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The Walking Dead’s Norman Reedus to chat with Algonquin students
Norman Reedus, the actor who plays the bad-ass, crossbow-wielding, zombie-killing Daryl Dixon in AMC’s hit show The Walking Dead, will be talking to Algonquin College students in the flesh on March 11, according to the students’ association. The Florida-born actor is scheduled to give a talk about his acting career at the college’s Commons Theatre and will take questions from the audience. Tickets went on sale Friday and the event is open to the public.
Une finissante du Cégep décroche une bourse de l’OIIQ
Une finissante en Soins infirmiers du Cégep Beauce-Appalaches, Isabelle Bégin, a décroché une bourse de 5000 $ de l’Ordre des infirmières et infirmiers du Québec (OIIQ). Elle vise à encourager la poursuite de ses études universitaires. Isabelle Bégin qui a complété sa formation collégiale en mai dernier poursuit ses études en Soins infirmiers à l’Université Laval et est aussi détentrice d’un diplôme en réadaptation physique. Elle est également à l’emploi du Centre de santé et services sociaux de Beauce.
New college president hits ground running
Only five days into her new job as president of Lethbridge College, Paula Burns has already met administrators and managers at the college, the presidents of other Alberta post-secondary institutions and tuned into a video conference with new Enterprise and Advanced Education Minister Thomas Lukaszuk. Lukaszuk took advantage of the meeting of Alberta post-secondary leaders in Calgary to introduce himself and broadly talk about his agenda going forward. “His message really was that post-secondary education is part of the solution,” Burns said. “He really looks forward to working with us, collaborating with us.”
La Fondation du Cégep soutient les projets internationaux des étudiants
La Fondation du cégep de Drummondville a récemment procédé à la remise de 3 000 $ en bourses à des étudiants qui partiront à l’étranger dans le cadre de leur programme d’études. Ces derniers iront mettre en pratique leurs connaissances, développer les compétences acquises au cours de leur formation et, sans aucun doute, vivre une expérience enrichissante sur le plan personnel. La Fondation, par l’entremise du Fonds de bourses aux étudiants, souhaite soutenir la réussite des cégépiens dans un contexte de globalisation de l’économie et de mondialisation. «Ces bourses sont d’ailleurs rendues possibles grâce à la contribution de généreux donateurs, que je tiens à remercier du fond du cœur», a indiqué Jacinthe Roberge, directrice de la Fondation du cégep de Drummondville.
Universities and students brace for Alberta budget cuts
Some post-secondary institutions in Alberta are taking drastic measures in advance of potential cuts that will be announced by the provincial government on March 7. A $6 billion shortfall coming from dwindling oil revenues, and a repeated vow from the premier not to raise taxes, means that many sectors that receive funding from the Alberta government are bracing for the impact of the budget announcement. Post-secondary institutions in Alberta were promised an operating grant increase of two per cent, and some now expect that promise might go unfulfilled.David Beharry, with MacEwan University, said the school has taken preemptive action by freezing hires for academic and non-academic staff.
L’École de musique de Lanaudière confirme son statut au cégep
Après plusieurs années de cohabitation dans les locaux du collège, le Cégep régional de Lanaudière et le l’École de musique de Lanaudière ont officiellement signé, le 24 janvier, un protocole d’entente pour une durée de trois ans. Les locaux seront situés au sein de la constituante de Joliette. Confirmant ainsi un partenariat entre les deux organismes, cette entente permettra de « faciliter l’accessibilité aux études musicales, former la relève de demain et créer un enracinement aux traditions musicales du collège et de la grande région de Lanaudière,» comme l’a souligné le directeur adjoint aux programmes et à la pédagogie, M. Pierre-Marcel Brûlé.
If you plant a tree in winter, will it grow?
Boreal wetlands are important and fragile ecosystems, said Tracy Scott, provincial head of industry and government relations at Ducks Unlimited Canada. “Any kind of linear disturbance has the potential of affecting boreal wetland hydrology,” Scott said. He called the research being conducted at Grande Prairie Regional College positive, noting restoring the natural function of boreal wetlands is challenging. Tan calls winter planting “an innovative way” to reforest areas disturbed by oil and gas exploration. Planting in the winter involves using a backhoe to dig a hole and bring deeper soil, which is warmer, to the surface. Seedlings are then planted in mounds of peat.
Marie-Victorin prêt en cas d’attaque armée
Si jamais un forcené armé entrait au cégep Marie-Victorin, la direction du collège mettrait en œuvre son plan de gestion de crises sans perdre une seconde, affirme la directrice générale de l’établissement, Nicole Rouillier. Ce plan « englobe toutes les situations possibles », indique-t-elle. « Il y a deux ans, on s’est doté d’un système de notification d’urgence. Ça, c’est un système de haut-parleurs à travers le collège pour donner des consignes de sécurité si jamais il y avait un incident qui se produisait. »
OPALS expands research possibilities for John Abbott College Students
West Island Gazette
On a blustery Wednesday morning, it’s standing room only at the John Abbott College Library in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue. Every library computer is occupied and the study pods house students toiling on tablets and laptops. Looking at the screens, you see the same OPALS logo and search window pop up again and again. OPALS, which stands for Open-source Automated Library System, has opened up a world of research possibilities to students around the world, connecting them with textbooks, e-books and streamed video on any subject under the sun from popular sports in the Roman empire to the latest in cleft-palate plastic surgery.
Tories call for ‘college first’ policy in Ontario
The Progressive Conservatives want to implement a “college first” policy that will give Ontario students more flexible options to pursue their post-secondary education at a reduced cost. Opposition Leader Tim Hudak says that Ontario students need to be better prepared for a modern economy, but they are increasingly paying more money for a less effective education. In particular, the Tories say that too many students are going to Ontario universities, as a result of “unfettered enrolment growth” that is eroding quality. Hudak said that’s why the Tories have put forward a discussion paper outlining a set of proposed changes to the province’s post-secondary system, which include encouraging high-school students to seek a college education if that would better fit their needs.
EDUCATION: Niagara College expansion wins design award
Bullet News Niagara
Niagara College’s multi-million dollar transformation of the Welland Campus has been recognized with a Niagara Design Award. Niagara College was recognized in the Large Scale Project category for the Welland Campus expansion that added six new and expanded buildings, transformed the campus grounds and added new roadways and linkages. The project was completed in 2011. Judges said the project “has dramatically transformed the campus. (The) development was noted for its use of the available space in a manner that blends with the existing buildings and flow of the campus, while also reaching out to the nearby surroundings.”
Robot tournament comes to Okanagan College
Kelowna Capital News
About 80 high school students took part in the Vex Robotics Competition at Okanagan College Saturday. The tournament was the first time the Pacific Youth Robotics Society has held a tournament for high school level robotics enthusiasts in the B.C. interior. Okanagan College hosted the event as part of its efforts to encourage more high school students and their parents to consider education and careers in science, technology, engineering and math, explained Vladimir Neykov, a professor in the college’s mechanical engineering technologies department, which helped coordinate the event.
More college and university space urgently needed, says Surrey business group
The number of college and university student spaces in the South Fraser region needs to triple by 2025, says the Surrey Board of Trade (SBOT), or Surrey will suffer both socially and economically…. The document says that with 940,000 people, Surrey and the South Fraser region are the fastest-growing areas of B.C. and yet there is relatively little local access for those wanting to attend college or university. While the area produces 22 per cent of B.C.’s high school graduates, Kwantlen Polytechnic University and SFU Surrey together provide less than 13 spaces per 100 residents aged 18 to 25. The rest of the province gets four times the number of seats, according to the SBOT.
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 provincewide 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.
Cutting-edge technology on display
The North Bay Nugget
Local manufactures are getting a glimpse this week at some of the cutting-edge technology that will soon be available to them at Canadore College to help grow their businesses. The college kicked off a two-day conference Thursday at the Clarion Resort Pinewood Park to highlight its Innovation Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Production (ICAMP), which is set to open in June at its Commerce Court campus. Renovations at the campus are expected to start next month to make way for the centre which will provide local businesses with technology and resources that may not otherwise be accessible for the development or refining of new products and processes.
Seneca College president gets Jubilee award
Seneca College president David Agnew was presented with a Diamond Jubilee medal Wednesday night by Ontario Lt.-Gov. David Onley at Roy Thomson Hall in recognition of his years of community service. The medals, in tribute to Queen Elizabeth’s 60 years on the throne, are given to Canadians who have made outstanding contributions to their community and country.
Culinary students get big break
They are stirring up and gearing up for what might be the greatest opportunity they have had in their culinary life so far. Students from Okanagan College, who are working toward their Red Seal, will get to assist some of the best chefs in the country during the Canadian Culinary Championships held in Kelowna this weekend. Chef Perry Bentley is a Culinary Arts instructor at the school, and says the event will allow the students to understand what happens in real kitchens under real situations.
Renowned authors to read at NI College
Comox Valley Echo
North Island College’s Write Here Readers Series is proud to present award winning authors Esi Edugyan and Steven Price who will read from their most recent works, Half Blood Blues and Into That Darkness. Edugyan’s Half Blood Blues, won the 2011 Scotiabank Giller Prize for Fiction and was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize, The Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction, and the Roger’s Writers Trust Fiction Prize. It was also long listed for the 2012 Orange Prize for fiction
Cambrian building garners environmental certification
Cambrian College’s Xstrata Nickel Sustainable Energy Centre (SEC) is the second building in Greater Sudbury to receive a LEED Gold certification, according to a news release. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. The certification is granted through the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC), which administers a third-party certification program based on internationally accepted benchmarks for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings.
Welland campus a real head-turner
Dreaming big paid off for Niagara College. For its $80-million Welland campus expansion that was completed in 2011, the college Wednesday night received a large-scale design award at the eighth annual Niagara Community Design Awards ceremony held at Stone Mill Inn in St. Catharines. College vice-president of corporate services Teresa Quinlin, who oversaw the implementation of the expansion, said Thursday she’s very excited about the award. “(The expansion has) transformed the facilities and the experience for students. To have the type of teaching facilities that are second-to-none is really great for us.”
Training tower open house held
Northern Lights College in Dawson Creek held an open house Wednesday night to give the community more information about their plans to build a Wind Turbine Maintenance Training Tower on campus grounds. The tower will be used by students in the Wind Turbine Maintenance Program as well as certain workforce training courses. The Centre of Excellence for Clean Energy Technology was opened 2011 at the Dawson Creek Northern Lights College Campus. Designed to meet the training needs of the province of British Columbia it houses the Wind Turbine Maintenance Technician program as well as the Clean Energy Certificate program. Now, the college is looking at taking the next step to make further training available to these students.