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Tuesday, January 8, 2013


Niagara College wine centre further reduces impact on environment
Bullet News Niagara
As part of its ongoing commitment to incorporate environmental sustainability into its operations, Niagara College announced Monday that the Wine Visitor + Education Centre (WVEC) at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus has earned Carbonzero Certified status. The achievement is the first for a post-secondary facility in Canada, and means the carbon emissions resulting from the operations of the educational facility have been quantified, audited and offset.

200 nouveaux employés à recruter annuellement au CSSS
Nouvelle Union
Concernant les infirmières, dont la formation devra bientôt passer par le baccalauréat, le CSSS «espère qu’il y aura des mesures de transition afin d’éviter les «trous» avant la sortie, en 2019, de la première cohorte des infirmières cliniciennes», indique M. Chartier. Jusqu’ici, la majorité des finissantes en techniques des soins infirmiers du cégep de Victoriaville décrochaient presque «naturellement» leur premier emploi au CSSS. Les infirmières bachelières auront-elles le même réflexe de revenir dans leur région une fois leur formation universitaire complétée? La question reste en suspens. «Il nous faut maintenir nos liens avec les milieux d’enseignement», croit M. Chartier.

New family health program geared toward overweight children
Fort McMurray Today
Shaping up without having to ship out, the Be Fit for Life Centre at Keyano College is launching a new program for kids called MEND. Mind, Exercise, Nutrition, Do It, is a community and family-based program for children between the ages of seven and 13, who are above a healthy body weight. The 10-week program begins Jan. 15, running through March 28. “We are the first northern community to get funding for MEND 7-13,” said Christina Dauphinee, co-ordinator for Be Fit for Life, in a release. “It is different because it does not focus on or discuss the child’s weight. It encourages a healthy lifestyle and takes a holistic approach.”

Une formation sur mesure pour Orbite
Journal L’Avantage
En collaboration avec Emploi-Québec et Orbite Aluminae inc., Groupe Collegia, le consortium des services de formation continue du Cégep de Matane et du Cégep de la Gaspésie et des Îles, offrira l’attestation d’études collégiales (AEC) Opération et contrôle de procédés industriels à compter du 25 février 2013 à son centre de Sainte-Anne-des-Monts. L’opérateur de poste central de contrôle et de conduite de procédés industriels travaille dans l’ensemble des industries chimiques, pétrochimiques, électrochimiques, de l’électrolyse et des bioprocédés. Il est responsable de la conduite et de la bonne marche des appareils et des équipements du procédé, ainsi que de l’optimisation de la production.

Progress being made on Fanshawe College’s downtown London campus
MetroNews Canada
Outside it’s temporary signs, a few boarded-up windows, and construction fences. But inside 137 Dundas St., the first phase of Fanshawe College’s downtown School of Applied and Performance Arts is beginning to take shape. Renovations that started in March included gutting the former Royal Trust building and reconfiguring it to fit classrooms, offices, and theatre space. Now, contractors are putting the pieces back together.

Des étudiants du Cégep de Drummondville vivront l’expérience parlementaire
Express Drummondville
Des étudiants du Cégep de Drummondville figurent au nombre des 140 jeunes du collégial qui auront l’occasion de participer à la 21e législature du Forum étudiant, laquelle se déroulera du 6 au 10 janvier à l’hôtel du Parlement…En provenance de 24 collèges de partout au Québec, les jeunes s’initieront aux rouages du Parlement en travaillant en caucus, en débattant dans la salle de l’Assemblée nationale et en étudiant les projets de loi en commission parlementaire. Du Cégep de Drummondville participeront Mélissa Beauregard, Caroline Belomo, Julian Bessette, Nicolas Cusson, Adriel Dubuc-Hernandez et Alexandre Pouliot. Ils seront accompagnés d’Alain Doyon.

Lakeland graduate gives back
Vermilion Standard
The success story of a Lakeland College graduate has come full circle by sewing of seeds for even more successful students in the future. Earlier this month, the college announced Arthur “Bud” McGinnis, an alumnus from 1941, and his wife Gladys donated $82,000 to the Centennial Campaign with a specific goal of creating a Future of Agriculture Award. McGinnis said a $100 scholarship from the Wheat Board that covered all but $7.50 of his first year’s tuition at the University of Alberta got the ball rolling on what became a successful career in agricultural research and research management.

Brookfield partners with designer Velji, Bow Valley College
Brookfield Homes’ multi-family division sees the month of January as a challenging one with the opening of its Harvest Mosaic showhome parade in Cranston. The builder has partnered with Calgary’s well-known interior designer Alykhan Velji and students from the interior decorating program at Bow Valley College for its first-ever decorating challenge: Project Decor, a student decorating challenge.

Algonquin students to raise $15K for Spread the Net
580 CFRA Radio
A group of 14 Algonquin College Police Foundations students are raising $15,000 to help prevent the spread of Malaria in Africa. They’re just one group out of dozens across the country participating in the Spread the Net Student Challenge, which helps raise money to buy bed nets to protect sleeping families from being bitten by mosquitoes. Davide Carlucci, the student chair of the Spread the Net initiative at Algonquin told CFRA he’s glad to be able to help out.

Action on skills shortage expected
Winnipeg Free Press
Year-end surveys by business organizations this year seem to indicate there is solid optimism business will pick up in 2013. But the expectations employers have about hiring more workers seem to be tempered by their ongoing concerns about finding the right skilled people to fill the positions. It’s not a new issue and it is not specific to Manitoba. But it’s very complex and has been a nagging feature of this provincial economy for a long time. So the provincial throne speech announcement that a Skills Summit would be held at the end of February has been roundly applauded as a good idea. It is to be co-chaired by Stephanie Forsyth, president and CEO of Red River College and Kevin Rebeck, president of the Manitoba Federation of Labour.

Keyano to grow health programs in 2013
Fort McMurray Today
Though it has a monopoly on post-secondary education in the region, Keyano College has not sat back and used its status as an excuse for complacency, but rather as a platform for growth. The year 2012 has seen the college expand and grow, in terms of physical infrastructure, programs and services. President and CEO of the college, Kevin Nagel, says the past year was important in establishing a baseline of needs throughout the region and the college and has set the school up with a better idea of how to move forward.

First-year enrolment up at Cambrian
Cambrian College’s first-year enrolment rose four per cent in the fall of 2012, according to numbers from Colleges Ontario. January intake numbers are also expected to be strong, with some programs already waitlisted, a press release from the college said. First-year student enrolment accounts for the strongest growth at Cambrian, but overall enrolment is also higher than projected. The college has roughly 4,000 full-time students.

Record-breaking enrolment at Niagara College
Niagara Falls Review
Niagara College says its record-breaking enrolment continues, as it prepares to welcome students to its January orientation. When combined with the 8,997 full-time students that started September, as well as English as a Second Language and apprenticeship students, enrolment topped 10,000 for the first time ever. The numbers include 4,900 first-year students, 10% more than its fall 2011 term and more than double the system-wide average.

15-storey highrise planned on Fanshawe College’s doorstep
London Free Press
When it comes to highrise student housing, Adamas Group of London couldn’t be closer to its target customers. In a real estate coup, the developer wants to plunk a 15-storey, 126-unit apartment building on the south side of Oxford St. opposite the front entrance to Fanshawe College. The tower would dwarf and cast its shadow over the college that rises two and three storeys. The plan comes to the planning and environment committee of city council Tuesday to deal with outstanding design issues before it gets final approval. “For the college, it’s a good thing,” said Glen Matthews, off-campus housing mediator for both Fanshawe and Western.–colleges-doorstep

First Boreal president passes away
The Sudbury Star
Boreal college’s first president passed away December 26. Rachel Proulx was 57. The college sent out a press release this past weekend expressing sorrow over her passing. “Mrs Proulx was known for her devotion to defend the interests of women, francophones and the whole community. Having served in particular as President of the Greater Sudbury Business and Professional Women’s Club and as a member of the Hospital Restructuring Transition Team, Mrs Proulx is remembered by all as a leading figure of her era whose tangible actions have contributed tremendously to our society’s development.” read the statement.

Success comes at graduation, Algonquin College president says
Ottawa Citizen
You might think Algonquin College president Kent MacDonald would say the opening of a brand new campus in Pembroke or a much-needed student commons at the Ottawa campus is the college’s single most important achievement in 2012. The two buildings cost a combined total of $88 million and are both a hit with students and staff, yet MacDonald says Algonquin’s greatest success over the past year lies in its retention rate, which has climbed in recent years. “In the past, we’ve always tried to measure our success on how much are we growing, whereas we need to shift that conversation from access to attainment,” MacDonald said.

Rosia fills role as SIAST president and CEO
On July 1, 2012, Dr. Larry Rosia assumed his position as the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology’s (SIAST’s) new president and CEO. This change in leadership comes at a time when both the needs of the province’s industries and education itself are developing at an almost dizzying pace. Rosia’s time in education has been long and varied. “My background is that I have 38 years of experience in post-secondary education and in education,” he says. “I was a graduate from a technical institute, and then, like many of our graduates do, started work the weekend after I graduated. I worked for a number of years but then had an opportunity to go back as an instructor. “That’s where I really found my true passion in teaching, learning and education, so I’ve spent the rest of my career in education – working as an instructor, working as a program coordinator, a program head, and a dean. My most recent previous position was dean of the School of Construction at SAIT Polytechnic, a position that I held since ’99. From there, I was given the privilege and the opportunity to become president and CEO of SIAST.”

Lambton College eyes expansion after student population balloons
Sarnia Observer
Only a year ago, Judy Morris made Lambton College history, becoming its first female president and CEO. In her first year at the helm, Morris has continued to help write more college history, welcoming a record number of students and the launch of several new programs this fall. Observer education reporter Barbara Simpson recently sat down with Morris to discuss the college’s year and what her dreams are for its future.

Mining industry workers ‘need more than 3 days’ training
Some mining schools in northern Ontario are choosing not to offer the new shorter training program approved by the province. A year ago, the required training to work underground was shortened from several weeks to three days. However, some people — like Bob Mack at Northern College — say they’re hearing the opposite from the mining industry. Mack said gold mining companies in Timmins and Dubreuilville are thrilled with Northern’s 12-week training program and don’t want to see it changed.

Okanagan College receives skills funding
Vernon Morning Star
The B.C. government is investing more than $867,000 in new skills training equipment at Okanagan College. The funding is part of a $17 million, province-wide skills and training plan investment to support public post-secondary institutions to upgrade equipment and put the latest tools in the hands of B.C. students. “Continued investment in equipment is vital to ensuring that Okanagan College students and apprentices are afforded the best quality training,” said Vernon’s Jim Hamilton, president of Okanagan College.

Important to engage students early
Truro Daily News
A year ago, the Nova Scotia Community College – Truro Campus (NSCC) reached out to the communities we serve for their input and guidance as we charted a course forward. These community consultations, along with the voices of our students and employees, formed the foundation of NSCC’s newest strategic plan. Recently, I invited interested community partners back to the campus to take a look at the plan that we built together. We also discussed a number of exciting initiatives, including the Irving Shipbuilding Centre of Excellence at NSCC, IBM’s new Global Delivery Centre and the growing international interest in Nova Scotia’s offshore oil and oceans technology expertise and what this all means for the college and our province.

Lambton students travel to Third World to improve education opportunities
Sarnia Observer
A group of Lambton College students and community members are making a commitment to villagers in Zambia. Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) Lambton plans to embark on five-year project to help improve living conditions in the third world country. They’ve returned to Zambia this month to deliver the good news to the villages of Kaska and Chona. SIFE Lambton made its first trip to these villages in southern Zambia back in June. The group learned villagers could benefit from help in a variety of fields, from education to business and alternative energy to healthcare.

Celebrity chefs whip up dishes to promote Taste of Italy benefit dinner
Peterborough Examiner
Local celebrity chefs spent Monday afternoon in heated competition in the kitchens of Fleming College as they worked to whip up some money for the college’s culinary arts program and its Kawartha Trades and Technology Centre. They were making desserts to be judged by Maggie McKeown of the Food Network Canada show Recipe to Riches. The winner’s entry will be served at a five-course Taste of Italy fundraising dinner at the college Jan. 25. The fundraiser is a collaboration between the college and Peterborough MP Dean Del Mastro’s Good Samaritan Hands-Up Foundation, said Arla Whalen, events operations officer with the college’s advancement department.