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GREAT GRADS: Great outdoors called, they answered
Kawartha Media Group
When the great outdoors beckons, you either heed that call or you avoid, for whatever reason, all that wonderful nature like the plague. Fortunately for the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) and, through its work, all Ontarians, a number of young people have, and are, going the former route via a Fleming College education. The focal point of that experience is Fleming’s Frost Campus, spread over some 150 acres in Lindsay. It’s there that the School of Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences is turning out highly-skilled grads via 20-plus programs such as Ecosystem Management, Fish and Wildlife Technology, and Geographic Information Systems.
Frédéric Poulin officiellement à la barre du Cégep de l’Outaouais
Le conseil d’administration du Cégep de l’Outaouais confie un mandat de cinq ans à Frédéric Poulin. «En acceptant le poste, je n’aurais jamais pensé traverser ce qu’on a traversé l’an dernier. Ce n’était écrit à nulle part dans le contrat, mais je dois vous dire que j’aurais voulu être nulle part ailleurs qu’ici même si ç’a été difficile», a souligné le nouveau directeur général, ce soir. Frédéric Poulin a tenu les rênes du Cégep de l’Outaouais par intérim pendant 13 mois avant d’être officiellement nommé DG.
Red River College Open House
If college is in your future try out the Red River College. Jennifer Powell at the College’s recruiting office told the Winnipeg Business Report about day two of the open house. Powell says prospective students can get a first hand look at what the college offers and learn about its many support services.
Cas de tuberculose
Journal de Québec
La Direction régionale de santé publique de la Capitale-Nationale mène une enquête épidémiologique au cégep de Sainte-Foy à la suite d’un cas de tuberculose diagnostiqué au début de janvier. Il s’agit d’un étudiant étranger fréquentant une classe de francisation qui provient d’un camp de réfugiés. «On a rencontré les gens pour faire une intervention et leur expliquer l’enquête», a affirmé le Dr Jasmin Villeneuve, médecin-conseil. Les personnes contaminées à la bactérie peuvent ne pas présenter de symptômes. Par mesure de sécurité, la Direction a tout de même effectué des tests cutanés ou sanguins auprès des membres de l’entourage de la personne malade.
Niagara College Decadence celebration a sweet success
Bullet News Niagara
The Canadian Food and Wine Institute at Niagara College hosted Decadence this past weekend to great success and large crowds celebrating Icewine, chocolate and Niagara’s growing pool of wine and culinary talent. The event saw hundreds of guests from Niagara and beyond visit Niagara College’s Niagara-on-the-Lake campus for activities that appealed to families and foodies alike. This weekend celebration is based around the National Student Pastry competition, where schools from across North America compete in a 14-hour event that culminates in an intense judging process. Competitors prepare numerous desserts, elaborate chocolate structures and are guided by the required inclusion of Icewine in each element of the competitive display.
Une loi pour protéger les exclusivités
Le Cégep de Jonquière entend plaider pour l’exclusivité du programme Art et technologies des médias à l’occasion du Sommet sur l’éducation supérieure, qui aura lieu les 25 et 26 février, à Montréal. On souhaite notamment l’adoption d’une loi protégeant les programmes techniques qualifiés d’exclusifs, sur l’ensemble du territoire québécois. C’est ce qu’a confié, aujourd’hui, la directrice générale de l’établissement, Guylaine Proulx, devant les membres du Cercle de presse du Saguenay. La rencontre hebdomadaire se tenait dans les locaux du programme ATM.
College sells land for new hospital in Courtenay
Comox Valley Record
The sale of land to the Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA) for the North Island Hospitals Project has been finalized, North Island College confirmed Tuesday afternoon. North Island College received approval Feb. 15 from the Ministry of Advanced Education Innovation and Technology (AEIT), as required under the College and Institute Act, for the board of governors. NIC’s president, Dr. Jan Lindsay, stated “During all of the discussions and negotiations that took place in relation to this project, the college maintained its position that the sale of land to VIHA must provide enhanced opportunity for future students living in the college region and help the college move forward in line with its vision of being a premier destination and community college that inspires and prepares students for success in a rapidly changing world.”
Un étudiant du Cégep primé par la Ville de Beauceville
La Ville de Beauceville a remis une bourse d’une valeur de 1500 $ à un étudiant de première année en génie civil du Cégep Beauce-Appalaches, Anthony Quirion. La bourse prend la forme du remboursement de l’ordinateur portable dont le jeune homme de Saint-Georges s’est porté acquéreur dans le cadre de son programme d’études. Elle a été attribuée à la suite d’un tirage auprès des 26 étudiants de première année de génie civil du Cégep qui ont réussi tous les cours de leur première session d’études et qui se sont réinscrits à la session d’hiver. « Un geste concret pour promouvoir l’éducation de nos jeunes », mentionne le conseiller de la ville, Steve Gosselin.
New Georgian College Residence
Bayshore Broadcasting News Centre
Students of Georgian College in Orillia will have a place to stay near the school. Construction has been completed on two new residences located on the campus that will open this September. The two buildings will have a total of 32 units and it each took 13 months to build at a total cost of 10 million dollars. Manager of Off-Campus Housing for Campus Living Centres Jay Mott says each unit has four spacious bedrooms and two four-piece bathrooms.
Ginette Sirois reçoit la Médaille du jubilé de diamant de la reine Élizabeth II
Courrier du Saguenay
Le conseil d’administration du Cégep de Chicoutimi a récemment salué l’obtention de la Médaille du jubilé de diamant de la reine Élizabeth II par la directrice générale du Collège, Madame Ginette Sirois. Cette médaille commémorative créée à l’occasion des célébrations entourant le 60e anniversaire de l’accession au trône de Sa Majesté la Reine Élizabeth II permet au gouvernement canadien d’honorer certains concitoyens issus de tous les milieux.
High-ranking general addresses Canadore conference
Lieutenant-General Charles J.J. Bouchard was the keynote speaker at the Canadore College’s Advanced Manufacturing to Enhance Your Bottom Line conference at the Clarion Resort Pinewood Park on Friday, February 8. Bouchard is a highly decorated career soldier with 37 years of service in the Royal Canadian Air Force. In 2011, while stationed in Naples, Italy, he was appointed commander of the NATO Operation Unified Protector task force that was ordered to enforce United Nations sanctions against Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi. Bouchard’s command included military personnel and assets from various nations, including Canada, France, Italy, Belgium, Spain, Denmark, Qatar, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Contraignant, le cégep
Le niveau baisse-t-il vraiment ou est-ce plutôt les exigences qui ne cessent de monter? Les programmes sont de plus en plus contraignants et pointilleux à un tel point qu’il devient presque impossible pour un étudiant de compléter son parcours dans les délais prescrits. Les personnes qui confectionnent les programmes localement dans les cégeps se font de la concurrence pour attirer de la clientèle étudiante. On crée des programmes d’élite pour assouvir un besoin maladif de distinction et de reconnaissance. Les programmes préuniversitaires qui devraient ouvrir les perspectives d’études universitaires les contraignent en se spécialisant au niveau collégial. De leur côté, certains professeurs veulent que leur cours soit le plus complet possible sans égards au parcours des étudiants qui doivent suivre six ou sept autres cours aussi minutieux dans la même session.
North Island College goes more and more international
North Island Midweek
Whether looking at international student numbers, new ways of delivering programs or collaborations with industry partners, North Island College continues to grow in all areas. NIC’s International Education has grown “significantly” over the past year, according to Susan Auchterlonie, director of college and community relations. Enrolment numbers have increased by 30 per cent. About 150 students from 28 different countries will come through NIC during this academic year, and the college expects that number to rise to 175 next year.
Trois équipes d’étudiants du Cégep se démarquent en administration
Trois équipes d’étudiants du cégep de Drummondville se sont démarquées lors de la compétition Hermès, édition collégiale 2013, qui s’est tenue le 16 février à la Faculté des sciences administratives de l’Université Laval. Lors de cet événement intercollégial, 45 équipes de la province ont eu à résoudre des cas portant sur quatre domaines de l’administration, soit le marketing, le management, la stratégie et la comptabilité. Ce sont huit équipes, composées de trois étudiants chacune, qui ont représenté le cégep de Drummondville dans les disciplines du marketing, de la stratégie et du management. Les participants ont bénéficié de trois heures pour résoudre le cas qui leur avait été affecté et de 20 minutes pour présenter leurs conclusions et stratégies aux juges. Les cas pouvaient demander, par exemple, de développer un plan marketing complet, d’élaborer une stratégie d’attraction de candidats pour des ressources humaines ou de proposer une stratégie globale d’administration de portefeuille d’activités.
Clearing away the Canadian innovation block: Amanda Lang
Business journalist Amanda Lang will be the keynote speaker at the fourth annual Mohawk College President’s Dinner Thursday. Lang is co-host of The Lang and O’Leary Exchange on CBC, with the fiery and bombastic Kevin O’Leary, and author of The Power of Why, an exploration of how asking the right questions can change the world. Proceeds from the event will support bursaries for Mohawk College students.
Des cégépiens transportés à travers le globe
Pour une sixième année, des cégépiens du Cégep de l’Outaouais ont eu l’occasion de montrer à la population étudiante la vingtaine de projets réalisés à l’extérieur du pays. Dans le cadre de la 6e soirée Cégépiens autour du monde, des dizaines de personnes se sont réunies à la bibliothèque du campus Gabrielle-Roy lors d’un 5 à 7. En collaboration avec la Fondation du Cégep de l’Outaouais, les étudiants ont présenté les projets humanitaires auxquels ils ont participé ou participeront au cours de l’année scolaire 2012-2013.
First Nations education forum looks to future
The 22-year-old from the Ahtahkakoop reserve is among students, industry and aboriginal leaders who have gathered in Regina to talk about the future of First Nations post-secondary education and look for ways to help young people prepare for jobs. “I kind of know what I want, but what do I have to complete to be what I want?” said Bird, who is in the Adult 12 secondary program at the Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies, which would be similar to completing high school. “What kind of grades do I need, what kind of credits do I need to become what I want?” The three-day forum entitled Post-Secondary Education and Labour Market Attachment may answer those questions.
Soulagement au Cégep!
Le gouvernement québécois se chargerait de rémunérer des professeurs supplémentaires. Le Cégep de Saint-Laurent, qui emploie déjà 280 enseignants, a pu ainsi accueillir dix professeurs. Selon cette entente, Québec s’engageait à verser 1,4 million $ au Cégep. Or les coupures annoncées en décembre par le Conseil du trésor coupaient de moitié l’enveloppe de 31 millions $ prévue pour encadrer le retour en classe. «C’est comme s’il nous manquait 700 000$ pour l’année en cours», explique M. Fournier.
Sheridan College celebrates 40 years of theatre
Sheridan College is holding a gala to celebrate the 40th year of its music theatre program on Friday (Feb. 22). The gala will include Theatre Sheridan’s production of Chicago, performed by the third-year students in the program. The show is directed by Marica Kash. Additionally, there will be a cabaret performance of the school’s original show called Come From Away, which was workshopped at the 2012 Canadian Music Theatre Project. The performance is based on the book, music and lyrics of David Hein and Irene Sankoff. “It’s a night to celebrate the phenomenal impact Sheridan has had on the theatre industry,” said Jeff Zabudsky, Sheridan president and CEO, in a news release.
NIC students ceramic showcase at Campbell River Art Gallery
Campbell River Mirror
The Campbell River Art Gallery is hosting an exhibition of ceramic pieces by second and third year students taking courses in the Fine Arts Department at North Island College’s Comox Campus. Fifteen students, along with instructor Alan Burgess, have created unique ceramic works that are on display in the gallery’s satellite display cases until March 6. Local ceramicist and NIC student, Sylvia McGourlick, coordinated this body of work. The exhibition reflects the wide range of work produced in the ceramic studio, from small to larger scale pieces, as well as functional and more artistic sculptural ceramics.
Long list of employers at Douglas College career fair
The Tri-City News
Students looking for jobs and a career can get some help when Douglas College hosts its 23rd Annual Career Exploration Fair. The event Wednesday, March 6, from10 a.m.-3.p.m. in the Atrium, Douglas College, Coquitlam Campus, 1250 Pinetree Way is presented by the Douglas College Alumni Association. This free event is an opportunity for students, alumni and members of the community to explore career options and find out what kinds of skills and knowledge they need for the future workplace. This event will highlight the values, knowledge, personal resources and skills necessary for individual, social and occupational success.
Education & Talent Recruitment
The Regina region offers diverse educational opportunities for all, and is becoming recognized locally, nationally and internationally for the quality and accessibility of our institutions and programs. There are many educational opportunities in Regina at all levels of study and many services to help students increase their chances of success. The Regina Knowledge Corridor is a unique cluster of educational facilities, training and research institutions, and technology businesses. The proximity of the University of Regina, First Nations University of Canada, Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology, Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies and the Regina Research Park, Innovation Place offers exciting opportunities for innovative partnerships, intellectual growth and cross-specialty communication.
Canadore goes 3D
Northern Ontario Business
Canadore College and 3D hologram company JSA Holdings struck a three-year partnership to mutually support each other in film and television productions at last week’s ICAMP conference. The new collaboration between JSA and Canadore creates applied research opportunities through the integration of VFX curriculum, 3D holograms, building mapping and webisode production in the classroom. Students will be taught industry best practices and train on cutting-edge technologies while working on real world projects under the mentorship of JSA professionals. “Canadore is the perfect partner for this venture because they know what it is to be flexible and think outside of the box,” said Jake Seal, president of JSA Holdings.
Great Plains College offers tools on the road to success
“The staff at Great Plains College were always there and willing to help out,” said Lalonde. “They wanted to make the program the best that it could be, and if something wasn’t working out they would try and fix it. “I met some very friendly people at the college and my experience there was truly a positive one.” Getting an education is not always the easiest road to success. Great Plains College Educational Assistant graduates Blair Matchap and Abigail Prosper learned that lesson – among many others. First there was the intimidation factor of going back to school in their 30s and, for Matchap, of completing her practicum in a school of 800 students after being raised in a small community. Then there was the travel: a 45-minute one-way drive, often occurring in the dead of winter, from One Arrow First Nation to Warman Campus. And through it all Matchap and Prosper persevered, graduating last month at the 25th Warman Campus graduation ceremony.
Turn passions into professions at Lethbridge College
Turning passions into professions is what Lethbridge College does best. Students are fully immersed in one of more than 50 career-training programs from their first day on campus. With hands-on, high-tech training, students are usually in, out and working in their chosen fields in less than two years. Lethbridge College excels at preparing people for careers in criminal justice, design, environmental science and engineering. The college is the first in North America to offer BZEE training for wind turbine technicians. Its Therapeutic Recreation program, focusing on gerontology, is the only of its kind in Canada. Health, human services, trades, agriculture, liberal arts – the list is long and the options are limitless for work or further studies after receiving a Lethbridge College education. Sometimes the programs are demanding – culinary students faced real-world challenges last year while preparing a gourmet dinner for Alberta Premier Alison Redford and other community and provincial leaders at the college.
23rd annual Canadore powwow
North Bay Nugget
Family and friends reunited at Canadore College as the drums beat at its 23rd annual native cultural event. It’s appropriate this year’s gathering fell on the official Family Day weekend. The theme for the powwow was Unity in Culture and Traditions. “One of the things it does is gathers the families together,” said elder Lorraine Liberty, who had the pleasure of seeing most of her sons and daughters together plus three grandchildren. “It’s a time they can come together, whether they’re dancing or not, whether they’re wearing regalia or not.” Liberty said she noticed five or six women who used to attend as children. “And now they’re bringing their babies,” she said. Hosted by Canadore and its First Peoples’ Centre, it was organized by the Aboriginal Student Association. There are about 350 native students at the college.
Beyond the classroom
Slave River Journal
The new president of Aurora College, Jane Arychuk, is no stranger to education in the North. She has worked for over 30 years as an educator in the Northwest Territories, from primary to post-secondary classrooms, small communities to larger urban centres. Now at the helm of the territory’s centre for adult education, the Northern Journal spoke with Arychuk about her vision for the college, its relationship with communities and what the future could hold. (The following are excerpts of a longer interview.)…On the college’s role in education in the NWT…I think the college plays a very important role in education in the Northwest Territories, as many of our Northerners need the opportunity to be educated near their home, close to their families, in a place that knows where they come from and where they feel comfortable. So the college offers that opportunity to anybody from the Northwest Territories to enter a program, even if it’s to start something that they will continue somewhere else because we don’t offer a full degree.
Red River College unveils fine-dining restaurant
Red River College’s offered a preview Jane’s on Thursday, the school’s new fine-dining restaurant. The school’s culinary program, Paterson GlobalFoods Institute, showed off the 90-seat eatery to members of the media. Officials with the institute said they hope the new restaurant will help attract students from around the world to their culinary program. The new restaurant will open to the public on Feb. 26 with a menu of about 20 items and is located on the college’s campus at the Union Bank Tower building in downtown Winnipeg.
Annual career day prepares Kwantlen community for the future
Career Day at Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) is a free career and employment fair for all KPU students, alumni and faculty. For Manroop Johal, the event connected her with the right networks that would ultimately land her a job at TD Bank. Johal, a KPU graduate with a BBA in human resources, took advantage of the career related resources and services available to her. She improved her resume and interviewing skills, and through Career Day, developed the skills needed to think like an employer.
Student parents try to balance classes and kids
Like any community college student, Andi Hui, 24, has a lot on her mind: marks, assignments, readings and exams. But unlike most of her fellow first-years, she also has to worry about diapers, teething, tantrums and feedings. Hui, has three children, Kaiya, 6, Aliysa, 2, and Caiyleb, 1. As a single parent enrolled full-time in Centennial College’s Police Foundations program, she has turned time management into an art…. (Article also mentions Humber College and Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning)
Guest post: Anne Waters on new Algonquin culinary bursary
And so I’ll claim the latter as I confess to being more than a bit surprised that chefs/instructors at Algonquin College are organizing a bursary in my honour to lend financial and moral support to our promising young chefs of tomorrow. I am flattered, but want everyone to understand I had no hand whatever in its conception. The idea of a Ron Eade Culinary Bursary (I find the words difficult to even type without blushing — really) is the handiwork of chef/instructors Scott Warrick and Mario Ramsay, who I have worked with over many years as former Food editor of the Citizen. I’ve always believed it important to encourage protégés in the culinary arts, to chronicle their progress and reward their commitment and good work, even in a news article or blog post.
Fanshawe primed and ready to boost London core
The first 400 students are expected to walk through the doors of Fanshawe College’s downtown campus in September. College president Howard Rundle made the tentative opening date official Thursday as he gave a project update at Covent Garden Market. Officials announced in 2011 that they had bought a building at 137 Dundas St. — across from the market — and were starting renovations. The college still plans to buy two or three more buildings and expand the campus in future years, Rundle said.
Border services officers welcome and protect
Leaman is in the final semester of a two-year program in customs border services at Loyalist College in Belleville, Ont. The program prepares students for positions with the CBSA as well as careers with customs brokerages and freight forwarders. Two work placements, totalling eight weeks, provide on-the-job experience in the private sector. And an innovative virtual border learning tool simulates real life scenarios, helping graduates to prepare for the realities of a job on the front line. From seven geographical regions, including Atlantic, Quebec, Northern Ontario, Greater Toronto, southern Ontario, Prairie and Pacific, CBSA officers work at highway, air, rail, marine, and certain post office locations across the country.
Students tackle chocolate challenge
The North Bay Nugget
Her father grows cocoa beans on his farm in Colombia where she’s from, and she’s self-taught when it comes to making desserts. The Canadore College culinary graduate has competed the last couple of years with some of the best students in the province to create upscale desserts. “It’s a love and hate relationship with chocolate,” she says. “Once you get to see what you can do with it, it’s a really nice feeling. It’s creation.” She competed in the Cacao-Barry Callebaut Canadian Intercollegiate Chocolate Competition at Humber College, creating bonbons, dips and showcase pieces that have to be at least a metre high.
Think ahead … way ahead
“There will be a revolution in how we provide health care, because boomers have a fair amount of wealth and are more focused on receiving care at home than in a hospital,” says Linda Franklin of Colleges Ontario, which represents the province’s 24 publicly funded colleges. As boomers retire, they’ll create skilled trades shortage. The industry activity driving momentum in engineering will create opportunities for electricians, welders, mechanics and plumbers. “Anything to do with changing facilities, facilitating natural resources development, creating infrastructure—those areas will need many skilled trades people,” says Rick Miner, author of the 2012 report, Jobs of the Future: Options and Opportunities.
Island paramedics beginning to feel the pinch
When Morissa Ings graduates from the Holland College Primary Care Paramedicine program this summer, she’ll be looking at two guarantees. One, there won’t be any full-time work available for her in her home province of P.E.I. Two, the prospect of heading to Alberta will be ringing in her head. “There’s a huge temptation. Out there, as a primary care paramedic, we can make $350-plus a day.” With a three week-on, two week-off schedule, that translates to about $150,000 each year, over three times what she could make at home.
My job: Registered veterinary technician, director of operations at the Toronto Humane Society
I’d always been interested in veterinary medicine, and my goal was to go to vet school. But after I went to Seneca College to take a veterinary technician program and learned everything that was involved in being a vet tech, I decided to stay with it. School included a lot of hands-on training. The instructors took the time to coach the students and prepare us for what’s involved in working in the field. We also had a pretty solid co-op program. At Seneca, I was a co-president of the animal welfare and vet tech club. We organized and ran public vaccination clinics in the King area, some groom-athons and a number of different programs as well as fundraising for the college program. The opportunity to help oversee and organize those events helped prepare me for when I got here.
Northern College hosts Awareness Day
Timmins residents were given the unique opportunity to walk a mile in different shoes at Northern College on Wednesday as the college hosted its 24th annual Awareness Day. Teams from both the college and the community participated in numerous activities geared to foster understanding of what people with disabilities deal with each and every day. “We do this every year and every year we try and change the focus a little bit to really give students a well-rounded idea of what awareness means,” said Northern College learning strategist Amanda Quinton. “This year our focus is on learning disabilities specifically and we are also doing a grand re-opening of our department, which we have re-named Accessibility Services.”
Dwindling funding could spell end for PREDA
Alberta Daily Herald Tribune
One of the factors in this decision, said the city, is that the provincial government has reduced its funding and will be pulling all of its financial support from Regional Economic Development Alliances in 2014. There are currently 11 alliances remaining in the province with the Grande Alberta Economic Region recently dissolving because of similar funding issues. There is no doubt PREDA has had an impact across the Peace Country, most recently in its partnership with Grande Prairie Regional College to create the Centre for Research and Innovation (CRI). But the fact remains that economic development issues and needs in Grande Prairie do differ from those in smaller municipalities such as Nampa or Berwyn. With the coming demise of provincial funding and the City of Grande Prairie pulling out, it may be that those smaller municipalities will have to come up with more money to keep PREDA alive.
Transit police under fire from mayors
“We’ve done some work on the transit system, put some bad people in jail … now with the safety and security we have, people have forgotten what it was like,” he said. In an independent report by the University of the Fraser Valley, Darryl Plecas, of the Centre for Public Safety & Criminal Justice Research, said Transit police are contributing to reducing crime by identifying and arresting serious and prolific offenders. In 2011, the report noted, Transit police arrested 606 offenders for 747 outstanding warrants. The majority of the arrests were the result of fare checks, with the balance due to responding to crime and disorder situations on and around the system.
Shiny Smiles brighten faces of Welland youngsters
Niagara Falls Review
With new toothbrushes in hand and new lessons fresh in their minds, 23 youngsters left Niagara College prepared to keep their smiles bright. Through the Shiny Smiles for All Clinic, children aged five to 12 were invited to the college’s dental clinic for a free examination. Run in partnership with Welland Neighbourhood Project, the dental outreach program is designed to assist children who may not otherwise have access to dental care. Niagara Region public health screens students from the five elementary schools assisted by WNP, including Glendale, Mathews, Plymouth, Princess Elizabeth and St. Mary’s, to determine those who qualify for the Shiny Smiles program. On Wednesday, each child received a complete dental examination from Dr. Mario Filice, as well as X-rays, scaling, polishing, oral hygiene instruction and fluoride treatment from about 40 of the college’s dental hygiene and dental assistant students.
Future of CNC’s Aviation Program in Doubt
Low enrollment could mean a rough landing for the College of New Caledonia’s aviation program in Vanderhoof. Randhall Heidt is the school’s Director of Communications. “No official decision has been made on the future of the aviation program but it is part of budget talks. CNC is looking at a $1 million projected shortfall for the next budget year and so any under subscribed or very low enrollment programs such as the aviation program need to be looked at to ensure that we’re fiscally responsible.”
Underutilized farmland is key to a regional food strategy
You may have seen an article in the Vancouver Sun a couple of weeks back that discussed the idea of a “regional food strategy.” Kent Mullinix and his team from Kwantlen Polytechnic University have determined that billions of dollars of the food system economy are being lost to export markets. There are no easy answers and no easy solutions but Mullinix and the Kwantlen sustainable agrifood systems group are at least identifying opportunities to make use of lands that are currently underutilized. Metro Vancouver states that 20,000 hectares (almost 50,000 acres) of ALR land are not farmed right now. That is a staggering figure. When we talk about losing ALR land for port expansion in our neck of the woods, we are talking about a tiny fraction of the underused ALR land total.
Fanshawe to bring vitality and $80 million per year to downtown
London Community News
The first students haven’t even walked through the doors, but the excitement is continuing to build around the predicted impact of Fanshawe College’s new downtown campus. School representatives, including Fanshawe President Howard Rundle, joined with community partners and city officials on Thursday (Feb. 21) in providing the community with an update on renovations to what will become Centre For Digital and Performance Arts. Renovations to the Dundas Street building — located adjacent to Market Lane and Covent Garden Market, are on schedule for completion later this summer with approximately 400 students expected to begin classes in September . Rundle said it is expected that Fanshawe’s plans, which could ultimately include several buildings and nearly 1,000 students, will lead to an economic contribution of $80 million per year.
Progress on $12.5 million Health & Wellness Centre (8 photos)
Prior to their monthly meeting Thursday, Sault College administration officials and Board of Governors members (along with SooToday.com) took a peek at how construction is coming along at Sault College’s new Health and Wellness Centre. The $12.5 million, 40,000 square foot facility is expected to be up and running in May. The main attraction will be a new gymnasium, a home for varsity sports. The gymnasium will include lots of space for seating, and features an upper concourse which will serve as a running track (or “walking track,” for those of us who like to take it a bit slower).
Chalk overcame learning disabilities
Students and teachers at Northern College were provided with a unique perspective on life and success as Canadian entrepreneur and grassroots success story David Chalk took the stage in the school’s gymnasium. The talk was given as part of the 24th annual Awareness Day, rounding out a morning of activities aimed at increasing student and faculty understanding of those with disabilities. Chalk is a venture capitalist and entrepreneur who has cemented himself on the long list of accomplished Canadians despite his advanced Dyslexia and acute learning disabilities. “I am talking specifically about dealing with the student as an individual,” he said. “They come from various backgrounds and various abilities, but unfortunately an educational system is built around conformity.”
Homeless Youth Get Voice With Digital Media Room
Huffington Post Canada
With support from Electronics Arts this program provides access to the media arts and helping young people find the voice many never realized was inside them. With this media room, Ford and the staff teach music, art, audio recording, film-making, computer literacy, digital media skills and teamwork. Through this program and access to creative tools, they provide an opportunity for social inclusion and creative expression where it might not have existed before. It builds relationships with the community, skills and knowledge that lead to greater stability, health, educational opportunities and employment. This is proving to be a real pathway off the streets and out of the life of being homeless. They have alumni that have attended numerous post-secondary programs including Vancouver Film School and Vancouver Community College.
Marathon ski trip to benefit college program, homeless
Fort McMurray Today
With funds raised sitting in the bank, Meagher decided it was time to do something with them and devised a plan, which eventually became the Ski for Hope. The initial $12,000 raised is being put toward a cross-country ski program at the Keyano College campus in Fort Chip. The group purchased 24 pairs of skis, boots, bindings and poles, Meagher and Crossley will present the donation to the college Friday morning before the descent to Fort McMurray Saturday morning at 6 a.m. Crossley plans to meet up with Meagher for the last 10 km into town. “We’re going to give those to the college so they can help kids ski and have a program up there to promote the sport of cross-country skiing, because they get a pretty consistent winter up there like we do down here,” he said.
Chippewa grad voices her thoughts on the future
Organized by students and for students, VOICES 2013 Speech Competition is a Toronto intercollegiate public speaking competition that will include participants from Centennial, George Brown and Seneca College. The competition is not only a platform for the new generation of college students to voice their concerns and hopes for the future, but an opportunity for them to get public speaking experience in a public setting. The event is set to take place on March 28, 2013 at The Great Hall, located at 1087 Queen St. West. “This year, VOICES is focusing on working collectively with all the participating colleges through an interactive website, along with a social media campaign that encourages students to share their experiences with public speaking and their thoughts and emotions towards the future,” says Anne Stevenson, the chair of the competition.
Hayes commits to support college and skilled trades training
Common stated “one of the things we would suggest your government consider is reducing wait lists for high-demand college programs…many of our programs are over-subscribed and are constrained only by our physical capacity to be able to expand them.” Common said Sault College would definitely be interested in benefiting from another round of stimulus funding from Ottawa for new infrastructure dedicated to skilled trades instruction space, but Hayes told reporters after Thursday’s meeting more stimulus funding is not likely to be a part of the federal government’s next budget, expected in March or April. To attract more people into studying skilled trades, Common said “there’s a need for a whole promotional campaign to enhance perceptions of jobs in skilled trades and technology, and we think it should be a national promotion, a multi-year campaign to promote trades and technology.”
College prepares Aboriginal workforce for development
Northern Ontario Business
Industrial development along the north shore of Lake Superior is opening up employment opportunities for area First Nations people. Thunder Bay’s Confederation College is trying to get out in front of the industry’s workforce needs in mining, forestry and hydro-electric power construction. “Everything with respect to development is both good and bad,” jokes Daryl Skworchinski, director of the college’s eastern string of campuses in Wawa, Geraldton and Marathon. “It’s good that the region is bouncing back and it’s challenging from the perspective that it’s all bouncing back at the same time.”