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January 2017

Art & Design Achievements

Any student achievement in fine art, literature, fashion, graphic design, music, or culinary arts; cool exhibitions, or design festivals organized by a college or institute etc.

NBCCD Alumna Jennifer McInnis-Wharton: The Fire Tamer

NBCCD

Jennifer McInnis-Wharton is a sight to behold as she fearlessly pulls pots out of 1050 degree kiln and drops them into a pile of newsprint and sawdust, igniting the lot with the heat of the glowing ceramic. Equal parts brutal and dazzling, the process of Raku gifts her with marvels of metallic colour. Jennifer is…

NBCCD Alumna Samaqani Cocahq: Sharing the Teachings of her Ancestors

NBCCD

We tend to doubt our abilities to do the things we have never tried before. We intuitively gravitate toward the safe and familiar, the sure and reliable. We put projects on hold until some future moment when we will be better equipped, more knowledgeable, ready. Samaqani Cocahq (Natalie Sappier) has burned her doubts in a fire of…

Dalen Landis is a man of many talents

Grande Prairie Regional College

As a photographer, landscape painter, custom tiler, videographer, music-festival organizer and now, professional beer brewer, Dalen Landis is not kidding when he says “I have my fingers in a few different pots.” This morning his fingers are busy filling kegs with fresh Redwillow Falls Amber Ale. A co-owner of Grain Bin Brewing, Landis has also…

UFV Library literary arts project displays “human books” to bust stereotypes

University of the Fraser Valley

UFV’s unique literary arts project aims to display a Human Library that builds on personal experiences and outward appearances to challenge prejudices on campus. from the UFV blog: “Our mission is to present unique experiences that challenge peoples’ understanding of stereotypes and educate people on diversity,” says Lisa Morry, a UFV library technician and part of…

Anasthasia More: NBCCD Ceramics student make ball-jointed dolls

New Brunswick College of Craft & Design

Anasthasia More has always known what she wanted to do. She wanted to come to NBCCD for many years and now she is finally here, studying in the 2-year Diploma in Ceramics. But she’s not here to do functional pottery. Anasthasia is here to increase her skills and knowledge for making porcelain ball jointed dolls.…

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February 2017

International Success Stories

International outreach or development projects, partnerships abroad, research impacting other countries etc.

The Canadian School of Takudai at Langara College 

Langara College

Langara’s relationship with Takushoku University is one of the longest Japanese-Canadian educational partnerships in the country. The program was established in 1978, when the college – a provincial leader in short-term English language programs – established a relationship with Takushoku, whose staff were seeking to create its first study abroad program for their students. Since…

Algonquin College Language instructors take 200 international students on a celebration field trip 

Algonquin College

AC language instructors helped celebrate Languages Canada’s World Student Day by taking about 200 English for Academic Purposes International students to Ottawa’s first annual World Student Day event at Strathcona Park. EAP International Liaison Officer Sue Hodgins and Language Institute instructor Gabrielle Berube worked with Languages Canada to plan the event over several months, and Hodgins…

Durham College in partnership with CEFOP La Libertad 

Durham College

In September 2016, Durham College funded three students – 1 journalist, 1 videographer and 1 culinary – to go on mission to Trujillo, Peru in the context of the college’s partnership with the Centro Experimental de Formacion Profesional (CEFOP) La Libertad through CICan’s Education for Employment (EFE) – Peru program. Their role was to film,…

Alison Murphy: The Artist and the Administrator

NBCCD

The line between artist and administrator has never been so blurry than in Felt/Mixed Media Artist and Craft NB Executive Director Alison Murphy. Alison the artist was born in her father’s studio. Touching his brushes, his palette, and his creativity, she developed a love for colour and for collecting. After graduating in 2004 with a…

Project Jamaica 2017, Yah Man! 

Cégep John Abbott College

Montreal area nursing students from John Abbott College (JAC) have decided to do something very different for spring break this year! They are heading out on a humanitarian trip to Jamaica far from tourist destinations. They will be spending ten days in communities where distance and significant financial constraints means limited medical attention. The JAC-Jamaica…

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March 2017

Green Spaces

Any sustainable classroom, clean-energy lab, carbon-reducing structure or initiative, or sustainable agriculture on campus or managed in conjunction with your institution etc.

SAIT improves energy efficiency on campus with investment from federal government

SAIT

from the Calgary Herald : Calgary’s SAIT campus plans to upgrade aging facilities and improve energy efficiency thanks to a $20-million boost from the federal government. Officials say funding announced Wednesday through the Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund (SIF) will allow for improvements in three unique projects. SAIT’s Green Building Technologies Lab and Demonstration Centre will expand advanced…

Alecia Sandboe’s Summer Experience at GPRC NBDC

Grande Prairie Regional College

GPRC University Transfer graduate, Alecia Sandboe is heading into the third year of her Bachelor of Science program at the University of Alberta well prepared after spending her summer working in the College’s world-class laboratory. “All summer I got to work for GPRC’s National Bee Diagnostic Centre in Beaverlodge,” says Sandboe who graduated from Sexsmith Secondary School…

Selkirk College Integrated Environmental Planning Program students offer expertise to communities

Selkirk College

from the press release: Integrated Environmental Planning Program students have explored a diverse range of areas for the City of Nelson and are now entering the stage of public input. An open house was held on March 13 at Mary Hall on the Tenth Street Campus to update residents and gather feedback. Draft versions of…

Bringing a buzz to Humber College

Humber College

Humber College has thousands of hard workers – and we’re not just talking about our students. These workers are black and yellow, smaller than a paperclip and can be seen buzzing around campus in warmer months. (Honey bees, in case you didn’t guess). In an effort to rebuild the number of worker honey bees in…

Deuxième rang mondial pour le Cégep Limoilou

Cégep Limoilou

Le 25 septembre 2016, la World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics (WFCP) a décerné le prix Green Colleges – argent au Cégep Limoilou dans le cadre de son congrès mondial tenu au Brésil. Par cette distinction, la WFCP donne le deuxième rang mondial au Cégep Limoilou dans sa catégorie « Environnement » pour sa contribution exceptionnelle au développement durable, pour ses…

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With fundmy150, students will be able to raise modest resources they need to grow their projects and get new ideas off the ground through crowdfunding – like an arts and crafts program that needs a bit of money for supplies, or a student-designed adult coloring book with printing costs. This is a chance to support creative student ideas while giving back to the community. Spread the word on campus, in clubs, at the gym, between classes, through student associations – anywhere and everywhere – about this exciting opportunity!

May 2017

Innovations

Any scientific, technological, business, or social innovation developed on campus, in partnership with your institution, or facilitated by programming/incubators at your institution etc.

Okanagan College, UBC Okanagan collaborate on project to find housing for low-income populations

Okanagan College

from Global News: Housing for people with low-income or no income in Kelowna has proven to be a challenge but with the launch of a new website it may become easier to access. Ricky Lee has been homeless in Kelowna since November it hasn’t been an easy task looking for a place to call home.…

Red River College celebrates opening of ACE Project Space and North Forge Technology Exchange in “Innovation Alley”

Red River College

Red River College’s ACE Project Space and North Forge Technology Exchange celebrated the grand opening of their new Innovation Alley locations, by officially launching several new initiatives aimed at helping startup businesses innovate and grow. In RRC’s ACE Project Space — part of the College’s thriving Exchange District Campus — Business Information Technology and Business Technology Management students work with entrepreneurs-in-residence on new…

Algonquin College student research tackles environmental issues affecting Muskrat Lake Watershed

Algonquin College

from the Daily Observer: On Dec. 6, Algonquin College’s Waterfront Campus in Pembroke held an Applied Research Day to give students in the Environmental Technician (E-Tech) Program the opportunity to showcase their work. The E-Tech Program, which was founded five years ago, is a compressed diploma that can be completed in 18 months whereas other…

New simulator puts paramedic students in the driver’s seat

JIBC

A generous in-kind donation will give students in the Paramedic Academy at the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) the opportunity to safely practice important driving skills at the New Westminster campus. The new driving simulator generously provided by Alberto Montoto of MONCAR Simulators Ltd. incorporates one of the most advanced simulation systems available to…

A ‘crackling’ prototype

Niagara College

Niagara College won’t go breaking any ‘hearts’ this Valentine’s Day. That’s because its Research & Innovation team has discovered a way to automate the process of cracking delicious heartnuts without breaking their heart-shaped shells or kernels! After a 20-year search for a mechanized ‘heartnut sheller,’ local industry partner Grimo Nut Nursery has found new hope…

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June 2017

Indigenous Inclusion

Any initiative taken by a college or institute to encourage post-secondary education in Indigenous communities, program directed toward Indigenous learners, or service offered to facilitate Indigenous culture and values on campus etc.

First Nations students gain FSW/PSW skills through Confederation College – AETS partnership

Confederation College

Anishinabek Employment and Training Services (AETS) in partnership with St. Joseph’s Care Group and Confederation College, are proud to announce the completion of the Food Services Worker (FSW) and Personal Support Worker (PSW) Training Programs. The collaboration engaged 44 Aboriginal Learners with 30 successful graduates representing nine North Superior Region First Nation communities, which lead…

Indigenous Skateboard Workshop

Sheridan College

In the summer of 2016, Sheridan’s Faculty of Animation, Art and Design partnered with Sheridan’s Centre for Indigenous Learning and Support to create a skateboard workshop for First Nations high school youth. The skateboards were created in Sheridan’s Furniture Studio and the workshop was led by faculty member Connie Chisholm. Now in its second year,…

Yukon College artistic collaboration explores climate change in northern communities

Yukon College

A collaborative project from Yukon College art students looks to tackle climate change through multimedia: from Maclean’s: “A collaboration between Yukon College’s school of visual arts in Dawson City, its Yukon Research Centre in Whitehorse and the University of Saskatchewan is adding a human dimension to the science of climate change. “We are trying to…

JIBC officially opens its Aboriginal Gathering Place in New Westminster

Justice Institute of British Columbia

With a traditional Aboriginal ceremony, witnessing and the sharing of food, Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) celebrated the opening of its new Aboriginal Gathering Place at the New Westminster Campus on May 26, 2016. The new facility was funded by the BC Ministry of Advanced Education and is dedicated to teaching, learning and exchange in…

NorQuest College connects Indigenous workers with careers in construction

NorQuest College

from The Edmonton Journal: Christopher Bernard is freshly married and ready to get back into the construction business. Helping him with the many certifications and training programs the industry requires is the Alberta Aboriginal Construction Career Centre at NorQuest College. The program aims to connect aboriginal workers with employers in the construction industry. Bernard said construction work gives him…

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July 2017

Programs of Interest

Any interesting/original program offered by a college or institute that we should celebrate.

Baccalauréat en design d’intérieur

CCNB

Ce programme prépare l’étudiant à devenir professionnel en design d’intérieur, une profession axée sur l’aménagement d’un environnement agréable, productif et confortable, pour le bien-être de la personne. À la fin de sa formation, le diplômé peut exécuter des travaux en design résidentiel, de bureau, commercial et institutionnel.   View program

Natural Resources Environmental Technology

Nova Scotia Community College

This program combines practical and theoretical skills to prepare graduates to work in environmental and related industries. To keep pace with the increasing requirement for environmental technology workers, all courses are presented from an environmental sustainability perspective.   View program

Visual Art

Vancouver Island University

The Visual Art Program offers a broadly-based approach to art-making. Faculty members are practicing artists who are committed to teaching. While providing a sound foundation in visual art practice, VIU encourages experimentation and positive risk-taking in the expansion of individual expression. In addition to providing an exciting creative environment, VIU is also dedicated to providing…

Firefighter, Pre-Service Education and Training

Seneca College

The Firefighter Pre-Service Education and Training program provides you with the most comprehensive and current training to meet NFPA 1001 FF I & II professional qualifications. In addition to theoretical learning, you’ll also benefit from hands-on training in basic firefighting skills on campus and at several fire training facilities.   View program

Artisan Distilling

Niagara College

Canada’s first and only Artisan Distilling program offers extensive hands-on training in an onsite, state-of-the-art Teaching Distillery to prepare graduates for employment in the expanding distillation industry.   View program

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August 2017

Cool Spaces

Any unique student centre, work-integrated learning lab, technology classroom, production studio, or artistic space facilitating an innovative learning experience, mental health awareness, or skills development etc., or any update or addition to an existing space to make it more accessible.

Camosun celebrates the Babcock Canada Interaction Lab opening

Camosun College

Camosun College and Babcock Canada joined forces today for an exciting virtual reality ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open the new Babcock Canada Interaction Lab at the college’s Interurban campus. “Babcock Canada relies on skilled technicians and tradespeople to design, build, and maintain complex technology which plays an important role in Canada and BC’s marine industry…

The Arbour

George Brown College

George Brown is expanding its Waterfront Campus with a carbon-neutral wood building called The Arbour. It will be the first Tall Wood Building used for institutional purposes in Ontario. The planned 12-storey structure will produce the same amount of energy, or more than, it consumes. It will also provide students with research and learning opportunities…

The Centre for Food

Durham College

The Centre for Food (CFF) is Durham Region’s first-ever post-secondary presence focused on the field-to-fork concept, which is based on the harvesting, storage, processing, packaging, sale and consumption of food – in particular the production of local food for local consumers. Durham College has adopted this concept and applied it to a diverse range of…

VIU’s Aboriginal Outdoor Classroom

Vancouver Island University

At Vancouver Island University (VIU), members of the Outdoor Education Committee are aiming to create an Aboriginal outdoor classroom on campus where students will learn to become responsible stewards of their environment by becoming familiar with nature and developing the attitudes, values, and skills necessary to participate in resource stewardship. The Outdoor Classroom revolves around an interdisciplinary approach infused…

Canadore’s Post-Production Centre

Canadore College

Canadore College’s new post-production facility will be the first college in Canada equipped with Dolby Atmos for re-recording mixing and playback. Dolby Atmos is an award-winning technology that breathes life into storytelling by allowing the creative freedom to easily place and move sounds anywhere in the cinema, including overhead, to make audiences feel as if they…

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September 2017

What are your #150reasons?

You shared your #150reasons for choosing to work, study, teach and/or lead at your institutions with us – and here they are! Continue to Tweet @CollegeCan to share your #150reasons!

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October 2017

Entrepreneurship

Any entrepreneur coming out of the college/institute system, program fostering entrepreneurship, incubator success, or business partnership with a college or institute etc.

Le Cégep Garneau lance un nouveau programme en démarrage d’entreprise

Cégep Garneau

de QuebecHebdo.com: Nouveauté pour la rentrée collégiale, le programme « Démarrage et gestion de son entreprise » est désormais crédité. Cette option unique offerte à l’École d’entrepreneuriat de Québec arrive à point pour les gens d’affaires de demain désireux de réaliser leur rêve dès aujourd’hui. Selon Robert Verville, conseiller en formation au Cégep Garneau, ce…

Algonquin College and Startup Canada launch Startup Ottawa Valley

Algonquin College

from the Daily Observer: Startup Canada, Algonquin College and others are working together to spark entrepreneurship within the Ottawa Valley. All parties helped to launch Startup Ottawa Valley, a support organization with a nationwide reach for those wanting to start up a business, develop that million-dollar idea, or those who just need help, resources and…

Emily Carr University grads launch Repair Matters, repair café in Vancouver

Emily Carr University

from the Georgia Straight: For many people, a torn pair of jeans or a broken vacuum cleaner is solved by a quick trip to the mall. But imagine the amount of waste we’d save if we simply attempted to fix the items at our disposal. It’s a modest concept, one that prompted four Emily Carr University…

Full Blood Moon Entertainment: Films that Shifts Perspectives

Grande Prairie Regional College

They call themselves “The Four Horsemen.” They have more to do with film-making than the apocalypse, but the four gentlemen who make up Full Blood Moon Entertainment Inc. are working hard to create a global shift nonetheless. Today, however, they are taking a break at their shared alma mater. Sitting in dark suits in the…

Niagara College continues to grow youth entrepreneurship activities year after year

Niagara College

Brock University and Niagara College will continue to facilitate youth entrepreneurship after successfully managing the Kick-Starting Entrepreneurship program and ncTakeOff hub for the last two years. Both institutions received renewed, joint funding through the On-Campus Entrepreneurship Activities (OCEA) program, an initiative of the Government of Ontario under the Youth Jobs Strategy and managed by Ontario…

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November 2017

Outstanding Alumni

Any alumnus who is successfully contributing to Canada or Canada’s brand.

Judy Foote

Lambton College

Politician and former Minister of Public Services and Procurement

Joni Mitchell

ACAD

Singer-songwriter

Paul Dahito

Cégep de Rimouski

Honorary Consul of Benin

Janice Dean

Algonquin College

Television meteorologist

Stan Douglas

Emily Carr University

Artist

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December 2017

Community Impact

Any example of colleges and institutes contributing to the success, security, or well-being of their community.

Fleming College accounting students host free tax-preparation clinics

Fleming College

from the Peterborough Examiner: The tax clinics began on Tuesday and will continue March 21 and 28 and April 4 from noon to 4 p.m. They will be located in the Galleria (B3200) at Sutherland Campus, 599 Brealey Dr., Peterborough. To be eligible for the free clinics, individuals must have a simple tax situation and…

Amnesty International recognizes student work

NSCC

Nova Scotia Community College Radio Television Journalism students win Amnesty International Canada Youth Media Award For their work to bring national attention to the issue of land titles in North Preston, Nova Scotia, Nova Scotia Community College students Kristen Brown, Nic Meloney, Whitney Middleton and their fellow Radio Television Journalism (RTJ) students at the College’s Waterfront Campus, have been awarded the Amnesty…

Olds College collaborates with Mountain View Food Bank on community beef donation program

Olds College

Olds College and the Mountain View Food Bank have partnered in a collaboration designed to address the growing demand for food in our community. Using our expertise and program facilities, Olds College will be giving back to the community that has supported us for many years. The goal of this initiative is to support the…

Be the one rebuilding lives

JIBC

Lana Fox was working at the Portland Hotel Society in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside when she noticed her peers and colleagues were suffering. Her role involved supporting clients with mental health and addictions issues through housing, safe injection and other programs. But before the opioid overdose epidemic made national news headlines and was declared a public…

Algonquin College graphic design students and grads participate in digital comic book project to raise awareness about the immune system and vaccinations

Algonquin College

from Metro Ottawa: “A prominent Ottawa doctor has teamed up with graphic-design prodigies to convince children to get vaccinated. Immunization Warriors is a digital comic book that aims to get children thinking differently about needles and go over the heads of reluctant parents. Comparing viruses to invading extra-terrestrials, the comic aims to explain the role of white…

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