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Thursday, October 11, 2012


Une première en mobilité étudiante pour la Cité collégiale
Express Ottawa
La Cité collégiale se tourne un peu plus vers l’internationale. Une nouvelle entente visant la mobilité des étudiants et favoriser la coopération entre établissement, vient d’être conclu avec une école belge. « J’espérais des retombées, mais c’est au-delà de mes espoirs! Déjà, un geste concret a été posé qui nous permet de répondre à notre objectif d’offrir davantage de mobilité à nos étudiants. Et je constate que l’internationalisation, ce n’est pas seulement la mobilité : c’est aussi une façon d’être et de faire à La Cité collégiale. Cette entente marque une nouvelle étape dans l’internationalisation du Collège », se réjouit Lise Bourgeois, la présidente de La Cité collégiale. (l’article mentionne aussi l’ACCC)

Students get a quiet place
Sault Star
Sault College is offering its students a refuge from the hustle and bustle of higher learning. On Wednesday, the college unveiled its new Serenity Room, a quiet space where students will be able to meet with college counsellors for group sessions focusing on anxiety and mental-health issues. “Our focus is helping them get to a good state of mind to be able to focus on their studies and be successful,” said Matt Trainor, director of students services. The room was converted from former classroom space with a $10,000 grant from Bell’s Let’s Talk Community Fund, which provides funding to organizations, hospitals and other agencies focused on improving access to mental-health care in their communities.

Ouverture d’un centre de formation en santé
Messager Verdun
Dès le 16 octobre prochain, un premier groupe de 30 étudiants inscrits en Soins infirmiers au Cégep André-Laurendeau pourront se familiariser avec les pratiques hospitalières en profitant des cours théoriques et pratiques qu’ils suivront dans des locaux nouvellement aménagés à l’Hôpital de Verdun. Logé au 4e Nord de l’Hôpital, le Centre de formation en santé compte un laboratoire de démonstration et de pratique avec cinq lits complets, des mannequins et du matériel de fonctionnement, une salle de classe pour 30 étudiants, un bureau pour les enseignants et un dépôt pour le matériel supplémentaire.

$3303000 in Funding for Women Entering Trades
Tumbler Ridge News
There has never been a better time than the present for under-represented groups in the trades, especially in Northeastern BC. Over the last month the provincial government along with partners, have announced the release of millions of dollars in funding, grants and bursaries to women, natives and immigrants to help them gain the training and resources to work in a trade. The reason for this push is labour demands. Due to a forecasted one million jobs that will be opening up in the next decade caused by an aging workforce and economic growth, many organizations such as the Industry Training Authority (ITA) are hoping to fill these jobs with trained-skilled workers. According to the recent BC Trade Occupations Outlook, BC can expect to experience a skilled labour shortage of at least 160,000 by 2015. (Article mentions Nicola Valley Institute of Technology and Northern Lights College)

Study reveals provincial gov’t presence declining in Moose Jaw
Moose Jaw Times-Herald
The institutions examined were SIAST, provincial public service employees, SaskWater, SaskTel and Valley View Centre, which is slated for closure in 2016. “Moose Jaw has been left behind compared to Saskatoon,” said Zadnik. The majority of council voted for the EDC to provide an annual update on the files and information similar to the report presented to council Tuesday night. The report stated SIAST is Moose Jaw’s seventh largest employer. From 2006 to 2011, as a whole, SIAST gained 176 full-time positions or an 11.8 staff increase. In that time frame, the Palliser campus lost five full-time equivalent positions, which decreased Palliser’s overall share of full time employees from 19 per cent to 16 per cent. That decrease continues as seen in the 1999 to 2006 period.

Algonquin College supports three-year degree proposal
EMC Ottawa South
David Corson, president of the Algonquin College Students’ Association said three-year degree programs at Ontario’s colleges could help recent grads from getting passed by in federal public service job competitions. “We have advanced diploma programs, but the problem is there is no term for that at the federal level, so applicants get kicked out in the first round because the pool is automated to look for degrees,” he said. Colleges Ontario released a report on Oct. 4 that shows many of the three-year-programs in the province’s 24 colleges already meet the standards for baccalaureate education. “Giving colleges the authority to offer three-year degrees will provide an important new option to students,” Linda Franklin, the president of Colleges Ontario said in a press release. “In most of the world, a student completing the same program would graduate with a degree.”

Big jump in online learning at GPRC
Alberta Daily Herald Tribune
The number of Grande Prairie Regional College students opting to do course work online continues to climb with 450 virtual students enrolled in eCampus in the 2011-12 school year. The number marks a 24% jump from the previous year and the college now offers more than 50 online programs, including office administration, nursing programs, and the colleges new active aging program. Preliminary registration numbers for this year are not yet available. “It’s about increasing learning access,” said Susan Bansgrove, vice president of academics and research at the college. eCampusAlberta is a group of 16 colleges, universities, and polytechnics which was established in 2002 to administer online courses across the province.

Mobile Labs Approved For RRC In Portage la Prairie
Portage Online
Portage la Prairie is clearing the way for two mobile training labs at Red River College. City Council has given 2nd and 3rd reading to a bylaw allowing a pair of 53 foot trailers on campus. It will allow the mobile training labs be in place for up to 4 months at a time. Red River Community College Manager Lori Grenkow says the labs will create new classroom space for skilled trades training. She says previously some skilled trades, such as carpentry had to be taught in the evenings off campus at Portage Collegiate. The labs will now allow for training during the day.;task=view&id=29125&Itemid=33

VIU donors tour experimental learning labs
Nanaimo News Bulletin
Vancouver Island University donors will be given a first-hand demonstration of what their support means to students during the school’s donor appreciation event Thursday (Oct. 11). Students from nursing, dental hygiene, child and youth care, and early childhood education programs, many who are scholarship recipients, will be on hand to give demonstrations in the labs using the different equipment.

Agriculture lab planned for Colony Farm wins cautious nod
The Tri-City News
A grassy field south of Lougheed Highway in Colony Farm Regional Park will soon be home to an agricultural lab for Kwantlen Polytechnic University students studying sustainable agriculture. Two dozen students have enrolled in the Bachelor of Applied Science-Sustainable Agriculture program at Kwantlen and by 2014 they’ll be trading their laptops and notebooks for gloves and shovels to work in the fields at Colony Farm in Coquitlam as part of their studies. The program has cautious approval from the Burke Mountain Naturalists because its small-scale, non-intrusive methods are expected to co-exist well with established wildlife and it’s not a commercial enterprise.

GM Canada donates two cars to Niagara College
Welland Tribune
General Motors Canada continues its connection with Niagara College’s motive power program by providing a 2009 Pontiac Vibe and a 2004 Saturn Ion. The car donations increase the fleet at Niagara College’s Welland campus to about 40, said program co-ordinator Wayne Toth. The cars with their recent computerized technology help sharpen the skills of students in the automotive program, he said. David D’Amico, president of David Chevrolet, Corvette, Buick GMC, said GM provides the cars because it knows the importance of educating good automotive technicians for the industry.

St. Lawrence College welcomes new members to board of governors
EMC St. Lawrence
St. Lawrence College is pleased to welcome three new community members to its Board of Governors for 2012-13. The St. Lawrence College Board of Governors consists of 12 community members, the President & CEO and four members of the college community. The Board of Governors provides a vital link between the college and the community, as well as being responsible for establishing the college mission and overseeing the strategic direction of the College. “We are so pleased to welcome our new esteemed community members to our Board of Governors,” said Paul Fitzpatrick, Chair of the Board of Governors.

COTR offers training for mature job seekers
The Free Press
College of the Rockies’ Fernie campus, along with the Kimberley and Invermere campuses, will be offering training aimed at more mature workers. The Older Workers program will provide training for individuals between the ages of 55 and 64 who are currently unemployed and looking to return to work. The 14-week program includes 10 weeks of instruction in areas like computers, soft-skills, workplace skills and job search strategies.  Following the course will be a four-week job placement.  Participants will receive payment for their time in the program.

School for hardrocks opens in Flin Flon
Winnipeg Free Press
With much fanfare (and following a few delays), the Northern Manitoba Mining Academy opened its doors in downtown Flin Flon on Sept. 28.  “A shortage of skilled, trained people for the mining sector is one of the single biggest challenges (the industry faces),” Premier Greg Selinger said. “(There are) opportunities to train people in the north to do well-paying, high quality jobs for a whole career, so this mining academy will accommodate that.”  Under the umbrella of University College of the North, the academy comes complete with a sophisticated geological laboratory. It features distance technology that allows individuals in faraway communities to view the same rock sample, for instance, as students on-site.