What's New at BC Colleges: December 12, 2012

Message from Jim Reed - President, BC Colleges
December 12, 2012

BC Colleges is ringing in the "new" a little early this year.  Outlined below are some of the many new opportunities, programs, partnerships and accolades announced by our 11 member colleges during the past month.

New Opportunities: Langara College recently signed an agreement with India’s Global Education and Charitable Trust (GECT) in rural Punjab to promote the nursing profession. This agreement will provide many new overseas opportunities for BC nursing students.

New Programs: Whether it's the new Digital Technology Adoption Pilot Program (DTAPP) at College of New Caledonia, the Community Access Program at College of the Rockies or the launch of Vancouver Island’s only Level 1 apprenticeship training in landscape horticulture at North Island College, our colleges are working hard to deliver programming that meet the needs of our local communities.

New Partnerships: This month's partnership highlights include Northern Lights College and HD Mining signing a memorandum of understanding to work collaboratively on the development of an underground mining training and education program, Douglas College and the Justice Institute partnering to increase collaboration between health care workers and paramedics and Langara College signing a Memorandum of Understanding with the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology (NVIT) to open doors between the two institutions. Many additional partnerships were completed earlier in 2012 and many are underway for 2013.

New Accolades:  Okanagan College's Centre for Learning was designated Gold by the Green Building Council, Literacy Victoria awarded the 2012Peter Gzowski Award to Mr. John Boraas, Camosun's VP Education, recognizing his commitment to adult literacy and Vancouver Community College's skin and body therapy program received a Rising Star Award from Eminence Organic Skin Care a leading, worldwide provider of natural skin care.For a full list of this month's projects, collaborations and announcements from our 11 member colleges please check out  "In the News" at the BC Collegeswebsite. As always, I welcome your feedback, you can reach me by e-mail.

We wish you a wonderful holiday season and all the best for a healthy and happy 2013.

Jim Reed President, BC Colleges

CNC digital tech innovation program will help businesses be more productive
College of New Caledonia Media Release, December 7, 2012

CNC has a new digital technology innovation program to help small and medium sized businesses in northern B.C. increase productivity and efficiency.  The Digital Technology Adoption Pilot Program (DTAPP), was unveiled Friday during the college’s board meeting. “Basically we are trying to impact as many businesses and industry sectors in northern B.C. as possible and help them find efficiencies and solutions through the use of digital technology and skills,” said Hardy Griesbauer, CNC’s Director of Applied Research and Innovation. “We are looking for small and medium sized companies who would like to consult with us and engage in research.” Read more. 

Centre for Learning designated Gold by Green Building Council
Okanagan College Media Release, December 05, 2012

The first building in Kelowna built to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold standards has now been certified by the Canada Green Building Council. Okanagan College’s Centre for Learning, a five-storey, 6,852-square-metre $28-million project, broke ground in 2006. The building was the first of its kind in the city to be designed and built to LEED Gold standards. It opened its doors to students in the fall of 2009 but was only recently certified by the Canada Green Building Council. Read more.

Camosun VP receives Peter Gzowski award for championing adult literacy
Camosun College Media Release, December 4, 2012

Literacy Victoria awarded the 2012 Peter Gzowski Award to Mr. John Boraas, Camosun's VP Education, recognizing his life-long personal and professional commitment to adult literacy. On presenting the award, LV board chair Shawn Robins commended Boraas' enduring dedication to helping adult learners improve their lives through education and literacy. "For 20 years John has gone out of his way to collaborate with Literacy Victoria to support our adult learners in their pursuit of literacy and essential skills," says Robins. "He has shown that, in the spirit of this award, he truly understands the transformative powers that come with improved literacy, and he works tirelessly to provide the support and knowledge needed to help our clients reach their literacy goals. Read more.

Community Access Program Returning to College of the Rockies Kimberley Campus
College of the Rockies Media Release, November 28, 2012

Kimberley residents looking to learn the basics of computer usage or who don’t have access to a computer of their own can once again turn to the College of the Rockies Kimberley Campus. The Community Access Program (CAP), funded by the Government of Canada, is designed to bring free computer and internet use to communities.  This is the seventh year that the program will be running at the Kimberley Campus. Read more.
NLC, HD Mining sign MOU
Northern Lights Media Release, November 24, 2012

Northern Lights College and HD Mining have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to work collaboratively on the development of an underground mining training and education program.Under the scope of activities outlined in the MOU, NLC and HD Mining will work together to acquire and/or develop relevant curriculum, acquire or develop relevant simulation modules and identify partners for program infrastructure. As part of the agreement, NLC and HD Mining will work to deliver the training in Tumbler Ridge, as well as to include key community partners in the organization and delivery of the training. These community partners include the District of Tumbler Ridge and First Nations communities. Read more.

Douglas College and Justice Institute partner to increase collaboration between health care workers and paramedics
Douglas College Media Release, November 22, 2012

Paramedic students from the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) and health sciences students from Douglas College are joining forces today to learn more about each other's roles and how to collaborate in health emergency and mental health crisis simulations. Today, for the first time in B.C., 20 primary care paramedic students and 30 students in nursing, psychiatric nursing and health care support work will interact in simulations designed to enhance communication and collaboration between different health workers with the goal of providing safer, integrated and evidence-based care for patients. Read more.

New equipment for skills training in the Northwest
Northwest Community College and Ministry of Advanced Education, Innovation and Technology Media Release, November 20, 2012

Students at Northwest Community College training to work as heavy duty equipment technicians, welders, electricians, carpenters, millwrights and in other skilled jobs will be learning on the very latest equipment, thanks to $3 million from the government of British Columbia.  The funding is part of $17 million announced in September for public post-secondary institutions around the province to upgrade skills training equipment, a key component in the BC Skills and Training Plan. Read more.

Langara and NVIT Build Foundation for Partnership
Langara College Media Release, November 19, 2012

Langara College is pleased to announce the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology (NVIT).  NVIT was founded in 1983 through initiatives by the Coldwater, Nooaitch, Shackan, Upper Nicola, and Lower Nicola bands to build program offerings that address Aboriginal community needs. Since then the institute, which is based in Merritt with a satellite campus in Burnaby, has grown to become BC’s primary Aboriginal public post-secondary.  Read more.

Are you a commercial cook with 1,000 hours of industry experience but no credentials?
Selkirk College Media Release, November 2012

Training makes all the difference in terms of employability, job security and earnings power. Nowhere is this more true than in the burgeoning area of commercial cooking. Currently, in B.C., thousands of trained cook positions are open at resorts, hotels, restaurants, nursing care homes, hospitals, and camps serving the logging, mining, and oil and gas industries. In response to high demand, Selkirk College has introduced an opportunity to enter directly into a condensed 14-week Professional Cook 2 Program designed for people who have worked for a minimum of 1,000 hours in a commercial kitchen but who have no formal training. Read more.

Spa program gets kudos from global esthetics company
Vancouver Community College Media Release, November 14, 2012

VCC’s skin and body therapy program has received a Rising Star Award from a leading, worldwide provider of natural skin care products: Eminence Organic Skin Care. “It’s nice to be recognized for our contribution to esthetics education,” said Lucy Griffith, VCC instructor, “specifically in providing spas with graduates who are industry-ready.” VCC students train with Eminence products at the Downtown campus salon and spa, along with Dermalogica, a popular line that combines science and natural ingredients. Read more.
North Island College Digs In with Two new Landscape Horticulture Programs
North Island College Media Release, November 13, 2012

Turn your love of gardening into a career with NIC’s new Landscape Horticulture programs starting this February. Whether you want to work toward your Interprovincial (Red Seal) in Vancouver Island’s only Level 1 apprenticeship training in landscape horticulture, or grow your hobby, you can train while you work this winter and graduate in May, just in time for peak gardening season. Read more.


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