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Education brain drain hits Surrey hard: Thousands of spaces needed at SFU, Kwantlen campuses to retain skilled workers, Watts says
Surrey’s stuck in an education squeeze. The booming municipality of half-a-million is home to the largest number of youths in B.C. They’re packing classrooms – the Surrey School District has 70,000 students. But once they graduate, they have limited access to local post-secondary education. In her annual address Wednesday, Mayor Dianne Watts stressed that Simon Fraser University Surrey needs 2,500 more student spaces and Kwantlen Polytechnic University another 3,500 to meet demand. She noted a quarter of all B.C. postsecondary students are from Surrey, yet the city’s two largest universities have 13 post-secondary spaces per 100 residents aged 18 to 24, compared with 49 per 100 in other communities. As a result, students have to leave their communities to study, costing Surrey skilled workers. “We are turning away thousands of academically qualified students,” Watts said.
Le retour des Expos de Victoriaville
Le Cégep de Victoriaville et de l’École nationale du meuble et de l’ébénisterie présenteront conjointement l’Expo Meuble et l’Expo Sciences, Arts et Technologie (SAT) la fin de semaine du 20 avril prochain. L’Expo meuble s’étendra sur tout le weekend de 10h à 16h avec des démonstrations et des visites de l’école, alors que l’Expo SAT sera ouverte que le samedi de 13h à 16h30. Plusieurs prix seront remis au courant de la fin de semaine, d’ailleurs les visiteurs décerneront des prix aux meilleurs projets.
Students inundated with job offers
Daily Business Buzz
Nick Beck had four job offers last month while working at the Atlantic Farm Mechanization Show. The Canning, Nova Scotia native is a student in the Agricultural Equipment Repair course at the New Brunswick Community College in Moncton. Almost everybody in the course has been offered a job here (AFMS),” Beck said. Devan Boudreau of Amherst, NS concurred. The two were in the NBCC booth with a McCormick Farmall Cub. Boudreau, who was also offered at least one job, is “a true diesel technician. I work with anything with a 5-500 HP motor. I’m already an 18-wheeler mechanic.” This year there are 11 students, ranging in age from 19 to 68, in NBCC’s Agricultural Equipment Repair course.
Bien commun, solidarité et justice sociale
Le Cégep Gérald-Godin était le théâtre du 25 au 28 mars de la Semaine des sciences humaines, qui en était à sa neuvième édition. Présenté sous le titre Bien commun, solidarité et justice sociale, cette activité spéciale offrait une foule d’activités aux élèves, comme des projections spéciales, des tables rondes, des kiosques à propos de différentes thématiques. Des conférences avec des invités de marque, comme l’historien et sociologue Gérard Bouchard ainsi que Gérald Larose, figure québécoise importante qui a notamment été président de la CSN pendant 16 ans. «Au départ, lorsque nous avons commencé cette activité, il y a 9 ans, elle avait lieu seulement pendant une journée, explique Michael Rutherford, professeur à Gérald-Godin. Ça fait maintenant quelques années que nous l’organisons sur une semaine. Cela permet d’offrir un tour d’horizon plus complet des différents sujets et thèmes, d’aider les élèves à aborder le tout plus en profondeur.»
Trent University, Fleming College students awarded for innovation
Almost 50 projects created by some of the brightest young business minds in the city were on display Thursday at the third annual Community Innovation Forum at the Peterborough Golf and Country Club. The forum was co-hosted by Fleming College, Trent University, the Greater Peterborough Innovation Cluster and the Trent Centre for Community Based Education. Almost 100 students from a wide range of disciplines, working individually or in teams, were paired with local businesses and organizations to create projects that would benefit the clients. Projects included an online prisoner data base for city police; mapping stormwater management for the Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority; and the design of outdoor learning grounds for Camp Kawartha.
900 000$ pour des nouveaux laboratoires et un musée de biologie au Cégep
Le Cégep régional de Lanaudière à Joliette a inauguré, le mardi 2 avril, ses nouveaux laboratoires et son musée de biologie. Quelque 900 000$ ont été investis par le CRL de Joliette pour ce projet de réaménagement de longue haleine (trois ans), indique Chantal Perreault, directrice du CRL de Joliette. L’objectif de ce réaménagement des laboratoires, explique Chantale Perrreault, consiste à actualiser les méthodes d’enseignement puis d’offrir un environnement qui correspond aux normes en vigueur dans les laboratoires où les étudiants seront appelés à travailler dans le futur. Accrédité par l’Agence e la Santé publique du Canada, l’un des deux laboratoires a été aménagé pour correspondre aux exigences d’un niveau 2 de confinement (NC2).
Wait until after election, Clark says of college trades centre plea
B.C. PREMIER Christy Clark says any discussion of a Northwest Community College proposal for $45 million to build a new trades training centre at its Terrace campus is going to have to wait until after the May 14 provincial election. Clark was in Terrace and Kitimat today, promoting various government jobs and training initiatives and doing some early election campaigning. At a luncheon hosted by the Terrace and District Chamber of Commerce she told the audience that the resource boom underway in the northwest “will be the start of the northern renaissance.” The college had requested $45 million to help it meet an anticipated need for skilled workers and to modernize facilities dating back to the 50s.
De grands honneurs pour un enseignant du Cégep de Sherbrooke
Bruno Lemieux, enseignant en Français au Cégep de Sherbrooke, a reçu le prix « Mérite 2013 – Réalisation pédagogique en français, langue d’enseignement au collégial ». Cette distinction lui a été remis par le Conseil pédagogique interdisciplinaire du Québec (CPIQ) et l’Office québécois de la langue française (OQLF) pour souligner son travail remarquable, son engagement envers la pédagogie et son souci de la langue française. Le prix lui a été remis le 23 mars dernier, au Lion d’Or à Montréal, lors de la Cérémonie de remise des Mérites et du Mérite d’honneur 2013 du français en éducation qui clôturait les festivités de la Francofête.
College hosts a career fair
The Southeast Regional College (SRC) is pleased with the support for its first-ever career fair. The college hosted the event at the auditorium of Saskatchewan Energy Training Institute in Estevan on April 3. A dozen local organizations promoted their career opportunities to those who attended the fair. Nine local oilfield companies had booths at the career fair. SaskPower, Sherritt Coal and the SRC accounted for the other booths. “For our first time out (we’re pleased),” said SRC Estevan campus manager Sheena Onrait. “This is the very first time we’ve attempted to do this at the college.”
Grand retour du Salon de l’emploi étudiant au cégep de Drummondville!
La Nouvelle Union
Une vingtaine d’entreprises du milieu sont attendues en kiosque au Clovis du cégep de Drummondville, le mardi 9 avril prochain, de 10 h à 14 h, à l’occasion du 6e Salon de l’emploi étudiant du Service de placement du collège, organisé en collaboration avec la Fondation du cégep de Drummondville. Cette année, plus de 250 postes et stages, à temps partiel comme à temps complet, seront proposés aux plus de 2 000 étudiants, jeunes et adultes, qui fréquentent l’établissement. Déjà plusieurs organisations ont confirmé leur présence afin de profiter de cette occasion en or pour trouver des stagiaires ou encore de rencontrer d’éventuels candidats. Il s’agit d’une façon efficace de recruter des jeunes de la nouvelle génération et des étudiants adultes qui font un retour aux études, notamment par l’entremise du Service de la formation continue et des services aux entreprises, a souligné en conférence de presse le conseiller en emploi du cégep de Drummondville, Stéphane Ross.
Seeds of potential at Fanshawe’s second innovation celebration
London Community News
Danielle Schneckenburger moves aside a potted geranium, revealing a piece of plastic smaller than a napkin coloured with a series of blue bands not unlike something you would see on a crime drama. It’s not a DNA profile, but an indication of the proteins at work inside the small flowered plant the third-year Fanshawe (College) student and her teammates designed an experiment around. She explained the team’s research project had uncovered something that merits further scientific attention. Those blue bars represent a profile of the proteins the geraniums produced during their experiment, showing the plants unexpectedly adapted to a different type of fertilizer by producing different amounts of proteins. In other words, the geranium found a different way to do the same job, that being to grow, flower and produce seeds. Schneckenburger, Lacey Larose, Sama Almadhoun and Danny Klapak won the first-ever People’s Choice Award at the Fanshawe College Student Research and Innovation Day (SRID) Wednesday (April 3).
Leaders meet to discuss reconciliation, racism prevention
A coalition of community leaders have formed a working group to begin planning a series of dialogue sessions to address the theme of reconciliation and racism prevention in Nanaimo. This was the outcome of a dialogue session held Wednesday at Vancouver Island University. In the presence of VIU’s First Nations Elders, those in attendance addressed the theme of “Rising to the Challenge of Reconciliation: Building a Stronger Community.” Co-hosted by Snuneymuxw First Nation, the City of Nanaimo and VIU, participants included representatives from Nanaimo’s indigenous, multicultural, educational, business and public sector communities. Further details on the working group’s membership and next steps will be announced shortly. However, VIU has committed to hosting the first public forum on the theme of reconciliation, tentatively scheduled for the evening of Thursday, May 9.
Edmonton university students de-stress with puppies, sundaes and bubble wrap
Puppies, a ball pit, a sundae bar and a room full of bubble wrap. Call it stress relief 101. University students in Edmonton are de-stressing this exam period with the help of animals, art, exercise and food. “There’s dog therapy. There’s art therapy where you can sit down and let your feelings out on a canvas. Then there’s a sundae bar where you can just eat ice cream and put sprinkles on it,” said Michael Glazier, manager of volunteers and services at the Students’ Association of MacEwan University (SAMU). At the end of March, SAMU held a successful event that saw students lining up to pet dogs, eat sundaes, make art, play in a ball pit and pop bubble wrap. The association is planning a similar event for the coming weeks, as students wrestle with final exams and assignments.
Chilliwack Golf and Country Club gets access to high-tech gear
Chilliwack Golf and Country Club will soon be home to some high-tech golfing goodies as the University of Fraser Valley relocates a cutting edge ‘golf lab’ from the campus to the course. Construction has begun on a modest-sized structure, with two hitting bays, that will be located beside the driving range tees. Once completed, in approximately eight weeks, UFV golf coach and kinesiology department head Chris Bertram will fill it with the latest in analytical devices, including a flight scope. “It is a launch monitor, which tracks the flight of the ball out to about 400 yards or so, and tells you all kinds of things about the quality of your impact,” Bertram explained. “It calculates club head speed and the spin of ball, and gives you quantifiable data.” The SAM puttLab does the same thing with the short game, breaking down every component off the short game. “It is sort of like a launch monitor for putting,” Bertram said. “It measures acceleration and deceleration and angle of impact, and gives you lots of data.”
Enrolment growth key to VIU budget
Nanaimo News Bulletin
Growing the student population is one of the main strategies Vancouver Island University aims to use to meet revenue targets in the 2013-14 budget. The university’s board of governors recently approved the $131-million budget, which includes plans to recruit and retain 500 more full-time domestic students next year in programs partially funded by the province; and growing enrolment in cost-recovery programs – those that are entirely paid for through tuition – such as continuing education and international education. “It’s a tough economic environment, the government is cutting us,” said Pat Eagar, vice-president of administration and finance. “The largest challenge was we were definitely committed to supporting investment in our people. We’re doing it by growing and getting more entrepreneurial.”
Culinary ice carving at Canadore
North Bay Nugget
Some chefs like to trade in their knives for power tools for different creations on their dinner tables. Canadore College culinary students had their chance to unleash their carving skills on blocks of ice as large as 300 pounds that will be used for an upcoming buffet for their garde manger class for cold foods. “If they’re not successful, at least we’ve made ice cubes,” said Canadore’s chef professor Derek Lawday. It’s one of the few schools still offering culinary students a lesson in decorative ice, made by hand and not with molds. “This might be the only time they ever get to do something like this,” Lawday said. The blocks of ice are specially made for this type of carving, and will be shiny and clear once they’re finished with hot water and a blow torch. “There’s really no practising for this,” said graduating culinary student Solomon Mason.
10 egg projects underway at APRI
There are currently 10 egg projects underway at the Atlantic Poultry Research Institute (APRI), Dr. Bruce Rathgeber told the Nova Scotia Egg Producers’ annual meeting. At present, seven Dalhousie Agricultural Campus undergraduates have four egg research projects underway, while 15 graduate students are working on six egg-related projects. APRI also now has all of its eight controlled environment rooms for egg research functioning, the Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada poultry research scientist said. As a result of the merger of the Nova Scotia Agricultural College and APRI with Dalhousie University a Dalhousie co-op commerce student has been hired to assist with accounting at APRI and a biology student hired to provide administrative support for research, he explained. Dr. Rathgeber hoped a new dean of the agricultural campus would be in place by this summer. He observed that Dr. Michelle Jendral, who researched enriched cages, left last August for Alberta and has not yet been replaced.
Niagara College shutterbugs showcased
Take time to zoom in on the hard work of Niagara College’s digital photography students. The work of the school’s first- and second-year shutterbugs will be on display during a year-end exhibition Tuesday in the Simcoe Media Gallery at the Welland campus. Beginning at 7 p.m., the exhibit will feature the work of more than 70 budding photographers, including portraits, advertising, food, still-life, photojournalism and fine art.
Veterinary program drives residence construction
Northern Ontario Busines
Northern College’s Haileybury campus will have its first residence ready for students in September. The new modular structure will include 16 apartments, with each having four bedrooms, two washrooms, a kitchen, a living area, laundry facilities and storage. “Through a request for proposal process, we found a developer who is prepared to enter into a private- public partnership to finance, construct and operate a residence for us in Haileybury,” said Northern’s president and CEO, Fred Gibbons. The cost to build a college or university residence does not attract any government funding, so they would have to be built with the post-secondary institution’s own funds. “Northern College has been engaged in growth generally at our campuses, building new facilities. We want to continue to place our emphasis on that but we can’t continue to ignore the residence issue,” he said.
The budget ‘Three Cs’
There continues to be fallout from the provincial budget – and post-secondary students appear to be bearing the brunt. This time, the cuts include courses at the College of the North Atlantic. The Province continues to hear harsh criticism, not only from the Newfoundland Association of Public Employees (NAPE), but from college students enrolled in the programs they are cutting, such as Adult Basic Education (ABE). At the Grand Falls-Windsor campus, for example, the college will see the ABE program cut.
Habitat project turns houses into homes
Nanaimo News Bulletin
To keep construction costs down Habitat for Humanity uses as many students as possible from Vancouver Island University’s construction trades programs, such as the pre-apprenticeship carpentry program. “This year we’ve also got the [VIU] heavy equipment operators program taking part with an excavator,” said Teresa Pring, Habitat for Humanity mid-Island executive director. “So we want to involve every aspect of VIU’s program, going forward … We try to involve every aspect of VIU that we can because it gives youth a chance to get a hands-on classroom right on site.” The families that will live in the duplex have yet to be selected, Pring said.
Local employers needed for work placements
Nova News Now
The Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) is hosting an information session for local employers on April 4, to encourage them to take part in work placements for the community college’s Office Administration Link program. The program starts in September 2013. The Office Administration Link program will be held in Liverpool and it will require two work terms with local employers. Craig Collins, principal of the Lunenburg NSCC campus, says that staff will be at the session to answer any questions and to give an overview of the program. NSCC is hoping to get support from local employers for this programming.
Rock’n with Red at the Clarke
Veteran DJ Red Robinson will share stories from 60 years of his life in radio with Aaron Levy, CIVL Radio station manager, in a free event at the Clarke Foundation Theatre in Mission on April 9 at 7 p.m. The informal onstage tête-à-tête with Canada rock radio icon is part of the University of the Fraser Valley President’s lecture series. UFV president Mark Evered, partnering with the Mission Regional Chamber of Commerce, will welcome the legendary Robinson. UFV bestowed Robinson with an honorary doctorate in 2012 for his philanthropy and his contribution to the Canadian music industry. Robinson remains active in the entertainment industry, greeting stars of yesterday and today when they perform at the Red Robinson Show Theatre in Coquitlam, playing DJ Sunday afternoons on AM 650 and making television appearances.
Former NHL star Theo Fleury helps Mohawk College talk about mental health
Steve Kosh has seen a prominent shift in what Mohawk College students are looking for from their student union. “Three or four years ago, we were all about concerts, commonalities and entertaining students,” he said. “Now, that has shifted and students are asking for less of that and more support dealing with mental health issues.” Kosh, the marketing and communications coordinator for the Mohawk Student Association and a 2004 graduate, can easily list common problems his students face. “Busier lives, more part-time jobs, more stress here on campus, shorter semesters,” he said. These are just four reasons why the student association partnered with the college to hold the first Mental Health Expo Wednesday. The goal is to get students to start the conversation about getting help on campus, Kosh said.
Experience poverty maze in Lanark County with ‘Take a Walk in My Shoes’ April 24
The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit, in partnership with the Social Service Worker Program at Algonquin College Perth, is hosting an interactive workshop called ‘Take a Walk in My Shoes.’ This free event, taking place on April 24 at Perth-Upon-Tay Legion, aims to raise awareness about the barriers people experiencing poverty face, and the day to day stigma that is often associated with poverty. Participants will navigate through a maze where they will experience the challenges of trying to secure some of the most basic necessities in life. Poverty affects everyone, including the families living in Leeds, Grenville and Lanark. A total of 9.3 per cent of households in our area are food insecure (Canadian Community Health Survey, 2011. Ontario Share File. Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care), suggesting that many families do not have access to safe, affordable food that they like to eat, that helps them to be healthy and that they can get in ways that make them feel good about themselves.
5 Highly Unusual College Majors
Your degree in engineering or business administration is the typical run-of-the-mill educational path for millions of college students. Some colleges, however, seek to offer majors that can only be described as unusual, providing ways for students to obtain a degree in an area that may be unique to their field. We’ll take a look at five unusual college majors and the schools that offer these programs…. 2. Comedy: Writing and Performance — Canada’s Humber College offers a two-year diploma program in Comedy. Its School of Creative & Performing Arts prepares students for work on sitcoms, as stand-up comedians, for sketch comedy or other humor-related skills. You know that you are funny — now you can learn from the best and participate in the college’s own Yuk Yuk Comedy Club.
New writing program helps students find their muse
London Community News
Students file into Meg Howald’s creative writing class at Fanshawe College and are confronted with a bizarre picture, or strange music, or both. This is their inspiration for the day. For the next half hour they auto-write, putting on paper the first thing that comes to mind, then they share and compare. It could be a poem, a work of creative non-fiction, a short story or even a rap. For Howald, a novelist and professor, it doesn’t matter what the subject is or what shape it takes. She just wants to see the creative process take place. “I’ve had great things come of the course so far,” she said. “I auto-write with them. It forces them to face the blank page and get something down.”
MesoCoat Offers New Process for Clad Pipe Manufacturing
Company officials also hope to close a deal next month to expand its offerings to oil sands operations in Canada, and are in discussions to partner with sovereign wealth funds and strategic partners to set up international operations in Indonesia, Middle East, India and South Korea. The company is also partnering with the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology and the Alberta Innovates Technology Futures organization to expand its offerings to oil sands operations in Canada. MesoCoat anticipates additional partnerships with Alberta to be announced sometime in the near future. The company added it is in discussions to partner with sovereign wealth funds and strategic partners to set up international operations in Indonesia, Middle East, India and South Korea.
MacEwan prepared to give $2 million to downtown community rink
MacEwan University’s board of governors has set aside $2 million in one-time funding toward a community hockey rink attached to the proposed downtown arena. David Atkinson, MacEwan’s president, said the money won’t come from the operating budget but from funds set aside every year to buy new land, construct new facilities or renovate. “We know we have a $15-million problem elsewhere in the institution that’s part of our continuing operating budget,” Atkinson said, referring to the budget shortfalls facing all post-secondary institutions following cutbacks from the province. “That is a profoundly different scope. I think the board is very prudent about this because they know there are these opportunities that come along, and if you don’t plan for them then you’re never going to take advantage of it.”
Raymond Burr award given
Langley’s Shadoe Reisler was on stage during the production of Craig Lucas’ Blue Window at Douglas College recently. But he wasn’t there as one of the play’s cast, he was there to be commended for what the Douglas College Foundation called his commitment to the arts. In fact, he even helped the props crew decorate the very set that late last month served as a backdrop for the award presentation at the Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre. Described as a hardworking and talented student, Reisler became the third recipient ever of the Raymond Burr Performing Arts award of distinction. He is a second-year stagecraft and event technology student at the New Westminster college campus.
UFV hosts slavery & trafficking forum
Slavery, indentured servitude, trafficking in human organs and involuntary prostitution don’t sound like activities condoned in a free and democratic society, but these social ills exist in Canada today, say human rights organizations. To discuss these issues, the University of the Fraser Valley will hold Free Me, a day-long symposium on April 6. UFV Global Development Institute and the local advocacy group I Am End host the event. The symposium consists of three segments of the hard-hitting documentary Half the Sky, discussions and questions with a panel of experts, a catered lunch, and the opportunity to attend two workshops facilitated by the panelists.
Nursing students heading to Dominican for 10 day mission trip
Three nursing students from the Orangeville Georgian College Campus are going to the Dominican Republic for a ten day mission trip. They are part of a multi-disciplinary team that makes the trip annually, consisting of faculty and students from paramedic program, dental hygiene, nursing, police foundation, fire fighters, massage therapy and health sciences. “We’ll be working within the community, in the local hospital and we’ll be going to long-term care facility,” says nursing student Mary Smith. Accompanying her from the Georgian College campus in the nursing program is Tonya Wilson and Krystal Coyne. “We’ll also be going out into the community and having clinics at the schools,” says Ms. Smith. “Usually the people know we’re coming and they line up and we do basic health care there.”
Nursing students step up for hospital walking program
Cape Breton Post
A new volunteer program at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital is helping keep patients active. “Senior management and the district physicians thought it would be a great idea to start a program to encourage patients to continue walking during their hospital stay,” said Lisa McNeil-Campbell, the district volunteer co-ordinator. Walking for Wellness is a program developed by the pastoral care and volunteer services department to encourage patients to go for walks during their stay in the hospital. The program began March 11, and is a joint effort between the hospital and the nursing program at Cape Breton University. Volunteer second- and third-year students from the CBU nursing program go to the hospital in pairs for two hours at a time once a week.
Niagara College showcasing its chefs
Tony de Luca will spend time in the culinary spotlight Thursday. The Niagara College chef professor’s kitchen skills will be on display during the school’s Canadian Food and Wine Institute Chef Signature Series. At the event, de Luca and his team of culinary students will prepare a dinner menu comprising his favourite dishes that he’s prepared over the course of his decades-long career. The Chef Signature Series includes six dinner events showcasing the talents of the institute’s chef professors. Thursday’s event is the fourth instalment.
Cobourg business reveals secret for competitiveness
Weetabix management discussed how to remain competitive in the current market, said Mr. Peterson. They decided a strong workforce would set the company apart. “That’s (staff) going to be our competitive advantage,” he said. Weetabix sent 17 staff members on a skills enhancement training program with Fleming College and plans to send 18 more on a second training program, he said. The staff now feel the company management is listening and recently a staff member came up with a solution to increase output in the factory, he said. While the ready-to-eat cereal market is not growing, the Cobourg Weetabix factory has branched out into several lines including organics and gluten-free cereals, he added.
Humber to spearhead student mental health training
Humber College recently received more than $750,000 in funding toward addressing student mental health in a systemic way throughout all of Ontario’s 24 colleges, as well as its northern universities. The three-year initiative, funded by the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities’ Mental Health Innovation Fund, will enable Humber and Mental Health First Aid Canada to deliver Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training to provincial post-secondary institutions. “The Mental Health First Aid training program is a significant and unprecedented step in understanding and destigmatizing mental health on campus,” Jen McMillen, Humber’s director of Student Access, Wellness and Development, said in a statement. “By creating a community of care and equipping people with the skills and confidence to intervene, we can provide assistance to students in need to help them succeed in their post-secondary studies.”
Locals surprised to win medals
A NUMBER of locals have been awarded Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medals, and the latest have won for their voluntary and community services. World renowned Tahltan/Tlingit artist Dempsey Bob is an instructor and senior advisor at the Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art at Northwest Community College here. He began carving in 1969 and was directed to the Kitanmaax School of Northwest coast Indian Art by Freda Diesing, who was his earliest mentor and teacher. Bob went on to become a close friend of Freda’s and frequently worked with her.