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Cuts at rural Alberta colleges result in job losses, program reductions
Two rural community colleges will cut dozens of jobs, close satellite campuses and are worried about reductions in adult upgrading programs critical to getting young people into trades and other skilled jobs. Lakeland College, based in Vermilion, will cut more than 40 people and plans to eliminate half a dozen programs, including a two-year practical nursing course at the Lloydminster campus. Portage College, based in Lac La Biche, will lay off 15 people, including 10 teaching faculty, close its campus in Vegreville and halve the size of the Bonnyville campus to save $4 million. No programs will be cut, but academic upgrading will change “significantly” at Portage, according to a news release. (Article also mentions Northern Lakes College, Grande Prairie Regional College and MacEwan University)
Branle-bas sous le campanile
La Nouvelle Union
Le plus gros chantier estival du cégep de Victoriaville, le réaménagement du département des techniques de l’agriculture, sera confié à Construction Bernard Bélanger et fils, l’entrepreneur victoriavillois ayant soumis la meilleure offre, au coût de 621 500 $. eux autres entreprises locales et une de Québec convoitaient aussi ce contrat. Construction David Perreault de Victoriaville avait déposé une offre à 671 250 $, alors que Construction J.P. Binette, également de Victoriaville, a déposé la plus haute soumission, au coût de 798 695 $. Entre les deux, Construction Lévesque et associés de Québec a proposé une facture de 707 000 $. Toutes les soumissions incluaient les taxes, précise François St-Cyr, secrétaire général du Cégep.
Conestoga digital arts campus awaits council approval
An old downtown building is slated to become a showcase for art, design and new digital content if city councillors approve the Kitchener Studio Project on Monday. The project would see Conestoga College lease 10,000 square feet of space at 44 Gaukel St. for five years from the City of Kitchener. The college will collaborate on this unique campus with Christie Digital, the University of Waterloo, Wilfrid Laurier University and some high-tech companies in the nearby Lang Tannery building. Conestoga College president John Tibbits said the digital media sector is growing and there is a shortage of skilled workers to provide content, which includes graphics, stories and music.
L’équipe «La main de Dieu» remporte le défi Science, on tourne!
L’Express – Drummondville
C’est le jeudi 4 avril que s’est déroulée, au Clovis du Cégep de Drummondville, la finale locale du 21e concours intercollégial Science, on tourne!. L’équipe «La main de Dieu», composée des étudiants en Techniques de génie mécanique (TGM) Anthony Vincent-Beaudoin, Marc-André Cusson et Carine Gélinas, a remporté la première place et, du coup, un accès à la finale nationale qui se déroulera les 3 et 4 mai, au Cégep de l’Abitibi-Témiscamingue. Sous le thème «Qui l’eut grue?», l’édition 2013 appelait les participants à construire une grue capable de soulever une charge à partir du sol, à l’aide d’énergie potentielle mécanique. Au Cégep de Drummondville, 32 étudiants, pour un total de 12 équipes, se sont inscrits pour être du défi.
Trades, Technical Career Fair set for May 8 in Delta
The Corporation of Delta is hosting its first Trades and Technical Career Fair on Wednesday, May 8. The free fair runs from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Sungod recreation centre. Its aim is to present Delta students, their parents and the general public with career options in trades and technical areas. The municipality is teaming up with Delta school district for the event, which will feature exhibits from BCIT, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Vancouver Community College and local employers. “I think it’s important for young people today to know that there are many options to a successful career and they don’t necessarily need to attend university to achieve their dreams,” said Mayor Lois Jackson. “We hope that students and their parents will come away from the fair excited about the potential for a career in the trades or other technical jobs.”
«On fait mentir la courbe démographique!»
La Nouvelle union
Le cégep de Victoriaville a accueilli 810 demandes d’admission pour sa session d’août prochain, ce qui représente une légère augmentation par rapport à l’an dernier, alors que l’institution en avait reçu 797. «Chaque année, on se dit qu’on aura une baisse. Et chaque année, on fait mentir la courbe démographique!», affirme le directeur des études Christian Héon. Les demandes d’admissions de cette année renferment de «belles nouvelles» pour les autorités collégiales. Ainsi, en agriculture biologique – le Cégep étant le seul au Québec à dispenser ce programme – l’institution a accueilli 38 demandes, comparativement à 16 l’année précédente
College cuts forced by Alberta budget
Lakeland College has announced its plans for how to shoulder the 7.3 per cent Alberta government funding decrease included in the 2013 budget, and it will mean fewer options for students in the next school year. While facing a $4 million deficit for the 2013/2014 school year caused by the funding cuts, the college had to make some very tough decisions, said Glenn Charlesworth, President and CEO of Lakeland College. “It’s a tough day for the college. All week we’ve been talking to the people who have been affected by this budget reduction and those are tough conversations,” said Charlesworth. “These are people that contributed an awful lot to Lakeland College over the years and they are doing good work and running good programs and we just had to make tough decisions because we had to find $4 million.”
Le Cégep de Chicoutimi réitère sa confiance envers son équipe de gestion
Courrier du Saguenay
Les membres du comité exécutif chargé de l’administration courante du Collège ont rencontré les représentants des trois syndicats du Collège, mardi, afin d’échanger sur les récents événements. Le président du conseil d’administration du Cégep de Chicoutimi, Monsieur Pierre Boulianne, a profité de l’occasion pour rappeler certains éléments importants. « Malgré un contexte économique difficile, malgré le fait que le Cégep de Chicoutimi doive composer avec une situation démographique défavorable, notre institution poursuit son développement et maintient son positionnement régional privilégié, mentionne Monsieur Boulianne. Cette performance enviable est notamment le résultat du travail de la directrice générale, Madame Ginette Sirois, de son équipe de gestion et des forces vives du milieu. »
Key spending: education
Winnipeg Free Press
OK, you’re going to put us in a financial bind. Let’s talk about taking the controls off tuition, University of Winnipeg president Lloyd Axworthy fired back at the Selinger government Tuesday. “That is the conversation I want to have,” Axworthy said. Tuesday’s budget left the University of Manitoba $7.77 million short on anticipated provincial operating grants, Red River College $6 million in deficit, and the U of W $1.5 million short. All three face substantial cuts to bring in balanced budgets for the next school year. This was to be the third year of a government commitment to increase university operating grants by five per cent annually, but Finance Minister Stan Struthers reneged and reduced the increase to 2.5 per cent. Tuition continues to be capped at cost of living, so no room there to make up the lost cash.
Le Collège Shawinigan profite d’un généreux donateur
L’Hebdo du St-Maurice
La Fondation communautaire du Saint-Maurice, par l’entremise d’un donateur privé, a remis quatre bouses d’études totalisant 4000$ au Collège Shawinigan. Ces bourses existent grâce à un généreux donateur privé de Shawinigan qui souhaite aider les jeunes de sa ville. Un des objectifs de ce fonds est d’attribuer des bourses d’études à des étudiants de niveau de niveau post secondaire, soit dans les secteurs professionnel, collégial et universitaire. Pour être admissible à ces bourses, l’étudiant doit être natif de Shawinigan et sa famille doit résider à Shawinigan. L’étudiant doit également démontrer des résultats académiques laissant prévoir des probabilités de succès raisonnable et être dans le besoin de recevoir cette aide. Encore une fois, merci à la Fondation communautaire du St-Maurice.
New wheel bed keeps Gordon in the fast lane
And on April 11 he received even more to be happy about when he was presented with new wheels following a fundraising drive spearheaded by his fellow alumni at Canadore College and the Aboriginal Student Association. Thanks to the contributions of the Anishinabek Seven Generations Charity, Nipissing University Aboriginal Initiatives Office and the Union of Ontario Indians, $8,500 was raised to provide Mianscum with a brand new state-of-the art gurney. The North Bay Rotary Club contributed a further $2,500 to the project. “This is pretty exciting,” he said, “but I’m surprised and shocked that people would do this for me. Canadore College is still working to help me out and I’m very grateful for that.” Last year Mianscum received a pre-graduation gift from fundraising efforts spearheaded by the same volunteers who raised $30,000 for a specially-fitted van.
Un futur laboratoire en foresterie au Cégep de Sainte-Foy
Le Cégep de Sainte-Foy a été sélectionnés parmi les collèges canadiens qui recevront une subvention de la Fondation canadienne pour l’innovation (FCI). L’établissement d’enseignement collégial obtiendra 198 400$, ce qui lui permettra d’aménager un laboratoire de télédétection forestière. Le ministre d’État des Sciences et de la technologie du Canada, Gary Goodyear, en a fait l’annonce mardi matin, lors du Colloque de la recherche appliquée de l’Association canadienne des collèges communautaires. La subvention de la FCI permettra au Centre collégial de transfert des technologies en foresterie (CERFO) d’acquérir des équipements de stockage et de diffusion de données et d’images de terrain, des logiciels performants pour analyser les données et des équipements techniques pour capter les données. Ce laboratoire permettra d’effectuer de la recherche à un coût abordable et de développer une expertise dans l’industrie forestière.
Students hit the books this summer
Vernon Morning Star
Students looking to get a head start on the fall semester, and still leave room for a solid summer job are registering now for the first of two summer sessions at Okanagan College. The compressed sessions, which start in May and again in July, give students a chance to take various English, math and distance education programs. The first session runs seven weeks starting May 6, while the second session starts July 2 and runs six weeks through to Aug. 16. “What we have learned over the years is that students who want to get ahead are willing to double-up on their class time for a short period in the summer,” said registrar Jane Muskens.
La communauté collégiale soutient plus que jamais la Fondation du Cégep de Drummondville
L’Express – Drummondville
La Fondation du Cégep de Drummondville a récemment reçu deux dons totalisant 8500 $ provenant de membres de la communauté collégiale. Ces sommes inattendues seront entièrement versées au Fonds de bourses, qui a des retombées concrètes et durables pour les étudiants du collège. Le premier don reçu a été celui de Richard Lanoie, un enseignant au Département des langues depuis plus de 20 ans. M. Lanoie cherchait depuis longtemps une façon particulière de promouvoir l’excellence chez les étudiants. C’est l’envie de prolonger la mémoire de sa mère, récemment décédée, qui l’a poussé à passer à l’action et, ainsi, à faire un don à la Fondation au montant de 5000 $, qui servira à créer la Bourse d’assiduité Henriette-Lanoie. Cette bourse est pour lui une façon de rendre un dernier hommage à sa mère et, par le fait même, d’inciter les étudiants à terminer leur programme d’études dans les temps requis tout en obtenant de bons résultats scolaires.
K+S donates to SIAST program
Heather Donahue’s interest in mining coincides nicely with the mining industry’s interest in her and her classmates in the mining engineering technology program at SIAST. “I wanted to look at a program that had lots of job prospects and opportunities in Saskatchewan,” said Donahue. “I was reading the newspaper and I saw the ad (for the program). I’ve always been interested in the mining industry and this seemed like a good program. The program, which was developed specifically for Saskatchewan’s mining industry and will graduate its first class in 2014, received a boost from K+S Potash Canada on Wednesday. K+S is giving $121,800 to the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science & Technology to support the mining engineering technology program, scholarships for students in several mining programs and help provide student networking opportunities in Moose Jaw and Saskatoon.
Félicitations aux diplômés du Cégep de Saint-Hyacinthe!
Le Courrier de Saint-Hyacinthe
Le Cégep de Saint-Hyacinthe rayonnait de fierté lors de la 8e Cérémonie de remise des diplômes. Cette année, pas moins de 220 finissants de la promotion 2011-2012 sont venus célébrer leur réussite, en compagnie de leurs proches. Dignitaires, enseignants et membres du personnel étaient également au nombre des personnes venues souligner les années d’efforts et de détermination auxquelles se sont soumis les diplômés tout au long de leur formation collégiale. C’est donc dans une atmosphère empreinte d’émotion que les finissants se sont vu remettre leur diplôme, un à un, sur la scène. Cette cérémonie se veut aussi l’occasion de décerner un diplôme honorifique à une personnalité qui inspire grandement par son cheminement professionnel. Cette année, le Cégep de Saint-Hyacinthe a choisi de remettre le diplôme honorifique à Émilien Pelletier, député de Saint-Hyacinthe.
Lego man-in-space co-creator pursuing higher education
The Toronto Observer
Matthew Ho has chosen to study commerce at the University of British Columbia. Meanwhile, Asad Muhammad will study at Centennial College’s School of Transportation in the Aircraft Maintenance Engineering program. “I wanted to become an aircraft maintenance engineer,” Muhammad said. “I decided to study at Centennial because it’s the best school which offers that program.” He finds his current study very satisfying. He likes the hands-on training in the hangar. “After graduating I want to work in any airline industry as an aircraft maintenance engineer,” he said. Prof. James C. Passant, co-ordinator of avionics/pilot program of the School of Transportation, at Centennial College is pleased to have Asad Muhammad as his student.
Réussite pour la Journée de l’emploi du Cégep de Sherbrooke
Près de 500 étudiantes et étudiants sont allés à la rencontre de la vingtaine d’exposants présents à la Journée de l’emploi tenue le 5 avril dernier au Cégep de Sherbrooke. « Pour une première édition, c’est un succès qui dépasse les attentes », affirme Éric Fernet, responsable du Service de liaison cégep-entreprises, l’un des organisateurs de l’activité visant à jumeler les employeurs avec une relève qualifiée en quête d’un stage ou d’un emploi.
Program and staff cuts coming to Lakeland College
Lakeland College is facing a $4 million deficit for the 2013-14 school year, following a 7.3 per cent decrease from the province’s Campus Alberta Grant. Now the college has to find the savings. And after cost efficiency measures, cutting administration costs and money raised from within the school, programs are the next thing that will start to go. After a considerable review – with input from employees and students –Lakeland’s board of governors approved widespread changes across the school. That included the suspension of several programs as the college pushes its focus towards its core programming areas such as agricultural sciences, environmental sciences, energy, and trades and technology, as well as applied resource that supports many of those areas. “We had to ask ourselves the question, ‘What are we all about, what’s our core?’” said Lakeland College president Glenn Charlesworth. “Our core is clearly the biggest industries in this region, which are energy and agriculture. So we said, we must keep our core programming in tact which is everything related to agriculture and energy. We started looking at programs outside that core when we looked at programs to suspend.”
Les Sciences humaines seront à l’honneur au Cégep
Le Cégep Beauce-Appalaches tiendra sa 2e Semaine des Sciences humaines du 24 au 30 avril. Ce sera l’occasion de mettre en lumière le travail effectué par les étudiants et les enseignants du programme qui compte la plus grande clientèle au Cégep, soit 448 étudiants. Le point culminant de cette semaine sera l’exposition des travaux des étudiants des cours Naissance et développement de l’Amérique moderne, Psychologie sociale et Santé mentale. L’événement se déroulera dans le hall principal et les corridors du Cégep le 30 avril de 11 h 45 à 13 h 15 et en soirée de 18 h 30 à 20 h. Il sera ponctué d’un cocktail en fin de journée où des prix seront remis. Une fête pour les finissants suivra après le cocktail. Les étudiants du campus de Sainte-Marie participeront à un événement du même genre, le 24 avril de 18 h 30 à 20 h 30.
Lambton College program caters to students with learning challenges
Melissa Heller has accomplished a lot in her 23 years. There is still a lot more to come, she says. Heller is currently a second year student in Lambton College’s Community Integration through Co-operative Education (CICE) program, taking modified culinary arts courses. The two-year modified program was designed for individuals with learning challenges, providing students with an opportunity to enhance their academic skills through regular college classes, while developing vocational abilities through career-related, field placement experiences. Heller is passionate about food, so taking culinary arts made sense. Even before making the big leap to leave the comforts of home in Woodstock for a new school and a new city, Heller was already facing what was the biggest challenge in her life.
«Venez à la pêche à l’emploi» au Salon de l’emploi en alimentation et en tourisme
Le Salon de l’emploi en alimentation et tourisme tiendra sa huitième édition le 24 avril prochain, de 11 h à 15 h, au campus de Charlesbourg du Cégep Limoilou. Plus d’une trentaine d’entreprises seront présentes pour offrir un grand nombre d’emplois. La liste de ces employeurs est disponible au http://www.seat-2013.com. Organisé autour du thème La pêche à l’emploi!, ce Salon représente une occasion privilégiée pour les entreprises des domaines de la restauration, de l’hébergement et du tourisme de rencontrer des candidats potentiels, motivés et qualifiés. Ce sont les finissants en Techniques de tourisme-DEC bilingue offert au Cégep Limoilou, en partenariat avec le Cégep Champlain-St. Lawrence, qui ont reçu, à nouveau, le mandat d’organiser l’événement.
CNA to Focus on Skilled Trades
The second shoe has dropped when it comes to the focus of programming at the College of the North Atlantic. Government announced shortly after the budget that Adult Basic Education would be privatized, leading to widespread concerns about the focus of programming at CNA campuses across the province. Some students expressed concern that the college would drop certain types of programming in favour of skilled trades. Government today announced that it is looking at opportunities to introduce new programs focused on meeting the need for skilled labour. Justice Minister Darin King, speaking on behalf of minister Joan Shea, says the decisions surrounding changes to the CNA are about ensuring the public education system is responsive to the needs of students and the workforce.
Stages en milieu hospitalier
Les élèves du programme de Soins infirmiers du Cégep de La Pocatière pourront désormais parfaire leurs apprentissages cliniques en milieu hospitalier et acquérir des spécialités en vue d’exercer leur profession, grâce à une entente avec le CSSS de Kamouraska. En effet, le CSSS collabore avec le Cégep pour offrir des milieux de stage pour chacune des trois années d’études en Soins infirmiers. En décembre 2007, le Cégep et le CSSS signaient une première entente de trois ans garantissant un emploi sur la base des pratiques de dotation. Ce sont près d’une centaine d’étudiants en Soins infirmiers qui effectuent des stages en milieu hospitalier et communautaire chaque année.
Student satisfaction high at St. Clair College
Chatham Daily News
St. Clair College has an above average number of satisfied students, according to data released Wednesday by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. The 79.4% figure scored in the ministry’s student satisfaction data is the highest rating the college, which includes Thames Campus in Chatham, has ever achieved. It is also above the 77.1% provincial rating for student satisfaction. St. Clair also received its highest ratings ever for knowledge and skills attained by students at the college — 90.1% – and learning experience — 84.4%. Both areas exceed the provincial averages of 87.2% and 80.5% respectively. “Students value the higher education and relevant focused job skills that come with a St. Clair College credential,” said Dr. John Strasser, president of St. Clair College, in a written release. “This is not a surprise as we work with faculty, support staff and academic administrators to ensure that we are graduating students with job-ready skills,” he added.
Trades Alberta: Edmonton area tradesman testing his mettle in WorldSkills event
A few years ago, Nolan Spak was flipping through a program guide for the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology. “I knew the trades were a good place to go and there was really good job stability with them. So I looked through the trades and picked one and just ran with it,” he said. Spak, 21, chose to become a sheet metal worker, a trade that requires a four-year apprenticeship. Sheet metal workers design, fabricate, assemble, install and repair sheet metal products used in a variety of industries and settings. They make products such as heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems, metal sign equipment, custom-built tables, counters and fixtures for hospitals, kitchen equipment and items for the food service industry, as well as dairy, brewery and laboratory equipment. “You get to work with your hands and use math to turn flat sheets of metal into artwork,” said Spak, when asked why the trade appealed to him.
Gearing up for MacEwan University’s Mad Hatter’s Gala
Organizers started off by venturing into someone’s basement for an audition. They were there to see a band by the name of The Last Calls, but what they experienced left them wanting another round. “They can do everything from Lady Gaga to Carrie Underwood,” says Michelle Stevenson, who leads the planning efforts for MacEwan University’s most prestigious event: the annual Mad Hatter’s Gala, which is the largest community fundraising event of the year for the university. Making sure guests are well-entertained while seeing firsthand how their contributions support aspiring students is of the utmost importance to the organizing committee. Tying it all together is an underlying theme, as Stevenson explains, “We pick a theme that lends itself to wearing hats. This year, we went with derby chic.”
PQ may be imposing bill 101 on CEGEPs
CJAD 800 AM
Federation of CEGEPs is warning that francophones and allophones may find themselves unable to get into English CEGEPs if bill 14 goes through. A section of the bill requires English CEGEPs to give preferential access to anglophones. The CEGEP federation warned a National Assembly committee on Wednessday that this could lead to a back-door bill-101. “Do we want anglophones to find themselves all alone in their institutions?” asks Richard Filion, the head of Dawson College. As an example, he says his college receives 2000 applications a year for its science and nature program, but can only accept 350. “That means anglophones would be by themselves in a science program at Dawson because there would be such a lack of space.”
Niagara College ranked No. 1 in student satisfaction again this year
Bullet News Niagara
Niagara College president Dan Patterson along with the Student Administrative Council (SAC) President unveiled their new banner to celebrate the eighth time in nine years of being rated No. 1 in student satisfaction by the Key Performance Indicator survey on Wednesday at the Welland and Niagara-on-the-Lake campuses. In the survey, 85.4 per cent of students said they are satisfied with the student experience at Niagara College. Many students and faculty members gathered in the Welland campus learning commons to enjoy the College’s continued success. Iegor Karpov, a second-year international business student from Ukraine says, “If you want to really learn, you can learn here.” Patterson addressed the student body about some of the other positive results from the KPI survey.
Selkirk teams with local business to compost for Earth Day
The Nelson Daily
For two weeks this year, in celebration of Earth Day on Monday, April 22, the downtown Castlegar office of RHC Insurance, with the help of Gaia Janitorial Services, is sending their compostables like lunch scraps, coffee grounds and used paper towels over to Selkirk College. In 2011, Selkirk College began operating a large composting vessel as part of a pilot composting program on their Castlegar campus. Sean Melvin, graduate of the Integrated Environmental Planning and Technology (IEPT) program at Selkirk College and owner of Gaia Janitorial Services Inc., has been weighing the garbage his company collects from the RHC Insurance downtown Castlegar office location.
Donors required for whale skeleton exhibit Sponsors sought to cover $50,000 cost of creating special display at new Deep Bay Field Station
Nanaimo Daily News
Donors are needed to help turn a grey whale skeleton into an educational exhibit. Three years ago a dead whale washed up on a Sooke beach. Sightseers started removing parts off the whale – a disrespectful act, in the eyes of the Scia’new First Nation people, and possibly a health hazard, since the carcass was starting to decay. It so happened staff with Vancouver Island University were on the lookout for a whale carcass at the time. It took the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans to connect the two. Scia’new First Nation resolved to handle the whale’s carcass with dignity. When the First Nation contacted DFO for information on how to move the whale, Paul Cottrell, DFO acting marine mammal co-ordinator contacted VIU staff, who were looking for a grey whale to create a skeleton display.
Lambton College boasts top employer satisfaction rate amongst all Ontario colleges
Lambton College has walked away with its best overall showing in an annual provincial survey of students and employers. The college beat the provincial average in all five categories of the Key Performance Indicators survey. Results were released by Colleges Ontario Wednesday. Lambton College took top marks in the employer satisfaction rate for the third year in a row. A total of 96.3% of surveyed employers were satisfied with their Lambton College graduates. “In lots of incidents, we’ve seen in fact our students are preferred over other college graduates only because of the reputation of a particular program for a particular industry,” said college president Judith Morris. “It’s also showing itself in the employment rate.” A total of 86.3% of surveyed Lambton College students reported being employed six months after graduation in 2012, according to the report.
Building a botanical beverage in Niagara
Fort Erie Times
Botanicals are famed for their flowering versatility. Lavender tea, peppermint ointments, lemongrass soup are all among the kings in each class. But as flavoured carbonated beverages? That’s exactly what Niagara Essential Oils and Blends hopes to roll out, with help from Niagara College. If all goes well, a lineup of drinks could eventually be distributed across the planet. Niagara Research, the college’s research arm, is in the early stages of working with NEOB as the essences are mixed and matched by two students to find the right balance of flavours. “These are all about pure essential oils that can be consumed,” explained Robert Achal, who owns Highway 55, Niagara-on-the-Lake based company and retail outlet with wife Melissa.
Canadore celebrates graduate rate ranking
North Bay Nugget
Canadore College is celebrating a survey that indicates it has the third highest graduation rate among public colleges in the province. The college cites the provincial Key Performance Indicator survey results released Wednesday which shows it “exceeds or trends in line” with the provincial average in graduate satisfaction, employer satisfaction and student satisfaction. The college’s grade employment rate has also risen, according to a news release issued by the college. Canadore President George Burton said credit has to go to the support the college has received from private stakeholders. The survey was conducted for the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities to help colleges identify ways to improve and help parents and students make informed choices about a college education.
UFV goes green with carpool campaign
Be green and save dollars. Carpooling is an effective way to save money and help the environment, a great way to connect and network with new friends. Now students at the University of the Fraser Valley have launched a new database at www.carpoolufv.com to help UFV students to car pool – and potentially saving millions of dollars, litres of gas and CO2 emissions each year. The deadline to join up is April 19. “It’s a resource to find people. If students get on board, basically we can become a leader and set the bar for other universities,” said UFV Carpool president Ryan Morris. According to data on the website, by carpooling with three other people, a person can cut their gas and parking expenses by 75 per cent.
A “bright future” for renewable energy
The Oshawa Express
Durham College President Don Lovisa thanked the minister for coming and helped show him around the campus alongside Skilled Trades Dean Darrin Caron. “We’re very proud of what we’re doing, very proud of what our students are doing” says Lovisa. Utilizing the FIT program, Durham College has 350 rooftop solar panels of its own, with a combined capacity of 78 kilowatts. Six vertical wind turbines and 35 geothermal wells are located on the campus. The school also launched its two-year Renewable Energy Technician program in 2009. Nearly 100 students will have graduated from the program this spring, claims Durham College in a release. “All of the investments our college has made in green energy and sustainability over the past few years have positioned our students very well for finding employment now in the green energy sector, and moving forward as the demand for green energy workers increases,” says Lovisa.
ElderCollege spring semester underway
Nanaimo News Bulletin
After much planning and a great deal of anticipation, the first ever Vancouver Island University’s ElderCollege May semester is underway. Some of the short programs started at the end of April, but if you hurry, there’s still time to sign up for: Alternative holiday accommodation, May 7 and May 14; Painted to abstraction, May 2-16; We Are All Treaty People, May 16-30; Experiencing the Western Canadian Wilderness, May 3-17; Introduction to Geocaching, May 2-9, all being held in Parksville. Elder Bridge, May 3-17 as well as Birding – Backyard and Beyond, May 1-15 are at Origin at Longwood in Nanaimo. For more information and to register call toll free 1-866-734-6252 or register online at www.viu.ca/css.
Sault College photography students to show off their best work on Friday
local2 sault ste. marie
Sault College’s Digital Photography students proudly present “RAW” at the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre on Friday April 19th from 5:00pm to 9:00pm. After two years of technical and creative exploration, the show will showcase the graduates most prized photographs and professional portfolios. “Centering on the theme of RAW, the skills of each student have evolved from the first day of class throughout their studies with us,” notes Colin Crowell, Instructor of the Digital Photography and Imaging program at Sault College. “Working in raw format, the students have complete creative control; some with distinguished styles, some ever evolving. The photographers emerging from the program as a whole, are very diverse, extremely talented and equally passionate. As individuals, they strive for perfection, challenging themselves creatively and technically.”
Biochar may reduce impact of Alberta oil sands
The Calgary Journal
Biochar advocates say it has potential to boost crop yield, clean up wastewater, reclaim mine sites and reduce carbon. That is why the federal government and the Alberta government research arm – Alberta Innovates Technology Futures, or AITF- granted $1.35 million to Lakeland College. The grant money was used to allow the Vermillion, Alberta college to buy two mobile pyrolysis units. Anthony Anyia, the scientist who oversees the biomass pyrolysis program at AITF, said that the mobile units allow researchers to travel directly to forestry and agricultural waste production sites in Alberta, removing the high cost of moving the waste materials to a centralized location for treatment.
UFV ag training gets $1 mil in funding
In one final act in the dying hours of his tenure as Chilliwack’s representative in Victoria, MLA John Les has helped secure $1 million in funding for a new agriculture training facility at the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) campus at Canada Education Park (CEP). Les confirmed late Monday that he was able to secure $1 million through the Ministry of Advanced Education to build dedicated greenhouses, labs and classroom space for the agriculture/horticulture program. UFV, the Chiliwack Economic Partners Corporation (CEPCO) and “other partners” will match the money “at least” dollar for dollar leading to an investment upwards of $3.5 million, according to Les.
Partners for skills training – Conestoga and Eastforest Homes
Rick Martins, vice-president of Eastforest Homes, announced today that the company will provide $1 million to support Conestoga’s construction skills trades programs, ensuring that students have access to the facilities and training that will allow them to develop the skills, knowledge and experience they need to contribute to the industry and the community. Conestoga’s skilled trades programs will now be known as the Peter Catana Construction Skilled Trades programs in recognition of the president and founder of Eastforest Homes, Peter Catana. “This is a tremendous announcement for Conestoga, for our community, and for skilled trades,” said John Tibbits, president of Conestoga College. “The support of local industry is invaluable in enriching our programs and helping the college to address the growing need for skilled tradespeople here in the community and across Canada.”
Durham College helping breed new business
The Oshawa Express
Taking its cues from the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, Durham College has risen to the challenge of fostering entrepreneurship in the classroom. The chamber recently released a report entitled “Emerging Stronger 2013.” The report claimed Ontario could help stimulate its economy at its grassroots, and especially in the classroom. “If we accept that culture accounts for at least part for the entrepreneurship gap with the U.S. then we must address it via the education system,” states the chamber’s report. “This includes building entrepreneurship via high school and university curricula, not just our MBA programs.” So Durham College responded. The school has several initiatives underway, including academic-based projects focused on small business development; the introduction of an Enactus team on campus; the development of strong relationships with local initiatives and organizations focused on entrepreneurship; a unique focus on entrepreneurship for programs traditionally based in the arts; Durham Ideas Den 2013 and more.
City committee mulls making block of William Avenue a one-way
A city report is recommending turning a short block of William Avenue into a one-way street. The stretch of William that would be affected is located between Main and King streets. Coun. Dan Vandal (St. Boniface), chair of the infrastructure renewal and public works committee, said the request for this change came from Red River College. “It was just to facilitate loading and parking for their Paterson food institute,” said Vandal, adding the College also plans on making the area “aesthetically pleasing.” The committee will discuss and likely vote on the matter during its Tuesday morning meeting. In the report, Luis Escobar, the city’s manager of transportation, states the “proposed change in operation to one-way westbound is not anticipated to have a negative effect based on consultation with Winnipeg Transit and other stakeholders.”
City and VIU team up to offer erosion and sediment control course
Comox Valley Echo
The City of Courtenay and Vancouver Island University (VIU) have teamed up to offer a course on erosion and sediment control in the Comox Valley at the end of this month. The three-day course will run from Tuesday, April 30 to Thursday, May 2 and will provide a comprehensive applied overview of skills, abilities and procedures required for effective erosion and sediment control planning, construction and maintenance. The course will offer both class and field exercises. People involved in land development are encouraged to attend, including industry consultants, land developers, building contractors, and government personnel. The course costs $750 and is open to anyone. The City of Courtenay has been developing an Erosion and Sediment Control Bylaw over the past year that has passed first, second and third Council readings, as well as public consultation. The bylaw will be implemented within the next three months.
College students’ project highlights commuting headaches
A group of Centennial College students has devised a project that helps highlight the challenges that come with the daily commute in Toronto. It’s an eight-part online video series that features three Torontonians trying to reach selected locations via public transit. The Big Race’s first part will be posted online on Wednesday. A new episode will be available each week until the end of May.
Antiguans get active at UFV
Abbotsford Mission Times
Three Antiguan teachers joined University of the Fraser Valley kinesiology professor Joanna Sheppard and her students in elementary schools across Chilliwack this month. It’s the first visit by Antiguan educators since Sheppard began taking students to the Caribbean island seven years ago, including five expeditions with UFV students and two during her time as a doctoral student at the University of Toronto, in conjunction with the Champions for Health Promoting Schools program. This year, Sheppard will bring 21 UFV Champion students, including six students from the teacher education program, to Antigua from April 27 through May 26. The UFV students will focus on teaching life skills such as teamwork and listening through lessons and games.
Lakeland faced with tough cuts
Lakeland College has announced its plans for how to shoulder the 7.3 per cent Alberta government funding decrease included in the 2013 budget, and it will mean fewer options for students in the next school year. While facing a $4 million deficit for the 2013/2014 school year caused by the funding cuts, the college had to make some very tough decisions, said Glenn Charlesworth, President and CEO of Lakeland College. “It’s a tough day for the college. All week we’ve been talking to the people who have been affected by this budget reduction and those are tough conversations,” said Charlesworth. “These are people that contributed an awful lot to Lakeland College over the years and they are doing good work and running good programs and we just had to make tough decisions because we had to find $4 million.” On Friday, the College announced various cuts to programs, employee compensation and student support services including suspending student intake into nine programs and discontinuing the Child Development Centres on both the Lloydminster and Vermilion campuses.
A Niagara post-secondary portal for mental health
Niagara Falls Review
Post-secondary student mental health is poised for a major boost in Niagara. Brock University is to receive $360,240 from Ontario over three years, to deal with growing concerns over the issue. The money allows Brock to partner with Niagara College in developing an online portal and face-to-face information sessions focused on mental health. It’s all based on the Aboriginal concept of a wellness wheel connecting the emotional, intellectual, physical, and spiritual aspects of a person. The Holistic Wellness Initiative will first focus on Aboriginal, Metis and Inuit student needs. By 2014, it expands to all post-secondary students in the region.
Sheridan prof up for $65K-prize
Dr. Ian Williams, a Brampton native and Sheridan College full time faculty member, has been named a finalist for one of the world’s most lucrative and prestigious poetry prizes. Williams, who returned to Canada last fall to teach at Sheridan’s Oakville campus, has made the Canadian shortlist for this year’s Griffin Poetry Prize. He was selected for Personals, which he calls “a collection of really strange, almost love poems, where people are often forced to mediate their relationships through technology.” Williams is one of seven finalists— four International and three Canadian— who will be invited to read in Toronto at Koerner Hall at The Royal Conservatory in the TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning June 12. Each finalist will be awarded $10,000 for their participation in the Shortlist Readings.
Shedding light on land claims at UFV
Abbotsford Mission 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 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 just disappear into the fog of history is not realistic or just, said 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 taken away and the different methods aboriginal people have since used to get them back. The program, Indigenous Maps, Films, Rights and Land Claims, will run for the fourth time in Chilliwack from June 17 to July 12. http://www.abbotsfordtimes.com/Shedding+light+land+claims/8248256/story.html
Pathway To Higher Learning
It’s a unique partnership aimed at preparing highschool students for the transition into college. The Lambton Kent District School Board and Lambton College are introducing the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) program next February. 25 “Specialist High Skills Major” students will attend the college full-time for their last highschool semester. The course will fill a projected shortage of skilled workers in Sarnia-Lambton in the coming years. LKDSB Special Projects Teacher Caroline White says students will take two secondary credits, and two dual credits in either health and wellness or technology. She says there’s a great demand.
Cod May Make a Comeback
Early information from the Celtic Explorer shows positive signs of cod recovery. The Celtic Explorer is the first research vessel ever to be funded by the province. It is staffed by researchers at the Marine Institute. Fisheries Minister Derrick Dalley says the stocks are not at the stage of historic levels or at a particularly strong biomass, but he says the research is promising. Dalley says the levels are not such to have a commercial fishery. Dalley says it’s too early to say if the cod fishery will ever be restored to what it once was.
Fanshawe to offer newest innovation in distance education
London Community News
Starting on May 13, Fanshawe College, in partnership with educational software provider Desire2Learn (D2L), will launch a free, six-week open online course on applied sustainability. Students from anywhere in the world will participate in online field trips, perform hands-on tasks, discuss issues and ultimately be eligible to receive a letter of completion from the college. These worldwide online learning events, called Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), are the newest innovation in distance education. Originally beginning in 2008 as courses aimed at the technology field, MOOCs have grown into a model that makes it possible for anyone to take free courses from post-secondary institutions around the world.
Muchalaht on Vancouver Island wrestle with emotions caused by lost whalers shrine
The Vancouver Sun
The community formed a society to raise funds for a $20 million interpretive centre, which would be located within the Yuquot National Historic Site at Friendly Cove. But they are still a long ways from meeting the museum’s minimum requirements for repatriation. Margaretta James, the president of the Land of the Maquinna Cultural Society, said part of the problem is the site is fairly remote and the cost of construction is high. But the Muchalaht have never forgotten about the shrine and its powerful connection to Yuquot, and the group has now incorporated its history into a cultural heritage course offered through North Island College. This year James, who is an instructor in the course, hopes to take six students and some elders to New York to view the shrine. It will be the first time the community has visited it since the 1990s.
Algonquin College students’ association waiting on transit commission chair to talk fair fares
Frustration is building at the Algonquin College Students’ Association over what it calls unfair bus fares for students and its president wants the city’s transit commission chair to commit to a meeting on Monday. David Corson has been fighting for almost a year to get the city to scrap the age cap for student bus passes sold by OC Transpo. Currently, students at the college and other educational institutions who are not part of the U-Pass Program who are over 19 years old must pay the adult fare. The difference between a regular adult pass and a regular student pass is $19.50 per month. For a monthly express pass, the difference between adult and student fares is $28.75.
Health leader hones skills
Arleigh Bell, simulation facilitator and faculty member of Community and Health Studies (CAHS) at Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU), has been selected through competitive application for the year-long Leadership Development Program for Simulation Educators. The program, a National League for Nursing’s (NLN) initiative, is designed for those interested in assuming a leadership role in the research or administration of simulation programs in nursing education. Bell has been a full-time faculty member of KPU’s faculty of CAHS since Jan. 1, 2007. She has taught across each nursing program offered at KPU and has had a keen interest in teaching nursing skills labs, particularly with high fidelity simulation from the beginning of her employment. Bell facilitates high fidelity simulation and has been instrumental in the integration of this modality through KPU’s curricula.
CNA President Attests to Need for Skilled Labour
The President of the College of the North Atlantic says that the substantial labour shortage in the province will lead to increased labour costs. Ann Marie Vaughn spoke yesterday at CNA’s Skilled Career Day, and addressed issues facing the need for skilled labour and tradespeople within the province. The provincial government predicts 70,000 job openings over the next 10 years. The jobs are associated with megaprojects like Muskrat Falls, Long Harbour, and Hebron Oil Project.
Northern College opens teepee
Northern College celebrated the grand opening of the new permanent 700-square foot teepee at its South Porcupine campus on April 5. Designed in the likeness of a traditional teepee, the permanent structure is located on the south side of the campus facing Porcupine Lake. It is temperature controlled, ventilated, and connected to the college to enable year-round use. “The teepee is a source of ceremony, relationship building, cross-cultural understanding and a place of sharing and reflection. Northern College is dedicated to creating and sustaining a respectful, inclusive, accessible, and culturally sensitive learning environment,” said Northern College president Fred Gibbons in a press release. “Celebrating our varied cultural heritage is such a wonderful opportunity for everyone involved, whether someone is sharing their heritage or experiencing something new.”
Garbage soon to be cleared from Scarborough parks
The Toronto Observer
Walking through Morningside Park you’ll see beautiful streams, people throwing tennis balls for their dogs, and a slew of trash littering all sides of the parking lot. But not for too much longer. Toronto Mayor Rob Ford announced the 3rd annual Clean Toronto Together Campaign, where schools and workplaces will participate in a clean up day on April 19. The Environmental Student Society at Centennial College’s Morningside Campus will be organizing the cleanup for the college, says faculty advisor Michael Gauthier.
Women in non-traditional jobs focus of recent roundtable at Humber
Humber College played host this week to a roundtable discussion on women in non-traditional occupations. Women represent half of the Canadian workforce, but are under-represented in many occupations, including construction, trades, technology and science fields, said Susan Truppe, parliamentary secretary for Status of Women and London North Centre MP, who hosted the roundtable and is hosting others across Canada. “I am proud that our government supports the full participation of women in the economic and social life of our country, including in non-traditional occupations,” Truppe said in a statement. “I believe the greater the role women play in these sectors, the more they can contribute to jobs, growth and long-term prosperity.” Truppe spoke to industry representatives, MicroSkills and Humber faculty and students.
Local museum commissions Algonquin tech
Ottawa Business Journal
A team of Algonquin College students and faculty are developing technology for a national museum to display an ever-expanding amount of archival documentation not currently visible to the public. The Canada Science and Technology Museum receives roughly 5,000 images and drawings per month, and approached Algonquin to develop a method to broadcast some of that content pertaining to its most popular exhibit, The Locomotive Hall. Using touchscreen technology, student researcher Ihab Ali helped develop software allowing museum visitors to navigate photo galleries as well as see 360-degree views and specifications of old-fashioned locomotives. The hardware required to implement the solution, titled the Museum Touch Table, consists of a sensor sheet placed over top of a big screen TV that is connected to a laptop – which would cost around $3,000 for a 50 inch model, according to Mr. Ali. The TV screen can be hung on the wall or placed horizontally like a table, hence its name.
Canadore program focuses on UAVs
North Bay Nugget
Canadore College will be the only college in Ontario to offer a specialized program for unmanned aerial vehicles beginning in June. The Unmanned Aircraft Systems – Operations and Maintenance certificate program, taps into the $40-billion global UAV market. In 2007, $787 million was spent on the UAV market in Canada. By 2020, it is expected to be a $71-billion global market. The program, delivered in conjunction with ING Engineering, is aimed at the operation and maintenance of both fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft. Students will train in launching, flight operations, recovery techniques and maintenance procedures.
Funding helps enhance college training
Northern College has received funding of about $180,300 from the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care through its Seniors Care Strategy. Funds will be used to expand and enhance simulation-based personal support worker training across all Northern College campuses. As part of its Seniors Care Strategy, the province has committed to funding three million additional personal support worker hours for seniors in need. Ontario’s Action Plan for Seniors will address the needs of seniors and their families, and aims to help seniors find and access services they need to be healthier and stay at home longer. “This funding will allow Northern College to expand upon our existing high quality health-care simulation resources,” said Judy Rantala, director of Health Sciences at Northern College. “It will enhance the quality of valuable hands-on learning experiences for our students in the utilization of home care equipment and allow them to practice senior care within a state-of-the-art simulated home-care environment.”
Exploring non-traditional jobs for women
London Community News
London North Centre MP Susan Truppe held a roundtable on opportunities for women in non-traditional occupations at Fanshawe College Wednesday (April 10). According to a news release Truppe will be hosting a series of such roundtables, as well as meeting with representatives of various non-traditional sectors for women including mining, engineering, and construction trades, to explore the issue. “I am proud that our government supports the full participation of women in the economic and social life of our country, including in non-traditional occupations,” Truppe said. “I believe the greater the role women play in these sectors, the more they can contribute to jobs, growth and long-term prosperity.” Fanshawe president Howard Rundle said he was pleased to host the roundtable because it aligned with the college’s goal of keeping its students well informed about career options.
Aboriginal mine training leader coming to NVIT
First Nations students across B.C. will soon be able to access mine training courses thanks to a new partnership between B.C. Aboriginal Mine Training Association (BC AMTA) and the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology (NVIT). BC AMTA and NVIT will sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Friday, April 12, at 11:15 a.m. at NVIT’s Merritt campus. The MOU recognizes the two educational organizations’ common interests in providing first-class training and education to aboriginal students, and seeks to promote co-operation in a more structured fashion. The scope of activities outlined in the MOU include the development of entry-level mine training programs and future collaborative programs of mutual interest and benefit, with a focus on supporting Aboriginal students. “NVIT is very excited to be signing a memorandum agreement with BC AMTA,” said John Chenoweth, NVIT Dean of Community Education and Applied Programs.
Nelson Touchstones hosts final KSA grad show
The last batch of students to graduate from Selkirk College’s two-year Kootenay Studio Arts program are putting the final touches on an exhibition of their work at Nelson Touchstones. Eighteen graduates are included in the show. They come from four studio concentrations: clay, fibre, jewelery/small object design and metal work. Curator Deborah Loxam-Kohl has been working with the students to get their work ready for the gallery. “A lot of work goes into displaying the items for public viewing and creating a context for your work,” says Loxam-Kohl, who herself is an alumna of the KSA program. She visited the students’ studios earlier in the year to get them thinking about the exhibit and has been on site at Touchstones all week, offering feedback and suggestions, as the students set up their displays.
Mystery donor gives Hamilton painting to Mohawk College
Mohawk College has received a large gift, but who gave it remains a mystery. An anonymous donor has given a piece of artwork depicting one of Hamilton’s scenic gems: the view of the city skyline from the Mountain. E. Robert Ross’s painting, titled View of Hamilton, captures this view with a mix of blue and white sky, generous greenery and city structures. His painting, which was completed in 2012, is 1.6 metres by 3.6 metres acrylics on hardboard. The painting was unveiled at Mohawk College on Wednesday.
Northern College hosts powwow in Timmins
Northern College held its 12th annual powwow at its Porcupine campus on April 6 and 7. The theme for this year’s powwow was Honouring our Mother Earth. The powwow offered a weekend of traditional drumming, dancing, arts and crafts, workshops and educational booths. “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 Northern College president Fred Gibbons in a release. “Segregation of different cultural educational concepts is an antiquated approach and does not speak to the ever increasing need for diversity and understanding. All members of the community are welcome to share in what has become a much anticipated annual highlight at Northern College.”
Post-secondary schools given more time to review province’s contentious ‘letters of expectation’
Alberta’s universities and colleges now have until September to revise the contentious “letters of expectation” sent out this spring by Advanced Education Minister Thomas Lukaszuk after a meeting between the minister and 26 presidents. While the mandate letters “have been embraced” by all 26 presidents, “we need to flesh them out at each school level,” said Lukaszuk, who sent out the draft letters in March and has now agreed to delay his deadline for response. The presidents have time to go back and seek input from their institutions, then revise the draft letters into a “memorandum of understanding” between the government and each specific school, said Lukaszuk who called the meeting “a win, win, win for students.” That move by Lukaszuk pleased both MacEwan University president David Atkinson and University of Alberta president Indira Samarasekera, who said it should bring “some calm and common sense” to the testy debate about government interference in academic institutions.
Ontario Mining Association Serving up Jobs
Ontario Mining Association members Barrick Hemlo and North American Palladium are opening doors for more Aboriginal people to start careers in mining. These companies are the industry partners in the innovative Mining Essentials program, which is run through Anishinabek Employment and Training Services (AETS) in Thunder Bay. AETS serves nine First Nations in northwestern Ontario. The Mining Essentials program is a work readiness course for Aboriginals. It was developed by the Assembly of First Nations and the Mining Industry Human Resource Council (MiHR) with curriculum consultation by educators and industry. The program has been run at three training sites including Confederation College in Thunder Bay, Northern College in Timmins and Northwest Community College in Hazelton, British Columbia.“Mining Essentials is a stepping stone to get entry level jobs,” said John DeGiacomo, partnership and development officer at AETS. “Industry has a chance to help First Nations that perhaps didn’t have that opportunity before to further their education.”
College program opts to do some heavy lifting
The Algonquin College Police Foundations Program is launching a new fundraising event, as a way of supporting their Relay for Life team. The Lift for the Cure debuts Wednesday, April 17 from 1:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Algonquin College Student Commons, an event which will involve both weightlifting for funds and special weightlifting demonstrations by some of the Ottawa Valley’s most dedicated and strongest power lifters. Dan Labelle, the program’s head, said this is a project of the graduating class to raise money for the Canadian Cancer Society. “We used to do the Run for the Future,” he said, adding that with the new campus, they decided to try something different, now that they have a venue for it. Those taking part in the event will have to lift weights to raise money, at five cents a pound. This can be lifted all at once, or done multiple times. There will be dumbbells, a curl bar and heavier weights available for this event.
Estuary ‘blue carbon’ initiative wins $30,000 grant
Comox Valley Echo
Research probing the potential of the Courtenay River Estuary to capture carbon dioxide from the atmosphere is to move forward with the help of a $30,000 provincial grant. B.C. Environment Minister Terry Lake was at the estuary wildlife viewing area on Comox Road on Tuesday to sign a memorandum of agreement with the President of Vancouver Island University, Ralph Nilson, and the chair of Comox Valley Project Watershed, Paul Horgen. The three-way partnership is intended to produce a better understanding of how coastal communities can combine action on climate change and improvements to coastal ecosystems while at the same time securing economic benefits from such activities. So-called ‘blue carbon’ is the carbon dioxide naturally absorbed from the atmosphere and stored in the marine environment through plants like eelgrass, sediment and even shellfish. Some people believe the marine potential for sequestration is even more significant that that known to exist through land-based plants and trees.