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‘They don’t have a voice without interpreters’: sign language programs cut at Lakeland College
Many in Alberta’s deaf community believe a move by one of Alberta’s colleges could end up with their basic human rights being violated – after news that Lakeland College is cutting a number of programs, including sign language studies, was released. While a total of nine programs will not be accepting new students next year – the deaf community is concerned about two programs: American Sign Language and deaf culture studies, and sign language interpretation. Both programs are offered in Edmonton at the University of Alberta. Calvin Novak uses an interpreter to communicate, but he’s concerned about what the change at Lakeland College could mean. “My access becomes denied, I become a second class citizen,” Novak said.
Une simulation à dimension environnementale pour les cégépiens
La Nouvelle Union
L’aspect environnemental teintera, cette année, la sixième simulation de l’Assemblée générale des Nations Unies qu’organise l’enseignant Jean-François Léonard à l’intention des élèves du programme de sciences humaines du cégep de Victoriaville le dimanche 5 mai prochain. D’ailleurs, le ministre du Développement durable, de l’Environnement, de la Faune et des Parcs, Yves-François Blanchet, agira comme président d’honneur. «Je n’ai pas beaucoup hésité à accepter. Ce genre d’activités me fascine», a-t-il confié. Près de 120 étudiants et étudiantes, non seulement du cégep de Victoriaville, mais aussi du cégep de Thetford Mines et du Collège Laflèche de Trois-Rivières, participeront à ce jeu de rôles pour lequel ils se préparent pendant 15 semaines.
George Brown College students win it all at bid competition
Daily Commercial News
A group of third-year George Brown College students took the spotlight and all the top prizes at this year’s Simulated Student Bid Competition. “It was a surprise. We never expected all three,” said Dimitri Rodriguez of Hamaporo Construction Ltd., whose team won all three categories at the annual competition put together by The Construction Institute of Canada (TCIC) and the Toronto Construction Association (TCA). It’s the first time in the competition’s history that a team has swept all the first prize awards. The group which is made up of Rodriguez, Jordan Porciello, Tyler Hamalainen and Jon Matthews, won a total of $4,000 in prize money. They topped the three categories — Closest to Target Price ($1,000), Most Professional Bid ($1,000), Most Accurate and Complete ($2.000).
Taux de placement élevés des étudiants des collèges
Radio Canada : Les meilleurs moments, émission du jeudi 18 avril 2013
Malgré la reprise économique lente en Ontario, la majorité des diplomés des collèges de la province trouvent du travail rapidement. De nouvelles données démontrent que 83,6% de ces diplomés se retrouvent sur le marché du travail dans les 6 mois suivant la fin de leurs études. Invité : Denis Hubert-Dutrisac, président du Collège Boréal.
Province Adds 60 Nurse Training Spaces
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The province is adding 60 more nurse training spaces in Manitoba. They incldue six new nurse practitioner training seats at the University of Manitoba; a new, 25-seat francophone nursing program at Université de Saint-Boniface; a new, 25-seat rotating rural site for practical nursing run through Assiniboine Community College; and a new, six-seat doctoral nursing program at the University of Manitoba. The new slots will cost the province $2.1 million dollars.
Une exposition attendue au Cégep Beauce-Appalaches
L’exposition annuelle des finissants en Arts plastiques du Cégep Beauce-Appalaches se tiendra du 2 mai au 5 mai. Un vernissage aura lieu le 2 mai à 19 h. Le public est donc invité à cette exposition regroupant les œuvres des 16 finissants du DEC en Arts plastiques ainsi que celles des étudiants de première année. Les œuvres exposées sont majoritairement celles des finissants. Chacun d’eux exposera son projet synthèse d’études collégiales. « C’est une façon d’exprimer qui nous sommes par l’utilisation de la peinture, le dessin, la photographie, la sculpture ou l’infographie. Il y a une grande fierté émise par les étudiants pour démontrer leur ardent travail produit ces deux dernières années», citent des étudiantes finissantes Émilie Bouffard et Marie-Andrée Jacob L’Italien.
College scores best
The Chronicle Journal
Confederation College is turning out graduates that employers like, according to a new Ontario Key Performance Indicators Report (KPI) released last week. The report, which provides Ontario colleges with an opportunity to measure their success and determine ways to improve, said that Confederation College is now ranked No. 1 among colleges, with a 97.5-per-cent employer satisfaction rate. The college was fourth in terms of employer satisfaction last year. The provincial average for Ontario’s 24 colleges is 93.4 per cent. Other report highlights for Confederation College include: a graduate employment rate well above the provincial average and number one among northern colleges. Graduates also expressed a high satisfaction rate with Confederation, resulting in a move to second place, from sixth the year before.
La Fondation du Cégep de Joliette remet 9 200$ en bourses
Vingt-cinq étudiants du Cégep de Joliette ont reçu des bourses de la part de la Fondation du Cégep à Joliette, à l’occasion d’une cérémonie conviviale, le 15 avril dernier. Plusieurs enseignants, des membres du personnel, ainsi que Chantale Perreault, directrice du Cégep régional de Lanaudière, étaient présents. Provenant de plusieurs programmes, tels Technologie de l’électronique, Techniques de l’informatique ou encore Soins infirmiers, les heureux bénéficiaires ont fait cette demande de bourse pour répondre à un besoin financier. Ils ont toutefois été choisis sur la base du critère de l’excellence académique.
Dreams come true for people in long-term care
It happened because of Second Wind Dreams — an international non-profit organization that grants dreams to people living in elder-care communities or in hospice care — and a project between the NHS and Niagara College. Christine Wilkinson, a professor in the recreation therapy program at Niagara College, brought the program to the Welland hospital last year. College students work one-on-one with patients in the extended care unit to discover, then bring to life, a dream. All the while, students in the Recreation and Leisure Services program, fundraised to support the activities. Recreation therapy is about discovering what is meaningful to a person with challenges, says Wilkinson. It’s about quality of life. And connecting with someone on a human level.
Une décision applaudie
Le journal de Québec
La directrice générale du Cégep de Jonquière, Guylaine Proulx se réjouit de la décision du ministre Pierre Duchesne de modifier la Loi sur l’enseignement privé afin de garantir l’exclusivité des programmes uniques dans les cégeps du Québec. De passage à Saguenay pour le colloque sur le développement des cégeps en région, le ministre de l’Enseignement supérieur, de la Recherche, de la Science et de la Technologie a mentionné que des modifications allaient être apportées à la loi pour les exclusivités offertes dans les trois cégeps du Saguenay—Lac-Saint-Jean. «C’est une très bonne nouvelle pour le programme d’ATM. Ça fait 45 ans que nous sommes les seuls à l’offrir et nous aurons maintenant une vraie exclusivité», a souligné Guylaine Proulx.
SIAST cutting 16 positions
Layoffs are coming at the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology. Staff at the province’s technical colleges were told Thursday there will be 16 layoffs. They will happen across all four campuses in Regina, Saskatoon, Prince Albert and Moose Jaw. Nine of the cuts are to academic staff (such as instructors), while seven are to professional services (which includes support staff such as clerks and library technicians). In an interview, SIAST president Larry Rosia had few details about who would be cut but said the move is spurred by a program review.
Gala Octas: quatre finalistes du Cégep de Sainte-Foy
Le Cégep de Sainte-Foy obtient quatre nominations au prochain gala OCTAS, qui aura lieu le 25 mai: trois dans la catégorie Relève collégiale et une dans la catégorie Environnement d’apprentissage – plus de 200 employés. Les trois projets finalistes dans la catégorie Relève collégiale issus du Cégep de Sainte-Foy sont SIGECO d’Étienne Landry, Momentum de Frédéric Bolduc et Analyse automatique de la sécurité des serveurs de courriels, de Marc-André Girard, Félix Hamel et Francis Santerre.
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Sault College’s Graphic Design Class of 2013 is pleased to present their Graduate Exhibit Show “Brain Candy.” This highly anticipated event features graduates of this program showcasing their talents by displaying the artwork they have created throughout their time at Sault College. This year’s theme “Brain Candy” does an excellent job highlighting each student’s talents and strengths with a serious punch of their personality as well. The theme is meant to leave a sweet impression on guests and offer something for their minds to enjoy.
Collège Boréal: Toujours numéro 1
Suite à la publication des indicateurs de rendement divulgués ce matin par Collèges Ontario, le Collège Boréal obtient pour la 12e fois en 13 ans le plus haut taux d’obtention de diplômes et pour la 9e fois en 12 ans le plus haut taux de satisfaction des diplômés. Conséquemment, le Collège Boréal demeure toujours le seul qui occupe le premier rang de deux indicateurs sur cinq en province. Dépassant de près de 15 % la moyenne ontarienne, le taux d’obtention de diplôme du Collège Boréal s’élève à 79,1 % alors que le taux de satisfaction des diplômés affiche 87,7 %, soit plus de 7 % au-delà de la moyenne provinciale. Toujours en croissance, le taux de satisfaction des étudiants du Collège Boréal se hisse quant à lui parmi les trois meilleurs en Ontario avec 83,4 %, et une hausse de 7 %, soit la plus haute de son histoire. De plus, les taux de satisfaction des employeurs et d’obtention d’emploi des diplômés s’élèvent respectivement à 85,7 % et à 84,3 %. À ce titre, le Collège remercie les employeurs qui, à 96 %, ont indiqué qu’ils recommanderaient l’embauche des diplômés du Collège Boréal à d’autres employeurs.
Nunavut’s Feeding My Family teaches education for empowerment
“This site is about empowering people,” she recently posted on the popular social media site. The best way to empower yourself is “to get trained or educated somehow,” she said. In a recent posting, Papatsie urged members to stop by their hamlet office or Nunavut Arctic College centre and “go in there and ask what type of courses will be running in the future.” Take resume writing, she suggested. “Take it. Take any type of course. We need to be teaching ourselves to move forward.” The bottom line, Papatsie says, is “to find ways to educate ourselves.”
Un deuxième recueil de poésie pour Isabelle Dumais
L’Express – Drummondville
Une enseignante du Département des arts visuels du Cégep de Drummondville, Isabelle Dumais, présente son deuxième recueil de poésie publié aux Éditions du Noroît, «La compromission». L’auteure présentera notamment l’ouvrage de 109 pages lors du Marché de la poésie, à Paris, en juin prochain. Après avoir remporté l’an dernier le prix des Nouvelles Voix de la littérature du Salon du livre de Trois-Rivières (SLTR) avec son recueil «Un juste ennui», Mme Dumais dévoile ce livre qui visite en quatre actes les étendues de notre compromission. Transiger avec notre conscience ou composer avec la contingence… Nous valsons toujours quelque part, semble-t-il, entre ces deux manières pourtant similaires de concevoir cet accommodement étrange: notre vie.
Students seek more fulfilling jobs in green fields
The Globe and Mail
Four years of working as an accountant in Halifax was giving business grad Fin MacDonald second thoughts about his career choice. “I wanted work I could attach meaning to. But I wasn’t really getting that in accounting,” Mr. MacDonald says about his decision to enroll in a two-year energy sustainability engineering technology program at Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC)… Green specialties are among the fastest growing careers in Canada and the growth should continue as employers make a transition to greener practices and greater energy sustainability, according to a new survey by Calgary-based ECO Canada. That’s spurring colleges, technical institutes and universities to expand their offerings of degree and certificate programs in environmental specialties, says Grant Trump, founding president and chief executive officer of the group that monitors the green employment market.
Les Cégeps cherchent des solutions à la baisse démographique
Les présidents de la Fédération des Cégeps, de la fédération nationale des enseignants du Québec ainsi que de la Fédération des enseignants de Cégep se sont positionnés en faveur d’un maintien des institutions collégiales sans toutefois écarter la révision de la carte des programmes. Penchés sur l’avenir des Cégeps dans la province dans le cadre du colloque « Le Québec, fort d’un réseau collégial dans toutes les régions », les trois présidents tentent de trouver des pistes de solutions aux problèmes grandissant, dont la baisse démographique. En effet, il y aura près de 25 % de finissants du secondaire de moins d’ici dix ans au Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean.
Midwifery in the remote North, however, is not entirely non-existent. The Midwives Association of Nunavut (MAN) is affiliated with the Canadian Association of Midwives but is currently facing a shortage of qualified midwives in the communities that should be assigned care (Arviat being one of them). Midwives from the south who come to the North often have short lived stays which is hardly time enough to help assist Inuit students seeking mentorship and additional training. Thus, those who desire to become midwives will most likely have to leave their community to do so. Birthing at home or close to one’s community has been and continues to be the ideal scenario for expecting women. In consideration of this, there are initiatives presently being taken by Nunavut’s Arctic College to promote Midwifery training for Inuit women. The College has been using and developing resources that revolve around birthing on the land: information compiled with the help of elders and based on the traditional knowledge of former Inuit midwives. Also, there is a birthing center in Rankin Inlet and midwives who do work there year around. So, there is hope, after all.
L’ONU à saveur environnementale
97.3 Infos Réseau des Appalaches
Des élèves de sciences humaines du Cégep de Victoriaville participeront à une simulation de l’Assemblée générale des Nations Unies (SAGNU), le 5 mai prochain, devant le ministre de l’Environnement, Yves-François Blanchet. Cette année, l’environnement prendra une plus grande part dans les débats. Cette décision a été prise, car le ministre du Développement durable, de l’Environnement, de la Faune et des Parcs a accepté la présidence d’honneur et sera présent lors des débats.
Vancouver Island University student brings home a national grand prize
Nanaimo Daily News
To watch Top Chef Canada judge Mark McEwan taste her food was an honour for Allegra Jimenez. The Vancouver Island University first-year culinary arts student stood motionless in front of the panel of judges at the Northwest Pear Bureau Pear Excellence culinary student competition as they tasted her entry coined The Pearfect Pearing on Wednesday. Jimenez watched as her months of hard work, weeks of creative cultivation and hours of intense preparation disappeared into their mouths, one bite at a time. Then, as her heart raced, McEwan delivered the feedback on her handcrafted dish. http://www.canada.com/Vancouver+Island+University+student+brings+home+national+grand+prize/8272046/story.html
Paramedic students interact with possible future patients
London Community News
It was a learning experience both for the students and their possible future patients. On Saturday (April 20), a group of paramedic students from Fanshawe College were on hand at the London Children’s Museum, interacting with young visitors to the facility. Coming out to the museum about once a month, the idea of the visits is to try and give the kids a chance not only to see the kind of equipment paramedics use but also to learn more about what they do.
Language minister visits Dawson College to discuss Bill 14
Facing a crowd of CEGEP students largely opposed to the Parti Quebecois’ plan to update the province’s language laws, Quebec’s language minister paid a visit to Dawson College on Monday morning to discuss law Bill 14. For half an hour, Diane de Courcy spoke to students and took a number of questions. After the short visit, many students told CTV Montreal that they were disappointed by the meeting and didn’t feel the minister dealt with their concerns. The main worry: that Francophone and Allophone students could be turned away from Dawson in the future.
Tony Marsman, Howard Rundle named as members of London Business Hall of Fame
The London Free Press
Veteran home builder Tony Marsman and Fanshawe College president Howard Rundle have been named as the newest members of the London Business Hall of Fame. Junior Achievement of London and District made the announcement on Monday morning. The Hall of Fame was established by Junior Achievement in 1990 and is housed in the London Central Library. Marsman and Rundle will be formally inducted at a gala dinner to be held Oct. 24 at the London Convention Centre. Junior Achievement will also be celebrating its 50th anniversary of operation in London.
Training needed for rebounding forest industry
Nanaimo News Bulletin
Steve Thomson, minister of forests, lands and natural resource operations, has said that over the next 10 years 25,000 job openings are anticipated due to retirements and economic growth in B.C. alone with more than 60,000 anticipated across Canada. That need has prompted Yochim to talk with post-secondary institutions like Vancouver Island University to consider establishing a program designed to prepare students for working in the forest. “We started a conversation on the larger side of the industry which is the logging side of things,” said Doug Corrin, VIU professor of forest technology. “The forest technology side is the smaller part for TLA. Heavy duty mechanic operators, heavy equipment operators, road builders, electricians, the whole gamut. We’re definitely interested in fostering a dialogue between the truck loggers and ourselves and other key partners to see what the needs are out there and determine how we can fill that void.”
Local winery sips on higher learning
Thanks to the success of an innovative business partnership producing custom wines for alumni fundraising programs, Kelowna’s Bounty Cellars Winery is providing financial support for scholarships, grants and resources to nine post-secondary schools in British Columbia and Alberta. Bounty Cellars Winery works directly with alumni associations at institutions that include the University of the Fraser Valley and Capilano College in BC and the University of Alberta and Mount Royal University in Alberta, to produce and package custom, private label wines. The wines are served at events, sold at campus restaurants and marketed for sale to school alumni to raise much-needed funds. Nancy Armitage is the manager of university alumni and engagement at the University of the Fraser Valley. Armitage says she’s thankful for what’s been a very successful relationship.
Boreal has highest grad rate
The Sudbury Star
College Boreal was at the top of the heap for Ontario colleges with the highest graduation rate and highest graduate satisfaction rate according to per formance indicators published by Colleges Ontario. The francophone college achieved the highest graduation rate for Ontario colleges for the ninth time in the past 12 years. College Boreal is the only college to keep its first place spot in two of the five indicators for colleges in the province. ” These excellent results warm our hearts and prove our college continues to improve and beat its own records,” said College Boreal president Denis HubertDutrisac. “College Boreal is proud to be recognized year after year for the excellence of its programs offered to francophones in central-southwest and Northern Ontario.”
Fanshawe students find jobs after grad: KPI data
London Community News
Fanshawe College graduates continue to find employment, even during challenging economic times, and their employers report satisfaction with graduate education and training. Key Performance Indicators (KPI) survey results for Fanshawe reveal a graduate employment rate of 86 percent, two percent above the provincial average of 84 per cent. “The results of this year’s survey show that Fanshawe continues to provide great value to our students and the employers of Fanshawe College graduates,” said Bernice Hull, vice-president, administration, in a news release sent out by the college. “The students are being equipped with the skills to succeed in the modern economy, while the employers are benefiting from those same skills that our graduates bring to their place of employment.”
A driving force
The Green Machine has become a driving force for environmental education and more at Holland College campuses on Prince Edward Island. Fuelled by the enthusiasm of a small group of students and staff, this volunteer group has been working to promote sustainability and exemplary environmental stewardship through education, conservation and community engagement. The Green Machine started early in 2012 as a personal promise of sorts for Holland College staff member Joan Diamond, who was determined to put a stop to the waste of resources that she saw around her. “I’ve been working at the college for 14 years and I constantly saw things happening that would just drive me crazy, like things not being sorted properly, people leaving lights on, (excessive) running water. So that was my New Year’s resolution that I was going to try to make a change,” she remembers.
Many hands reached out to Port Cares: Renovations to Reach Out Food Centre unveiled
Each year the event management and construction program students at Niagara College choose a local non-profit organization to help raise money and build or renovated a building. These year the students chose Port Cares, the first Port Colborne organization to receive the honour during the 16 years of the Many Hands Project. “We’re at the finish line now after eight months of hard work,” said event management student and MC Cathy Tamchyna. And while there was no major face lift to the Reach Out Food Centre (ROFC), which is less than two years old, the work done by construction students was sorely needed, said Port Cares executive director Lynda Reinhart. “Words cannot begin to express the thanks we have today,” she said.
Bracing for the impact of cuts
Province’s cuts to post-secondary education sure to be felt in Lethbridge. When will the first shoe drop when it comes to post-secondary cuts here in Lethbridge? Recent weeks have included scores of protests and information events, which have include faculty members, school presidents, students and unionized employees, which brings into the focus the potential for a wide range of impacts. Monday, city council was even set to wade into the debate with a letter to the provincial government, before the lack of a quorum put that action on hold. At this time, no one knows for certain how the budget cuts will impact the University of Lethbridge and Lethbridge College but on Tuesday, just a few hours north, the scope of what those impacts could look like was witnessed. Earlier this week, Mount Royal University, working with a $14-million budget hole of its own, announced three diploma programs, four certificate programs and an engineering transfer program will likely stop accepting students this fall.
Fleming asks city to pitch in for trades centre
The Peterborough Examiner
Fleming College is asking the municipality to help with the construction of its $36.6-million Kawartha Trades and Technology Centre with a $1-million contribution. City council, sitting as committee of the whole Monday, will consider the funding request that would be spread over three years starting next year. Fleming College president Tony Tilly will talk to council about the project and the funding request. “A partnership investment by the City of Peterborough of $1 million over three years will help ensure that students of the KTTC will have a state-of-the-art learning environment as they gain skills and experiences that will be directly applicable in the workforce,” Tilly states in a letter to the municipality.
Durham College passes balanced budget
Durham College has passed a balanced budget for the fifth consecutive year, despite recent funding constraints. The board of governors passed at its most recent meeting a budget that funds $6.8 million in capital improvements and $10 million in the Centre For Food. The new centre includes numerous teaching labs and a restaurant that will be open to the public at the Whitby campus beginning in September. Durham College is anticipating almost 10,000 students in the fall, putting enrollment plans two years ahead of schedule.
Okanagan College brings business degree to Penticton campus
Penticton Western News
An eager class of second year business administration students at Okanagan College’s Penticton campus is now going to be able to take the third year of their bachelor’s degree in town. Okanagan School of Business dean Dr. Heather Banham was visiting the students on campus and discovered an overwhelming interest in completing the full bachelor of business degree —especially if the third year of the program was made available in Penticton. Many of these students are completing their two-year diploma in business administration and others were registered in the bachelor of business administration (BBA) program but were expecting to take the third year of their program in Kelowna. Banham knew that all of those wanting to continue on to their bachelor degree faced the prospect of commuting or relocating to the Kelowna campus.
Abbotsford students headed to Skills Canada nationals
Abbotsford students racked up the medals at the Skills Canada provincial competition held at Tradex on Wednesday. Hundreds of middle school through post-secondary students from throughout the province competed in 38 different skills categories. The annual provincial event allows students to showcase and test the skills required for trades and technology careers./… University of the Fraser Valley student Chris Saretzk won silver in architectural CAD while UFV’s Robert Currie, Mitch Longshaw, Mark Ott and Hailey Hiemstra won bronzes for welding, electrical wiring, carpentry and architectural CAD respectively.
CEGEP building to be named for Polytechnique victim
The Montreal Gazette
John Abbott College’s new science and health technologies building will be named the Anne-Marie Edward Science Building in a ceremony at the Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue campus on Wednesday. Edward, who graduated from John Abbott College in 1988, was one of 14 young women killed during the École Polytechnique massacre in 1989. She was 21. The John Abbott College committee voted unanimously to name the $45-million building after Edward. “Everything Anne-Marie did reflects the well-rounded individual that she was,” John Abbott director general Ginette Sheehy said. “She was an excellent student who immersed herself in college life, not only in her studies but also in sports and various other activities. She is the epitome of the well-rounded student John Abbott strives to shape and support.”
International students enjoy Georgian
Yuerong Yang is one of 700 international students who came to Georgian from China to study this year. And it’s no surprise to him that Georgian College scored well in an international student survey. “The faculty members are very friendly and helpful and the facilities are great too,” said Yang, who is in the one-year International Business Management graduate certificate program. “Services are available for me whenever I need them, such as the library, academic support services and the gym.” Yang also used the International Centre to learn about social activities, medical insurance assistance and job opportunities. “If I have any problem, the International Centre is the first place I will ask for help.”
Provincial government introduces tuition freeze for PSE
Daily Herald Tribune
Dozens of instructors at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) could soon be out of a job. That’s despite an announcement by the Tory government Thursday that it will be footing the bill for inflationary increases to post-secondary tuition. “I have requested that tuition not be raised for the upcoming school year. There was speculation that tuition would be frozen, but that there could still be an inflationary increase,” said Advanced Education Minister Thomas Lukaszuk. “I’m here to tell you today that there will not be an inflationary increase either.” Well, there will be — except Lukaszuk says the 2.15% inflation increase, or the $16.5 million — that would have been added onto tuition bills will now be paid by his ministry. Lukaszuk said he’s worked very hard in the past few weeks to make sure that the cuts seen in last month’s budget do not “fall on the backs of students.”
Sault College = satisfaction
Sault College is a satisfying place to be. That according to Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities Key Performance Indicators (KPI) numbers for the 2012-2013 academic year, which were released this week. KPI numbers are based on student and employer responses to surveys. Sault College placed second in Ontario last year in terms of overall student satisfaction, and College Vice-President Academic Leo Tiberi told the Sault College Board of Governors Thursday “this year I’m pleased to report we’re at 83.8 percent, again number two in all of Ontario. We’re very, very pleased with this result.” Niagara College retained its number one status.
Police told to hire locally
Lethbridge residents shot down a plan to bring in pre-trained police officers from the Maritimes as a way to cut local police training costs. The Lethbridge regional police service floated the idea during a public meeting Tuesday night, following in the footsteps of other Alberta police forces who look to Holland College’s Atlantic Police Academy in Prince Edward Island to help fill their ranks. The public meeting attracted about 75 people, many of them lawyers, councillors and social services representatives, who offered feedback on the police service’s budget, business plans and future priorities. Lethbridge’s city police currently train their own recruits through Lethbridge College’s 16-week training program. It costs about $7,000 to $10,000 to train each new recruit after they’ve been hired, according to Insp. Tom Ascroft of the administrative services division. Hiring fully trained police officers from the private academy, on the other hand, would have been free.
Harmony Village embraces student sculptures
Harmony Village developer Jack Pong is developing more than just buildings. He’s developing artists. Pong turned to Georgian College arts students to create a piece that’s inviting and inspiring, to be installed in the project’s presentation centre at 75 Bradford St. He will honoured students April 17 for sculptures that mimic light, water and swaying trees. The winning design was Reflections, created Libby Mourant, Samantha Seitz and Karen Dobbs. Created by three students, Reflections brings the sparkling waves of Kempenfelt Bay into the room. “The piece will draw the eye up and create an illusion of sun reflecting on water, both in colour and form, giving the residents a sense of freedom, tranquility and open space,” the students said in their description.
Alberta provides $16.5M to freeze tuition
Thursday’s move came as post-secondary colleges and universities across the province are grappling with a seven per cent reduction to their operating grants this year, preparing to cut staff, eliminate programs or reduce student spots. Mount Royal University, for example, is planning to slash several programs as it faces a $14-million budget hole. Lakeland College in Vermilion will chop more than 40 positions. Calgary’s other post-secondary institutions say they are still reviewing the implications of the budget. Redford touted the budget reductions as an opportunity for colleges and universities to deliver services differently and better without hurting students. (Article also mentions NAIT)
Lots of jobs to be filled
The Chronicle Journal
Graduation day is fast approaching for hundreds of Confederation College students, but not enough of them are trained for the area’s mining and forestry sector jobs. Confederation College president Jim Madder said Wednesday that “the jobs are there, (but) now we can’t generate enough graduates” in the skilled trades, technology and civil engineering areas to meet the demand. The college has courses available to help students get the necessary training but, Madder said, not enough high school students are taking advantage of, or are aware of those opportunities. He said the demand for skilled trades in the mining industry “is immense.” The industry needs electricians, civil engineers, environmental people and geologists among others.
Digital Arts Campus gets approval from Kitchener’s corporate services committee
A digital arts campus for Conestoga College in downtown Kitchener is one step closer to reality. The project received unanimous approval from the city’s corporate services committee on Monday. Conestoga plans to lease 10 thousand square feet of space at 44 Gaukel Street.
Layoffs hitting all SIAST campuses
Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology (SIAST) has confirmed that 16 positions will be cut across all four of its campuses. Nine of them will affect the academic staff, while seven will impact professional services in Regina, Saskatoon, Moose Jaw and Prince Albert. SIAST President and CEO Larry Rosia says the cuts are the result of an annual program review.
It’s puppy time at UFV: Dogs de-stress students at exam time
UFV student Karen Chiu, 23, crouches and buries her hands into the fur around the neck of a gentle-natured seven-year-old border collie named Duncan. “Oh, I could do this all day,” she sighs, just before going to write her nursing exam. Chiu and hundreds of other University of the Fraser Valley students took advantage of the university’s Puppy Room on the Abbotsford campus last week to forget their exams and end of term assignments, even if for a short moment. UFV’s Student Union Society collaborated with volunteers from the St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog Services to allow strung-out students the opportunity to share some quality time with the program’s dogs from Wednesday through to Friday.
City gives $1M to Fleming College’s $36.6M skilled trades, technology centre project
Peterborough’s chipping in with a $1-million contribution toward Fleming College’s $36.6-million Kawartha Trades and Technology Centre, city council decided Monday night. “It is a wonderful project. It is a huge amount of money being infused into our city by the province,” Coun. Lesley Parnell said. The province is paying $29 million of the cost of the facility that’s currently being built at the college on Brealey Dr. in the city’s west end. The 87,000-square-foot facility will accommodate more than 1,000 students for teaching carpentry, plumbing, electrical techniques, computer engineering, welding, wireless networking, heating, refrigeration and air conditioning and other programs.
Grande Prairie apprentices take top marks in province
Grande Prairie Daily Herald-Tribune
The provincial government has recognized three Grande Prairians as the top student apprentices in Alberta in their respective fields in 2012. Each year the Apprentice and Industry Training Board awards the students who achieved the highest overall marks in their final period of training at school. A total of 60 top apprentice awards were given out recently at a ceremony in Edmonton with three going to local apprentices: Benjamin Gingell, crane and hoisting equipment operator; Daniel Knapton, millwright; and David Conrad, communication technician. Conrad did his apprenticeship with Telus in Grande Prairie while a student at Northern Alberta Institute of Technology. He stayed on with Telus after finishing school and is currently a business communication technician.
A special day for Dr. Ron Common
Not only did Thursday mark his birthday, but also there was a surprise announcement in his honour at Thursday’s Sault College Board of Governors meeting from the Board’s student member Amber Jones (shown here with Dr. Common Thursday). In acknowledgement of Dr. Common’s successful, ongoing efforts to provide new facilities for students, staff and instructors to enjoy, the planned link connecting the College’s Essar Hall with the new, soon-to-open Health and Wellness Centre has been named “The Common Link” “I’m so honoured,” Dr. Common said. “We like the name because it links together culture, hairstyling, athletics, and we wanted to do this in honour of Dr. Common,” Jones told the Board.
Kwantlen students stun at fashion show
Swimsuits for breast cancer survivors, clothing for children with special needs and style for short men were among creations from graduating fashion students showcased in Richmond Wednesday. Thirty-five budding designers—all graduating students from Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s bachelor of design in fashion design and technology program—launched their graduate collections at River Rock Show Theatre. Steveston’s Sarah Fairweather is among the graduating students.
Dogs visit Georgian students
Owen Sound Sun Times
Exams were a little less stressful for students at Georgian College this week, thanks to visits from some four-legged friends. Members of the St. John Ambulance’s local therapy dog program were walking the halls of Georgian College and hanging out in the Students’ Administrative Council office this week, where they helped students reduce the stress and anxiety that come with exam time, at least for a little while. “It actually really does help with exams,” said nursing student Taylor Colling. “It completely takes the stress away.” Colling said she has visited the dogs all week before exams and after. On Thursday morning she found golden retriever Layla in the hall where she rubbed the dog’s neck and gave her a few treats.
Canadian glow-in-the-dark toilet seats to light the way
Fittler now claims his NightGlow toilet seat will glow for more than eight hours and “require very little light source to charge the glow seat.” The seats can use sunlight, incandescent light bulbs, fluorescent lights and black lights to charge. Fittler worked with St. Clair College’s director of applied research and development, Scott O’Neil, in developing a brighter and longer-lasting glow resin. The seats retail for $49.99. Fittler also worked with a group of six marketing students from St. Clair College to launch, promote and market his toilet seats.
Toronto chef contributes to ‘Gourmet Family Meals for Under $10’ cookbook in support of food banks
Catelli pasta launched a unique family friendly cookbook, Gourmet Family Meals for Under $10, that features easy, gourmet pasta recipes from top chefs across the country including midtown resident Chef John Higgins of Toronto’s George Brown College Chef School. As part of a campaign called Help Us Feed the Hope, Catelli pasta will donate a serving of pasta to Toronto food banks for every serving purchased by Torontonians until the end of June and for every “share” of the recipes on Facebook, Catelli pasta will donate an additional serving of pasta to families in need. “Pasta is the simplest and least expensive dish to make,” said Higgins, director and corporate chef at George Brown College’s Chef School, who contributed a Penne with Tuna, Olives and Feta recipe to the cookbook.
Squamish joins food study
The Squamish Chief
Squamish will be a part of the world’s first bio-region study aiming at increasing food security. Led by Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Institute for Sustainable Horticulture, the three-year initiative will lay out a plan for stakeholders and governments in the Lower Mainland, Sunshine Coast and Sea to Sky Corridor to create a regional food system. “It’s never been done before,” said Kent Mullinix, the university’s director of sustainable agri-food systems. “I think it is huge.” Residents of southwest B.C. spend approximately $5.5 billion annually on food, most of which is imported. While Mullinix said it’s too early to put a figure to it, he sees significant potential in regional food production. The study — South-West B.C. Food System — will focus on a local, human-intensive, small-scale, alternative market food system, Mullinix said.
Carpentry students repair Millennium boardwalk
The Daily Observer
On a brisk spring day at the Pembroke Waterfront Park, the sound of drills and generators was music to the ears of Pembroke Mayor Ed Jacyno. In an effort to begin repaying the city of Pembroke for its donation of land to house the new state-of-the-art waterfront campus, students and instructors from the Algonquin College in the Ottawa Valley’s carpentry apprenticeship program volunteered their time Wednesday to repair the boardwalk, which is often referred to as a crown jewel of the city. Just before 1 p.m. a delivery of materials arrived in the parking lot adjacent to the 13-year-old boardwalk and the students began the work of inspecting the structure and documenting where the repairs needed to be made.
St. Clair College has record breaking student satisfaction
St. Clair College has received its highest ever Student Satisfaction ratings in figures released by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. Since 1998 Key performance Indicators have been gathered annually by two independent research firms with the most recent data collected between March 2012 and February 2013. The data released shows that for student satisfaction St. Clair College is rated at 79.4%, 2.3% above the provincial average of 77.1%. The college also has received its highest ratings ever in the students ratings for Knowledge and Skills attained at the college at 90.1 %and Learning Experience at 84.4%. Both areas exceed the provincial averages of 87.2% and 80.5% respectively.