airs Lindsay segment next Tuesday
Kawartha Media Group
An episode of the Rick Mercer Report that features Loggersports and Open House events at the Frost Campus of Fleming College will air on Tuesday, Nov. 13. Mr. Mercer spent the day at the campus on Saturday, Nov. 3. He participated in the college’s 30th annual Loggersports Competition and took part in program demonstrations that were part of Fleming’s Fall Open House that day. Students from programs such as Forestry, Urban Forestry, Outdoor Adventure Skills, Blasting Techniques and Resources Drilling and Blasting were part of the filming for the segment.–mercer-report-airs-lindsay-segment-next-tuesday

Red River College gets $1.7-M in aerospace grants
Winnipeg Free Press
Red River College was a big winner this morning, scoring $1.7 million in federal grants over the next five years to provide research to Manitoba’s aerospace industry. Gary Goodyear, minister of state for science and technology, was at the Notre Dame campus to announce $17 million in research grants over five years to 50 Canadian community colleges — RRC hauled in 10 per cent of the national pot. Fred Doern, Red River’s research chair for the school of transportation, aviation and manufacturing, said that the college will use the money for applied research and training, and especially to conduct research for Manitoba’s aerospace industry.

Alta. college to offer brew master course
Western Producer
Olds College is looking for applicants to its new brew master program, as long as they’re 19. The two-year diploma program has received a steady stream of inquiries from industry and prospective students since the Olds, Alta., college announced the program earlier this year, said program co-ordinator Peter Johnston-Berresford. The school started accepting applications last week for the program’s first class, which begins in September 2013.

Starting trades training in Grade 10 means no student debt for this teen
Edmonton Journal
A few years ago Daniel Meadwell was thinking of a possible career in business but wasn’t sure about his future. Last year, when he was in Grade 10, he attended a presentation at his school from Careers: The Next Generation about power engineering. Now the Grade 11 Drayton Valley student is pursuing a 4th class power engineering certificate. Next year he will graduate from high school and the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, with a Grade 12 diploma and qualifications to start work in his trade. He didn’t know much about power engineering before the Careers presentation but the subject caught his interest so he stayed afterwards to talk with the speakers. He took some brochures home and showed them to his parents, who also didn’t know much about the Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP) or about power engineering. After checking it out and discussing it, his parents told him to go ahead if he wanted.

Horticultural icon honoured
Nova News Now
Students at the Kingstec campus are commemorating the life of a man described as an “icon” of the horticulture industry and gaining invaluable experience at the same time. The Tim Tregunno Innovation Garden at the Nova Scotia Community College’s Kingstec Campus was officially dedicated Oct. 24 with a ceremony held in conjunction with the campus’s open house. The Tregunno family owns and operates the Halifax Seed Company and Tim was well known as huge supporter of the horticulture industry, including the Horticulture and Landscaping programs at Kingstec.

Sheridan engineering help for disabled students
Brampton Guardian
Engineering students at Brampton’s Sheridan College are using knowledge gained and talents honed in classrooms to help other students on campus with disabilities. Sheridan College’s school of engineering has formed a partnership with the Tetra Society, a non-profit organization that enlists the expertise of skilled volunteers to create and construct customized assistive devices for people with physical disabilities. Tetra’s Youth in Transition program, funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, was developed to improve quality of life for students at colleges and universities in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), including Peel region.–sheridan-engineering-help-for-disabled-students

Okanagan College hands out awards
Vernon Morning Star
Students in programs from the arts and sciences to trades, business, and health were honoured at Okanagan College’s Vernon campus Thursday. A total of 63 scholarships and bursaries were handed out to 41 students totaling $45,750 in 2012. “Each one of these students has made an outstanding contribution to their own future by applying themselves to their studies, and acting as a role model for others,” said dean Jane Lister. Bachelor of business administration student Nicole Hamming was presented with the Valley First Credit Union award and the Alf Peters Memorial Award.

Mohawk College gets big gift: a plane
It’s like an early Christmas gift that won’t fit under any tree. Mohawk College’s two-year Aviation Technician program now boasts a Boeing 727 in its fleet. The 727 spent most of its life as a private jet. Now, it will serve as a classroom and “living lab” to let students learn and work on heavy jet systems. “The students are thrilled,” said Bill Brimley, the associate dean of Mohawk’s School of Aviation. “When you go through the ramp at Pearson Airport and sit inside this giant cigar, you don’t get a sense of just how big it is. It’s huge.”

The finery of these wineries
National Post
Niagara College Teaching Winery, whose 2010 Dean’s List Chardonnay won best white of the show, is the only fully licensed teaching winery in Canada. The kids get to make their own ,and clearly they do well at it. Recently the educational facility branched into beer with the Niagara College Teaching Brewery.

Paradigm shift in neuroscience sparks new FASD research in BC
Vancouver Sun
Despite 40 years of research, medicine has little to offer in the way of treatments after FASD prevention fails. Doctors have long held that brain damage caused by alcohol cannot be corrected. However, scientists now recognize that, under the right conditions, new brain cells sprout and new connections can form at any point in a person’s life… A team at the University of the Fraser Valley developed a way to use any off-the-shelf computer game to help teens with FASD improve their ability to pay calm, focused attention. An electronic sensor in headgear detects when a game player’s mind wanders. This triggers a thickening of a veil of clouds blocking the game graphics. Only by refocusing do they get a clear view of the game. “We’re trying to teach the child a skill (that they can) take that to a classroom or to reading a book or to sitting down and listening in class,” said psychologist Chris Bertram said. Bertram also co-leads an FASD study that encourages physical activity, a common area of strength in these children.

Bright future Meals prepared by Red River students among best in town
Winnipeg Free Press
I’ve seen the future and it works. I may have paraphrased that Lincoln Steffens quote before, but it’s worth repeating when describing my dinner at Prairie Lights, the dining room that showcases meals prepared by graduating students of Red River College’s culinary arts program. The last time I was here was over eight years ago, and the performance then, despite the occasional flaw, was pretty impressive. It was even more impressive this year, a seamless operation that offered a great and significantly lower-cost alternative to some of the city’s pricier restaurants, and the only reason I’m not awarding stars is because the crew changes nightly. But if the students who were responsible for my dinner last week end up in local restaurants, I’d certainly want to know where.

BC Hydro contributes timber to college’s timber framing program
Kootenay News Advertiser
BC Hydro recently made a contribution to the College of the Rockies (COTR) Trades Training department. As part of the Gold Creek Relocation and Mt. Baker System Upgrade Project, 300 cubic metres of timber needed to be cleared along Gold Creek Road to make way for construction of the new and recently completed, $450K distribution line servicing customer-owned critical telecommunication infrastructure and equipment located on Mt. Baker. Kim Buchan, COTR Trades Training Department Head, expressed interest in the timber which is being used for the College’s Timber Framing Program, a 13-week program where students learn essential timber frame techniques as well as computer drafting, layout, design and joinery. The wood that is not used in the program will be made available to local charities for fund raising.

Skilling me softly
It’s impossible not to be cheerful when you watch a roomful of teenagers cluster around a table and try to master antique and modern carpentry tools. They’re curious and eager. They don’t heckle each other. They’re incredibly focused. This week in Ottawa I got to witness the creators, fixers and technologists of our future as we kicked off National Skilled Trades and Technology Week. The focus was on the makers and builders of early Canada, and what they went through to build our roads, railways, ports and public buildings. So Skills Canada and partners like DeWalt, Lowe’s and Algonquin College gave 300 kids in grades 8 to 12 a chance to try hands-on workshops. The kids were unbiased by experience, so they tried both historic and state-of-the-art tools without prejudice. And let me tell you, nothing stands in the way of their curiosity or their intention to grasp new skills.

Career counselling a choice profession
Ottawa Citizen
She says a good starting point is the Canadian Standards and Guidelines for Career Development Practitioners. This document outlines core competencies required in the field, areas of specialization and a code of ethics under which the profession is governed. The Standards and Guidelines are the baseline for George Brown College’s Career & Work Counsellor Program in Toronto. The two-year diploma course attracts a wide range of candidates, from professionals to newcomers, says co-ordinator/professor Diane Moore. The course covers counselling skills and processes for working work with different challenges and clients, as well as includes field placements. While there are no fixed prerequisites, much of the selection criteria for program candidates is based on the interview process, Moore says.

Pilot program fast-tracks health careers for Alberta high-school students
Edmonton Journal
What if you could become a certified health-care aide by the time you graduated high school? A new pilot program from Careers: the Next Generation allows students in some rural areas of Alberta to do just that. The program operates in partnership with Alberta Health and Edmonton’s NorQuest College, says Jerry Heck, a vice-president with Careers: the Next Generation. “In high school, these young people start as early as Grade 10 and they’re enrolled as part of their high school in NorQuest College,” says Heck. “So NorQuest is delivering the program partly online. During their Grade 10, 11 and 12 years, they are completing the theory requirements for health-care aide certificates.”

All the right stuff
College is the most common form of post-secondary education in Canada, according to Statistics Canada’s Youth in Transition Survey, and many college grads will go on to university. Cape Breton University’s BACS program is a popular choice: thanks to an agreement with NSCC and other colleges, those with a two-year diploma can start with 50 per cent of the credits they’d need toward a three-year degree, says assistant professor Barry Moore. Even so, an attitude prevails that college credits aren’t the same as university ones, and that “college graduates aren’t as well-prepared,” Moore says. His research has blown that notion out of the water. In a new unpublished study, Moore found that college students don’t just keep up academically with peers who start off in university; in some cases, they surpass them. Article also mentions Nova Scotia Community College, Langara College, North Island College, and Humber College)

Future entrepreneurs get head start at Dawson’s eWeek
Montreal Gazette
Take close to 11,000 students, inspire the ones with a bit of flair to go into business and watch the results — that’s the game plan at a camp for young entrepreneurs this week at Dawson College. Held as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week, a British initiative begun in 2008, Dawson’s eWeek got off to a keen start Monday on the ground floor of the big Westmount CEGEP’s atrium. With guest speakers from Google, online shopping club Beyond the Rack and advertising firm Tuxedo Agency, as well as workshops and contests, the four-day camp covers a lot of ground. (Article also mentions Cégep du Vieux-Montréal and Cégep Limoilou)

Don Cayo: Surrey’s adult students are seriously shortchanged
Vancouver Sun
One of every two Metro Vancouver high school students lives in or near Surrey, yet the city has barely more than half the capacity of other parts of the province or the region to offer its young people post-secondary schooling. Worse, this kind of imbalance between high potential demand and skimpy supply has existed for decades. There’s no improvement in sight. And there’s every reason to believe that — aside from the gross inefficiencies of forcing overflow, south-of-the-Fraser students to commute to north-of-the-Fraser learning institutions if they can’t find learning opportunities closer to home — the social and economic cost will be huge if the productivity of the city’s future workforce is allowed to be stunted by inadequate education. Geoff Dean, a math and science instructor at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, has been among the Surrey educators and community leaders who’ve been beating this drum for decades and he has compiled spreadsheets of data that track the problem.

Colleges collaborate on environment programs
The Sudbury Star
College Boreal, Confederation College, Northern College and Fleming College signed an agreement to strengthen their collaboration in the delivery of programs focusing on the environment and natural resources. By leading the way to the delivery of a broader scope of programs and increased flexibility in students’ curriculum, the agreement enhances training opportunities while contributing to the environmental efforts of northern communities in the province.

Aboriginal Youth Initiative opens doors
Edmonton Journal
For students living in communities off the beaten track, information about career possibilities can be difficult to come by. That’s especially true in some First Nations communities that are isolated from larger centres and where role models can be scarce. Since 2001, the Aboriginal Youth Initiative with Careers: The Next Generation has worked to overcome these obstacles, exposing aboriginal youth to the opportunities available in Alberta’s trades. The initiative also tries to bridge the gap between employers and the ever-growing aboriginal labour pool by encouraging businesses to hire aboriginal summer interns…. A recently implemented partnership between Northern Lakes College and school divisions in the region has caught the initiative’s interest. Last year the college began offering high school students dual-credit programming which offers them the chance to earn high school credits and train in a trade at the same time. The college offers emergency medical responder, forestry and harvesting technician, health-care aide, power engineering 4th class and welding as part of its dual-credit program.

Syncrude taps into Northern Alberta’s aboriginal communities
Edmonton Journal
The company works with five local First Nations and three Métis Nations in Fort McMurray, Fort Chipewyan and Fort McKay areas and collaborates with government, educators and communities to ensure effective programs that lead to permanent employment. Syncrude manages employment education programs such as the apprenticeship program for local residents, which includes trades such as boilermaker, crane operator, electrician and welder. They also partner with the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology’s mechanical and construction trades preparation aboriginal program, a heavy equipment technician co-op program and the Registered Apprenticeship Program. Targeting youth, they offer a two-year trade apprenticeship program for grades 11 and 12 students and a career preparation program that includes grades 11 and 12 internships and work experience for post-secondary students.

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

Boréal foundation $212000 closer to fundraising goal
Collège Boréal’s Foundation is $212,000 closer to reaching its $5-million “Leading us to prosperity” fundraising campaign goal, thanks to donations from several companies. Donations have come from Acclaim Ability Management Inc., B&D Manufacturing, Bestech, Collins Barrow, Le5 Communications Inc., PBL Insurance limited, Reliable Maintenance Products and Technica Mining Group, among others. This brings to nearly $4 million the money raised for Collège Boréal student bursaries, as well as for the new college facilities. “We are particularly grateful to all the companies that recognize Collège Boréal’s public interest mission,” said Mike Mayhew, chair of the fundraising campaign in a press release.

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.”

Rare 60-million-year-old champsosaur fossil found by Olds College groundskeeper
Calgary Sun
Looking at a 60-million-year-old fossil, an Olds College groundskeeper first thought it was a dried banana peel. Turns out Leona Megli had stumbled across a rare and exceptionally well-preserved champsosaur — a “semi-aquatic fresh water reptile that resembled a small crocodile,” according to the Royal Tyrrell Museum. The fossil was kicked up recently during a landscaping project at the campus, about 94 km north of Calgary.