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Tuesday, January 22, 2013


Victoria native graduates from naval combat program in St. John’s
Newfoundland and Labrador Compass
Leading Seaman Chad Derrick Clarke of Victoria was one of 52 naval combat cadets honoured during a graduation ceremony at the Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland earlier this month. The Royal Canadian Navy cadets graduated from the Naval Combat Systems Technician Training Plan, specializing in electronics engineering.

Programme Art et technologie des médias : le ministre Duchesne a les mains liées
Métro Montréal
Avant de quitter la vie politique, l’ancienne ministre de l’Éducation, Michelle Courchesne, a autorisé l’Institut André-Grasset à offrir, dès la prochaine rentrée scolaire, le programme Art et technologie des médias (ATM) dont les cours sont donnés exclusivement au Cégep de Jonquière depuis 45 ans. Malgré le tollé soulevé par cette décision, le ministre de l’Enseignement supérieur, Pierre Duchesne, n’a pas le pouvoir d’abroger la décision prise par sa prédécesseure. «Je n’ai pas la capacité de révoquer un programme qui a été accordé», a-t-il déclaré, déçu, à Métro. L’Institut André-Grasset pourra ainsi offrir le programme ATM seulement à 25 étudiants par année inscrits à la formation continue. Ils devront débourser environ 16 000$ pour suivre les cours. Aucune subvention gouvernementale ne sera accordée au cégep privé.

NSCC holsters firearms safety course
Nova Scotians looking to take a firearms safety course after March 31 don’t know yet where they can go for that training. Management and administration of the program is provided by the Nova Scotia Community College, but the college has decided it doesn’t want to look after the course anymore. Ken Jones, NSCC’s dean of flexible learning solutions, says it’s a decision he took to the college executive and that was approved. “In an era when resources are tight within the college, we really need to focus and mobilize our resources to support our core mission and mandate, which is to provide the advanced skills training that Nova Scotia needs to help drive the economy,” he said.

Premier pas vers un statut particulier
L’inégalité historique de l’Outaouais en matière d’éducation supérieure pourrait enfin être reconnue par Québec. Tant le recteur de l’Université du Québec en Outaouais (UQO), Jean Vaillancourt, que le directeur général par intérim du Cégep de l’Outaouais, Frédéric Poulin, ont affiché un haut degré d’optimisme à la suite de leur rencontre respective avec le ministre québécois de l’Enseignement supérieur, Pierre Duchesne. Le ministre Duchesne et le ministre responsable de l’Outaouais dans le cabinet Marois, Stéphane Bergeron, étaient de passage dans la région samedi en marge du Forum citoyen sur l’avenir de l’enseignement supérieur.

Raising a glass to Niagara beer
Niagara Advance
Even wineries are considering getting into the beer game with breweries of their own, said Jon Ogryzlo, dean of the college’s Canadian Food and Wine Institute. Jon Downing, brewmaster professor at Niagara College, said another six breweries are expected to open in the near future between Niagara and Hamilton. Some will be farm breweries — the estate winery version of beer makers — where the ingredients will be grown and fermented in the same place. Soon, Fort Erie could be home to its own nano-brewery, Brimstone Brewing Co., at the Sanctuary Centre for the Arts. Industry growth isn’t stopping with brewing. Niagara College will grow its own hops next to its teaching vineyard and Oast House has plans to harvest hops in three locations in the region with the hope of bringing the terroir — that sense of place — found in Niagara’s wines to its bottle-fermented brews.

Le MESRQ refuse une demande de programme au Cégep
Info07 – La Revue
Le Cégep de l’Outaouais a reçu une seconde réponse négative en autant d’années du gouvernement du Québec pour la création d’un programme en radiodiagnostic. Le directeur général par intérim du Cégep de l’Outaouais et président de l’Alliance pour la cause de l’enseignement supérieur en Outaouais (ACESO), Frédéric Poulin, s’est dit déçu de la décision rendue par le ministère de l’Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche du Québec (MESRQ). Selon lui, le gouvernement du Québec démontre à nouveau qu’il a oublié l’Outaouais et qu’il ne se base que sur les besoins provinciaux dans la création de nouveaux programmes et non sur les besoins des régions.

Influx of students from India helps lead Fleming College to largest January-start enrolment in its history
Peterborough Examiner
Fleming College recorded its largest-ever number of beginning students in January, when 1,100 started their first semester this month. January is a secondary starting point for programs, with about 3,000 students beginning their studies each September. “We are very pleased to welcome this record cohort of new students,” said Fleming College president Tony Tilly. Enrolments were buoyed by 107 new international students, Tilly said, and described recent and ongoing efforts in partnership with Centennial College in Toronto to attract increasing numbers of students from India.

Shining a light on mental wellness with Blue Monday initiative
London Community News
It is known as Blue Monday and has been said by many to be one of the most depressing days of the year. For the Fanshawe Student Union (FSU), it seemed the perfect opportunity to launch a new mental health awareness event in support of Blue Monday 2013. Working in partnership with the College Student Alliance (CSA) and Fanshawe College through its Counselling and Accessibility Services, a series of events were set up and run at the college on Monday (Jan. 21).

Family Literacy Day celebrated Jan. 25 at Swift Current Mall
Southwest Booster
Great Plains College is once again supporting Family Literacy Day Jan. 25 at Swift Current Mall, in partnership with the Southwest Literacy Committee, celebrating this year’s theme of “15 Minutes of Fun”. The literacy fun will begin at 9:30 a.m. this Friday with one-hour story and activity sessions scheduled throughout the day.

Loyalist College presents “Dragon’s Den”style panel
Quinte News
Quinte region entrepreneurs will soon have an opportunity to pitch their business ideas to a panel similar to TV’s Dragon’s Den. The Bullpen, a forum being presented by a Loyalist College student-run volunteer organization, will allow local entrepreneurs to get some advice and possibly financial investment. Organizer David Pickett says the panel of local business people will share their experience and networking.

It’s Christmas on the Downtown Eastside
It’s Christmas in January on the Downtown Eastside. Almost a hundred turkeys, 400 pounds of potatoes, 3,500 cups of coffee, and 200 litres of ice cream will be served at Vancouver Community College‘s annual lunch. Kate Chandler with the school says they served over 2,000 people. “For a lot of people, January can be a pretty grey time. The holidays are over, a lot of the festive season is done, it can be a tough month. I think it’s important that we hold an event like this, where we can welcome the community, and offer them a great meal and celebration,” she says.

Women of all trades
Meadow Lake Progress
It’s easy for North West Regional College student Katie Sylvestre to explain why she entered a trade traditionally seen as a man’s domain. “I know there’re not that many girls in welding, so I wanted to prove that girls can do what guys can do,” she said with a laugh. And can they ever. Sylvestre is one of many young women entering trades traditionally dominated by males at North West Regional College. Many of the women, such as Alicia McWatters, entered the electrician program at North West with little to no experience. McWatters decided to become an electrician after spending about 10 years in the hospitality industry.

Food service offers wide menu of career options
Regina Leader-Post
You wouldn’t think serving tables at a college restaurant in Brandon, Man., would get you to Brazil. But Brittany Ross’s outstanding restaurant service skills earned her a gold medal in November at the World-Skills Americas competition in Sao Paulo. A graduate from the hotel and restaurant management program at Assiniboine Community College’s Institute of Culinary Arts in Brandon, the 20-year-old is an evening supervisor for the city’s Lady of the Lake Cafe. …A diploma or degree can play a major role in progressing through the food service ranks more quickly, says Hilde Zimmer, chair of the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management at George Brown College in Toronto. She says demand for courses continues to grow.

Sheridan inspires through Challenge
As baby boomers begin to retire, it is estimated by 2016, there will be more adults over the age of 65 than children under the age of 14, according to the Sheridan Elder Research Centre (SERC). It is a future Sheridan College’s president, Jeff Zabudsky, is aware of. “As someone who has observed the experiences of aging parents and grandparents, I believe that an ideal community is one that allows people to pursue their life’s passions for as long as they desire,” Zabudsky, said in an e-mail. “An aging population affects every person and program at Sheridan, as well as all Canadians.” That’s why the planning committee for Sheridan’s President’s Creative Challenge decided on the theme of creative aging for this year’s competition.–sheridan-inspires-through-challenge

Going for gold in West Don Lands
Toronto Star
Versluis has been involved with planning for the facilities, along with the project’s other partners – Waterfront Toronto, Infrastructure Ontario, the Toronto 2015 Organizing Committee, the Ontario Ministry of Health Promotion and Sport, and George Brown College. “One of the really great features, certainly from an athlete’s perspective, is the fact that it’s not a temporary, small space that’s being repurposed,” says Allen Vansen, senior vice-president of operations for Toronto 2015, the Pan Am organizing committee. “There’s a huge advantage from that perspective, compared to many other athletes’ villages that take an empty commercial space and temporarily set it up.” The Pan Am Athlete’s Village — and subsequently the YMCA and George Brown College student residence — will be built to LEED (Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design) gold environmental standards.–going-for-gold-in-west-don-lands

Trades Alberta: Competition for rural high school students raises interest in trades
Edmonton Journal
At the inaugural Edacity Xtreme Challenge last October, teams of high school students spent a Saturday racing around college campuses to compete in various science-based challenges for prizes. Along the way, at separate events held in Red Deer, Fort McMurray and Lethbridge, students got a look at the array of careers and post-secondary options available in science, trades and technology. “The program is specifically for rural Alberta high school students, to get them more engaged in science and technology in their own communities,” said Taryn Troyer, program manager of Edacity.

Bell Helps CNA with Mental Health First Aid Training
The College of the North Atlantic will be certifying several staff members in Mental Health First Aid thanks to a donation from Bell and Bell Aliant. Bell’s Let’s Talk Community Fund is providing $15,000 to the College of the North Atlantic for the implementation of a new mental health awareness program. This donation will allow the college to have several staff members trained as instructors in Mental Health First Aid. In turn, each of these instructors will deliver the Mental Health First Aid Training three times over the course of the next year, and CNA hopes to reach 200 staff and students in this capacity.

Campaign urges end to idling
Vermilion Standard
The simple act of turning off your ignition while running errands could earn you a Tim Horton’s gift card. Members of the Lakeland College Environmental Club are starting a campaign to thank those who don’t leave their vehicles idling when it isn’t necessary. “The environmental club, we thought instead of being negative about the no idling, we decided to do a positive reinforcement type deal. So I phoned Christine, who is the manager of Tim Horton’s here in town and asked her if we could figure out a way to make it work,” said project leader Angel Hewson.

U of S budget cuts could include SIAST programs
650 CKOM News Talk Radio
The University of Saskatchewan will look at all of its programs across the board when it considers where to make cost-saving changes and cuts, including the programs it has partnership agreements with at SIAST. Vice-President Academic and Provost Brett Fairbairn said he has no specific information about any program at this time. He said that if any program changes are made, the university will accommodate students. No student will be left out in the cold if a program or course is altered.