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NIC hosting 1000 high school students at open house
Comox Valley Echo
North Island College will host 1,000 Grade 11 and 12 students from the Comox Valley, Campbell River, Qualicum, Parksville, and Gold River on Thursday, February 22nd, at NIC’s Comox Valley campus for the High School Open House. Students will have the opportunity to explore educational areas of interest, experience hands-on activities and demonstrations, talk one-on-one with current NIC students and faculty, meet with student advisors to discuss programs, finances and career opportunities, and hear one of Canada’s leading keynote speakers talk about his personal journey to answer the question, ‘What should I do with my life?’
Collège Lionel-Groulx: en ondes avec Radio-Option
Nord Info et Voix des Mille-Iles
Ce mercredi 20 février, les étudiants du Département de théâtre du collège Lionel-Groulx animeront, le temps d’une journée, les ondes de Radio-Option, au 90,7 FM, un projet initié par Claude Laroche, enseignant et comédien, avec la complicité de Michel Delorme de l’organisme Radio Jeunesse. L’idée est née sur le bord d’un feu de camp, fruit d’une discussion entre Claude Laroche et Michel Delorme, qui se connaissent bien. Ce dernier est d’ailleurs à l’origine de plusieurs radios communautaires ici et ailleurs. Avec un émetteur qui diffusera jusqu’à 10 et 15 kilomètres, c’est une programmation de huit heures en direct qui sera offerte par les étudiants des trois programmes du Département, soit Interprétation théâtrale, Théâtre-production et Interprétation en théâtre musical.
Kwantlen students place first in global business competition
A team of students enrolled in Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s (KPU) school of business program won the CaseIt Business Case competition for the second consecutive time. The event took place at Simon Fraser University’s downtown campus from Feb. 6-9, with 16 teams competing from Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, China, Singapore, Indonesia, the U.S. and Canada. Representing KPU were team members, Natasha Campbell, Larisa Gorodetsky and Steven Vu. The annual competition is a forum where students from various backgrounds of IT and business can showcase their skills in areas such as teamwork, problem solving, and critical thinking to a panel of industry professionals.
Le cégep de l’Outaouais heureux de l’entente avec le gouvernement
Le cégep de l’Outaouais est satisfait de l’entente entre la Fédération des cégeps et le ministère de l’Enseignement supérieur quant à l’allocation de fonds gouvernementaux pour financer la reprise des cours de l’hiver 2012 interrompus par la grève étudiante. Le gouvernement québécois assumera donc l’entièreté de la facture de 31 millions$. Québec avait demandé aux établissements d’études collégiales de se débrouiller afin de retrouver plus de la moitié de cette somme. L’argent doit servir à supporter les étudiants durant les sessions intensives de l’automne 2012 et de l’hiver 2013.
Facing life after death
West Island Chronicle
Thanks to skeletal data from recent CT scans and radiocarbon analyses, a forensic artist from John Abbott College (JAC) and physical anthropologists from Western University were able to reconstruct the faces of three mummies owned by the Redpath Museum at McGill University. The results of this facial reconstruction project show a young man and a young woman, as well as a white-haired matron, as they all might have appeared before their deaths. These facial reconstructions were unveiled on Jan. 25 at the Redpath Museum and are now featured as a new display in the World Cultures gallery.
Jobboom accorde une cote de choix à un programme du Cégep
Le programme Techniques de bureautique, coordination du travail de bureau du Cégep de Drummondville est plus qu’avantageusement cité dans un populaire ouvrage de référence qui aide de nombreux jeunes et moins jeunes à choisir une carrière d’avenir, à savoir le guide Les carrières d’avenir 2013 des éditions Jobboom. Selon une enquête menée sur le terrain par l’équipe Jobboom, la cote «0 % de chômage» est accordée aux finissants en Techniques de bureautique. Qui plus est, le programme se retrouve classé parmi les «techniques persistantes», c’est-à-dire qu’elle offre d’intéressantes perspectives d’emploi à long terme. Au Cégep de Drummondville, le taux de placement des finissants de 2012 en coordination du travail de bureau était de 100%. L’établissement a reçu pas moins de 54 offres d’emploi durant l’année scolaire.
SIAST revamps security alerts
SIAST has expanded its emergency notification system across all four campuses. Gerry Bonsal, director of the SIAST Kelsey Campus, says the new system combines email, voice mails to home phones and texts to cellphones, public address systems and alert beacons in public spaces to make sure everyone can be contacted in case of an emergency. “SIAST has an all-hazards emergency response plan, so … it covers everything from campus closures due to severe weather, to power outages, bomb threats or active shooters,” he said. “Anything we have to communicate through our campus communities, we’re able to do that.”
Programme de formation en maintenance d’éoliennes à Chicoutimi
Courrier du Saguenay
La construction prochaine d’un parc éolien dans la réserve faunique des Laurentides incite Humanis, le Service de formation continue du Cégep de Chicoutimi, à s’associer au Groupe Collegia (le consortium des services de formation continue du Cégep de la Gaspésie et des Îles et du Cégep de Matane) afin d’offrir, dès la fin avril, une attestation d’études collégiales (AEC) d’une durée de 14 mois en « Maintenance d’éoliennes ». L’entente entre Humanis et Groupe Collegia prévoit que 18 étudiants sélectionnés commenceront leur formation à Chicoutimi pour ensuite approfondir leurs connaissances au Centre québécois de formation en maintenance d’éoliennes du Cégep de la Gaspésie et des Îles, à Gaspé.
Keyano to take on Les Mis production
Fort McMurray Today
Victor Hugo’s 1862 novel stirring of crime and social indignation is coming to Fort McMurray. The Keyano Theatre Company is producing Les Miserables as their main attraction for EPIC, the company’s 2013-14 season. Affectionately known as Les Miz, the play is the world’s longest running musical, earning winner 96 international awards, and seen by an estimated 60 million people across the globe. “So far, we are the only theatre regionally to produce this and get the rights for it,” said Misty Oakes, Marketing Coordinator for Arts & Special Events at Keyano College. “It’s going to be a pretty big undertaking for our company.”
Jacques Gariépy président du conseil du Cégep de Saint-Jérôme
Journal Le Courrier
Lors d’une assemblée extraordinaire tenue le12 février dernier, le Conseil d’administration du Cégep de Saint-Jérôme a procédé à l’élection de M. Jacques Gariépy à titre de président. M. Gariépy siégeait déjà au conseil depuis 2010 et était membre du comité exécutif depuis 2 ans. Il succède à M. Luc St-Germain.
Nanaimo chef will be among students vying for top prize in major culinary competition
A young Nanaimo chef is slaving away in the kitchen to prepare for a major international competition in Toronto later this month. Kellie Callender will be competing against six other top students from culinary schools across Canada for the 2013 S. Pellegrino Almost Famous Chef Canada Regional Competition Monday, Feb. 25. The second-year diploma student, who is set to graduate from Vancouver Island University’s Culinary Institute of Vancouver Island in April, was chosen by his instructors from a program of 100 students to represent the school. Each contestant will have two hours to prepare a dish of their own creation to serve to a panel of judges and guests. Whoever wins the challenge will advance to the finals at the Culinary Institute of America in St. Helena, Calif. on March 8-11 to face off against contestants from across North America.
ARI priority for Aurora’s board of governors
Slave River Journal
Aurora College’s Board of Governors is looking to secure more federal funding for the Aurora Research Institute (ARI) to boost not only the institute’s cutting-edge work, but also its reputation. The ARI was a hot topic for the board during their most recent meeting in Yellowknife at the end of January. “Much of our focus was on research and we’d like to get to the position where we can start applying for SSHRC grants for the ARI,” Sydney O’Sullivan, chairperson of the board, told The Journal. The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) is a federal research funding agency for postsecondary-based research and training in the humanities and social sciences.
Durham College students Get Swabbed
Durham College students came out Feb. 12 in hopes of helping patients in need of a stem cell donation. Durham College partnered with the OneMatch Stem Cell and Marrow Network to host Get Swabbed, an event designed to beef up Canada’s stem cell registry. The network’s mission is to secure donors for Canadian bone marrow transplant patients and for patients abroad. Students had the inside of their cheeks swabbed in the Gordon Willey building, and a tissue sample was sent to Canadian Blood Services to identify potential stem cell donors.
Trade program seeks students
Vernon Morning Star
Women in Trades Training at Okanagan College is breaking barriers with a foundation metal fabrication program designed to help women build both skills and confidence in this expanding field. The 23-week intake of the metal fabrication program for women starts March 11 at the Kelowna campus. “Metal fabrication is very closely tied to the welding industry, which is consistently the number one trades training choice for women in our programs,” said Nancy Darling, program administrator.
International student sweeps 2nd year Algonquin culinary competition
An international student from Hong Kong swept all second-year categories Saturday at the 18th annual Algonquin College hot food competition. (Anson) Yue Kiu Chan, 27, (photo, above) placed top in appetizer, entrée, dessert and overall, to claim the annual Toque Blanche Award. In all, 20 students were divided evenly between first and second year classes. Placing best overall among first-year students, for the Canadian Culinary Federation trophy, was Alana Awad. Chan, who works part-time in the college’s food services, was mentored by Algonquin executive chef Russell Weir, while Awad was mentored by chef/instructor Mario Ramsay.
Truro student heading overseas for international business
Truro Daily News
It’s not surprising Richard Bagnell is exploring international business opportunities. The 25-year-old Lower Truro resident recalls playing Monopoly as a teenager and being very determined to succeed, which he believes was an early sign of his interest in business and international entrepreneurship. “I hated when people quit Monopoly halfway through. I was always the banker and I never cheated,” he recalled. “And I always wanted to open my own bike business.” Although that didn’t happen, Bagnell did enroll in the Nova Scotia Community College Truro Campus business administration program. And, he is one of seven students in NSCC campuses throughout the province chosen to study for more than a month in the Netherlands this spring.
Trudeau visits Loyalist College
The man dubbed as “the rock star” of Canadian politics walked the halls of Loyalist College today. Liberal leader candidate Justin Trudeau was welcomed by a sea of excited media students eager to meet him and get the perfect picture. First-year photojournalism student Sonya Dronsfield says she met Trudeau with a special Valentine’s Day gift. After Trudeau’s tour of the media wing he ventured to Alumni Hall where students and the public asked him questions about where he stands on issues such as education and healthcare. Trudeau told students that the federal government needs to take a significantly stronger role in education.
Aurora College Week builds sense of community
Slave River Journal
College spirit was high last week as campuses in Inuvik, Yellowknife and Fort Smith, as well as in the 23 learning centres across the Northwest Territories, celebrated the annual Aurora College Week. “The whole purpose of the week is to get people to mingle, encourage students to socialize with other programs, building that sense of community within the college,” Faye Heron, student life and wellness coordinator at Thebacha campus in Fort Smith, said. Various family-friendly events defined the fun-filled week, including Zumba dance demonstrations, tug-of-war challenges, College Idol contests, treasure hunts, guest speaker sessions, crafts and cook-offs.
Boréal’s pharmacy tech program accredited
Collège Boréal’s Pharmacy Technician training program has been granted full accreditation by the Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs (CCAPP). The accreditation is valid for a five-year period. The CCAPP is the organization responsible for the assessment of postsecondary pharmacy programs in Canada. Constituted of representatives from all the Canadian associations involved in the pharmaceutical field, the CCAPP assures that every college and university program meets the standards in effect pertaining to the activities, staff and resources assigned to the provision of these training programs.
Sarnian wins gold at college competition
A 22-year-old Sarnia business student is part of a team that won a prestigious gold medal at the 2013 Vanier College BDC Case Challenge. Andrew Thomson was in Montreal for the competition Feb. 9 and 10, representing Algonquin College where he is a second year business management and entrepreneurship student. He and team mates Jennamarie Collins and Tara Sisson were chosen to compete in the two-day contest that requires sharp business acumen and professional presentation skills. “It was an amazing experience,” Thomson said. “We were up against the top minds from 30 colleges across Canada.” He said he was surprised when the judges gave top marks to the Algonquin team, which was assessed in the finals against the performance of six other teams.
Restaurant preps students for food service industry
Nothing says ‘jour de l’amour’ like shrimp bisque and lamb chops. Brandy crème fraische, garlic cream sauce and dauphinoise potatoes also helped set the mood at Creations Fine Dining Thursday, as students in the culinary and hospitality and tourism management programs set the tables at the Lambton College restaurant. “This is our first night so everybody’s pretty nervous,” said Jim Newhook, the 29-year-old culinary student who came up with the ‘day of love’ menu. He’s one of about 45 students split between culinary and hospitality/tourism, learning everything from greeting and seating, to food preparation and cooking, to bartending, and restaurant bookkeeping. Newhook and about 20 others took their first shot at running Creations. The 2009 and 2010 VQA Gold award-winning, roughly six-year-old restaurant at the college’s Lambton Inn opens for eight weeks — Tuesdays and Thursdays — between February and April, featuring a menu that embraces the 100-mile philosophy and weekly themed specials.
Pilot project aims to build peoples’ self-esteem
The New Venture Fund enables students to apply for money for new business ideas or initiatives, explained Joe Andrews, director of Humber’s Orangeville campus. Humber College had several hundred students apply, but only nine applications were approved following what Andrews described as a rigorous selection process. “It was a very detailed submission process, and also a very detailed selection process,” Andrews said. “A whole panel reviewed each one’s viability. Out of that, nine students at Humber were selected.” Blake was the lone applicant from Humber’s Orangeville campus to receive funding for her business venture. The originality of her idea certainly played a role in that, Andrews said. “Sheena is an really exceptional academic student,” he said. “(She) has come up with a very unique business initiative. It is already underway.”
Needed: One million workers
Growth and major projects, combined with baby boomer retirement, means more than a million jobs will open up in B.C. by 2020. Many will be in engineering and construction trades. B.C. colleges and universities are working hard to ease the projected labour shortage…In the North, the Northern Lights College, College of New Caledonia and UNBC are addressing the needs for skilled labour in various ways, including expansion, partnerships and community outreach campaigns. Northern Lights is already strong in trades programs like welding, electrical instrumentation and power engineering, among others. With campuses in Dawson Creek, Fort St. John, Chetwynd, Fort Nelson and Tumbler Ridge, it is well-placed to draw on students from northeastern communities.
International students critical to BC’s colleges, universities
When Chika Fujimoto was deciding on where to pursue her English studies, she was impressed by the support for foreign students at Langara College. “The International Education Department provides a lot of support,” the 19-year-old from Yokohama said. The English studies and business student tried other colleges but after talking to a Langara adviser, felt that the school offered more support for international students. She also liked the intimacy of the school. “I feel I can have a closer relationship with professors and classmates.”
Chamber luncheon hosts Cumberland College
Members of the Melfort Chamber of Commerce had an opportunity to learn about possible Business Certificate course offerings at Cumberland College during a luncheon on Wednesday, February 13. Rebecca Cross, the Business Development Specialist for Cumberland College explained the program and came to acquire feedback from Chamber members. “We want to be sure Chamber members know we are looking to offer these professional development course, and to try and make sure they have a chance to give us feedback on what they want,” Cross said. The program would be certified through the University of Regina and could offer such certificates as professional leadership, professional management, marketing and sales, project management and business analysis.
Students modify bobsled for friend in wheelchair
Millwright students at the College of the North Atlantic in Corner Brook made a modified bobsled for a friend in a wheelchair so he can take part in the winter carnival. Students campus-wide were constructing bobsleds to compete in a race as part of the games, and the students decided to rig something together for Mike Johnson. Johnson has been in a wheelchair for three years after a vehicle collision with a transport truck. Jerry Smith, millwright instructor and Johnson’s neighbour, said the students decided they would take on the extra, not-for-credit project of making a wheelchair-friendly sled for Johnson.
Jason Kenney tells Sault audience: Immigration will be streamlined
Sault College Vice President Academic Leo Tiberi, another speaker at Friday’s LIP event, said Sault College and Algoma University are aiming to have, between the two institutions combined, about 1,000 international students on their campuses in the next few years. Kenney praised new ways in which more international students are allowed to stay in Canada after graduation with the help of internships and mentoring programs. Speaking to SooToday.com, Kenney said “the whole point of our new system that will be implemented in 2014 is to do an assessment of the education of immigrants before we select them, to make sure that their training is at the Canadian standard. There’s frankly no point in inviting immigrant doctors who aren’t going to get their license to practice in Canada.” “That’s a dramatic change,” Kenney told us. “It’s a pre-evaluation of their credentials and their education to make sure it is at, or close to, the Canadian standard, and as much as possible to get them jobs lined up before they get to Canada, so they can come to work directly as physicians and not find themselves doing survival jobs.”
Durham College, UOIT going global
Two of Durham’s post-secondary institutions not only co-exist, but they’re learning and growing together too. “We both believe we’re more effective working in partnership collaborations,” said University of Ontario Institute of Technology president Dr. Tim McTiernan. Staff from both UOIT and Durham College, including the presidents, recently travelled to Ireland to get a taste of a unique post-secondary system there, the Institutes of Technology Ireland. This representative body for 13 of Ireland’s Institutes of Technology operates a unique system, allowing students to move from two-year programs and eventually land in post-graduate studies. “It provides for easy pathways from apprenticeship to PhD,” said Dr. McTiernan. In fact, Durham College and UOIT are currently working on a model to allow students to move seamlessly from credential to credential.
Centennial College works on bringing rink to Morningside Park
The Toronto Observer
Outdoor ice rinks in Toronto are a focal point in the Scarborough community. Scarborough however has traditionally been snubbed by the City of Toronto when it comes to the building of outdoor rinks. Centennial College is working to change that. Faculty, students and community volunteers are actively turning the vast Morningside Park into a place for winter fun. Professor of applied biology and environmental science, Michael Gauthier, is leading the Morningside Park natural rink project.
Canada must streamline education to turn degrees into jobs
At the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) in Edmonton, only 20% of students are directly out of high school, reports president and chief executive, Glenn Feltham. Of the remaining 80%, half have prior post-secondary experience….Colleges and universities have been making efforts in that direction. In addition to the traditional co-op programs and summer internships, some schools have established articulation agreements or 2+2 programs, which allow students to pursue a hybrid university-college education within a condensed time frame. For example, instead of four years of university and three years of college, they’re able to offer students a comparable education with two years of study at each institution, allowing them to enter the workforce sooner and at a lower cost. But experts say the approach needs to expand further into the system, especially on the university side….Since 2003, Nova Scotia Community College in Halifax has instituted a portfolio requirement as part of its programs. The artifact portfolio is developed with the help of a faculty member and includes articles, project work, test results, pictures, reflections and other “evidence” of a person’s knowledge and competencies for potential employers.
Province invests $344558 in pre-apprenticeship
A new program offered through Cambrian College and Collège Boréal offers a leg up to those who want to become a carpentry apprentice. The pre-apprenticeship program is aimed at individuals who don’t have the necessary basic education to enter an apprenticeship or can’t find an employer willing to sponsor their training. The province recently provided $208,131 to Cambrian and $136,427 to Boréal to offer the carpentry pre-apprenticeship program. Participation in the program is free, along with any required textbooks, safety equipment and tools.
Waterfront Campus Wins Toronto Best Project Award
The new Waterfront Campus at George Brown College in downtown Toronto was honoured with a 2012 project achievement award at the Toronto Construction Association’s 15th annual ‘Best of the Best’ Awards. Handed out late last month at the association’s 145th annual meeting, the awards are part of an effort by the association to recognise outstanding building achievements. Designed to LEED Gold standards through a joint venture between Stantec/Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg architects, the campus emphasizes interprofessional team-based education. The 330,000 square foot campus features informal learning spaces, rooftop terraces, below grade parking, a nearby park and state-of-the-art classrooms and laboratories which overlook the Toronto harbour.
Poultry company partners with RRC food program
Winnipeg Free Press
Manitoba’s largest poultry processor has invested $200,000 in a new relationship with the Red River College’s Paterson GlobalFoods Institute to find new meal options and markets for chicken and turkey, a news release today said. Granny’s Poultry Farmers Co-operative will work closely with the college and conducting independent research in its own space in the downtown Winnipeg institute to put more flavourful and unique chicken and turkey products on kitchen and restaurant tables across Canada, the release said. The Granny’s team will work alongside the college’s Culinary Arts, Hotel and Restaurant Management, Professional Baking and Apprenticeship staff and students in March.
COTR expansion talks begin
The Free Press
Fernie’s College of the Rockies (COTR) campus could be receiving an expansion in the future. Seeing a need for more skills training in the Elk Valley, Kootenay East MLA Bill Bennett met with representatives of the college, Teck Coal, Canfor, Resorts of the Canadian Rockies, Tourism Fernie, and local government officials on January 28. With a future shortage of skilled workers in the area, the meeting’s objective was to discuss the possible growth of COTR in Fernie. “We know there is going to be about a million new jobs over the next 10 or 15 years and frankly, we don’t know who is going to fill them,” said Bennett. “If all of our high school students stayed in British Columbia, and all got trained in the right things, we still wouldn’t have enough people to fill those jobs. Today, and for the past few years, we’ve seen companies like Teck have to go to temporary foreign workers. The same thing is happening in the forest industry.”
Too many nursing students: ACC’s full!
With more than 180 people on the waiting list, Assiniboine Community College says it can’t take any more applications for their two-year practical nursing program in Brandon. Starting now, the college says, it won’t be taking any new applicants. The waiting list is long enough to fill the program for the next two years. “ACC’s Practical Nursing program has always been a high demand program with wait lists at all sites,” said Karen Hargreaves, dean of the college’s health and human services school. “The critical need for practical nurses throughout the province is high and employment within the profession is increasing. There are opportunities to work in various areas including acute care, the emergency room, the operating room and dialysis.”