Nearly a year after the first hammer was swung, construction on Douglas College’s Aboriginal Gathering Place is complete and the space is set to open next week. Located beside Student Services on the 4th floor south, the Gathering Place will function as a multi-purpose facility. The larger main room will be used as a classroom, study space, student lounge and venue for traditional ceremonies. An adjoining smaller room will be used for meetings, potlucks and as a staging area for dancers.
Students give CNC an A in satisfaction survey
College of New Caledonia Media Release, April 6, 2011
CNC exceeded the provincial average in 16 out of 19 key indicators when it comes to student satisfaction with skill development and program experience, according to survey results from the B.C. government. CNC students also ranked the College above the provincial average when it comes to overall satisfaction with studies and their main reason for enrolment being met, stated the annual B.C. Diploma, Associate Degree and Certificate Outcomes (DASCO) Survey. “We are delighted to see CNC students have given us an A once again this year,” said Randall Heidt, CNC director of communications and development. Read more.
Michael Ignatieff visits the campus
Langara College Media Release, April 4, 2011
Michael Ignatieff, Leader of the Liberal Opposition, visited Langara on Tuesday, March 29 for a special Roundtable discussion on immigration and education. He was joined by Liberal Vancouver South candidate Ujjal Dosanjh and members of local community groups including Vancouver city councillor Raymond Louie and MOSAIC representative Ninu Kang. On the matter of immigration, Ignatieff spoke specifically about the family reunification program, calling it "an issue of equality for all Canadians." Regarding education, Ignatieff spoke about plans to increase funding to help high school students attend post-secondary institutions with a $1-billion annual budget. Read more.
Advanced Education Minister visits CNC
College of New Caledonia Media Release, March 30, 2011
Advanced Education Minister Naomi Yamamoto met with CNC president John Bowman, members of the Students Union, College Board of Governors and others during a visit to the Prince George campus Tuesday morning, where she was given an overview of the College’s future plans and priorities. “The students are really lucky to have this investment in their education,” Yamamoto said after touring the construction site of the $19.7-million Technical Education Centre. “I love the college system because it's responsive and relevant to the community. CNC has seen what the community needs and fulfilled its needs for education and job training." Read more.
Raising the Roof
College of the Rockies Media Release, March 30, 2011
The Aboriginal Gathering Place, located at the College of the Rockies’ Cranbrook Main Campus, is starting to take shape above ground. Currently, students in the Timber Framing program are in the process of raising the roof. Students in the Carpentry, Welding, Plumbing and Electrical programs already have, or will have, the opportunity to work on the building, supervised by their instructors. Dean of Instruction Ron McRae noted, "The Gathering Place is providing our students with a great learning opportunity to work on a permanent structure. I think this will give them a lasting sense of accomplishment."Read more.
Board tailors tuition approach for coming year
Okanagan College Media Release, March 29, 2011
About 70 per cent of Okanagan College’s students will see their tuition remain steady for the coming year, as a result of a Board of Governors’ decision Tuesday. The Board decided to replicate a decision it made last year and freeze those tuition fees at Okanagan College that are more than 10 per cent above average for similar programs at other institutions. The result is that for many students, the fees at Okanagan College will remain the same next year. “This is a student-centric decision that means that most of our students won’t be seeing tuition increases for the coming year,” says Board Chair Lance Kayfish. “Where we are notably higher than other comparable institutions, we won’t be compounding that difference.” Read more.
Pilot mining program at NWCC goes national
Northwest Community College Media Release, March 29, 2011
A work readiness mining program for Aboriginals will soon be offered across Canada as a result of a successful pilot project recently completed at Northwest Community College (NWCC) in cooperation with the College’s School of Exploration & Mining (SEM). The program was offered in partnership with the Mining Industry Human Resources Council (MiHR), the Assembly of First Nations (AFN), and Skeena Native Development Society (SNDS). Mining Essentials: A Work Readiness Training Program for Aboriginal Peoples teaches students basic skills needed to enter the mining industry. The program is unique in that skills are taught using workplace examples and traditional knowledge methods. It also combines industry recognized standards with hands-on learning experiences. Read more.
VCC believes in second chances
Vancouver Community College Media Release, March 28, 2011
Most people struggling with addiction issues on the streets of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside don't think much about going to college. But there is proof that second chances can lead to extraordinary accomplishments."Alan" spent three years living in the Downtown Eastside doing drugs and stealing to support his addiction. Today, he’s a straight A student at Vancouver Community College and ready to pursue his lifelong passion for computer programming. His success is thanks to a program that offered chronic offenders a chance to go back to school and turn their lives around. VCC offered six placements as part of the Downtown Community Court Education Program. Read more in The Province.
Video link helps Haida Gwaii students get needed training
Northwest Community College Media Release, March 28, 2011
Residents of Haida Gwaii know all too well that the elements can and will foil best laid plans. And Northwest Community College (NWCC) students here are no exception. But thanks to the technology of videoconferencing, Early Childhood Education (ECE) students from Haida Gwaii were able to take a needed 3-credit course despite inclement weather cancelling ferry service on the eve of the course offering in Terrace. The course – ECE 142 Environments – is required for the basic ECE certificate and was delivered in a two-weekend intensive format March 4-5 and March 11-12 with 14 students in Terrace and three students at the Village of Queen Charlotte Campus on Haida Gwaii. Read more.
Camosun welcomes new Dean in School of Trades and Technology
Camosun College Media Release, March 28, 2011
Along with his most recent career change, Eric Sehn will be adjusting to a different lifestyle, as he trades Fort St. John, where overnight temperatures can drop well below -30, for Victoria, just in time for the annual flower count. On February 28, Eric Sehn joined Camosun as the new dean of trades and technology. Although new to Camosun, Sehn is no stranger to the responsibilities that accompany the role of dean. After 13 years at Northern Lights College, Sehn brings a wealth of experience to Camosun, including campus principal and dean of academic and career technical programs. He holds a Masters of Education with a specialization in adult, community and higher learning (distance delivery) from the University of Calgary. Read more.
NWCC welcomes a new Dean of Instruction & Health Services
Northwest Community College Media Release, March 25, 2011
Northwest Community College (NWCC) has hired Gerald Gauthier to the position of Dean of Instruction and Health Services, effective April 4. Gauthier brings to the position an educational background in psychology and more than 20 years of senior post-secondary educational administration from a number of institutions, as well as a wealth of knowledge from the private sector. His multi-dimensional skills and strengths fit well with the vision and mission of Northwest Community College. Gauthier is passionate about making a positive difference in our community. His colleagues shared that he has the ability to unify and bring people together toward a common goal; the ability to motivate and prepare people for new challenges in a safe and supporting environment; and the ability to create opportunities where people may grow, develop and demonstrate their own leadership skills. Read more.
College Board decides not to increase tuition next year
College of New Caledonia Media Release, March 25, 2011
The CNC Board of Governors voted not to increase tuition by two per cent for next year, during its regularly scheduled meeting in Quesnel on Friday.The increase would have represented about $119,000 to the College’s budget for 2011/12. Read more.
New Advanced Education Minister visits NWCC
Northwest Community College Media Release, March 24, 2011
The Hon. Naomi Yamamoto, B.C.’s newly appointed Minister of Advance Education, toured Northwest Community College’s (NWCC) Terrace Campus March 24. Yamamoto, the MLA for North Vancouver-Lonsdale since her election in 2009, met with the College’s President Denise Henning and its Board of Governors Chair Rhoda Witherly, plus other NWCC governors and administrators before a 90-minute campus tour. Read more.
School District 59 students experience Dual Credit options
Northern Lights College, March 18, 2011
More than 240 Grade 9 students from across School District 59 converged on Northern Lights College on March 16 for the annual Dual Credit Day event. Dual Credit Day provides students with the opportunity to experience their choice of three program areas available to secondary school students for Dual Credit study. The event was held at NLC’s Dawson Creek and South Peace campuses. Participants selected from numerous program areas, including: Aircraft Maintenance Engineering, Applied Business Technology, Automotive Service Technician, Carpentry, Cook Training, Cosmetology, Early Childhood Education and Care, Esthetics, Health Care, Heavy Duty Mechanic, Plumbing, University Arts and Sciences, Visual Arts, Welding, and Wind Turbine Maintenance Technician. Read more.
Dr. Moira Stilwell opens Langara’s Math & Science Open House
Langara College Media Release, March 17, 2011
Langara was pleased to have Dr. Moira Stilwell, MLA Vancouver-Langara, open the Math & Science Open House yesterday. The event is held annually at the College to promote science and math courses at the post-secondary level, and to educate students about careers in those specific industries. In particular, this year is special as the government of BC named 2010/2011 the Year of Science. “We are proud to provide funds for the Math & Science Open House at Langara as part of the Year of Science," said Dr. Stilwell, also Parliamentary Secretary for Industry, Research and Innovation, to the Minister of Jobs, Tourism, and Innovation. "Science is about creative spirit and inspiration – about developing new knowledge – and the ability to turn knowledge into new and improved goods and services demanded by the global marketplace. We know that young workers who understand Math and Science have the brightest futures." Read more.
Selkirk initiates composting program
Selkirk College Media Release, March 14, 2011
Selkirk College has started a composting program at its Castlegar campus with the installation of a new Earth Tub. According to the 2009 State of the Environment Report, produced by School of Renewable Resources Chair Derek Marcoux, up to 2.9 tonnes of waste (generated yearly) at the college is compost which could potentially be diverted from landfills. The Earth Tub, that is as big as a hot tub, will play a main role in the reduction of waste and is part of a pilot compost recycling program for the campus—one that the college hopes to replicate at its Nelson campuses. Read more.
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