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Millwright class comes together to help student for third time
The Western Star
Mike Johnson hopes he won’t have to wheel his way home up the steep inclines of Elizabeth Street and Wheeler’s Road for a long time to come. For the last several months, the engineering student at the College of the North Atlantic has had to tackle the long haul up the hill from school to his home in his wheelchair. Johnson, who was paralyzed from the lower ribs down in a car accident in 2010, used to have a van to get around in, but that vehicle has been out of commission since January. Since March, his neighbour Jerry Smith, a millwright instructor at the college, and the students Smith teaches have been working away raising money to get Johnson a new vehicle.
Objectif : 550 000 $ et de nouvelles bourses
Dès cet automne, la Fondation du Collège Montmorency désire mettre en place un programme de bourses à la persévérance scolaire pour les étudiants en cours de scolarité. «Nous donnons déjà depuis plusieurs années des bourses du mérite et de l’excellence pour les finissants, et des bourses d’accueil et des concours scientifiques pour les étudiants du secondaire, mais nous n’en avons pas pour ceux étant en cours de programme», explique Sylvie Laflamme, directrice générale de la Fondation du Collège Montmorency. Ces bourses concerneront principalement les étudiants de troisième et quatrième session.
Medicine Hat College Goose Builds Nest In Parking Lot, Takes Up Eight Stalls
The Huffington Post Alberta
What do you do when you find a nesting goose and her aggressive mate are taking up eight parking spaces in your parking lot? If you’re smart, like the folks over at Medicine Hat College, you give them a wide berth and let them be. A female Canada goose has built herself a nest in a parking lot of the southern Alberta college, while her male partner has taken it upon himself to keep humans far back. “The gander was guarding his territory physically and vocally,” Melinda Arthur, director of facility operations, told Medicine Hat News Tuesday. Staff at the college have cordoned off an area for the nesting mother, blocking off eight parking stalls and putting up special signs describing the situation.
Une première revue anglaise conçue par les étudiants du Cégep
Le Cégep Beauce-Appalaches a lancé ce midi le magazine anglophone, Aim on Knowledge, conçus par des étudiants de divers programme de l’institution. L’éditeur en chef et instigateur de la revue Aim on Knowledge est l’enseignant du cours Anglais 103, Alain Gilbert. « J’ai initié le projet à l’automne pour montrer aux gens jusqu’à quel point nos étudiants excellent en anglais. La distribution du magazine permettra aux étudiants du secondaire de lire les articles écrits par des étudiants qu’ils connaissent. Cela les motivera à viser plus haut et à développer leurs aptitudes pour la langue seconde », insiste ce dernier. Ce projet de magazine découle du travail de vingt étudiants du cours d’Alain Gilbert. Ils ont eu à trouver un sujet et à rédiger une chronique dans le cadre de leur projet de session. Treize d’entre eux ont fignolé leur texte pour publication.
‘In the Style of…’ shows fashion trends, rebellion
Surrey Museum’s newest exhibit is one smartly turned out affair. “In the Style of.” is the new exhibit, co-ordinated by Kwantlen Polytechnic University fashion design students and the museum, and looks at three aspects of the industry: high fashion or haute couture, fantasy and futuristic trends, and also reflection and rebellion. “Because this is obviously a museum exhibit, it’s not an art installation, we have to have some sort of social-economic-political aspect to it,” said Adam McCormack, who is in both the fashion design and fashion marketing programs at Kwantlen. “In each of those sections on the text panels, we’ll be discussing how each of the designers rebelled against fashion or they reflected on how to evolve the feminine form or pushed the boundaries of what was considered ‘normal’ in their time period. We’re really trying to place it in a context of a time period so people can understand what their ideas were then and how it’s influenced fashion today.”
Des Mexicains en immersion
Le Journal de Québec
Le centre linguistique du Cégep de Jonquière a été choisi par l’organisme Cégep international pour accueillir un groupe de 25 étudiants mexicains au cours de la session d’été, du 15 juillet au 16 août. L’objectif de cette session intensive sera de leur offrir une immersion en français pour permettre aux étudiants de maîtriser cette langue à temps pour une année entière de cours. Ensuite, durant l’année scolaire, ils seront divisés parmi huit cégeps participants pour y suivre une formation technique, principalement dans les domaines de génie. Onze d’entre eux ont par ailleurs choisi de demeurer étudier à Jonquière une fois qu’ils auront terminé leur séjour d’immersion.
Local showing strong at regional one act festival
Keyano College staffers cleaned up at the Regional One Act Play Festival Sunday, along with several other local thespians, taking home accolades for their theatrical efforts. Presented in conjunction with the Alberta Drama Festival Association, the festival gave local actors, writers and directors an opportunity to perform and practice pieces in hopes of moving on to the provincial level. Misty Oakes, Keyano Theatre and Arts Centre publicist, and her team took home the best production award for Barefoot in Nightgown by Candlelight by Don Nigro, and will be representing Peace Region East at the provincial competition in High River in May.
Des étudiants du Cégep de Sherbrooke sensibilisent le ministre Duchesne à différents dossiers
Des membres de l’Association étudiante du Cégep de Sherbrooke ont profité du passage hier du ministre de l’Enseignement supérieur, Pierre Duchesne pour le sensibiliser à différents dossiers. Il a notamment été question du nombre croissant de demandes à la banque alimentaire du cégep. En audio, le porte-parole de l’association étudiante, Étienne Leclerc indique que plusieurs élèves ont utilisé ce service l’an dernier.
Trailers bring shops classes to students
Winnipeg Free Press
YOU can add industrial shops to a school for a cost of millions — or you can just truck a bunch of shops over to the school. Education Minister Nancy Allan was at Red River College Wednesday, checking out a pilot project to give junior high kids a taste of shops. “Isn’t that fantastic?” Allan said as she watched two dozen Grade 7 and 8 students from Elmwood High School try out trades such as electricity, welding and carpentry. Various industries in Manitoba have been unable to find enough people qualified in such trades. The mobile shops come in an 18-metre trailer with pop-up sides — the trailer folds into a vehicle the width of a semi-trailer, but expands into a 950-square-foot training facility.
Le programme Théâtre et médias du Cégep présente ses spectacles
Les élèves du programme Théâtre et médias du Cégep de Trois-Rivières présenteront trois spectacles différents aujourd’hui et demain au Théâtre du Cégep de Trois-Rivières. Dans le cadre de leur spectacle de finissants, les jeunes acteurs ont mis en scène et produit entièrement les trois courtes pièces mettant en œuvre tout ce qu’ils ont appris durant leur parcours dans le programme. La première pièce, Thérèse en toutes pièces, est un collage des meilleurs et des pires moments de la famille de Thérèse. Le public y aura accès mercredi 15h et jeudi 20h
Getting Ready for the Work World
More than 200 Grade 11 and 12 high school students from across Grey and Bruce Counties are participating in a special conference this week. The First Full Time Conference for Students is being held Wednesday and Thursday at Georgian College in Owen Sound. Catholic Superintendent of Secondary Education Jerry Casey says it will help students move from high school to the work world. More than 200 Grade 11 and 12 high school students from across Grey and Bruce Counties are participating in a special conference this week. The First Full Time Conference for Students is being held Wednesday and Thursday at Georgian College in Owen Sound. Catholic Superintendent of Secondary Education Jerry Casey says it will help students move from high school to the work world.
Des jeunes récompensés pour leur esprit d’entrepreneuriat
Laurentides Express – Journal Le Nord
Laurentides Économique a dévoilé, mercredi après-midi, les six projets étudiants qui ont été retenus en marge de la 15e édition du Concours québécois en entrepreneuriat. Ces lauréats régionaux du volet entrepreneuriat étudiant se rendront à la sélection nationale, le 19 juin prochain, au Centre des congrès de Québec. Dans la catégorie collégiale, le Cégep de Saint-Jérôme a été retenu pour son projet « Remplis ton bedon sans casser ton cochon», un projet qui vise à offrir aux étudiants de la nourriture santé à prix modique. « Ce n’est pas évident de manger santé lorsqu’on étudie au Cégep. De plus, c’est important de bien s’alimenter pour pouvoir se concentrer à l’école», a souligné Mélodie St-Pierre, une des participantes au projet.
College tackles ‘honour killings’, Police see need for education
Since then she has founded the South Asian Family Services and works with the York Regional police to educate them on cultural differences and honour based violence. The author of Unworthy Creature: A Punjabi Daughter’s Memoir of Honour, Shame and Love, Papp told the group at an Algonquin College workshop on April 23 that telling her story was tough, but it became necessary to help women gain equal rights. The workshop, In the Name of Honour: Responding to victims of Honour-Based Violence and Forced Marriage, was hosted by the college’s victimology program, the Ottawa police victim crisis unit and the Department of Justice. The workshop marks the fourth year of the college program. It’s a one-year graduate certificate course that takes grads from social work, policing and nursing.
Un référendum aussi au cégep de Chicoutimi
Courrier du Saguenay
À la suite d’une entente signée le mardi 30 avril dernier, l’Association générale des étudiantes et étudiants du Cégep de Chicoutimi (AGÉÉCC) tiendra un référendum de reconsidération de son affiliation à la Fédération étudiante collégiale du Québec (FÉCQ) à l’automne 2013. Une campagne référendaire d’une semaine précédant ce référendum se tiendra également dans le but de faire connaître les deux options disponibles, à savoir le maintien de l’affiliation ou la désaffiliation. Un contrat référendaire sera signé avant de débuter du processus référendaire. Ce processus référendaire se déroulera comme suit : un comité du maintien de l’option à l’affiliation à la FÉCQ et un second relatif à la désaffiliation de cette même fédération. Le comité de chacune des options sera formé d’étudiants membres de l’AGÉÉCC et ces derniers défendront l’option qu’ils représenteront durant la campagne référendaire.
Local veterans being interviewed for Forget Me Not video project
The Western Star
Some Corner Brook veterans have been sharing their wartime stories with students in the College of the North Atlantic film and video production program this week. From what it was like to serve overseas, to their thoughts on past and current conflicts, the men are helping to create a legacy through the video production, a project of the local Forget Me Not Campaign. The project is aimed at preserving history and capturing the stories of men from Corner Brook, around the Bay of Islands and Stephenville who served overseas. It will also feature stories from some of the wives they brought home with them.Among the local veterans to share their stories during filming at Branch 13 of the Royal Canadian Legion on Wednesday was Robert Grant. The 93-year-old veteran was a gunner in the Second World War.
Cuts at Capilano U: Is Worse to Come?
One by one, several department and program heads at Capilano University were called in last week for some bad news: They were going to lose courses, or programs, or even their whole departments. Some would be cut; others would be “suspended,” with current students able to finish their programs next year but no new students admitted. Still other courses would be moved into different programs. The reason was a $1.3 million shortfall in the university’s $89 million budget. Cap must balance its budget every year, and can’t run a deficit. The provincial funding level is set, and tuition levels are frozen, so the university has no other revenue sources to make up the shortfall. (Article also mentions Vancouver Community College)
College child-care facility now in private hands
It was a bitter sweet day for staff at the Niagara College Child Care Centre. Several parents and their children waved goodbye to its early childhood education workers as doors were closed for the last time. Rosemary Horvat worked at the day care for 31 years, and was one of 19 workers who got into a limo Tuesday and capped off the end of an era with a meal and a chance for everyone to say goodbye. “It’s sad, but we decided to make lemonade out of the lemons,” she said. News that the day care would close was announced last year, allowing time for staff to seek other employment opportunities. The college then cited increasing costs of operation as a prime reason for closing.
Long-time Keyano VP moves to new role at Nexen
Following a 23-year-run in various positions at Keyano College, Cindy Amerongen is moving on to take a new role with Nexen, May 13. The current vice-president of community relations and chief development officer at the college, Amerongen will be taking the helm as the manager of community and consultation at the oil and gas company. “Keyano has been such a big part of my life for 23 years,” said Amerongen in a release. “Going to a new opportunity is both exciting and bittersweet. “While it was an incredibly difficult decision to make, I am comforted that in my new role I will still be able to stay connected to the important work that Keyano does in this region to educate students and partner with industry.” Over the last two-and-a-half decades, Amerongen has spent time in a myriad of roles throughout the college, including bookstore manager, continuing education co-ordinator, and director of development for the Keyano College Foundation.
Jobs come knocking for Sheridan animation grads
While most college and university graduates have to knock on doors to land a job after school, at Sheridan College jobs came knocking on the students’ doors. The Oakville campus hosted its annual Industry Day April 25 for the graduates of its animation programs, screening student-made short films for industry representatives from Canada and the U.S. For Andrew Patterson, who is graduating from the computer animation post-grad program, he said Industry Day is the first step for students looking for work in the field. “I’m not expecting much, but if I could, it would be nice to get some sort of job,” Patterson said. For fellow computer animation student Pascale LeBlanc, the event is an opportunity to learn something new. “I’m hoping to get some good feedback,” she said. “Everybody would love a job offer, of course, we’re all starving students.”
Lambton warden returns from trade mission
The Sarnia Observer
A nine-day trip to China by a trio of Lambton County officials could pay off for the community, says Warden Todd Case. Case, Maike Luiken from Lambton College and George Mallay, manager of the Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership, returned Monday from the trip where they were part of a 30-member Ontario trade mission to China. “We had many, many good discussions with Chinese businesses looking to invest abroad, and also looking to do joint ventures,” Case said. In particular, he said, there may be opportunities for Chinese investment in chemical, food processing ventures and the environment. “Every hotel I went into — I was in three different cities — you could not drink the tap water,” Case said.
Lethbridge College forced to cut jobs and programs
Donna Barnhardt says changes to the fashion design program at the Lethbridge College are devastating.” I have been crying since yesterday so haven’t really stopped,” says Barnhardt. “I’m pretty upset.” The 18 year old has wanted to be in the fashion industry since a young child and chose Lethbridge to go to school because it’s close to home. But Donna will not be able to attend her second year at the college because the program will no longer be offered. “You look at the programs with low enrollment and we have a number of programs with historically low enrollment and then you look at what is available province wide and delivery of the program,” says Marty Thomsen the Dean of Health Justice and Human services.
Kwantlen pair strike landscaping gold
Competing in a six-hour garden building event which involved working from a prescribed landscape plan, two Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) Horticulture students took gold in the provincial Skills Canada competition, held on April 17 in Abbotsford. As part of the challenge, fourth-year student Kevin O’Connor, enrolled in KPU’s Langley-based Landscape Apprenticeship Program, and first-year student Jason Thompson, enrolled in KPU’s Turf Management Diploma Program, installed paving stones, basalt stone walls, a water feature, a flag stone pathway and an extensive planting system.
Post-secondary schools pitch to students with learning disabilities
Two of Ottawa’s post-secondary schools are reaching out to prospective students with learning disabilities. The Make the CUT (College/University Transition) program is a partnership between Carleton University and Algonquin College, aimed at students with disabilities such as attention deficit disorder. Hundreds of teenagers gathered in a room at Algonquin Wednesday to hear from students who have gone through the program. “I was really nervous and coming out of high school, I wasn’t exactly sure what I was going to do, what to expect,” said Laura Welsh. “Once I was here and got to meet people that have a learning disability, and talk with me about how they went through the entire process … it made me feel more comfortable.”
Victims of sexual violence encouraged to report crime
Victims of sexual assault are being encouraged to come forward and report the crime as part of a new campaign by police, politicians and post-secondary students. The campaign, “Report Support,” was launched Wednesday by MPP Laurel Broten, the Toronto Police Service and students from Seneca College. “This year in particular, as we have heard and observed, so many heartbreaking stories, so many families that have lost loved ones too early as a result of not being able to survive a sexual assault,” Broten said. “I think it heightens in all of our minds and all of our hearts what it really means, what the word survivor means.” While rates of sexual assault are down across the country, Statistics Canada suggests “most sexual assaults are not brought to the attention of police.”
‘Road scholars’ learn best of the asphalt industry
The Mississauga-based Ontario Hot Mix Producers Association recently presented its annual Spring Operations Seminar at the National Heavy Equipment Show at the International Centre. The seminar attracted some 100 people including six college students who received awards through OHMPA’s first-ever Roads Scholars program. The program partners with trade colleges to allow students interested in the asphalt industry to see firsthand what the industry has to offer. The seminar did the same. Students Ryan Wilbee and James Hill of Fleming College, Jonathon Shuster and Travis Charters of Conestoga College, and Scott Hoddy and Darren Ellis of Georgian College were the first recipients of the Roads Scholars award, and were special guests at the seminar.
College of the Rockies Fernie campus to offer haul truck operator training
The Free Press
College of the Rockies Fernie campus will soon be offering Haul Truck Operator training, preparing students for work in the local and national mining industry. The first training program will begin on June 10, with additional monthly instructional intakes starting in September at both the Fernie and Cranbrook Gold Creek campuses. “We work closely with partners in the B.C. mining industry and the Alberta Oil Sands to ensure training is relevant to employer needs,” said Leah Bradish, College of the Rockies’ Director of Continuing Education, Contract Training, and Campus Operations. “Thousands of haul truck and heavy equipment operators will be needed in Western Canada in the next decade. College of the Rockies is excited to be offering this training to our local residents.”
Partnership builds while it educates
Salmon Arm Observer
Students enrolled in Okanagan College’s residential construction program are receiving hands-on training in carpentry with a new Home for Learning project getting underway in Salmon Arm. The 12 students – including four women and five School District #83 secondary school students enrolled in the dual credit program – are undertaking one of the biggest projects of their lives – a custom 2,300 square-foot single-family home. The students will be working with Okanagan College instructor Les Shuert in concert with the building contractor, Heyde Werks Homes, as they construct the house from the ground up. Okanagan College president Jim Hamilton said providing students with marketable skills helps everyone.
PowerStream drives car research
PowerStream is driving research into the charging needs of electric cars. In an applied research project at Georgian College, the utility is looking to compare the power charge quality of various batteries used in electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles. The project connects Georgian’s School of Engineering Technology and the Automotive Business School of Canada. Key to the project is a solar-powered charging station. “The charging station embodies the innovative and technological savvy that will allow our students to be leaders in sustainable technologies,” said Georgian College president MaryLynn West-Moynes. “The launch of the station is also a timely and relevant way for the college and PowerStream to continue its multi-year partnership to effectively prepare the future utility sector workforce.” PowerStream is investing $250,000 in the charging station, which will be unveiled at Georgian’s Auto Show on May 31.
Canadore Forges New International Partnership
Canadore College and ClevrU Corporation recently announced a new collaboration to deliver advanced online learning opportunities to Brazil and China. International students have a significant economic impact to Canada. According to Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, total expenditures by international students resulted in a $6.5 billion infusion to the Canadian economy in 2008. There is a greater demand for higher education in emerging markets such as South America and Asia in order to bolster their economic development. “Canadore is being recognized as a leader in education by many international markets,” said George Burton, president of Canadore College. “By partnering with ClevrU, we can use a platform that can deal with different languages, mobile devices and operating systems that will maintain our program integrity and make it available globally.”
Sip, savour, mingle
You get to eat, drink and be merry. They get a chance at an education they may not otherwise be able to afford. The third-annual Unwined – Sip, Savour & Mingle fundraiser is set for this Saturday (May 4) and serves as a key fundraising initiative benefiting Douglas College students facing financial challenges. Representing a partnership between Coquitlam Centre, Douglas College and the Coquitlam Foundation, the evening’s events include live jazz courtesy of Douglas College students, food offerings from a host of local restaurateurs, and samplings of local beers, wines and coolers. “You often have to go to [Downtown Vancouver] to get to events, but this one is just right here on your doorstep and it’s an amazing deal,” said Hazel Postma, the college’s associate vice-president of external relations.
Electric cars still playing catch up
St. Albert Gazette
Developers need to build the iPad of electric cars if those cars are to be the future of transportation, says the head of Alberta’s eco-rebate program. Simon Knight, president of C3 (the provincial group that runs Alberta’s energy rebate programs), was one of a large number of speakers in Edmonton last Saturday for the third annual Future of Transportation Symposium and Car Show. Organized by the Solar Energy Society of Alberta and the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT), the free conference drew hundreds of car and renewable energy enthusiasts from across Western Canada to NAIT’s downtown campus. Attendees learned about the latest trends in sustainable transportation and got up close and personal with about 40 electric, hydrogen and biofuel-powered cars – including five super-fast Tesla electric vehicles.
Fanshawe’s strategic plan invests in people, programs and innovation
London Community News
Fanshawe College’s 2013/14 strategic plan and operating budget continues the aim of creating and improving opportunities for students to access relevant, high quality education and training and is squarely focused on helping address Ontario’s skills gap. The $206 million operating budget and $52.8 million capital budget, approved last week by the board of governors, includes the launch of a number of new programs, building renewal and expansion, and service enhancements that continue to make Fanshawe one of Ontario’s top colleges. “A skilled work force is critical to Ontario’s economic success,” said Howard Rundle, Fanshawe College president. “This budget underscores our commitment to addressing the needs of students and the labour market in a way that is financially responsible.”
Local student lands top university award
St. Albert Gazette
A St. Albert Grant MacEwan University student was awarded the distinguished Student of the Year award. Jamie Hofmann, 21, a psychology graduate, received a certificate and $500 at the university’s Student Awards Night on April 6. At the event, she noticed everyone in contention was a member of student council. “I thought there was no way I would win. When they called my name, I thought, ‘Oh, my God. I have to walk up there in my heels,” Hofmann said. To be in competition for the award, a student must display strong leadership skills, volunteerism at the campus and academic success. Mike Glazier, manager of volunteers and services, oversaw Hofmann’s work in peer support and noted she had the three qualifications necessary to stand.
Sheridan gets $800K to help research
Sheridan College is receiving $800,000 in government funding to support the school’s applied research and training for the province’s film, television and gaming industries. The federal infrastructure funding will aid work being conducted at Sheridan’s Screen Industries Research and Training (SIRT) Centre. Sheridan established the centre in 2010 at Pinewood Toronto Studios in the east end of Toronto. SIRT works with industry, academic, and government partners to conduct collaborative research and provide Ontario’s professionals with training to build the province’s competitive advantage in the screen-based entertainment industries of film, television and interactive media industries.
Trio of NIC employees receive prestigious awards
Comox Valley Record
Three North Island College employees, who epitomize the best in community college education, have been selected to receive prestigious National Institute for Staff and Organization Development’s (NISOD) Excellence Awards. Instructors Kerri Lowey and Derek Hanebury, and Student Services’ Lori Boray will be honoured at NISOD’s International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence, held in Austin, Tex., at the end of May. More than 1,800 professionals from over 400 community colleges and other institutions of higher learning worldwide will gather at the International Conference from May 26 to 29, to learn about new strategies and tools currently available to support learning and teaching excellence.
Student-created software could save waterplants big money
A college project could save water treatment plants thousands of dollars by making the monitoring of a filtration process totally automatic. Some Confederation College students displayed their projects to industry partners and supporters at a demonstration Tuesday. The 60 students, all in their third year electrical engineering technology program, were tasked with finding a way to use engineering to control the world around them. One of those projects was a digital imaging system for water treatment plants. Jordan Laing and Jeff Belanger researched and wrote software that will help automate parts of the water filtration process that still requires a technician to conduct manually.
Red River College OKs all of president’s expenses
The president of Red River College won’t have to pay back any of the items she expensed to the school since 2010. Stephanie Forsyth came under fire in March after the Canadian Taxpayers Federation found she expensed a number of questionable items such as $205 golf shoes, a Vancouver Airport duffel bag, her driver’s license, car washes, winter tires and a GPS system for her BMW. The federation called on Forsyth to reimburse the college for the expenses, and students expressed frustration at the volume of and nature of the expenses. Forsyth responded by saying she would pay the college for the golf shoes and her license, as the latter was expensed in error.
Event attends to trades shortages
“There are so many trades opportunities that people don’t necessarily understand what a trade career is,” said Renée LaBoucane, community stewardship manager for Grande Prairie Regional College and member of the Trades Discovery Day organizing committee. “It’s basically to create an awareness of the up to 50 different trades that are available in Alberta.” …. Representatives from Grande Prairie Regional College, the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology and the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology will be at the event to help visitors discover the education requirements, opportunities and funding avenues to pursue interesting trades.