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Wednesday, January 16, 2013


Letter to the editor published under two headlines:
Ottawa Citizen:  Welcoming Foreign Students
Windsor Star:  ACCC works to strengthen international student program
I want to offer some clarity to the recent article on student visa reforms and private colleges, particularly regarding work to enhance the integrity of immigration programs. The Association of Canadian Community Colleges has been a significant and longtime partner of Citizenship and Immigration Canada in its efforts to develop new measures to strengthen Canada’s International Student Program. ACCC supports measures that not only attract, but also protect, international students enrolled in public college and institute programs at campuses in 1,000 Canadian communities.

Le Cégep de l’Outaouais ouvre ses portes à ses futurs étudiants
Info07 – La Revue
De futurs étudiants ont envahi les deux campus du Cégep de l’Outaouais dimanche, dans le cadre de la Journée portes ouvertes. Cet événement, qui a attiré plus de 2000 personnes l’an dernier, permet à la population de découvrir les programmes offerts. Cette journée permet de mieux orienter son choix avant la période d’admission, qui débute le 17 janvier, pour la session d’automne 2013.

Sheridan graduates sought the world over
They are sought after the world over — they are graduates of Sheridan College’s animation program. They end up working in studios producing major motion pictures, cartoons for Saturday morning television, late night programming, video games for the most current consoles and computers, in commercials and more. After 40 years of producing animators ready to take on the challenging and constantly-changing industry, it’s hard to argue with Sheridan’s track record.–sheridan-graduates-sought-the-world-over

MHC introduces new non-denominational Christian chaplain
Medicine Hat News
With a warm and welcoming smile, Lisa Waites is ready to help Medicine Hat College students and staff as she steps into her role as the new non-denominational Christian chaplain. “Serving the students is my favourite thing,” said Waites, who was hired by the Medicine Hat College Ecumenical Chaplaincy Association to provide non-denominational Christian chaplaincy service to staff and students starting this January.

Aboriginal program readies for new year
Western Producer
An agriculture course to help Aboriginals fill the skilled labour shortage will run for a second year beginning in February. 
Parkland College and Inroads to Agriculture are recruiting students interested in crop production and farmers in the Yorkton, Sask., area willing to participate as employers and mentors.
 Inroads to Agriculture is a Saskatchewan organization that helps Aboriginals acquire skills and employment in agriculture.

Niagara College’s Many Hands project launches Port Cares renovation
Bullet News Niagara
Niagara College officially launched its 16th annual Many Hands project at Port Cares in Port Colborne. The event was attended by representatives from Niagara College, Port Cares, the City of Port Colborne, and lead sponsor Canadian Tire Financial Services (CTFS). It was held to kick off months of renovations to Port Cares’ Nickel Street facility as part of Niagara College’s Many Hands project. Each year, the community-driven renovation project, organized by students in Niagara College’s Event Management post-graduate program and Construction Studies programs, reaches out to a local non-profit organization.

St. Clair, Boreal sign exchange pact
Windsor Star
St. Clair College and its French-language counterpart College Boreal hailed a new arrangement Friday that helps share resources and provide educational opportunities for students. The memorandum of understanding, essentially an official partnership, allows student exchanges between the two community colleges in specified programs. The agreement signed Friday involves health sciences programs along with culinary arts, languages, performing arts and immigration services. Such partnerships can maximize programs and resources available for both students and colleges, said Denis Hubert-Dutrisac, president of College Boreal.

Okanagan College honours 329 graduates
Kelowna Capital News
The sun shone through the windows of Okanagan College Centre for Learning as the first graduates of 2013 paraded into the atrium Saturday morning. Three hundred and twenty-nine students graduated from more than 20 programs, including: Practical nursing, commercial aviation, business administration, human kinetics, human service work, engineering technologies and computer science. Dr. Andrew Hay, vice president of education at Okanagan College, and college president Jim Hamilton gave opening remarks before business administration graduate Joshua Widmann spoke to his fellow graduates as he gave the student address.

Lambton College, Nipissing University gauging interest in potential program
Sarnia Observer
Lambton College may soon be partnering with Nipissing University to offer a Bachelor of Commerce degree. The college is in discussions with the North Bay-based university to start offering the one-year program this September. Lambton College students would be granted advanced standing in the program if they have a three-year business administration diploma with at least a 72% grade point average. “We are quite excited,” said Yvonne Clarke, coordinator of the college’s business programs, about the potential program Friday.

College means business
The Daily Courier
Colleges and universities across Canada recognize Okanagan College as one of the best business schools in Canada. In Kelowna, not so much. “I have said that we have one of the top undergraduate business programs in the country, but sometimes we are one of the best-kept secrets in our own community,” said Derek Cook, an accounting and corporate finance professor in the school of business.

Nunavut nursing students: We’re as good as nurses anywhere in Canada
Nunatsiaq News
As fourth-year nursing students from the Nunavut Arctic College we would like to take this opportunity to talk about our experiences regarding the Arctic Nursing Bachelor of Science in Nursing, here in Iqaluit. We began this program in September of 2009, and over the last three years we have been challenged academically, mentally, and physically. One challenge we continue to face is public perceptions regarding the credibility of our program, the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Arctic Nursing offered at NAC.

College receives federal grant
Windsor Star
College Boreal’s Windsor campus has received a $380,000 grant from the federal government to boost its French-language and business training programs with a newly equipped training centre. MP Jeff Watson (C – Essex) was on hand Monday to announce the investment at the French language college’s at the Windsor campus, on behalf of the Federal Economic Development Agency. The money will allow the school to equip classrooms with new computers and establish multimedia and video conferencing programs.

A good first option
Chilliwack Times
While young first-time offenders are often seen as ideally suited for participation in restorative justice programs, a recent University of the Fraser Valley study of Chilliwack shoplifters suggests the process might be even more beneficial for those with prior criminal histories. UFV teamed with the Chilliwack RCMP and the Chilliwack Restorative Justice and Youth Advocacy Association (CRJYAA) to analyze the case histories of 308 people caught shoplifting in Chilliwack between 2007 and 2009.

Province mum on CNA-Qatar contract
The Telegram
Since 2002, the College of the North Atlantic has operated a campus in Qatar; the provincial government gets paid by Qatar for running the school. The school was originally set up under a 10-year “comprehensive agreement” between Qatar and Newfoundland and Labrador. That agreement expired last year, but the governments signed a one-year extension, which expires on Aug. 31.

New federal guidelines to protect international students, fight fraud
The Varsity
New guidelines, proposed by the federal government for international students, have been met with broad support from post-secondary institutions. The guidelines, released by the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration in late December, outline new measures designed to safeguard international students from fraud….The ACCC has also been a strong supporter. The group’s president, James Knight, has touted a partnership between Citizenship and Immigration Canada and India, which has “resulted in at least 13,000 students being accepted into Canada’s public colleges and institutes, from India alone, this year … up from roughly 1,500 Indian students four years ago.”