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Alberta premier launches Trades to Degrees program
Sun News Network
A doctor, a plumber and a businessman walk into a room. Two of them are the same person. Thanks to a new initiative at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT), he’ll have the degree to prove it. Premier Alison Redford was at NAIT’s main campus Wednesday to help launch the college’s Trades to Degrees pathway, a way for tradespeople with managerial experience to add a bachelor of business administration to their diploma. “This is huge step forward for Alberta’s students,” Redford said. “They can enter the trades confidently, knowing that they have the best of both worlds — great jobs and opportunities for further post-secondary education.”
La Banque Nationale verse 600 000 $ pour la salle de spectacle
Courrier du Saguenay
«La Banque Nationale ne voulait pas dévoiler ce montant pour éviter les surenchères avec d’autres municipalités, d’autres projets provinciaux. Mais, comme cette somme sera inscrite dans les états financiers de la Ville, j’ai décidé de vous le faire savoir maintenant », a déclaré le maire Tremblay par le biais d’un message enregistré sur Ville en Action. Le premier magistrat a également déclaré qu’une plaque commémorative sera installée dans le Hall d’entrée de la salle de spectacle située au Cégep de Chicoutimi pour souligner le travail de Mgr Wilbrod-Dufour, dont le nom identifiait l’ancien auditorium Dufour. La salle rénovée au coût d’environ 14M $ aura maintenant l’appellation du Théâtre Banque Nationale.
Trades Alberta: Graduate of Syncrude’s Aboriginal Trades Preparation Program thrilled with job as instrument technician
SATP introduces aboriginal people to the trades and helps them understand the work culture. The program offers skills training and academic upgrading. Graduates have immediate job placement with Syncrude. In 2008, the company donated $2 million to Keyano College in Fort McMurray to fund the program. Tabitha’s aunt, Marty Quintal, inspired Tabitha to enrol in the program. Marty is an instrument technician who has worked for Syncrude for 23 years and is now a senior leader in its extraction facility.
Soirée hommage à la directrice du collège Lionel-Groulx Monique Laurin
Journal Le Courrier
À quelques semaines de sa retraite et après dix ans comme directrice générale du collège Lionel-Groulx, Monique Laurin a reçu «une grosse bouffée d’amour de la communauté» pour reprendre ses propres mots, le mardi 13 novembre. La soirée hommage et reconnaissance à Monique Laurin avait été élaborée dans la plus grande discrétion par des cadres du collège et rassemblait des élus municipaux, des directeurs et représentants d’organismes locaux et régionaux, en plus du personnel-cadre du collège Lionel-Groulx.
Trades Alberta: Pilot program fast-tracks health careers for Alberta high-school students
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.”
Un millier d’étudiants du secondaire 5 visitent le CBA
Un peu plus de 1000 élèves de secondaire 5 de la région participent aujourd’hui à la Journée d’exploration du Cégep Beauce-Appalaches. L’événement leur permet de découvrir les programmes offerts par le Cégep et d’apprivoiser la vie étudiante collégiale à la veille d’un choix qui sera déterminant pour leur avenir. Les jeunes visiteurs ont quitté les écoles, tôt ce matin, pour venir prendre la place des étudiants du Cégep en congé pour l’occasion. Ils ont été accueillis à l’auditorium du Cégep par le conseiller en information scolaire, Gaétan Létourneau, et la directrice des études, Rachel Aubé. Trois étudiants-artistes du Cégep, Sarah Fortin, Steven Grondin et Steven Fortin, ont offert des prestations avant que les jeunes soient dirigés vers les ateliers d’information portant sur les programmes d’études, le socioculturel et la vie sportive. Sur l’heure du dîner, les visiteurs ont eu droit à un mini-récital offert par le groupe vocal du Cégep.
Trades Alberta: Aboriginal Youth Initiative opens doors to trades in Alberta
For example, students in Grade 12 at Peerless Lake and Trout Lake can visit Slave Lake to check out the trades programs at Northern Lakes College. “These small communities offer the biggest opportunity for impact” in terms of promoting the Aboriginal Youth Initiative, Fisher said. A student who goes away to train as a welder and returns home to work as a welder becomes a role model. 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.
Micro site pour des emplois au Collège Édouard-Montpetit
Le collège Édouard-Montpetit de Longueuil met à la disposition des futurs travailleurs un nouvel outil web pour se dénicher un emploi. Cet outil a été créé dans le cadre de l’évènement « Joignez votre talent aux nôtres ! », nouvelle campagne de recrutement du Collège. Il s’agit d’un micro site Internet qui vise à mieux faire connaître les besoins du Collège en matière de main d’œuvre. De plus, ce micro site veut faire davantage véhiculer les valeurs du Collège, comme la qualité de l’ambiance de travail, l’importance et l’accueil du personnel, et la reconnaissance travail-vie, entre autres.
Skilled-labour shortage costing millions in Windsor-Essex
Robert Chittim, chairman of St. Clair College’s School of Skilled Trades said the problem is likely to get worse. He said the average age of skilled tradesmen in the area is between 55 and 65 years old. “We’ve got an aging workforce and we already have a shortage,” Chittim said. After the bottom fell out of the apprenticeship programs with the auto industry’s crash in 2008, the numbers have doubled in each of the last four years at St Clair. The college had 16 apprentices in 2009 and that’s improved to 107 this year. “People are hiring anyone with skills and are willing to train their own people,” Chittim said. “People are already asking for some of our graduates for this year. We’re trying to cater to industry.” Allen said Integrity is one of those firms working with the college. He added his firm is also heavily into training on the shop floor and promoting from within.
L’expérience au Mali d’un professeur du Cégep de Drummondville
À l’automne 2010, Jean-Marie Desroches, professeur de physique au Cégep de Drummondville, s’est impliqué dans un projet de coopération internationale qui renforcera considérablement l’enseignement de l’optométrie en Afrique de l’ouest francophone. Il témoignera de cette expérience demain midi (mardi) dans le cadre d’une conférence qui se tiendra au local 1711 du collège.
Trades Alberta: Keeping up with new technology part of being a tradesperson in Alberta
While the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology has offered a cabinetmaker apprenticeship program for more than 30 years, students today are taking the trade of woodworking to a new level. NAIT recently purchased a router, an edgebander and a saw, all Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machines…At Portage College, a community college serving northeastern Alberta, simulator technology is shaping trades training for students. Those in the school’s heavy equipment operator program start the 16-week course with 40 hours of simulator training before operating a machine. The simulators help students get comfortable with scenarios they may encounter while operating heavy equipment. The school’s 12 simulators (four excavators, six crawlers/dozers and two graders) are housed in a mobile, 16-metre trailer.
$8.6M in federal money for NWT adult education
The federal government is allocating $8.6 million to education programs in the Northwest Territories for adults who never graduated high school. The money will go to adult literacy and basic education programming at Aurora College. Campuses in Yellowknife, Fort Smith and Inuvik will see more instructors, more skills training and trades programs. Jane Arychuk, the interim president of the college, said the programs are designed to quickly prepare adults who don’t have their Grade 12 education to enter the workforce or other education programs.
Feds give $20K to regional skills competition
Medicine Hat News
“Skills trades are in demand and skills competitions are a way to get youth interested in the skilled trades,” said Medicine Hat MP LaVar Payne, who made the announcement at the Prairie Rose School District office Tuesday afternoon on behalf of the Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development. Many youth have problems getting jobs, he said, facing the problem of “no experience, no job; no job, no experience.” “Hopefully we’re going to change some of that.” The skilled trades competition is held annually at Medicine Hat College and features students from across the region competing in categories such as culinary arts, carpentry, automotive, welding and more.
Surrey’s HomeSafe Program Uses Home Visits in Fire Prevention
The Surrey Fire Service, which serves a city of 472,000 near Vancouver, took its usual evidence-based approach to develop HomeSafe: define the problem, conduct or assemble research to identify a proven solution, and make ongoing improvements based on evaluation. HomeSafe is rooted in research of international fire education best practices as well as detailed analysis conducted by the local University of the Fraser Valley of nearly 5,000 structure fires in Surrey over a 10-year period.
Holland College Waterfront Campus celebrates new location, students with ribbon cutting event
Holland College has officially opened its new downtown campus. Students of the new Summerside Waterfront Campus gathered Wednesday with college officials, members of the business community, and politicians from all levels of government to mark the occasion. The college purchased the Waterfront Mall in June of 2011 and have since transformed the property into a vibrant downtown campus for about 250 full- and part-time students and 260 continuing education students annually.
Trades Alberta: Northern Alberta science and technology centre enhances trades training for high-school students
“Instead of sitting there and getting confused about how the equipment operates, I’m getting hands-on experience right now,” said Exner, 17. “At any other high school, you’re likely learning from a book, but it’s more useful here to have access to the equipment.” Exner wants to be a machinist and plans to enter the high school’s Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP) next year. He will learn a trade while working toward his high-school diploma and plans to continue his education at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology. Jaye Sapad, 16, wants to be an electrician. He worked with a Fort McMurray electrical company last summer and is still employed there two days a week. He likes that the equipment he uses on the job is the same as in the classroom.
VIU planting the seeds of our local farming future?
Cowichan News Leader
Consider everything that goes on between getting food from the farm to the fork. The study of food systems is complicated. But it is something Jenny Horn — a PhD in Rural Studies and honorary research associate at Vancouver Island University — said more people are becoming knowledgeable and concerned about. “People are starting to figure out the corporate model isn’t healthy but they don’t know what to do about it.” Understanding food systems was the main focus at VIU’s day-long symposium on food security in the Cowichan Valley. The late-October event was sponsored by the new VIU@Cowichan Innovation Lab. Local food activists, farmers and food producers, university faculty, students and the public explored the challenges and solutions to developing local food security.
Architectural students contribute to Habitat for Humanity
Second and third-year students of the College of the North Atlantic’s (CNA) architectural engineering technology program are putting the skills they’ve learned to good use with Habitat for Humanity. Craig Greene, architectural engineering technology instructor at the CNA Ridge Road campus and build chairman with Habitat for Humanity, said in a news release while students have contributed to this worthy cause for the past three years by drawing up architectural designs, this is the first year they pitched in with on-site manual labour.
Rome wasn’t built in a day
ROME, as the old expression goes, wasn’t built in a day. Translated, it’s a phrase you use when saying it takes a long time to do an important job. It’s a phrase worth considering when wondering about Northwest Community College. Saddled with a debt and an escalating deficit the college cut spending and laid off workers while trying to reinvent itself as the trades training centre for the region based on large projects either underway or planned. In early fall senior college officials appeared before city council asking for support in lobbying the province for $45 million for a new trades facility at its Terrace campus.
Feds give RRC’s research arm a $1.7-M boost
Winnipeg Free Press
Does your aerospace company need some really quick research done? Give Red River College a call. The school received $1.7 million in applied-research federal grants Tuesday, 10 per cent of the pot of federal money Gary Goodyear, minister of state for science and technology, dished out to 50 colleges across Canada Tuesday. The money will be paid out over five years and will allow RRC to hire additional staff to focus on research and training by creating a technology access centre, said Fred Doern, Red River’s research chairman for the school of transportation, aviation and manufacturing. Doern said the main focus of the grant will allow RRC to do research for Manitoba’s aerospace industry.
North Island College grant to study hard seabeds for aquaculture use
North Island College has received an Entry Level Innovation Enhancement (IE) grant to fund research into the utilization of hard seabed substrates in salmon aquaculture. This grant is awarded under the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). IE grants are designed to foster partnerships between colleges and the private sector that will lead to business innovation at the local, regional and national levels. Specifically, this grant will build North Island College’s applied research and technology transfer capacity to support and collaborate with the Vancouver Island salmon aquaculture industry.
Algonquin College invests in applied research
Algonquin College has received $2.3 million in grants to invest in a new Health and Wellness Centre which will reinforce their work in applied research. The grant, offered by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Council of Canada, will be spent on new technology that will be installed within the college’s three campuses and will allow them to build state-of-the-art health care and medical devices for local businesses. The centre will help entrepreneurs and small and medium businesses to develop products and services within the health and wellness sector. Students in a host of programs at the college will also get hands-on training in their fields by helping these companies model and develop their products.
Orangeville nixes Humber’s plans for Alder rec centre
Humber College is looking to build in Orangeville, but not a campus on Veterans Way. At least not yet, that is. Humber’s Orangeville campus director Joe Andrews, along with members of the Humber Students’ Federation (HSF), made a pitch to council on Monday (Nov. 12) to expand the college’s footprint at the Alder Street recreation centre. Representing more than 20,000 full-time students at Humber’s Rexdale, Lakeshore and Orangeville campuses, HSF sought permission to build a sustainable office equipped with solar panels outside of the Alder Street recreation centre. Humber currently leases space at the sports facility, which serves as the college’s satellite campus in Orangeville. HSF proposed to use the office space during the school year, while the town’s parks and recreation department could occupy it during the summer.
High school students try out welding
Port aux Basques Gulf News
At the College of The North Atlantic campus, nine senior high students are getting the chance to learn the basics through a hobby-welding course. During the ten-week course, the goal of instructor Dave Hardy is to provide the students with the skills to complete a backyard hobby level project while promoting the welding program offered by the college. Many of Mr. Hardy’s past pupils have gone on to compete and win at national and international competitions.
Pastry cook’s talent whisks her off to Brazil
Once she made the move from fine arts to fine sugar, Patrice Burke found the creative outlet she’d been seeking. The 21-year-old pastry arts student at the Nova Scotia Community College Akerley Campus is in Sao Paulo, Brazil, for a baking contest that begins today and includes 800 people. “I grew up baking with my grandmother so I’ve always had an interest in it, just as something fun to do in my spare time. I never really anticipated having a career in it,” said Burke, whose family lives in Shad Bay. “But when I was in art school (at NSCAD University), I realized it wasn’t the right place for me. I wanted to … have a steady career and I had a professor who encouraged me to open my mind a little bit about what form my art could take. It seemed natural to pair my artistic side with my love of food.”