This week, I visited Nova Scotia Community College’s Waterfront andInstitute of Technology campuses. Spectacular!
There were so many things of interest, but due to space/time restrictions I will only share a few:
- a 53 foot multi-purpose mobile training lab for trades and professional health occupations
- the best recording studio East of Montreal: I may date myself a bit, but it’s the same as Peter Gabriel’s state-of-the art system with 48 channels to teach recording, add software, separate tracks, isolate sounds, and more 😉
- the Music program teaches students how to be entrepreneurs, and has really cool mobile Whisper rooms for students to practice in
- great applied research in food science where faculty and students help develop new food products, such as infusing a blueberry flavour into maple syrup #Mmmm
- the only outdoor biowall east of Vancouver, which was built entirely by students. No companies were interested in bidding on the project, for fear it would not work
- an Ocean Technology post graduate diploma program will be offered in September. Only one of the 15 spots is still available and the 14 students registered all hold a bachelor’s degree from a university.
Thank you to NSCC President Don Bureaux and his team for a wonderful visit!
I also spoke at the Conference Board’s Canada’s Education System as a Global Magnet for Talent event, and spoke to the Canadian Immigrant Integration Program and the international student recruitment campaigns.
Federal Applied Research Investments
The federal government announced nearly $40 million in college applied research projects with industry, on April 17. ACCC CEO, Denise Amyot, was pleased to be asked to join the Honourable Ed Holder, Minister of State (Science and technology) to make the announcement at Nova Scotia Community College.
“Ongoing federal investments in applied research at colleges and institutes in Canada are improving productivity and increasing innovation of industry and communities,” said Amyot. “These valuable applied research partnerships provide students with advanced skills for employment, while helping employers and community organizations overcome barriers to success.”
The funding was awarded through the College and Community Innovation (CCI) Program and the College-Industry Innovation Fund (CIIF). ACCC congratulates members for their ongoing contributions to Canadian innovation and we look forward to working with you to champion your successes.
ACCC signs MOU with Peru
I am very proud to announce that the ACCC and the government of Peru have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to share Canadian expertise in technical post-secondary education. This agreement with Peru’s Department of Education and Department of Labour and Promotion of Employment, will allow us to build on earlier progress towards implementation of ACCC’s Education for Employment (EFE) program.
This MOU will pave the way for further partnership opportunities in Peru and the Andean region as we are also working with Bolivia and Columbia to expand the already successful EFE program. We should therefore soon be able to launch the request for proposals for eight (8) institutional partnerships and two (2) ministerial support contracts for the current EFE program in Peru. These projects will stimulate professional development in Canadian colleges and help them gain new international experiences that will contribute to the programs they offer their own students. Most importantly, it will allow Peruvian students to benefit from the proven experience of Canadian colleges and institutes in employment oriented technical training.
Logo Contest is Closed!
The Logo Contest for college students in support of our new Association name, Colleges and Institutes Canada is now closed. Over the next few days, we will review the numerous submissions to select the winning design and then award $5,000 to the student who designed it! There has been positive reaction to the contest from students and member institutions and ACCC is grateful for their participation and support.
ACCC Annual Conference | May 25 – 27, 2014 | Ottawa, Ontario
From May 25-27, 2014, ACCC in partnership with La Cité and Algonquin College is hosting the Annual Conference in Ottawa.
Why not join the CEOs, senior administrators, board members, managers, faculty, staff, students, international guests and business executives expected to attend from Canada and around the world?
Collaboration | Innovation | Transformationwill focus on leading-edge approaches in teaching and learning, quality, governance, institutional leadership, and collaborative partnerships. The program will feature a mix of networking opportunities, plenary sessions, workshops, lightning talks, and innovative eLearning applications and adaptive technologies showcases.
Don’t miss your opportunity to join Perrin Beatty, President and Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Chamber of Commerce and members of the business and industry community at the new Business and Industry Power Breakfast on Tuesday, May 27 from 7:00 am to 8:30 am.
Visit the Conference website for information on the program, keynote speakers, social activities or to register.
Congratulations to Ann Buller who has agreed to a third five-year term as president of Centennial College. Ann also chairs the ACCC’s board of directors and we are tremendously happy to learn that Centennial College, as well as our association, will continue to benefit from her vast knowledge and commitment to colleges and institutes in Canada.
Congratulations to John Halpin on his appointment as the new Director General of John Abbott College, effective May 5, 2014. John was most recently Dean of Faculty and Academic Affairs at Champlain College – St. Lawrence, and has 20 years of engineering and management experience in gas turbine design and product development. He will succeed Ms. Ginette Sheehy, who is retiring.
Congratulations to College of the Rockies (COTR) on reaching the top of this year’s International student barometer conducted by the International Graduate Insight Group (i-graduate). COTR had already been named best in the country for international students in last years’ survey, but they now lead the international list as well. Feedback for the survey was provided by almost 150,000 international students from 176 postsecondary institutions across the world and COTR ranked first overall.
This comes as a wonderful validation of the efforts provided by COTR to develop international ties and to recruit a growing number of international students. This year alone, it welcomes approximately 200 international students from 33 different countries.
Info for Students! Federal Government Dropping Cheques for Direct Deposit
The Government of Canada is phasing out cheques and moving to electronic payments by direct deposit. The Receiver General for Canada is responsible for the Direct Deposit Initiative and has reached out to ACCC, seeking our assistance in informing Canadians about this important initiative. Students should know they can sign up for direct deposit for all their federal payments, including their student loans, tax refunds and GST/HST credits.
Visit the federal government directdeposit.gc.ca website for more information on this initiative, or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for promotional material, including posters, display cards, tent cards and bookmarks.
Did You Know?
NSCC’s Design and Innovation Centre, located at the Waterfront Campus, specializes in training and applied research in the areas of advanced manufacturing, mechanical engineering, rapid prototyping and design. The Centre uses several technologies including 3D laser scanning and modeling, and three types of 3D printers – an ABS plastics based printer, a ceramic powder based printer and a direct metal laser melting (DMLM) machine. The DMLM is able to produce fully functional 3D parts from metal powders like cobalt chrome, stainless steel and titanium. The Renishaw AM250 was commissioned in January 2014 and is the first machine of its kind in a Canadian institution, college or university.
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Kudos to Nova Scotia Community College for recognizing the stress levels that students experience during exam time this week. Therapy dogs have been mentioned in previous Inside ACCC stories, and what an effect they have! After all, who can resist those furry faces!