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Dignitaries open new college wing
Cotton candy, cake, an ear-popping balloon drop and appearance by former Ontario premier Bill Davis marked the official opening of Sheridan College’s latest multi-million dollar renovation and expansion efforts in Brampton. The Davis Campus namesake was joined by Mayor Susan Fennell, Sheridan College President Jeff Zabudsky, other school officials and a crowd of students for celebrations yesterday to formally open a renovated student services area and a new 40,000-square-foot-addition. Renovations consolidated the school’s student services offices— making resources and help available in one convenient location for students.
Roland Auger quittera le Cégep de la Gaspésie et des Îles
Lors de la réunion extraordinaire du conseil d’administration du 25 mars, Roland Auger, directeur général du Cégep de la Gaspésie et des Îles a informé le conseil qu’il ne sollicitera pas un quatrième mandat à la fin de son contrat, le 18 août prochain. « J’ai eu le privilège de diriger cette grande institution d’enseignement supérieur pendant 15 ans. Ces années ont été très riches en défis et en apprentissages, elles constitueront certes les années les plus importantes et marquantes de ma vie professionnelle », a affirmé M. Roland Auger, directeur général.
New Entrance to St. Clair College Opens Thursday
As a result of the ongoing construction on the Windsor Essex Parkway, the entrance to St. Clair College from Highway 3 will change starting Thursday, March 28th. If you are travelling on Highway 3 from Howard, you will be diverted to a new road on the LaSalle side of the highway. A new right hand turn lane will bring you into the campus. If you’re coming south on Highway 3 from E.C. Row, you will experience a similar diversion onto a road that will bring you to a new intersection where you will turn left into the campus.
Soins infirmiers: suspension des admissions au DEC accéléré
L’Action – Joliette
Les personnes intéressées à faire un DEC accéléré en soins infirmiers au Centre de formation de Repentigny l’automne prochain devront renoncer à leur projet. La Direction de la Formation continue du Cégep régional de Lanaudière indique par voie de communiqué qu’elle a décidé de suspendre temporairement les admissions pour la cohorte qui était prévue. La décision a été prise alors que la Direction « entend poursuivre ses analyses et faire davantage de consultations afin d’adopter des orientations ou de trouver des solutions liées à diverses difficultés et enjeux pour cette modalité d’offre de formation, notamment, mais non limitativement limitativement sur le plan financier.»
Hearst EDC and Collège Boréal partnering for networking workshop
The Hearst Economic Development Corporation in partnership with Collège Boréal is proud to present the workshop “Building a Business Network through Web 2.0”. Our speaker, Isabelle Poirier, is the founder of Intelegia which specializes in social media consulting and strategic advisory on business communications and marketing strategies. A workshop not to be missed for any business or organization that seeks to master the tools of Web 2.0 to develop their business network and communicate with targeted contacts.
Le Cégep dérape…le temps d’une journée
À l’occasion des Mardis Sciences humaines, le Cégep de Trois-Rivières organise une journée «Dérapages» le 26 mars. L’institution espère que cette journée permettre aux étudiants de nombreuses prises de conscience, des vérifications et des modifications des conceptions personnelles sur les attitudes envers les comportements à risque lors de la conduite automobile. Des spécialistes seront donc présents à un kiosque de sensibilisation sur la conduite automobile à risque.
Tuition Hike Approved at Okanagan College
Okanagan College has approved their 2013-2014 operating budget and also hiked tuition fees. Allan Coyle, Public Affairs at Okanagan College says the Board of Governors did so to help address a $1.6 million shortfall. “The budget included a 2 per cent increase in tuition fees which is the maximum allowed under provincial guidelines. Every year we have to pass a balanced budget and this year the Board was wrestling with some issues about $1.6 million worth of issues.” For a full time Arts student tuition will increase by $62.79 per year while some apprentice programs such as Automotive Painters will increase by $7.96 per year. In addressing the 2013-14 budget issue, the College had to manage $952,000 in inflationary costs, as well as an anticipated $120,000 reduction in funding from the Province (part of a $70 million reduction to be applied sector-wide over the coming three years).
Augmentation du nombre de diplômés au Cégep Beauce-Appalaches
Les derniers chiffres du Ministère de l’Enseignement supérieur, de la Recherche, de la Science et de la Technologie révèlent que le taux de diplomation est en hausse de 4,5 % au Cégep Beauce-Appalaches. Au niveau préuniversitaire, le taux de diplomation atteint 78,3 % alors qu’il se situe à 68 % dans le secteur technique. Le taux de diplomation des étudiants effectuant le parcours d’Accueil et intégration atteint 53,3 %. « La direction du Cégep a fait le choix d’investir dans l’encadrement des étudiants et cela rapporte. Nous faisons de la prévention d’échec. Après deux échecs, un étudiant est soumis à un contrat pédagogique qui l’oblige à participer à des mesures d’aide pédagogique », affirme Rachel Aubé, directrice des études du Cégep Beauce-Appalaches.
Trilogy for Loyalist’s QNet News as best College/University Newspaper website
Loyalist College’s student-run QNet News www.qnetnews.ca has been named Best College/University Newspaper Website for the third consecutive year at the Ontario Community Newspapers Association’s (OCNA) Better Newspaper Competition (BNC) Awards Gala on Friday, March 22. “I am honoured that QNet News has won the prestigious OCNA award for best student newspaper website for the third time,” said Jane Harrison, Dean, School of Media, Arts and Design at Loyalist College. “Our Journalism – Online, Print and Broadcast program is dedicated to a multi-platform approach to storytelling and therefore, QNet News encompasses the best in video, audio, print, and still photography. This blending of media will be enhanced as we redevelop the website to help our audience move seamlessly through each medium while consuming stories of interest. Our students’ multimedia and social media stories reflect the lives of people living in the Quinte region while also tackling issues of international importance.”
New NIC president aims to continue building on strengths of the college
Comox Valley Echo
John Bowman is looking forward to relocating to the Comox Valley from Prince George. Starting in August, Bowman will take over as president of North Island College to replace Dr. Jan Lindsay, who is retiring after four years with NIC and 35 years in BC’s post-secondary education sector. Although he has visited Comox and Courtenay a couple of times, Bowman said he doesn’t really know the region that well. “I am really looking forward to know more,” said Bowman, who was named the new president by the NIC Board of Governors last week. “It’s very different climatically and geographically from Prince George and that certainly is attractive.”… Bowman is stepping down from his post as president and chief executive officer at the College of New Caledonia in Prince George.
U of A students want administration costs cut
At MacEwan University, president David Atkinson noted a letter of expectation sent out by the province makes no specific mention that MacEwan will take on additional undergraduate teaching, one option that has been discussed in the last few weeks. But that issue may be addressed when the province and university sit down to negotiate enrolment quotas “in approved programs,” as required by the letter of expectation, Atkinson said. While there’s room for some increased enrolment on campus, already about 1,000 of the 11,500 students are not covered by government operating grants, he said.
Journalist, historian to speak at Keyano
Fort McMurray Today
Shining a light on the triumphs of non-violent revolutions, Gwynne Dyer will take the stage Thursday at Keyano College as part of the Global Address speaker series. A Canadian journalist, author and historian based out of London, Dyer will discuss some of the most impressive non-violent revolutions responsible for overthrowing tyrants in Europe, Africa and Asia in the last 25 years and how they were able to institute democracy as a result. Dyer will talk about the difference between violent and non-violent uprisings and the results both produce.
Douglas College career program wins award
New Westminster News Leader
A Douglas College program has been named 2013 program of the year by the B.C. Career Development Association. The school’s Career Development Practice certificate program (CDP) is a continuing education program in the faculty of Child, Family and Community Studies prepares students for career development practice with courses in labour market information, social media, case management and more. “This award recognizes two decades of teaching, innovation and leadership in B.C.’s career development sector,” said CDP program manager Cheryl Jeffs in a press release.
Queen’s Park earmarks $27 million to tackle mental health issues on Ontario campuses
The province also launched an online hub of expertise where campus staff can see and share new methods for helping students. This Centre for Innovation on Campus Mental Health will be run by the Canadian Mental Health Association with the help of Colleges Ontario, the Council of Ontario Universities, the College Student Alliance and the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance at a cost of $1.1 million over three years…. Humber College has received $752,286 over three years to train 2,500 staff across 12 colleges and universities to spot the early signs of mental distress, noted Jen McMillen, Humber’s director of student access, wellness and development…. (article also mentions Sault College and Niagara College)
Province promises $722,000 for mental health services at Sault College
The Sault Star
The province says it will spend $722,000 over the next three years on mental health services at Sault College. The money, announced Tuesday, will fund the college’s Rural and Northern Access Hub. “Our government is making sure that college and university students in Sault Ste. Marie have access to more support and better mental health services,” said MPP David Orazietti. “We want to put kids back on track – leading to better health outcomes, improved marks, and a higher standard of living. “We are thrilled to receive this critical funding which will help our college develop and pilot important protocols to expedite service to our students who struggle with mental health,” said Ron Common, Sault College president, in a release.
Niagara College students debuting pothole patching invention
610 CKTB News
This could put an end to the age old joke, how many city workers does it take to fill a pothole? Students at Niagara College’s Niagara Research department will unveil a new pothole patching machine Thursday at the Welland campus. Last May the department was approached by Grimsby based Ryan Industrial Technologies to develop a new machine to be sold to contractors and municipalities.
Nunavut struggles to fill midwife positions
New book on Inuit midwifery published
The Nunavut government says staffing challenges have slowed efforts to bring more Inuit midwives into the health care system. Monita O’Connor, an assistant deputy minister of Health, said she’s proud of Nunavut Arctic College’s graduated program, which allows Inuit to earn a certificate, diploma or degree in midwifery. But she said it has been difficult to hire trained midwives from the South to come and support new ones in Nunavut… Nunavut Arctic College has published a new book on Inuit midwifery, called “Birth on the Land”. It collects memories from Inuit elders and traditional midwives from around the territory. The book is part of a larger effort to train Inuit midwives to take a larger role in Nunavut’s health care system.
Young people learn more about career choices at fair
The Western Star
Kelly Tompkins, who teaches cabinet making at the College of the North Atlantic’s campus in Port aux Basques, came to the fair to try to explain that cabinetry is more than making kitchen cabinets and is not the same as carpentry. Cabinet making is actually about building furniture. It’s a job that happens indoors all year long, said Tompkins, and is an in-demand trade that has plenty of applications for the creative mind. “There are a lot of companies looking for cabinet makers right now —not carpenters, but cabinet makers,” said Tompkins. “If you wanted to get into something like building guitars, it’s the same skill set. It’s a fun trade and you can create your own niche market with it.”
Niagara College holding Rick Mercer party tonight at NOTL campus
Bullet News Niagara
Niagara College will be in the national television spotlight this week and it’s hosting a viewing party to celebrate. The College is inviting staff and students to watch the CBC’s Rick Mercer Report at the Armoury student centre, located at its Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus tonight. The episode will feature comedian and TV show host Rick Mercer’s experiences as ‘student for the day’ at the College’s Canadian Food and Wine Institute – home to Canada’s only commercial teaching winery and first teaching brewery.
Crash Test Dummy
The Ottawa Police Service, in partnership with Carleton University and Algonquin College, held a test dummy simulation involving a cyclist and a moving car Monday, March 25, 2013 at the National Research Council of Canada. After three attempts, where the “cyclist” sailed in front of the car, the two eventually collided on the fourth try – allowing for all sorts of data to be collected about impact collisions have on the body.
President of Edmonton’s MacEwan University says everything is on the table after receiving expectation letter
Big changes could be coming to MacEwan University said the school’s president, after the institution received a letter of expectation from the government following the province’s budget released earlier this month. David Atkinson, president of MacEwan University, said the draft letter of expectation the school received late Friday afternoon is a “rational document” and something the institution “can work with.” While Atkinson said it’s premature to talk about program and staff cuts that could result from the minister’s overhaul of the post-secondary education system, he acknowledged the March 7 budget has left the institution in a tough spot. “We have a huge problem,” Atkinson said. “It’s $15 million in change and that doesn’t include other kinds of incremental pressures. You don’t address that in a kind of business as usual model.”
GP-based experiment finds success
Grande Prairie Daily Herald Tribune
The results of an experiment that took place just outside Grande Prairie three years ago continues to have a lasting impact on lands altered by the oilsands industry. In 2010 the province, the Grande Prairie Regional College and the Oil Sands Leadership Initiative (OSLI) combined minds to find a way to reforest seismic lines in wetland areas. The main problem with planting trees in the wetlands is the muskeg. During the summer some areas are almost impossible to get to and during the winter the ground is frozen rock solid. The collective group wanted to explore the possibility of breaking that frozen ground and planting black spruce in the winter.
Northern College hosts trades symposium
In partnership with the School College Work Initiative (SCWI) and the Far Northeast Training Board (FNETB), Northern College is preparing to host the Go to College Trades and Technology Symposium on Monday, April 8, in an effort to educate and cultivate a new generation of skilled tradespeople in Ontario. Special guest Mike Holmes, host of Holmes Makes it Right on HGTV, will address attendees and discuss how youth can attain successful and rewarding careers in skilled trades, especially in light of Ontario’s labour shortage. Students in the SCWI catchment area in Grades 10-12, throughout Timiskaming and Cochrane regions will be attending, along with high school staff, industry and community representatives.
College education earning more respect
Owen Sound Sun Times
The perceived value of a college diploma compared with that of a university degree is changing and Georgian College is ready to take advantage of such shifting attitudes. “We have a little bit of a perceptual problem in society and I am hoping that people will put that aside,” Georgian College president and CEO MaryLynn West-Moynes said Thursday. “I think in Canada we are going to have to shift our way of thinking of what is important.” West-Moynes was at the Days Inn on Thursday where she was the keynote speaker at the Owen Sound and District Chamber of Commerce annual general meeting. In an interview before the meeting, she said people have valued a university degree over a college diploma because university students receive a longer education. There is a belief university graduates will be more prosperous because of it.
Opening the doors at Fanshawe
London Community News
The doors of Fanshawe College were thrown open to the public on Saturday for the college’s annual spring open house. The day gives both students who have already confirmed their attendance in September, and those still deciding on possibly attending Fanshawe in the future, a chance to meet the faculty, some of the current students and have a closer look at the facilities.
Volunteers put in long hours for love of theatre
Last month, the performance of Hometown…The Musical! at Keyano College was “epic in scope and scale,” said volunteer actor Russell Thomas. More than 100 actors and dancers gave “north of 1000 hours” in one day alone estimated Thomas, who played Grandpa George in the show. In total, he said, the volunteer-hour count was between 30,000 to 42,000, and featured Generation Dance Studio and a choir from a local church. This number of hours is unparalleled for a Keyano College performance, said Thomas who is the Director of Marketing and Communications at the College, charged with the added responsibility to focus on developing the arts.
Sheridan College gets a slice of the pie
At last! There’s a legitimate excuse to indulge in some pizza. Boston Pizza at Square One has launched a fundraising drive for Sheridan College’s Hazel McCallion campus. That location of Boston Pizza has pledged to donate 15 per cent of the sales it makes between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. over the next four Wednesdays to Sheridan to support its programs and campus expansion plans. Kym Taal, community manager at Boston Pizza, said the outlet approached the college with the idea when staff heard the it was looking for fundraising partners.
Okanagan College earns shot at Enactus national title
Vernon Morning Star
A couple of local college students have earned a spot in the national spotlight. More than a dozen Okanagan College students will compete in the Enactus Canada exposition in Toronto this May after winning the TD Entrepreneurship Challenge and the Scotiabank EcoLiving Green Challenge, and placing third in the Capital One Financial Education Challenge at the western regional Enactus Canada exposition in Calgary. Vernon students Monika Jassi and Nikki Wiebe competed on the gold-medal Scotiabank Ecoliving Green Challenge team alongside team members from Kelowna, Salmon Arm and Penticton. Okanagan College has built a solid reputation at the competition, which includes 18 post-secondary institutions with more than 300 participating students from across western Canada.
Toronto company hopes to track hospital handwashing with simple tag
“We want to know where they came from, how long they had contact and where they go from there,” he adds. And since hand hygiene is the most accepted practice to prevent infection, HWL monitors how often patients and healthcare professionals are sanitizing their hands and even how long they spend at the hand sanitizer station. But setting up and assessing an elaborate web of surveillance isn’t easy, so in January 2010, Infonaut partnered with a team of applied research faculty and students from George Brown College’s Information Technology, Mechanical Engineering Design and Information Systems Business Analyst programs. The partnership helped the small Toronto business draw in over $180,000 in combined funding from the federal government’s College and Community Innovation Program, supported by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), and the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Innovation sponsorship of the Colleges Ontario Network for Industry Innovation.
Design the Future
Confederation College technology students had the chance to catch a glimpse of their potential futures Friday. The engineering and environmental technician students held Design the Future, the third annual technology symposium Friday at the college. The student-led initiative allowed students to network with potential employers in their given fields. Event co-chair Roxanne Swarbrick, a second-year environmental technician student, said the event allows students to get a general idea of the possible pathways they can take after graduation.
Seneca College welcomes news of job creation program
If you are looking for better employment, you have reason to be optimistic about the recent federal budget, a college president said, but critics of the government’s fiscal blueprint are unimpressed by much of its content. Seneca College president David Agnew was pleased by several inclusions in Thursday’s federal budget. The new applied research and innovation investment programs are most welcome, he said, as is the new Canada Job Grant, which aims to provide those seeking work with $15,000 or more, including a $5,000 federal contribution matched by the province and business, to train in the kinds of in-demand skills employers are after.
Killer biz plan is Job 1: Red River students exhibit entrepreneurial savvy at show
Winnipeg Free Press
You might not call them a sure thing, but the 30 student business plan booths sprawled throughout the south gym of Red River College Thursday represent a good part of the future of the provincial economy. Every one of the 350 graduates of Red River’s business administration entrepreneurship practicum work through the year putting a business plan together. They are scored by 135 external judges. Students present a written plan an oral presentation and a trade-show booth. Scott MacAulay, the Red River faculty member in charge of the entrepreneurship practicum — who likes to say, “We’re light on lecture and application-heavy” — has been working hard at getting the students to think outside the box and work up business plans that are more daring than what young post-secondary students might normally devise.
City ready to cash in on federal budget’s promise of infrastructure funding, Fleming College ready to supply budget’s promise of more skills training
“Today in Peterborough, we have people looking for work that don’t have the skills for the jobs that are available. The new jobs credit is critically important,” he said. Ottawa plans to give $5,000 to a business willing to train an employee if the employer and provincial government each contribute another $5,000. As construction continues on Fleming College’s new Kawartha Trades and Technology Centre, an 87,000-square-foot, $30-million facility at the Sutherland Campus on Brealey Dr., college president Tony Tilly said he was happy skills training appears to be a high government priority. “It sends a message that there is strong support for retraining and a strong belief that the country has to invest in individual skills,” he said. Tilly said he has no doubt employers will take advantage of the program.
College has three new board members
The Southeast Regional College (SRC) welcomed three new board members during its February board meeting in Estevan. Ray Boutin of Carlyle, Sonja Dahlman of Assiniboia and Janice Giroux of Weyburn were recently appointed by the Ministry of Advanced Education to the College’s board of governors for three-year terms. Boutin has nearly a decade of past board experience, and numerous volunteer commitments. He also manages his own small business and has a new career in real estate. An SRC press release stated that he is an advocate of life-long learning, and in particular, the affordable and accessible educational opportunities that regional colleges provide for the young and young at heart.
Hobbs awaits federal budget details
Hobbs said he also liked the budget’s focus on skills training through the new Canada Job Grant, which would see grants of $15,000 or more given to Canadians to cover training costs. The grants will be administered by the federal government, and given directly to employers so they can train new employees in needed skills. Confederation College president Jim Madder said the funding for skills training will be a big benefit to Northwestern Ontario residents. “We did a career fair here about . . . three weeks ago, and there are more than 700 jobs — open jobs — right now in Northwestern Ontario,” Madder said. “It’s terrific to see the support of skills and training for employment,” he said. “It’s what we do, we do it well,’’ Madder said of the college’s programs.
FedDev waking up to area’s reality
The London Free Press
“In London we are trying hard to fill that skills gap and this should go a long way to help,” he said, calling it “a small amount to pay for a huge amount back.” Fanshawe College President Howard Rundle said he expects the college will be a key player in eliminating the skills gap. “There are lot of people out of work even though there are jobs out there. It’s just that they need the training and they need financial support.” While employers apply for the job grant, Fanshawe usually provides formal training to get unskilled workers back to work. “The college system is key in this, because those people aren’t going to university,” said Rundle. But Dick Brouwer, who ran a plumbing firm in London for many years, said he’s skeptical the job grants will do much good because of the tight apprentice ratios enforced by the new Ontario College of Trades.
History instructor takes on doomsday in lecture
Fort McMurray Today
For as long as mankind has walked the earth, people have feared the end of the world. Or have they? Exploring the origins of the end of the world and getting to the Doomsday, apocalyptic nut of it all, Allan Rowe, a history instructor at Keyano College, will take the stage as part of a guest lecture Friday. “As a social historian, I am interested in ideas that capture the public imagination,” said Rowe in a release. “Given that we just lived through the 2012 hysteria, I was interested in exploring the history of paranoia about the end of the world.” The History of the End of the World will be presented as a part of the University Studies Lecture Series at Keyano. “I’m also interested in studying ideas that are common across humanity; fear and anxiety about the end of the world is something that cultures share across time and space, so it is interesting in that respect as well,” said Rowe.
Helping hands needed for Olds College vintage car auction
This in no way endorses cats because independent thinkers implies superior IQ points (cats don’t qualify), but it is a great description of a current project that involves herds of car lovers working on 100 old rides destined to be sold in a charity auction. Well-known Calgary businessman J.C. (Jack) Anderson — a car collector with a large assortment of unique classic rides — donated 100 cars from his collection to help Olds College raise funds for a unique program at the school. The college, in the town of Olds in south-central Alberta, was the happy recipient of the coolest charitable donation ever made to an institute of higher learning. Charlotte Adkens-Weiler, the senior development officer at Olds College, is heavily involved in this cool auction. “The funds go directly to the Olds College Centennial Rural Entrepreneurial Legacy Fund. Every kid has to take a rural entrepreneurship course and the goal is to get them to start businesses in the rural areas instead of leaving the areas for other opportunities,” Adkens-Weiler explains.
Chilliwack rejects joining food security study
Kwantlen Polytechnic University researcher Kent Mullinix approached the city in late 2012 to take part in designing a “roadmap” towards greater regional food self-sufficiency. The three-year project proposes to examine the local geography and existing food practices, and then design a food system with a view toward strengthening local food. This would include redesigning existing production, processing, and distribution systems. Mullinix has already raised over $1 million of his $1.5 million goal, with 34 communities in the lower mainland signing on. This includes Abbotsford, Langley, Maple Ridge, and Vancouver. The University of the Fraser Valley is a leading partner. The City of Chilliwack says that participating in the project would mean duplicating work that the city has already done.
Nursing students raise $1,000 for therapeutic riding
Comox Valley Echo
Students from the North Island College’s Nursing Network have raised $1,000 for the Comox Valley Therapeutic Riding Society. Each year the students, who are drawn from all four years of nursing programs at NIC, set out to raise money for a different charitable cause through a variety of social events and projects, including bake sales, clothing sales and barbecues. Several of the students also volunteer time with the society and its participants at the Comox Valley Exhibition Grounds. The therapeutic riding society, which was formed in 1986, serves the North Island as a centre for rehabilitation therapy for mental, physical and emotional wellbeing.
NSCC skills competition announces winners
Medalists have been announced for the Nova Scotia Skills competition which was held at the Nova Scotia Community College campus in Stellarton earlier this week and some local competitors are at the top of the list. 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.
$615,000 technical upgrade modernizes Halifax college site
The Nova Scotia Community College’s north-end Halifax campus will be getting some new equipment, after the province announced an investment in the apprenticeship program Friday. The $615,000 investment will be used to buy new welding simulators, automotive training aids, laser alignment technology, and electrical systems trainers to improve the overall environment for apprentices at the Institute of Technology campus. David MacMillan, academic chairman for trades and technology at the IT campus, said the new additions are “indispensable” to the department. “In this shop here we’ve been very fortunate, but in some of our shops we’ve got very, very old equipment,” he said. “Some of the equipment that they’re using nowadays in the shops and in the foundries and in manufacturing, we don’t have.”
Differing opinions on federal budget
Durham College officials are pleased with the skills training component. “At Durham College and across the Ontario college system we have worked very hard to draw attention to the need for increased government attention on growing and strengthening Canada’s skilled economy,” said College president Don Lovisa. “I am very pleased to see the federal budget has introduced significant steps in that regard through a focus on new opportunities for skilled workers and training, in particular the Canada Job Grant and new apprenticeship measures.”
Applied research day puts spotlight on local innovation
Big things are happening in the basement at Lambton College. That’s where professor Margaret Carter and student Paul Ogbeze have been busy pelletizing and pressing plastics inside the Advanced Materials Engineering Research Lab. The concept is simple: replace existing aluminum traffic signs with recycled plastic ones. It’s not a new idea, but past attempts at creating a plastic that’s durable enough to withstand the weather, have failed. “We’ve been working on this since July, so it’s in the very early stages,” said Carter, who is working closely with Ogbeze, an international student in the chemical production and power engineering program. “We still need to do more formal testing and further research.”
Skills training targeted at First Nations and Metis
Sherry Flamont used to work in retail, but the second year carpentry apprentice at Construction Careers Regina, a branch of Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies, knows construction pays better. And there’s another reason she’s chosen this career path. “It just seems easier to get into now, it seems more accepting so it’s a lot easier to apply for the programs and for work,” she said. She says more First Nations people, especially women, are beginning to see that. She was on a jobsite at a transition house recently when she realized she was a role model. “I had a couple of women while I was working saying, ‘oh you’re doing it, you’re doing most of the work; maybe I’ll try out for it. Where did you take it?’ So I told them,” says Flamont.
Quebec community groups fear Bill 14 will ghettoize English CEGEPs
Global News Montreal
The government’s plans to restrict access to English CEGEPs is raising concerns. “I think it’s bad. They should just let people make their choice. Would they not allow anglophones to go to French schools?” says 2nd year Vanier student, Frank Prak. He’s a francophone and under the new law would have to wait to see if there were any spaces left after anglophones are admitted. The Minister responsible for anglophones Jean-Francois Lisée says giving anglos priority to English CEGEPs is a way of protecting them. “English speaking institutions should be first and foremost for English Quebecers,” Lisée told reporters Monday morning.
Foreign Affairs John Baird touts skilled trades at Algonquin College forum
Just a few hours before the federal budget was unveiled Thursday, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird told Algonquin College students during an International Business Speakers Forum Canada needs to fill the skilled labour shortage and the college’s trades program is a good place to start. The intimate speech and question and answer session between the MP for Ottawa West-Nepean and about 100 students touched on everything from inking a free trade agreement with India to the challenge of engaging in trade with a post-Hugo Chavez Venezuela to the Keystone Pipeline. When asked how to spur economic growth and create more jobs at home, Baird stopped short of suggesting students to forget about getting a university degree and to pursue a career in the skilled trades.
Budget targets true lost generation: unemployed, uneducated and untrained
The Globe and Mail
The budget focused attention on matching unemployed workers with available jobs. Much of the training is likely to happen in colleges, which are increasingly seen as a key part of postsecondary education. James Knight, president of the Association of Canadian Community Colleges, talked about the skills gap debate, the country’s NEET generation and how his son built a career in cycling. The Canada Jobs Grant provides $5,000 from the federal government (with another $10,000 split between employers and provinces), with training to be done through community colleges or unions. To be eligible for the training, a person has to be unemployed and not eligible for EI. So this is a way to target the long-term unemployed. Are these the students the colleges are recruiting? (Article mentions George Brown College)