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St. Catharines wins business award for foreign investment
Then a colleague told him about St. Catharines’ Creative Cluster Master Plan. The demonstration of support from the city, Brock University and Niagara College clinched the deal. Wiegand opened Morro Images Canada at One St. Paul in 2009. “That’s the reason I am here and not in Toronto,” Wiegand said. Niagara is a beautiful place to live, he said, and adding the ability to recruit talented graduates from local post-secondary programs and being able to offer his employees the quality of a Niagara lifestyle is a benefit to his company, he said. York said he hopes the city’s inclusion in the FDI ranking will attract others like Wiegand. He said FDI has a global readership of 15,000 executives and the publication of its annual rankings attracts media exposure.
La créativité des élèves au service des organismes de la région
La Nouvelle Union
Grâce aux efforts de 26 élèves, six organismes communautaires de la région bénéficient d’une campagne publicitaire originale dans le cadre du concours Pub en folie qui revient en force au cégep de Victoriaville pour une sixième année consécutive. Le projet est toujours réalisé en collaboration avec le Carrefour jeunesse-emploi Arthabaska et s’adresse aux élèves de sciences humaines, plus particulièrement ceux qui suivent le cours de psychologie de l’apprentissage et intégration ainsi que psychologie de la santé mentale et intégration. Ceux-ci devaient concevoir, en petits groupes, une campagne publicitaire incluant une publicité télé, radio et graphique (affiche) mettant en vedette l’organisme choisi. Pour cela, ils ont assisté à différentes formations portant entre autres sur le marketing, le sens critique ou encore le montage d’une publicité télévisuelle.
VIU students earn accolades at competition
Nanaimo Daily News
Five Vancouver Island University culinary arts and baking students returned from the 19th Annual B.C. Skills Competitions with some hardware. Hilary Malone, 26, a first-year culinary arts student, topped the podium with a gold medal in the post secondary category for her execution of two dishes, one traditional coq au vin and another with a modern twist. Connor Berg, 18, placed second in the secondary category, while Adam Long placed fourth overall, but he also received the work safe award for his attention to safety in the kitchen. Two students from VIU’s baking program, Colleen Glencross and Helen Siemens, also brought home medals, a silver and bronze medal respectively, in the post secondary category.
62 500 $ en bourses étudiantes à Rouyn-Noranda
Pas moins de 32 500 $ ont été remis en bourses lors du Gala reconnaissance du Cégep de l’Abitibi-Témiscamingue – campus de Rouyn-Noranda, dont la 23e édition s’est déroulée le 23 avril en présence de quelque 700 convives. Au cours de la soirée, Ann-Christine Godard, étudiante en Sciences de la nature, a reçu la Médaille académique du Gouverneur général du Canada. Créée en 1873, cette distinction est remise à l’étudiant qui a obtenu la meilleure moyenne au terme de ses études. Mme Godard a également obtenu une bourse de 1500 $. En tout, 70 bourses ont été remises lors du Gala reconnaissance, grâce à la collaboration de 27 partenaires et entrepreneurs. «Cette contribution financière soutient concrètement nos jeunes dans la poursuite de leurs projets d’études.
Anyone For a Little Brain Candy?
local2 sault ste. Marie
Loplops provided the backdrop Friday April 26th for the Graphic Design Students from Sault College to show off some of the works they created during their three year course. Admission was free. Upon entering, Samantha Houle greeted you at the door with a cheery smile. She encouraged you to fill out a comment sheet before you left and then directed you to the exhibits at the back of the establishment. There was a considerable amount of interest in this colourful artist exhibition as the place quickly filled up with people of all ages.
Athlètes et artistes honorés au CBA
Le Cégep Beauce-Appalaches a rendu hommage à leurs étudiants les plus méritants au sein des activités sportives et socioculturelles de l’institution. Devant plus de 250 étudiants engagés, on a proclamé Alex Leclerc et Guillaume Boutin, athlètes féminine et masculin de l’année, Sarah Fortin a été élue personnalité artistique tandis que William Duval et Annie Dostie ont été choisis découverte et personnalité engagée de l’année. Le gala reconnaissance souligne à chaque année l’implication des étudiants du Cégep Beauce-Appalaches dans les activités sportives et socioculturelles. Il a été organisé sous le thème du « Cabaret de l’engagement » avec la collaboration de l’Association générale étudiante.
Representatives from Chinese College visit NLC
Northern Lights College hosted a delegation from China’s Jiangsu Transport Technical College (JTTC) as part of an ongoing cooperation agreement between the two institutions. Administrators from the JTTC toured the Fort St. John Airport, along with facilities and program areas at NLC’s Fort St. John and Dawson Creek campuses. The tour at NLC included oil and gas training facilities in Fort St. John, and the Aircraft Maintenance Engineering hangar and the Centre of Excellence in Clean Energy Technology (Energy House) in Dawson Creek.
Les étudiants québécois pourront voter dans leur établissement d’enseignement
Réseau Montérégie – Rive-Sud Express.ca
Plusieurs milliers d’étudiants pourront, dès la prochaine élection provinciale, voter sur les campus du Collège Champlain, à Saint-Lambert, du Collège Édouard-Montpetit, et des centres professionnels Jacques-Rousseau et Pierre-Dupuis, à Longueuil. Les députés de L’Assemblée nationale ont voté à l’unanimité le projet de loi no 13 qui permettra à près de 450 000 jeunes québécois de voter dans leur établissement d’enseignement. « La participation des jeunes électeurs est essentielle à la santé démocratique du Québec, pour aujourd’hui et pour les années à venir. Nous avons, comme démocrates, la responsabilité d’agir afin que les Québécois de toutes les générations participent au processus électoral », a déclaré le député de Marie-Victorin et ministre responsable des Institutions démocratiques et de la Participation citoyenne, Bernard Drainville.
RRC helps ex-kids in care
Winnipeg Free Press
RED River College will provide free tuition this fall to 20 students who grew up in the child-welfare system. The special bursaries will remove one of many barriers that typically see fewer than five per cent of youth in care pursue a post-secondary education. “Transitioning out of care can be very challenging for many youth–especially financially,” said RRC president Stephanie Forsyth. “The prospect of student loans and debts may prevent capable students from receiving a post-secondary education. Red River College is delighted to be able to remove that worry for a number of students.”
11 étudiants du Cégep de Chicoutimi récompensés
Le Journal de Québec
Des étudiants du Cégep de Chicoutimi se sont démarqués toute l’année par leur implication pendant leur formation collégiale. Ces 11 finissants ont été honorés par le Cégep dans le cadre de l’Engagement étudiant Montaigne. Ce prix récompense leur participation à la vie scolaire, aux activités culturelles, communautaires, environnementales et sportives pour un minimum de 60 heures par session et l’étudiant doit réussir l’ensemble de ses cours.
Award a surprise and honour for former student
Receiving the Governor General’s medal close to a year after her own graduation was a real honour for Cindy Kendall, a graduate of the office administration program at College of the North Atlantic in Stephenville. She graduated from the two-year program in the spring of 2012 and when the call came for her to attend Thursday’s graduation to accept the medal, she was surprised and elated. “There are times that I really miss school as it is such a large part of your life. I actually miss doing schoolwork and the many relationships that I developed with other students,” she said.
Don important de la Ville au Centre de métallurgie
La Ville de Trois-Rivières a remis un don de 150 000$ au Centre de métallurgie du Québec, basé dans le parc industriel des Hautes-Forges, afin qu’il puisse réaliser son projet d’agrandissement. Le projet d’agrandissement permettra de poursuivre le développement du savoir-faire dans ce domaine en demande. «Le Centre de métallurgie du Québec est un service du Cégep, de sorte que les chercheurs peuvent se concentrer sur la recherche et le partenariat aux entreprises. C’est un domaine très en demande. On dénombre huit offres d’emploi par finissant», souligne Raymond-Robert Tremblay, directeur général du Cégep de Trois-Rivières.
Recession reduces turnout at annual Montreal fur show
Nunavut also got in on the action with a low-key booth called Northern Canadian Wild Fur Collection, which featured sealskin parkas, boots and scarves. NAFFEM honoured three of the eight students from Iqaluit’s Nunavut Arctic College’s fur and production class with awards in the “Fur Re-invented” contest for best menswear, women’s wear, and accessory. “It’s a lot of fun because the students are here for the first time,” said Meeka Kilabuk, the NAC’s fur and production instructor. Kilabuk enjoyed previous success at NAFFEM when her women’s wear design won the grand prize in 2008.
Mario Landry repend les rênes du Cégep
Le conseil d’administration du Cégep Beauce-Appalaches vient d’annoncer la nomination de Mario Landry au poste de directeur général de l’institution. Il entrera en fonction à la fin du mois de mai. Il succède à Michel-Louis Beauchamp, en poste au Cégep Beauce-Appalaches depuis mai 2009. « Le développement économique passe par le savoir, a lancé le nouveau directeur général. J’entends être un partenaire dans le développement des entreprises de la région en poursuivant le travail de développement de créneaux de formation qui répondront à leurs besoins. » Soulignons que M. Landry compte plus de trente années d’expérience comme cadre supérieur dans les secteurs public et privé. Il a œuvré pendant plus de 28 ans dans le monde de la santé en Mauricie et a occupé des postes de direction dans plusieurs établissements, dont le Centre de Santé et Services Sociaux de Bécancour-Nicolet-Yamaska.
NIC to host math competition
Comox Valley Echo
The top math students from eight secondary schools in the region will be competing for honours at the 2013 BC Secondary School Math Contest at North Island College on May 3. The preliminary rounds were held earlier this month to determine which junior students from grades 8 to 10, and seniors from grades 11 and 12 divisions will compete in the final round. Six students will be selected from each participating school for a total of more than 40 competitors vying for top honours and cash prizes. “NIC’s Math/Science Department has been hosting this event for at least 15 years,” said Sherrie Wang, NIC math and science instructor. “The math contest really opens students’ minds. It challenges students in a new way and gives them the opportunity to develop an interest in being challenged. I believe math is the fundamental discipline for all the sciences as a strong mathematical background will open unlimited doors.”
Le CETAB+ du cégep de Victoriaville publie un calendrier de dépistage des principaux insectes ravageurs du pommier au Québec
Le Centre d’expertise et de transfert en agriculture biologique et de proximité (CETAB+) du cégep de Victoriaville vient de publier un calendrier de dépistage des principaux insectes ravageurs en verger de pommier au Québec. Ce calendrier sera utile pour les conseillers et les producteurs afin de suivre les populations d’insectes ravageurs et pour prévoir les traitements d’une façon efficace et raisonnée. Ce calendrier regroupe de l’information technique et pratique en plus d’être facile à utiliser sur le terrain. Cet outil présente de l’information sur près de vingt insectes ravageurs du Québec. Le document est structuré en fonction des différents stades phénologiques du pommier. À chacune des étapes sont identifiés : les différents ravageurs qui peuvent être présents, les outils pour les identifier, comment placer les pièges, le seuil d’intervention privilégié et le type de traitement suggéré en fonction de la situation.
New online training for Saskatchewan apprentices
The Regina Leader-Post
The Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trades Certification Commission (SATCC) has partnered with the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology (SIAST) to launch an accessible and easy way for all new and current apprentices to get extra help and hone their skills in math. And best of all, it’s free. The online math course is for those looking for a quick refresher, especially in advance of Level 1 training, or to sharpen skills in specific areas. In the first instance, the online math course helps bridge the gap for apprentices who have been in the workforce fo some time, but require an overview of math principles learned in high school as they begin a skilled trades career. The program is also there for apprentices who want to address any math skill gaps by practicing and refining specific areas needed for success in a chosen trade.
Gala de l’excellence et de l’engagement du Cégep
C’est sous le thème « Le vol du colibri » que parents, amis, membres du personnel et donateurs étaient réunis le jeudi 25 avril dernier à la Salle André-Gagnon pour souligner l’excellence et l’engagement des étudiants du Cégep de La Pocatière. Les lauréats se sont partagés près de 20 000 $ en bourses. « Nos étudiants méritent toute notre admiration, notre soutien et notre encouragement pour les efforts fournis. Le gala de ce soir se veut le couronnement d’une année de travail et d’expériences de vie », a déclaré Claude Harvey, directeur général de l’institution.
Safe livestock handling training to begin this spring
An innovative, new training course is designed to support the safe handling of livestock when transport accidents and other emergency or loose livestock situations occur. Livestock Handling in Emergencies and Equipment Trailer Training Course will be delivered by Lakeland College’s Emergency Training Centre and School of Agriculture instructors in Vermilion, beginning this spring. It will focus on training emergency responders, and others who may be involved in these incidents, in the use of a new fleet of livestock handling trailers. A pilot phase for the course produced strong positive reviews and some good feedback that will help the course developers fine-tune the content and format. The first offerings of the two-day course are planned to start in late April. There has already been a strong response in registrations and interest.
L’Informateur de Rivière-des-Prairies
Les finissants du programme d’arts plastiques du cégep Marie-Victorin se sont inspirés de la citation de Pablo Picasso « L’art est un mensonge qui nous permet de dévoiler la vérité » pour leur exposition finale, Supercherie plastique, qui se tiendra au pavillon central de l’établissement scolaire, du 8 au 10 mai. À travers leurs œuvres, les étudiants pointent les stratégies qu’ils utilisent dans leurs créations pour déstabiliser le spectateur. Les jeunes souhaitent qu’en parcourant l’exposition, les visiteurs constatent la diversité de leurs préoccupations et la passion qui les anime pour leur art.
Next stage awaits college grads
More than 650 students crossed the stage at Lethbridge College Friday, receiving their diplomas and then walking into the next stage of their lives. Among those students was a proud James Chang who participated in the college’s inclusive post-secondary education for students with intellectual disabilities. He received a recognition of achievement. “It feels pretty good,” he said. Chang enrolled at the college in 2008 and took office administration courses as an audit student. While he enjoyed his classes the best part was being integrated with all the other students. His college experience wouldn’t have occurred if he hadn’t lost his office job with Richardson International when operations were moved to Winnipeg.
Parallèle, la réalité augmentée fait son entrée au Cégep de Sainte-Foy
Le Cégep de Sainte-Foy a collaboré avec l’Université Laval afin de présenter le projet Parallèle, qui utilise la réalité augmentée pour expliquer des notions d’électromagnétisme aux étudiants du collégial. Le Centre collégial de transfert des technologies en imagerie numérique et médias interactifs (CIMMI), affilié au Cégep de Sainte-Foy, a aussi participé à l’élaboration du projet. Parralèle se veut une solution ayant pour objectif principal d’accélérer l’apprentissage des étudiants et de stimuler leur intérêt aux sciences et aux nouvelles technologies. Parallèle est un jeu éducatif sur tablette mobile impliquant la résolution d’un mystère à l’aide d’un simulateur recréant le comportement de particules chargées se déplaçant dans des champs électriques et magnétiques.
Trip an eye-opener for CNC dental students
The Prince George Citizen
Grade 3 student Theorron Massattoe doesn’t always have dental floss handy when he goes to school, so he tends to improvise. He just rips a thread off the bottom of his jeans. It does the trick just fine. There was no shortage of floss after a group of 12 students from the College of New Caledonia’s dental hygiene and dental assistant programs in Prince George visited Kwadacha (Fort Ware), 570 kilometres north of Prince George, and the nearby northern B.C. village of Tsay Keh last week as part of an outreach program. Each gift bag they handed out to the students contained a toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, and a mini hourglass to count down the two minutes they want each kid to spend brushing teeth. “I know about flossing and about being healthy and that you shouldn’t eat too much candy,” said Massittoe.
Colloque sur le développement des cégeps en région
Une imposante délégation du Cégep de la Gaspésie et des Îles, regroupant des membres du Syndicat du personnel enseignant, un conseiller pédagogique de l’École des pêches et de l’aquaculture du Québec (ÉPAQ), ainsi que le directeur général Roland Auger, s’est rendue à Saguenay la semaine dernière afin de défendre ses intérêts à l’occasion au colloque « Le Québec fort d’un réseau collégial dans toutes les régions ». Cette rencontre sur le développement des cégeps en région a permis de réunir exceptionnellement autour de la même table la Fédération des enseignantes et enseignants de cégep (FEC-CSQ) et la Fédération nationale des enseignantes et enseignants du Québec (FNEEQ-CSN), ainsi que la Fédération des cégeps.
City drivers getting a charge
Electric vehicle owners can now re-charge their cars in Campbell River at 11 new charging stations that officially opened in time for International Earth Day, April 22. Stations are now up and running at six locations in Campbell River, including the Visitor Information Centre in Tyee Plaza, City Hall, Dogwood Operations Centre, North Island College, and Discovery Harbour Shopping Centre Gas Bar and the new Target. The EV charging stations in Campbell River are part of a province-wide network of 570 stations installed as part of the Provincial Community Charging Infrastructure Fund (CCI). The CCI was established in 2012 to support the growing demand for electric vehicle charging infrastructure and compliment similar initiatives underway in Washington, Oregon, and California. The City of Campbell River received $24,000 from the CCI Fund toward its six stations and matching funding from the Climate Action Revenue Incentive Rebate Program from the Province of B.C. This enabled the City to complete the project entirely through external grant funding.
Un gym d’un nouveau genre
Le journal de Lévis
Le Cégep de Lévis-Lauzon invite la population à venir essayer le nouveau Gym ÉNERGI du Cégep de Lévis-Lauzon. Cette activité est gratuite et ouverte à tous. Elle aura lieu le jeudi 9 mai de 11h45 à 13h, et sera remise au lendemain en cas de pluie. Des entraîneurs des Faucons seront sur place pour vous donner des conseils et pour expliquer le fonctionnement des différentes stations. Cette invitation vise également à souligner la semaine de l’activité physique du 6 au 10 mai.
Lethbridge College creates new tradition
Lethbridge College called this event ‘a once in a lifetime experience’. A new tradition was announced Thursday afternoon; a ceremony to install and celebrate President and CEO Dr. Paula Burns. The event was designed to mark a new chapter for the college, as well as honour its history. “Although I’ve been here for almost 3 months, as the President and CEO, to have that official installation and sort of that academic ceremonial piece is really important to me in terms of recognizing the Lethbridge College community,” said Dr. Burns following the ceremony. Dr. Burns was presented with a ceremonial robe, hood and medallion designed specifically for the event. The ceremony hosted a number of speakers, including Minister of Alberta Enterprise and Advanced Education Thomas Lukaszuk. The minister said despite $147 million in provincial budget cuts, the government plans to support the college through programs like Campus Alberta.
Le Cégep de la Gaspésie et des Îles en mission au Sénégal
Avec le projet Entrepreneuriat féminin et adaptation, le Cégep de la Gaspésie et des Îles obtient son plus important projet de coopération internationale. Celui-ci vise à lutter contre la pauvreté des communautés touchées par les changements climatiques au Sénégal, particulièrement celles des regroupements de femmes des villages de Dionewar, Niodior et Falia, dans le Delta du Saloum. Ce projet d’une durée d’un an sera réalisé par des experts de trois institutions supérieures de Dakar, soit l’Institut universitaire de pêche et d’aquaculture, l’École supérieure polytechnique et l’Institut de technologie alimentaire. Ceux-ci travailleront avec les experts du Cégep, dans une collaboration basée sur le transfert d’expertises.
Jean Scott enjoying life as a centenarian
Jean Scott was energetic, political, musical and a little flirty at her birthday party on Friday. She just turned 101, and greeted guests with gusto at the party held at the Lynnwood Retirement home. It was also a celebration of her endowment scholarship with the University of the Fraser Valley, and a fundraiser for it, honouring the theme of education through the generations. There were speakers, a beautiful cake made of cup cakes, and a song or two from the birthday celebrant herself. Scott, who holds an honorary doctorate from UFV, established an endowment scholarship to help improve women’s lives in Canadian society through support of education relating to social and political issues that impact women’s equality.
Bientôt deux bornes à Saguenay
Deux bornes d’électricité destinées aux propriétaires de véhicules électriques seront installées à Saguenay d’ici les prochaines semaines. Le Cégep de Jonquière et l’Hôtel Chicoutimi ont répondu à l’appel d’Hydro-Québec. Le directeur de la planification stratégique chez Hydro-Québec, Pierre-Luc Desgagné, était de passage devant les membres de la Chambre de commerce du Saguenay, hier midi. Il était là pour faire l’annonce de l’installation de ces deux nouvelles bornes, mais aussi pour vendre les vertus des véhicules électriques…. Le Cégep de Jonquière est fier de l’entente conclue avec Hydro-Québec. « Cette initiative s’inscrit dans la vision de développement durable du cégep. La direction appuie donc des projets qui sont inscrits dans son plan stratégique en lien avec la protection de l’environnement et les services à la collectivité », a indiqué la directrice générale, Guylaine Proulx.
Flight service from Terrace to Calgary announced
TWO MAJOR announcements were made today at the closing Minerals North 2013 barbecue held at the Northwest Regional Airport in Terrace. The first was the addition of a Hawkair/Central Mountain flight from Terrace to Calgary with one stopover in Prince George. And the second was the unveiling of a large mobile training trailer purchased by Northwest Community College with a $100,000 donation by Toronto-based mining company Seabridge Gold, which wants to develop a gold mine at the KSM property near Stewart. Hawkair general manager Rod Hayward told the group of 200 or so delegates at the barbecue that the new service will be provided on a Dash 8-100 aircraft with 37 seats. The popularity of the current Beechcraft 1900 service to Prince George, that takes 19 passengers, was one reason for the addition of a larger aircraft.
Exposition des oeuvres des finissants en Arts plastiques du Cégep Marie-Victorin
Le Département d’arts plastiques du Cégep Marie-Victorin vous invite à visiter l’exposition des finissants, intitulée Supercherie plastique, qui se tiendra au local C-108 du Pavillon central, du 8 au 11 mai 2013. L’exposition sera ouverte au public de 11 h à 17 h, du mercredi au samedi. Le vernissage aura lieu le vendredi 10 mai à partir de 17 h 30. L’organisation de l’exposition est un projet collectif de diffusion. En collaboration avec les enseignants et le technicien du Département, les étudiants ont travaillé à la mise en espace, à l’installation des œuvres et à la promotion de l’exposition. Chaque finissant y présente son Épreuve synthèse de programme; une oeuvre exécutée de façon autonome, dans la discipline de son choix, qui reflète bien le développement de son talent et de ses préoccupations personnelles. Les créations font aussi écho aux pratiques actuelles en art visuel.
Olympian Clara Hughes speaks at Mohawk College
Clara Hughes, the only Canadian ever to win Olympic medals in both summer and winter sports, spoke in Hamilton on Friday, sharing her story with over 1,000 people at Mohawk College’s McIntyre Theatre. The Winnipeg-born athlete talked about her transition from troubled youth to competitive athlete, her Olympic successes and failures, and her fight to raise awareness about mental health. “If there’s anything I hope my stories can leave you with are the possibilities,” she said, imploring audience members to get involved. “You don’t need to be on the world stage to make a difference.”
La formation continue bien ancrée au Collège Laflèche
La Formation continue Collège Laflèche et Formation Conseil Mauricie renouvellent leur entente pour l’offre de formations continues dans les domaines du tourisme, de l’hôtellerie et de la restauration. Avec des spécialistes dans les domaines de la cuisine, le service de la restauration, la sommellerie, la pâtisserie, la boulangerie, la boucherie, le tourisme, la gestion hôtelière, la gestion d’un établissement de restauration et l’intervention en loisirs, nul doute qu’ils pourront répondre adéquatement aux besoins des entreprises de la région.
Column: Volunteers get crash course in home construction
Don’t raise your eyebrows too high. Ten women in pink hardhats with absolutely no construction experience can side a house in one day. Drive by 272 North Mackenzie Street if you don’t believe me. The latest Habitat for Humanity home will be ready for occupancy in June, built entirely by volunteers and the students with the Lambton College Construction Technology and Electrical Techniques program. This is a unique project. The Mackenzie Street house is the first Habitat home financed in part by the members of W.I.N., a women’s networking group in Sarnia that raised $31,000 and volunteered to do the siding. We arrived early last Saturday, anxiously watching the skies because learning to side was going to be enough of a challenge without working in the rain. As it turned out, we didn’t have to worry. It snowed instead.
Il sort du coma
Le journal de Québec
Un jeune homme de 19 ans qui a été victime d’un arrêt cardiaque la semaine dernière au cégep de Chicoutimi est sorti du coma lundi matin. Kevin Harvey peut enfin respirer par lui-même, sans soutien médical. Ce nouveau souffle, il le doit au personnel du collège qui a su utiliser adéquatement le défibrillateur acquis en 2008 par l’établissement. «De voir dans quel état il est aujourd’hui, c’est valorisant et c’est pour cette raison qu’on fait ce travail-là», a dit l’agent de sécurité Jean Landry. Sans l’intervention des deux hommes, Kevin Harvey ne serait probablement plus de ce monde.
Debt and tuition fuels new campaign
Douglas College student Jill Griffin, 24, estimates she’ll owe $30,000 when she finishes her post-secondary education. And she’s not alone. The average debt in British Columbia, according to the B.C.-branch of the Canadian Federation of Students, is roughly $27,000 for four-year program graduates, who, along with the hefty debt burden, face a dismal job market and staggeringly high cost of living. “Students, who are fortunate enough to be able to get into post-secondary education because of loans, come out with astounding amounts of debt,” said Griffin, external relations coordinator for the Douglas College student union and a campaign coordinator for the local branch of the Canadian Federation of Students. The federation is promoting the Rock the Vote, a campaign that encourages young British Columbians to have their concerns heard by voting in the upcoming provincial election on May 14.
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.
Students win 12 medals at provincial skills competition
More than 40 students from Assiniboine Community College competed in the 16th annual Skills Manitoba competition in Winnipeg earlier this month, bringing home 12 medals — half of them gold. The ACC team also won three silver and three bronze medals in a variety of different categories. (SUBSCRIPTION REQUIRED)
Expédition en Arctique pour une étudiante du Cégep Beauce-Appalaches
C’est dimanche le 21 avril dernier qu’ont été nommés les gagnants du concours Naviguez vers le Nord organisé par le Carrefour Saint-Georges et plusieurs partenaires. Panoplie d’écoles étaient impliquées dans le concours dont le dévoilement des gagnants était l’occasion idéale pour sensibiliser le public aux bonnes habitudes écologiques. Raphaëlle Boudreault a été la grande gagnante, étudiante au Cégep-Beauce-Appalaches, pour le volet beauceron du concours. Elle a été choisie par le public et se méritera, en plus du voyage, une carte cadeau de 500 $ utilisable au Carrefour Saint-Georges. Du côté de la région de l’Amiante, Karolanne Toulouse fera partie de l’expédition grâce au Carrefour Frontenac. Les deux étudiantes sélectionnées participeront à une expédition de deux semaines en compagnie de plusieurs autres jeunes provenant de partout dans le monde grâce à l’organisme Students On Ice.
Life after the military
Soldiers contemplating retirement or enhancing their education have the chance to see what options are available in their post-military life. That was the goal of the second annual Petawawa Education Fair hosted Thursday by the CFB Petawawa Base Personnel Selection Office. Inside Dundonald Hall, colleges, universities and a selection of adult high schools set up information booths in hopes of answering questions about programming and signing up new students down the road…. Among the eight universities and seven colleges were representatives from Ottawa University, Laurentian University, Fanshawe College, Royal Military College, Cambrian College, Canadore College, Athabasca University, St. Lawrence College, and Nipissing University and Algonquin College. For the first time, the base hosted Royal Roads Military College from Victoria and American Military University (AMU), based out of West Virginia. While it remains one of the most respected providers of higher education for the U.S. Armed Forces, AMU offers online degree and certificate programs that cover topics such as intelligence, criminal justice, transportation logistics and emergency management.
Les étudiants répondent présents
Le Cégep régional de Lanaudière à Terrebonne a dépassé des records alors qu’il participait pour une sixième année à la Collecte de sang du maire de Terrebonne. Au terme de cette dernière, qui s’est déroulée le 26 mars dans les locaux du collège constituant de Terrebonne, Manon Fleury, conseillère à la vie étudiante, a tenu à remercier chacun des bénévoles et surtout, les 127 donneurs qui se sont déplacés, soit 17 de plus que l’objectif initial. Il s’agit là d’un record de participation. «Tout le monde est très fier du succès remporté par la collecte. On ne pouvait demander mieux compte tenu de la journée sans cours. Vraiment très satisfaite!» a noté Mme Fleury.
Kwantlen’s model citizens
Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) bachelor of arts students, Kurt Renvall, Sana Sohel, Nubwa Wathanafa and Saed Abu-Haltam, represented their university at the Harvard World Model United Nations Conference from March 18 to 22 in Melbourne, Australia. The 2013 conference hosted more than 2,000 delegates from universities in 65 countries and has, for the first time, received an official endorsement by the United Nations through its Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific. Referred to simply as “WorldMUN” by conference delegates, participants were grouped into teams that represented a selected country in debate and committees in order to draft policies, agreements and resolutions that grapple with current global issues such as the exploitation of migrant workers and foreign mining interests.
Okanagan College Wants More Students to Finish Bachelors Degrees in Penticton
The Penticton campus of Okanagan College is making it easier for Business Administration students to stay in town longer. After previously forcing students to travel to Kelowna to take their third year of a four-year Bachelors Degree, Okanagan College School of Business Dean Dr. Heather Banham says that will now change. “There were 20 students in the program who were planning to complete their Bachelor of Business Administration Degree,” explained Banham. “Should we be putting 20 students on the road? Or should we be delivering a class to them in Penticton? The answer was easy for me. We should be doing it in Penticton.”
SIAST graduates challenged to keep a positive attitude
“How are you going to share your gift of life?” That was the question Charles Vanden Broek asked the SIAST Palliser campus graduands during his address at the school’s 2013 ceremonies, held in Caronport on Thursday afternoon. The Moose Jaw businessman, who just moments earlier was presented with an honourary diploma by SIAST president Larry Rosia, told the graduands to have a positive attitude and seek to be a leader. “Leadership shows up in many different forms but essentially it talks about your core values,” he said. “It talks about your integrity, and it also speaks to you about your inner quality — your soul.”
CNC students take trip to Costa Rica
A group of College of New Caledonia students are taking a trip to Costa Rica to compare natural resources of the central American country to B.C.’s. The eight students in Forestry 251 will be in the country for two weeks, and Instructor David Stearns says they will be observing a few different things. “They’re going down there to study and view and look at the ecology of a jungle environment. Biodiversity – study the relationship between its plants and animals. Then they’ll write a paper based on what they’ve learned, and get evaluated appropriately.”
Algonquin’s granny flat for Rick Mercer at 24 Sussex takes third
An inventive, daylight-capturing design by an Algonquin College team has taken third place in the provincewide Home Sweet Home Student Challenge. Results of the biannual competition, sponsored by the industry group OntarioGreenSpec.ca to engage students in green building techniques, were announced Saturday at Living Green Expo in Ottawa. The University of Toronto and Western University took first and second places respectively. The Algonquin design, one of 16 submitted by college and university teams from across Ontario, is a loft-style passive solar home created by Daniel Heffner, Richard Ramirez, Jie Li and German Osuna…. Algonquin College submitted four entries to the competition, with all making it into the final round.
Smart kitchen gets upgrade
Canada’s Smartest Kitchen at the Culinary Institute of Canada in Charlottetown is getting a major upgrade, thanks in part to funding announced Monday from ACOA. ACOA Minister Gail Shea announced more than $100,000 for Holland College to buy new equipment for Canada’s Smartest Kitchen. Holland College is also spending $34,000 on the upgrade. The kitchen, which opened in 2009, is the food product research and development arm of the Culinary Institute of Canada. Holland College officials hope it will allow the kitchen to stay competitive.
Hardware wins the hardware
Three Cranbrook students, enrolled in engineering courses at College of the Rockies, won medals at the Skills BC Competition in Abbotsford on April 17. The three competitors, all Mt. Baker Secondary School students, were enrolled in College of the Rockies’ Engineering Graphics course as dual credit students. Dual credit allows secondary students to apply for eligibility to receive both secondary school and post-secondary credits for College courses. Dual credit students Edmond Yoo and Derek Johnson, along with their partner Landon Harvey, won the gold medal for robotics in the provincial competition. As a result of their win they have been invited to represent British Columbia at the National Skills Competition in Vancouver June 5 to 8.
TSP Canada Towers Inc. seeking young, local workers as first phase of production begins
Last Thursday, TSP invited students from Niagara College to tour the plant, which has gone through a $25 million makeover since the company took it over last summer. Students also had a chance to hand in resumes and learn more about the potential jobs that are or will eventually be available with the company. The hope is to attract students from the college to apply for open positions and also spread the word to any other Niagara-area residents currently looking for jobs that there are opportunities with the company – even for people will little experience in the field. St. Catharines resident Matt Baxter, 23, is currently enrolled in Niagara’s electrical engineering program and attended the tour to see what types of opportunities are available at TSP.
Rick Hansen to Open International Sturgeon Symposium on Vancouver Island July 2013
Rick Hansen, founding chair of the Fraser River Sturgeon Conservation Society (FRSCS) and co-chair of the Rick Hansen Foundation, will open the plenary session as honorary chair of the 7th International Sturgeon Symposium (ISS7) July 2013 on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. Expected to attract more than 600 delegates from around the world, the symposium is co-hosted by Vancouver Island University’s International Centre for Sturgeon Studies and the City of Nanaimo. Under Hansen’s leadership, the FRSCS develops and promotes education, public awareness initiatives, award-winning research programs and recovery plans for the Fraser River white sturgeon population.
Trial by fire for Lakeland
Lakeland College, much like the communities of Lloydminster and Vermilion is a symbol of unity and good faith. Throughout its hundred-year history the campus has had many ups and downs, however these challenges have always been met with indomitable spirit. A perfect example of these qualities was when the half-century old college residence was leveled by fired in 1985. The fire had come on the heels of promising expansion projects for the then troubled college. This was one of many in a chain of challenges the college faced throughout its renovation and expansion efforts in the 1980s. In the 1980s, Lakeland College was facing an economic downturn and came close to closing its doors permanently. “Before I got to Lakeland College half of the admin team were let go and the budget didn’t add up and virtually the only person I really had was a campus principal and one other person that was in admin,” said Roy Murray, former president of Lakeland College. “The place was in some disarray.”
College budget approved; layoffs, tuition hikes on the way
The Prince George Citizen
For students at the College of New Caledonia, the two per cent rise in tuition costs approved for next school year to help balance the books is becoming an annual right of passage after years of stagnant funding for B.C. post-secondary schools. For four faculty members at CNC, the balanced budget requirement and a projected $1 million deficit could mean the permanent end to their jobs. CNC’s board of governors announced four layoff notices on Friday, among several cost-cutting measures needed to achieve a $56.7 million balanced budget Friday. “We were able to eliminate the projected $1-million deficit with very minimal impact to students and employees,” said CNC president John Bowman, in a prepared release.
Lethbridge is home to top apprentices
Overbeeke, now a journeyman cook, trusted her intuition, taking a two-year diploma at Lethbridge College and apprenticing at Mocha Cabana where she has worked for the past three years. “It’s pretty sweet when you go to work and you know that you’re doing what you’re meant to do,” she said. Overbeeke recently received an award for being the top apprentice in the Cook trade in the province. The Apprenticeship and Industry Training department of Alberta Enterprise and Advanced Education recognized 60 top apprentices, two top employers, two top instructors, one top employer of aboriginal apprentices and two Chairman’s Award of Excellence at a ceremony in Edmonton. “I was kind of surprised and shocked because I didn’t really think I had a chance,” she said. “Lethbridge College has done great; their program is fantastic. I would recommend it to anybody who would like to pursue culinary as an industry. The chefs are fantastic, the environment is great and you learn a lot and thanks to my work for giving me the opportunity.”
Durham’s post-secondary schools need to crank out successful grads
Durham College’s area of focus was slightly different than specific programs. One of its proposed strengths was a greater mobility between degrees and diplomas. “Students will have clearly defined mobility from apprenticeship to PhD studies,” said Durham College’s SMA proposal. “This partnership (with UOIT) will also establish, where feasible, entry pathways into UOIT post graduate programs, from college degree programs.” According to the panel’s assessment report, forcing institutions to compete for financial support would focus funding on specific areas, thereby raising the quality of education and the efficiency of monetary distribution. “Institutions are generally funded anyway,” says Dr. Weingarten. “We have to focus on the students and which schools can provide the best learning.”
MoU signed to promote robotics in schools
The Supreme Education Council (SEC), Maersk Oil Qatar and the College of the North Atlantic-Qatar (CNA-Q) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to enhance co-operation in the development of the robots programme and Robot Olympiad in Qatar’s schools. The MoU was signed by HE Saad bin Ibrahim al-Mahmoud, Minister of Education & Higher Education and secretary general of the SEC; Sheikh Faisal bin Fahad al-Thani, deputy managing director of Maersk Oil Qatar and Dr Theodore Chiasson, dean of information technology at CNA-Q. The educational programme is based on the toolkit of LEGO Mindstorm robotics and open to all schools in Qatar.
BC Mining Week highlights changes in industry
The Mining Association of BC hopes to highlight what mining brings to communities through BC Mining Week. VP of Corporate Affairs Zoe Younger says the association hopes to show the industry cares about the areas where they operate. She says mining affects people at different stages of life. “We have got great educational opportunities being offered,” says Younger, “through the School of Exploration of Mining out in Smithers, Northern Lights College, College of New Caledonia, all offer introductory mining courses, that really give people a sense of how to get into our industry.”
Agreement expands learning
Vernon Morning Star
A new agreement with the Okanagan Collaborative Conservation Program is going to give Okanagan College students more access to in-the-field learning. Okanagan College president Jim Hamilton recently signed a memorandum of understanding with the OCCP. “These kinds of partnerships with organizations that have a broad reach throughout the Okanagan provide our students with not only an enriched education but the potential to make meaningful connections,” he said. The OCCP’s mandate is to assist partners in sharing information, collaboration and research on conservation issues. Partners include all levels of government, land trusts, stewardships and outreach organizations.
VIU students expand global knowledge through exchange
Katie Schneider and Courtney Brown will soon be far away from the comforts of home, immersed in the culture of Ghana, Africa. The Vancouver Island University students from Nanaimo are participating in two international field schools – Brown with VIU’s nursing department and Schneider with tourism and recreation management. They are among 190 students participating in VIU field schools, exchanges and internships to nine countries around the world, according to Audrey Hansen, manager of VIU’s study abroad program. Faculty members Jo’Anne Yearley and Maggie Kennedy took 11 nursing students to the Sunyani, Brong Ahafo Region of West Central Ghana Saturday for six weeks.
Trades training gets $880K boost from Manitoba gov’t
More Manitobans will soon have the chance to pursue apprenticeship training, the province announced Tuesday. At Red River College’s Notre Dame campus, Minister for Entrepreneurship, Training and Trade Peter Bjornson said that over 100 new skilled trades apprenticeship training seats will be created with a cash injection of $800,000 as part of the province’s 2013 budget. “We know that there’s a shortage of skilled labour in the province that can hinder the ability of industry to expand their businesses,” said Bjornson.
College Instructors Honoured
99.9FM The Fox
Lambton College will be well-represented at the first ever World Child and Youth Care World Conference. Instructors Richard Teskey and Michelle Shelswell are heading to Newfoundland to make a presentation on youth engagement. Teskey says they’ll first present in a rigid style, and then use a permissive approach which is more engaging.
Planting the seeds of success in Campbell River
Campbell River Mirror
Thanks to the hard work of Andrew Caulfield, a student with North Island College’s Employment Transition program, The Salvation Army’s Evergreen House shelter now has a new herb garden to be used by kitchen staff. The project came together when Ann Gibbs, the manager at The Salvation Army’s Evergreen House, placed an ad through the Volunteer Centre looking for volunteers to prepare a herb garden. Cathy Patrucco, a work study assistant with NIC’s Employment Transition program, saw the ad and contacted Gibbs about having a student work on the project as part of his experience component.
Free smoke alarm drive extended
Surrey North Delta Leader
“These folks are truly at risk and we have to be very diligent and mindful of that,” said Garis. “Working smoke alarms save lives.” Research led by Garis with the University of the Fraser Valley found 70 per cent of fires over the past five years happened in homes with no working smoke detector. He noted seniors make up nearly a third of B.C. residents who die in fires even though they comprise only 15 per cent of the population. “It’s extremely disturbing,” Garis said of the findings.
NAIT staff asked to step down
Staff at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology have been asked to voluntarily retire so the school can deal with a $13 million drop in provincial funding. NAIT president and CEO Glenn Feltham believes that up to 100 employees could agree to leave their jobs. “Where we know there are more resources in a program than are absolutely necessary to deliver that program, we’re hoping people will step forward and say this is a good time for me to move forward in life,” he said.
Sheridan’s music theatre students celebrate sounds of Canada
For two nights only, students from Sheridan College’s Music Theatre Performance program will take to the stage for a show that should hit closer to home than ever before. On Wednesday and Thursday (April 24 and 25) at 8 p.m., True North: A Celebration of Canadian Music will come to McDonald-Heaslip Hall at Sheridan College’s Trafalgar Campus, 1430 Trafalgar Rd. It will feature the music of David Foster, Great Big Sea, Gordon Lightfoot, Joni Mitchell, Shania Twain, Barenaked Ladies, Avril Lavigne, Justin Bieber, Céline Dion, Bonnie Raitt, Tom Cochrane, Bryan Adams, K.D. Lang, Young Artists For Haiti, Serena Ryder, Lenny Kravitz, Nikki Yanofsky and Shane Koyczan.
30 volunteers head to Tunisia project
Thirty student volunteers from the College of the North Atlantic Qatar (CNA-Q) are on a week-long service learning trip to Tunisia for a school renovation project in the western Jendouba province. Organized by Reach Out To Asia (Rota), Qatar’s leading non-profit organisation, and sponsored by Vodafone Qatar, the trip is a part of an agreement signed between Rota and CNA-Q in April 2011, aimed at promoting mutual educational development and service co-operation to address mutual needs on a reciprocal basis of respect, independence and equal status of each party. “In addition to the benefits it has on the beneficiary community, it pushes the volunteers to get out of their comfort zone, and envision a bigger role in society and the world,” said Vodafone Qatar head of Corporate Responsibility Dana Haidan.
John Abbott College opened horizons for Anne-Marie Edward
West Island Gazette
John Abbott College will christen its new Anne-Marie Edward Science Building in a ceremony at the Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue campus Wednesday at 5 p.m. “We visited the building and the facilities are top notch,” her father, Jim Edward, said. “It is an honour that this should be happening to Anne-Marie.” “She had such a good time at John Abbott,” mother Suzanne Laplante Edward said. “She was involved in so much, she was like a whirlwind. She really came into her own.” Edward and Laplante Edward reminisced about their daughter’s time at John Abbott during a recent interview with The Gazette.
Canadore goes online to China, Brazil
North Bay Nugget
Canadore College will deliver advanced online learning opportunities to Brazil and China in a collaboration with ClevrU Corp. The college chose to work with ClevrU, a multilingual world-class learning platform, because of the company’s best practices in removing barriers to international online education delivery. The company is noted for being able to create a supportive learning environment for international students while delivering customized multimedia e-teaching content. Chinese and Brazilian students will be able to access video, audio, presentation slides and other learning resources for Canadore’s Mobile Application Development program beginning in September.
B.C. students qualify for Skills Canada nationals
Three B.C. students have advanced to the Skills Canada skilled trades national competition after winning gold at the provincial level. Brandon Scott of Okanagan College picked up a gold medal at the post-secondary level in the Automotive Collision Repair competition, finishing ahead of silver medalist Steven Dardengo and bronze medal winner Philip Laffin. Both Dardengo and Laffin attend Vancouver Community College. At the secondary level, Kurtis Gordey of A.L. Fortune Secondary finished first in the Collision Repair category, while Cesar Busine of Sir Charles Tupper Secondary won silver, followed by third place Kyle Steven of Mark R. Isfeld Secondary.
$2-million NSCC project to map the white ribbon gap
The Annapolis Valley campus of the Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) will soon map where no one has mapped before. The federal government announced last week it will invest $798,906 through the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) in a research project that will map the “white ribbon gap,” the waters just beyond the low tide mark. Tim Webster, NSCC research scientist, says the plan is to match these funds through other industry partners and launch a $2-million, five-year project to map the shallow waters off Nova Scotia’s coastline. “The possibilities are as vast as the waters we will be charting,” says Webster. “Our team will be able to map seabed topography by air, unearthing a wealth of data to support initiatives in areas including sustainable harvesting practices, aquatic vegetation health, wave predictions to better define storm surge detail, and nautical hazards plotting.”
Language minister visits Dawson College to discuss Bill 14
CTV News Montreal
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. “As an Anglophone I’m completely protected by this because I can become a bilingual citizen,” said student Sara Charron. “Francophones will be severely limited because they won’t be able to access a bilingual education as readily as they can now.”
College of the North Atlantic announces new programs for fall semester
Following the elimination of the adult basic education, visual arts and hospitality tourism management programs, the Bay St. George campus College of the North Atlantic is adding a new program to its roster. The province’s public college system announced that it will be offering primary care paramedicine at the campus, along with six other programs at other campuses throughout the province. According to a press release, these new programs will meet identified regional and provincial labour force needs, and provide students with the ability to enter a workforce where additional career opportunities have been identified.
VIU and Providence Farm partner in new Farm Table restaurant
A new culinary partnership has emerged in the Cowichan Valley. Vancouver Island University’s Culinary Arts program is expanding to Providence Farms to open a new restaurant. The partnership is being billed as a culinary experience with a social purpose; where emerging local chefs can hone their skills in a farm-to-plate setting. VIU’s Cowichan Campus instructional director, Keith Chicquen, described how the partnership works, by saying culinary students can observe a local producer in action. “Students engage in the planting, growing and harvesting of the many ingredients that will find their way into the menu at the new restaurant.”
With shortage of drivers, this trucker loves his job on the road
The Globe and Mail
At Humber College’s Transportation Training Centre in Toronto, graduates of the tractor-trailer AZ program have a 96-per-cent employment rate. In addition to the background on mechanical and regulatory issues provided at school, graduates “need the ability to make very clear, quick and correct decisions when you are on the road, so it is not really a job that everybody can do,” said Rick Mikula, program liaison officer at the centre. “We get people who are in unskilled or semi-skilled jobs looking to advance their careers, we get unemployed people coming through re-employment programs and we get people who are seeking major change in life – people like bank managers, corporate vice-presidents, engineers and people like that who no longer want to pursue a career in what they are doing,” he said.
COTR now member of innovative network
Kootenay News Advertiser
Angus Graeme, President of Selkirk College and Chair of BC Colleges notes, “Skilled and educated workers are our most critical resource and BC’s 11 public colleges are focused on ensuring our graduates have the right advanced skills and education to meet labour market demands. This includes fostering an environment that places an emphasis on applied research and innovation as a means to improved workforce productivity, sustained business and enterprise success, and expanded community engagement.” Members of BCARIN belong to the Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC) and are accredited to administer funding from the three major Canadian federal granting agencies – the Canadian Institutes of Health research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). Member institutions include: College of the Rockies, Camosun College, the College of New Caledonia, Douglas College, Justice Institute of BC, Langara, North Island College, Northwest Community College, Northern Lights College, Okanagan College, Selkirk College, Vancouver Community College, and Yukon College. Members offer a broad-range of expertise and experience in research and development, and the required infrastructure to support innovation in industrial, corporate, and community contexts.
Superheroes For A Good Cause
It’s natural in any situation involving the pain or tragedy of others to want to do something to help. Such situations tend to bring out the best in humanity, and the ripple effects can be felt far from the location of the actual event. This was the case for some Niagara College students who wanted to show their support for those who lost their lives and were injured last week in Boston. They also wanted to recognize those who had selflessly put their lives on the line trying to help others. Coordinated by Joe Neville and Jessica Lovell, members of Niagara College’s General Machinist Program deemed Monday, April 22nd to be “Superhero Day”. Joe said that the event was, “In honor of all the people who dropped everything to go help others in need at the site of the Boston bombing.” The event took place at the Welland campus of Niagara College and encouraged students to wear superhero apparel. When asked what he hoped the event would do, Joe replied that it was their desire, “to bring everyone in the school ‘family’ closer together. As a whole, we wanted to show our appreciation to those heroes who stepped up during the Boston tragedy.”
Girl power hits Algonquin College, Skills Canada taps into career possibilities
West Carleton EMC
Kaitlyn Reid-Legge, a student at Rideau High School, is thinking about her future. That’s why the Grade 11 student headed to Algonquin College on April 9 to network with women in different careers. “I have done dual credit programs and a schism (career focused) program,” Reid-Legge said, adding she has also participated in provincial youth-intern programs. “I am seriously looking at where I will end up,” she said. Of all the careers she got a chance to learn about at the Skills Canada-led event, Reid-Legge said she was most interested in welding.
Bridges to be built and crushed at Sault College competition
local2 sault ste. marie
Young students are preparing to “get crushed” this weekend as Sault College hosts its 24th annual Bridge Building contest on Saturday May 4th in the Multimedia Centre. The grade 5 and 6 division – the youngest of the four divisions, will get underway first beginning at 10:00 a.m. in the Multimedia Centre at Sault College. “Bridge Building is a great way to introduce young minds to the world of civil engineering,” states Ray Escasa, Bridge Building co-organizer and Sault College recruiter. “Local schools have embraced this event, incorporating the contest into their bridges and structures curriculum and we at Sault College are honoured to host the event and inspire students at an early age.” Hundreds of elementary school students from the community were given the opportunity to participate in Bridge Building informational clinics throughout the past few months. Sault College’s Civil Engineering Technician program professors and student recruiters provided valuable tips and demonstrations on how to construct strong and sturdy bridges.
College president blames fraud by former CFO for school’s out-of-control finances
The CEO of Northern Lakes College says the school is cleaning up its finances after the chief financial officer was charged with defrauding two charities. Rick Neidig went before Alberta’s Public Accounts Committee on Wednesday to detail the school’s progress in the wake of a scathing March 2012 auditor general’s report that found finances were out of control. Neidig said the school lost control of its finances under the guidance of former CFO Dave Pike, who was later charged with fraud and stealing…. After releasing a 52-page report focused on accounting at Alberta’s 20 colleges and universities, Saher said the financial records at four of the five schools were so disorganized he was forced to pull his auditors because they were wasting their time trying to figure out what was going on. The schools included Edmonton’s NorQuest College, MacEwan University, Alberta College of Art and Design and Olds College. All but MacEwan appeared before the public accounts committee Wednesday.
Province investigating whether sign language programs could be saved
Days after CTV News reported two post-secondary programs for sign language were set to be suspended; provincial officials said they’re looking into whether they could be saved. On Monday, some members of Alberta’s deaf community responded to news that Lakeland College was suspending enrollment in two courses – American Sign Language and deaf culture studies, and sign language interpretation – with concern, saying they are important programs. Lakeland College offers the courses by remote out of the University of Alberta campus. They are just two of a total nine courses set for suspension in the coming academic year, as the school attempts to deal with a $4 million deficit in 2013-2014.
A Tasty Project
Daily Commercial News
Construction is moving along for the Design Build of Whitby Phase 3 Expansion – Durham College Centre for Food in Whitby, Ont. Owner/project manager is MHPM Project Management and the design/builder for the $18 million, two-storey facility is Garritano Bros Ltd. Completion on the project has been scheduled for mid-August 2013. The centre is a “Field to Fork” design allowing vegetable and fruit gardens on site to be used in the culinary classes and the in house restaurant. The centre will be equipped with four cooking labs, a restaurant, classroom and faculty space, a culinary school, as well as horticultural and hospitalities programs.
Two new initiatives for Douglas College
New Westminster News Leader
Douglas College has launched an initiative to strengthen its ties with local organizations. Community Connections will look to create partnerships with local businesses and non-profit organizations to give students more opportunities for work experience, practicums and community-based research. “The hope is this will lead to innovative initiatives benefiting not just our students, who need the applied experience, but also community groups who reap the benefit of research projects around things like marketing, social media, business planning, health and wellness plans, environmental sustainability and so on,” said Hazel Postma, associate vice- president of external relations in a press release. “Douglas College has always been rooted in the community and we want to expand our current connections and make sure we continue to respond to community needs.
Fleming College helps launch oil spill recovery product
A revolutionary product designed to quickly address oil spills and drastically minimize their devastating effects is hitting the market after undergoing extensive testing at Fleming College. The Rapid Oil Containment (ROC) Oil Cling Pad, developed by local innovator Glenn Murray – president of Murrenhil Corporation, located near Janetville – was officially launched on April 19 at the college’s Frost Campus in Lindsay where the testing was done at the Centre for Alternative Wastewater Treatment. (The centre is currently undergoing renovations courtesy of a $2 million investment from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation.) The product testing was supported by funding through the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario’s Applied Research and Commercialization Initiative. The college has received close to $1 million in funding through the program in support of several research projects at the centre, including the cling pad.
Georgian Top Green Employer
Georgian College is once again one of Canada’s greenest employers. It is the fourth year in a row that the post-secondary institution was given the honour. Georgian’s Environmental Sustainability Coordinator Dianne Corrigan says one of the reasons for the award is their effort to increase diversion of waste from landfills. She says they have implemented programs such as the organics collection program that take out specialized waste that would normally go to landfills.