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Olds College Launches Centennial Celebrations
Alberta’s Olds College kicked off its centennial year events on Friday. The day to launch the year-long celebrations was significant as Feb. 22, 1913 was the year that the Alberta government introduced the Agriculture Schools Act, which founded Olds School of Agriculture and Home Economics. The school opened with 26 men and 39 women. While Olds is known largely for being a leader in agricultural learning, it’s also known today for horticulture, land and environmental management, business and fashion. In the early days of the college, focus was on learning the latest farming techniques, animal husbandry, and economics.
La simulation : aussi stressante qu’un stage, mais plus sécuritaire
En créant ce qui s’apparente à une chambre d’hôpital, le département des soins infirmiers du cégep de Victoriaville vient de se doter d’un outil pédagogique à haute valeur ajoutée. Au chevet de «mannequins intelligents», les futures infirmières peuvent apprendre dans un contexte qui s’approche le plus possible de la réalité… sans risquer la vie de qui que ce soit. Le cégep de Victoriaville est l’un des rares collèges au Québec à disposer d’un centre de simulation d’immersion en soins infirmiers. Il est le fruit d’un travail de recherche mené à l’Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, de l’enthousiasme, de l’engagement et de la créativité d’enseignantes d’ici, de l’ingéniosité de techniciennes et du soutien financier de la Fondation du Collège de Victoriaville.
NorQuest signs on with CETC
Drayton Valley Western Review
The Bio-Mile momentum continued last week as NorQuest College and the Town of Drayton Valley agreed on a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to partner in the proposed Clean Energy and Technology Centre. The centre, which plans to offer training and education, research and development and business incubation for the Bio-Mile, as well as the wider community, is still in the planning stages. Drayton Valley councillors approved entering into the MOU at last week’s council meeting. “It’s great for the community, it’s great for the Bio-Mile and it’s great for NorQuest,” said Mayor Moe Hamdon of the partnership.
Le Réseau Électro prend son envol avec un «5@7» au Clovis du cégep de Drummondville
Instauré à l’initiative du Département d’électronique du cégep de Drummondville, le Réseau Électro lancera ses activités le jeudi 7 mars prochain en organisant un «5@7» réseautage au Clovis qui réunira des entreprises du domaine de l’électronique, des ordinateurs et de la réseautique, tout comme des enseignants, des techniciens et des étudiants du collège. L’invitation est lancée aux gens d’affaires qui oeuvrent dans ce secteur d’activités de pointe et en demande qui souhaitent mieux se connaître, partager leur réalité, et tisser des liens avec la maison d’enseignement supérieur qui propose le programme d’études techniques Technologies de l’électronique, spécialisation Ordinateurs et réseaux (DEC).
Researching new ways to off-load crab
The Marine Institute is studying new ways to make the off-loading of crab more efficient. Heather Manuel, who is leading the project, said it’s a difficult job for aging workforce which is getting smaller. “It’s a little more difficult, I guess, for the older workers to move some of the heavy loads,” Manuel said. “But the other problem that we’re facing is that the off-loading times are taking longer because you have a number of vessels landing at the same time.
Les cégeps demandent une meilleure prévision
Selon le directeur général du Cégep de Victoriaville, Vincent Guay, il serait important que les institutions scolaires sachent d’avance avec quel budget elles auront à manœuvrer. En lien avec le Sommet sur l’enseignement supérieur qui se termine aujourd’hui (mardi), M. Guay a réclamé sur nos ondes une meilleure prévision budgétaire de la part du ministère de l’Éducation : (Extrait sonore)
Student actors join fight against crime
The Chronicle Journal
Crime-prevention videos featuring Thunder Bay high school students as actors may end up being used in public-service announcements. “We’ve have had lots of great actors and a lot of great production people,” Thunder Bay Crime Stoppers co-ordinator Const. Julie Tilbury said Sunday as filming continued at Confederation College. The videos, being made with the assistance of the college’s venerable broadcasting program, are intended to help the city’s high schools develop in-house crime prevention strategies.
SPG International innove pour soutenir la formation collégiale en Logistique et transport
Décidée à favoriser une plus grande diplomation et convaincue de l’importance pour les entreprises de la région de compter localement sur le programme d’études Techniques de logistique et transport, la direction de SPG International vient de conclure un partenariat avec le cégep de Drummondville visant à fournir une tablette tactile aux 15 premiers étudiants inscrits dans ce programme au trimestre d’automne 2013. L’entreprise de Drummondville spécialisée dans la fabrication de coffres à outils et de systèmes de rangement métalliques a jeté son dévolu sur le iPad Mini d’Apple, dont l’utilisation sera intégrée à des cours du programme qui conduit à un diplôme d’études collégiales (DEC). En effet, l’App Store propose déjà une foule d’applications spécialisées dans le domaine de la logistique qui aideront les étudiants à mieux saisir toute l’importance et le rôle clé joué par les techniciens en logistique au sein des entreprises.
Hayes gets lesson in recruitment
Bryan Hayes wanted a lesson in international student recruitment. Sault College brass were happy to give the Sault Ste. Marie MP a few pointers at a board of governors meeting on Thursday. The post-secondary institution began its overseas recruitment efforts with the hiring of registrar Krista Pearson in 2011. She did similar work at Algoma University, where she worked for seven years ending in 2009. Seven international students started studying at Sault College last September. Pearson hopes that number will grow to 15 this fall.
Opening the lines of communication
The North Bay Nugget
The Ontario Northland Transportation Commission, Lake Nipissing fishery and Canadore College and Nipissing University will be the focus for local representatives attending the Rural Ontario Municipalities Association and the Ontario Good Roads Association meetings over the next few days in Toronto. The local delegate is comprised of Mayor Al McDonald, Coun. Tanya Vrebosch, Coun. Judy Koziol and Jerry Knox, the city’s chief administrative officer. For the next three days the team will be meeting with ministers addressing local issues and concerns and attending workshops. McDonald said they were granted a meeting with Minister of Northern Development and Mines Michael Gravelle, Minister of Natural Resources David Orazietti and Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities Brad Duguid.
Wasaya Airways LP – Aiming High-The Sky’s the Limit Pilot Flight School
Wasaya Airways LP have announced the launch of Aiming High-The Sky’s the Limit Pilot Flight School Training in partnership with Confederation College, HRSDC, and community partners; The Thunder Bay Indian Friendship Centre, Anishinabek Employment and Training Services, and and the Metis Nation of Ontario. The flight school will be hosted at the Aviation Centre of Excellence (ACE) via Confederation College. This Flight School was developed specifically for the Aiming High – The Sky’s the Limit Pilot Training Project.
Conestoga students kick off final weeks of term with powwow
To give students a boost in the final weeks of the academic term, Conestoga College hosted a powwow Saturday. The annual event, held at the recreation centre at the Doon campus, brought a sense of home to the campus for aboriginal students and taught non-aboriginal community members about the culture. “The powwow is a really good time for (students) to bring their families together and a lot of students do better after this powwow,” said Myeengun Henry, manager of aboriginal services for the college. “We have students from way up north and they miss their families … so when their families come and visit them, they get rejuvenated.”
Kelowna: A new SPIN on green movies from Okanagan College professor
Kelowna Capital News
Next time you are riding the “green wave” down Springfield Road, hitting the green lights and congratulating yourself for saving money on gas and helping lower harmful emissions that damage the environment, it might be worth considering the efforts of an Okanagan College professor and local urban farmer. Last year, instructor Marc Arellano cycled 425 to 450 kilometres, lost 20 pounds, turned his pre-diabetic condition around and produced an incredible documentary on urban farmer Curtis Stone, well-known in the media as the cycling farmer. The film, Spinning Green, will be screened at the upcoming World Community Film Festival organized annually by instructors at the college, and the proceeds from the screening will be split with the Kelowna Community Food Bank.
College tweaks construction training
Sault College is adjusting the blueprints that guide its home construction instruction in First Nation communities. The post-secondary institution wants to offer aboriginal students studying in their own communities the option of studying all, or parts of, its residential construction program. The latter learning opportunity would focus on specific building systems such as heating and ventilation, flooring and roof construction. Such focused instruction wasn’t available before, said the dean of natural environment, skilled trades and technology. “We have it compartmentalized,” said Colin Kirkwood following the open portion of the college’s board of governors meeting on Thursday.
College students test their skills and knowledge
Philip Connolly was going for bragging rights on Friday. The construction/industrial electrician student at College of the North Atlantic’s Corner Brook Campus put his skills up against classmate Stephen Gardiner in an in-house Skills Canada Competition. The electrical installation competition was one of five categories in which students at the college could test their skills and knowledge. The other competition areas included IT software solutions for business, welding, electronics and IT network systems administration. Between 25 and 30 students participated in the event, a qualifier for the Skills Canada provincial competition.
Sipping with savvy
International Sommelier Guild (ISG): This is the only program that officially certifies sommeliers, and it is only available in Vancouver through a partnership with Vancouver Community College. Like WSET, it teaches students about tasting and understanding wine, but with a greater emphasis on service. It, too, involves several levels of study from the fundamentals to diploma. Visit internationalsommelier.com.
Paramedic training a lifeline for those in need
Even after 20 years of working in the paramedic field, Kathy Harms says she never loses the sense of excitement that goes with the job. “The idea that people are looking to you to make things better is still what gets me going in the morning,” she says. Now a program a director with the Paramedic Academy, School of Health Sciences for the Justice Institute of British Columbia in New Westminster, Harms has been in a number of roles, including ambulance services, training and post-disaster relief work. “There’s no end of opportunities in this profession.” It takes a special person to get into the paramedic/emergency response field, she says. “They are people who are committed to helping others when they are in chaos and despair.”
Universities lag behind city demand
John Yap, B.C.’s advanced minister of education, said the memorandum was signed with the proviso that the province had the money to provide the additional resources. He noted in 2012-13, the province has provided $217 million to SFU – a 54-per-cent increase over 10 years ago. The province has also put significant resources into Kwantlen Polytechnic, he said, as well as Langley’s University of the Fraser Valley, which also serves communities south of the Fraser. “It’s up to SFU and Kwantlen where they allocate the block of funding,” Yap said, but added: “We do know they’re growing there and look forward to the day when we can add more seats.”
College students’ ‘smart broom’ measures sweeps
It’s an age old problem in the sport of curling — you sweep and you sweep, and you sweep some more. But how fast are you really sweeping? Thanks to three clever Conestoga College students, you may soon be able to find out. Aaron Schryver, Brandon Davies and Colton Newman have developed a ‘smart broom’ sensor that measures sweeps per second and can send that data instantly to a coach’s smartphone. They say it can help curlers perfect their sweeping technique in a sport where a few extra feet can make all the difference.
CNC Hikes Tuition by 2%
Students heading to the College of New Caledonia will have to shell out a few more dollars this fall. The College’s Board of Governors announced today a 2% tuition increase starting in September. CNC Communication Director Randall Heidt says the hike comes as the college tries to balance its budget. “It’s tough to say how much it will generate in terms of revenue,” says Heidt, “because it does involve final approval by the government, but were guessing its going to be about $100,000.”
Inspiring others key for municipal leaders
A room full of current and future leaders working for municipal and First Nations government were encouraged to keep improving their leadership skills Thursday as part of an innovative course meant to prepare them for the job. The session, which featured City of Burlington manager Jeff Fielding, Brant Community Healthcare System president and CEO Jim Hornell and Mohawk College aboriginal educator and student affairs manager Ron Deganadus McLester, was moderated by Mohawk College Enterprise’s Juanita Gledhill. It marked the approximate halfway point in an eight-month leadership-development course hosted by the City of Brantford but also including employees from the Brantford Public Library, counties of Brant and Norfolk and Six Nations of the Grand River Territory.
Niagara falling short in keeping grads: researcher
St. Catharines Standard
Niagara must redouble efforts to keep its post-secondary graduates in the region. That’s the No. 1 conclusion of a top University of Toronto researcher at a Friday breakfast held by the Niagara Workforce Planning Board. “I would try to figure out how to partner more with Brock University and Niagara College to keep more of the graduates in the region,” Kevin Stolarick told the group at Amici’s Banquet and Conference Centre in Thorold. Stolarick is a statistician and the research director at the Martin Prosperity Institute at University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management. In his speech, he highlighted 2006 statistical data from a previously-released U of T study for the province of Ontario examining provincial metro regions and comparing them to similar U.S. and Canadian cities.
College president receives Diamond Jubilee Medal
Kootenay News Advertiser
College of the Rockies President and CEO Dr. Nick Rubidge was presented with a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal on Friday, February 15 by David Wilks, Member of Parliament for Kootenay-Columbia in a surprise ceremony at the College’s main campus. Also in attendance to congratulate Dr. Rubidge were the Honourable Bill Bennett, MLA Kootenay East and Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development; Kathryn Teneese, Ktunaxa Nation Council Chair; members of College of the Rockies’ Board of Governors including medal ceremony MC and Board Chair Orest Federko; past College Board Chairs Ron Toyota and Alex Jensen and COTR students and employees.
Shoe sale for a good cause
New Westminster News Leader
Douglas College is asking the community to walk a mile in a women’s shoes for the second time. In honour of International Women’s Day, the New Westminster campus will be the site of a sale of gently used footwear on Friday, March 8 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Shoes start at $2 a pair with the proceeds going toward bursaries to support women in their studies at Douglas College while leftover shoes will be donated to a local women’s shelter.
Help us get skilled workers: Essar VP
That means Hayes expects several partners, including the federal government and colleges, would team up to make the pitch for trades training. “There’s a need, really, for a whole promotional campaign to enhance perceptions of jobs in the trades and technology,” president Ron Common told Hayes during the meeting. “We think it should be a national promotion … a multi-year campaign to promote technology and the trades professions.” Sault College brings in 800 out-of-town students annually. Getting some of those graduates to stay in the city when they enter the workforce could be another source of necessary labour for the Sault’s major industries. Common suggested the college’s focus on working with adult learners, aboriginal students and first generation students, or the first in a family to get a post-secondary education, “are all key to addressing the skill shortage that we see coming.”
Province perhaps ‘on the verge’ of economic turnaround
Yarmouth County Vanguard
The president of the Nova Scotia Community College says he is “very excited and hopeful” about the province’s future, but he says there are challenges to be faced, including an impending labour shortage. Don Bureaux, the NSCC president, made the remarks while addressing the Yarmouth and Area Chamber of Commerce. “NSCC is working with a number of companies that are very interested in investing and/or growing in our province,” he said. “I believe that we are on the verge of turning the province around from an economic perspective.”
Georgian prof promotes fetal alcohol study
Georgian College professor Dr. Howard Bloom hopes a five-hour training program for local probation officers will help break the cycle for young offenders with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). Many people with FASD are undiagnosed, both from lack of awareness and from the stigma that comes with pointing a finger at an alcoholic mother. More than two years ago, a new tool was introduced for diagnosing young offenders with FASD, but Bloom said probation officers weren’t using it.
Niagara College cookoff grills high schoolers
Niagara Falls Review
Teams of high schoolers hustled through the kitchens of Niagara College’s Canadian Food and Wine Institute as they dashed to churn out meals on a deadline. They iced cakes, dished mushroom soup into bowls, prepared platters of chicken – all on the clock and with an eye to style and taste. The results for those students who braved the Ninth Annual High School Cookoff? Succulent chicken platters, plates heaped with sandwiches, and lessons learned in teamwork and timing. “For students that are very passionate about this, I think this is their chance to show their passion,” said Jon Ogryzlo, dean of the institute. It was also their chance to try for prizes like cooking gear and a $1,000 scholarship. In the end, a team from St. Catharines Collegiate took the honours in the culinary contest, while a baker from Lakeshore Catholic school in Port Colborne won the baking competition.
Given their due
Haliburton County Echo
IT’S HARD TO believe that once upon a time, Haliburton did not have a Fleming College. No school of the arts. No employment centre. No sculpture forest. Not that long ago the arts didn’t have much of a role in Highlands life at all. This week, two key players in the history of the college were honoured for their work in the field. Barb Bolin, former principal of Fleming College, and Carole Finn, one of Haliburton School of the Arts founders, were given their due. From amongst a field of six incredible individuals nominated for Highlander of the Year by the chamber of commerce, Bolin was chosen in part for the work she did in her 36 years with the college.
Comment: Colleges key drivers in local economic development
The viability of this is increasingly attractive to young people who are looking at future opportunities and who regard colleges as providing career pathways. Enrolments at Camosun are slightly up this year, with a growing percentage of new students coming from other post-secondary programs. We have also made inroads into serving non-traditional or underserved populations in order to support them in a path to future economic and social opportunity, such as educating women in trades, and serving our indigenous population. In fact, nearly 10 per cent of Camosun’s student population is now aboriginal. The results are impressive. More than 90 per cent of graduates from Camosun College find employment within six months of graduation in the areas in which they were trained. Eighty-seven per cent stay here on Vancouver Island, serving the local economy. Colleges are community-focused, relevant, nimble and responsive to the needs of learners, business and industry.
BC better with post-secondary education investment
You might think that all this talk about the high cost of post-secondary and the perceived lack of immediate payoff for university grads would have more affordable, applied educational institutions like Douglas College simply pointing students our way, instead of toward university. After all, Douglas College offers dozens of career-specific programs and an applied educational philosophy that emphasizes learning by doing. An easy win, maybe. But it isn’t a fair assessment. In fact, this dichotomy between universities and colleges or institutes is patently false and perpetuating it ultimately undermines the entire post-secondary system in B.C. Our post-secondary system is one of the best in the world because it is indeed a system. The new reality is that today, the starting point on your educational journey is not likely to be your end point. And because B.C.’s post-secondary transfer system is so advanced, it’s relatively easy to move from institution to institution.
Bizzline: Cutting edge labs for food/wine research
Niagara Falls Review
It’s a hub in Niagara College designed to be a recipe for food-and-beverage excellence. In coming months four new labs will showcase a Canadian Food and Wine Institute Research Centre that’s already turning heads with its project work in the agri-food sector. The Centre itself — launched last year — is the latest project in the College’s applied-research arm called “Niagara Research.” The labs at the College’s Canadian Food and Wine Institute at the Niagara-on-the-Lake campus will focus on business and production solutions in the food-and-beverage industry. “They’re being constructed now and renovated as we speak,” said Marc Nantel, the College’s associate vice-president of research and innovation. “And we’ve already started doing projects in different labs.
A challenge worth watching
The Toronto Observer
The challenge is simple: three days to capture, create and edit a three-minute film. Originally called “3 cubed,” the challenge was created in 2009 by Centennial College School of Communications broadcasting instructors Gillian Edwards, Dennis Murphy and Chris Terry. After Dennis died unexpectedly of lung cancer that year, “3 cubed” was renamed The Murphy Challenge. “It’s an opportunity to work with different people and have that experience,” Edwards said. “Our industry is freelance and you’re always working with new people all the time, so there are skills in that.” This year, the Murphy Challenge will go beyond the screens of Centennial College and onto those at the first-ever Scarborough Film Festival, which will take place April 23-28.
Nova Scotia announces funding for marine programming at community college
Victoria Times Colonist
Premier Darrell Dexter has announced $800,000 for marine studies at the Nova Scotia Community College. Dexter says the money will help pay for new simulators, training aids and safety equipment at the Nautical Institute and School of Fisheries in Port Hawkesbury. The government says it wants to ensure Nova Scotians are trained in the oceans technology sector as work ramps up on projects such as the federal shipbuilding contract.
Life of Pi special effects Oscar win bittersweet for Ottawa animator
Life of Pi was the big winner Sunday night at the Oscars, winning four major awards including a Best Director Award for Ang Lee. But the Los Angeles visual effects company that produced much of the stunning effects for the movie filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the United States 12 days ago, laying off more than 200 employees as part of a reorganization. The financial troubles afflicting Rhythm & Hues is indicative of how much the animation scene has changed in recent years, said a former Hull resident who served as one of the animation supervisors on Life of PI. “There was little signs this was coming, work has been slow,” said Blum, 36, an Algonquin College animation program graduate who moved to the U.S. in 2009 and joined Rhythm & Hues.
College makes changes to home inspection program backed by Mike Holmes
Sault College is renovating a construction program name just two years after the course of study’s creation was endorsed by Canada’s Most Trusted Contractor. A two-year home inspection program, backed by Mike Holmes in early 2011, will be retitled residential construction technician – home inspection in September 2014. The title change won’t nail students who want to work as home inspectors, says the college’s dean of natural environment, technology and skilled trades. “They have all the training they need to work as home inspectors,” Colin Kirkwood told The Sault Star after the college’s board of governors approved the name change on Thursday. “If graduates aren’t working as home inspectors it is because they’re not trained.”