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Fort McMurray Today
“Who said oil refining had to be good looking?” asked Great Big Sea frontman Alan Doyle during Thursday’s Keyano College Global Address Speaker Series. “Don’t apologize. We’ll fix it when we’re done.” Joined by Melissa Blake, mayor of the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, and CTV National News correspondent Seamus O’Regan, Doyle and the others discussed Fort McMurray’s infamous reputation, the former reputation of Newfoundland and Labrador — where both Doyle and O’Regan hail from — and what residents of the Oilsands City can do to sway public opinion.
L’exclusivité de l’ATM menacée
Courrier du Saguenay
Autre menace pour l’exclusivité du programme en Art et technologie des médias (ATM) au Cégep de Jonquière. Le collège privé André-Grasset, situé à Montréal, ajoutera dès l’automne prochain un programme en technique de production et de postproduction télévisuelle. La formation que projette d’offrir le collège André-Grasset est la même, sur papier, que celle offerte au Cégep de Jonquière aux étudiants de production. Même si le coût pour ce diplôme d’études collégial coûtera entre 16 et 18 mille dollars au privé, la directrice des études au Cégep de Jonquière, Martine Gauthier, défend l’exclusivité du programme, qui a aujourd’hui plus de 40 ans.
MHC holds its annual lockdown drill
Medicine Hat News
Within a few minutes Medicine Hat College’s campus went from bustling into a full lockdown as part of what has become their annual lockdown drill. “The college has spent a lot of time and effort on having a very comprehensive emergency response plan over the last two, three years,” said Rodger Sloan, environmental health and safety manager for the college. MHC’s first lockdown drill was one year ago. Due to events – such as the recent massacre in a Connecticut elementary school – Sloan says they revisit their procedures to see what improvements can be made.
Le Cégep exporte son programme de mentorat
Une expertise développée au Cégep de Trois-Rivières sera implantée à l’Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières. Il s’agit du programme MIROIR, un service de mentorat offert aux enseignants qui le désirent, d’entreprendre une réflexion sur leur pratique, en étant accompagnés d’un collègue d’une autre discipline, le mentor.
Former NSAC co-president MacDonald dies at 66
Truro Daily News
This community is in mourning after the passing of a staple at the former Nova Scotia Agricultural College. Dr. Bernie MacDonald, former vice-president administration and co-president of the college, passed away Tuesday night at the age of 66. Jim Goit met MacDonald during the mid-1990s and said he was a “great guy.”… Flags at the Dalhousie Agricultural Campus, which took over the Nova Scotia Agricultural College on July 1, will be lowered to half-mast in MacDonald’s honour.
Le Cégep de l’Outaouais aura ses 22,4 millions$
Le gouvernement Marois confirmera samedi l’investissement de 22,4 millions$ pour l’agrandissement du Cégep de l’Outaouais. Le ministre de l’Enseignement supérieur, Pierre Duchesne, en fera l’annonce à Gatineau. Ce sont les libéraux qui se sont engagés, l’an dernier, à investir cette somme pour agrandir le campus Félix-Lelerc. Le gouvernement du Parti québécois a toutefois mis un certain temps avant de confirmer l’engagement de son prédécesseur.
HST will hit university, college hard
The University of Prince Edward Island and Holland College will pay hundreds of thousands of dollars more in taxes when the harmonized sales tax is introduced on P.E.I. in April. UPEI sat down with government accountants to go over its budget, and jointly came up with an estimate of $400,000 more a year in tax. Holland College says it received a letter from the province estimating the school’s costs will go up $375,000 a year with the new tax. The increases come because, unlike businesses, the two schools will not receive a full rebate of the tax.
Le Cégep mise sur une meilleure intégration des étudiants en situation de handicap
Ce mardi 15 janvier se déroulait, au Cégep de Drummondville, la journée institutionnelle qui consiste en une journée spéciale où tous les membres du personnel sont rassemblés pour recevoir de la formation, discuter et participer à des ateliers autour d’un sujet choisi. Cette année, le thème des étudiants en situation de handicap était au cœur de toutes les animations.
Spring training starts early for baseball fans with Bill Humber’s Toronto course
Pitchers and catchers do not report for another month or so, but spring training officially starts Saturday for Bill Humber and his roster of ardent baseball fans. They will resume an annual rite that began 35 years ago, shortly after Humber joined the staff of Seneca College. Humber, one of Canada’s foremost sports historians, launched a continuing education course called Baseball Spring Training for Fans. “We offered courses for everything from creative writing to art lessons, underwater diving to career pursuits,” Humber recalled. “And I thought, ‘Why not something for baseball fans?’”
L’humour de Martin Petit rapporte 45 000 $ à la Fondation du Cégep Limoilou
La Fondation du Cégep Limoilou a recueilli une somme de 45 000 $ grâce à la 12e édition de son spectacle-bénéfice présentée à la Salle Sylvain-Lelièvre, sous la présidence d’honneur de Christian Goulet, vice-président adjoint, secteur public-responsable de la région de Québec chez Bell Marchés Affaires. Les spectateurs ont alors pu y apprécier l’humour épicé de Martin Petit tout en encourageant la fondation qui, depuis sa mise en place en 2002, a contribué à la vitalité de la communauté collégiale en octroyant plus de 2 M$ en dons, en bourses d’études et en soutien aux étudiants, ainsi qu’à des projets d’envergure du collège.
Centre provides resources to help college students to succeed
She is the first person in her family to attend college. She also happens to be the only female among the second-year Power Engineering Technology Chemical (PETC) class at Lambton College. It’s a challenging course for the strongest of students. It takes drive and determination, Wilson says. And she’s not too proud to seek out help. So when she heard about the college’s First Generation Centre, which is dedicated to help students, especially those who are the first in their family to attend college, she asked where to sign up. “There were so many times my first year that I wanted to throw in the towel,” she said.
Le Cégep de l’Abitibi-Témiscamingue annonce des compressions budgétaires
Journal de Montréal
Le Cégep de l’Abitibi-Témiscamingue procède à une compression de 450 000 $ de ses dépenses pour l’année 2012-2013 et d’environ 650 000$ pour l’an prochain. Toutefois, le directeur de l’établissement, Daniel Marcotte, assure que la qualité de l’enseignement ne sera pas touchée. «Ce qui est difficile là-dedans, c’est d’avoir cette nouvelle en cours d’année, a-t-il dit. Déjà, je sais que la coupure qui m’est imposée cette année, je ne réussirai pas à la rencontrer totalement, c’est impossible.»
Making life a little easier for city man
Mike Johnson may have an ironworker’s union tattoo on his upper right arm, but that won’t stop him from getting a helping hand from the millwright apprentice students at College of the North Atlantic in Corner Brook. It’s not uncommon to see ironworkers and millwrights arguing about jurisdiction on a job site, so it’s kind of ironic that millwright students came together at the behest of their instructor, Jerry Smith, to help Johnson overcome the particular challenge snowclearing presents to him.
Regional training project in the works
Alberta Daily Herald Tribune
Exactly how much cash would be needed is yet to be determined, Lemieux said, but a co-ordinator would look at what training facilities are available in the Peace Country and what are some of the gaps. “The co-ordinator position would determine the funding model,” he said. “We would see that position working for the Grande Prairie Regional College.” A partnership with the GPRC is a key component to the pilot project because of its experience in mobile training facilities, Lemieux said.
Alberta government pledges $10.5 million to combat mental illness on campus
While representatives from the three major universities expressed gratitude for the $9-million funding boost, questions remain about whether Alberta’s other schools are being shortchanged by having to split the remaining $1.5 million. Schools such as MacEwan University and NAIT, along with more rural schools like Olds College, are all reporting substantial staffing shortages for mental health. Cathryn Heslep, MacEwan’s vice-president of student services, said the school’s psychologists have been grappling with increasing volumes and severity of cases. Psychiatric services were recently added to MacEwan’s medical clinic, but more are needed.
Program does work for women
Program co-ordinator Denise Carlson said there has been plenty of support from local employers. That makes a big difference in a smaller centre such as Grande Prairie, where 1,008 apprentices attended the local college for technical training in the 2011/2012 school year. By comparison, 11,512 students attended the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology in Edmonton…. After completing the program, which prepares students to write the Alberta Apprenticeship Exam for their desired trade, most graduates go on to receive technical training at Grande Prairie Regional College. Carlson said some students go to Edmonton, if technical training for their desired trade is not offered in Grande Prairie. The application process for the free program is demanding, including attending workshops and completing career investigative reports, but so too is the program, said Carlson, because that’s the reality of working in the trades.
Sault College gets linked in
Government and corporate dollars will help build a new $2.5-million link at Sault College. Work on the 7,000-square-foot structure is expected to start in February and run until summer. It’ll run between near B wing and a restaurant in the new student health and wellness centre. Since 2011, college president Ron Common had hoped to get $1 million in funding support for the latest construction project on the Northern Avenue campus since 2011. Sault Ste. Marie MPP David Orazietti announced funding for that amount from Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities on Thursday at Essar Hall.
Experience Greece and Turkey with North Island College this spring
Campbell River Mirror
Immerse yourself in the culture and mythology of Greece and Turkey with North Island College (NIC) students and instructors in a one-of-a-kind travel opportunity. The In Search of the Trojan War Field School features a May 16 – June 15, 2013 tour abroad. Limited public space is still available. “It is possible, on a trip like this, to lose yourself in time,” said NIC anthropology instructor Jim Anderson, who joins English instructor Anne Cumming and history instructor Dan Hinman-Smith for the trip. “Past participants really transported themselves in time and experienced what it must have been like to be there.”
Fanshawe prevails at DISH awards
London Free Press
The Fanshawe College theatre program took home the lion’s share of awards at the 4th annual Beat DISH Awards 2013. The sold-out ceremony at the Hilton London saw the Fanshawe production of William Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors take eight main awards, including best production for a comedy or drama, and three so-called ‘fun’ awards. “The credit must go beyond who was recognized with awards tonight,” said DISH organizer Donald D’Haene, online editor for Beat magazine. “Namely the skill and dedication of Fanshawe College’s team of instructors, including (professors) John Dolan and Ingrid Blekys.” The DISH awards recognize excellence in amateur and high school theatre.
Goar: New twist on credit-seeking philanthropy
The city is filled with hospitals, parks, academic facilities and galleries named after wealthy magnates and well-known public figures. Now three donors are turning the established rules of philanthropy on their head. They are using their naming rights to honour a migrant caregiver. Late last year, the trio, whose members have requested anonymity, offered a generous gift to George Brown College on condition that a room in its new waterfront campus be named after Lalaine de Vera, a Philippine nanny and elder care worker. The 47-year-old caregiver had never been recognized for anything. George Brown College had never heard of such an arrangement. And mega-donors, who consider naming rights their psychic payback, had never envisaged such a challenge to the cash-for-adulation model of philanthropy.
College coffee project pays it forward
Students at Olds College are taking part in an entrepreneurial project that offers them real work experience and the opportunity to help people in the Dominican Republic. The Dominican Republic Coffee Project was launched at the end of 2012 and has raised over $20,000 in its first month. Toby Williams is Acting Director International for Olds College and joined the project in the early stages in October 2011.
It takes dedication at Sheridan’s Animation
Sheridan College has built a distinction as the premiere institution to go to for animation. The school has its world-famous reputation, a resonance in the industry that cannot be argued and employers are constantly pleased with their recruits. The Animation Career Review ranked Sheridan as the best in the world for animation out of 100 schools, a distinction given to Sheridan for having the most sought after graduates.