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‘Big crew change’ coming to resources field
Globe and Mail
In anticipation of the “big crew change,” oil company Cenovus Energy Inc. is just one of the many companies that have invested millions of dollars in postsecondary education and scholarships in recent years. In May, Cenovus donated $3-million toward the construction of a new trades and technology complex at SAIT Polytechnic in Calgary and to triple the number of power engineering graduates by 2016. A few months later, the company donated $1.2-million to NAIT Polytechnic, which increased its student intake quota for the power engineering program by 50 per cent to 90 students last year. Most recently, Cenovus made a gift of $1.5-million to Lakeland College for the construction of a petroleum centre at the Lloydminister campus and for scholarships. Jessica Wilkinson, a spokeswoman for Cenovus, said the company wants to double its staff to 7,000 by 2021.
Le Réseau BIO : un site de rencontres en agriculture biologique
Le Réseau BIO permet aux agriculteurs et agricultrices bio du Québec de communiquer entre eux et de nouer des relations avec les conseillers, les transformateurs, les distributeurs, les détaillants, les restaurateurs et autres intervenants qui utilisent ou voudraient utiliser des produits biologiques. Cette initiative, d’abord un projet-pilote régional du Centre d’expertise et de transfert en agriculture biologique et de proximité du cégep de Victoriaville (CETAB+) et des directions régionales du ministère de l’Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l’Alimentation (MAPAQ) de Chaudière-Appalaches et de la Capitale-Nationale, est maintenant ouverte à tout le Québec. Le projet-pilote a permis l’adhésion de 240 membres, ce qui dépasse les objectifs fixés au départ.
GREAT GRADS: Caring bedside manner no fluke
Kawartha Media Group
Beyond the care and comfort provided daily to patients and their families, the hospital’s value as a teaching facility can’t be understated. In 2012, 602 nursing students and 36 EMS students received on-the-job training at PRHC, mentored by those who have been there and done that. As Arnel Schiratti, PRHC’s director of strategic communications and engagement, notes, “Our mentors and staff are very proud of the work they do in teaching the next generation of healers and hospital professionals.” That pride is shared with Fleming College, where numerous programs continued to graduate that “next generation” into a setting where a kind word and a warm smile continues to make a huge difference and are as vital to the well-being of patients as a doctor’s skilled touch.
Buropro et le Club Richelieu valorisent la qualité de la langue française
La Fondation du cégep de Drummondville a récemment reçu deux dons d’une valeur de 5 000 $ chacun de la part de Buropro et du Club Richelieu de Drummondville, ce qui lui permettra de renouveler les 240 dictionnaires répartis dans les huit classes de français du collège. Selon Roxane Doré, coordonnatrice du Département des arts et lettres du cégep de Drummondville, les ouvrages disponibles au collège étaient désuets et les éditions étaient à ce point variées qu’il était impossible de prévoir des activités centrées sur l’emploi de ces volumes pourtant essentiels.
Breaking down language barriers
North Island Midweek
Adult immigrants and refugee newcomers in several North Vancouver Island communities are getting help communicating in their new homes through a partnership between North Island College and the federal and provincial governments. North Island College has launched the English Second Language Settlement Assistance Program (ESLSAP), a program funded by the governments of Canada and B.C. The goal of this program is to provide English language tutoring support to adult immigrants and refugees in three communities: Port Alice, Port Hardy, and Port McNeill. This program is based on community partnerships between the College and not-for-profit organizations and volunteer tutors.
Le Cégep de Joliette se distingue encore au niveau national
L’Action – Joliette
Pour la première fois, une équipe de trois étudiants en Techniques de comptabilité et gestion du Collège de Lanaudière à Joliette a participé, le 16 février, au concours d’analyse de cas en comptabilité Hermès de la faculté d’administration de l’université Laval à Québec. e concours, précise un communiqué, réunissait plusieurs cégeps du Québec dans plusieurs disciplines de l’administration. Le principe de ces concours est qu’à la suite de la présentation d’une problématique spécifique liée à la comptabilité, à l’analyse financière et à la gestion, l’équipe de trois étudiants-e-s est isolée pendant trois heures pour analyser le cas et élaborer une stratégie permettant de résoudre le problème. Elle dispose ensuite de 20 minutes pour convaincre un jury de quatre spécialistes du monde des affaires qu’ils ont la meilleure solution.
First Nations hiring successes
SaskEnergy provides scholarship programs at the University of Saskatchewan, University of Regina, First Nations University of Canada, Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology (SIAST), Gabriel Dumont Institute as well as Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies (SIIT), and conducts company information sessions at postsecondary institutions and within Aboriginal communities. It also focuses on providing training programs for those applying to trade and service positions within the company. “We look for opportunities to partner with educational institutes and tribal councils. We have a talent base here and we want to reach them,” said Haynes. For its part, SaskTel has a variety of programs and initiatives in place that have led to it being recognized as one of Canada’s best diversity employers. “Sasktel has a number of strategic initiatives across the organization to ensure we can attract and retain a work force that is representative of our customers. We know Aboriginals are Saskatchewan’s fastest growing labour force and will play a critical role in the future success of our business,” said Ron Styles, president and CEO, SaskTel.
Des lieux commandités au Cégep Beauce-Appalaches
Radio 103.5 fm
Trois lieux distincts du Cégep Beauce-Appalaches porteront pour les 10 prochaines années les noms de grands donateurs de la campagne de financement de sa Fondation. La campagne 2012-2017 a déjà amassé 1,3 million de dollars sur un objectif de 2 millions. Ainsi, l’auditorium devient la Salle Desjardins en vertu d’un don de 325 000$. La cafétéria s’appellera Espace Boa-Franc-Mirage alors que l’aile « N » portera le nom de Pavillon Garaga. Ces deux entreprises ont injecté 100 000$ dans la campagne de financement qui va très bien, aux dires de son président, Michel Paquet.
Send in the marine program students
Cape Breton Post
The province is giving $800,000 to the Nova Scotia Community College, which will provide new simulators, training aids and safety equipment for its marine programs. Premier Darrell Dexter made the announcement during a visit to the Strait area campus Tuesday. While there, he witnessed an abandon ship demonstration at the college’s wave pool by marine engineering students and toured the campus’s existing diesel engine and nautical simulators. The simulators allow students a chance to experience what it is like to be at sea.
Le cégep de Drummondville vibrera au rythme des Jeux du Québec
Le cégep de Drummondville jouera un rôle de premier plan lors des Jeux du Québec d’hiver 2015, qui viennent d’être accordés à la ville de Drummondville, en sa qualité de centrale administrative. À cet égard, le collège tient à féliciter le comité organisateur et l’assure de sa pleine et entière collaboration pour la mise en œuvre de ce projet rassembleur pour toute la communauté. D’ailleurs, le cégep de Drummondville a été placé au cœur de l’action lors du dîner-conférence «Le sport et les affaires : un bon match!» qui s’est tenu le vendredi 22 février à l’hôtel Best Western de Drummondville, alors que plusieurs de ses employés et étudiants y étaient impliqués, que ce soit pour l’organisation, la coordination, la participation d’athlètes ou les prestations artistiques.
College hosts Skills Canada competition
Kootenay News Advertiser
Skills BC is a non-profit organization that partners with government, educators, private industry and labour to promote and celebrate skilled trades and technologies. Thirteen regional and one provincial skills competitions take place each year. Winners of the regional competitions will advance to the Provincials in Abbotsford in April where they will have the chance of advancing to the National and World Skills competitions. College of the Rockies’ Regional Transitions Coordinator and co-chair of the Skills BC Steering Committee Brian Conrad says, “The competition serves to celebrate and reward students for their excellence in trade or technology skills and to create an interactive and engaging environment for the many young people who attend the competitions as spectators.”…
Des étudiants du Cégep de L’Assomption dans la peau des dirigeants de l’ONU
Hebdo Rive Nord
Pour une sixième année consécutive, 11 étudiants du Cégep régional de Lanaudière à L’Assomption s’envoleront dès le 16 mars vers New York, afin de participer au National Model United Nations, la plus grande simulation des Nations Unies au monde. Du 16 au 22 mars, près de 5000 étudiants de cégeps, collèges et universités de partout dans le monde se réuniront à New York afin de discuter des grandes problématiques de notre époque et tenter, en reproduisant fidèlement les règles et les procédures des organisations internationales, de trouver des solutions durables. Pour la sixième fois, la candidature du Cégep régional de Lanaudière à L’Assomption a été retenue et les étudiants ont réussi à obtenir leur premier choix de pays, c’est-à-dire qu’ils représenteront les Pays-Bas durant près d’une semaine.
WTC, U of W partner on culinary-business program
Winnipeg Free Press
Winnipeg Technical College and the University of Winnipeg have announced a new culinary and business program. The program, named Restaurant and Food Services Entrepreneurship Diploma, was announced today at the Assiniboine Park Conservatory. It combines Winnipeg Technical College’s Culinary Arts & Design Program and the Business and Economics Bachelor of Business Administration program at The University of Winnipeg. “With the economy, this is an edgy issue,” said Dr. Lloyd Axworthy, president and vice-chancellor at UWinnipeg. “This program will ready students for this business.”
Gala d’humour au profit de la Fondation du Cégep
Le gala d’humour, organisé au profit de la Fondation du Cégep Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, aura lieu le mercredi 6 mars, à 20 heures, au Théâtre des Deux Rives. Il mettra en vedette Guy Nantel, Jérémy Demay et Eddy King. Le premier est connu pour son humour à saveur politique, son ton mordant et cynique. Il a été gagnant d’un Félix pour le Spectacle d’humour de l’année en 2010 avec son spectacle «La Réforme Nantel». Il revient en 2013 avec son nouveau spectacle intitulé «Corrompu».
Lethbridge College Receives $100000 Donation for Trades Renewal Project
A major donation for the Trades and Technology Renewal and Innovation Project at Lethbridge College. Southland International Trucks Limited made the $100,000 donation Wednesday. Owner George Kirkham says there is a huge demand for skilled tradespeople in the area, adding a large portion of his staff take apprenticeship training and other programming through the college every year. The donation will create an annual student award for parts technician training and also go toward the establishment of the Southland International Trucks Heavy Equipment Bay in the Crooks School of Transportation.
FrigArt, en route pour une 2e année
Pour une deuxième année, la collaboration entre le programme des Arts visuels du Cégep Joliette de Lanaudière et Meubles JC Perreault se poursuit afin de mettre en lumière les œuvres des finissants et de les soutenir financièrement pour leur exposition annuelle. FrigArt, c’est la création par les finissants de dessin à l’encre de Chine qui seront reproduits et plastifiés, par L’Épigraphe, sur des réfrigérateurs en acier inoxydable.
Alberta young entrepreneurs honoured
Kevin Davies, owner of Green Start Initiatives Ltd. and a student at the University of Calgary, and Anthony Merkel, owner of Elevation Landscaping and a student at Medicine Hat College, have been named Alberta’s 2013 Student Entrepreneur Provincial Champions. They were selected by national charitable organization, Enactus Canada and program supporter, the John Dobson Foundation as part of the Student Entrepreneur National Competition. Green Start is a recycling company that offers custom services to condos and offices around Calgary with a twist – it offers tracking, unique to each client, in the form of a monthly Impact Report.
With any change, there is always someone who believes that the old ways are still the best. So it is with Bob Mack. Despite Ontario’s introduction last year of the trimmed-down common core training that will take potential miners only three days to obtain certification, the vice-president of community, business development and employment services at Northern College of Applied Arts and Technology in Timmins, Ontario, decided that the school will continue offering a full-featured, 12-week training course. “You get a more skilled, more qualified individual after the 12 weeks. They have the time to prove themselves and have that practical experience that you can’t get from a shorter program,” Mack says. Starting in 2012, those looking to enter the underground hard rock mining industry saw the barrier to entry lowered significantly. Before that, participants had to complete 13 modules before they were qualified to work underground.
Algonquin College bursary to honour Ron Eade
Support so far for the fundraiser has been tremendous and to see the Ottawa community rally behind the school’s culinary students means a lot to them. Some of the successful and well-known talents in Ottawa’s kitchens are graduates of Algonquin College. Many are involved in the fundraiser to show their support of their alma mater and Eade. “When I heard about Ron stepping down from the Ottawa Citizen, I flew my culinary flag at half-mast, and I think I speak on behalf of most hospitality professionals in Ottawa,” said Walid El-Tawel, executive chef at Restaurant e18hteen. A 2006 graduate of the Culinary Management Program, El-Tawel added that “the Algonquin program taught me a lot. Under the supervision of some great chefs, who pushed me very hard, I came out of the program ready for the workforce.”
Durham College winter enrolment up
“Durham College is committed to providing students with high-quality post-secondary education and flexible learning opportunities. This includes offering a January-start option for several of our high-demand programs to accommodate students who make the decision to further their education after the start of the traditional academic year,” says Don Lovisa, president of Durham College. “This enrolment increase is reflective of that commitment as well as our dedication to offering a diverse program mix, expert faculty and impressive learning facilities.” Some of the college’s academic schools also experienced increased enrolment including the School of Skilled Trades, Apprenticeship and Renewable Technology with an increase of 19.3 per cent and the School of Justice and Emergency Services with an increase of 18.5 per cent. Combined enrolment for both schools is 2,341 students.
Carole Finn receives Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal
Haliburton County Echo
The Haliburton-based artist was presented with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal on Feb. 25 at Fleming College’s Haliburton School of the Arts. The award was presented to Finn by Fleming College president Tony Tilly, college governor Tim Degeer and Haliburton School of the Arts principal Sandra Dupret. The college was an appropriate venue for the presentation, as it represents much of what Finn has brought to the community she calls home. “It’s quite fitting that the setting for this celebration today has Carole’s work on the walls, but it’s also quite apt to say that Carole’s work also includes the walls, by the creation of this campus,” said Tilly.
Student bursary, scholarship income
Scholarship, fellowship, or bursary income received by a student is considered fully tax-exempt, provided the income is connected with a program that entitles the student to claim the education tax credit. The education tax credit is available to students who are enrolled in qualifying post-secondary educational programs at designated educational institutions. Note that a post-secondary program that consists principally of research is not a “qualifying education program”, and is therefore not eligible for the scholarship exemption or the education tax credit, unless the program leads to a diploma from college or CEGEP, or a bachelor, masters or doctoral degree (or an equivalent degree).
Iron Chef competition held at Fanshawe College
London Community News
Eight of London’s top culinary minds joined forces with an equal number of Fanshawe College’s up and coming kitchen geniuses, taking part in the first annual Iron Chef competition at the school on Wednesday (Feb. 27). Sponsored by The Canadian Association of Foodservice Professionals, in partnership with Fanshawe College, the event was a timed challenge where each chef — paired with either a first or second year student from the school’s culinary program — created a three-course menu composed of a soup or salad, an appetizer and entrée.
Catholic district partners with MacEwan
St. Albert Leader
Greater St. Albert Catholic Schools is looking to give its students a head start on their post-secondary education by partnering with Grant MacEwan University. The district announced Thursday morning that they have signed a five-year agreement with MacEwan’s School of Business that will allow local students to earn university-level credits while still in high school. These credits can also be put toward the students’ high school diplomas. “Our students are ready to begin preparing for post-secondary when they enter our high schools and the opportunity for them to earn university credits in advance of formal entrance is tremendous,” said Greater St. Albert Catholic Schools superintendent David Keohane in a press release. “We are always looking at ways to assist with the transition to post-secondary studies and this partnership supports this fully.”
Post Secondary Contribution from RDC
Memorial University and the College of the North Atlantic were given a significant contribution towards engineering and science programs today in St. John’s. VOCM’s Ariana Kelland reports live from MUN. Over $1.7 million has been put towards 10 research projects at MUN and CNA from Research and Development Corporation Newfoundland and Labrador. The minister responsible for the provincial Crown corporation, Keith Hutchings, says projects such as those being undertaken by the university and college will attract researchers to the province and further development in the fields of science and engineering.
Boréal campaign receives $500000 boost
Collège Boréal’s foundation got a boost to its fundraising efforts Feb. 27 with a $500,000 donation from Desjardins Group. Thanks to the donation, the foundation has now raised $4.3 million for student bursaries and college facilities, making it just $700,000 short of its $5-million goal. “It’s a great honour to have Desjardins contribute $500,000 to our campaign,” Boréal foundation chair Mike Mayhew said.
Crops to campus
The Coast Halifax
Starting in June, students can purchase a variety of CSA shares at various price points, and different times of the year, including a student share that begins in September. Frieberg is not alone in her farming endeavours. Kevin Moran is a fourth-year plant science student at Dalhousie’s agricultural campus in Truro. He runs The Chef’s Garden, which provides food to the school’s cafeteria. Although Moran loves providing for the students at his own campus, the reach of the Chef’s Garden—as well as its financial possibilities —was limited. “I pitched the idea of a CSA to help make money for the Garden in a direct marketing way,” he explains. “It makes the project sustainable.” For Frieberg, working with Moran is a great match. “I like the idea of a multi-farm CSA, so everyone contributes what they do best.” And with the recent merger of the Nova Scotia Agricultural College and Dalhousie, Moran saw this as an opportunity for both campuses to get involved: “I think people in Halifax can benefit from it, and the NSAC can benefit from it as people learn about our school as well.”
Conference to encourage community participation in sustainable agriculture
Kawartha Media Group
An upcoming conference at Fleming College is aimed at engaging the entire community in helping to sustain food production in “a finite world”, says Fleming ecosystem management technology student Kari Jansen. ‘Feeding our Future’ takes place on Thursday, April 11 at the college’s Frost Campus in Lindsay. “We are attempting to create local awareness so that we can feed future generations without negative impacts to our planet,” said Ms Jansen. “The objective is to educate the public in regards to food production that takes a holistic approach utilizing sustainable practices.” The conference features hands-on workshops, information booths, a locally produced food market and keynote speakers. Ms Jansen is one of 46 third-year students organizing the event. She said there are serious challenges in finding ways to provide good, healthy food and make it available to consumers.
Alberta wants to change rules over ownership of university inventions
It’s time to “challenge the provincial government to think differently about the post-secondary sector in Alberta, to provide differential funding that recognizes significantly different roles each institution plays in the post secondary sector….,” Samarasekera said in a preview of her speech today. That differential funding proposal would be a major shakeup of existing funding arrangements in the post secondary sector. Edmonton’s MacEwan University and Calgary’s Mount Royal are public teaching institutions and there are more than half a dozen private, degree granting universities that get some public funding, including King’s University College in Edmonton.
New grant targets TRU commercial vehicle mechanics students
The grant supports programs identified through consultations with the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and the Industry Training Authority. Choices were based on the provincial government’s Regional Workforce Tables review of institutional priorities. Regional Workforce Tables are regionally driven groups, with key leaders from industry, labour, employers, First Nations, educators, training service providers and economic development organizations. Those enrolling in the TRU program and in various trades programs at College of New Caledonia, Northern Lights College and Northwest Community College in 2013-2014 will be eligible for the grant.
Fleming professor appointed chair of prestigious project
Kawartha Media Group
The province’s water is in good hands. Recently, Fleming College’s Dr. Brent Wootton was appointed as chair of Ontario’s Water Technologies Acceleration Project (WaterTAP) – an organization mandated to assist in the delivery of Ontario’s water sector strategy. The director senior scientist of Fleming College’s Centre for Alternative Wastewater Treatment (CAWT) previously sat as vice-chair and was pleased with the appointment. I am excited about being part of this important initiative to make Ontario the world leader in water,” stated Dr. Wootton, who recently accompanied former Premier Dalton McGuinty on a trade mission to China aimed at attracting new investments and job opportunities for Ontario.
Centennial College president Buller donates $150000 to kick-off fundraising campaign
To kick-off Centennial College’s upcoming fundraising campaign, college president Ann Buller has donated $150,000 to the college. The donation will support the college’s bursary program, to help students in financial need access post-secondary education, while also aiding with expansion plans to bring more students and programs to Centennial. Since 2004, Buller has served as president of Centennial, Ontario’s first community college. “I’m delighted to be able to grant these funds to this life-changing institution. Many of the people who have witnessed transformations in the students who pursue an education with us are inspired to do the same,” Buller said.
Chef Olaf Mertens to make his Niagara debut at Chef Signature Series event
Mertens’ event will be the second to be held as part of the series, which each showcase the unique talents and expertise of a different CFWI professor. The series kicked off with Mark Picone on Feb. 7, and will continue with Osvaldo Avila (March 22), Tony de Luca (Apr. 4), Avi Hollo (April 25) and Michael Olson (May 9). The Canadian Food and Wine Institute, located on Niagara College’s Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus, is the College’s centre for food wine and beer education. The CFWI delivers culinary, wine and beer programs that are unique in Canada, including Brewmaster and Brewery Operations Management, Wine Technology, Wine Business Management and Culinary Innovation and Food Technology. It is home to Benchmark, the College’s teaching restaurant, as well as the Teaching Winery and Teaching Brewery.
A future not cloistered in books
Maple Ridge News
Enrolling in the Ace It program allows Grade 12 students to take Level 1 apprenticeship training in automotive, electrical, metal fabrication, hairstyling, culinary arts, carpentry, plumbing, esthetics and integrated trades, while also earning their Grade 12 diploma. “There’s a lot of jobs out there. There’s a lot of youth unemployment. We have the jobs, but we don’t have people,” trades program coordinator Ron Lancaster told a recent meeting of moms, dads and kids attending a Skilled Trades Information Session at the school. A sign on one of the pillars in the cafeteria emphasized the point: “Youth unemployment: 15 per cent – yet jobs go begging for lack of skilled people.” (article mentions Vancouver Community College and Kwantlen Polytechnic University)
A tale of two job prospects
For one, he dropped out of Carleton University’s engineering program in Ottawa. “It was not what I thought it was going to be, and I could see that with the number of people there, the competition was going to be fierce,” he told Metro in a phone interview from Montreal, where he works. The program was a little too theoretical, he said, so he applied to Confederation College in Thunder Bay. In his last year, a member of Bombardier interviewed his graduating class for positions at the company. He, along with four other graduates, passed and started work after just one month.
Group from Canada visits Kentucky coal mines
Ms. Laurie Rancourt, President of Northern Lights College in Canada said that “We’re facing a huge skills gap. There’s a huge need for training workers training the work force and working in the industry so we’re here to learn some of the best practice develop some partnerships and collaborations.” They came to an area known for coal mining. Representatives from 2 Canadian colleges visited Eastern Kentucky to get ideas to set-up a program similar to the Kentucky Coal Academy. Ms. Denise Henning, President of Northwest Community College in Canada said that “We want to make sure we’re learning how to do it that we’re following the best practice but also looking at safety and the way we can develop training and skills development that will meet the needs of Northern British Columbia.”
Power of story can break down stereotypes
Alberta Daily Herald Tribune
An evening of traditional Aboriginal prayer, dance and drumming will be held at Grande Prairie Regional College Tuesday. Slightly less traditional however, is the feature presentation by award-winning Ojibway author Richard Wagamese. Wagamese will speak as the guest of honour on Tuesday, but made it clear his presentation style involves much more than just speaking. “It’s ‘performance story-telling,’ ” says Wagamese of his show entitled Smoked Fish, Bannock and Indian Tea. Wagamese will play four or five First Nations characters on stage simultaneously, using body language and tone to tell their tales.
St. Clair College students honoured
Chatham Daily News
A total of $38,000 in scholarships and bursaries were presented Thursday to students of Thames Campus of St. Clair College in Chatham. Among the newest bursaries were those in memory of the late Chip Gordon of Wallaceburg and late Chatham-Kent councillor Larry Mansfield Robbins. The Gordon bursary went to Shirley Peterbaugh while the Mansfield Robbins bursary was presented to Jamie-Lee Moreland. The Aubrey Gold scholarship went to Nicole Ratelle and the Bell Canada scholarship was presented to Amanda Lake. The Bradley family fund scholarships went to Norma Ceccacci, Amanda Holly, Susan Juarez and Lucy Lawrence. Crystal Crone walked off with the Chatham-Kent Women’s Centre bursary and Ryan Norlock and Rene Tiffin shared the Chrysler Canada Inc. scholarship.