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UFV students support shuttle bus
University of the Fraser Valley students are hiring a shuttle bus by September, 2013 to transport them between the Chilliwack and Abbotsford campuses. The expectation is that this move will pressure the two cities into finally establishing a permanent inter-city public bus. Student Union Society members held a referendum in the first week of March, and results were ratified last Friday. 75 per cent of voters said ‘yes’ to paying an additional $6.75 annually to hire a private bus.
Le Cégep encore à la croisée des chemins
Dix ans après l’adoption de son plan de développement régional qui comprenait un nouveau programme unique dans chacune des cinq MRC, le Cégep de l’Abitibi-Témiscamingue arrive maintenant à une nouvelle croisée des chemins. Selon son directeur général, Daniel Marcotte, le collège doit désormais relever le défi de demeurer pertinent et de s’adapter aux nouvelles technologies, le tout dans un univers où pratiquement tout se trouve à la portée d’un clic. Et ce défi, c’est avec l’enseignement à distance que le Cégep pourra le relever.
Two Electric Car Chargers Coming to Okanagan College Penticton Campus
The Okanagan College is becoming a hub for sustainable travel in Penticton and throughout the rest of the Okanagan as two electric car charging stations are currently being installed at the college’s Penticton campus along with four in Kelowna and two each in Vernon and Salmon Arm. All 10 charging stations should be in place and ready to use by March 31. The college will be installing Level 2 chargers which take 4 to 6 hours to fully charge a vehicle, although batteries can be partially recharged for shorter time periods without any loss to battery power. Allan Becker, who works in Facilities Management at the College and is performing the installations, said he’s been surprised how much interest the new charging stations are generating.
Le Cégep de Matane accueillera une École d’été en cinéma
Le journal de Montréal
Le Cégep de Matane et l’Académie du cinéma de Québec vont collaborer pour la création de l’École d’été du cinéma. Dédiée aux jeunes de 12 à 17 ans, elle se tiendra du 14 au 19 juillet prochain, dans les locaux spécialisés du Cégep de Matane. Elle offrira aux jeunes intéressés par le 7e art la possibilité de vivre une expérience d’apprentissage unique reliée au domaine du cinéma et de la vidéo en réalisant leur court-métrage. À travers des ateliers pratiques, les apprentis réalisateurs s’initieront à la scénarisation, au tournage et au montage. Les formateurs de l’Académie du cinéma leur feront vivre une expérience qu’ils souhaitent emballante.
City/residents/college partner to design Castlegar’s Happily Ever After
The Castlegar Source
How is a (Selkirk) college student going to help you, personally, determine the course of your community’s future? Be at the Community Forum beside City Hall this Thursday (March 21) at 5 p.m. to see for yourself as 12 Selkirk students roll their sleeves up with community members to create action plans for implementing the city’s Official Community Plan (OCP). City planning technician Shannon Marshall said 12 Integrated Environmental Planning students will be on hand with action plans and recommendations which you – that’s right, you – can help develop and hone on subjects ranging from local food production and waste management to urban design and downtown revitalization. “It’s not to create the OCP – that’s already done,” Marshall said. “But the OCP paints a picture in very broad strokes.
La comédie musicale «Fame» revisitée par des étudiants du cégep de Drummondville
Les 27 et 28 mars prochains, des étudiants du cégep de Drummondville présenteront en grande primeur, à la salle Georges-Dor du collège dès 19 h 30, une adaptation québécoise de la comédie musicale «Fame», un grand classique des années 1980. Ce spectacle à grand déploiement, peut-être le plus complexe présenté au cégep cette année, est présenté dans le cadre du cours «Comédie musicale» du programme d’études Techniques professionnelles de musique et chanson. Il rayonne toutefois sur un spectre beaucoup plus large puisqu’il implique non seulement une vingtaine d’étudiants en chant, six étudiants musiciens et trois enseignants en musique, mais aussi cinq étudiants et deux enseignants en Sonorisation et enregistrement. Les services d’une chorégraphe et d’un concepteur d’éclairage ont également été retenus afin d’offrir aux participants, comme aux spectateurs, une expérience professionnelle du début à la fin.
Sheridan College’s Canadian Music Theatre Project Presents COME FROM AWAY Reading Today
Still in development, COME FROM AWAY is directed by Brian Hill, Book, Music and Lyrics by David Hein and Irene Sankoff. Hein and Sankoff are the creators of the award-winning hit musical, MY MOTHER’S LESBIAN JEWISH WICCAN WEDDING. The March 18th performances will feature third-year Sheridan Music Theatre Performance students Corey Agnew, Josh Blackstock, Curtis Brown, Camila Diaz-Varela, James Frantowski, Jake Foy, Joanna Fraser, Kathryn Kerr, Natalie Mancuso, Trevor Patt, Claire Rouleau, Jenny Weisz, Erin Winsor and Adrian Zeyl. Sheridan College’s Canadian Music Theatre Project is Canada’s first incubator for the development of new Musical Theatre Works by Canadian and international composers, lyricists and book-writers. Long recognized for excellence in music theatre performance and technical theatre production, Sheridan College offers an innovative learning environment celebrated for academic excellence, applied research and creativity. Alumni perform on stages and work backstage in theatres across the world including on Broadway, in London’s West End and at the Stratford and Shaw Festivals. http://toronto.broadwayworld.com/article/Sheridan-Colleges-Canadian-Music-Theatre-Project-Presents-COME-FROM-AWAY-Reading-Today-20130318#
Le Cégep se donne en concert
Le département de musique du Cégep de Joliette tiendra sa 16e édition du Concours concerto, le mardi 19 mars, de midi à 14h20, à la salle de concert du département de musique. Lors de l’évènement, sept étudiants en musique interprèteront, avec accompagnement au piano, divers mouvements de concerto : Un jury remettra un premier prix de 300$, un deuxième de 175$ et un troisièeme de 100$. Le lauréat du premier prix interprétera son concerto avec l’Orchestre symphonique des jeunes de Joliette (OSJJ) le 25 mai prochain, à la salle Rolland-Brunelle.
Mission Folk festival director is champion of diversity
The Fraser Valley embraces its multiculturalism and sets an example as one of the most culturally diverse areas in Canada, noted Lt.-Gov. Judith Guichon Friday night. She was the guest of honour and keynote speaker at the 11th annual Fraser Valley Cultural Diversity Awards, which drew more than 400 guests and nominees from Langley, Abbotsford, Mission and Chilliwack to the Ramada Inn and Conference Centre… The University of the Fraser Valley was recognized in the reflective workforce category for its culturally sensitive and supported environment.
Foire à l’emploi du Sud-Ouest de Montréal
Le Messager Lachine & Dorval
Pour une deuxième année, le Cégep André-Laurendeau accueille la Foire à l’emploi du Sud-Ouest de Montréal. Cet événement est ouvert au public et se tiendra le mercredi 20 mars, de 11h à 17h. Tous les chercheurs d’emploi, les travailleurs, les diplômés et les étudiants sont invités à participer à cette foire. Plus de 35 employeurs seront sur place afin de proposer des offres d’emplois pour la période estivale et/ou à temps partiel, ou des emplois réguliers à temps plein.
Northern Health partnerships lead to success in recruitment
The Vancouver Sun
Northern Health celebrated its 10th year as a health authority last year, and we are looking forward to continuing to provide exceptional health care services for northerners into the future. Northern Health works closely with partners to recruit and retain medical professionals including doctors, nurses, and lab technologists, and we know that these relationships are crucial to our long-term success. Northern Health is proud to work closely with post-secondary institutions in B.C. to provide medical training opportunities in the north. Examples include the medical radiography technology program and medical laboratory technologist program at the College of New Caledonia. Both of these programs have strong application numbers, and produce future skilled employees for the north.
Le Cégep accueille des stagiaires de La Roche-sur-Yon
Le 7 mars dernier, six étudiantes du Lycée Notre-Dame du Roc, de La Roche-sur-Yon, en France, ont atterri en sol québécois. Elles passeront le prochain mois à Drummondville, où elles auront la chance, grâce à un partenariat entre leur lycée et le Cégep, de vivre une expérience de stage en bureautique ou comptabilité dans une entreprise de la région. Issu d’une relation de longue date entre le Lycée Notre-Dame du Roc et le Cégep de Drummondville, ce projet d’échange étudiant en est à une première année «formelle».
Rick Mercer Report shoots segment at Algonquin College on school’s charity win
Satirist Rick Mercer applauded Algonquin College Monday, paying the campus a visit after the college raised the most money of any Canadian post-secondary school for his anti-malaria charity. “Despite it all, you were the school that raised the most money in this entire country,” said Mercer of the $40,394 the college raised for his Spread the Net challenge to loud cheers from students in Algonquin’s packed 700-seat auditorium. “You’ve saved 4,000 lives. As far as I’m concerned, you are the most generous!” The contest pitted Algonquin against colleges, universities, high schools and elementary schools to raise money to provided bed nets to areas of Africa hard-hit by the mosquito-transmitted malaria disease.
Haïti: prochain objectif du Cégep
Une expérience enrichissante sur le plan culturel, mais encore plus sur les perspectives d’amélioration des conditions de vie de ce pays des Antilles, voilà comment les étudiants qui y ont pris part qualifient le premier stage exploratoire réalisé en Haïti par le Département de foresterie du Cégep de l’Abitibi-Témiscamingue. Du 23 février au 4 mars, Daphnée Laframboise, Joanie Laplante, Audrey Gauthier-Dubuc, Olivier Langlois, David Chamberland-Cliche, Keven Lemieux et Jonathan Bizier ont vécu dans le nord-est de la Perle des Antilles. En compagnie de Stéphane Gaussiran et Pierre Cartier, enseignants en Technologie forestière, et de l’enseignant en Sciences de la nature Martin Giasson, ils ont examiné divers problèmes qui frappent Haïti sur le plan de l’agroforesterie en vue d’y apporter des solutions.
Mohawk renovation students stage a winning partnership
Hands-on experience. That’s what it’s all about for second-year Mohawk College student Mark Hornich — and 99 others in the building renovation program. The students are renovating Theatre Ancaster’s Old Firehall Arts Centre as a class project. “This is one of the most important things we do because we’re actually applying all that we’ve learned,” said Hornich. “You’re cutting open walls and finding something that won’t pass the (building) code and … you now have to make it safe. You can allude to it in a classroom but you have to experience it to understand it.”
Des étudiants du Cégep se mobilisent contre l’agrandissement du LET
Le projet d’agrandissement du lieu d’enfouissement technique de Waste Management ne laisse pas la population étudiante indifférente. Le 5 mars dernier, lors d’une assemblée générale, les étudiants du Cégep de Drummondville se sont officiellement prononcés contre ce dossier. Conséquemment, le comité de mobilisation étudiant, en collaboration avec le comité environnemental étudiant Les verts de terre, ont établi des relations avec le Groupe des opposants au dépotoir de Drummondville (GODD) pour se joindre à la mobilisation contre l’agrandissement du lieu d’enfouissement technique (LET).
Federal budget 2013: Skills training a top priority, businesses tell Flaherty
Julie Mills had never even heard of tool and die making when the skilled trade turned up on a list of jobs she might consider after completing an aptitude test. But she was intrigued and, after looking into it, enrolled in a two-year tool and die making program at George Brown College. …. Lack of knowledge about hands-on professions is one reason Canada faces a potentially severe shortage of skilled tradespeople, as a wave of older workers heads into retirement, Canadian business groups say. After warning for years that the skills mismatch is a threat to the country’s future economic prosperity, it appears business has found a willing listener. Federal finance minister Jim Flaherty has said that fixing the mismatch in the labour market will be one central theme of an otherwise restrained document, which will be announced Thursday.
New Marine Program in Owen Sound?
97.9 The Beach
Owen Sound’s Georgian College campus could see be home to a new program in Marine Emergency Training. Currently, Georgian College runs a training facility in Port Colborne for cadets and students who want to work in the Marine Industry. However, the Federal Government announced that it will close the facility on June 30th as part of its plans for harbour divestiture, and that has officials at Georgian College looking for a new more suitable campus. The feds announced the facility would be closing three and a half years ago, since it is an aging facility. The province owns the land, the federal government runs the building and the College operates the program.
A Cuban-Canadian culinary fusion: Niagara College’s Chef Signature Series returns Friday with Chef Osvaldo Avila
There’s an art to creating a good menu. Just ask Chef Osvaldo Avila. The Cuban-born chef professor at Niagara College’s Canadian Institute of Food and Wine says it’s about more than simply choosing which foods to serve for the evening: it’s about creating an experience. “You have to have a good flow. I trust my training and my experience to put it all together,” he explained. After training as a chef in Cuba and working there, as well as Spain, Avila came to Niagara College in 1999 to learn the culinary arts. He spent time working back in Cuba before immigrating to Canada in 2002 and headed into the kitchens of restaurants in both casinos in Niagara Falls. Now, a chef-professor at the college, Avila has been selected as one of six to host their own dinner as part of the Chef Signature Series.
CNC offering free Google Maps Coordinates course
The College of New Caledonia is offering employers the chance to learn how to use a new mobile mapping application. The college is holding a Google Map Coordinates workshop this week at the college. CNC’s Industry Liaison Zelda Craig says Google Maps Coordinates lets employers track their mobile employees. “Small businesses historically haven’t been able to adopt software that lets them track their workers,” says Craig, “just because the enterprise solutions have been really expensive big box items, this is something that’s small, easy, uses smart phone technology and Google Maps.”
A fashionable victory
Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) fashion student, Melissa Tsui, placed third in this year’s finale for the Télio Design Competition that took place at Montreal Fashion Week last month. From more than 500 applicants across Canada, Tsui was one of twenty-five talented students whose designs were chosen for the runway. Tsui was awarded a $2,500 scholarship and was the only winner from western Canada. “Winning this award validates my decision to return to school,” said Tsui. “I was at a point in my career where I needed to either upgrade my skills or change professions. I decided to upgrade my skills and being recognized in this way is extremely validating.”
OAB presents scholarship award to Mohawk College student
The Ontario Association of Broadcasters has announced the winner of the 2013 Michael Monty Scholarship Award is Ida Adamowicz, a student from Mohawk College. The Michael Monty Scholarship Award is presented each year to a student with strong academic marks, as well as for their efforts to make a difference by getting involved in extracurricular activities, like volunteering with student groups or organizations. Adamowicz was nominated and won because of her dedication to her program and to her community where she serves as a volunteer and supporter.
CNC and Cancer Centre team up for patients teeth
The College of New Caledonia and the BC Cancer Agency Centre for the North have embarked on a new partnership. Students in the dental hygiene program have been giving cancer patients dental care. Dental Hygiene Instructor Leslie Battersby says the partnership is set up for patients who don’t have a dentist. “So the Cancer Agency would refer that patient to the CNC Dental Clinic,” says Battersby, “and we would do cleanings, hygiene appointments before they would proceed to their cancer treatment.”
N.S. college maps tweets from space — courtesy of Hadfield
There are tweets coming to Earth from space, but it isn’t aliens trying to make contact. It’s Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, orbiting Earth in the International Space Station, sending as many as 15 tweets a day. About half of them include photos taken by Hadfield and his crew as they hurtle around the earth 16 times a day. The pictures, along with accompanying messages, are now part of a digital map created at the Nova Scotia Community College Centre of Geographic Sciences in Lawrencetown, Annapolis County. David MacLean, a Geographic Information Systems faculty member, said the mapping project began in December.
Nunavut community radio urged to keep it clean
“We need to educate radio operators that they have responsibility to not allow that type of speech, type of message over the airwaves.” The organization will be offering a course for community radio operators online in English and Inuktitut through Nunavut Arctic College. The goal is to launch it in September. “Because the communities are so much larger we need to develop better a protocol on what we’re transmitting in our communities,” said Brian Fleming, the senior administrative officer in Igloolik. A public education campaign is also being launched territory-wide.
“The pipefitters actually put off this one-week course. It’s called instrument fitting … after that one-week course, they’re going out and doing the instrumentation work that we’d normally do,” he said. A write-up on instrumentation technology by staff at the College of the North Atlantic describes the importance of industrial instrumentation. “This instrumentation makes sure that all machines in a plant are safe and running correctly,” it states. “(The instruments) may regulate the water flow in equipment or check the air quality in a mine.” The college offers a one-year program for instrumentation technicians. There is also a three-year program for more advanced instrumentation engineering technology. Elsewhere in Canada, including at the British Columbia Institute of Technology, the trade is taught through multi-year programs.
College, health officials can issue tickets
There are a few more hands on deck to help bylaw enforcement and Timmins Police Service (TPS) officials issue tickets for parking and smoking infractions around the city. Two security employees currently working on the campuses of both Northern College and Collège Boréal were given the authorization to issue fines or warning notices to wrongly parked vehicles on those premises. City council approved the bylaw amendment in accordance to Section 15 of the Police Services Act. Another municipal law enforcement officer was given the authority to enforce smoking regulations around the city.
Student food project heads to Cuba
Eight Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) students are headed to Sancti Spiritus, Cuba, to participate in a three-month internship through the Students for Development program (SFD). This is the third-year KPU students have been involved in food security projects in Cuba through the SFD program. Not only have Canadian students gone to Cuba, but students and staff from the University of Sancti Spiritus have also come to Canada to share knowledge and collaborate on sustainability issues.
Keyano pleased with first arts and humanities conference
Fort McMurray Today
Giving McMurrayites an opportunity to discuss language, identity, poetry and creative writing, Keyano College’s first-ever Arts and Humanities Conference Saturday is being toted as “very successful” by organizers. “Without these topics, life would be boring,” said Catherine Koch, vice-president of academics at Keyano, in a release. “I’m really proud of the organizing committee for putting this learning day together.” Community engagement sessions involved groups like Learning Through the Arts and NorthWord literary magazine, in addition to presentations from Ryan Cox, an English instructor at the college, and keynote presenter Sara Dorow, a sociologist from the University of Alberta.
Seminar focused on diverse workforce
Skilled workers like Mani Rajan are just what Sarnia needs, said Lambton College’s IT director Terry Babbey, who hired the India native as a computer programmer more than a year ago. The department hires several co-op students each year, many of whom are international students. “It’s been a very positive experience for us,” said Babbey. “We don’t give any preference – it’s just the best person for the job. More than 1,000 immigrants settled in Sarnia-Lambton between 2001 and 2006, and that number continues to grow, said Dave Mosley, economic researcher with the Local Immigration Partnership…. Thanks to Lambton College’s recruitment efforts, 63% of newcomers to Sarnia Lambton are international students, while 28% are temporary employees, and 9% are permanent residents.
College invites Magna founder to inspire skilled trades’ students
Canada needs to put a greater emphasis on skilled trades and also reward companies that continue to invest in Canada by giving them tax breaks, Magna International founder and multi-millionaire Frank Stronach says. “There’s a much greater focus on skilled trades in Europe,” Stronach told a largely student audience at George Brown College on Thursday. That’s one of the reasons the auto parts maker began opening more plants in Europe, he said. “Even though we have a school where we train people here, it’s not a level playing field,” Stronach said during a visit to the college’s Centre for Construction and Engineering Technology where he was hailed by the students as a visiting rock star.
Weetabix offers training course at Fleming College
Weetabix and Cobourg Fleming College have partnered to offer an on-site training course for the company. The Fleming College Certificate in Manufacturing Operations course is a two-phase course focusing on manufacturing, maintenance, quality inspection, and teamwork over a one-year period. The first phase of the program is already under way with 17 selected employees. Weetabix hopes to have 30 employees participate in the course, which was developed with support from the Government of Canada. Training takes place primarily on the factory floor during normal work shifts.
Algonquin College going green with Rick Mercer
Future prime ministers, take note: your backyard could one day contain a granny flat designed by Ivett Gonzalez Ramirez and other Algonquin College students. Living in it — Rick Mercer, the well-known Canadian comedian and political satirist who will still be tearing a strip off you despite his advancing years. Gonzalez Ramirez and other post-secondary students across the province are competing in the annual Home Sweet Home Student Challenge. This year the challenge, which is intended to engage students in green building techniques, is using humour to make serious points about sustainable building by having students design an ultraefficient granny flat that could, in theory, be placed on a small triangle of space at 24 Sussex Drive. It would house Mercer so he could keep an eye on our highest elected officials well into the future. Eight colleges and universities from across the province have submitted a total of 16 entries. Algonquin, the only Ottawa-area institution to enter, and the University of Toronto are tied for the most entries with four each.
Fanshawe film students getting hands-on with Kingdom Come
London Community News
Matchbox Pictures found success in their first movie release, Devil Seed, thanks in some respect to the contribution of students from Fanshawe College’s Advanced Filmmaking Program. Matchbox Pictures, a London-based company engaged in the development and production of television and direct to DVD releases, has begun production of their second film, Kingdom Come. And to get the project up and running, the company is once again turning to the college for support and a much-needed boost in energy and enthusiasm. “Teaching people skills is the easiest part. But what you can’t teach is attitude and enthusiasm,” said Matchbox Pictures partner Gary Elmer, who is also the producer and director of photography for the movie Kingdom Come. The movie is about a group of strangers who wake up in an abandoned hospital and find themselves stalked by a supernatural force with sinister intentions.
Tweets from space
An instructor at the Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) has taken on a mapping project that is out of this world. Dave MacLean, a longtime teacher at NSCC’s Centre of Geographic Sciences (COGS) in Lawrencetown, is mapping the tweets of the International Space Station as it orbits the earth. Commander Chris Hadfield, Canada’s latest astronaut, has picked up about half a million Twitter followers. He tweets the daily pictures of his bird’s eye view of our world, as he and his crew orbit above us. MacLean has turned these tweets into a map that people can access anytime.
Doors swing open at both Niagara College campuses this weekend
Fort Erie Times
The doors to Niagara College are swinging open this spring. The college is hosting its annual spring open house at both its Welland and Niagara-on-the-Lake campuses on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be interactive displays and information about more than 100 academic programs, campus tours, college service information sessions, live entertainment, a kids’ zone, and tastings from the Niagara College teaching brewery and winery. Welland’s open house will include a caricaturist, photo booth, basketball tournament featuring players from across the province, as well as cooking demonstrations throughout the day at the Niagara Food Festival’s mobile culinary theatre.
Okanagan College launches new website
Vernon Morning Star
Okanagan College has unveiled its new online presence. The institution’s website has an enhanced look, new features and improved navigation. “The launch of our new site marks an important development for the college,” said Allan Coyle, director of public affairs. “Our website is the primary source of information for prospective and current students as well as our employees and community partners. The new site offers greater access to information, news, events, and is easier to navigate. We took the time to listen to our users and have responded with a site that will do a better job of answering their needs.”
How companies are getting colleges to do their workplace training
So she left U of C, and is now nearing the end of a two-year diploma program in instrumentation engineering at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) in Edmonton. Gordon has been getting the hands-on training she wanted in labs supported by—and named after—Spartan Controls Ltd. The company has poured about $8-million worth of equipment into the program since 2007, essentially creating labs that replicate what it’s like to work in a refinery, giving students access to training on new technology. Colleges and institutes across the country have long had a cozy relationship with companies and industries, with a goal of fuelling economic growth and funnelling students into vacant jobs. But with the country’s skilled-labour shortage worsening—it’s estimated to reach four million over the next quarter-century—worried companies are coaxing colleges into ever closer and more creative partnerships. In some cases, they’re even helping design new programs. (article also mentions Nova Scotia Community College and Camosun College)
College Finishing School for University Grads?
The Epoch Times
Once thought of as places that turned out nurses, electricians, and shelves of amateur pottery, colleges are remolding themselves to meet the needs of our new economic reality. You can still learn pottery, but now you can also add the practical touch to your impractical undergraduate degree [or antiquated career] that will make all the difference in your job search. “I’m increasingly hearing the terms ‘finishing school for university students’,” says Humber College president Chris Whitaker. Humber now offers over 30 post-graduate programs for university graduates who may not feel satisfied with their skills or can’t find work with their undergrad alone.
Loyalist teams up with Garfield Weston
Loyalist College has won a partnership with a prominent and long-time Canadian education foundation. The W. Garfield Weston Foundation is beginning a three-year pilot project with Loyalist very soon to financially support students in skilled trades programs. Loyalist College President Maureen Piercy explains.
Georgian hires new VP
Georgian College will have a new academic vice-president April 15. Baldev Pooni comes to Ontario – and Georgian – from Camosun College in Victoria, BC where he worked his way up through the academic ranks to most recently student services and education vice-president. His experience includes also trades and technology dean and chair of civil and mechanical engineering chairperson. “Baldev is experienced in leading innovations in academic programming, which will be critical to the ongoing success of Georgian College,” said college president CEO MaryLynn West-Moynes. “I’m personally impressed by his entrepreneurial spirit, commitment to student achievement and passion for the benefits of a college education. He’ll be an inspiring leader for our academic team and a collaborative contributor to our many post-secondary, industry and community partnerships.”
Mohawk students lend a hand to Theatre Ancaster
Mohawk students are tackling Theatre Ancaster for their biggest community renovation project yet. On Monday, 100 students from Mohawk College’s Building Renovation program joined forces with the Ontario Trillium Foundation to repair and renew the second floor of the Old Firehall Arts Centre on Wilson Street, home of Theatre Ancaster. Brad MacDonald, Mohawk professor and supervisor of the project, says it offers students a great opportunity to gain experience while helping the community. “Time, budget, everything – this is as real as a real job gets,” said MacDonald. “We guide, we advise, but it’s really nice to see the students take the project on and make it their own.” He added that the project became more complicated when they opened the ceiling and discovered structural issues that were previously unknown to them. The students have two weeks, as outlined in the program’s curriculum, to finish everything. Due date is Friday March 22.
What students are looking for in college business courses
The Globe and Mail
As student enrolment grows at college business programs, two business deans talk about what attracts students. Enrolment in business, management and public administration programs at Canada’s more than 120 community colleges rose 11.5 per cent from 2005 to 2011, to more than 130,000, according to Statistics Canada. “One key difference [from university programs] is that college programs are applied in nature. In other words, in the way we approach teaching and learning, the theory of subject matter is combined with the practice of skills required by employers in the various fields of business or sectors we serve,” says Maureen Loweth, dean of Business, Arts & Design at George Brown College…. This is also the case at Humber College Institute of Technical and Advanced Learning, where Alvina Cassiani is dean of the college’s business school.
Get ready for your future at SIAST
For a young high school graduate, navigating a future of nearly infinite possibilities is no easy task. SIAST is aiming to make it a little easier with its myChoice interactive online for potential new students. The service is free and offers information about programs, life on campus, tours, scholarships and awards, tuition and rental accommodations. “MyChoice is a two-fold thing,” says Bill Blok, Coordinator of Student Recruitment. “It allows prospective students to create a profile and give us some information about what kind of programs they’re interested in, and that gives us the opportunity to push information out to them as it becomes available.”
The Road to higher learning
Parkland College has been steadily expanding the philosophy of life-long learning in East Central Saskatchewan for 40 years. Parkland Community College first opened as a community college in Melville, in June 1973. People from the community signed up to learn skills from other people in the community. One of the first classes offered was in the art of Ukrainian Easter egg painting. “It was typically more of a hobby focus,” explains communications officer Brendan Wagner. “Then we branched off rather rapidly into more things in adult education and training people for the workforce.” Over the years the college has expanded their career training. The college now occupies campuses in five different communities – Melville, Yorkton, Fort Qu’Appelle, Canora, and Esterhazy.
Mine workers’ training gets hands-on
The Free Press
Elk Valley residents hoping to work in the mines will now have access to the latest mining truck haul simulators to help with their training at College of the Rockies. The college has received over a million dollars to buy five simulators, which will train entry-level workers in the mining sector, plus a truck and trailer to transport the equipment between campuses to ensure that as many students as possible benefit from the new equipment. Compared to training on an actual machine, simulation-based training allows students to engage in maneuvers or operational situations that may be dangerous to perform. “We are absolutely thrilled to receive this funding,” said Dr. Nick Rubidge, President and CEO, College of the Rockies.
Local university students take to the streets
Several university students will be spending the next five days living on the streets to raise money and awareness for Youth Empowerment and Support Services (YESS). “They will be staying outside for five days on a concrete floor with a piece of cardboard, a sleeping bag, a pillow and that’s it,” MacEwan University spokesperson, David Beharry, explained. The campaign, 5 Days for the Homeless, started at the University of Alberta (U of A) and went national in 2008. This year, both U of A and MacEwan students will be taking part. Students are still required to complete all academic assignments and exams they have scheduled. They will also not be allowed to purchase anything to eat or drink.
Alberta Businessman preaching a positive attitude
One of our province’s most successful entrepreneurs has been recognized with another prestigious award. Dale Wishewan founded Booster Juice back in 1999 recognizing the desire of Albertans to find healthy alternatives in the fast food market. 14 year’s later there are more than 300 Booster Juice stores opened in 6 countries around the world. Wishewan is the 27th recipient of the Dr.Charles Allard Award in Business at MacEwan University. Wishewan reveals some of his keys to success.
Learning alongside student teachers
Fort McMurray Today
One of the best ways to learn a skill is to do it. The same goes for teaching. Right now there are first- and fourth-year Education students in some of our classrooms. It’s an opportunity for them to get some first-hand knowledge of teaching as a profession. Joel Canete is a Math and Science consultant for the Fort McMurray Catholic School District. Canete is an instructor and practicum supervisor for Keyano College as well. Canete explains the difference between the first- and fourth-year teachers in classrooms right now. “The first group consists of students who are enrolled in the Collaborative Education Program at Keyano College. This program allows the students to take the first two years of their degree before applying to the University of Alberta to complete the degree. The course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the scope of teaching and the expectations placed on teachers. This is done through a combination of classroom lectures and a 35-hour observation practicum.
Medicine Hat College gets funding for 3-D printer
Several programs at Medicine Hat College will soon be able to use three-dimensional printing and scanning equipment bought in part with a federal grant. The school said the technology has several applications, from building and designing prototypes for unmanned aircraft, to surgical implants and instruments. “The possibilities are quite, quite diverse,” said Walter Garrison, manager of innovation and scholarship at Medicine Hat College.