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Crown wards get more tuition help
Sault Star
Sault College and Algoma University are chipping so Crown wards no longer have to worry about paying tuition. The move is part of an effort to help more former foster children get post-secondary educations. “Children who are Crown wards and who have been in care of Childrens Aid Societies don’t have the same kinds of parental supports most other individuals and young people have,” said Kim Streich-Poser, executive director at Children’s Aid Society of Algoma. The move tops up funding that is already there for wards of the Crown in Ontario, who can apply for a provincial grant for 50% of their tuition. The new programs at both schools will use the money they allot for bursaries to pay for the rest, for annual tuition totalling up to $3000.
http://www.saultstar.com/2013/01/31/crown-wards-get-more-tuition-help

Des «portes ouvertes» franchies par plus de 350 visiteurs
Nouvelle Union
Au total, 355 personnes ont saisi l’occasion, samedi dernier, de visiter les installations du cégep de Victoriaville, de l’École nationale du meuble et de l’ébénisterie ainsi que celles du Centre intégré de formation et d’innovation technologique (CIFIT). Il s’agit là d’une excellente participation considérant le fait que d’autres activités, comme la journée carrière régionale de novembre, le programme Élève d’un jour, offert à l’année, représentent aussi une occasion de visiter l’établissement.
http://www.lanouvelle.net/Soci%C3%A9t%C3%A9/%C3%89ducation/2013-01-30/article-3166896/Des-portes-ouvertes-franchies-par-plus-de-350-visiteurs/1

Tuition hike for GPRC in 2013/14
Alberta Daily Herald Tribune
Tuition fees at Grande Prairie Regional College are increasing by the provincial maximum for the 2013-14 academic year, after being approved by the college board of governors Thursday. Though fees will be going up by 2.15% across the board, the cost of a post-secondary education at GPRC still ranks amongst the lowest in the province, board members said. The board’s approval comes after a consensus for higher fees emerged from GPRC executive, senior administration, Deans and Chairs Council, Students’ Association Executive and Student Council.
http://www.dailyheraldtribune.com/2013/01/28/tuition-hike-for-gprc-in-201314

En route vers l’innovation
Première Édition
Le Cégep Gérald-Godin a annoncé la tenue d’un colloque sur les applications mobiles et le lancement d’une nouvelle plateforme Web. La plateforme Web, lancée le 30 janvier au www.gappcgodin.org, permettra de faire connaître une série d’activités et de services (colloque, concours, babillard, études, emplois, etc.) offerts par le Cégep Gérald-Godin en lien avec les applications mobiles dans le cadre du projet Gapp (pour « écart » et « rupture »). La percée fulgurante des technologies mobiles chez les jeunes constitue en elle-même une rupture de tendance, et la technologie crée des écarts entre les générations.
http://www.journalpremiereedition.com/Soci%C3%A9t%C3%A9/%C3%89ducation/2013-02-01/article-3168646/En-route-vers-linnovation/1

Algonquin College launches new research centre for health
Ottawa Citizen
Algonquin College officially opened its fourth research centre on Wednesday — the first devoted entirely to health and wellness research — thanks to $2.3 million in funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council. Mark Hoddenbagh, director of applied research and innovation at the college, said the centre will province a major boost to health and wellness research in Ottawa by giving students hands-on training to prepare for the workplace. “The mission of this centre is to leverage the College’s existing educational and research strengths to contribute to the health and wellness sectors, resulting in highly trained personnel, economic development and job creation,” Hoddenbagh said.
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/health/Algonquin+College+launches+research+centre+health/7895461/story.html

Le Cégep «veut voir venir le train»
Nouvelle Union
Les coupes exigées par Québec pour l’actuel exercice financier devraient tourner autour de 343 000 $ pour le cégep de Victoriaville, selon les évaluations de la Fédération des cégeps. Parce que, actuellement, à quelques mois de la fin de son année financière, l’institution collégiale n’a toujours pas reçu de confirmation de Québec. Le Cégep a révisé son budget de quelque 22 millions $ à la lumière du retrait de cette somme éventuelle de 343 000 $. Ce n’est pas la première fois qu’il doit s’adonner à une telle opération, ayant subi, coup sur coup, deux soustractions de 319 000 $ et de 286 000 $. Cette année, l’institution pourra absorber cette nouvelle réduction par les gains de 200 000 $ réalisés à la suite de la vente d’une firme d’informatique qu’il possédait en partenariat avec une trentaine d’autres cégeps.
http://www.lanouvelle.net/Societe/Education/2013-01-29/article-3165900/Le-Cegep-%26laquoveut-voir-venir-le-train%26raquo/1

College offers welding en francais
Journal Pioneer
Francophones on Prince Edward Island who would like to pursue a career in welding will soon have a chance to do so in their ancestral language. College Acadie I.P.E. has signed an agreement with College Communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick (CCNB) and Universite Sainte-Anne (in Nova Scotia) to offer a welding course staring in September. This is the first time College Acadie, based in Wellington, has ventured into the area of trades training, so it’s really an exciting prospect, said College President Donald Desroches.
http://www.journalpioneer.com/News/Local/2013-01-28/article-3165647/College-offers-welding-en-francais/1

Le Cégep Beauce-Appalaches demande la fin des compressions budgétaires
EnBeauce.com
Le Cégep Beauce-Appalaches demande au ministère de l’Enseignement supérieur, de la Recherche, de la Science et de la Technologie de cesser ses compressions budgétaires qui affaiblissent le réseau des cégeps. Cette demande survient quelques semaines avant la tenue du Sommet sur l’enseignement supérieur. La direction du Cégep et le maire de Saint-Georges, François Fecteau, tiennent à rappeler au ministère que ce lieu d’enseignement contribue au développement socio-économique des régions de la province. « Malgré les critiques qui comparent le système québécois à celui du reste du Canada où il n’y a pas de cégeps, un fait demeure : le Québec occupe la première place au pays en matière d’obtention d’un diplôme d’études postsecondaires », souligne Michel Louis Beauchamp, directeur général du Cégep Beauce-Appalaches.
http://www.enbeauce.com/detail-actualite.asp?ID=31094

Lambton College unveils its 2013-2018 strategic plan
Sarnia Observer
More healthcare professionals are needed in Sarnia-Lambton, driving home the importance of a new health and sciences centre for Lambton College, a new report suggests. College officials unveiled their vision for a state-of-the-art centre as part of its 2013-2018 strategic plan released Friday. College president Judy Morris presented the “six pillars” of the plan to a packed room of local officials and industry leaders at the Lambton Inn. University of Waterloo economics professor Larry Smith contributed some research for the college’s strategic plan. He has been studying the impact of Lambton College on the local economy and workforce.
http://www.theobserver.ca/2013/01/25/college-unveils-strategic-plan

Vers plus de mobilité étudiante entre la Cité collégiale et l’Université Saint-Paul
Express Ottawa
La mobilité étudiante entre la Cité collégiale et l’Université Saint-Paul franchit une nouvelle étape. Les deux établissements ont signé ce matin un protocole d’entente visant à donner aux étudiants les deux diplômes dans une période de quatre ou cinq ans. Si le partenariat existe depuis quatre années notamment avec la reconnaissance des équivalences pour douze programmes, un nouveau en radiodiffusion s’est ajouté à la liste. Cette signature se voulait cette fois-ci officielle: «On a voulu mettre véritablement cela en forme pour préparer l’avenir, souligne la directrice de la Cité collégiale, Lise Bourgeois. Il est d’ores et déjà question de construire ensemble des nouveaux programmes pour justement mieux outiller les élèves.»
http://www.expressottawa.ca/Actualites/2013-01-31/article-3168212/Vers-plus-de-mobilite-etudiante-entre-la-Cite-collegiale-et-lUniversite-Saint-Paul/1

New equipment for skills training at North Island College
Campbell River Mirror
The government of B.C. is investing more than $662,000 in new skills training equipment at North Island 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. Equipment purchases and replacements at each institution are based upon a review and analysis of existing inventory, current and future program and industry requirements, and current government priorities to provide skills training that is aligned to the needs of the economy in each region.
http://www.campbellrivermirror.com/news/188907681.html

Exclusivité en ATM: Le CÉGEP de Jonquière lance son offensive
Courrier du Saguenay
Pour préserver l’exclusivité de son programme en Art et technologie des médias (ATM), le Cégep de Jonquière a décidé de se mobiliser et d’inviter les médias, les instances politiques et socio-économiques à l’appuyer par le biais d’une lettre adressée au ministre de l’Enseignement supérieur, Pierre Duchesne. Expédiée ce jeudi, la missive dénonce le permis autorisant un établissement privé à offrir une formation en postproduction télévisuelle. La directrice générale du Cégep de Jonquière, Guylaine Proulx, estime que cette autorisation menace l’exclusivité des programmes en ATM, dispensés depuis 45 ans au collège jonquiérois. Mme Proulx fait par ailleurs valoir que le nombre de diplômés en ATM suffit à répondre à la demande.
http://www.courrierdusaguenay.com/Actualites/2013-01-31/article-3167794/Exclusivite-en-ATM%3A-Le-CEGEP-de-Jonquiere-lance-son-offensive/1

Still looking at options for local SIAST student dorms
Moose Jaw Times-Herald
SIAST is continuing to look at options related to building student residences in Moose Jaw. “We’re still investigating those options and there’s a number of ways of going at that,” said Bill Coulthard, acting Palliser campus director and director of Wascana campus in Regina. “So it’s too soon to say very much other than it is still on our radar and we’re looking at different options to carry that forward.” He said SIAST is not at the stage of having any sort of timeline in place and he had “no idea of how long it’ll take.”
http://www.mjtimes.sk.ca/Local/News/2013-01-28/article-3165666/Still-looking-at-options-for-local-SIAST-student-dorms/1

Pénurie de camionneurs: une nouvelle formation au cégep Garneau
98,5 fm
Une toute nouvelle formation sera offerte à Québec pour former des camionneurs alors que l’industrie du camionnage vit une grave pénurie de main-d’oeuvre. Un programme d’une durée de 11 mois pour former des conducteurs-répartiteurs sera offert à compter d’avril prochain par le Cégep Garneau, en collaboration avec le Centre de formation en transport de Charlesbourg (CFTC). Le président-directeur général de Camo-Route, Mario Sabourin, soutient que le programme facilitera le recrutement des entreprises de transport qui devaient faire appel à d’anciens chauffeurs pour combler les postes de répartiteurs.
http://www.985fm.ca/regional/nouvelles/penurie-de-camionneurs-une-nouvelle-formation-au-205170.html

Court reporting’s future lies outside the courtroom
National Post
Service Canada expects employment for “court recorders and medical transcriptionists” to grow within the industry by an average of 1.4% a year from 2011 to 2015. And while courts still hire staff to write transcripts, more and more jobs are being found outside of the courtroom. “The growth is in the real time,” said Len Sperling, associate chairman of the captioning and court reporting program at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT). “That’s where it’s said, the reporter or the captioner writes it, and you get the instant translation and the instant transcript.” Mr. Sperling says there has been a substantial amount of growth in areas like real-time captioning for television broadcasts.
http://business.financialpost.com/2013/01/30/court-reportings-future-lies-outside-the-courtroom/

Grant could mean big changes at Bee Diagnostic Centre
Alberta Daily Herald Tribune
Grande Prairie Regional College was buzzing with activity last week as it hosted an elite team from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)for an assessment of the college’s Technology Access Centre grant request. The grant would benefit the National Bee Diagnostic Centre (NBDC). The college is one of six institutions across Canada short-listed for three available grants. The site visit is an essential part of the process. Results of the application should be released within six weeks. The team from NSERC included experts from Saskatchewan, U.S. Department of Agricultural, Penn State University, and the University of Sussex, England. The Centre for Research and Innovation, the GPRC executive team and representatives of key support services hosted the site visit.
http://www.dailyheraldtribune.com/2013/01/29/grant-could-mean-big-changes-at-bee-diagnositic-centre

Big cheques dished out at Take 5. Twice
SooToday.com
On Thursday evening, TD Canada Trust in collaboration with Sault College and the Sault Chamber of Commerce hosted one of the most well attended Take 5 events. The event was hosted by the Sault College Hospitality Institute in The Gallery and was in its 16th year. With a variety of specialty hors d’oeuvres prepared by students in the Culinary and Hospitality Program, the event was an opportunity for students to highlight their skills and present their growth throughout the program.
http://www.sootoday.com/content/news/details.asp?c=52561

Camptv.ca Goes Live From Confederation College
Net Newsledger
The march of technology continues. Confederation College Centre for Applied Media Production officially launched Camptv.ca, a web based radio station today. Students of the Television Broadcast Production program now have the opportunity to broadcast to the world of talk radio, using video streaming and graphic design from the steps of Confederation College. This new learning resource will enrich the entire media cluster of programs. Students from the Film Production and Multimedia programs will be producing content for the station. As the curriculum develops, both students and faculty will have the opportunity to produce original programming. A web radio station provides the ability to have video stream and radio broadcasting at the same time.
http://www.netnewsledger.com/2013/01/28/camptv-ca-goes-live-from-confederation-college/

Search ongoing for new SIAST Palliser campus director
Moose Jaw Times-Herald
SIAST is still looking for a new campus director following the retirement of Peter Lapointe in December. “The process is underway. The posting has gone up and we have been alerting people internally and, of course, externally,” said Bill Coulthard, acting Palliser campus director and director of Wascana campus in Regina. “There’s an ad that was in the paper recently advertising for expressions of interest in the position.” He said the deadline for applications is Feb. 11. After that, the interview process will take place and he said there would hopefully be a new campus director “as quickly as possible.”
http://www.mjtimes.sk.ca/Local/News/2013-01-28/article-3165665/Search-ongoing-for-new-SIAST-Palliser-campus-director/1

New app for GPRC
Alberta Daily Herald Tribune
Keeping up with the latest information at (Grande Prairie Regional College) GPRC is now in the palm of your hands thanks to a new app available for most smartphones. The easy to use app lets students and faculty search for information such as their timetables, courses, marks, exam schedules, news and event updates from the college and theatre, and browse the school directory. An app with slightly less information is also available to the general public. The app is free and now available at the App store for iPhones, iPads, in Google Play for Androids, and for Windows phones. It can also be downloaded at www.gprc.ab.ca from the community page or student homepage.
http://www.dailyheraldtribune.com/2013/01/28/new-app-for-gprc

Employment and Learning Centre helping students find jobs
Sarnia Observer
“I’d heard there were some different options for hiring apprentices, I started nosing around and asking people,” Priddle said. The answer came from Lambton College’s Employment and Learning Centre (ELC) in Petrolia. The centre matches employers with clients of all ages and skill levels with the goal of long-term employment. Funded by the Ontario government, the ELC helps employers take advantage of provincial hiring incentives and offers training for its clients. The ELC opened in 2010 and has about 130 registered employers. Job developers often set up apprenticeships and help employers create positions for ELC clients.
http://www.theobserver.ca/2013/01/28/employment-and-learning-centre-helping-students-find-jobs

College wants to help more homes
Sault Star
Organizers of a Sault College event that helps seniors prepare their homes for winter want to double the number of their projects this fall. Trades Day of Caring was launched in 2010 after all college programs were challenged to create a community project. Trades students and their teachers teamed up with United Way of Sault Ste. Marie and district to find “many homes that could use some help,” vice-president academic Leo Tiberi told the college’s board of governors on Thursday. Jobs done at no charge included weather stripping, caulking of doors and windows, window wrapping and raking of leaves.
http://www.saultstar.com/2013/01/26/college-wants-to-help-more-homes

Carnival highlights literacy learning
CTV News
Edmonton’s MacEwan University held a carnival Sunday to mark national literacy day. Organizers said the focus is often on children and teens but that parents benefit as well. “They may be more open to learning for themselves because they see their kids learning, they want to help their kids,” Kim Chung from the Centre for Family Literacy told CTV News. The event was held in collaboration with students in the University’s Golden Key International Honour Society.
http://edmonton.ctvnews.ca/carnival-highlights-literacy-learning-1.1131720

Fanshawe president Howard Rundle will retire in August
London Community News
After leading Fanshawe College for 17 years, Howard Rundle announced his decision to retire at the Jan. 24 meeting of the board of governors, effective Aug. 31. Rundle was appointed Fanshawe College’s fourth president in 1995. Prior to accepting the appointment, he held various positions of increasing responsibility at Fanshawe College since joining it in 1972.  His previous position was vice-president academic. When Rundle joined the college 40 years ago, there were 3,300 full-time students and approximately 90 programs. The college has experienced much growth and today there are more than 17,000 full-time students, nearly 26,000 part-time registrations and over 200 degree, diploma, certificate and graduate programs with campuses in London, St. Thomas, Simcoe, and Woodstock.
http://www.londoncommunitynews.com/news-story/1814460-fanshawe-president-howard-rundle-will-retire-in-august/

Childcare advocacy group gives Sault College thumbs up
Sault Star
An organization pushing for better child care in Ontario gave Sault College high praise on Thursday for the school’s efforts to train early-childhood educators. Sault College is one of seven colleges in the province to receive an award from the Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care. Andrea Calver, the coalition’s coordinator, was to present the award to Sault College’s board of governors Thursday evening. “Sault College has said that ECE is an important program to them and they want each one of their students to graduate with the best knowledge possible,” Calver told reporters during a visit to Sault College’s Child Development Centre.
http://www.saultstar.com/2013/01/24/childcare-advocacy-group-gives-sault-college-thumbs-up

Agreement gives Northern colleges stronger voice
NorthernLife.ca
In Northern Ontario, there’s a small population spread out over a wide area. When it comes to administering a college, this can make it difficult to get enough students in one location to run a program, or to find enough professors with the necessary expertise, said Cambrian College president Sylvia Barnard. That’s why it’s critical that the North’s colleges work together. On Nov. 25, the north’s six colleges — Cambrian, Collège Boréal, Canadore College, Confederation College, Northern College and Sault College — renewed and updated their collaboration agreement.
http://www.northernlife.ca/news/localNews/2013/01/25-northern-colleges-agreement-sudbury.aspx

La Cite Collegiale star graduate wins first National Capital Culinary event
Ottawa Citizen
A graduate of the culinary program at La Cité Collégiale, who has already distinguished herself cooking for Canada at Expo 2010 in Shanghai, won the national capital region’s first culinary competition Wednesday for young professionals held at the college in Ottawa.… “I’m very pleased with the results for a number of reasons,” said Frédéric Filliodeau, competition organizer, executive chef at the Sheraton Ottawa, and formerly of Signature Restaurant at Le Cordon Bleu in the nation’s capital. “First, I’m delighted to bring together chefs from across the National Capital Region, as well as involving the culinary schools La Cité Collégiale, Algonquin College, and Centre de formation professionalle Relais de la Lièvre-Seigneurie in Gatineau. And the sponsors really stepped up with great prizes, which is unique for most competitions of this nature. And they’re raising money for a good cause.
http://blogs.ottawacitizen.com/2013/01/27/la-cite-collegiale-star-graduate-wins-first-national-capital-culinary-event/

Video puts fire department in spotlight
Niagarathisweek.com
It may be just over 10 minutes in length, but a video produced by students at the Niagara College fit the bill for Niagara Falls firefighters. “It was interesting,” Niagara Falls Fire Department (NFFD) Chief Lee Smith said of the process which created the film, which details the work of the department, including fire response and prevention and the diversity of challenges faced by the department in a city with numerous bodies of water, high rise hotels and mix of urban and rural areas. “We wanted to provide customer service and a video was a way for us to do it.” So the department had a need and as it turns out, so did the third-year students in Niagara’s Television Broadcasting program.
http://www.niagarathisweek.com/news/article/1571387–video-puts-fire-department-in-spotlight

Videoconference provides ideal training for apprentice
Western Star
Mark Gallop would recommend videoconference training in all types of apprenticeship programs after just completing a block of his training that way. The Labrador City man, who works for the Iron Ore Company of Canada (IOC), said as a young family man with a wife and three children, training at home was ideal. Gallop was one of a class of 11 students doing a block of Heavy Duty Equipment Technician training through College of the North Atlantic – five of them in the classroom in Stephenville Crossing and the other six in a college classroom in Labrador City — who were all able to do the same course at the same time.
http://www.thewesternstar.com/News/Local/2013-01-26/article-3164430/Videoconference-provides-ideal-training-for-apprentice/1

Training program OK’d pending title check
Sault Star
A new training opportunity for Sault College staff left some members of the board of governors concerned about its title, choice of content and who could take the online program. The college’s employment stability committee approached the continuing education department wanting “opportunities for staff internally to improve, or develop, new skills in business information technology,” Laurie Poirier, chair of continuing education, told the board on Thursday. “The intent was to provide staff with the opportunity to access the courses at their discretion.” The committee was shown technology and business courses the college already offers online. The technology skills certificate program, to be taken part time, was based on what the employment committee wanted workers to learn.
http://www.saultstar.com/2013/01/26/training-program-okd-pending-title-check

Selinger leads trade mission to India
Brandon Sun
Manitoba businesses and professional organizations on the trade mission include representatives from the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce, the Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce, Westeel, Cubex, Magellan Aerospace, CentrePort Canada, Maxim Truck and Trailer, Johnson Waste Management, RBC, Innovate Manitoba, Yes! Winnipeg, Parenty Reitmeier, World Trade Centre Winnipeg and the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Manitoba. They’ll be joined by representatives from Red River College, Winnipeg Technical College, Brandon University, the University of Manitoba, the University of Winnipeg and the International Institute for Sustainable Development.
http://www.brandonsun.com/breaking-news/Selinger-leads-trade-mission-to-India-188384091.html?thx=y

St. Catharines company getting ready to face the Dragons
Bullet News Niagara
Before they faced the country’s most renowned business tycoons on the Dragons’ Den, PaperNuts turned to Niagara College for its expertise to help the business grow. The St. Catharines-based company, to appear on the CBC TV show Dragons’ Den on Jan. 27, is just one local company that has turned to Niagara College’s Applied Research and Innovation Division, Niagara Research, for solutions to boost its productivity and competitiveness. The business, which launched in April 2010, manufactures loose fill packaging material made from 100% recycled cellulose materials. The product is 100% biodegradable and is safe for static-free packing.
http://www.bulletnewsniagara.ca/2013/01/26/st-catharines-company-getting-ready-to-face-the-dragons/

Fleming College’s A Taste of Italy draws 150 diners
Peterborough Examiner
The Fleming College culinary program held its A Taste of Italy fundraiser on Friday night at Fleming College’s Sutherland Campus on Brealey Dr. More than 150 people attended the event to raise funds to supporting bursaries for students in the college’s culinary programs and to the capital campaign for the Kawartha Trades and Technology Centre through the Good Samaritan Hands-Up Foundation, a fund within the Community Foundation of Peterborough.
http://www.thepeterboroughexaminer.com/2013/01/25/fleming-colleges-a-taste-of-italy-draws-150-diners

DNV told grow more local food
North Shore News
WITH the right management, southwestern British Columbia could grow a bounty of fresh food, a Kwantlen Polytechnic University researcher told District of North Vancouver council Monday. Kent Mullinix, a director of sustainable agriculture and food security at Kwantlen, spoke to council in the hopes of attaining a district endorsement as well as a total of $6,000 contributed over the next three years with the ultimate aim of growing more food closer to home. Kwantlen’s three-year, $1.7-million research project is designed to cultivate the next generation of farmers while retaining more of the money spent on food within the province and lessening the environmental impact of sprawling food-distribution networks. http://www.nsnews.com/news/told+grow+more+local+food/7870819/story.html

Your heart must be in it, Sheridan animation grad says
InsideHalton.com
Professionals in the animation industry say there are a countless number of varying jobs an animator can do besides drawing. Robert Koo, a Sheridan College graduate who has been in the animation field for 25 years and is currently working at DreamWorks Studios, including having a major role in the creation of Madagascar 3, has done many of those jobs. However, he wants people – especially those considering entering the field – to know that no matter what task you do, you must love being an animator… And Sheridan graduates have certainly set the standard high in the field. This year alone, 54 graduates of the program have contributed to 11 films nominated for an Academy Award. This includes films nominated for Best Picture, Best Animated Feature, and Short Film – Animated and Visual Effects categories. Last year, 43 graduates had worked on an Oscar nominated film.
http://www.insidehalton.com/community/education/article/1570734–your-heart-must-be-in-it-sheridan-animation-grad-says

Algonquin College student to represent Canada at WorldSkills competition in Germany
MetroNews Canada
An Algonquin College student and 34 other Canadians who are heading to Germany this summer to compete in an Olympic-style skilled trades and technology competition will be given an official sendoff Friday by DIY guru Mike Holmes and Human Resources and Skills Development Minister Diane Finley. Cody Malloch, 21, of Perth, Ont. will put his carpentry skills to the test at the July 2 to 7 event in Leipzig, Germany where 61 member countries will compete in 45 different categories such as welding, web design, mechanical engineering, and landscape gardening.
http://metronews.ca/news/ottawa/522992/algonquin-college-student-to-represent-canada-at-worldskills-competition-in-germany/

Car keys handed to college
Niagara Falls Review
Though he had keys in hand, Nick Omiecinski had no intentions of going for a joy ride. Instead, he was eager to delve into the inner workings of the 2003 Buick Century. Thursday was like Christmas for the first-year automotive apprenticeship co-op student, and the car was a great gift. Donated to Niagara College by Fonthill resident Alice Cassidy, the vehicle will give valuable hands-on experience to students in the school’s automotive programs. Cassidy and her husband Ronald MacDonald both retired a few years ago and recently realized they have no need for a second car.
http://www.niagarafallsreview.ca/2013/01/24/car-keys-handed-to-college

UFV receives $622000 in skills money
Chilliwack Progress
Students at the University of the Fraser Valley Trades and Technology Centre in Chilliwack will train on updated equipment following $622,000 in new provincial funding announced Thursday. The money, part of $17 million being distributed to post secondary institutions across the province, is going toward state-of-the-art equipment for UFV’s automotive department. This provincial investment, coupled with contributions from private industry partners, will ensure students are training on the same calibre of equipment their employers will be asking them to work on after graduation,” said Yap.
http://www.theprogress.com/news/188237191.html

Post-secondary enrolments rising
Regina Leader-Post
Figures released by Statistics Canada on Wednesday show post-secondary enrolments in Saskatchewan decreasing, but that’s at odds with what the University of Regina and SIAST have experienced over the past few years. According to Statistics Canada, enrolments in Saskatchewan fell 0.7 per cent between the 2009/10 and 2010/11 academic years, but the Ministry of Advanced Education disputes those figures, saying post-secondary enrolment numbers across Saskatchewan have actually been growing.
http://www.leaderpost.com/business/Post+secondary+enrolments+rising/7863430/story.html

Program links students/non-profits
Simcoe.com
Hands-on learning was taken to another level at Georgian College’s Orillia campus this week, with the launch of the school’s Community Education Partnership Centre. The only one of its kind in Ontario, the centre links students passionate about social change with local non-profits and agencies to tackle a range of issues. These ‘social entrepreneurs’ use research and team-based projects to collaborate with and support organizations, using knowledge gained in the classroom.
http://www.simcoe.com/news/article/1569979–program-links-students-non-profits

St. Clair College students battle winter blues by releasing blue balloons
Windsor Star
St. Clair College students braved one of the coldest days of the year Wednesday to release 100 blue balloons into the sky in the bid drive away the winter blues. The event, staged by the Student Representative Council, was held as part of a week-long Health And Wellness Fair taking place at the college. “We wanted to create something that was visual, to remind people that when they are feeling overwhelmed or down, there are lots of services and help on campus”, said Keri Bagley, President of the SRC.
http://blogs.windsorstar.com/2013/01/23/st-clair-college-students-battle-winter-blues-by-releasing-blue-balloons/