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NIC community consultation on new master plan
Comox Valley Echo
North Island College has a new master plan and it wants the community to come and learn what the future is in store for the Comox Valley campus. The college is hosting an open session at the Stan Hagen Theatre located at NIC, on Wednesday night, March 6, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Since the original campus development, the master plan has evolved as planning projections and priorities have changed. A 1999 review provided a set of strategies to guide the future development of the campus with recommendations governing siting of future buildings and other improvements which were integrated into the 2001 Master Site Plan. With the adoption of the 2011-2015 Strategic Plan, the college initiated a consultative process to review and revise the Comox Valley Master Plan to reflect the current vision for the future and incorporate the planning implications of a hospital located on a site adjoining the campus.
Demandes d’admission à la hausse au Cégep Beauce-Appalaches
La Voix du Sud
Le nombre de demandes d’admission est en hausse de 10 % au Cégep Beauce-Appalaches en vue de l’automne 2013. Selon les administrateurs de l’établissement, le chiffre est spectaculaire compte tenu de la baisse régulière du nombre de finissants de secondaire 5 en provenance de la Commission scolaire de la Beauce-Etchemin. En tout, 941 étudiants ont déposé une demande dans le cadre du premier tour d’inscription qui prenait fin le 1er mars. Ils avaient été 855 à le faire pour la même période l’année dernière. La hausse est de 11 % au campus de Saint-Georges (843 versus 757) alors que le nombre de demandes a plus que doublé au centre de Sainte-Marie, passant de 15 à 32. Par ailleurs, le nombre de demandes d’admission au Centre d’études collégiales de Lac-Mégantic s’élève à 66. Il était de 83 en 2012.
Ring of Fire Aboriginal Training Alliance Signed
A Ring of Fire Aboriginal Training Alliance signed today will put in place long-term strategic planning efforts. Matawa First Nations Management’s Kiikenomaga Kikenjigewen Employment and Training Services (KKETS), Noront Resources Ltd. (TSX.V:NOT) and Confederation College of Applied Arts and Technology formally signed a Memorandum of Understanding today at the Aboriginal Forum Reception at the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) Annual Convention and Mining Investment Show. “The Ring of Fire Aboriginal Training Alliance is an innovative approach that provides a comprehensive long-term strategy to meet the education to employment needs of the mining industry,” said Jim Madder, President of Confederation College. “We are pleased to be a partner with Matawa First Nations through KKETS and Noront Resources Ltd.,” added Madder.
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 5000 $ 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.
Chocolate chef believes in mixing up the ingredients
The very word causes the taste buds to quiver and the eyes to glaze over. It has found its way into countless memorable quotes, such as “anything is good and useful if it’s made of chocolate,” and “the best things in life are chocolate.” Royce Li won’t argue with either of those statements. A competitor in the 2013 Canadian division of the World Chocolate Masters, Lie was showing the flexibility of this fabulous food to students in Canadore College’s Culinary Arts program on Feb. 20. “The architecture of taste is about building with layers and drawing inspiration from my surroundings, tradition, landscape, science and technology to create pieces that will excite the senses,” he said. And all of these food items contained chocolate.
Marie-Victorin : un centre d’expertise en reconnaissance des acquis et des compétences
Informateur de Rivières-Des-Prairies
À la suite de l’annonce faite par le ministère de l’Enseignement supérieur, de la Recherche, de la Science et de la Technologie, le 25 février, dans le cadre du Sommet de l’éducation, le Cégep Marie-Victorin devient un Centre d’expertise en reconnaissance des acquis et des compétences (CERAC) grâce à un investissement du Ministère. « C’est une nouvelle que nous accueillons avec beaucoup d’enthousiasme, souligne Mme Nicole Rouiller, directrice générale du Cégep Marie-Victorin. Notre cégep a toujours eu la préoccupation d’offir un service adapté à sa clientèle adulte ».
Sault College offering on-reserve training
Northern Ontario Business
Residents in First Nations communities along the North Shore of Lake Huron are being trained for employment readiness in the renewable energy field, all while staying in their home communities. Over the last year, Sault College has facilitated on-reserve training in the communities of Batchewana First Nation, Garden River First Nation, M’Chigeeng First Nation and Aundeck Omni Kaning (AOK) First Nation. With seats available for 120 people, currently 90 are taking advantage of the training, which will prepare them to work in the renewable energy field. Carolyn Hepburn, the college’s director of Native education and academic upgrading, said the college anticipated an industry need, but also recognized that the Aboriginal demographic is the fastest growing population in Canada, and in the North Shore area there are a number of people who are ready to enter the workforce or pursue post-secondary education.
Des étudiants du Cégep à la disposition des contribuables
Hebdo Rive Nord
Les étudiants du cours Impôts des particuliers, inscrits au programme de techniques de comptabilité et de gestion du Cégep régional de Lanaudière de L’Assomption, invitent les personnes à faibles revenus à profiter de leur clinique d’impôts qui se déroulera dans le hall d’entrée du cégep les 25, 26 et 27 mars, de 18h à 19h. La clinique d’impôts s’adresse à un fragment particulier de la population, soit les étudiants fréquentant le Cégep régional de Lanaudière à L’Assomption ainsi que les personnes à faibles revenus, comme les prestataires de prestations de solidarité sociale ou d’assurance emploi ainsi que les familles ayant un revenu familial n’excédant pas 50 000 $.
CanBIM adds new member to its board
Daily Commercial News
Pietro Ferrari, program coordinator of the architectural technology program in the School of Architectural Studies at George Brown College’s Centre for Construction and Engineering Technologies (CCET) has joined the board of directors of the Canada BIM Council. Heading up the council’s education and research committee, Ferrari will spearhead the committee’s focus on exploring and understanding how BIM is best implemented within the AECOO (architecture, engineering, construction, owner and operator) industries while also understanding the connection between education and industry. Ferrari will be taking over from Amin Hammad, an associate professor at Concordia University’s Institute for Information Systems Engineering.
SPG International soutient 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.
Applause: Champlain College student ‘truly deserving”
Simone Cavanaugh, a second-year liberal arts student at Champlain College, has won the Loran Award, a prestigious scholarship awarded each year to just 30 Canadian students. This year, there were more than 3,700 applicants for the award, granted by the Canadian Merit Scholarship Foundation “to talented young Canadians on the basis of character, service and leadership potential.” Three of the 30 winners are Quebecers. The award includes a full scholarship, worth up to $80,000, for undergraduate studies, summer projects and mentoring for the development of leadership skills. Dayle Lesperance, an academic adviser at the Saint-Lambert CEGEP, wrote to Applause with a copy of the notice of the award announcement sent to faculty and staff.
Public Open House to address OK College transit improvements
News Talk Sports AM 1150
The City of Kelowna will hold a second Public Open House this Wednesday regarding upgrades and improvements to the transit exchange outside Okanagan College. K.L.O. Road is considered a major corridor for student transportation and would also be included in the upgrades. “The current transit loop in front of Okanagan College certainly does not meet their (or our) requirements today; there has been so much growth, it’s time for upgrades and improvements,” says Andrew Albiston, Manager of Regional Projects.
Technician program coming to Porcupine Campus
In direct response to employer demand, Northern College will begin offering its Mining Engineering Technician program at the Porcupine Campus starting in September. This popular Haileybury School of Mines program will continue to be offered at Northern’s Kirkland Lake and Haileybury campuses. The program is offered through blended delivery, providing an optimal mix of independent and hands-on group learning environments. Students enrolled in this program will complete common courses with other technical students at Porcupine Campus, enhancing their learning experience through collaboration. Mining Engineering Technician courses will be offered through flexible and interactive online delivery, making the program ideal for both direct entrants and those already in the workforce looking to elevate their mining careers. “We constantly assess and evolve the content and delivery of our programs to match industry demands,” said Fred Gibbons, president of Northern College.
Province vows tuition hike ‘balance’
For the first time in seven years, Ontario will likely hold postsecondary tuition increases below 5 per cent — a nod to the fact that the hefty $7,180 average undergrad fee now stands as the highest and fastest growing in Canada. New Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities Brad Duguid told the Toronto Star that while the government has not yet made a decision on tuition, “extending the current framework (a 5 per cent annual cap the Liberals set in 2006) is not where my head is at right now.” “As the father of a Grade 11 and Grade 12 student, I’m keenly aware of the need to ensure affordability,” said the Scarborough Centre MPP, who was just named to the postsecondary file. He also said he hopes to “make progress” on reining in extra fees many students face, sometimes just for waiting for their student loan to come in before paying tuition. … Community colleges say they, too, need the 5 per cent tuition raise because the province now pays less than half of their operating costs, said Linda Franklin, president of Colleges Ontario. But because college tuition in Ontario is among the lowest in Canada and many students live at home rather than out of town, she said there is room to grow.
Fanshawe College has history of success at Culinary Arts Salon
Fourteen Fanshawe College culinary management students burned the midnight oil, but nothing else, this weekend as they prepared for the 2013 Culinary Arts Salon competition Monday in Toronto. The three-day national contest pits Fanshawe’s best against students from George Brown, Humber, Niagara College, and private schools. “The competition opens the door for them to compete on a national team, if they choose to take this further, representing Canada at the World Culinary Olympics in Germany,” said Fanshawe instructor Scott Baechler. Baechler knows both the pressure and the opportunity of competing in this event.
Province boosts skills training assistance
THE PROVINCE says it has found $2 million to provide in the form of grants worth up to $6,500 each for students enrolled in specific skill development programs at Northwest Community College and other institutions. At Northwest Community College the additional assistance is for students taking heavy-duty equipment technician courses, mining drilling and blasting courses, mining and mineral processing courses and introductory courses for commercial transport mechanics and millwright and industrial mechanic programs. Speaking last week, advanced education minister John Yap said the decision to make the money available to students in specific trades program speaks to the province’s emphasis on skills training in northern regions.
Okanagan College funds focus for critic
Vernon Morning Star
B.C. must invest more in post-secondary education if it’s to prepare for the future. That was the message from Michelle Mungall, NDP advanced education critic, during a stop at Vernon’s Okanagan College campus Friday. “We are looking at a skilled labour shortage and the only way to address it is post-secondary education,” said Mungall, MLA for Nelson-Creston. “Where this will be most keenly felt is the trades. Most economists say we need to increase funding for post-secondary education.” Mungall blasted the new Liberal budget, which she says will cut $46 million to colleges and universities over three years.
Scaled-down wind turbine coming to college
A neighbour-friendly wind turbine is expected to built and operating at Lambton College in time for the fall semester. It will be used, along with energy generated by solar panels, to train students in technical programs, as well as for research into conversion and storage of renewable energy. College spokesperson Cindy Buchanan said Lambton has withdrawn its initial proposal to build a 10 kW turbine that would have sat on a 30.48-metre high tower. “In response to concerns that were raised by the neighbours, the college revisited its plans and made a significant compromise.”
Mining program enrolment increasing at Cambrian
Northern Ontario Business
Cambrian College in Sudbury is experiencing record numbers of students enrolling in its various programs, but mining is at the top of that list, with a 100 per cent growth rate. According to figures released by the college in early January, enrolment growth was highest in the mining engineering technician course. Welding and business also experienced high growth at 70 per cent and 50 per cent, respectively, and enrolment in apprenticeships is also up 70 per cent. Cambrian said its numbers were part of the overall increase at colleges across Ontario; provincial numbers show that first-year enrolment numbers have reached 123,000 students—the highest level in history. “This is excellent news for Cambrian and for Northern Ontario,” Cambrian president Sylvia Barnard said in a news release. “We’re seeing tremendous demand for many of our programs across the disciplines, from engineering, health sciences and community services to the skills trades, business and the arts. We’re also seeing more students enrol in our part-time programs and take advantage of our online delivery options.”
Spaghetti winners get Roman assist
The winners of the 30th anniversary Okanagan College Spaghetti Bridge Contest turned to Rome and its famous bucatini pasta to build the winning heavyweight structure at the 30th anniversary Okanagan College Spaghetti Bridge competition. “Bucatini has four times the strength of regular spaghetti,” said second year Civil Engineering Technology student Shawn Bliss, from Armstrong, who headed up design on the five-member Okanagan College team along with Aaron Watson, Cody Pointner, Erik Fountain, and Glenn Watson. The team took the top prize Friday afternoon at the Kelowna campus of Okanagan College when their 996.24 gram bridge withstood a load of 195.99 kg (432 pounds) before it shattered in front of a packed house of elementary, secondary and post-secondary students.
New student grants
Journal of Commerce
The Province of British Columbia has introduced The Labour Market StudentAid BC Grant, a provincial program that provides up to $2 million in grant funding to be awarded each year to qualified applicants, who demonstrate financial need and are enrolled in training programs that align with identified labour market priorities. The program will support up to 300 eligible students. Those planning to enroll in 2013-14 may be eligible for the new grant if they enter power engineering (third and fourth class), heavy-duty mechanics/commercial transport mechanical repair foundation, industrial mechanic (millwright)/machinist foundation, or a mining industry certificate at the College of New Caledonia. At Northern Lights College, the heavy-duty/commercial transport (mechanic) technician foundation, millwright foundation, power engineering and gas processing, and oil and gas field operations courses are eligible. Northwest Community College has heavy-duty equipment technician/commercial transport mechanic foundation, millwright/industrial mechanic foundation, driller and blaster for mining and mining and mineral processing operator under the program.
OUT AND ABOUT: Women in Business Awards
Niagara Falls Review
More than 30 successful nominees were recognized. All are outstanding leaders in their fields. They all have one common trait; “BELIEF” — they all believe in themselves and what they do. Winners in the five categores were Educator Award: Ann Marie Maloney of Mother Teresa School; Up and Coming Award: Joanna Polillo of Niagara College; Community Spirit Award: Deborah Zahra of Boston Pizza in Welland: Entrepreneur Award: Sherry Campbell of Sherry Campbell Group; and Corporate Award: Deborah Zahra of Boston Pizza in Welland. Keynote speaker was Kerry Painter, of the Scotiabank Convention Centre. She delivered a very inspirational and motivating speech. A shout-out to Niagara College for the outstanding reception in the student commons area, consisting of various delicious food stations and Niagara College’s wine and beer.
NIC, Museum host exhibit
The Museum at Campbell River is hosting a photographic exhibit in partnership with North Island College and Vancouver Island University that depicts the work of documentary photographer and poet Carlos Reyes-Manzo. Entitled “Rights and Wrongs: The Resilience of the World’s Indigenous People”, the exhibit is a collection of black and white social images taken by Reyes-Manzo that documents people who are marginalised from society and who have suffered human rights abuses. Reyes-Manzo is currently based in London, England but was born in Chile in 1944, and began his career there in 1964. He has travelled extensively throughout Latin America, Africa, the Middle East and Asia, and he is a noted activist and chronicler of social injustice internationally. As Reyes-Manzo explains about his work: “Photography tells the stories of people whose voices are not heard.”
Cambrian hikes tuition fees
Tuition for most Cambrian College students is being hiked by a little more than $100 for the 2013-2014 school year. The college’s board of directors voted in favour of the tuition fee increase at their Feb. 28 meeting. Cambrian associate vice-president of student services France Quirion, who presented the tuition fee proposals to board members, explained the province has not yet released its regulation framework for tuition fee increases. However, she said she expects the province to renew the tuition framework from last year. Quirion said the college may have to adjust its tuition fees if the framework turns out to be different than expected.
High school students from across the region ply their trades at annual competition
CTV Vancouver Island
More than 1,600 secondary and middle school students got to experience the hands-on side of trades at the South Island Skills Competition at Camosun College. The three-in-one event introduced younger students to aspects of trades and technology careers, while older students went hammer to nail to showcase their skills in competition for gold, silver, and bronze medals. Categories included, carpentry, welding and automotive among others, with the winners moving on to provincials in Abbotsford on April 17th. Camosun says the competition not only gives students a chance to see how they compare to others, but also allows them to get a head start on a career in trades. The college hopes by getting students familiar with its programs, they will get more bodies interested in joining the workforce. The province expects a shortage of skilled trades people as early as 2016.
Barney Bree remembered as pillar of Prince Edward Island’s tourism and hospitality industry
The Guardian Charlottetown
The man was Barney Bree, who from 1985-94 was chair of the Hospitality and Tourism department at Holland College and from 1994-95 the director of the Culinary Institute. He died Feb. 27 at the Kings Memorial Hospital. Bree was a pillar of strength in the hospitality business, said Miller, a chef at the Holland College Culinary Institute of Canada. “For a man of his profile, he always liked to engage with the students on a grassroots level. He’d support everyone from the head chefs down to the dishwashers. Money was tight back in the day, but he’d beat down doors to make sure we had enough to work.” Bree was always interested in the industry, said Hans Anderegg, also a chef at the Holland College Culinary Institute of Canada. He worked hard to promote the institute in the province, across the country and on the world stage. His efforts led to the establishment of a bursary for culinary students, Anderegg said.
Vermilion ambassadors named
The Vermilion Region Partnership is pleased to announce that four deserving citizens have been nominated by their peers to be inducted as Vermilion Region Ambassadors. Marlene Beattie, President – Vermilion & District Chamber of Commerce, Glenn Charlesworth, President – Lakeland College, Bruce Marriott, Mayor – Town of Vermilion and Richard Van Ee, retired Councillor/Reeve – County of Vermilion River, will all be recognized for their valuable contributions to the growth and success of the Vermilion River Region.
NIC welcomes celebrated poets Lorna Crozier and Patrick Lane
Comox Valley Echo
North Island College is pleased to welcome award-winning poets Lorna Crozier and Patrick Lane who will read from their most celebrated works at the Stan Hagen Theatre on NIC’s Comox Valley campus. Lorna Crozier’s latest publication is a volume of prose poems called The Book of Marvels: A Compendium of Everyday Things. She is an Officer of the Order of Canada, a fellow of the Royal Society and a Distinguished Professor at the University of Victoria as well as the recipient of several awards for poetry, including the Governor-General’s Award for Poetry, and two honorary doctorates for her contributions to Canadian literature. Ursula LeGuin of The New York Times Book Review writes about Lorna Crozier, “What a joy to have a volume of selected poems by this marvelous Canadian poet, storyteller, truth-teller, visionary.”
Niagara College seeks managers for endowment, operating cash funds
Pensions & Investments
Niagara College, Welland, Ontario, is searching for at least one manager to run the college’s endowment and operating cash funds, according to an RFP posted on the its website. The endowment fund has about C$12.8 million (US$12.5 million) in assets, and the cash funds typically hold C$15 million to C$25 million, according to the RFP. Proposals can be submitted for one or both funds. Information about how the funds are now managed could not be learned by press time.