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Wednesday, December 12, 2012


New attitude towards trades
Regina Leader-Post
Apprenticeship is, as Ritter puts it, “the oldest system of training that there is”. It goes back centuries and revolves around a young apprentice learning his (or, increasingly, her) craft from a master. Ritter says it can be reduced to one simple phrase: “Learn as you earn”. Applied to modern Saskatchewan, this means about 85 per cent of an apprentice’s learning is done on the job, with the remainder in intensive classroom work, usually at the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology, but also at the Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technology, regional colleges or even major employers, like SaskPower and SED Systems, which train highly specialized trades like power lineman and electronics assembler. Apprenticeships also covers a huge range of trades ranging from carpentry and electrician to less numerous ones like water well driller and pork production technician. (More information is at

RDI Économie – Entrevue Serge Brasset
Mission Québec en Chine. Entrevue avec Serge Brasset., directeur général Collège Édouard-Montpetit

VIU gets new skills equipment
CTV Vancouver Island
From a new dishwasher to a state-of-the-art forklift, VIU’s trades programs got a much needed boost Tuesday, as the government pledged $1.46 million towards new skills training equipment at Vancouver Island University. The funding is aimed at tackling at B.C.’s labour shortage in the skilled trades. The government has promised to give $17 million towards equipment for skills and training programs. In the next 10 years, one million jobs will open up in B.C. with 43 percent of those being in skilled labour fields. The programs that will benefit from the money are VIU’s culinary, welding, electrical, mechanical and heavy mechanic. Programs right now rely on donations.

L’expérience d’employés en centre d’appels d’urgence reconnue par un diplôme collégial
La Voix du Sud
Neuf chefs d’équipe et un réviseur de l’assurance qualité de la Centrale d’appels d’urgence Chaudière-Appalaches (CAUCA) ont reçu des attestations d’études collégiales (AEC) de répartiteurs en centre d’appels d’urgence du Cégep Beauce-Appalaches. Ils sont les premiers employés d’une centrale d’urgence du Québec à voir leurs compétences reconnues par un tel diplôme. Les nouveaux diplômés sont des gens d’expérience. Le service de la Formation continue du Cégep Beauce-Appalaches a développé pour eux des outils d’évaluation dans un processus de reconnaissance des acquis et compétences qui s’est étendu de février à septembre. « Les gens à qui nous remettons des diplômes n’avaient pas besoin de suivre au complet les cours de l’attestation d’études collégiales que nous proposons aux candidats inexpérimentés, mentionne la directrice de la Formation continue du Cégep Beauce-Appalaches, Caroline Bouchard.

Burns Lake: College of New Caledonia Receives $25000.00 for Mining Programs
The Burns Lake Campus of the College of New Caledonia has received over 25-thousand dollars, from the Minerals North Conference. As one of the benefits to the host community of Minerals North, surplus funds from the conference goes towards a community initiative. Officials of the college are thrilled to be receiving this money, which will be going towards the mining programs. College of New Caledonia Communication and Program Linkages, Lynn Synotte says, “Well it’s certainly excitement because the Lakes Campus is going to be offering a 16 week mining industry program in February and another two week surface drilling program in April so we’re sort of think we could use it for assistance with tuition or perhaps we could purchase some equipment we’re not quite sure what we are going to be doing with funding at the moment but we are really excited with the possibilities.”

La Cité collégiale demande la désignation
Express Ottawa
Le conseil d’administration de La Cité collégiale a déposé sa demande officielle de désignation en vertu de la Loi sur les services en français (LSF). Lors de sa réunion de lundi, le conseil d’administration du collège a entériné cette dernière phase de la procédure de désignation qui sera déposée au ministère de la Formation, des Collèges et Universités de l’Ontario. «Depuis bientôt 25 ans, La Cité collégiale fait preuve d’un attachement profond envers la langue et la culture françaises, au point où notre Collège est devenu un chef de file de la francophonie ontarienne. Cette désignation officielle réitère notre engagement à offrir une éducation de qualité, en français», a souligné la présidente de La Cité collégiale, Lise Bourgeois.

Keyano students awarded scholarships
Fort McMurray Today
Celebrating students and award donors, the Student Awards at Keyano College saw $350,000 given out to help ease the financial burden of post-secondary education. The awards event, held Nov. 27, brought sponsors and 235 students together for the evening. “It is with sincere gratitude that I say thank you to Enbridge for your generous award,” said Cassandra Maloney in a release. “I was thrilled to be chosen. It is rewarding to know my hard work and dedication has paid off. I am excited to graduate and get started with my career … This bursary helps take the financial stress out of the equation.”

Le Cégep et le CFP Lac-Abitibi visent le monde
Abitibi Express
En unissant leurs forces au chapitre de la formation continue, le Cégep de l’Abitibi-Témiscamingue et le Centre de formation professionnelle (CFP) Lac-Abitibi de La Sarre visent rien de moins que le marché international. Ce partenariat, le deuxième du genre pour le collège après celui conclu avec la Commission scolaire du Lac-Témiscamingue, a été officialisé à La Sarre, le 11 décembre, par une signature dans les locaux du CFP Lac-Abitibi. «Comme l’économie de la région va bien, c’est le temps de mettre à profit ce terreau pour voir comment faire mieux et aller encore plus loin», a fait valoir le directeur général du collège, Daniel Marcotte.

McMaster and Mohawk win awards for improving Hamilton commutes
McMaster University and Mohawk College have been recognized for their commitment to improving commutes for their students and employees. The sixth-annual Smart Commute Awards event honoured McMaster with the Hamilton Employer of the Year award and awarded Parsons Brinkerhoff Employee Engagement Award to Mohawk. The awards recognize members of the Smart Commute program, which aims to ease gridlock and improve transportation across the Greater Toronto-Hamilton Area. Both schools have started several initiatives to encourage their staff and students to find alternate modes of communication and reduce their carbon footprint.

Nunavut students create an ornamental Christmas
Nunatsiaq News
Nunavut Arctic College’s jewellery and metal work students were happy to unveil their new Christmas tree ornament designs, most of which sold in less than 10 minutes inside the college’s packed lobby Dec 7. People waited for 15 minutes behind a red ribbon before the designs were revealed. The sale, which happens annually at the college, has always been popular, said Mosha Arnatsiaq, a third-year jewellery and metal work student.

Lululemon founders help launch new school
Vancouver Sun
Lululemon Athletica founder Chip Wilson announced Friday he will help fund a new $36-million school of design focusing on high-tech clothing at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. Wilson said he and his wife Shannon will donate $8 million, to be combined with $4 million from the Vancouver-based company he founded in 1998, to launch the Chip and Shannon Wilson School of Design at Kwantlen’s Richmond campus. The provincial government and Kwantlen will each contribute $12 million. “It’s going to be marrying technical people who know what they’re doing with students here with the right machines,” Wilson told students, faculty and media who attended the announcement at Kwantlen’s main atrium.

Aurora College Takes Interim Tag Off President Arychuk
HQ Yellowknife
Meet the new boss, same as the old boss. Jane Arychuk has had the interim dropped from her title. She’s the new president of Aurora College. She’d been the acting president since summer. Arychuk said she understands the college has some real challenges ahead but she said there’s one area that she doesn’t have to worry about.

Shelburne NSCC to host aquaculture offices
Shelburne County Coastguard
The provincial aquaculture division will move to Shelburne early next year. The province has an agreement to use space at the Nova Scotia Community College’s Shelburne campus. “Moving the fisheries department’s aquaculture division will bring about 15 full-time jobs to rural Nova Scotia,” said Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Sterling Belliveau. “Using available space at NSCC is a responsible use of taxpayers’ money and an opportunity to encourage greater collaboration between our department and NSCC.”

College enrolment on a roll
Welland Tribune
It doesn’t surprise Gord Hunchak that first-year enrolment in Ontario’s colleges hit its highest level ever this year. Ontario Colleges announced Wednesday that enrolment in Ontario’s 24 colleges increased by 4.9% over the previous year, with more than 123,000 students registered for first-year programs. “This year we welcomed 4,900 first-year students in September, which is a 10% increase over 2011,” Hunchak, the college’s director of marketing and communications, said about the more than 100 programs offered through Niagara College. Over the past five years, Niagara College has grown rapidly.

Environmental tech program at 25
Northern News Services
Students in Arctic College’s Environmental Technology Program have had their share of amazing, harrowing and downright nasty learning experiences over the past quarter-century. From learning to change a spark plug with just a rock and Swiss Army knife to learning which caribou tracks to follow, and from taking soil samples in a sewage lagoon to weighing down the back of an aircraft to get its nose up on a short runway, the program has carved out a colourful history since its startup. The program marks 25 years this semester. At an open house and alumni dinner Nov. 30, students and instructors, past and present, rose to recall memories of the program.

A century old story with a humble start
Meridian Booster
In the early 1900s, as settlers began working the unbroken Alberta landscape, it wasn’t long before the need for agricultural education began to show itself. While some of the province’s new residents came from farming backgrounds in Ontario, many had come from the city for free land and farming was not their trade. In 1908 the Vermilion Board of Trade (Chamber of Commerce) began to lobby the government to set up a demonstration farm or a college in the town, which was just two years old at the time. Although not much came from the Board of Trade’s first appeal to the government for a college, their efforts set the wheels in motion on a journey now more than 100 years in the making. In 2013, Lakeland College will celebrate its centennial year and to understand how far the college has come, this is the first look back in a series of how it all began.

On-campus residence buildings under construction at Georgian College Orillia
Midland Free Press
After a brief delay at the beginning of fall, construction of Georgian College Orillia’s new residence is now underway. At least two of the four 28,000-square-foot brick buildings will be completed for the start of the 2013-14 school year, Brandon Lander, the college’s vice-president of administration, told The Packet & Times. It has yet to be determined whether the third building will be ready in time. “We expect we will know in the fairly near future,” Lander said, noting the fourth building will be dependent on the demand for student housing on campus. Georgian has contracted Campus Living Centre (CLC), which already owns and operates residences at its campuses in Barrie and Owen Sound, to construct and manage the buildings. The campuses in Midland, Bracebridge, Orangeville and Collingwood are strictly commuter.

Niagara College students want better transit and downtown nightlife
Welland Tribune
Better transportation, cheap rent, things to do and jobs top the wish list for Niagara College students. College marketing students were at Tuesday’s city council meeting sharing the results of surveys they conducted in October that asked fellow students about the city they call home while attending classes at the Welland campus. Student Colin Peters said most of the 315 survey respondents wanted improved public transportation scheduling.

Encouraging trades as a career
Timmins Press
Finding skilled workers has been the biggest challenge for local industries, whether it is in mining, construction or computer technology. Industries say they need more students entering skilled trades programs at the university and college level. In an effort to address this problem, Northern College hosted a trades and technology symposium at the Porcupine Campus Wednesday, providing industry representatives with the opportunity to convey their needs to high school principals, guidance counsellors and teachers. “We know over the next 10 years, there is going to be a high demand for skilled trades and we need to encourage more high school students to look at skilled trades as a career option,” said Dominic Rizzuto, manager of human resources and corporate social responsibility with Goldcorp. “Certainly, we need to encourage more youth to look at skilled trades as an option, and not just youth but under-represented groups such as women and Aboriginals.”

BMO makes big deposit
Chilliwack Times
The sad story of BMO Bank of Montreal’s move out of Five Corners downtown Chilliwack has a happy ending after all as the financial institution donated the building to the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV). The Chilliwack Economic Partners Corporation (CEPCO) will also contribute up to $650,000 to renovate the building that by next fall will host UFV classes. At a press conference held inside the old bank Friday, a BMO official and CEPCO representative handed over a symbolic key to UFV president Mark Evered.

New partnership addresses truck-driver shortage
Alberta Daily Herald Tribune
Wheels are in motion for a new partnership between the Grande Prairie Regional College and the forestry industry to address a continued shortage of truck drivers in the area. GPRC, in partnership with oriented strand board manufacturer Ainsworth Engineered LP through the Woodland Operations Learning Foundation (WOLF), will be offering an eight-week driver training course specific to the forest industry. The deadline for applying to the program – which has no tuition charge – is Dec. 12 and the college is only accepting 12 students.

Northern Lights College and HD Mining Sign Memorandum of Understanding
Tumbler Ridge News
While the wheels of justice slowly turn over the discussion of Temporary Foreign Workers, HD Mining is taking steps to train permanent Canadian Workers to work at the Murray River Mine. While details are thin at the moment, HD Mining has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to work collaboratively on the development of an underground mining training and education program with Northern Lights College (NLC). As part of the agreement, NLC and HD Mining will work to deliver the training in Tumbler Ridge, as well as to include key community partners in the organization and delivery of the training. These community partners include the District of Tumbler Ridge and First Nations communities. Dr. Peter Nunoda, Vice President, Academics and Research at NLC says that they don’t have a curriculum in place yet, but are in the process of developing one.

College raises $41000 for United Way
The Chronicle Journal
Confederation College students and staff are doing their part to ensure a merry Christmas for all. The students and staff have raised more than $41,000 for the United Way, as well as more than 3,400 items for the college’s own food bank during simultaneous on-campus campaigns. The college’s United Way campaign kicked off two weeks ago. “Contributions like this one from Confederation College help to support the good work the United Way is doing in the community,” said Joanne Kembel, executive director of United Way of Thunder Bay.

Festival of Trees raises a whopping $115000
Nanaimo Daily News
The Vancouver Island University Foundation received a bump in funds through their 18th annual Festival of Trees, which wrapped with a black-tie gala on Friday. Funds raised totaled $115,000 over the two week event, compared to last year’s figure of $85,000. Money raised goes towards both student bursaries and scholarships as well as to upgrading and purchasing state-of-the-art campus equipment for students. More than 3,000 people participated in the various events at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre which included a lightup, family days, and the gala that saw 340 people attend.

Charting their generosity
Port aux Basques Gulf News
Office management and philanthropy came together in a great way over the past few weeks at College of the North Atlantic in Port aux Basques. As part of their curriculum, the Office Management 3 class had to plan a special event. Instructor Barb Devereaux said the class decided to carry out a school-wide food bank drive. “They chose the food drive because of the season,” said Ms. Devereaux, “and we put a challenge out to each department on campus.” Donations of food items and gift cards started pouring in. Keeping with the office management, the class had to keep track of where the donations were coming from and graph the results daily.

Algonquin students rally behind petition to quash age cap for monthly bus passes
MetroNews Canada
Students at Algonquin College are throwing their support behind an online petition to demand the City of Ottawa remove its age cap for monthly student bus passes. The current fare system allows students 19 years old or younger to buy a regular monthly bus pass for $76.75 or an express pass for $90.25. But for students 20 and older, there is an increase of up to $28.75 per month. David Corson, president of the Algonquin Student Association, said he planned to file a human rights complaint in October to protest the age cap, but there was a conflict of interest with the group’s lawyer.

Students raise awareness about bullying
Terrace Standard
IN WHAT is hoped to be an annual event, workplace skills training program students at Northwest Community College fought against bullying in their own way. After hearing on the internet about the death of Amanda Todd – a Burnaby high school student who took her life after years of bullying – they decided to honour her memory by promoting an anti-bully awareness event at the college, especially because college students use Facebook, where anyone could be vulnerable, said their instructor Pat Stone. They chose Nov. 27th, which would have been Todd’s 16th birthday, putting up posters they made in computer class.

Tilley new hand on NSCC tiller
Cape Breton Post
Fred Tilley says that in his career he has been driven by a passion for education.Currently the academic chair in the school of business, applied arts and access at the the Marconi campus of the Nova Scotia Community College, Tilley will soon have a new post where he can direct that enthusiasm, as he will be Marconi’s next principal. He will replace Dave MacLean, who is retiring. Tilley will step into the principal’s role beginning Jan. 1. Tilley has been with the college for 12 years, first as manager of administrative services before spending a decade at his current position. He learned last week that he had received the new appointment.

Algonquin, Queen’s and Carleton partner for solar project
EMC Almonte/Carleton Place
What started as a long shot for entry into a global competition has turned into the opportunity of a lifetime for students from Algonquin College, Queen’s, and Carleton Universities. Student representatives from the three institutions have partnered to form “Team Ontario,” embarking on a challenge to create a “net zero” structure for entry in the Solar Decathlon in California in 2013. The Solar Decathlon is a United States Department of Energy (DOE) biennial competition held in California. Between Oct. 3 and Oct. 13, 2013, the DOE will host 20 collegiate teams from around the world as they compete to design, build and operate solar powered houses that are simultaneously cost effective, energy efficient and aesthetically appealing.,+Queen%27s+and+Carleton+partner+for+solar+project

English CÉGEPs breathe sigh of relief
Montreal Gazette
There was good and bad news on the education front for the English community in the Parti Québécois’ new take on Bill 101. The best news for many in the anglophone community was that the government backed away from prohibiting any non-English-speaking students from attending English CÉGEPs. “That is very good news,” said Gilbert Héroux, director-general of Vanier College. “That would have had a major impact.” The proposed law, tabled Wednesday, also backed off from a controversial suggestion that toddlers somehow prove English fluency in order to be permitted to attend an English-language daycare centre. Instead, English daycare centres will be required simply to add activities to help children become familiar with French.

OpEd: The skill of producing skilled workers to meet Alberta’s needs
Edmonton Journal
Unfortunately, Alberta has among the lowest high school completion rates in the country, according to Statistics Canada. Correspondingly, Alberta Human Services recently reported that 40 per cent of Albertans struggle to understand such basic information as news stories and instruction manuals. Beyond helping learners with diverse educational backgrounds improve their literacy and essential skills and helping them complete or further their studies, the post-secondary sector needs to work with business and industry to ensure our programs are relevant. We must also pursue innovative solutions to address the increased demand for skilled workers. At NorQuest College, for example, we are collaborating with Alberta Pipe Trades College on the Apprenticeship Preparation Pilot Program, which focuses on attracting, retaining and preparing immigrants and aboriginal adults for the trades.