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Thursday, June 27, 2013


Young Canadians are backing away from skilled trades, StatsCan finds
PostMedia News
Approximately eight in 10 registered apprenticeship certificates — for jobs such as electricians and plumbers — are held by men. Alberta and Saskatchewan have the highest proportions of people holding registered apprenticeship certificates, and Ontario the lowest. However, among the three post-secondary credentials (trades certificates, college diploma and university degree), the trades certificate is the only one held by a lower proportion of younger adults as compared to older adults. In 2011, 10.7 per cent of adults ages 25 to 34 had a trades certificate, compared with 12.8 per cent among adults aged 55 to 64. The problems were particularly acute for mechanics, machinists and welders, and construction workers, according to the Statistics Canada data.

Madame Céline Durand est nommée présidente de la Commission d’évaluation de l’enseignement collégial
CNW Telbec
Madame Céline Durand a été nommée, par le Conseil des ministres, présidente de la Commission d’évaluation de l’enseignement collégial pour un mandat de trois ans. Lors de sa nomination, madame Durand agissait déjà à titre de commissaire depuis le 18 juin 2012. Elle assumera la présidence de la Commission à compter du 2 juillet prochain. Détentrice d’une maîtrise en administration et évaluation en éducation, madame Durand a obtenu aussi une attestation de 2e cycle en administration publique et un baccalauréat ès arts (administration des services publics, gestion des ressources humaines, animation des groupes et des organisations). Avant son arrivée à la Commission en 2012, elle a occupé diverses fonctions au Cégep régional de Lanaudière : directrice du Collège constituant de Terrebonne (2002-2012) et directrice adjointe (2001-2002) en plus d’assurer l’intérim à la direction générale du Collège au cours de l’année 2006-2007. Elle a également travaillé pendant une dizaine d’années au Cégep de Saint-Laurent d’abord à titre d’adjointe administrative au registrariat (1990-1998) et par la suite, elle a assumé les fonctions de coordonnatrice au Service de la formation continue (1998 à 2001).

Younger Canadians feast on opportunities in food industry
Ottawa Citizen
College students would rather wield a frying pan than a welding torch, as evidenced by Statistics Canada’s latest National Household Survey results. The 2011 survey looked at the prevalence of trades certificates and college diplomas in various fields earned by 25- to 34-year-olds as compared to 55- to 64-year-olds. It found that mechanics were on the decline, while a career in culinary services is becoming more popular. Wes Wilkinson went to culinary school before it was ‘on trend.’ Now, as the co-ordinator for the Culinary Management program at Algonquin College, he has seen the shift in attitude toward his field since he joined the industry 38 years ago.

NIC Secures NSERC Research Chair in Sustainable Aquaculture
North Island College
North Island College recently learned that it has been successful in securing a $1,000,000 grant from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) to fund an Industrial Research Chair for Colleges in Sustainable Aquaculture. The grant, which will help North Island College develop new, as well as significantly enhance existing applied research efforts in finfish aquaculture, has been awarded under NSERC’s College and Community Innovation Program. This funding is intended to support applied research leaders and the development of business-focused applied research programs at colleges throughout Canada.

Holland College invests in new simulator
The Journal Pioneer
“I’m giving her all she’s got, Captain!” U.S.S. Enterprise Chief Engineer Montgomery Scott would be mighty proud of Holland College these days. The college has some fancy new equipment at its Marine Training Centre that might even give the venerable Scottie pause. “We’re basically going to have a real ship,” said Steve MacFarlane, master mariner at Holland College’s Marine Training Centre in Summerside.