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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.

College of the North Atlantic student, alumna, and faculty member nominated for East Coast Music Association awards

College of the North Atlantic

from the press release: “Three people, three backgrounds, three awards. A College of the North Atlantic (CNA) student, alumna and faculty member will be contending for awards at the East Coast Music Association (ECMA) annual awards presentation, taking place in Saint John, New Brunswick this April. Leading by example, Sound Recording & Production instructor, Michelle…

Lakeland College Interior Design student a double winner in design competitions

Lakeland College

Sydney Melnyk still can’t believe she’s a double winner in student design competitions. “It’s pretty crazy; I can hardly believe it,” says the Lakeland College alumna of winning first place in two National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) design competitions: the 2015-16 Charette Design Competition and the 2015-16 Schoolhouse Charm Student Design Competition. Competing against…

Okanagan College once again hosts Short Story Contest to encourage young writers

Okanagan College

A challenge has been issued to local writers: go big on creativity while short on time. Okanagan College’s English department is once again inviting up-and-coming writers to step out of their comfort zones and into the frenzied creative world of the popular 3-Hour Short Story Contest, returning Saturday, Nov. 5 at all four campuses. The…

Hope and Fear Exhibition

Portage College

Portage College Native Arts and Culture students and instructors were invited by the University of Alberta to produce a piece for ‘Hope and Fear Our Collective Response’. An exhibition by the University of Alberta and Portage College Art and Design Departments. This artwork which incorporates caribou hair sculpting, porcupine quill plaiting, traditional leatherwork, beading, printmaking,…

Digital Tools for Textiles: How They Are Being Used by a New Generation of NBCCD Designers

NBCCD

Which kind of maker are you? Do you surround yourself with physical materials – bits of string, balls of clay, stones and metal? Or do you set yourself down in front of a computer – ready to skillfully use your powerful virtual tools? Or maybe, you lie somewhere in between… Craft is turning toward the…

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February 2017

International Success Stories

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

Une étudiante lance une initiative pour aider les jeunes femmes au Malawi

Collège Vanier

du communiqué de presse :  « Alexandra Mota”, une étudiante du Collège Vanier, vient de lancer une initiative afin de promouvoir la présence à l’école et la réussite scolaire parmi les adolescentes au Malawi. Grâce à un projet en collaboration avec Lunapads, une entreprise en ColombieBritannique, Alexandra voyagera au Malawi en mars prochain afin d’approvisionner plusieurs centaines…

Sask Polytech alum sets Guinness World Record

Saskatchewan Polytechnic

Lorne Figley says the key is to find something you love to do and make it your career. Even though he’s 92-years-old, Lorne Figley is proud to be doing what he loves. In fact, Lorne has been the owner and operator of his own heating and plumbing business in Saskatoon for more than 65 years…

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…

Centennial College Partnerships in Peru Impact Vulnerable Youth

Centennial College

Centennial College has worked in partnership with the Education for Employment (EFE) Project in Peru since February 2015.  Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) developed institutional partnerships between Peruvian technical institutes and Canadian colleges, institutes and polytechnics as part of the program. Centennial’s role in the project has included design and implementation of curriculum, strengthening of…

Psychiatric Nursing Students do Clinical Rotation in Uganda 

Saskatchewan Polytechnic

On April 27, 2016, four students and one faculty member from Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s psychiatric nursing programs embarked on a journey to learn and network with mental health professionals in a new cultural context. For a month, students Trudy Derkach, Sarah Schneider, Kelly Kotzer, and Johann Engelke were accompanied by faculty member and organizer, Marilyn Schigol…

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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.

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…

Niagara College launches unique beekeeping program to help farmers pollinate crops

Niagara College

from Niagara College’s Community News Source: Niagara College’s Commercial Beekeeping program is the first of its kind in Eastern Canada. Following the annual lifecycle of the honey bee from its winter sleep patterns to the extraction of honey and back again. Al Unwin, associate dean of the School of Environmental and Horticulture Studies, says roughly…

Garden projects reap harvest of Niagara College expertise

Niagara College

A garden project is flourishing at White Oaks, thanks to Niagara College’s Research & Innovation division. On August 12, Niagara College’s Research & Innovation division unveiled its progress on a sustainable garden project assisting one of the closest neighbours to its Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus – White Oaks. The event involved students and faculty from Niagara College,…

CICan Intern honoured by her experience at GPRC

Grande Prairie Regional College

Kristine Elipse just finished the summer of her life, and can’t wait to head back home to Toronto, Ontario to share her experience with family and friends. The University of Toronto and Centennial College Environmental Science and Technology graduate spent the last six months working as a Research Intern for GPRC Research & Innovation’s Pollutants…

Factor Four: a living lab of sustainability on BCIT campus

BCIT

When BCIT first opened its doors in 1964, its mandate was to educate students and produce career-ready graduates that would fuel British Columbia’s economy. Fifty years later and over 160,000 alumni strong, BCIT’s mandate lives on. BCIT’s approach to education is like no other post-secondary institute. BCIT is recognized as one of the leading educational…

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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 launches innovative apprenticeship program to reduce time away from home & work for electricians

Okanagan College

from the Penticton Herald: An innovative apprenticeship program piloting at Okanagan College aims to help Electricians reduce time away from work and home while training. The Electrician Apprenticeship Level I Blended Program is a new 17-week program that will deliver training through a combination of on-campus and online learning. The online component will cut in-class…

Vancouver Island University grad develops Cree-language app to help preserve Indigenous languages

Vancouver Island University

from Global News: The Athabasca Tribal Council wants to make sure indigenous languages are not lost. So it took matters into its own hands — to put language back into the hands of youth. A free app, called ATC Cree, provides hundreds of words with their Cree translation. “It has categories of words,” developer Byron Bates explained.…

NBCCD Support the Creation of Mawi’art: Wabanaki Artist Collective

NBCCD

from Charles Gaffney, Department Head, NBCCD: In 2013, I had a vision regarding our graduating students of the Aboriginal Visual Arts (AVA) Program at the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design (NBCCD). How great would it be for them to transition from college to a supporting entrepreneurial environment that would enable them to refine their business…

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…

The Queen Street Billboard Project

NBCCD

The new billboards on display in downtown Fredericton are designed to intrigue your sense of thought – they reframe the concept of how a typical billboard is used and showcase colourful eye-catching designs that each have a story to tell. This project flips the marketing norms to use billboards as exhibition space, and to give…

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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.

UBC Okanagan next stop for Selkirk College scholar

Selkirk College

Getting the right start at Selkirk College is exactly what Haley Seven Deers accomplished over the last two years in the School of University Arts & Sciences where she arrived as a 16-year-old who was homeschooled. In September, the young scholar will move to Kelowna where she will have the opportunity to complete her undergraduate…

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…

VIU’s first Indigenous counsellor addresses past trauma to help future generations

Vancouver Island University

from Nanaimo News Now: Vancouver Island University-Nanaimo’s first Indigenous counsellor is addressing trauma from her student’s past in order to help set the next generation up for a more productive future. Noelle Hanuse, from Oweekeno and Klahoose First Nations, started at the university’s Nanaimo campus in January. She already has roughly 20 clients, half of…

Cumberland College signs new partnership on strengthening Indigenous/non-Indigenous relationships

Cumberland College

Indigenous and non-Indigenous people across Canada are coming together to forge a new partnership designed to strengthen Canada.  The Cumberland College Board of Directors and the Cumberland College First Nations and Métis Advisory Council (FNMAC) are joining the effort by recently passing motions to sign the Declaration of Canadians for a New Partnership (CFNP). Cumberland…

Langara College partnership helps Indigenous students access university education

Langara College

from Maclean’s: Last year, Nicole Cardinal, a 40-year-old married mother of two achieved a dream, transferring into the third year of the University of British Columbia’s First Nations studies program. She was one of 12 Indigenous students who broke educational barriers through a three-year pilot project devised by Langara College and UBC. That pilot project later turned into…

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July 2017

Programs of Interest

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

Diamond Driller Assistant Common Core Program

Northern College

Northern College has developed this modular training program to cover the basic knowledge and skills required to work competently as a helper to a Surface and Underground Diamond Drill Operator.   View program

Ski Resort Operations & Management (SROAM) Program

Selkirk College

Covering all aspects of ski resort operations, this program gives you a unique blend of management skills and industry knowledge to prepare you for lasting leadership roles.   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.

Concepts of Palliative Care

Lambton College

The Concepts of Palliative Care, Board of Governors Certificate is a flexible delivery, part-time, online program designed to provide students with the specialized knowledge, skills and attitudes required to be involved with caring for a person with a life-limiting illness and their families.   View program

Community Integration Through Co-operative Education (CICE)

Loyalist College

The Community Integration Through Co-operative Education (CICE) program is designed for students with intellectual disabilities and other significant learning challenges interested in pursuing post-secondary education and experiencing College life. Through modified programming and field placement opportunities, this pathway program will help you develop skills that will prepare you to transition to volunteer or paid employment.…

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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 Centre for Sustainable Aquatic Resources

Marine Institute

The Centre for Sustainable Aquatic Resources (CSAR) promotes the sustainable development of the aquatic resources through collaborative industrial research and development, technology transfer and education services to the global fishing industry. The primary testing facility for CSAR is the Marine Institute’s flume tank. With its sophisticated video recording, computer software, sensor equipment and special features,…

Schlegel Centre for Advancing Seniors Care

Conestoga College

The Schlegel Centre for Advancing Seniors Care focuses on education, workforce development and applied research to develop highly qualified personnel to improve the quality of life and care for Canada’s growing population of seniors. The Schlegel Centre is led by the CIHR/Schlegel Industrial Research Chair for Colleges (IRCC) in Seniors Care. This research chair is funded by the Natural…

The Culinary Arts Centre

Centennial College

Centennial College has grown rapidly over the past several years and demand for student housing outpaced the capacity of our 340-bed facility on Progress Avenue. Knowing that a lack of access to a residence is an impediment for students living outside a reasonable commuting distance from campus, Centennial constructed an eight-storey Centennial Residence and Culinary…

Le Centre de production automatisée

Cégep de Jonquière

Le Centre de production automatisée est une équipe de spécialistes, d’ingénieurs et de techniciens qui œuvre, de façon complémentaire, dans des domaines rattachés au processus d’automatisation. En opération depuis 1984, le CPA est un Centre collégial de transfert technologique (CCTT) qui est reconnu par le Ministère de l’Enseignement supérieur, de la Recherche, de la Science et…

The Niagara College Teaching Winery

Niagara College

The Niagara College Teaching Winery is the centre for wine education in the Niagara Peninsula and is the only fully licensed teaching winery in Canada. With the focus on quality education, we believe in preparing students for work in the “real” world. Our graduates then enter an exciting career with a wine industry employer in…

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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.

Two Okanagan College students launch new business to provide acoustic treatments and analysis for commercial spaces

Okanagan College

When it comes to the places where we live, work, learn, and play, how they sound can be just as important as how they look in determining how we will feel about them. Two Okanagan College students have launched an innovative new business to help the world sound a little better, one room at a…

Algonquin College and IgniteAC Launch Summit Program Program

Algonquin College

SUMMIT is a summer intensive entrepreneurship program for students 18-29 that runs from May 9th   July 21st at Algonquin College and is at the core of the government’s Innovation Agenda when we look at how to build an entrepreneurial society. The SUMMIT organizing team has assembled over 50 workshops offered by industry veterans and specialists…

Local entrepreneur expands herbal recipes in collaboration with NAIT

NAIT

from the Edmonton Journal: Carrie Armstrong has a shop called Mother Earth Essentials (12318-111 Ave.), specializing in Indigenous-themed bath and body products, and tea. Now, the entrepreneur is poised to add a line of bottled cold tea to her brand, made with a carefully-researched and concocted herbal recipe developed in collaboration with NAIT. Visitors to the Taste of New tent,…

Greg Kerr named Entrepreneur of the Month by the Entrepreneur Development Centre

Medicine Hat College

Greg Kerr is a part-time entrepreneur who is fully committed to providing premium drain cleaning and plumbing services to residential and commercial clients in Medicine Hat, Alberta. “My full-time job is with the City of Medicine Hat in the environmental utilities department, however it’s a flexible environment that also allows me to run my own…

NBCCD Alumna/Instructor Melissa LeBlanc: Characterizing Clay

NBCCD

Melissa LeBlanc has found what many of us aspire to have – an ideal balance. Two days of every week, she has her hands in the mud, conjuring expressive animal characters from blocks of inert clay. Three days of the week, she teaches in the Diploma in Ceramics at NBCCD, pulling the best and most…

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November 2017

Outstanding Alumni

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

Colin Mochrie

Langara College

Actor and improvisational comedian

Fiona Staples

ACAD

Comic-book artist

Stéphane Maher

Cégep de Saint-Jérôme

Mayor of Saint-Jérôme

Michaela Pereira

Camosun College

Television personality

Dina Pugliese

Humber College

Co-host of City Toronto’s Breakfast Television

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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.

Community crops

NSCC

Social Services student leads greenhouse build for retirement home For Billy Upton, a new greenhouse filled with fresh herbs and vegetables was the inspiration to help grow a community connection. Last spring, the Social Services student at Nova Scotia Community College‘s Burridge Campus approached the Villa St. Joseph du lac with an idea to build a greenhouse for the residents…

The Queen Street Billboard Project

NBCCD

The new billboards on display in downtown Fredericton are designed to intrigue your sense of thought – they reframe the concept of how a typical billboard is used and showcase colourful eye-catching designs that each have a story to tell. This project flips the marketing norms to use billboards as exhibition space, and to give…

New Okanagan College program help support workers better serve Indigenous people and communities

Okanagan College

A new program developed by Okanagan College in collaboration with local First Nations communities and regional Aboriginal organizations will prepare learners to step into community support work assisting Aboriginal individuals and families. The Aboriginal Community Support Worker Certificate program launches on November 28 at the College’s Salmon Arm campus. It will include a practicum with…

Selkirk College and Columbia Power partnership provides jobs and growth for the local economy

Selkirk College

Since Selkirk College alumni began transitioning into the regional workforce in the late-1960s, individuals educated close to home have helped build and grow the economy of the West Kootenay and Boundary region. As the college embarks on a celebration of its first 50 years and looks towards the next half-century, an exploration of the relationship…

Selkirk College Distinguished Alumna is Courageous and Compassionate Nurse

Selkirk College

Selkirk College recently awarded family nurse practitioner Patrice Gordon with the Distinguished Alumna honour at the Graduation 2017 ceremony held at the Castlegar Campus. The earnest professional provides compassionate care to isolated First Nations communities in British Columbia’s Chilcotin region while responding to crises world-wide as part of the Canadian Red Cross Emergency Response Unit.…

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