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Monday, May 6, 2013


Michel Louis Beauchamp quitte ses fonctions
C’est en date d’aujourd’hui que Michel Louis Beauchamp, directeur général du Cégep Beauce-Appalaches, quitte ses fonctions après quatre années de service. a rencontré l’homme afin de dresser un bilan de ses accomplissements depuis mai 2009. « Continuez votre engagement quotidien à faire réussir, et à réussir », voilà le dernier message que lance M. Beauchamp au personnel du Cégep et aux étudiants.

Occupational Safety and Health Week kick off at NSCC
The News
A flag raising ceremony was held this morning for North American Occupational Safety and Health Week at the Nova Scotia Community College in Stellarton. Justice Minister Ross Landry and NSCC principal Dave Freckelton both spoke. The good news said Freckelton is that fewere Nova Scotians were injured at work in 2012 marking the eighth consecutive year that the number of people seriously hurt on the job has declined.

Des étudiants récompensés pour leurs valeurs coopératives
Hebdo Rive Nord
Encore une fois cette année, la coopérative étudiante du Collège et du Cégep à L’Assomption a de nouveau remis deux bourses de 250 $ à des élèves du secondaire et deux bourses de 500 $ à des étudiants du cégep afin de souligner et de féliciter leur implication dans le domaine coopératif, social et communautaire, le mardi 16 avril….Les étudiants qui se sont démarqués par leur grande motivation et leur sens de l’initiative sont Médéric Caron-Leblanc et Julien St-Cyr du Cégep régional de Lanaudière à L’Assomption ainsi que Julie Bouchard et Antoine Gaudet du Collège de l’Assomption.

SIAST, U of R offer aspiring nurses accelerated option, Swift Current program
The Leader-Post
It’s back to school this week for a number of students in the Saskatchewan Collaborative Bachelor of Science in Nursing (SCBScN) program. By choosing studies over summer jobs and vacations, they plan to graduate almost a year ahead of schedule. Typically, students take four years to complete the SCBScN program, delivered jointly by the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology (SIAST) and the University of Regina (U of R). But with the program’s new acceleration option, up to 84 students (42 each in Regina and Saskatoon) can elect to attend classes during the spring/summer terms at the end of their second and third year so that they can complete the program in August of their third year. “Students can now expedite their entry into the workforce and launch their career in nursing,” said Netha Dyck, SIAST’s dean of nursing.

Classe Confucius au Cégep Limoilou: la direction se fait rassurante
Le Soleil
La signature de l’entente entre le Cégep Limoilou et l’Institut Confucius sera aussitôt remise en question advenant l’imposition de contraintes provenant de l’organisme chinois. Et pas question d’engager des enseignants par l’Institut, ni de toucher à l’indépendance intellectuelle et pédagogique du Cégep. La direction est claire et nie toute guerre ouverte entre elle et les étudiants. Dans l’édition de La Presse de jeudi, l’Association générale des étudiantes et étudiants du Cégep Limoilou (AGEECL) affirmait avoir des inquiétudes à la suite de l’entente signée entre l’organisation chinoise et le Cégep Limoilou. Elle estimait que la relation entre l’Institut Confucius et l’établissement d’enseignement posait des questions d’ordre éthique et moral. En entrevue au Soleil, le directeur aux affaires étudiantes et communautaires au Cégep Limoilou, Serge Dupuis, a convenu que le Cégep n’a jamais cru que l’arrivée de l’Institut Confucius en ses murs serait vue comme un problème, mais plutôt comme une occasion pour les étudiants. «On avait sondé les étudiants, et il y avait une volonté de développer le volet international.»

GPRC balances budget
Grande Prairie Daily Herald-Tribune
Grande Prairie Regional College (GPRC) is facing a lean year after provincial budget cuts left the institution roughly $4 million in the red. After facing a system-wide reduction of roughly 7.3%, the college proudly announced last week that it was one of the first post-secondary institutions in the province to successfully balance its budget. “We decided we were going to do this the right way,” said GPRC president Don Gnatiuk, “not the equal way across the system.” Over the last month, Gnatiuk and his board have engaged in a strategic re-structuring of the college to help level out the deficit. Instead of viewing the budget as a major obstacle however, the institution has found a positive spin on all of the cuts.

L’environnement au cœur de la sixième simulation de l’Assemblée générale des Nations Unies
La Nouvelle Union
Pas moins de 125 élèves des cégeps de Victoriaville et de Thetford Mines, en plus du Collège Laflèche de Trois-Rivières, ont participé, dimanche, à la sixième simulation de l’Assemblée générale des Nations Unies. Réunis à la bibliothèque, les étudiants ont échangé sur des thèmes tels que le Conseil de sécurité, les revendications autochtones et l’environnement, l’endettement public, les politiques d’austérité, la démocratie et les mouvements sociaux ainsi que la condition féminine et l’organisation internationale du travail. Cet exercice leur a permis, entre autres, de mieux comprendre les relations entre les différentes nations.

Student continues to earn huge accolades
Nanaimo Daily News
At 21, Dover Bay Secondary graduate Nathan Stefani is still at the head of the class. The Vancouver Island University student was named Most Outstanding Student by VIU’s Biology department. He also received the President’s Entrance Scholarship with full tuition, as the top academic student when he graduated high school in 2009. The scholarship is for the top student at all Vancouver Island high schools. VIU president Ralph Nilson started the program in 2008 to attract the brightest young minds to VIU. Stefani has earned the admiration of fellow students and educators, for his hard work and his involvement in volunteerism.

Local digital media cluster gathering momentum
The Record
Marcel O’Gorman’s voice echoes in the old post office as he walks through the latest cutting-edge addition to the downtown’s growing digital media cluster. “This is going to be a display area,” O’Gorman says of the area just inside 44 Gaukel St. that is flooded with natural light. O’Gorman heads the University of Waterloo’s critical media lab, and he helped bring together The Kitchener Studio Project in this city-owned building in the core. City council is on board, so is the college and the University of Waterloo has approved it in principle. Art and technology will come together in this building and some of the best work will be exhibited in the display area. At the back of the building, off the loading dock, the Creative Enterprise Initiative will have low-cost studio space for artists. There is 10,000 square feet of space on the first floor of the building that will be filled with students and faculty from the area’s three post-secondary institutions — The School of Media and Design from Conestoga College, the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University.–local-digital-media-cluster-gathering-momentum

Conference brings new child care ideas to NSCC
Truro Daily News
Andrew Middleton sat in a circle with a group of Nova Scotia Community College students and described his experience working with troubled children. “Kids come in with their swagger and they think this will be dull, this will be irrelevant, then you engage them with a game and it’s all out the window,” said Middleton, who has been working with children for his entire career. When he was just starting out in child services, he said, kids would be made to sit in a circle and talk to each other in a support group style of setting. “In my head I was thinking, ‘let’s just go out into the lawn, let’s get out of this box, let’s do something,’” said the towering, affable Nova Scotia native. So he did.

Canada’s Smartest Kitchen gets cooking with new equipment
The Guardian
Canada’s Smartest Kitchen will purchase new, state-of-the-art equipment with funding recently announced in Charlottetown. The equipment will help Holland College conduct further research on functional foods, gluten free, healthy nutrition, seafood, and beverage innovation. Through this project they will also be working to identify opportunities with potential business partners and clients that align with these research areas. Ottawa, through ACOA’s Business Development Program, has invested $102,905 to help with the purchase and Holland College has invested an additional $34,302 to purchase the equipment. The funding was announced week by Gail Shea, minister of National Revenue and Minister for ACOA, and Holland College president Brian McMillan.

Lethbridge College reveals plan to cut programs, staff amid budget woes
Calgary Herald
Lethbridge College is the latest post-secondary school to declare it’s halting programs, laying off staff and freezing salaries in the wake of less-than-promised provincial funding. On Friday, college graduate Caitlin Power was dismayed to learn the Fashion Design and Marketing diploma program would not be accepting second-year students in the fall as a result of “low market demand.” Power credited college training for starting her own design business and participating in high-profile fashion events across the country. “Cutting this program would prevent so many young, aspiring designers from following their dreams,” she said. In a statement released this week, campus administrators revealed the office administration diploma was also on hiatus and a pair of education programs would only be offered through distance learning. A dozen full-time staff members were laid-off, satellite campuses in Fort Macleod and Pincher Creek were closed, and the college froze cost-of-living adjustments for management over the next three years.

Gallery seeks submissions for sturgeon art exhibition
Nanaimo News Bulletin
Artists are encouraged to let sturgeons become their muse for an upcoming exhibit. The Nanaimo Art Gallery, Nanaimo Museum and Vancouver Island University’s International Centre for Sturgeon Studies partnered to hold the exhibit Ancients Among Us: The Art and Science of Sturgeon. Artists are asked to interpret the theme and explore issues related to the history, biology, ecology, economy and/or mythology. The exhibit will be displayed at the Nanaimo Art Gallery downtown from July 5 to Aug. 4 to coincide with the seventh International Symposium on Sturgeon, taking place at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre July 21-25.

Heavy Metal Rocks graduates prospering
The Prince George Citizen
“This is a lot of fun, it’s like being in a sandbox as a kid except now you’re in a big sandbox with real toys.” Now in its ninth year, the four-day Heavy Metal Rocks event is a combined effort that involves local contractors, the Prince George Construction Association, School District 57, the College of New Caledonia and WorkSafe BC. Each year, 32 students in Grades 11 and 12 are selected for the program, having met the criteria with their grades, attendance, a letter of application and an interview. Each student must complete an online safety course. Safety is stressed as a constant theme as students are given instruction on how to operate each piece of equipment, working in pairs for one hour at 16 stations set up in the Inland Concrete gravel pit. They tried out cranes, bulldozers, graders, packers. loaders and excavators, learned how to drive rock trucks, and how to put up scaffolding. The equipment and fuel was supplied by local companies and the city.

Northern nursing students going where no man has before
The Prince Albert Daily Herald
Northern nursing students are learning through new technology that is straight out science fiction. The College of Nursing at the University of Saskatchewan has started a new way to teach students in the northern part of the province — since instructors cannot go up to the northern communities, they are using a robotic presence. “It is all about the idea of trying to make education as accessible as possible,” said Heather Exner-Pirot, Strategist for Outreach and Indigenous Engagement for the College of Nursing. ”The motto now is kind of learn where you live. This is particularly important for aboriginal rural communities because it is expensive to move down south, they are less likely to succeed if they move down south and have to be away from their family and support networks.” The program, through Northlands College, is unusual because it uses a combination of teleconferencing and a robotic presence.

First community college in Chandigarh
The Times of India
Le Corbusier’s city will soon get its first community college, with an international mentor — a Canada-based institute of arts and technology. Attempting to give a facelift to community education in the city, this college will offer vocational courses to bridge the gap between higher education and the job market. Post-Graduate Government College, Sector 11, is likely to be used for the start-up of this community college, and Niagara College, Ontario (Canada) is the potential mentor of the union territory’s first community college. “We will be using the existing infrastructure to begin with, but eventually the entire college will be transformed into a community college,” says VK Singh, finance-cum-education secretary, Chandigarh Administration.

More than 200 students receive diplomas during convocation at Dalhousie Agricultural Campus
Truro Daily News
Fabian Hamilton’s farm has been in his family for eight generations, and after receiving his degree from Dalhousie Agricultural Campus on Friday, the Lower Onslow man has prepared himself to take over the family business. Hamilton was one of 219 students who took part in convocation ceremonies at the Bible Hill-based college yesterday. He studied business management and specialized in dairy farming, as he looks to one day take the reins of the 450 acres his family has farmed outside Lower Onslow since 1762. “My family was part of the Planters,” he said. “They came to Nova Scotia sometime in the 1700s to farm after the Acadians were kicked out.”

ACOA helps Holland College with new teaching technology
The Journal Pioneer
While Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACLA) Minister Gail Shea was making an announcement at the Holland College West Prince Campus on Friday, West Prince resident Tyler Ramsay was listening in from the college’s Summerside campus. Shea was announcing $174,081 in ACOA funding to help the college purchase and install new tele-presentation equipment at its four campuses. The college is investing $58,027 into the project. It makes good sense, Ramsay acknowledged. He explained he can travel from home to courses in Summerside and still take advantage of instruction taught in Charlottetown via tele-presentation or teleconferencing.

Observer reporter Tyler Kula gets schooled on life as a firefighter
Sarnia Observer
Firefighter Roy Eddleston guides me as we search the room for simulated victims and, finding none, lug the heavy hose back out into daylight. Voices are muffled by the sound of a roaring fan blowing pressure in on the building, but I follow hand signals as we rush back in once more to assist another crew. Sweat begins to form under my mask from the heat. If this were a real fire, I’m told, I’d have been sweating long ago. Fully geared from mask to boots, I’m getting a firsthand feel, look and smell at how firefighters prepare for emergencies, shadowing Sarnia firefighters training at the Lambton College fire school. The building we’re in is a concrete three-storey structure used to test firefighters’ mettle — and in this case, their ability to use wind pressure to help contain and extinguish fires.

Sheridan gets $800,000 for 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. The centre was featured in this year’s Intelligent Community Forum’s tour of Toronto. Students from programs such as animation, film/media studies, computer systems technology and business work at the facility— most in internships or co-ops and some hired to work on specific projects.–sheridan-gets-800-000-for-research

University inks deal with two unions
Nanaimo News Bulletin
Vancouver Island University has reached two-year deals with both its academic and vocational faculty unions. The VIU Faculty Association and the B.C. Government and Service Employees’ Union Local 702 both ratified new collective agreements for the period of April 1, 2012 to March 31, 2014. The agreements include four one-per cent wage increases throughout this period, achieved through the province’s co-operative gains mandate, which requires employers to pay for any wage increases in the existing budget.

NS: Two new courses coming to NSCC Amherst in September
Daily Business Buzz –
Come September, the Nova Scotia Community College will be offering two new courses at their NSCC Cumberland Campus Community Learning Centre in Amherst. “We’re bringing in the LPN (licensed practical nurse) program, which we’re really excited about, and the other one is the Electronic Engineering Technician program,” said Don McCormack, Cumberland Campus principle, during a recent presentation at the Municipality of Cumberland County council chambers. Both are two-year programs. McCormack said the Cumberland campus did offer an LPN program a number of years ago and are starting it up again because more LPN’s will be needed in the near future.

College students score skills medals
The Gulf News
Students from College of the North Atlantic’s Port aux Basques campus brought home some hardware from recent skills competitions. Office Administration student Franki Webb won a silver medal at the 16th Annual Skills Canada Provincial Competition held in St. John’s on April 12. Aaron Penney brought home a silver medal as well in the category of welding. Penney said he had to weld three metal boxes during the day-long competition—one with soft steel, one with stainless steel and the third with aluminum.

Learn about edible native plants on walk
Campbell River residents will get a chance to look more closely at edible native plants in local ecosystems during an interpretive walk on Saturday, May 11. “Through North Island College’s Lettuce Grow program, Luisa Richardson, environmental educator and local naturalist will lead an engaging and delicious, interpretive walk through the city’s wild spaces,” says Kira DeSorcy, lead instructor for the Lettuce Grow program. People interested in joining the May 11 walk can register through North Island College’s Continuing Education Program. “Campbell River is blessed with so much natural habitat, so many native plants. Wherever native trees, shrubs and understory plants grow, they’re competing with each other – and you can tell a lot about the underlying land by the plants and plant associations that you see,” said Richardson.

Golf comes full circle for Tyler Martin
A Facebook message has brought a Durham College alumnus and his golf game full circle. Tyler Martin, 27, who once starred on the links for Durham College, will be back on the course with the college again — this time as the coach of the men’s and women’s teams. Martin was brought back to the fold by his former coach, Mike Duggan, who retired at the end of last season after 16 years at the helm. And, Duggan’s succession was arranged through a Facebook message.–golf-comes-full-circle-for-tyler-martin

Fanshawe Stages Mock Emergency
There will be blood, gore and flashing lights, but the emergency around Fanshawe College Friday morning is 100 per cent fake. The college is hosting a mock emergency to test the preparedness of its staff and students. Acting Director of Emergency Services, Bob Earle, says it will look real, but there’s no reason to worry. Earle says the mock accident will be staged at the northeast corner of the Fanshawe campus and will involve a collision between a truck and a school bus. On scene there will be staff and students from the college and emergency response units from the City of London.

Updated: Thermo Dynamics expanding thanks to
The Burnside News
Allen says that over the next one and a half years Thermo Dynamics will “crank out about $4 million worth of hardware and create a lot of employment. We will need to add some workers and to train some of our (existing) workers.” Allen says if the Solar City project is a success, he sees a doubling of his current workforce of 10 and he expects to be able to source all his new staff from right here at home. That’s why Thermo Dynamics is working closely with the Nova Scotia Community College and local universities to train students at both the technologist and technician levels. The challenge then is to keep the company at this new level of production. Allen says he’s confident he can do that. “Solar City is a pilot program, but if the uptake is high then all indications are that the city will keep it going.” Allen says.

CNC staff ink deal
The Prince George Citizen
The College of New Caledonia Faculty Association has a new two-year contract in place, guaranteeing labour peace for the next year. A ratification vote of the college’s 155 part-time and 133 full-time instructors was held at five campuses over the weekend resulted in 95 per cent approval. “We want to give congratulations and many thanks to our team, who did such an excellent job in negotiating a contract that was so clearly approved by our members,” said association president David Rourke, in a prepared release. The contract, which was also approved by CNC’s board of governors, expireson March 31, 2014. It includes four one per cent increases. Final approval from the Post Secondary Employers Association (PSEA) is expected soon.

Holland College raises full-time tuition by 2 per cent
The Guardian
Holland College has announced it has increased tuition rates an average of two per cent for all full-time programs as part of institution-wide fiscal measures. “Holland College continues to balance cost reduction and revenue generation strategies in an attempt to counter ongoing fiscal challenges,” said Brian McMillan, president of Holland College. “Given the current financial climate in the province, the college will continue its belt tightening while maintaining a quality learning environment for our students.” The majority of the college’s program tuitions fall into three primary bands that vary from $3,500 to $5,700 per year. Tuition increases will amount to an average of two per cent.

Journalism student nabs Nalcor award
The Telegram
College of the North Atlantic (CNA) journalism student Flavio Sachett Nienow was presented with the Nalcor Award Wednesday as part of an Atlantic Journalism Awards reception at Government House in St. John’s. A news release notes that each year Nalcor awards $500 to a student as part of the Atlantic Journalism Awards. The prize rewards initiative, maturity, creativity and professionalism in either course work or independent writing. Nienow, an international student from Brazil, was nominated for the award by his journalism instructors at CNA. He is currently on a work-term placement at The Telegram in St. John’s.

MacEwan University brings Edmonton Public Library lending machine to campus
Metro Edmonton
The Edmonton Public Library is lending a hand to those at MacEwan University who want to borrow books and other items. The EPL has launched a new lending machine at MacEwan’s City Centre Campus, where students, faculty and staff members can check out more than 1,100 EPL materials, such as books, CDs, DVDs and video games. The colourful, long, box-shaped machine began offering leisure items, as opposed to the mostly academic and scholarly items found in the university’s library, for borrowing about three weeks ago. “We had been developing a little bit of a leisure reading collection, but we’re not designed for that,” said Debbie McGugan, associate dean of libraries. “The public library, that’s their strength.”

Seafood Gala raises $135,000 for students
The Niagara College Foundation is hailing its latest Seafood Gala a success after the sold-out event generated $135,000 in support of student services. The event was held April 6 at the Fallsview Casino Resort in Niagara and drew a crowd of more than 660 business, community and education leaders. The monies raised will be used to fund equipment and learning resources to help students become work ready, and scholarships and bursaries to alleviate the financial challenges of a post-secondary education.–seafood-gala-raises-135-000-for-students