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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.

Graduate Cat Squires: How They Found Their Fit in Graphic Design

Do you fit in yet? Cat Squires does. Graphic Designer Extraordinaire, Expressive Artist, Gender Fluid Person, Borderline Personality Disorder Manager, Non-Profit Supporter, Loving Daughter, Proud Mother, Devoted Wife. Depending on which direction you approach Cat, you could try to label them a hundred different ways. They are all of these things – but cannot be…

Career training and culture coalesce at MITT

Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology

When the Downtown Winnipeg Biz put out a call for street banners to celebrate the Year of the Monkey (“Fire Monkey”), students in Jan Hamilton’s Graphic and Print Technician program (GPTech) at Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology answered the call, submitting 22 amazing designs. One of those designs – by MITT student Zhiling (Lucia)…

Capilano University Graphic Design students transform experiences from seniors into shareable posters

Capilano University

from TrendHunter: “Capilano University’s IDEA School of Design, a department that’s located in North Vancouver, British Columbia, assigned its students to visit the Silver Harbour Seniors’ Centre in to interview those there.  The goal was to get an understanding of their experiences and to attain useful advice that could be transformed into a graphic design.…

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…

NBCCD Textile alumna Monica Memory makes little things you didn’t know you wanted

NBCCD

Monica Memory. Let that name sink in. How fitting that an artist with such an evocative name is in the business of making little memories. Each earring, each pendant, each pocket mirror is a tiny perfect illustration. Her work is reminiscent of childhood – bright and cute and bringing a smile to the lips every…

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February 2017

International Success Stories

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

JIBC exchange programs give global perspective to students

Justice Institute of British Columbia

Since January 2013, 10 Law Enforcement Studies Diploma students from the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) have spent their last semester on an academic exchange at Waterford Institute of Technology in Waterford, Ireland. The program helps students gain an international perspective of law enforcement and learn about the different opportunities and challenges faced by those…

NorQuest College offers American Sign Language classes for newcomers to Canada

NorQuest College

from the press release: “It’s a first for Alberta and a game changer for deaf newcomers to Canada in the Edmonton region. On Monday, October 17, NorQuest College became the only post-secondary institution in the province to begin an American Sign Language (ASL) Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) class. “The goal is to…

Centennial College signs MoUs with two Japanese universities

Centennial College

from the press release: “A delegation from Toronto’s Centennial College is in Japan with the Ontario Business Mission to forge new relationships with post-secondary education institutions and help promote Ontario, Canada, as a destination for Japanese students who wish to gain transnational skills and rewarding experiences in globalization. Demonstrating Japan’s and Ontario’s common commitment to…

Setting The Bar 

College of the Rockies

Fernando Arteaga was born and raised in Ecuador where he had a budding career as a lawyer.  Intrigued by the common law legal tradition in North America, he felt an urge learn more about it.  Ecuador operates under a civil law tradition – meaning that, unlike Canada’s common law tradition which relies primarily on precedents,…

Lakeland students travel to Kazakhstan with Alberta delegation 

Lakeland College

Lakeland College’s second-year Animal Science Technology students Caity Anderson and Jordan Stefaniuk joined Lakeland instructor Geoff Brown in Kazakhstan in fall 2016. Brown was Lakeland’s representative in an Alberta delegation that was in the former Soviet Republic from Oct. 20-30. The group included people from the Alberta government and cattle breed associations, as well as livestock exporters.…

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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.

Le Collège Shawinigan obtient une fois de plus la certification Cégep vert du Québec

Collège Shawinigan

Le Comité d’action et de concertation en environnement (CACE) du Collège Shawinigan est fier d’annoncer que le Collège a obtenu la certification Cégep vert du Québec, niveau excellence pour l’année 2015-2016. Depuis plusieurs années, le personnel et les étudiants du Collège Shawinigan unissent leurs efforts afin de réduire l’empreinte écologique du Collège à travers divers projets environnementaux…

In the face of rising energy costs, an embedded energy manager helps curb consumption and improve conservation

Fanshawe College

Energy conservation is a top priority for Fanshawe College, as it works to maximize its triple bottom line – the social, environmental and economic impact of the college. To ensure a bright future for its many stakeholders, Fanshawe is partnering with London Hydro through Ontario’s Save on Energy conservation programs powered by the Independent Electricity System…

Okanagan College to open new $40,000 Indigenous garden

Okanagan College

from INFOnews.ca:  Okanagan College will have a new addition to its Kelowna campus this summer – an Indigenous garden. The $40,000 garden will have a prominent location just north of the Centre for Learning Building, according to an Okanagan College media release, one of the busiest buildings for students and staff. The 6,000 square foot…

Factor Four initiative transforms BCIT campus and emissions levels

BCIT

Recognizing that unchecked growth in a global system of limited resources is unsustainable,  the British Columbia Institute of Technology’s Factor Four Initiative aims to reduce BCIT’s energy and materials usage by—you guessed it!—a factor of four. The name and the mission comes from the influential 1995 report Factor Four: Doubling Wealth, Halving Resource Use, which developed the concept…

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…

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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.

Laurentian and Cambrian collaborate to boost research and innovation in Northern Ontario

Cambrian College

Laurentian University and Cambrian College have formalized an agreement that facilitates the creation of collaborative partnerships and enables faculty, students, and staff at both institutions to pursue large-scale research projects – sharing professional expertise, facilities, equipment, and administrative services in order to boost innovation, productivity, and results. The aim is to harness the resources and…

Camosun faculty & students lead unique pilot safety monitoring project

Camosun College

Pilots battling forest fires across the province endure unique stresses and challenges, explains Rich Burman, Interaction Lead for the Camosun Innovates team. “They’ll fly right into a smoke column and they say it’s like turning the lights off in a room, pitch black and all you can see are embers,” he says. “Their heart rates go up…

Virtual Reality 3D Modeling Software Created by Student Researchers at the Algonquin College Office of Applied Research & Innovation

Algonquin College

Masterpiece VR is a Virtual Reality application used to create stunning 3D art, including sculptures, paintings, and even whole scenes. This is all achieved through a combination of PhD level mathematics, cutting-edge technology and professional grade software/UI design. The technology also makes it possible for multiple users to collaborate seamlessly in real time across the globe…

Finalists announced for Yukon Innovation Prize from Cold Climate Innovation Centre at Yukon College

Yukon College

from CBC news: Four projects from low-tech to high-tech, but all related to health and well-being, are the finalists for this year’s Yukon Innovation Prize. The annual award is geared each year to a specific area of innovation. Last year, it was northern food security; this year it was wellness. Sharon Katz, one of this year’s finalists, is working…

Sask Polytech announces new Innovative Manufacturing program

Saskatchewan Polytechnic

As of this month Saskatchewan Polytechnic is offering 12 seats in its new Innovative Manufacturing program. Beginning September 2017 the two-year diploma program will be delivered at the Regina campus. Saskatchewan’s manufacturing sector identified the need for multi-skilled workers. The cross-discipline design of the proposed program provides students with a breadth of knowledge and skills,…

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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.

NVIT partners with CMHA to offer mental health workshop geared towards Indigenous students

Nicola Valley Institute of Technology

from the Merritt Herald: As the weather turns in the month of October, the collective mood of students at the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology also tends to take a turn. Which is why the school has partnered with the Canadian Mental Health Association to bring the Beyond the Blues Education and Screening Day to…

Rural, remote and Indigenous youth participate in Confederation College science outreach program

Confederation College

Recently, more than 30 Grade Eight students from Kingsway Park Public School visited Confederation College to take part in the final phase of the Indigenous Interpretive Trail Map project with Let’s Talk Science Outreach. Thanks to a three-year, $456,900 grant made by the Ontario Trillium Foundation in 2013, the organization has been able to provide…

Kwantlen Polytechnic partners with Tsawwassen First Nation to gain perspectives on Indigenous food systems

Kwantlen Polytechnic

from the Delta Optimist: Everyone has heard of the 100-mile diet. But can you imagine surviving on a 10-mile diet? Now you can. Thanks to a collaboration between the Tsawwassen First Nation and Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU), consumers can enjoy a diet that is much, much closer to home and features a plethora of veggies,…

ELCC Students take the Leap of Leaving Home

Grande Prairie Regional College

Ashley Rowe and Brigitte Cockney left their hometown of Hay River, Northwest Territories with a population of roughly 4,000 people to come to the big city, and make their dreams a reality. “I was really afraid of leaving home,” says Rowe, GPRC Early Learning and Child Care (ELCC) student. “Back home, everyone knows everyone, and…

Cumberland College identifies Indigenous priorities

Cumberland College

from the Nipawin Journal: This May, Jason Henderson was a happy camper. Sporting a black button-up shirt and a shy grin, Henderson talked about himself a little shyly. It had taken him a couple of tries but Henderson finally graduated this spring from Cumberland College with a General Education Development (GED) certificate. It has been…

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July 2017

Programs of Interest

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

Applied Planning – Environmental

Fleming College

With your background in environmental sciences, environmental studies, engineering, or a related science degree in biology, ecology, geography or sustainability, you can add this Ontario College Graduate Certificate in Applied Planning – Environmental. Gain a competitive advantage with this high demand, marketable skill set.   View program

Cooperative FIATT Welding Program

Red Deer College

This new program is an innovative way to offer trades training, by redesigning the traditional apprenticeship model and training apprentices before they enter the workplace. FIATT students will learn the practical skills, knowledge and hands-on experience needed to thrive in a rewarding welding career.   View program

Photography Diploma

NBCCD

The Diploma in Photography emphasizes the exciting range of digital photographic technologies in state-of-the-art facilities. You will learn to use natural and artificial lighting, image manipulation techniques and relevant software and develop your technical and aesthetic photographic skills, providing the foundation for truly creative and individual imagery.   View program.

Indigenous Independent Digital Filmmaking

Capilano University

The Indigenous Independent Digital Filmmaking (IIDF) program, formerly Aboriginal Film & TV Production Training program, at the Bosa Centre has been providing basic production training for Aboriginal students since the spring of 2000.   View program

Airline Pilot Flight Operations

Seneca College

Seneca’s Airline Pilot Flight Operations program is the only graduate certificate program of its kind in Canada. The college has been the national leader in aviation education for more than 40 years and, responding to emerging industry demands, is now educating students for direct entry into the Air Carrier 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.

The Peer Support Centre

Medicine Hat College

Launched in October of 1997, the Peer Support Centre has become a vital part of the Students’ Association at Medicine Hat College. Acting on a drop-in basis, Medicine Hat College students can access support easily and confidentially at the Peer Support Centre. Among the services offered are peer counselling, sexual health information and supplies, food…

The Cube

Lambton College

The Cube is an entrepreneurship hub that offers help and guidance to students and youth in the community during the early stages of business development. It strives to foster and support individuals to become successful entrepreneurs by providing them with sustainable business skills to start up their own business. The Cube connects you with business…

The Equine Barns

Olds College

The Production Barn The production barn is where all the reproductive courses such as hand breeding and artificial insemination class take place. It is complete with 6 box stalls, breeding stocks, a breeding shed with a mount phantom and a tease wall. Upstairs is the loft where the production and breeding management students spend many…

The Land Sciences Centre

Olds College

The Land Sciences building is connected to the Greenhouses and Landscape Pavilion, and features (number) of classrooms, typically in use by Horticulture and Land & Environment Classes, as well as offices for faculty in those programs. The highlight of the Land Sciences Building is the atrium, a glass seating area filled with gorgeous vegetation.  The atrium occasionally hosts special events, as it…

Repair Café

Sheridan College

Reduce, reuse and recycle…plus repair! Recycling is not the solution. Repairing is a better option. If you have a broken household item and don’t know what to do with it, instead of throwing it out, consider to bring it to Sheridan’s next Repair Café. Sheridan is the first higher education institution in Canada hosting a…

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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…

Lethbridge College invites community to campus for hands-on learning and entrepreneurship training programs

Lethbridge College

Lethbridge College’s Centre for Applied Research and Innovation and its partners are inviting the community to campus during the next few weeks for a host of different hands-on learning opportunities and entrepreneurship training programs. Two of the programs are focused on aquaponics, a growing academic discipline which combines aquaculture (farming fish or other aquatic species…

Kelsi McInnes found her calling

Grande Prairie Regional College

Before Kelsi McInnes became a music therapist she first had to discover the profession existed. It all started when the Manning, AB, native was working in part-time respite care as a university student. Her client was a little girl with spinal muscular atrophy. McInnes found it incredibly fulfilling to help improve the well-being of another…

Niagara College and partners support local entrepreneurs through the Meridian Ignite! series

Niagara College

from Niagara This Week: Entrepreneurs from across the region will have their chance to pitch their business ideas to win money and prizes to help get their enterprise off the ground in a series of Niagara’s own pitch competitions. This year, Meridian Credit Union has partnered with Niagara College and the Greater Niagara Chamber of…

Collège Boréal hosts “The Next Big Innovation is Mine”

Collège Boréal

At its Sudbury campus, Collège Boréal recently hosted its third annual entrepreneurship contest La prochaine innovation, c’est la mienne! (The Next Big Innovation is Mine). Each year, Boréal students are invited to pitch a business concept or prototype that may become the next big thing to a panel of local business partners and business development representatives. As…

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November 2017

Outstanding Alumni

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

George Stroumboulopoulos

Humber College

Television and radio personality

Yves Sirois

Cégep de Saint-Laurent

Physicist and researcher

Paul Dahito

Cégep de Rimouski

Honorary Consul of Benin

Lorne Cardinal

Thompson Rivers University

Stage, television, and film actor

John Shorthouse

BCIT

Sports commentator

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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.

Le Cégep de l’Abitibi-Témiscamingue lance une Semaine pour la diversité sexuelle

Cégep de l’Abitibi-Témiscamingue

Pour souligner la Journée internationale contre l’homophobie du 17 mai prochain (soit à trois jours de la fin de la session), le Cégep de l’Abitibi-Témiscamingue, campus de Rouyn-Noranda, a décidé de devancer cet événement d’un mois afin de rejoindre davantage ses étudiants avant la fin des classes. « Nous croyons qu’il est primordial que notre milieu s’affiche comme une…

Camosun Hospitality Students bring fine dining to community shelter Our Place

Camosun College

A dynamic team of sharply dressed hospitality students from Camosun College prepared a delicious dinner of herb encrusted pork loin with autumn squash puree, green beans and roasted potatoes for over 600 diners at Our Place Society last Monday evening. Our Place provides vital services to our region’s most vulnerable citizens, including regular meals—over 745,000…

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…

Durham College carpentry students support Habitat for Humanity volunteers

Durham College

from DurhamRegion.com: The next phase of Habitat for Humanity’s Centre Town project is underway and the organization is hoping to see lots of hands on deck for the newest phase. A group of 911 responders recently spent a hot August day putting in the floor joists for four homes that represent phase 3A of Habitat…

North Island College campaign highlights student impact in the community

North Island College

North Island College’s Office of Global Engagement is spearheading a new social media campaign to highlight students in the community. The stories are loosely based on the successful Humans of New York campaign, which profiled New Yorkers. Students of NIC initially profiles international students at NIC, showcasing their journey, passion and activities in the community.…

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