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December 17, 2013

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Un colloque prometteur sur la solidarité internationale
L’Action – le 17 décembre 2013
Un premier colloque sur la solidarité internationale et interculturelle dans Lanaudière se déroulera au Cégep régional de Joliette le 20 février 2014. Ce projet, organisé par le Cégep de Joliette et le Comité régional d’éducation pour le développement international de Lanaudière (CRÉDIL), présentera plusieurs ateliers dans l’objectif de démystifier la coopération et la solidarité internationale.

SaskPower investing $2-million in future workforce
The Moose Jaw Times Herald – December 16, 2013
SaskPower’s partnership with two education institutions in the province is an investment in itself. “By offering this funding, we’re helping to train some of those people so that they can be ready for the work force,” said SaskPower spokesperson Tyler Hopson. “Whether that’s SaskPower or elsewhere. We hope it’s SaskPower, but there’s a real demand for talent in the electricity industry right now.” SaskPower’s partnership with SIAST and the Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies (SIIT) will see one-time grants of $1-million go to both institutions to fund educational training and programming.

5 200 $ aux étudiants collégiaux de Lac-Mégantic
Édition Beauce – le 15 décembre 2013
Huit étudiants du Cégep Beauce-Appalaches touchés par les événements survenus le 6 juillet dernier à Lac-Mégantic ont reçu, depuis le début de la session d’automne, une aide financière totalisant 5 200 $. L’argent provient d’un fonds amassé auprès de la communauté collégiale du Cégep Beauce-Appalaches. Les bénéficiaires de l’aide ont subi des pertes matérielles ou ont été privés d’un emploi d’appoint à la suite de la tragédie de l’été dernier. Sept d’entre eux fréquentent le Centre d’études collégiales de Lac-Mégantic et l’autre étudie au Cégep à Saint-Georges.

First Nations maternal support worker program first of its kind
CBC News – December 16, 2013
Confederation College and Sioux Lookout hospital plan to launch a new program to help hundreds of First Nations women and their new babies every year. Starting next year, they will train more than 30 maternal support workers in northwestern Ontario. Officials say it will be a positive change for the more than 400 women who leave their remote communities to give birth at Sioux Lookout’s Meno Ya Win Health Centre. They wait in a hostel next to the hospital — often for weeks — to go into labour.

Sortie de prison, Jonathan Boisvert fait de la sensibilisation
EstriePlus.com – le 17 décembre 2013
Des étudiants et étudiantes en Techniques policières du Cégep de Sherbrooke ont produit une vidéo de sensibilisation aux dangers de l’alcool au volant qui raconte les faits entourant la mort de Marie-Claude Marcoux en 2010. La vidéo a été produite avec la participation de Jonathan Boisvert, le conducteur ivre condamné à la suite de l’accident mortel. Jonathan Boisvert étudiait lui aussi en Techniques policières. Il a été condamné à quatre années de pénitencier. Il a purgé le tiers de sa peine et il est en libération conditionnelle depuis juin dernier. Il a alors exprimé le désir de participer à une initiative de sensibilisation et de prévention.

Selkirk College teams up with UBC to help those with serious chronic illness
Castlegar News – December 16, 2013
With increasing numbers of Canadians living with serious chronic illnesses, health care experts are looking for ways to make life easier for them and their caregivers. Now, UBC researchers are teaming up with students and faculty from Selkirk College for a six-month study, which will teach students how to ease the burden of living with chronic illness for people who are ill and also for their family members. The research is funded by the BC Nursing Research Initiative of the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research. The project is focused on the Kootenays and will become a clinical practice site for Selkirk’s health care assistant students and its third-year nursing students, explains UBC Assoc. Prof. Barb Pesut, principal investigator of the study.

10 étudiants du Cégep de Sainte-Foy honorés
Journal L’Appel – le 13 décembre 2013
Dix étudiants du Cégep de Sainte-Foy inscrits dans des programmes technique et préuniversitaire ont reçu récemment chacun une bourse de 350$ pour souligner leur persévérance scolaire. Les étudiants méritants sont Meghan Bergeron-Kortho (Techniques de travail social), Louis-Philippe Collin (Sciences de la nature), Manuel Desrochers (Technologie forestière), Amélie Drolet-Bouchard (Techniques de travail social), Anne-Sophie Fauteux (Soins infirmiers), Sarah Nadeau-Labbé (Sciences humaines), Anne-Marie Nadeau (Sciences humaines), David St-Pierre (Conseil en assurances et en services financiers), Jean-François Tardif (Sciences humaines) et Rachel Topping (Sciences humaines).

Province pumps $2.9 million into Algoma University, Sault College to increase efficiencies, aid student experience
Sault Star – December 16, 2013
Sault Ste. Marie’s two post-secondary learning centres tapped into provincial funding Monday geared to help both foster further innovation and help students make the grade. Under the province’s Productivity and Innovation Fund and the College Financial Health and Sustainability Grant, Algoma University and Sault College will receive $2.9 million, the lion’s share of which will go to the college to develop what’s dubbed a “shared enterprise resource planning system” with Niagara College. The project is intended to create operational efficiencies, developing Centres of Excellence through shared services and heightened service levels. The college also received an additional $200,000 to enhance its Aviation Technology Flight program and $300,000 to usher in a process to prioritize programs and academic services to enhance education quality.

Guest column: The three-year degree by John Strasser, President of St. Clair College
The Windsor Star – December 13, 2013
One of the most important steps Ontario can take to address the skills mismatch can be launched immediately. The province must expand the range of career-focused degree programs available at colleges. In particular, Ontario must begin the process of allowing colleges to offer three-year degree programs. Quite frankly, it’s unclear why Ontario doesn’t already have three-year degree programs at colleges. In most OECD countries, graduates of three-year post-secondary programs — in either academic or applied areas — are awarded degrees. Ontario is unique in only allowing graduates of three-year college programs to be awarded diplomas.

Complex pushed for college, fire department
Timmins Press – December 13, 2013
An Integrated Emergency Services Complex on the campus of Northern College would not only save the city thousands of dollars every year, but would benefit Timmins and its residents in many other ways. That’s the sentiment Fred Gibbons, president of Northern College, pitched to city council recently, along with Timmins Fire Chief Mike Pintar and Cochrane District Emergency Medical Services director Steve Trinier. The plan would be to eliminate the aging South Porcupine and Whitney Fire halls and move them into a multi-service complex at Northern College that could also be used for programs at the college.

NB: Refurbishment of Grand Falls community college welding shop
Daily Business Buzz – December 13, 2013
The official opening of the refurbished welding shop at the Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick, Edmundston campus, Grand Falls site, took place on Dec. 9. The province invested $290,000 to install ventilation and soundproofing systems and renovate the workshop and classroom. The renovations began in the spring and were completed in November. “Our welding program meets a pressing need of industry,” said CCNB President and CEO Liane Roy. “With the arrival of several mega-construction projects across the country, there is an increased demand for this specialized trade. The funding we received enables us to offer our students an environment where they can acquire all the skills they need to excel in the labour market.”



SIAST expands advanced paramedic program
Global Toronto – December 13, 2013
The Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology (SIAST) is expanding its paramedic training program to Saskatoon.  Until now, SIAST only offered the two-year diploma in Regina.  Expansion of the Advanced Care Paramedic (ACP) program will increase the number of program seats to 32 in Saskatchewan.  The program provides graduates with the advanced knowledge and skills they require to become an integral part of a pre-hospital emergency health care team.