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Wednesday, April 3, 2013


Police rookies simulate use-of-force scenarios
CBC News British Columbia
One of the ways Vancouver Police Department recruits learn use-of-force rules is through simulations at the Justice Institute of B.C. The police force has come under scrutiny this past week after a video showing a plainclothes Vancouver police officer punching a detained man in the face was posted on Facebook. On Tuesday, the B.C. Police Complaint Commissioner announced the West Vancouver Police Department would investigate the punch, and whether it was an inappropriate conduct in the situation.

Nouveau programme au Cégep de Trois-Rivières
L’Hebdo Journal
Le Service de la formation continue et aux entreprises du Cégep de Trois-Rivières offre désormais la nouvelle attestation d’études collégiales (AEC) Agent support à la gestion des ressources humaines. Réparti en 32 semaines, ce programme crédité se déploie sur 810 heures. Les cours sont répartis sur 3 sessions et les étudiants bénéficient d’un stage d’intégration de 5 semaines en entreprise. Initialement offerte au Cégep de Chicoutimi, la nouvelle AEC permettra de répondre aux besoins actuels de la région mauricienne en matière de soutien à la gestion des ressources humaines. Cette spécialisation rapide est particulièrement axée sur les réalités du marché de l’emploi.

Class aims to explore emotions for better acting
Learning to reach deep inside for emotions to use effectively onstage. If that sounds like a recipe on how to be a better actor, it is. Noted director Michelle Tremblay is offering a special eight-week course in theatre acting and scene study at Vancouver Island University. “It’s an acting class designed for adults and young adults. We’ll allow lots of time for participants to explore his or her emotions. So it can be for a beginning or an advanced actor because they are going to be working on their sensory perceptions and emotions,” Tremblay said. She’s excited about being able to deconstruct an important part of the actor’s craft with her students, without the distraction of a deadline for a specific show.

Salon emploi au Cégep de Saint-Jérôme
Accès Laurentides
En collaboration avec le campus jérômien de l’Université du Québec en Outaouais, le Cégep de Saint-Jérôme tenait, le 20 mars dernier, le Salon emploi 2013. Enregistrant un nouveau record d’affluence pour sa cinquième édition, ce sont plus de 1 700 personnes qui s’y sont présentées, tous candidats à l’emploi, étudiants et diplômés. Le Salon réunissait encore cette année une cinquantaine d’entreprises et d’exposants venus à la rencontre de candidats qualifiés, disponibles et prêts à l’emploi. «Avec près de 1 000 postes à combler, les recruteurs de la région ont mis en lumière les perspectives d’emplois abondantes dans plusieurs secteurs de la région. En plus de multiplier les entrevues pour des emplois à pourvoir à court terme, les exposants auront aussi profité de la journée pour enrichir leur banque de candidatures pour des ouvertures imminentes de postes au sein de leur organisation», de souligner Roxanne Desjardins, responsable du placement étudiant et organisatrice du Salon.

Energy fair at Canadore
The Nugget
Canadore College is making some changes that should directly impact its annual operating budget. David Cotie, director of facilities and operations, said the focus will be to update and modernize the facility. He said trimming the electricity bills is a priority. “Right now we pay more than $1.4 million annually in electricity at our four sites, including Parry Sound campus,” Cotie said. “And it’s expected that energy rates will continue to go up and so will our dependence on it.” Canadore is collaborating with Honeywell, a global energy services leader, to find ways to reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions tied to campus facilities.

Dîner au profit des Petits déjeuners
L’Hebdo Journal
L’Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières(UQTR), le Cégep de Trois-Rivières, le Collège Shawinigan et le Collège Laflèche s’unissent de nouveau dans l’organisation d’un dîner-bénéfice le 4 avril au profit du Club des petits déjeuners du Québec. L’activité a pour but d’amasser des fonds afin d’assurer la continuité des clubs déjà actifs dans le secteur Mauricie-Rive-Sud et de favoriser l’ouverture d’autres clubs dans de nouvelles écoles. Pour son bon fonctionnement, les clubs ont besoin d’approximativement 17 000 $ par année.

$38-million Ashtonbee campus revamp underway
Daily Commercial News
Toronto’s Centennial College, which primarily serves the eastern portion of the Greater Toronto Area, is expanding and modernizing its Ashtonbee campus. Ground was broken last fall on the $38 million project. In all, the makeover at the college’s oldest campus includes renovation of about 48,500 square feet of existing space and construction of approximately 40,000 square feet of new space. Once completed, the rejuvenated campus will benefit from additional study and recreation space, improved wayfinding, more natural light and an enhanced environment for campus users, the college said.–38-million-ashtonbee-campus-revamp-underway

Northern College hosts powwow this weekend
Timmins Press
Members of the public have a golden opportunity to learn more about First Nation heritage this weekend. Northern College’s 12th annual traditional powwow will be held at the Porcupine Campus on Saturday and Sunday, April 6 and 7. This year’s theme is Honouring our Mother Earth. The powwow promises a weekend of traditional drumming, dancing, arts and crafts, workshops and educational booths. This celebration brings together students, families, and members of our community. It showcases remarkable performances, while highlighting customary aspects of Aboriginal tradition, such as drumming, dancing, singing and friendship. “Cultural events are one of the many ways we realize our strategic direction of Aboriginal Perspectives and are an integral part of the Northern College experience,” said Fred Gibbons, Northern College president.

Post-secondary cuts deep in Medicine Hat College
Brooks Bulletin
Cuts to post secondary institutions in the province came with a $2.3 million price tag to Medicine Hat College – but tuition fees will remain stable. The provincial budget announced major cuts to all post secondary schools. “We were not expecting it,” said college president Ralph Weeks. He said the board was expecting an increase of two percent but about six months ago learned that was going to change and they began working on a budget that included a five per cent reduction. “We knew there were financially difficult times ahead so we expected it might be zero percent (this year) and minus two (next year). We were not expecting to be cut minus 7.3 percent,” Weeks said. Medicine Hat College receives a $31 million grant for a total budget of $84 million.

Earth Day at Georgian College
Bayshore Broadcasting
Earth Day is still several weeks away on April 22nd, but students at all of the Georgian College campuses in Simcoe County are getting a jump on being green. Students will fan out through out the Orillia campus on Thursday — picking up garbage, cleaning up and making the Campus more environmentally friendly. Debbie Donnelly is the Physical Resources Assistant at the Orillia campus of Georgian College. She says the reason they hold their earth day earlier is because later in the month, many students are either involved in exams or have finished their courses and have left the campus for the summer.

SAIT’s new trades complex produces talent for the energy sector
Alberta Oil
Energy Companies have been partnering with Alberta’s colleges and technical institutes for years in an attempt to solve their labor shortages. Suncor Energy Inc. donated $3 million to Edmonton-based NAIT in 2005 to create the Suncor Energy Centre for Piping System Technologies and Syncrude Canada Ltd.’s $5-million donation to Fort McMurray’s Keyano College helped fund the Syncrude Aboriginal Trades Preparation Program, which began training students in 2009. SAIT’s new trades complex is the latest example.

Durham College student runs in Kalahari Desert
Hannah Elkington, a second-year student in Police Foundations at Durham College, pushed her limits on a recent journey in Botswana. The 20-year-old ran 200 kilometres over four consecutive days in the Kalahari Desert. “It was really exhausting, both mentally and physically,” she said. “But it was a really good experience.” The trip was through impossible2Possible (i2P), a not-for-profit organization that encourages youth to reach beyond their perceived limits, and to use adventure as a medium to educate, inspire and empower the global community to make positive change in the world.–durham-college-student-runs-in-kalahari-desert

Shedding light on land claims
The Chilliwack Times
The issue of aboriginal rights, title and land claims might be contentious and often misunderstood, but there is one thing it is not, according to University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) geography professor Ken Brealey. “It is not going to go away,” he said, “and the sooner we deal with it, the better.” With aboriginal people among the fastest growing demographics in Canada, the idea their claims to traditional territory will eventually just disappear into the fog of history is not realistic-let alone just-according to Brealey. So he and three other instructors launched a UFV program four years ago to give people interested in land claims some essential background information about how First Nations lands and resources were first taken away and the different methods aboriginal people have since used to get them back.

Northern partners with Queen’s U
Northern Ontario Business
Northern College has partnered with the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science at Queen’s University in Kingston. The agreement initiates collaboration between the two institutions and aims at establishing an accredited Mining Engineering Degree program offered at Northern’s Porcupine Campus. Queen’s Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science has a national reputation as a leader in innovative educational initiatives. Through its internationally renowned programs in geological sciences, geological engineering, civil and mining engineering, Queen’s University is known for its commitment to the resource sector. The Robert M. Buchan Department of Mining is one of the largest and most respected mining departments in North America. The Queen’s mining engineering program has a reputation for excellence and its alumni have shaped the Canadian mineral sector for nearly 120 years.

Student chefs serve up gold
Sherwood Park
A Bev Facey team has brought home gold from the High School Culinary Challenge Awards Lunch held at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) in Edmonton. Grade 12 student Alyssa Paron said when her team first realized they won, it was a very emotional moment. “My heart was beating. When they said that we won, my stomach dropped and my legs went really weak. “We’re all just so shocked, but so happy we won.” Twelve teams were given three hours to create culinary masterpieces, which was judged on sanitation, timing, preparation, presentation and taste.

Portage College pulls out of Centennial Centre
Bonnyville Nouvelle
There was yet another casualty of the provincial budget last week, as Portage College provided written notice to the Centennial Centre (C2) board of directors stating its intention to drastically reduce the services it currently offers at its Bonnyville Campus located in the C2. After announcing the college is looking at a $4 million shortfall, President Dr. Trent Keough, by way of a letter, explained why the college is looking to vacate its entire upper floor space, as well as the ground floor computer lab in the C2. Although the college will be keeping both its electrician classroom and trades lab, the effect the pullout will have on the C2 could be significant. Dorris Langridge, assistant administrative officer for C2, said there would be a lot of work to do now to ensure the building finds a new tenant for the impending empty space.

Fleming College students to play role in Port Hope low-level radioactive waste cleanup
The Peterborough Examiner
Students from Fleming College’s School of Environment and Natural Resources at the Frost Campus in Lindsay will benefit from hands-on experience thanks to a memorandum of understanding signed Wednesday between the college and the Port Hope Area Initiative Management Office. Glenn Case, acting general manager of the PHAI says the deal will “shape future collaborations in research, skills, job opportunities and information exchange.” The $1.28-billion project over 10 years aims to clean up low-level radioactive waste scattered throughout Port Hope from 50 years of radium and uranium refining at the Cameco plant. The deal with the college will encourage an active and supportive relationship between the parties and identify opportunities to work co-operatively on a variety of projects, states a press release.

GPRC stage closed for summer
Grande Prairie Daily Herald Tribune
The performing arts community in Grande Prairie will be short one theatre this summer while crews fix the hydraulic stage at the Douglas J. Cardinal Performing Arts Centre. The front third of the stage, located at Grande Prairie Regional College, once had the capability to lower to accommodate a full orchestra, or elevate stage sets to the main level. The hydraulic equipment failed in 2010 and the stage floor has been in a fixed position waiting for the necessary repairs since that time. “When I arrived here in 2007, the maintenance guys told me that the hydraulics were leaking, so we took a look at it,” said Don Gnatiuk, President of GPRC.

Signpost: Theo Fleury at Mohawk
Hamilton Spectator
Former NHL star and author Theo Fleury will be the keynote speaker at Mohawk College’s mental health expo on Wednesday from noon to 1 p.m. in the McIntyre Performing Arts Centre. He will talk about his troubled early home life, years of sexual abuse, coping with pain through drugs and alcohol and overcoming addiction, as well as his meteoric rise and descent in the National Hockey League. Fleury’s talk and the mental health expo are free.–signpost-theo-fleury-at-mohawk

Learning to create a sustainable community
The Moose Jaw Times Herald
This weekend, city residents have the opportunity to learn how to help create a sustainable community. On Friday and Saturday, the city’s environmental advisory committee is hosting a Sustainable Community 2013 conference at SIAST Palliser campus. “The whole premise is to build on partnerships and collaboration in our community to build from there and to become a more sustainable community,” said event co-ordinator Karyn Mossing. “(It) is a challenge to maybe understand what a sustainable community can look like and that’s where we’re starting from.”

Regional College plans hub in Hinton
Hinton Parklander
Grande Prairie Regional College is planning to expand its Hinton campus. The post-secondary institution currently leases classroom space at 247 Pembina Avenue, but three locations in town have been identified for a potential expansion as part of a five-year plan. A plan summary was submitted to town council and staff for review last month. The new Hinton facility is projected for 2017. “It’s at that point that our lease is up so we would have to decide what we’re doing,” said Renée LaBoucane, manager of community stewardship at the local college. “It’ll be whatever we can work together with partnerships…a new location.” Jasper, Edson and Grand Cache also have facilities, but Hinton is planned to be the Yellowhead hub for the college. The local campus would have a larger capacity to deliver more educational opportunities, LaBoucane noted.

Students pitch in to help rebuild Black River hall
It’s a win-win situation for the community of Black River and a group of students from the Nova Scotia Community College. As part of the effort to reestablish the Black River Community Hall, destroyed by fire just over two years ago, 19 students from instructor Marty Beattie’s Electrical Construction and Industrial class at Kingstec volunteered to help re-wire the new building. Their efforts have brought Black River residents a step closer to realizing the dream of seeing a new hall rise from the ashes. Student Lisa Moore of Middleton said Black River residents were spoiling them with tremendous hospitality. She said working on the project has been an amazing experience, providing good hands-on work experience for students, who will be going out on month-long industry job placements at the end of April. “You can’t simulate this in a classroom in a three-foot stall. We’ve been learning so much,” Moore said. “It would be wonderful if there were projects like this for every class every year.”

Budget comes bearing gifts for cities
The Oshawa Express
Bolstering the manufacturing sector was another priority in the budget. A two-year, $1.4 billion extension of the temporary accelerated capital cost allowance was touted by the minister as a way of helping rejuvenate local industry, allowing them to purchase new machinery and equipment. “That’s how they stay at the top of their game,” he explains. Minister Flaherty has also restated that the government will balance the budget by 2015. “In uncertain global economic times, the most important contribution a government can make to bolster confidence and growth in a country is to maintain a sound fiscal position, and that’s why balancing the budget by 2015 is so important,” says Minister Flaherty in a release. The budget received thumbs up from both Durham College and UOIT, the former for the skills training to be provided in the Canada Job Grant and the latter for the investments in research and innovation.

BUSINESS/INDUSTRY 2013: City airport in full flight
Seneca College aviation students will soon be able to enjoy a quieter airspace and Peterborough’s culture while they earn their degree. As part of the Peterborough Airport’s infrastructure renewal which began in October 2009, Seneca’s School of Aviation and Flight Technology is relocating from Toronto to Peterborough in order to offer 150 second, third and fourth year students more advanced aviation training. First year classes will still be held in Toronto where students gain their basic understanding of flight technology. “It’s a fabulous airport that clearly supports aviation education,” says Lynne McMullen, chair of the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering Technology at Seneca…. Seneca is presently negotiating partnerships with Fleming College. While the school’s aviation classes were previously based at Buttonville Airport in Markham, the airport’s anticipated closure means flight schools have to move their programs and instructors elsewhere.–business-industry-2013-city-airport-in-full-flight

Renewed funding
The Sudbury Star
The president of College Boreal is glad to see the federal government has renewed funding for the 2013- 18 Roadmap for Canada’s Linguistic Duality. “College Boreal is pleased to learn that the $1,124 billion in funds allotted to the Roadmap have been maintained, including $658 billion for education,” said Denis Hubert-Dutrisac, in a statement Thursday. “Without these crucial capital funds, the francophone community would be unable to continue its considerable development in terms of French-language education. Indeed, since 2005-06, the total number of clients that will have been served by College Boreal will represent an increase of 78 per cent, from 7,582 to a projected 13,494 clients this year.

SIAST looks to industry to help meet high demand
The StarPhoenix
SIAST is a major contributor to the economic growth of Saskatchewan, says President and CEO Larry Rosia. Rosia came to the province’s largest technical and applied sciences institute last July from SAIT Polytechnic in Calgary, where his most recent role was dean of the school of construction. In more than 20 years in academic leadership at SAIT, Rosia rose through the ranks, including a stint on the entrepreneurial side, when he generated revenue for the organization, before becoming dean of two of its schools. Rosia talked with The StarPhoenix about the role of SIAST and the challenges facing it in Saskatchewan’s booming economy.

Brampton campus largest Sheridan site
Brampton Guardian
Sheridan College’s campus in Brampton has grown to become the school’s largest site. Enrolment at the William G. Davis Campus is now approaching 9,000 students, said Sheridan President Jeff Zabudsky. He revealed the enrolment surge at the recent official opening of a new 40,000-square-foot addition to the campus’s engineering department and a renovated students services centre. Founded in 1967, Sheridan has campuses in Oakville, Brampton, and Mississauga. Until recently, the school’s Trafalgar Campus in Oakville has been its largest. “For many years, Brampton was the small campus,” said Zabudsky. That has changed as enrolment in the tech programs based at the Davis campus has student registrations “booming,” according to Zabudsky.–brampton-campus-largest-sheridan-site

Loss of adult education program has college students worried
The Western Star
A class of adult basic education students at College of the North Atlantic in Stephenville is wondering what the future holds, now that government is pulling their program from the college. In the budget speech, Finance Minister Jerome Kennedy said government is taking two new approaches to link people needing jobs with jobs needing workers. He said government would change the current delivery model for adult basic education, including the transition of the program out of College of the North Atlantic and the engagement of new training providers through a request for proposals process. The goal is to improve service to clients by delivering the program more efficiently and making it more responsive to labour market conditions, said Kennedy.

EDUCATION: Niagara brewmaster student now namesake of award-winning beer
Bullet News Niagara
It’s been a wild ‘rye’d’ for Kellye Robertson. The second-year Niagara College student is just months away from graduating from the College’s Brewmaster and Brewery Operations Management program, but she already knows what it’s like to have her beer recipe produced by a professional microbrewery and hit the shelves for purchase – with her name on the label. In March 2012, Robertson’s original beer recipe was announced as the winner of Garrison Brewing’s Ultimate Brew-Off. Her beer recipe beat 62 other entries in the competition for a Rye IPA beer. She was only in her first year of the Brewmaster program when she won the contest, designed to showcase the talents of Maritime home brewers. Robertson has spent the past few weeks in Nova Scotia at the Halifax-based brewery, where she had the opportunity to produce a batch of her original recipe and see her beer specially released and for sale at Garrison and throughout her home province of Nova Scotia at the NSLC (Nova Scotia Liquor Control).

Local projects named in Klein’s honour
Calgary Herald
In 2010, the Ralph Klein Centre at Olds College was named in his honour, a tribute to his belief in the importance of rural education and development. The centre encompasses several services in one large building, including the new Olds High School, government services in Alberta Health, Child and Family Services, a recreation and fitness facility, as well as a section of Olds College itself. “This centre wouldn’t exist without the support and vision of Ralph Klein, and his commitment to rural lifelong learning,” said Jordan Cleland, vice-president advancement at Olds College. “Alberta needs colleges and technical institutes as much as they need universities. Ralph got that.”

CNC scrub sales returns for another year
The College of New Caledonia’s annual scrubs sale returns for another year.  Medical professionals in the Prince George area are asked to donate their lightly used scrubs to be resold to CNC health science students.  Nursing Instructor Nancy Esopenko says all proceeds will go towards a bursary for CNC students. “So to date we’ve sold $2500 worth of used scrubs, $5 at a time,” says Esopenko, “so that’s 500 pieces we’ve sold over the past two years, and ten students in the health sciences department have benefited from that each receiving a $250 bursary.”

College students chip in to help Special Olympics
Seaway News
A group of students from the social services worker program at St Lawrence College are raising awareness for great cause as part a community development school project. It’s been many years since there has been a substantial branch of the Special Olympics, in Cornwall, explained Suzanne Heale, Special Olympics, district developer, who was on hand at the community drop in day, planned by the students, to promote the organization, with the aim of recruiting volunteers and athletes.

New technology helps farmers on the go
Vermilion Standard
Technology has evolved so quickly over the past 25 years and has made its way into virtually every aspect of agriculture. Peter Walsh, Agronomy instructor at Lakeland College said the new technology is great, but it’s important to have the knowledge to back it. “I think that new people using it sometimes have trouble sifting the good stuff from the garbage. It’s just like when the calculators came around everyone said ‘oh look at this, this is math made easy’, well if you’re hitting the wrong buttons you’re still getting an answer, and if you don’t know anything then you’re inclined to think it’s the right one,” said Walsh. “So when they Google something…there’s always the chance that you’re going down the wrong path.” Walsh said one of the biggest technological breakthroughs in agronomy was back in the 90’s when the digital camera came into play. Now, with many people carrying smartphones in the field, they’ve got more than just a camera to work with.

Higher education means higher tuition News
The Okanagan College Board of Governor’s has approved a two per cent rise in tuition fees for the upcoming academic year, which has disappointed members of the college’s student union. A balanced budget was approved for $95.5 million and addresses a $1.6 million shortfall by increasing tuition, reducing expenditures and an anticipated enrollment increase. “This is only the third time in eight years that we have implemented an across-the-board fee increase,” explains College Board of Governors Chair Tom Styffe. “Our goal this year was to avoid program and service cuts and we have achieved this. We want to ensure that we continue to provide access to the quality education that our students and communities deserve.”

The big fix to pothole problems?
The Tribune
Potholes cause drivers grief, popped tires and dented rims every year despite road crews’ best efforts to fix them. A Niagara College research and development team may have found and built a solution to those nasty, recurring bumps in the road. At the Welland campus on Thursday, the team gave Bill Ryan, founder of Grimsby-based Ryan Industrial Technologies, a fully functional pothole patching prototype. “It was something I thought needed to be done better,” Ryan said. “I just needed help to get it built.” Researcher and industry liaison Costa Aza said his team created the first machine with the ability to patch potholes with hot asphalt and pack it down with enough pressure to keep it there for three to five years.

Student mental health projects get funding
In total, 11 proposed projects across the province have been approved to move forward under the government’s Mental Health Innovation Fund. Sheridan College President Jeff Zabudsky is pleased with the government’s political and financial commitment to aiding students struggling with mental health issues. As a group, Ontario colleges have been telling Queen’s Park more resources are needed to address the issue and trying to develop a coordinated approach to finding ways of helping students. “It’s very appreciated the province is listening to us,” said Zabudsky. Post-secondary institutions are seeing an increasing number of students challenged with mental health issues, he noted. He believes the increase is partly because more students are willing to declare they are suffering as the stigma surrounding mental health problems slowly begins to fade.–student-mental-health-projects-get-funding

NSCC Truro campus students learn new games in adaptive physical activity workshop
Truro Daily News
Some local students have been learning what it’s like to live with severe disabilities in a very unique way. About 50 students in the child and youth care services, recreation leadership and the disability support and services at the Nova Scotia Community College Truro campus learned this week of new ways to play some of their favourite games in order to include every child they may work with in their future careers. Games were set up around the NSCC gymnasium with a challenge to go along with it. “One activity I found really challenging but the most fun. It was the tunnel vision station,” said student Josie Carruthers. “You had these goggles on and one side had a really small tunnel to look through and the other was completely blocked off. You were throwing objects to your partner who had the same thing. It was really fun, but really difficult.”

Durham College dual credits a success
A program that allows high school students to gain independence while still in the safety net of high school has proven successful with the latest numbers released by Durham College. The college announced that its most recent Dual Credit Data Report, covering September 2012 to January 2013, indicates an 85-per cent success rate for students enrolled in the college’s more than 100 dual credit courses. The program allows students who still need to finish high school to get a head start on college. “They’re earning college credits and high school credits at the same time,” said Gail MacKenzie, manager of strategic initiatives at the school of interdisciplinary studies and employment services.–durham-college-dual-credits-a-success

Opinion: Building bridges for better education
Vancouver Sun
Looming in the background is a recent B.C. labour market profile that highlights an impending skills and talent deficit by 2016, when the number of jobs in the province will actually exceed the number of available people with appropriate college or university education. To satisfy that impending skills gap, B.C.’s students will need a post-secondary system that broadly differentiates institutions by function. But the new patterns of student mobility across the system show that some students will want to combine education and experience from different kinds of institutions. But how can we help students do this efficiently? It starts with a simple idea: more collaboration between colleges and universities. That idea, however, will require a change in our mindsets across-the-board: from students and their families, to industry, government and within the post-secondary sector itself. A trilateral agreement signed by the British Columbia Institute of Technology, Simon Fraser University, and Vancouver Community College is advancing this kind of co-operative, 21st century approach to post-secondary education based on the reality that the roadmap to a fulfilling education and a successful career today is not always a direct line from A to B.

Kwantlen and Métis Nation: An understanding
Surrey Leader
On March 8, Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) and Métis Nation British Columbia (MNBC) joined in the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU). With this understanding, KPU and MNBC recognize the importance of post-secondary education and training for Métis Peoples, their families, and communities, and the need for improved levels of participation and success for Métis learners. Those in attendance at the signing of the MOU included, Dr. Alan Davis, president and vice-chancellor at KPU, KPU administrators, and Métis leadership from across the province.

Okanagan College supporting electric vehicles
Penticton Western News
They may not have any electric vehicles yet, but the Penticton campus of Okanagan College will soon have a pair of charging stations for them. “Right now, we are looking at it as partly a community service. People will be able to pull up and charge their vehicles,” said Lomas “It’s also an attempt at trying to stimulate some interest and discussion about electric vehicles.” The college has some hybrid vehicles in its fleet right now, but no fully electric ones, though Lomas said the college is looking at the possibility. “We are in the process of investigating electric vehicles and our new fiscal year starts in April, so we will be looking at that to see what is possible,” said Lomas.

College gives tuition cap failing grade
Peterborough Examiner
A new provincial framework that caps university and college tuition increases at 3% for the next four years will hurt Fleming College’s ability to invest in equipment and resources, says college president Tony Tilly. “The main problem is not program delivery,” he said. “It’s investment. We will have enough money to deliver programs and absorb increases in delivery costs. Where we run into some problems is around investment, for example instructional equipment and upgrading the resources for teaching and learning. That is where I would focus our concern.” The new cap replaces the annual 5% limit on tuition increases that had been in place since 2006. “I do believe the government does struggle with this issue of affordability for students and it’s a difficult challlenge for them,” Tilly said. “But we believe at the same time that college education is truly affordable and reasonable in terms of the tuition rates. We want to see affordability, but we also want to see that we have the capacity to invest in the quality that students want.”

Sask. college makes foray into ag research
The Western Producer
Parkland College is the first regional college in Saskatchewan to undertake an applied research program.
“It’s a bold new step for regional colleges in Saskatchewan, and especially for Parkland, so we’re really happy to have the opportunity to do it,” said Gwen Machnee, Parkland’s co-ordinator for university and applied research.
 “Agriculture was one of the most obvious because it’s such a large industry in Saskatchewan and also in our region.”
 The 40-year-old college’s five campus locations include Canora, Esterhazy, Fort Qu’Appelle, Melville and Yorkton. Training centres are in Kamsack and Yorkton.

Chocolate lovers’ dream job
The Nugget
Sophie Maille has a love-hate relationship with chocolate. The second year Canadore College student enrolled in culinary management and administration is preparing for the Callebaut Intercollegiate Chocolate Competition at Humber College in Hamilton next month. This year’s theme is the rainforest. And Maille’s piece is expected to be a showstopper. The structure, at least a few feet in height, is a colourful bird on a tall pedestal with leaves and flowers. The best part: It’s completely made out of chocolate. Maille has been putting in long hours in the Canadore kitchen preparing for the competition.

CNA boss details program cuts, job losses
CBC News Newfoundland & Labrador
College of the North Atlantic’s president and CEO says funding cuts in the provincial budget will result in several programs being axed and the loss of more than 100 jobs. “Right now we are looking at about 143 people who will face layoffs, about 88 which will be direct layoffs,” said Ann Marie Vaughan. “The others would be people who would normally be expected to be called back in the September period.” Vaughan said the government slashed the college’s budget by $15 million. “We weren’t aware of the full nature of it [the cuts] until the budget speech,” she said. “But we have been doing planning with expected reductions to our budget.”

Manage manure and compost
Campbell River Mirror
Caring for soil is part of being a steward of the land, and North Island College is offering a workshop on managing soil and manure for farmers, landowners and backyard gardeners with the environment in mind. On Tuesday, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., learn about managing manure compost, and tips for pasture management that can reduce feed costs and minimize the need for chemical amendments. “We will discuss pasture management techniques including weed management, seed selection, rotational grazing, practical manure management tips, regulations, and composting techniques to create your own black gold,” says instructor Andrea Lawseth of Agroecological Consulting.

Milestone graduation achieved
Northern Ontario Business
Angela Prevost has broken new ground by becoming the first female Aboriginal to graduate from the surface diamond driller assistant common core program at Northern College. Over the past five years, more than 150 graduates have completed the intensive 10-week program. More than 90 per cent of program graduates are hired within one month of attaining their diploma. The program was created in 2006 through a partnership between Cabo Drilling, the Canadian Diamond Driller Association and Northern College’s Haileybury School of Mines.

Conestoga students frustrated by transit passes
Metro Waterloo Region
When asked about ways to improve things for Conestoga students, such as not increasing fares this year, Seiling said that would place an unfair burden on other users. “We need to treat all of the students equally,” he said. An Angus Reid Public Opinion Poll last year found about 30 per cent of Conestoga students reported using transit to get to or from school. There are about 10,000 students attending the college. Conestoga College President John Tibbits said it’s bad optics to ask college students to pay almost four times what university kids pay. “They’re very upset they don’t get the same deal as the university students,” Tibbits said. “I think they have a reason to be upset.” “You can’t treat the same group of people in two different ways,” he added. Local university students could see their fares increase seven per cent as well. That would amount to an additional $4.73.

Trades Alberta: Northern Alberta instructors return home to train students at High Prairie facility
Edmonton Journal
When John Henry Giroux accepted a job as the millwright instructor at the new High Prairie Regional Training and Development Centre, it was a homecoming. Originally from Driftpile, Giroux had been commuting to Slave Lake to teach at Northern Lakes College. The journeyman millwright previously worked at Tolko Industries’ High Prairie Mill as a maintenance supervisor. “This was like coming home,” he said. Giroux’s path to becoming a journeyperson, like many other tradespeople from northern Alberta, meant he had to leave his community to go to Edmonton for training. “This addresses the need to accommodate people in the community,” he said of the centre. Ken McKen, the project co-ordinator, is a welder and former welding instructor at Northern Lakes College.

FRIDAY FOCUS: 115 years of local firefighting history
Some will scratch their heads trying to determine what an old operator switchboard and a man’s size 16 red high-heel shoe have in common. But when you put them on display to showcase the history of the Peterborough Fire Department, the picture becomes a little clearer. Fleming College students enrolled in the museum management and curatorship program are currently working on a permanent exhibit to be housed at the new fire hall on Clonsilla Avenue. The exhibit will feature an array of fire-related artifacts allowing people to get a glimpse of how the service has changed during the past 115 years. “It’s the evolution of how the fire service has had to cope with changes,” says Gayle McIntyre, program co-ordinator at Fleming. “This is to celebrate their history, their work and the successes of the Peterborough Fire Service.”–friday-focus-115-years-of-local-firefighting-history

Trades and Technology Center to become a reality
The News Review
The Parkland College has been working towards the development of a Trades and Technology Center for a number of years, and now the project is finally moving forward. With the announcement of funding in this year’s provincial budget, planning can be completed and construction begin. The initial investment by the Government of Saskatchewan is $1 million, earmarked for planning and design. Dr. Faye Myers, President of Parkland College says that discussions with Don Morgan, Minister of Advanced Education, have indicated that the government is fully behind the project and wants shovels in the ground as soon as possible. “It means the full construction of the project. The project will be $15-16 million total, and we will be raising a third of that and have close to our target, the government will be giving us $10 million over the next couple of years as we continue construction,” Myers says.

SIAST & UofS Sign New Agreement
SIAST and the University of Saskatchewan have come to an agreement to allow graduates of SIAST’s Resource and Environmental Law program to seamlessly transfer to a degree program in the College of Arts & Science. Dean of Arts & Science Peter Stoicheff says students who graduate from SIAST have all the techincal skills to be successful in any job, but the addition of a degree and all the theoretical skills make them that much more valuable. The two post-secondary institutes have also renewed an agreement which has been allowing Chemical Technology students to get a Bachelor of Sciences degree at the U of S for the last 7 years.

Algonquin raises thousands for Spread the Net
EMC Ottawa West
Algonquin College students got their close-up on March 18, and for a good reason. The school received a visit from CBC television personality Rick Mercer, who was taping an episode of The Rick Mercer Report on campus following the release of fundraising numbers for his Spread the Net Student Challenge. Of all the post-secondary campuses involved in the anti-malaria initiative, Algonquin came out on top, with $40,394 raised through the actions and donations of students and staff. The school’s goal was $15,000. A group of very enthusiastic students gathered in the Algonquin Commons Theatre to await the fundraising total and the appearance of the challenge’s creator. David Corson, president of the Algonquin Students’ Association, called the occasion “a celebration of hard work,” describing how the whole thing started last year when a student approached him with both a dream and a plan to make it happen.

College to take strategic approach to dealing with budget shortfall
Lethbridge Herald
Faculty, staff and students at Lethbridge College got a budget update last week at two town hall meetings. With its draft Letter of Expectation from Alberta Enterprise and Advanced Education in hand, the college knows its operating grant will be roughly $40.4 million, down from about $47 million last year. At the town halls, people wanted to know how the college would balance its budget and whether it would dip into reserves. “We were clear about what our goal is, which is to submit a balanced budget to our board,” said Paula Burns, president. The college will not be doing across-the-board cuts but will take a strategic approach to position the college in the new post-secondary reality. Burns said she couldn’t yet say whether the budget cuts will mean job losses but that could happen.

New GPRC bookstore to focus on digital
Grande Prairie Daily Herald Tribune
A new bookstore at Grande Prairie Regional College will help to supply students with their digital needs, all while helping the college with its bottom line. The new bookstore will remain in the same location at the college, but it will be expanded and managed by Follett Canada, the world’s largest academic bookstore management company. “They will increase profitability for the college and provide a service way better than we can provide,” said GPRC President and CEO Don Gnatiuk. The college claims the service for books will be faster and cheaper, with students arriving in 2013 having the option to pre-order and have their books waiting in a residence room. With the online service, students can rent, buy the books outright, or purchase one chapter of a textbook.

Trades Alberta: Peace Country mill hosts skills training centre
Edmonton Journal
Tolko Industries’ oriented strand board (OSB) mill in High Prairie closed indefinitely in early 2008 “due to poor business conditions,” the company’s president said at the time. But instead of leaving the facility shuttered, Tolko partnered with Northern Lakes College and the northern Alberta Development Council to open a skills training centre for local high school students in September 2012. The former parts shortage area in the massive mill, which covers 11.5 acres and once employed 119 people, is now home to the High Prairie Regional Training and Development Centre. Labs were built, equipment was purchased or borrowed, and program partner Northern Lakes College provided instructors.

Woman remembers paramedics with legacy
The Standard
This year, 10 paramedic students at Niagara College benefited from some of that gift through scholarships. Cyr, the executor of the estate, said Andruisiw would be happy to see what’s become of her gift. “She would be thrilled. She had such a high regard for them,” Cyr said. “She told me so many times, Marg, I don’t know what I would have done.” Andruisiw, originally from Ukraine, was a retired Domtar office worker who lived in a home on Grantham Ave. with her husband. The couple didn’t have children so when Larry died a few years ago, Andruisiw turned her attention to where their money would go when she died. The Niagara Community Foundation worked with Niagara College and the Niagara Paramedics Association to create a fund supporting education and training opportunities. Liz Palmieri, executive director of the Niagara Community Foundation, said $200,000 of the gift was given to Niagara College for paramedic student scholarships so the school could take advantage of a bursary-matching program and double its dollars to $400,000.

Budget funds college centre
Yorkton This Week
Parkland College is on the fast track to open its Trades and Technology Centre by 2015. In its budget released March 20, the Saskatchewan government announced $1 million for the planning and design of the centre. At a press event Friday, Yorkton MLA Greg Ottenbreit said the funds represent much more than the just an investment in the design of the facility. “It’s not so much the million dollars,” he said. “It is a significant amount of money, although in terms of a provincial budget it’s not really that significant. It’s more the commitment, what we’re committing to do, that’s the bigger message, I think.”