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Thursday, February 14, 2013


Thebacha campus ups the ante with advanced Aboriginal language class
Slave River Journal
Betty Elias of Tuktoyaktuk is a fourth year student in the Bachelor of Education program at Aurora College in Fort Smith. She speaks Inuvialuit, but on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, she can be found in Room 230 on campus, sewing and sounding out new Tlicho words. Elias is among a handful of students partaking in free Aboriginal language classes Aurora College began offering last Tuesday. “I’m doing it for interest, curiosity, to mingle and because I think learning another Aboriginal language will help me look at my own in a different way,” Elias said. Aurora College has been offering free introductory Cree, Chipewyan and Tlicho classes to the public for a couple years, but this is the first time it has offered an intermediate and advanced session, said Dave Porter, chair of Aurora’s School of Education.

Le Cégep et la Jeune Chambre unissent leur voix
L’Hebdo Journal
Le Cégep de Trois-Rivières et la Jeune Chambre de commerce de la Mauricie (JCCM) ont signé une entente de partenariat pour les jeunes et la région. L’entente permettra au Cégep d’être associé à la nouvelle Aile étudiante formée par la JCCM, lancée l’automne dernier. Cette entente de collaboration permettra donc aux étudiants, tant à la formation régulière qu’à la formation continue, de devenir membres de la Jeune Chambre de commerce, de bénéficier d’un réseau de près de 600 membres et d’obtenir des formations en réseautage et en étiquette en affaires adaptées à leur réalité.

Niagara College students launch event management app
Bullet News Niagara
There’s a brand new way for Niagara College students, staff and the community to keep track of events planned by the college’s event management students in 2013. The app is now available to iPhone, iPad and Android users. The app is a guide to student-planned events for the 2013 event season. It includes a full listing of all events and key dates; a site map, directions and GPS map with key event locations; links to online ticketing; and videos and photos that may be shared via Twitter and Facebook. It also features EventCam, which allows users to enhance photos with a souvenir photo frame and post them to Facebook and Twitter.

Don de 100 000$ à la Fondation du Collège Shawinigan
Hebdo du Saint-Maurice
Pour favoriser l’attraction et la rétention des jeunes et des professionnels qualifiés, la ville de Shawinigan a décidé de verser un montant de 100 000$ répartis sur cinq ans. Cette contribution permettra à la Fondation de contribuer aux projets porteurs du Collège (Shawinigan), puisque ce dernier représente un partenaire fondamental au développement socioéconomique du milieu. «Avec mes collègues du conseil municipal, nous croyons qu’il est primordial de soutenir notre Collège par le biais de sa Fondation», assure le maire Michel Angers. «Nous avons tout à gagner puisque la Fondation du Collège contribue directement à l’amélioration de la qualité la formation que nous offrons aux jeunes qui choisissent Shawinigan pour leurs études supérieures.$-a-la-Fondation-du-College-Shawinigan/1

GREAT FLEMING GRADS: From classroom to cruiser
Kawartha Media Group
A total of 16 officers with the Kawartha Lakes Police Service credit Fleming College with helping prepare them for their careers serving their community. For Sergeant Tom Hickey, who graduated from the Police Education program in Peterborough in 1987, the college experience not only prepared him well for his 13 weeks at police college, but also gave him a taste of exactly what the job entailed through a ride-along with the Peel police. “I’ve had a great career and I wouldn’t trade it for anything else. It’s been an excellent experience,” he says, adding that he also teaches at Fleming in the Wildlife Law program and hopes to continue his instruction after he retires from policing.–great-fleming-grads-from-classroom-to-cruiser

Le Cégep cherche des familles pour les stagiaires français
Canada Français
Le Cégep SaintJeansurRichelieu cherche des familles souhaitant héberger des étudiants français qui viendront en stage au Québec. Le rôle de la famille consiste principalement à offrir l’hébergement à un ou des stagiaires selon les conditions prescrites. La famille doit faciliter l’intégration de l’étudiant, guider le stagiaire dans son nouvel environnement et lui offrir un climat de vie propice aux échanges culturels. Deux formules d’hébergement sont proposées. Il y a la formule «invité» consistant à offrir les trois repas, l’accès aux électroménagers pour la lessive, l’accès aux espaces communs de la résidence ainsi que l’accès à l’Internet. L’indemnité versée est de 151$ par semaine.

Beads merge with business in Aklavik
Slave River Journal
Four years ago, Aurora College sliced its traditional arts program on the Inuvik campus. Now, thanks to the demand of one small community, it’s returned. The former one-year certificate program is currently operating out of an Aurora College Community Learning Centre in Aklavik. It marks the first time the program has been offered in one of the college’s centres. “We’re a smaller community taking on a big program and that’s a challenge, but that’s also what’s so heartwarming and invigorating about it,” Katie MacRae, Aurora College’s community adult educator in Aklavik, told The Journal.

La Fondation du Cégep soutient les projets internationaux des internationaux
Express Drummondville
La Fondation du Cégep de Drummondville a récemment procédé à la remise de 3000 $ 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.

Decadence 2013 – A Celebration of Icewine and Chocolate
Naturally in Niagara
The Canadian Food and Wine Institute at Niagara College is opening its doors on Saturday February 16th for an unparalleled celebration in chocolate and Icewine: Decadence! In its third year, Decadence features a National Student Pastry Competition, free family activities and events, free seminars with Food Network chefs including Anna Olson and Carl Heinrich, and so much more! With a full day of free family fun and the opportunity to watch a local “kitchen stadium” in action, you can be certain that this is an event not to be missed!

Aspiring mechanic and current New Brunswick Community College student Tom Mitchell says the Chevrolet Camaro is his “dream car.” While he might not be able to get behind the wheel of the over $60,000 vehicle anytime soon, the dream has become reality for Mitchell and other students in the community college’s automotive service technician program thanks to a donation from General Motors (GM) Canada. The students will get hands-on experience with the top-of-the-line new car because the car manufacturer has donated a 2013 Camaro ZL1 Coupe and a 2013 Impala LS for students to use as training aids. “Donating something like that doesn’t come cheap. Well, I guess it would come cheap (for NBCC), but I love it,” Mitchell said.
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Ontario tuition grant not going to students
Windsor Star
Ontario’s newly minted Training, Colleges and Universities Minister Brad Duguid is giving an “F” to a provincial Progressive Conservative proposal to scrap a 30 per cent break on post-secondary tuition. But he’s not shooting down the Opposition’s idea to tie student aid to those who get good marks. It’s part of their “colleges first” plan to skew enrolment towards colleges rather than universities in an effort to groom graduates for the job market. Too many students are going to university, when they could be considering careers in skilled trades, said Tory Leader Tim Hudak. “Across Ontario today, there are far too many students who have degrees and big debts and they’re back on dad’s couch, they’ve got no job to go to,” he said. “At the same time, we have a great number of jobs in the skilled trades, but nobody that’s able to take them on.”

Popularity of trades programs mirrors real world demand
Edmonton Journal
For a young man who was never keen on school, Matt Gallatin seems to have found his niche. The 24-year-old from Barrhead is enrolled in the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology’s school of trades, studying to become a plumber. During the three-year program, Gallatin will spend two months of each year in the classroom and 10 months working as an apprentice in his chosen profession. “I was never really much for school, it was never my thing,” says Gallatin. “But since I got here, I’m learning so much. It’s not just ink on paper, it’s actually real-world situations that I can learn and apply.” As Alberta’s economy steams ahead and the clamour for skilled workers rises to a fevered pitch, Gallatin’s future is so bright he might want to wear shades. He is studying the second most popular trade the college offers. “Electrician is Number One,” says Peter Lawlor, dean of NAIT’s school of trades. “Pipetrades is Number Two — and that is a cluster of programs — plumber, steamfitter, pipefitter and gasfitter.

Kemptville campus to host annual College Royal, Community invited to take part in activities, open house from March 4-9
EMC Kemptville
The University of Guelph Kemptville Campus opens its doors for the community in early March with College Royal, an open house showcasing the college’s academic programs with a slew of related agricultural events. College Royal is a student-run event in its 86th consecutive year, and takes place from March 4 to 9. Holly Prinzen, marketing and advertising coordinator for the event, said organizers hope to see about 2,000 community members and future students come through the doors on Friday, March 8 and Saturday, March 9. “There’s a lot going on and we are doing our best to make it the best year ever,” said Prinzen, adding they are reaching out to the entire North Grenville community and surrounding area. “It gives them the opportunity to learn more about the school.”,+Community+invited+to+take+part+in+activities,+open+house+from+March+4-9

Welding shop will get gas line overhaul
Brandon Sun
Assiniboine Community College’s North Hill welding shop will have to go through a major overhaul this summer to replace faulty gas lines. Barry Gooden, dean of the School of Trades and Technology, said he is confident the work, which will be done by Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation, will be complete for the fall semester.–get-gas-line-overhaul-191186211.html?thx=y (subscription required)

Special delivery of Valentine’s cheer
Sometimes the littlest things have the biggest impact. One of the latest projects by horticultural students at Niagara College involved putting together tiny floral arrangements. But while not very large, these displays pack a pretty punch. Each one is a burst of colour, with a variety of pink, red, white and mauve flowers mixed in with greenery. Last week, second-year students were working hard in the greenhouse at the college’s Niagara-on-the-Lake campus putting the arrangements together — one for themselves and one to be delivered to Linhaven Home for the Aged. In all, about 60 were delivered to Linhaven.–special-delivery-of-valentine-s-cheer

Cambrian strikes ‘Honeywell’ of deal
The Sudbury Star
Cambrian College has struck a deal that will see its campus-wide facility and energy needs reviewed. Using information based on those reviews, Honeywell Building Solutions will help the college find ways to reduce its operating expenses and greenhouse gas emissions. In return, Cambrian will provide training for Honeywell’s building technicians in Canada, along with other professional development services. “To maintain our competitive advantage, Honeywell needs to give employees the opportunity and tools to develop and succeed, which is even more important as the workforce and skill base thins,” Luis Rodrigues, the company’s vice-president of energy and environmental solutions, said in a release.

College launches research centre
EMC Ottawa South
A cash infusion from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada prompted the launch of a health and wellness research centre at Algonquin College on Jan. 30. The $2.3-million grant is the third grant given to the college through NSERC’s College and Community Innovation program. It will help to link small, local companies with lab space at the college and allow students to use new and developing technology while training for work in their field. College president Kent MacDonald said the launch was about a year in the making. “I think it’s the job of post-secondary educational institutions to improve the communities they are in,” he said. “And with this type of partnership, we can help move products that will benefit Canada’s healthcare system from the idea stage to the marketplace.”

College career fair well received
Alberta Daily Herald Tribune
Students swarmed the Grande Prairie Regional College (GPRC) cafeteria Wednesday as they checked out exhibits at the 2013 Career and Recruitment Fair. The fair took place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and included displays and recruiters from more than 14 local and provincial employers. The annual event made its debut last year after GPRC recruiter Meghan Ryan-Walsh was inundated by requests for a job fair. “Lots of students had been asking, ‘Why don’t you have a career fair,’” said Ryan-Walsh, “so we’re hoping this serves some of their needs.” The fair is run by the GPRC Student Association, which co-ordinates the display booths and advertisement for the event.