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Thursday, March 7, 2013


More Nova Scotians are learning to work with their hands
“Now skilled trades are more top of mind,” says Shaun Thorson, chief executive officer, Skills Canada, which promotes careers in skilled trades and technologies. “There is more balance to the conversation when parents sit down with their sons and daughters to talk about their futures.” That’s lengthening the waiting lists at educational institutions that train people to work with their hands: “Trades are hot,” says Patsy MacDonald, registrar of the Nova Scotia Community College. In just two years, the number of students enrolled in her school’s electrical construction and industrial program has gone to 257 from 216, while the number of students pursuing a welding diploma has climbed to 186 from 159.

L’expertise du CBA au service de l’immobilier de la province
Edition Beauce
Grâce à l’expertise de la Formation continue du Cégep Beauce-Appalaches, 19 nouveaux inspecteurs en bâtiment sont disponibles depuis la fin du mois de janvier pour répondre aux besoins grandissants du marché immobilier québécois. Ils sont les premiers finissants de l’attestation d’études collégiales (AEC) en inspection de bâtiments du cégep beauceron, la seule offerte en ligne et à temps partiel dans la province. « Les institutions financières demandent de plus en plus des rapports d’inspection lors de transactions immobilières résidentielles, précise le conseiller pédagogique Patrick Busque. Les associations d’inspection exigent quant à elles de plus en plus que les inspecteurs détiennent une AEC. Notre nouvelle AEC a été mise en place pour combler le besoin manifesté par des gens de la Beauce qui ne pouvaient se rendre à Montréal pour y suivre la formation en classe ».

Looming trade shortage means higher home prices
Vancouver Sun
There’s a looming shortage of qualified construction trades-people in Canada, and while that’s a good thing for the skilled trades, it’s less so for everyone else from homebuyers to residential and commercial builders. That was the take-away message at a one-day event Tuesday attended by 400 employers and potential employees in Ottawa’s construction industry. Organized by the provincially funded and awkwardly named group Ottawa Integrated Local Labour Market Planning, the event was held at the AlgonquinCentre for Construction Excellence. It combined a morning session for employers about how to survive a changing labour market with an afternoon information/job fair program for Algonquin College students and other job seekers. Within 10 years, Canada will see a shortage of 800,000 skilled workers, said the morning keynote speaker, Linda Duxbury, a professor at Carleton University’s Sprott School of Business and a workplace expert.

L’enseignement rime avec technologie
Journal L’Avantage
Après avoir conclu en décembre dernier une entente de cinq ans, le Cégep à distance du Collège de Rosemont et ceux de Matane et de la Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine ont annoncé que les programmes en Tourisme et Éducation à l’enfance seront désormais offerts en formation à distance. « Nous travaillons depuis plus de quinze ans avec le Cégep de la Gaspésie et des Îles pour mettre en évidence et notre offre de services et surtout pour la conserver », affirme le directeur général du Cégep de Matane, Emery Béland, pour qui cette annonce marque la conclusion d’un long cheminement. En proposant, dès l’automne 2013, le programme d’études collégiales en Tourisme en formation à distance, Emery Béland soutient que le collège de Matane est ainsi en mesure desservir l’ensemble du territoire du Québec.

College puts spotlight on business
Vernon Morning Star
If you have a head for business, it’s time to consider getting your head into Okanagan College. On March 14, the college is hosting Spotlight on Business from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the Vernon campus. This event will provide attendees with information on degree, diploma and certificate programs within the broad scope of business – everything from marketing to management, accounting to finance, human resources, hospitality and tourism. “This is a sit-down session with opportunities to speak with students, successful graduates and current professors regarding the numerous career opportunities that can be found with a business education,” said Jamie Morrow, program and event co-ordinator.

Un centre de transfert technologique pourrait s’approcher du Cégep de l’Outaouais
Info 07
La volonté du Cégep de l’Outaouais d’obtenir un premier Centre collégial de transfert technologique (CCTT) dans la région n’est pas nouvelle. Malgré les refus antérieurs du gouvernement, la balle pourrait bien être dans le camp du Cégep pour une obtention prochaine. C’est la vision du nouveau directeur général du Cégep, Frédéric Poulin, dans ce dossier. «Ce que je comprends de nos discussions, c’est que le Cégep devra déposer une demande solide et on aurait des bonnes chances.» L’Outaouais ne compte aucun CCTT. Ces derniers ont le mandat d’exercer, dans un domaine particulier, des activités de recherche appliquée, d’aide technique à l’entreprise et d’information afin de contribuer à l’élaboration et à la réalisation de projets d’innovation technologique, à l’implantation de technologies nouvelles et à leur diffusion.

GPRC honours alumni with annual awards
Alberta Daily Herald Tribune
Grande Prairie Regional College executives took a step back Tuesday to recognize those who have left their mark on post-secondary education in the region. The annual program was highlighted with the Distinguished Volunteer Award, Distinguished Alumni Award and the Board of Governors Award of Distinction. New to this year was the Steps to Greater Alumni Award, which honours the successes of a recent alumnus. Fletcher Bootle received a standing ovation at the award ceremony as he was announced as a recipient of the Board of Governors Award of Distinction. The award serves as the college’s highest tribute to individuals within the community. It was established in 2004 to honour exceptional commitment to supporting higher education for people in the region.

Des étudiants et enseignants du Cégep ont réalisé un voyage humanitaire au Togo
Express Drummondville
Après une année et demie de préparation, neuf étudiants et étudiantes accompagnés de deux enseignantes du Département de soins infirmiers du Cégep de Drummondville ont quitté le Québec, le 31 décembre dernier, pour un voyage humanitaire d’une durée de deux semaines. Direction : Togo, un des plus petits pays d’Afrique de l’Ouest qui a un criant besoin d’aide volontaire. Ce projet a tout d’abord été l’idée de Geneviève Rochette, étudiante de troisième année en Soins infirmiers, qui était interpelée par la situation vécue au Togo. Peu d’arguments auront été nécessaires pour convaincre les enseignantes Diane Adam et Chantal Lecomte de mettre sur pied un projet de voyage humanitaire dans ce pays, pour aller y faire de la vaccination, promouvoir la santé et aider à prévenir les maladies.

Strong Girls Strong Women
News Hour – Global Toronto
Students participate in interactive sessions and activities designed to explore non-traditional career paths for young women at Centennial College.

Culture thrives at Aboriginal Awareness Day
Fort McMurray Today
Marie Adam greets guests at Keyano College’s Aboriginal Awareness Day by rolling her tongue to the back of her throat, pursing her lips and replying, in her native Dene language, Edlanét’e: How are you? “It’s one of the hardest languages for an outsider to learn,” said the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation elder. “English is only my second language. Dene is my home tongue.” The fact that anyone can fluently speak Dene, as well as some Cree and Métis French, in 2013 is impressive, and organizers of Tuesday’s event say it bodes well for the future of indigenous culture.

Durham College adds new vice president
Oshawa Express
Durham College went down east for its latest addition. The school recently announced that Meri Kim Oliver will join the college as the new vice-president of student affairs, effective Monday, June 17. Oliver was formerly the assistant vice president of student academic services at Dalhousie University in Halifax. There, she oversaw many student-support service departments, like the Advising and Access Services Centre, the Black Student Advising Centre, Career and Leadership Services, the International Centre and Studying for Success Services, among others. “Meri Kim is guided by a student-development approach in which improving the student experience is at the forefront of any action,” says Don Lovisa, president of Durham College. “Her experience working at several Canadian post-secondary institutions and ability to create a cohesive and seamless approach to the delivery of student support services will be assets to Durham College.”

Medal haul grows from CRFA show
London Free Press
It was a culinary marathon, but one Scott Baechler and a team of students finished with smiles on their faces. The Fanshawe College culinary management professor and a 14 second-year students, assisted by a team of first-year students, returned to London Tuesday with gold, silver and bronze medals from the Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association Show in Toronto. It was the college’s fifth year competing at the CRFA show and it’s best year for total medals (although it could not be confirmed by press time whether the team won overall) as they brought home nine gold, two silver and three bronze medals from a variety of competitions with students from colleges across the province. The students spent upward of 36 hours preparing their entries, assisted by the first-year students, said Baechler, taxing their talents and physical limits.

Peace Region students putting their skills to the test
Middle school, high school and post-secondary students will be putting their skills to the test over the next two days during the 2013 Skills Canada Peace Region Competition. Last year’s event, hosted annually by Northern Lights College and School District 59 and 60, attracted a record number of competitors from across northeastern B.C. There are several different divisions of competition, including activities to introduce grade seven students to the trades. The gravity vehicle race, which was introduced last year, will be returning to the Junior division, along with the always popular Spaghetti Bridge event, held in the gym at NLC’s Dawson Creek campus. Volunteers will also be introducing the grade seven students to various trades through Discover Trades events in the gym and Energy House at NLC’s Dawson Creek Campus.

Vancouver Island University launches centre aimed at promoting healthy aging
Nanaimo Daily News
Anything that can keep seniors living at home longer, with an active social life is bound to mean a better quality of life for those in their golden years, say those who work closely with the elderly. Vancouver Island University recently launched the Centre for Healthy Aging and Community-Engaged Scholarship it says will benefit seniors. The centre is geared to promote excellence in healthy-aging research, education and practice, with a focus on seniors’ health care improvements, active and productive aging and the creation of age-friendly communities.

College fundraiser features dragon Kevin O’Leary
The Guardian Charlottetown
A man who says he loves money is going to help get a little bit of it for Holland College students in need. Kevin O’Leary, one of the investors on CBC’s Dragons’ Den, is speaking at the Confederation Centre of the Arts Wednesday night as a fundraiser for the Holland College Student Union Financial Assistance Fund. Josh Vessey, events and activities co-ordinator at the college, said the school was originally thinking of starting a speakers’ series but decided against it for this year. The inquiries for the series did lead to the college making a connection with O’Leary’s representation, he said.

Mining for Non-Miners
Northern Ontario Business
The Hearst Economic Development Corporation is presenting a “Mining for Non-Miners” workshop at the Inovo Centre, March 20. In partnership with Collège Boréal, participants will hear presentations from Brian Atkinson and Suzanne Halet from the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines on how the mining development cycle work and what are the supply needs. The speakers will also discuss the differences between underground and open-pit mines and the social and environmental impacts of mining.

Chan speaks on educating the heart at UFV in on March 12
Abbotsford Times
Not many people can say they are a close friend of the Dalai Lama, the head monk of Tibetan Buddhism and a Nobel Peace Prize recipient, but Vancouver author and peace visionary Victor Chan can claim that distinction. Chan will speak at the University of the Fraser Valley next week on March 12 as part of UFV president Mark Evered’s Leadership Lecture Series. His topic will be educating the heart, and the role of peace and education. “Enlightened education for the 21st century calls for a holistic education, one that incorporates social and emotional competencies, creative, critical thinking, as well as academic excellence,” says Chan.

Lakeland alumnus headline performer for President’s Gala
Meridian Booster
Guest speaker Roméo A. Dallaire, current Canadian senator and retired lieutenant-general, will join Leslie as part of the evening’s entertainment. A Class of 1996 grad, Leslie completed Lakeland College’s western horsemanship program prior to pursuing a full-scale music career. At ease performing for audiences of 40,000, Leslie will showcase her melodic range and dynamic stage presence during the black tie event. “We are thrilled to have Jodie return to Lakeland College for a special performance at the President’s Gala,” said Lakeland College president Glenn Charlesworth in a news release. “By attending the President’s Gala, attendees will enjoy a memorable evening featuring Jodie’s powerhouse vocals, while also supporting the success of our students.”

Sask. educational institutions team up to graduate nurses faster
Global Saskatoon
Saskatchewan Institutes of Applied Science and Technology (SIAST) and the University of Regina (U of R) have introduced an acceleration option that allows nurses to graduate quicker. The Saskatchewan Collaborative Bachelor of Science in Nursing (SCBScN) program allows students in their collaborative nursing degree program to graduate eight months ahead of schedule as opposed to the usual four-year degree. “Students will be able to enter the workforce earlier than anticipated and graduates will be available in spring and fall instead of once per year,” says David Gregory, Dean of the U of R faculty of nursing.

Hands-on college experience
Timmins Press
From a very early age, we are asked what we wish to be when we grow up. Whether it’s a police officer, a firefighter or the Prime Minister it is a question that dominates our youth. When it comes time to graduate high school, this question takes a more impactful turn. As the clock ticks down, students across the region are left scrambling to find their career path. Collège Boréal and Université de Hearst take great lengths to ensure that students make an informed decision. The schools opened their Timmins campuses to high school students from across the North, giving them a first-hand look at what the future may hold for them. “We have over 100 high school students in Grade 11 or 12 that are here from different high schools across the region,” said Melanie Dufresne, manager of post-secondary programs for the Timmins campus. “The students are participating in two days of specific camps that will allow them to get introduced to the different career and education opportunities that they can have through the college.”

Confederation College students awarded
Confederation College students are looking towards the end of the school year, following their awards ceremony. Chantelle Nault received two awards and she says she’s thankful for the awards. “I’m very happy to have received both of them,” she said after taking home both the Accounting Achievement Awards and the Scotia Bank Award. Laura Christie is the college’s acting director, and she says they had many categories of awards to hand out. “Our students were recognized for different items, academic achievement, community and college involvement and some also received bursaries and awards based upon financial needs. We also recognized students that achieved grade point levels that gave them letters of first standing,” she said.

Home to be featured in U.S. competition, Team Ontario show off solar house in Perth
EMC Almonte/Carleton Place
With seven months to go before their solar house makes the trek to California for the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon, Team Ontario unveiled the progress of the project at Algonquin College’s Perth Campus March 1. Sponsors, partners and members of the media were given a sneak peek and tour of the house, christened Echo, which is being constructed at the Perth campus by Algonquin College’s Advanced Housing program students. However, the project is a collaboration between Algonquin, Carleton University and Queen’s University, who are known as Team Ontario in the competition. According to Queen’s student Leia de Guzman, who is the business manager for Team Ontario, the group has been working on the concept since they submitted a proposal in November 2011. She said previously “After we submitted the proposal, we started getting the team together and have put our heart and souls (into this project),” de Guzman noted. “We’re fortunate in the fact that we have curriculum integration with the project,” she added. “The Algonquin students in the Advanced Housing program are building the house for credit within the curriculum.”,+Team+Ontario+show+off+solar+house+in+Perth

Taking studies to new heights
Lethbridge Herald
The first class of students in Lethbridge College’s power line technician program have been immersed in high-level learning for the past two months. “We’ve been working on a lot of rigging. We’ve been doing a lot of practical work getting into using the truck, the RBD (radial boom derrick), it has our auger and all of our lines. We’ve been doing a lot of climbing,” said Adam Gibson, one of the students in the class. “It’s long days but it’s good.” Gibson and fellow student, Brock House, are two of 11 students in the course. They both work for the city and have had their eyes fixed on working in the city’s electrical department. “I saw this as a chance to upgrade my resume so I jumped all over it,” Gibson said. “It’s more fun than I envisioned.”

Program clears path from North Island College to UVic
Victoria Times Colonist
A new partnership between the University of Victoria and North Island College helps students attending college in small communities make a smooth transition to university. “What it does do is give students in more remote communities the confidence that they have an assured pathway to get to UVic by starting at North Island College,” said the college’s president, Jan Lindsay, on Wednesday. About 90 students have already signed on with the “dual and guaranteed admission” program and have shared more than $90,000 in scholarships and secured seats at both institutions. By attending North Island College for the first two years, students can enjoy lower tuition fees and keep their living costs lower by remaining at home or in a more affordable housing market. The tuition savings amount to $10,000 over two years, Lindsay said.

Conestoga College’s president urges major reforms in post-secondary education
Waterloo Record
Too many high school graduates are heading to university and they would be better off in college, says the president of Conestoga College. “I think a liberal arts education is a wonderful education if you have the literacy and numeracy skills and you have a thirst for knowledge,” John Tibbits told The Record editorial board in a wide-ranging discussion on post-secondary education Wednesday. But many students are going to university because their friends are going or their parents have been talking about it at the kitchen table since they were in Grade 9, he said. Instead, some students would have more success if they pursued applied learning.–conestoga-college-s-president-urges-major-reforms-in-post-secondary-education

Trades Alberta: Culinary students cooking up a career
Edmonton Journal
Young chefs from schools in and around Edmonton gathered at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology’s centre for culinary arts to do battle in the sixth annual High School Culinary Challenge. To an outsider, it had the makings of a reality television cooking competition. The pressure was palpable as the young competitors were given three hours to prepare a three-course meal for six, and were judged on sanitation, timing, preparation, presentation and taste. “At the beginning we were freaking out. It’s a different kitchen and we were not sure where everything is,” said Luca Cupelli, a Grade 10 student at St. Albert Catholic High School, who competed with teammates Austin Haining and Carmela Arguelles.

Opportunities abound at Mohawk-Mac job fair
Hamilton Spectator
There’s nothing quite like the pressure cooker of looking for a job after graduating from college or university, but Sartajuddin Syed and his buddies think they may have found a release valve at a job fair Wednesday. “We found out today that our mechatronics engineering program means that we can apply to jobs in electrical and mechanical, so that’s good,” said Syed. The trio were at the first Mohawk College — McMaster University-hosted job fair, Connect to Careers, at the Hamilton Convention Centre. The fair featured a fashion show that offered tips on how to dress for success on a budget. Students could also get quick reviews of their resumes.–opportunities-abound-at-mohawk-mac-job-fair

Greenpeace co-founder speaks at UFV
Abbotsford Times
After 50 years of environmentalism, how are we doing? Writer in residence at the University of the Fraser Valley and a co-founder of Greenpeace International, author and activist Rex Weyler will give his perspective at 2:30 p.m. on March 12 at the Abbotsford UFV lecture hall, B101. Weyler began his work to protect the environment not long after Rachel Carson first introduced North Americans to the idea of environmentalism, and the harm we were inflicting on the planet, with her ground-breaking Silent Spring. Today we have global heating, tar sands and ocean gyres of plastic. We have more protected areas globally but fewer species, more environmental laws and greater toxic pollution, on-going climate change summits but rising CO2 emissions. So what’s wrong? What successes can we claim, what failures must we admit?

Core neighbourhood focus of job fair
“Right now there’s a high demand for the industrial trades,” said Brian Wegner, a Red Seal journeyman carpenter recruiting for the Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies. “For newcomers it would be the best time to get into the trades because a lot of employers are starting to hire, even with not much experience,” Wegner said, pointing to a 10-week construction worker preparation course beginning in April. It has no tuition, free books and a training allowance. The person who would like the work is “kind of a go-getter willing to learn new things,” Wegner said.

Passion for baking gives rise to sweet career
Edmonton Journal
“I thought I’d see how the work experience went as I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do. But after meeting everybody there and seeing how passionate about cooking they were, I knew I wanted to be a chef,” he said. Pelletier then completed a two-year diploma program in culinary arts at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology. He was on Culinary Team NAIT, a group of students and instructors that compete at the regional, national and international level. Pelletier also taught in NAIT’s continuing education department, which is where he met Giselle Courteau, a student in a pastry course who spoke of one day opening her own store. Pelletier went on to work in London for a year and returned to Edmonton the week Courteau’s pâtisserie, Duchess, opened in October 2009.

Grads working worldwide
Parksville Qualicum Beach News
If you have ever enjoyed a great meal at one of the area’s fine dining establishments, chances are your dish was prepared by a student who honed his/her skills at the Culinary Institute of Vancouver Island (CIVI) located on the campus at Vancouver Island University (VIU). Over the years, VIU’s culinary program has developed a reputation for being one of the top chef training institutions in Canada and program coordinator and chef instructor Debbie Shore has been part of the successful program for 20 years now. Shore calls Parksville home and she has been commuting to VIU’s Nanaimo campus since 1993 sharing her passion for cooking with hundreds of students. A graduate of the program herself, Shore admitted there are many students the program can brag about.

Nothing’s insurmountable on set of Oz the Great and Powerful
Edmonton Journal
Born in Edmonton, 44-year-old Cherniawsky grew up in Ardrossan, east of the city. He felt an early pull toward Hollywood, more as a realization than a career goal. “There was this moment when I walked out of Raiders of the Lost Ark, just at that age when I thought, ‘They don’t just show up and shoot this stuff. Someone’s got to be making these amazing places’!” Cherniawsky says this pushed him toward architectural engineering at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in industrial design at University of Alberta. “And then of course I stumbled onto FAVA (Film and Video Arts Society Alberta). “All of a sudden I met 50 other odd people like myself who were interested in making movies and telling stories.”

Culture week supports open learning
Northern News Services
A series of special events were held to celebrate Inuit Culture Week in Rankin Inlet from Feb. 25 to March 1. The events were sponsored by Nunavut Arctic College’s Kivalliq campus in Rankin, and included a fashion show, traditional games, throatsinging, bannock making and an interactive scavenger hunt, among others. The event was planned and co-ordinated by Gloria Uluqsi, Dorothy Tootoo and Apolina Manilak. Tootoo said it was an opportunity for students and staff at the college to show their pride and share their culture and language. She said three special classes were also held during the week for people who don’t speak Inuktitut. “We also sewed some sealskin pins and that gave everyone the chance to sew and chit chat, while getting back to the basics of being able to sew while having some family time together,” said Tootoo.

Cambrian adding two new programs
Cambrian College will soon be offering an art and design studio diploma program and an international business management graduate certificate program. The college’s board of governors approved the two new programs at its Feb. 28 meeting, although the new offerings still have to be OKed by the province. Cambrian currently offers a one-year art and design fundamentals certificate, but decided to offer a second year for those who wish to earn a diploma, explained Ron Beltrame, co-ordinator of the college’s graphic design program.

Assiniboine Community College honours and awards
Brandon Sun
Assiniboine Community College handed out four alumni awards at its annual Alumni Advancement Dinner held Jan. 17 at the Lady of the Lake Café, and hosted by the college’s alumni association. (Subscription required to view the article)