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Local educators, innovators hoping for good news budget
Educators and innovators in Ottawa are hoping today’s federal budget will deliver more funding for skills development, infrastructure and manufacturing. Claude Brulé is vice-president academic at Algonquin College. He said the college has three main wishes. “We would dearly love another round of investment in college infrastructure,” Brulé said, citing the recession a few years ago when the federal government put up money to help build the college’s new trades centre. “And that allowed us to open 600 additional new spots each year for students,” Brulé said.
Une nouvelle avenue pour le marché du carbone
L’Hebdo du St-Maurice
Pour les entreprises québécoises, les municipalités et les établissements, cela représente une opportunité à saisir. C’est d’ailleurs dans l’optique d’accompagner les organisations à répondre aux enjeux de cette nouvelle réglementation que l’IC2E a été créé. “Le marché du carbone étant naissant, il y a donc des besoins en compétences. Le Collège Shawinigan ainsi que le CNETE pour la portion de recherche, ont uni leur force pour créer un programme de formation qui sera dispensé par l’IC2E”, explique d’entrée de jeu Marc-André St-Yves, de l’IC2E.
Preserve and promote Ontario culture: Program all about preserving heritage sites
Museum curators might need gloves to handle the treasures behind the glass, but it also takes an artful hand to balance the books. That’s the premise behind Centennial College’s culture and heritage site management program, which launched last year to fill a demand in Ontario’s cultural institutions for leaders with business acumen. The suite of 12 courses and a field placement — split over two semesters — goes beyond just instructing students on how to dust archives, said Susan Mackie, who was among the first cohort of 15 students to graduate from the program.
Étudiant au cégep André-Laurendeau, Sébastien Boucher obtient une bourse de 5 000 $
Le Messager LaSalle
L’Association Horatio Alger du Canada a annoncé que 18 étudiants québécois ont mérité une bourse d’études de 5 000 $, dont Sébastien Boucher du cégep André-Laurendeau de LaSalle. Il s’agit des tous premiers récipiendaires du programme de bourses Horatio Alger au Québec. L’Association offre des bourses d’études à des étudiants à temps plein au cégep ayant des difficultés financières et qui ont fait preuve d’intégrité et de persévérance face à l’adversité. Ces étudiants démontrent aussi une force de caractère, possèdent un bon dossier académique, sont engagés à poursuivre leurs études au niveau universitaire et ont le désir de contribuer à la société.
Students sink their teeth into additional training
For dental assistants and hygienists, continuing education isn’t just recommended — in some cases, it’s mandatory. “Assistants have to get a specific number of points per year to meet the certification requirements,” says Luisa Nervo, a registered dental hygienist. “Hygienists have to maintain a professional portfolio, which means that we have to have specific goals every year to learn something new … so that we can provide better care for our clients.” Nervo teaches an orthodontics course for dental hygienists at George Brown College’s continuing education school. The course is one of several available for hygienists and assistants to help them upgrade or refresh their skills.
Apple se joint au Colloque sur les applications mobiles
Le géant de l’informatique Apple a annoncé, cette semaine, sa participation au Colloque sur les applications mobiles du Cégep Gérald-Godin, qui se tiendra le 17 avril prochain. Cette annonce se combine à l’engagement de nouveaux partenaires de diffusion, soit l’Association québécoise des informaticiens et informaticiennes indépendants (AQIII), la Chambre de commerce de l’Ouest-de-l’Île ainsi que l’Association des collèges communautaires du Canada (ACCC).… Le Collège Boréal, en Ontario, utilise les iPad dans plusieurs de ses programmes. Denis-Hubert Dutrisac, président du collège, présentera lors de l’événement les pratiques pédagogiques de ce collège avant-gardiste.
First Nations training targeted
In addition to the $3 million, the Ministry of Education is also to receive $600,000 or a 38.5-per-cent increase for pre-kindergarten programs for high-needs areas. The Ministry of Economy is to receive a $3.1-million increase to $29.8 million, which represents an 11.8-per-cent increase in funding for First Nations and Metis initiatives and institutions – $1.5 million to help eliminate Adult Basic Education waiting lists; $1.5 million to accelerate essential skills training and the Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies‘ Aircraft Maintenance Engineer Training program is to receive $150,000.
Aider la Chine à faire du bio!
La Nouvelle Union
Aider la Chine à faire de l’agriculture biologique! C’est, rien de moins, la mission de Denis La France, qu’au cégep de Victoriaville comme ailleurs au Québec, on reconnaît comme un expert en la matière. Ces semaines-ci, il multiplie les conférences sur ses récents séjours en Chine, tant avec des groupes de producteurs et d’intervenants québécois qu’il a pilotés que ces voyages qu’il a faits en solo afin d’offrir des formations. Après 2 900 heures d’études, il maîtrise suffisamment bien la langue pour s’adresser directement à ses interlocuteurs chinois. Il a même son nom chinois, dont le prénom signifie «protecteur de la terre».
Getting a degree booster shot can help you land new job
When she first started teaching, she explains, her students were taking their college diploma. It’s more mature students who are either in the industry and need to upgrade their skills,” Smart says, “or they’re people who are… looking to change their career, or people who have been downsized out of a job and are looking for something new.” Smart’s class embodies the maxim of CE at Humber College: classes provide real-world expertise in areas of industry that will need employees. Students learn from practitioners and build networks. According to a study commissioned by the college, 72 per cent of CE students take these courses for “career-oriented reasons.”
Cinq étudiants représenteront la relève artistique du cégep de Drummondville
La Nouvelle Union
Des étudiants ont récemment été sélectionnés pour représenter le programme en Arts visuels du cégep de Drummondville à l’Exposition intercollégiale d’arts visuels 2013, qui se déroulera au cégep de Jonquière, du 3 au 12 mai prochain. Les membres du jury ont reçu une variété de propositions d’étudiants à la fois inspirées et originales. La tâche n’a donc pas été facile pour le jury, comme l’a souligné l’enseignante Claudine Brouillard, qui supervise le volet local du concours. «Nous sommes très fiers des artistes que nous avons sélectionnés. L’Exposition intercollégiale représente une expérience unique permettant aux étudiants du programme d’être confrontés à ce qui se crée ailleurs», a-t-elle indiqué.
Wanna be a streamkeeper? Bring your gumboots
Campbell River Mirror
Do you want to volunteer enhancing fisheries values in Campbell River? There is a two-day Streamkeeper Workshop course offered March 23-24 at North Island College (Room C226). Instructor Dave Clough is a Registered Professional Biologist who has been restoring fish/stream habitat and training habitat stewards for over 25 years. The course is sponsored by Greenways Land Trust and the Salmon Enhancement Program of DFO. The Steamkeepers Training course objective is to provide a science based explanation of stream health. The ecology of streams is explained in modules that all provide basic information on determining the health of a stream.
Dévoilement de deux panneaux d’interprétation dans la montagne du Collège
Trois étudiants du programme de Techniques de bioécologie du Cégep de La Pocatière ont procédé, le 12 mars, au dévoilement de deux nouveaux panneaux d’interprétation qui seront installés dans la montagne du Collège. Réalisés par Caroline Caron, Maxime Pelletier et Charles-Étienne Morin dans le cadre du cours « Écotourisme », ces panneaux, temporaires, s’intitulent Un peu d’histoire et Parlons géologie.
Keyano wins award for book design
Fort McMurray Today
More than just a helpful guide for prospective students, Keyano College’s 2013-14 View Book is earning the post-secondary institution international accolades. The book, featuring dynamic photography, creative layout and inventive “Did you know?” sidebars, the view book is designed to provide candidates with a look into life at Keyano, available programs, student life and opportunities available on campus. Beating out dozens of submissions, Keyano nabbed the Gold Paragon Award from the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations, March 12 in Chicago. “There was a lot of brainstorming and working together,” said Renee Summers, acting director of marketing and communications at Keyano, in a release. “Everyone in the department contributed in one way or another. I’m so proud of our whole team. It helps illustrate the quality of work we produce. I am looking forward to submitting in many more categories next year.”
Classique annuelle de golf de la Fondation du Cégep
Le Canada Français
La douzième édition de la Classique annuelle de golf de la Fondation du Cégep Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu aura lieu le jeudi 30 mai, au Club de golf Saint-Jean. Une invitation est lancée à la communauté d’affaires de la région. Plus de 144 golfeuses et golfeurs sont attendus. Serge Parent, propriétaire d’Uniprix Serge Parent, est le président d’honneur du tournoi en plus d’être le partenaire majeur de l’événement pour une troisième année consécutive. «Le Cégep Saint‐Jean‐sur‐Richelieu est reconnu pour la qualité de son enseignement supérieur et il est aussi un endroit idéal pour rêver, se remettre en question et refaire le monde. Il doit continuer de vivre, de grandir et d’évoluer au sein même de notre milieu. Voilà pourquoi je m’engage de nouveau à le soutenir cette année et c’est la raison pour laquelle je vous demande votre appui», déclare M. Parent.
NDP critic talks to Douglas College students
Provincial NDP advanced education critic Michelle Mungall went into a session with Douglas College students knowing feeling the same angst they do. Mungall visited the New Westminster campus with local New Democrat candidate Judy Darcy on Tuesday. Mungall, 35, is in her first term as MLA for Nelson-Creston and not far removed from academia and the burden of student loans. Mungall said the top issue for students is affordability with the average debt for a post-secondary graduate being $27,000. “B.C. is one of the highest in the country, and the interest rate is higher than anywhere else,” said Mungall in an interview prior to her appearance.
Fleming College partners with environmental research company
An innovative partnership between the local college and an environmental research and consulting firm will open new avenues for applied research and student learning, while hopefully helping to evict an invasive plant from Ontario lakes. The agreement between Fleming College’s School for Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences and Ohio-based EnviroScience will see the two work together to culture the native milfoil weevil in an attempt to biologically control the spread of the Eurasian watermilfoil; an invasive aquatic plant found in lakes throughout the Great Lakes basin.
Saskatchewan budget highlights
• $14 million increase in post-secondary base operating grants
• $1.5 million to accelerate skills training and increase employment opportunities for First Nations and Metis people
• $25.5 million in post-secondary capital transfers, including $4 million toward the new Southeast Regional College
• $9.2 million increase in base operating funding for universities and colleges
• $149.6 million for in operating funding for technical institutes and $27.6 million for regional colleges
• $19.6 million increase for student supports
• $1.5 million increase for an additional 300 trades training seats and a $119,000 increase for the Apprenticeship Training Allowance
Trades Alberta: Teens follow in parents’ footsteps
High-school students enrolled in the RAP get a head start on an apprenticeship, dividing their time between paid work on a job site and their high-school studies. They accumulate hours toward their first-year apprenticeship along with high-school credits. Chase entered the RAP at Father Mercredi High School. He chose welding, and said, although it was difficult his first year, he persisted. The 19-year-old is now an apprentice welder working for Waiward Steel in Edmonton and taking classes at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology. “I like working with my hands and I’ve always enjoyed building stuff, so this fulfils both of those,” he said of welding. http://www.edmontonjournal.com/business/Trades+Alberta+Family+factor+choosing+career+path/8127319/story.html
Georgian College to host info session
If you’re considering pursuing a post-secondary education, but need help figuring out how to afford it, consider attending a free information session hosted by Georgian College. Rob Townsend, a recruitment specialist with Georgian College, will host the “Smart Student” session from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on April 25 at the Midland campus of Georgian College (649 Prospect Blvd.).
Fanshawe student’s app aims to ease bus commutes
Gabriel Castro says he’s an applied learner. The 18-year-old Fanshawe College student claims often needs to do something hands-on to understand a concept. So, over spring break, the Londoner decided to tap into an idea he had in his back pocket by — you guessed it — putting theory into action. The finished product? My London Transit, a mobile phone and tablet application available for Android-operated cell phones. The app — available through the Google Play store — aims to give bus riders up-to-the-minute information on schedules and routes.
MacEwan University students brave weather for 5 Days for the Homeless campaign to raise funds for YESS
As the temperatures dipped below minus-20 C, a group of four MacEwan University students were busy setting up their sleeping bags for the night. Thursday marked the final night in the 5 Days for the Homeless campaign, which began at 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 10 and wrapped up at 5 p.m. on Friday. The MacEwan students set their fundraising goal of $20,000, with all proceeds going towards the Youth Empowerment and Support Services (YESS). While the weather outside was frightful, the group was well prepared. “It’s a pretty eye-opening experience and it’s really about getting some insight,” says MacEwan student and 5 Days for the Homeless participant, Pierce Brindza.
Residence gets tax break
The North Bay Nugget
City politicians agreed Monday to waive development charges and rebate property taxes for a proposed new six-storey college residence that will be built and operated under a public-private partnership. According to a staff report, Canadore College is moving ahead with the second phase of a housing strategy that will see the decommissioning and razing of its original townhouse residences and the construction of a third six-storey, 280-bed apartment complex. And the college requested that the city waive development charges and rebate property taxes for proposed new building, as it did in 2011 when Canadore College and Campus Living Centres teamed up to build a $15-million residence at the lower residence campus.
Premier makes a local stopover
Redford did a question and answer session at Lakeland College in Vermilion, where she faced questions on various topics. “Lakeland College is a perfect example of a post-secondary institution that does such good work in terms of what we’re trying to achieve. It is focused on applied research, the programs—whether it’s in environmental sciences or emergency medical services or agriculture or renewable energy, are all programs that are building skills in people that we need to have working in the economy,” said Redford. “They have done an excellent job of that.” Last time she was in town the Centre for Sustainable Innovation was in the process of being built, and she used that as an example of the kind of projects that Lakeland can take pride in. “Really, that’s exactly what we want to see post-secondary institutions doing, is looking to build technology that can be commercialized and change the way that our economy grows and profits,” said Redford.
The rise of the digital degree
Ottawa Business Journal
As people turn to the Internet for ever more reasons, it’s only natural that education would be one. Although Ontario does not yet have an online university, institutes across the country are popping up to support online learning….There’s also OntarioLearn, a partnership of 24 community colleges that pools resources to increase online learning options. Algonquin College is one of its founding members. In 2012, 66,000 students enrolled in an online program through OntarioLearn….In its 2012 annual report, OntarioLearn said that its 66,000 applicants made it one of the largest providers of online course development and delivery in North America. Founded in 1995, the consortium has grown to include 24 community colleges offering 1,200 online courses, with more than 85 per cent of students achieving a passing grade after factoring in attrition. Algonquin College had 9,155 students enrolled through OntarioLearn in 2011-12; the fourth highest behind Durham, Loyalist and Seneca colleges.
EDUCATION: Niagara College’s spring open house set for March 23
Niagara College will roll out the red carpet at its Welland and Niagara-on-the-Lake Campuses on March 23 for its Spring Open House event. The Spring Open House gives the community an opportunity to explore more than 100 postsecondary programs; visit interactive displays and learning enterprises; and tour NC’s state-of-the-art facilities. “Whether you’re someone who’s looking at postsecondary education or re-training for a new career, or you’re interested in learning more about Niagara College and the important work we’re doing in education and the community, this is a great opportunity for you to visit our campuses and meet our students and staff,” said NC president Dan Patterson.
New technology maps Inuit knowledge
The new money will pay for much needed hardware replacement and also upgrades to Nunaliit which has been used to map many things, from the risk of urban homelessness in southern Canadian cities to snowmobile trails. For his northern work, Taylor teamed up with Claudio Aporta, an associate professor in Carleton’s Department of Sociology and Anthropology who specializes in northern indigenous knowledge. With Aporta’s connections, and a host of northern partners including Nunavut Arctic College, they helped Inuit create several online atlases that allow users to experience Nunavut from the inside out. Taylor says its crucial to record that perspective now: language and local knowledge — of the land, the ocean, the weather, the animals and more—are disappearing due to rapid social, climactic and economic changes.
U of L, college squeezed by Alta. Budget
The provincial budget has dealt a $15.4-million blow to the University of Lethbridge and Lethbridge College and those cuts will trickle down to the city’s economy, too. “It’s a large amount of money to cut out of our budget and so it’s going to require some significant work,” said U of L president Mike Mahon. “Not only does it impact the university it impacts the city of Lethbridge because we are one of the largest employers. This is a blow potentially to the economy of Lethbridge as well.” The U of L will have $11.9 million less to work with while the college will have $3.5 million less. “We’re working on a plan now,” said Paula Burns, Lethbridge College president. “We have engaged our college leadership council in asking the questions ‘What are the opportunities that we have?’ and ‘How can we manage to absorb this significant reduction in our budget for the following year?'”
First time NLC students awarded
Three Dawson Creek Northern Lights College students will benefit as recipients of NLC Foundation Entrance awards. Lisa Belkin, a student of Esthetics and Nail Care Technology, Jared Cupples, who is studying to be a Wind Turbine Maintenance Technician and Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Student Teresa Sanderson will each receive a $1,000 award.
NSCC students compete in their chosen trade
Mannequin heads were washed, their hair cut and died in a flurry of scissors combs and foil at the Pictou campus of the Nova Scotia Community College in Stellarton Tuesday. Dozens of community college students and apprentices from across the province were at the school to test their talent against the best in their field. Every spring, Skills Canada – Nova Scotia presents this Olympic-style competition which brings together students and apprentices from across the province to compete in their chosen skilled trades and technologies. Bronze, silver and gold are awarded to the top competitors, with most gold medalists advancing to the Skills Canada National Competition, which will be taking place in Vancouver.
SIAST relay challenge teaches winter survival skills
Prince Albert Daily Herald
Dozens of SIAST students showed off their winter survival skills on Tuesday as part of the school’s first annual Winter Relay Challenge. Organized as a team-building exercise by the Aboriginal Student Achievement Plan (ASAP) committee, the competitive relay featured 10 different events for students to demonstrate their traditional winter skill set. “Basically they are survival skills that the pioneers needed to survive in the winters and in Saskatchewan,” SIAST aboriginal student advisor Shelley Belhumeur said. “So (the students) had to start a fire, they had to snowshoe, they had to haul logs or haul some freight, they had to cross-country ski (in addition to) log-throwing, log-cutting … different skills that are needed to survive in our Saskatchewan winters.”
Bee diagnostic centre opens for business
Grande Prairie Daily Herald Tribune
Honeybee samples from across the country are expected to start coming through the doors at the National Bee Diagnostic Centre soon as the facility officially opens April 1. Located at the Beaverlodge Research Farm, the NBDC is a state-of-the-art laboratory offering a one-of-a-kind national service. Come April 1 beekeepers from across Canada can submit live or frozen samples of honeybees to the centre for diagnosis. NBDC applied scientist manager Dr. Carlos Castillo will monitor the research taking place at the diagnostic centre…. The centre is operated through the Grande Prairie Regional College’s Centre for Research and Innovation, and is a partnership with Agriculture and AgriFood Canada.
Fashion management student off to NYC
Sarah Walkington has always had an interest in fashion. Now, with a $5,000 scholarship under her belt, she is headed to New York City to intern with an American retailer where she will get hands-on experience in combining fashion sense with business acumen. Walkington is in the final year of the Fashion Management program at George Brown College. She, along with four other young women in the program, recently took part in the YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund competition, a contest sponsored by the American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA). The scholarship is usually bestowed to students in fashion management programs in the U.S., but because the George Brown program is the only Canadian one endorsed by the AAFA, the students were allowed to compete. They each won $5,000 plus an invitation to attend a gala awards dinner at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel. A two-month internship with a top American apparel company completes the prize.
How Boston Compares to Other Cities When Seen from Space
Boston’s not the only city Hadfield has captured. He’s actually building a library of images of cities all over the world, in addition to capturing photos of cool land formations, weather phenomena and anything else that makes your eyes bug out, all of which he sends out on his must-follow Twitter account. David MacLean teaches computer mapping at the Nova Scotia Community College, and he’s such a fan of Hadfield that, he tells the Ottawa Citizen, he thought, “Wouldn’t it be nice to have a catalog of where they are?” Thus do we get this database which allows you to zoom around the world and click on photos of cities Hadfield’s captured.
Campbell River high school students get a taste of the trades
Campbell River Mirror
More than 350 high school students stepped out of their comfort zones on Friday and got a taste of the trades. In an effort to showcase opportunities for young adults, North Island College’s (NIC) Campbell River campus invited students and the community to try their hand at a trade as part of hosting the Skills Canada Vancouver Island North regionals – an Olympic-style trades and technology competition. Susan Auchterlonie, director of community relations for NIC, said the event was a chance to open the students’ eyes to the options they have with post-secondary education. “Instructors were commenting that they had a number of students who were very engaged coming through and who expressed interest in having a career in the trades,” Auchterlonie said. “Which is great because there will be such a demand for those types of jobs in the next few years.”
College class comes to student’s aid again
Some Corner Brook college students are coming to the aid of a familiar friend again. The millright class at College of the North Atlantic winterized Michael Johnson’s wheelchair so he could clear his own driveway. Then they built him a special bobsled so he could compete in a race. Now, they’re helping raise money to replace his accessible van that just died. Johnson says without it, getting up the long hill to his house is a real chore.
Symposium for adapted physical activity kicks off Thursday
Grande Prairie Daily Herald-Tribune
This week, Grande Prairie will host its first ever symposium for adapted physical activity (APA), fitness and sport. The three-day, interactive conference will begin on Thursday at Grande Prairie Regional College. Everyone is invited to attend seminars or participate in adapted games and activities. “We want to take the barriers away that people experience in society because of their disabilities or impairments, said Bethe Goldie, an event organizer and adapted physical education instructor at GPRC. “The idea is to build in success for anybody and enable them so no one is left out.” The event is supported by the Eastlink Centre and University of Alberta Steadward Centre, both of which offer a variety of adapted programs for special physical or intellectual needs.
Students gain hands-on experience at NSCC Truro Campus
Truro Daily News
Creating animation attracted dozens of students from all over the province to the Nova Scotia Community College campus in Truro yesterday. The students were invited to get hands-on experience while touring the school’s different media arts programs. “They were able to choose a day-long workshop, which gives them a chance for some in-depth experience where they can actually create a product that they can take home with them,” said Karen Gillespie, the academic chair schools of applied arts and new media.