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Le collège Lionel-Groulx s’attaque résolument au rehaussement des compétences essentielles
Journal le Courrier
À compter de l’automne, tous les étudiants adultes qui s’inscrivent à une attestation d’études collégiales (AEC) via le Service de la formation continue du collège Lionel-Groulx devront suivre un cours supplémentaire, pour évaluer et éventuellement rehausser leurs compétences essentielles en littératie. Le collège Lionel-Groulx a participé depuis deux ans à un projet-pilote en la matière en collaboration avec l’Association des collèges communautaires du Canada et on confirme qu’il existe un lien direct entre le niveau de littératie et la réussite scolaire. Les trois compétences essentielles en littératie sur lesquelles on se concentre dans le cours qui est donné à Lionel-Groulx sont la lecture (compréhension des textes), l’utilisation de documents et le calcul.
Bursary program will benefit Northern Lakes College students
Grande Prairie Daily Herald-Tribune
A new bursary program funded by Shell Canada will improve educational access for Aboriginal youth in the years to come. This week, the oil giant donated $250,000 to Northern Lakes College to provide funding for students who wish to enter a college or apprenticeship program, but do not meet the academic requirements. The “Shell Canada Aboriginal Education Advancement Fund” will pay for course upgrades across the Northern Lakes community campuses and be distributed over a five-year period. “Certainly we feel humbled that an international company such as Shell wants to partner with a small college such as ourselves to make a difference in the North,” said Brad Hestbak, director of external relations.
Le Cégep représenté aux Olympiades
Infos Réseau des Appalaches
David Frez Moreault, un étudiant en Technologie de l’électronique industrielle au Cégep de Victoriaville, a terminé au cinquième rang lors des Olympiades canadiennes de la formation professionnelle qui ont eu lieu à Vancouver du 3 au 5 juin derniers. David Frez Moreault a représenté le Québec dans la catégorie Automatisation et contrôle. Des représentants de cinq provinces étaient en lice pour les honneurs de cette catégorie. Outre le Québec, l’Alberta, la Colombie-Britannique, l’Ontario et l’Île-du-Prince-Édouard y étaient représentés. Les concurrents devaient monter et programmer un panneau de contrôle destiné à un système de convoyeur industriel complexe selon un devis imposé.
Inside the new George Brown waterfront campus
George Brown’s new waterfront campus is the most recent addition to the college, and it’s making the rest of its students jealous. The campus opened in September, and the design is hyper-modern. So far, it consists of one building at Queens Quay E. and Lower Jarvis, which is home to the school’s health sciences programs, and focuses on hands-on healthcare and dentistry training. The college is also, however, making an effort to play a role in revitalizing the eastern waterfront.
La chorale du Cégep de Saint-Jérôme enflamme la Cathédrale
La chorale du Cégep de Saint-Jérôme a fait vibrer les quelque 800 spectateurs lors d’un spectacle à la Cathédrale de Saint-Jérôme sous le thème « Périple au cœur de la musique afro-américaine», le 8 juin dernier. Pour l’occasion, la chanteuse Sylvie Desgroseillers est venue interpréter quelques chansons. L’artiste de couleur noir a parlé de l’histoire de l’esclavage jusqu’à aujourd’hui en passant par la guerre de Sécession et la libération des Noirs. La cinquantaine de choristes du Cégep de Saint-Jérôme était accompagnée de 60 choristes de la chorale Carpe Diem de Montréal. Le spectacle, mené par le chef d’orchestre Frédéric Vogel, a été très bien reçu du public.
Cambridge resident receives college teaching honour
The top faculty honour at Conestoga College was recently presented to Cambridge resident, and teacher, Pat Leicester. She was presented with the Aubrey Hagar Award for Teaching Excellence during the college’s convocation ceremony this past Tuesday. Hagar is a member of the college’s founding board of governors. The Cambridge woman joined Conestoga College in 2003, following a 30-year career with CIBC as an investment specialist.
Exclusif au Collège Lionel-Groulx: évaluer et rehausser ses compétences en littératie
Nord Info et Voix des Mille-Iles
Le projet a été à l’essai auprès d’étudiants et de travailleurs en entreprises pendant deux ans et les résultats, concluants, ont été déposés en mars dernier. Convaincu qu’il existe bel et bien un lien direct entre le niveau de littératie et la réussite, le Collège Lionel-Groulx implantera, dès l’automne, ce programme exclusif à l’ensemble des étudiants inscrits dans ses programmes de formation crédités aux adultes. «Les résultats démontrent que les gens qui possèdent un niveau de compétences essentielles en littératie de 3 ou plus travaillent de façon plus sécuritaire, sont plus productifs, s’adaptent mieux au changement, apprennent plus rapidement de nouvelles compétences techniques, sont mieux rémunérés, vivent en meilleure santé et obtiennent des diplômes plus facilement», a fait valoir Michel Simard, directeur de la Formation continue et des services aux entreprises au collège Lionel‑Groulx.
Website helps Parkinson’s patients avoid protein-medication interaction
Winnipeg Free Press
Should anything go wrong — a restaurant order taking longer to arrive than anticipated, or a friend arriving late for lunch — the schedule can fall apart pretty quickly. “I tell you, to manage this and keep his energy up is really a challenge,” Gluck says. Help is on the way, thanks to a collaboration between Kleiner-Fisman’s clinic — the Jeff and Diane Ross Movement Disorders Clinic — and George Brown College, both in Toronto. It comes in the form of a new website called Live Well With Parkinson’s (www.livewellwithparkinsons.com), which offers a variety of tips and strategies for people coping with the disease. The site is to go live on June 20. Among the offerings is a scheduling tool which will allow patients or their caregivers to plug in information like body weight and levadopa dosages and schedules. The tool will generate a daily plan that shows people taking the medication how much protein they can have and when they should consume it during the day to meet their nutritional needs.
Le centre sportif du Collège Édouard-Montpetit sera agrandi
Réseau Montérégie – Rive-Sud Express.ca
Le centre sportif du collège Édouard-Montpetit sera agrandi, en 2013 ou en 2015. Le projet est sur la table depuis quelque temps déjà, mais le conseil d’administration de l’établissement n’attend plus qu’une réponse favorable du gouvernement du Canada pour l’obtention d’une subvention pour donner le feu vert aux travaux. Cette réponse est attendue d’ici la fin du mois.
Lakeland celebrates local artists of all walks at Celebration of the Arts
Lakeland College was home to the arts during the Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts, an event held in conjunction with the Arts Without Borders Festival that featured local talent in music, dance and other art forms. The evening began with a Quick Draw event in the college atrium. Visual artists had one hour to create original artwork, which was available for purchase through a silent auction process. The $2,175 raised from the auction went towards an art bursary. Six artists were supposed to participate in the Quick Draw, however Pam Playford was absent for personal reasons, but still had art work brought in for the auction.
Clémence Berthiaume du Cégep Beauce-Appalaches reçoit un honneur provincial
L’enseignante en soins infirmiers du Cégep Beauce-Appalaches, Clémence Berthiaume, a reçu une mention d’honneur lors du dernier congrès de l’Association québécoise de pédagogie collégiale (AQPC). La distinction vient reconnaître la contribution de cette pionnière de l’enseignement des soins infirmiers en Beauce. Détentrice d’une formation en sciences infirmières à l’Université de Montréal et d’une maîtrise en enseignement, Mme Berthiaume a fait son entrée au Séminaire de Saint-Georges en 1979. Son expérience et ses années de travail au département des soins intensifs pulmonaires de l’Hôpital Laval ont permis d’enrichir certaines situations cliniques présentées durant ses cours selon le Cégep. Par son encadrement, elle a favorisé la réussite de plusieurs étudiantes et étudiants à l’examen de l’Ordre des infirmières en leur fournissant un encadrement adapté.
It’s Official !
local2 sault ste. Marie
Both Sault College and Lake Superior State University made further enhancements to their ongoing partnership by working together to improve the labour market participation of those in the field of Electrical Engineering Technology. A transfer agreement between Sault College and Lake Superior State University (LSSU), signed today by Colin Kirkwood, Dean, Environment and Technology at Sault College, and Dr. David Roland Finley, Dean, College of Business and Engineering at LSSU will ensure a smooth transition for college students in the Electrical Engineering Technology – Process Automation Advance Diploma program to an Electrical Engineering Technology: Bachelor of Science Degree at LSSU.
Le Cégep de Sherbrooke encore en déficit
Face aux compressions budgétaires de Québec, le Cégep de Sherbrooke a adopté un budget déficitaire de près de 500 mille dollars pour l’année scolaire 2013-2014. Les compressions sont évidemment en cause, mais la baisse de clientèle explique aussi ce déficit. Le Cégep qui gère 60 millions de dollars en est à sa troisième année consécutive de budget déficitaire. Selon La Tribune, il y a quelques années, le cégep avait reçu un nombre record d’étudiants avec 6500 personnes. Des modules avaient même du être installés. Aujourd’hui, c’est 6000 étudiants qui fréquentent l’établissement, représentant ainsi 500 milles dollars de moins en subventions.
Chefs’ creations shine
Nanaimo News Bulletin
Vancouver Island University’s culinary students Kevin Hilton, Allegra Jimenez and Lizzie Boyle shone so brightly at the B.C. Chefs’ Association Culinary Competition, all of them took home gold medals. All three put their skills to the test in the cold competition, where looks are everything, and they scored big. Boyle was awarded the grand gold for the highest amount of points. “The students have to prepare the food and then present it on a plate so that it’s as aesthetically pleasing as possible,” said Debbie Shore, chairwoman of the culinary department. “The judges don’t taste the food but mark it on workmanship, appearance and presentation.”
Une station météo à Victo pour les besoins agricoles
La Nouvelle Union
Vient de s’inaugurer, au Boisé des frères, non loin du verger, une station météo. De calibre professionnel, elle a été implantée par le Centre d’expertise et de transfert en agriculture biologique et de proximité (CETAB+) du cégep de Victoriaville. Le chargé de projet en culture fruitière du centre de recherche, Yves Auger, en a eu l’idée. Cet équipement s’avère d’abord utile pour la culture des pommes du parc municipal Boisé des frères (le Cégep a la responsabilité du verger) et pour l’ensemble des pomiculteurs de la région. L’agronome Sam Chauvette, également chercheur au CETAB+, a expliqué que les données générées par la station de météo devraient aussi bénéficier à un plus vaste groupe de producteurs (21 types de culture) de la région, qu’ils cultivent en mode conventionnel ou biologique.
Paulette Flamond gets honorary degree from NLC
Paulette Flamond, an inspirational leader and supporter of community organizations in the City of Fort St. John, has received an Honorary Associate of Arts Degree from Northern Lights College. The Honorary Degree – in recognition of Flamond’s guidance and energies given to Aboriginal and community agencies and businesses – was conferred by Board of Governors chair Karen Simpson and NLC president Laurie Rancourt during Convocation ceremonies on June 14 at the Aerospace Centre at the Dawson Creek Campus.
Une bourse de 60 000 $ pour un étudiant du Campus de Gaspé
Un finissant du programme de Sciences de la nature du Cégep de la Gaspésie – Les Îles, Miguel Gagnon, recevra une bourse d’études Schulich Leader Scholarship de 60 000 $ pour ses études universitaires. Le futur étudiant au programme de génie aérospatial de l’École Polytechnique de Montréal a reçu la nouvelle avec bonheur : « Cette bourse enlève un stress financier et me permettra de me concentrer complètement à mes quatre années d’études. C’est une excellente nouvelle, d’autant plus que c’est l’École Polytechnique qui m’a choisi comme récipiendaire. Je me sens attendu ».
Advancing innovation in the Labrador Straits
“Optimism was cited around the potential opportunities related to new transportation infrastructure and the mega-projects occurring in Labrador,” says Hall. “Other key opportunities were the history of innovative initiatives in the region and the strong small business community.” Strategies discussed included enhanced collaboration with postsecondary institutions, like Memorial University and the College of the North Atlantic, and devising a new regional approach to economic development. According to Hall, they had a lot of help locally in coordinating the workshop and she extended a thank you to Sheila Downer of Smart Labrador, Jamie Pye of Innovation Business and Rural Development, and Bonnie Goudie of the Labrador Straits Historical Development Corporation for their help.
Le collège Édouard-Montpetit, un cégep vert de niveau excellence
Réseau Montérégie – Rive-Sud Express.ca
Le collège Édouard-Montpetit a obtenu, le 7 juin dernier, la certification Cégep Vert du Québec – niveau Excellence. Cette attestation remise par l’organisme ENvironnement JEUnesse couronne les actions du Collège en matière de gestion environnementale et d’éducation relative à l’environnement, ainsi que l’application du principe d’amélioration continue. Ce programme de certification est divisé en plusieurs niveaux, permettant d’implanter des bases solides selon une intégration réaliste, structurante et durable. L’atteinte du niveau de certification Excellence reflète l’amélioration continue en matière de gestion environnementale et se veut le point culminant d’une démarche institutionnelle évolutive.
KPU’s newest face
Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) is pleased to announce the appointment of Jim Pelton to the position of Executive Director, Continuing & Professional Studies. Pelton will be responsible for identifying, delivering and marketing continuing and professional studies opportunities that meet the needs of mature students, working professionals, businesses, governments and not-for-profit organizations.
Des étudiantes du Cégep vivent une expérience de travail en France
L’Express – Drummondville
À la fin du mois de mai, quatre étudiantes du Cégep de Drummondville ont quitté leur domicile pour s’envoler vers La Roche-sur-Yon, en France, où elles séjournent pour six semaines. Là-bas, elles auront la chance de réaliser un stage professionnel au sein d’une entreprise française à laquelle le personnel du Lycée Notre-Dame-du-Roc les aura jumelées. Vanessa Brown, Marie-Pier Côté et Arianne Parenteau, étudiantes en Techniques de bureautique, coordination du travail de bureau, ainsi que Milly Richer, étudiante en Techniques de comptabilité et de gestion, donnent ainsi suite à l’entente-cadre de partenariat qui existe entre le Cégep de Drummondville et le Lycée Notre-Dame-du-Roc pour permettre la mobilité étudiante et enseignante, de même que la concertation sur des projets de recherche et le développement de matériel didactique, entre autres.
Shortening the International Bridge
Sault College President Dr. Ron Common and Lake Superior State University (LSSU) President Dr. Tony McLain have taken a step to shorten the International Bridge between the Twin Soos. In an educational sense, that is. Officials from both postsecondary institutions gathered at Sault College Monday morning to sign a transfer agreement whereby Sault College Electrical Engineering Technology diploma students, upon graduating from Sault College, may transfer to LSSU and graduate with a Lake State Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering Technology. The degree requirements can be completed with only three additional semesters of study after graduation from Sault College.
Le Collège Shawinigan obtient la certification Cégep vert du Québec
L’Écho de La Tuque
Le Comité d’action et de concertation en environnement (CACE) du Collège Shawinigan annonce que le Collège a obtenu, pour une troisième année consécutive, la certification Cégep vert du Québec, niveau 3 pour l’année 2012-2013. De plus, le Collège a obtenu une mention spéciale pour la réalisation d’un projet en gestion durable des matières résiduelles grâce son projet d’Écoresponsabilité lors de la 47e Finale des Jeux du Québec Shawinigan 2012. Depuis plusieurs années, le personnel et les étudiants du Collège Shawinigan unissent leurs efforts afin de réduire l’empreinte écologique du Collège à travers divers projets, tout en sensibilisant la communauté à l’importance de préserver l’environnement.
Canadore hosts pow wow
North Bay Nugget
The lower field at Canadore College was alive with music, singing and dancing to mark the fifth annual Maamwi Kindaaswin Festival and Pow-wow Saturday. Held in partnership with the North Bay Indian Friendship Centre, the Grand Entry ceremonies, at 1 p.m. and scheduled again for 7 p.m., were just one highlight of the four-day pow-wow, held to promote awareness of Aboriginal culture. Grand Entry ceremonies were also slated to take place Sunday at noon and 7 p.m.
Olds College gearing up for J.C. (Jack) Anderson charity auto auction
Over one hundred vintage cars and trucks donated by J.C. (Jack) Anderson are now ready to be auctioned off to celebrate and support the Olds College 100th Anniversary next weekend. “This donation is about more than steel and rubber,” said Olds College President, Dr. H.J. Thompson. “It is about the legacy Mr. Anderson is leaving to the college and to generations of students in the years to come. Centennial has allowed us to celebrate an incredible milestone for an institution that is founded on the solid and lasting base of admirable values that bind us together as a community and inspires our students, staff, faculty and alumni.”
NLC students graduate in the South Peace
The accomplishments of more than 380 students at the Chetwynd, Dawson Creek and Tumbler Ridge campuses of Northern Lights College were recognized on June 14 during Convocation ceremonies held in the Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Hangar at the Dawson Creek Campus. Students in 35 different programs offered at the three campuses were honoured through the conferral of certificates and diplomas. Credentials were presented by NLC President Laurie Rancourt, Board of Governors chair Karen Simpson, deans of instruction and program instructors.
NSCC Kingstec graduations on today in Wolfville
Nova News Now
More than 400 Kingstec students are celebrating their graduation today. The Nova Scotia Community College campus is holding two convocation ceremonies for 432 students at Acadia University’s University Hall. The first ceremony began at 9 a.m. and recognized the achievements of students graduating from the School of Business and the School of Health and Human Services. Valedictorian for the morning ceremony is Doe Hudson, a graduate of the Business Administration program.
Further CNA Cuts will Affect Students: Parsons
Andrew Parsons says there’s no way the College of the North Atlantic will be able to find a further $4-million in cuts and not affect students. It’s all part of the provincial budget process that saw the college’s budget slashed by $15-million. A number of review processes are underway at CNA looking at different aspects of its operations to find further efficiencies. Parsons says while attempts are being made to minimize the affect on students, it’s inevitable that the cuts will be felt.
Trades evolve with technology
Josiah Fallaise enjoys working with his hands and building cars, so when he was considering career options becoming an automobile mechanic was high on his list. “But my brother took the auto route, so I didn’t want to copy him,” he says. “I wanted to be able to work on engines and machines, so I chose a manufacturing engineering technician program instead.” The skills and technologies he learned while attending Loyalist College in Belleville, Ont., allowed him to pursue his love of cars – he recently completed extensive modifications to a Nissan 240 – while setting him on a promising career path in the manufacturing sector. In the first year of the manufacturing engineering technician program at Loyalist College, students learn the core skills needed to work in a manufacturing environment, such as welding, basic hydraulics, pneumatics, electricity and manual machining.
Birth of robust midwifery stalled despite candidates
Winnipeg Free Press
Midwifery in Manitoba is shrinking despite the launch of a training program in the north seven years ago and the fact dozens of internationally trained women are in-province, eager to join the profession. There are now 35 practising midwives in the province, compared with 42 last November. Manitoba has funding in place for 54 midwives and according to one study could potentially accommodate as many as 200. But the bachelor of midwifery program at University College of the North (UCN) has yet to produce a graduate — it will issue its first degree to a northern Manitoba woman later this month. And the College of Midwives of Manitoba has yet to develop a successful process for registering internationally trained graduates.
Hands-on crime-fighting course coming to Victoria
The Justice Institute of B.C. plans to add a Victoria class this fall to its popular diploma program for students who want to pursue a career in law enforcement. The institute launched the Law Enforcement Studies Diploma program on the Lower Mainland in 2009 with just 17 students. It now enrolls about 125 people a year in five classes, said co-ordinator Steve McCartney. “We had a number of young people in Victoria that were interested in taking the program, but they couldn’t afford living arrangements here on the Lower Mainland,” he said. “So it seemed like we had enough calls, where it’s logical to explore starting a program there.” The program, which costs about $12,000 over two years, offers courses in computer-based investigations, research methods, Canadian criminal law, applied law enforcement, applied ethics and conflict resolution.
SIAST graduates well-placed to find employment: School officials
The Prince Albert Daily Herald
The SIAST graduating class of 2013 finds itself at a distinct advantage when it comes to seeking employment in today’s job market, according to the chair of the board of directors. Chair Ralph Boychuk made the comments while offering greetings on behalf of the board during this year’s SIAST graduation ceremony, which took place on Friday afternoon at the E.A. Rawlinson Centre. “You’re graduating into the workforce at a very exciting time,” Boychuk said. “Saskatchewan is enjoying a period of unprecedented growth, providing many opportunities for career development. The demand for people with a technical education is especially high.
Former B.C. sawmill employees learn new skills after devastating explosion
The Vancouver Sun
Seventeen former employees of a sawmill that blew up in Burns Lake have learned some new skills that will help them find work. The workers from the Babine Forest Products mill are among 21 graduates of a pre-apprenticeship skills program run by the College of New Caledonia and funded by the provincial government. The 19-week program gave students theoretical and practical experience as millwrights, heavy-duty mechanics and construction work, allowing them to graduate with industry certification in several trades.
Honours all around at LLC convocation
Almost 250 graduates were recognized during the Lakeland College Lloydminster Campus Convocation Ceremony on Friday, June 7. Receiving special honours were The Right Honourable Don Mazankowski and Alumnus Margaret Page. Mazankowski received his honorary credential from Milt Wakefield, chairman of Lakeland College Board of Governors. One of the reasons Margaret Page enrolled in business at Lakeland College was to inspire her children to pursue post-secondary studies. “I couldn’t keep telling them that a college or university education was important when I didn’t have one myself,” said Page, the recipient of the 2013 Lakeland College Distinguished Alumnus Award for the Lloydminster campus.
A decline in high school enrollment is forcing Confederation College to look elsewhere for students. The college’s president, Jim Madder, gave an update on the school’s performance last year at a breakfast meeting Friday. The report boasted high employment rates with 88.9 per cent of graduates being able to find a job within six months of graduating and high student satisfaction. But the breakfast meeting went beyond accomplishment boasting, as Madder also revealed the college’s strategic plan to the crowded room. That plan included three main components – improving access to learning, supporting Aboriginal learning and serving Northwestern Ontario.
MIG Engineering’s Marty Raaymakers joins Lions’ Den
Entrepreneurs need more than just courage to make a deal in this den. Lambton College’s Lions’ Den is returning for a second season, and organizers are looking for savvy business ideas to pitch to local investors. Modeled after CBC’s TV show Dragon’s Den, Lions’ Den features five local business magnates who judge proposals and invest a minimum of $5,000 where they see fit. Last year nine people tried unsuccessfully to pry cash from the paws of the local Lions — Bayfest’s Michele Stokley, Coffee Lodge founder Leo Stathakis, Deanna Sandrin of Sandrin Services, Comfort Inn and Local Self Storage president Alex Jongsma, and Dr. Sanjeev Kaila, medical director for Blue Water Surgical Canada.
Shifting Gears campaign honours top performers
Participants from more than 115 workplaces walked, cycled, bused, carpooled and telecommuted to work in May as part of the Shifting Gears Challenge. During this year’s challenge, participants logged more than 129,000 km using sustainable modes of transportation, the equivalent to walking, cycling, busing, or carpooling across Canada 25 times…. On Friday, organizers honoured those businesses that won their respective divisions. – Large: Fleming College (Runner-up: Trent University)
Recipe for success
Victory was extra sweet for Burford resident Megan Proper, a graduate of Niagara College’s Canadian Food and Wine Institute. The 20-year-old not only won the gold medal in baking at a Skills Canada national competition, where she wielded spatulas with the top post-secondary baking students in Canada, she is the first student from the Niagara institute to take the title. Adding to the win is the fact that Proper was the only competitor who wasn’t a full-time baking student. “I hoped maybe I could get on the podium,” said Proper, who will graduate from Niagara’s culinary arts program next week. “When they announced I’d won, I was shaking. I still can’t really believe it.”
College president talks about CNA’s role
The Western Star
Ann Marie Vaughan is at the helm of an organization in flux; the College of the North Atlantic just went through restructuring as part of this spring’s provincial budget, and there’s plenty more to come. Speaking to a Rotary Club of St. John’s luncheon, Vaughan talked about the college’s role in the province. “We’re looking at the labour market and we’re saying, how can we prepare our students for the careers that exist right now?” Vaughan said. “But we’re also asking an even more important question: how can we prepare students for the careers that will exist in 15 or 30 years from now?”
Students receive dental care
Students from Stride Avenue and Maywood community schools were recently treated to free dental care, courtesy of Vancouver Community College. On May 22, the Burnaby students travelled to the college’s Vancouver campus for the annual event. The college, Chevron Canada, Sunstar and the Vancouver Trolley Company sponsored the event, which includes free dental assessments, cleaning and fissure sealants for elementary school children.
Lakeland’s arrival in Lloydminster
Amongst local notable events, 22 years ago Lakeland College expanded with a campus in Lloydminster. This concept had been floating around for nearly 20 years. A task force had been led by Dr. Walter Worth of the University of Alberta, who throughout the course of the survey came to realize that Lloydminster would serve as the best option for an educational facility in north-east Alberta and north-west Saskatchewan. This had been one in a long chain of ideas to revitalize the increasingly marginalized college. Throughout the two decades leading up to the new campus in Lloydminster, the college had a number of trials to deal with. The college had been losing attendance, had suffered layoffs and provincial and federal budgets cuts, and the agricultural college had even lost one of its most beloved programs: horsemanship, a symbol of its western tradition.
Bowman enjoyed time at CNC
Prince George Free Press
John Bowman is smiling and relaxed as he talks about his time as president of the College of New Caledonia (CNC). He’s held the job for seven years, enough time, he says, to see progress and expansion in a number of different areas. “We have seen a lot of growth in our applied trades and technical education, we have more than doubled the trades seats offered at CNC, as well as expanding our health-related education such as nursing programs,” he said. In the 15 years he’s worked with CNC campuses here and in Quesnel, Bowman has been able to see both attain many of their goals. And while he’s enjoyed being at the helm and will miss the people who have become friends, now it’s time for change, he says. Bowman, who originally hails from Winnipeg, moves to Comox Valley with his family and will take up his new post as President of North Island College (NIC) August 1. His last day at CNC is officially July 31.
Career choices wide open to aboriginal youth
In addition to the cultural college, the institution spun off two institutions – today’s First Nations University of Canada and the Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies. These two institutions opened the door to professional and trades training for First Nations. The horizons widened and the possibilities appeared endless. Role models have a huge impact on a person’s job choice. Many farmers and ranchers pass on their operations to their sons. If a parent is a doctor, lawyer or accountant, chances are that the children will choose a similar career path. Many First Nations children look outside their family to the community for a career choice. It’s no fluke that many aboriginal children want to become teachers, social workers, or join the RCMP. These are the community role models they look up to, and consider as career choices.
Minister leading delegation to Ukraine
Ken Krawetz, Saskatchewan’s deputy premier and finance minister, is leading a delegation from the province to Ukraine this month. The delegation is comprised of members of the Saskatchewan-Ukraine Relations Advisory Committee (SURAC), Ukrainian Canadian Congress – Saskatchewan Provincial Council (UCC-SPC) and the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology (SIAST). The group will build on the work undertaken by Krawetz during previous visits to the country and the recommendations made by SURAC in its March 2012 report to government. “A strong relationship of collaboration built over the past 36 years between Saskatchewan and Ukraine has led to several mutually beneficial projects and relationships,” Krawetz said in a statement. “Our committee continues to move forward and undertake a number of initiatives.”
Mohawk grad gets to wear native regalia
When Amanda Dale crossed the stage at her Mohawk College convocation, the social service worker graduate walked proudly in her white buckskin dress. She stood out proudly from her fellow graduates — everyone else dressed in the traditional black gowns. But in her Aboriginal culture, a black gown is no way to dress for a celebration, Dale said. She wanted to wear her traditional regalia. “We wear our colours as a spiritual practice. When we cover our colours with black, it is disrespectful. “I want to thank God for graduating,” she said.
NSCC Burridge graduates 180 students
Nova News Now
Nova Scotia Community College’s (NSCC) Burridge Campus celebrated its class of 2013 during a convocation ceremony that was held at the Yarmouth Mariners Centre on Thursday, June 13. The ceremony celebrated the achievements of the 180 Burridge Campus graduates who received their diplomas and certificates. This year’s valedictorian, Sjanna James, says the past year at NSCC was one of the best years of her life. Once her four children were in school, the stay-at-home mother decided it was time she headed back to school too. She says this was the best decision for her and her family.
Hurricanes’ athletic director receives national award
Holland College’s Albert Roche has been named the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) athletic director of the year. The award was presented Thursday night in Montreal at the association’s annual general meeting. Roche is a game changer, said association executive director Sandra Murray-MacDonell. “He pushes the limits to develop, improve and excel in all the roles and capacities he champions. All organizations need individuals like Albert to bring energy and dedication to the table.”
Skilled trades shortage could be closed by women, say feds
Young women will be key in the federal government’s solution to close the skilled trades gap outlined in the most recent budget, said Parliamentary Secretary for the Status of Women, Susan Truppe, speaking at Algonquin College Thursday. “We’re going across Canada to hear from some of the stakeholders involved with skilled trades in order to get more women into non-traditional occupations,” Truppe said, adding that she started her cross-country trek this spring. Today more women are coming to the trades than 10 years ago, she pointed out, but “we know that by 2020, there’s going to be a huge shortage when everyone retires.”
CEC students win national bronze medal
Truro Daily News
Cobequid Educational Centre (CEC) students Chandler Werenka and Breanna Brewer were thrilled to win bronze medals at the Skills Canada National Competition held last week in Vancouver. The pair placed third in a 2D animation category, which included about seven other teams. “I was extremely happy,” said Werenka, 17, a Grade 11 student. “It felt like a gold to me.” Werenka and Brewer qualified for nationals by placing first in a provincial competition held at the Nova Scotia Community College Truro campus in March. In Vancouver, each team was given an identical 11-second audio clip. They then had 14.5 hours to complete a corresponding video clip.
Enjoy every single day, says Col. Chris Hadfield
Celebrate little pleasures each day, not just the highpoints that come rare in a lifetime, says a man who lived in space. Col.(Ret’d) Chris Hadfield was a special guest at this year’s convocation ceremony held at the Nova Scotia Community College Campus (NSCC) in Middleton. Via Skype, Canada’s first commander of the International Space Station (ISS) was presented with an honorary diploma from the School of Trades and Technology on June 12. He told the graduates while this day is special and it’s wonderful to mark the success of work and tenacity, life shouldn’t be measured only in its pinnacle moments.
Architects unveil model of Nunavut-based Arctic research station
People in the western Nunavut community of Cambridge Bay got a sneak peek this week at what the Canadian High Arctic Research Station will look like: a complex of buildings designed to make the most of its location and traditional knowledge and science. The good news: CHARS is still on target to open in July 2017, just in time for the 150th anniversary of the Canadian federation. But, during updates from the station’s architects and representatives from Aboriginal Affairs and Development Canada, it became clear again that the CHARS isn’t just about building designs or research projects for people who live in Cambridge Bay.
Aircraft maintenance engineer taking off
Winnipeg Free Press
About 18 months ago, Winnipegger Dylan Pereira turned his back on a potential career as a dentist after discovering what he really wanted to do was fix airplanes, not teeth. And it’s looking more and more like he made the right decision. Not only did Pereira excel in the first year of Red River College‘s 18-month diploma course for aircraft maintenance engineers, he won a gold medal at a provincial and national Skills Canada competition in his trade category. And in about two weeks, the newly minted graduate will be off to Europe to represent Canada in the 42nd biennial WorldSkills Competition in Leipzig, Germany.
Muskens: Sustainable economic methods a pathway to jobs
Kelowna Capital News
Although this may sound simple, using solar energy requires knowledge of specific construction techniques and materials that allow the solar energy to keep the building cool in the summer and warm in the winter. A prime example of this type of building is the Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Technologies and Renewable Energy Conservation, located at the Penticton campus of Okanagan College. Considered a living laboratory for green construction this two-year old building will be home to Okanagan College’s new three-year diploma program in Sustainable Construction Management Technology which begins this fall.
Spotlight: President of Northern Lakes College retires
South Peace News
For the past eight years Rick Neidig has been President of the Northern Lakes College. Now though, he’s decided that its time to retire. And while his replacement, Ann Everatt, will no doubt prove to be exceptional, Neidig will still be missed. After being with the college in some form or another for 37 years, it’s obvious that Neidig has left his mark. Originally starting as an A/V tech in 1976, Neidig said he had only planned to stay for a year. “But the work was good, the people were great, and the opportunities were endless.” Having held many positions over the years, from Coordinator of Computer Services to Director of support services, Neidig is no stranger to change.
Women learn about trades
Cape Breton Post
The time spent volunteering at the Habitat house gives each woman the time to try out many different skills to see which best suits them, said Janet Robinson, the workplace facilitator of Women Unlimited, which is a program in partnership with the Nova Scotia Community College. Robinson said many of the 16 women currently enrolled in the program will go on to register in a trades program at NSCC or a private trades school. Trades such as carpentry, plumbing, electrical or automotive have long been considered occupations dominated by men, but that perception appears to be changing.
‘Futurologist’ predicts job trends
North Bay Nugget
“It’s not a doom and gloom scenario. It’s intended to be a wake-up call. We need to figure out systems that enable us to create new jobs at a faster pace than ever before in all history,” Frey said ahead of his presentation to Canadore College faculty and staff. Colleges will have to change what programs they offer to prepare for the demand, he said. “Somebody who needs to reboot their career cannot go back to school for four years. They need something that’s compressed and can take place within months … A lot of creative thinking needs to go into the college of the future.” Among future job trends is a shift to teacherless classrooms at a time when there’s a shortage of 18 million teachers around the world and 23% of children don’t attend school. Frey said teachers don’t want to move to foreign markets.
First class finish for Fleming CICE graduates
Carolyn Mulholland never imagined her son would go to college. “It’s just something that we never, ever thought would happen,” she explained. Her son, Corey, has a developmental disorder. But on Wednesday, she watched the young man graduate from Fleming College with an award for his achievements. The first class of Fleming’s Community Integration through Cooperative Education program (CICE) graduated Wednesday. The two-year program helps young adults with developmental and learning disabilities prepare for the workplace with multiple work placements and academic classes. Yet Angela Pind, former program coordinator for CICE, said she learned just as much from her students as they did from her.
Trades Alberta: Welder with learning disability proved naysayers wrong
The year after, Dufault went to Portage College in Lac La Biche, about 60 kilometres from the Buffalo Lake Métis Settlement where he was raised. At the college, he upgraded his classes and took the prerequisites he needed to enter the trades, seeking help along the way from the Learning Assistance Centre. “If it wasn’t for the Learning Assistance Centre at the college, I wouldn’t have ever got my welding ticket,” Dufault said. The centre provides information and one-on-one assistance in various areas for all students, and offers specialized supports for students with disabilities.