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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.

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)…

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,…

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…

Durham College Music Business Administration grad makes it to Top 40 with debut single

Durham College

from Maclean’s: “Sarah Mark didn’t realize just how much she had learned in college until she got her first Top 40 hit on the radio. Granted, she had barely finished college when that happened. Her debut single “Tun Up,” a jaunty R&B summertime pop anthem, started getting serious airtime on Canadian radio stations just as…

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…

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February 2017

International Success Stories

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

Niagara College’s Junior Culinary Team wins gold medal at Culinary Olympics in Germany

Niagara College

from the press release: “Niagara College’s Junior Culinary Team Canada is proving that it has the recipe for success, after winning a gold medal in its first of two competitions at the Culinary Olympics. The team from Niagara College’s Canadian Food and Wine Institute competed in its first competition at the IKA /Culinary Olympics in…

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…

Holland College’s culinary institute wins gold medals at international culinary competition in Germany

Holland College

from the press release: “A team of young chefs from The Culinary Institute of Canada garnered two gold medals and placed fourth overall in a field of 57 teams in the World Culinary Olympics’ Regional Competition in Erfurt, Germany, recently. It was a high-pressure competition for the five culinary and three pastry graduates, who were…

CNC Globe Trotters: Social Service Workers Fulfill Practicums Internationally 

College of New Caledonia

Students from the Social Service Worker program at the College of New Caledonia chose to fulfill their practicum requirements internationally. The challenge was to pick a country they did not know very well, research it, find a practicum placement, travel there, and work and live there independently for four weeks. For most of the students…

Le Cégep de Trois-Rivières poursuit son travail de renforcement de capacités en Côte d’Ivoire

Cégep de Trois-Rivières

du communiqué de presse : “Le Cégep de Trois-Rivières travaille, depuis plusieurs années, en Côte d’Ivoire à la réhabilitation des lycées professionnels. Les quatre projets financés pour le premier lycée par la Banque Islamique de Développement (BID) et les trois derniers par la Banque Arabe pour le Développement Économique de l’Afrique (BADEA) ont permis l’élaboration et…

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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.

Living Green Initiative

Durham College

At Durham College (DC), sustainability guides decisions and practices in fostering the continued success and well‐being of students, employees and stakeholders. DC believes in fostering sustainable behaviours and in sharing responsibility for social, environmental and economic stewardship, and strives toward the enhancement of awareness in education throughout the college and greater community. DC is committed…

Raymond Loo Memorial Garden gives Holland College students and staff a place to learn and reflect

Holland College

A barren patch of land on Holland College’s Prince of Wales Campus has been turned into an organic garden and plein-air classroom where students and staff can rediscover the therapeutic benefits of nature and take applied learning to a whole new level. The Raymond Loo Memorial Garden is named after one of the most prominent…

Durham College Sustainability Office

Durham College

Durham College (DC) practices sustainability every day, especially in its Herman Miller-inspired space that is fully accessible to students and employees and serves as a hub for environmental awareness and action on campus. The Sustainability Office is the campus hub where the college’s sustainability initiatives are hatched. Home to the DC Living Green initiative and…

Testing photovoltaic reliability for a brighter future

Centennial College

Centennial College has been working on a solar module reliability project in tandem with electronics manufacturing giant Celestica, giving students a chance to get a more robust understanding of photovoltaic (PV) panel reliability. The initiative, funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), involves collecting real-time data to build models that…

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…

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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.

Innovative ideas spark imaginations

Capilano University

An innovative tactic that Capilano University business students devised to get young adults to interact with eBay helped them win second place at the American Marketing Association’s (AMA) 39th Annual International Collegiate Conference in March. Tasked with attracting 18-35-year-olds to the online platform, CapU’s AMA case team mashed together the concept of a large digital…

City of Barrie hosts Manufacturing Innovation Summit in partnership with Georgian College and ventureLAB

Georgian College

from The Barrie Examiner: Robots are taking over the world and Barrie is welcoming them in with open arms. Robotic arms, that is. The City of Barrie is hosting a Manufacturing Innovation Summit on April 20 that will bring together industry leaders to discuss emerging technologies in manufacturing for advanced robotics, the Internet of things…

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…

Collège Boréal hosts Third Annual Entrepreneurship content, “The Next Big Innovation is Mine”

Collège Boréal

Collège Boréal 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 part of the experience, students…

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…

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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.

Sask Polytech celebrates Indigenous culture with new mural

Saskatchewan Polytechnic

The new mural at the Saskatchewan Polytechnic, Moose Jaw campus is another aspect of the institution’s indigenization efforts, which are developed towards reconciliation and long-term positive change. With enrolment for Indigenous students increasing 31 per cent since 2011-12, it is the responsibility of the entire organization to ensure every student feels welcome on our campuses.…

VIU appoints first Chair of Aboriginal Studies to research Restorative Justice and Indigenous Communities

Vancouver Island University

from BC Local News: Restorative justice and indigenous communities will be the research topic for the first appointee to a prestigious aboriginal chair position at Vancouver Island University. Roy Janisch has been named VIU’s inaugural Fulbright Canada Jarislowsky Visiting Research Chair in Aboriginal Studies. Janisch is an associate professor of justice studies at Pittsburg State…

Fanshawe College forges stronger relationship with COTT First Nation on post-secondary education

Fanshawe College

At a ribbon-cutting ceremony on November 18, 2016, Chippewa of the Thames First Nation (COTT) and Fanshawe College celebrated the forging of a new and growing relationship bringing post-secondary education to the people of Chippewa of the Thames First Nation. “Partnerships with Canada’s educational institutions like the one we have with Fanshawe helps to write…

1970 – 26 Day Sit-in

Portage College

Portage College, then Alberta NewStart Inc., were about to close its doors due to shortage of funds. Local native people began to feel they must do what they could to re-open the centre and gain public support. At 10:00 a.m. Saturday, January 17, 1970, approximately 130 people took over the dormitory for a two-day meeting.…

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…

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July 2017

Programs of Interest

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

Stratégies d’intervention en zoothérapie

Cégep de la Pocatière

Ce programme permet de former des personnes capables d’élaborer et de mettre en pratique des stratégies exploitant l’assistance d’un animal dans le cadre d’interventions thérapeutiques.   View program

Game Development Advanced Diploma

Niagara College

During this intensive three-year program you will learn game programming and scripting, digital art production techniques, game design principles and game production practices. Your skills will be developed during the creation of several games in individual and team environments throughout the entire program, highlighted by a final term project where your team conceives, designs, plans,…

Automotive Service Technician

Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies

This program is a 14-week program designed to prepare Aboriginal people who are interested in a career path into this industry. This program will provide students with an understanding of the job possibilities and related requirements for employment in the industry as well as provide basic hands-on skill development. Students will also develop individual career…

Graduate Certificate in Intelligence Analysis

JIBC

The Graduate Certificate in Intelligence Analysis program, delivered online, is designed to provide specialized theoretical foundation and applied skills to function successfully as an analyst. Graduates will possess the skills to critically scrutinize unstructured and often ambiguous data within a variety of competitive, security and criminal contexts such as finance and banking, crime and organized crime,…

Digital Media

NBCCD

In this 2-year program, you learn to produce professional-level digital media projects in 6 semesters of study. In the first two terms, you are introduced to the latest digital technologies and provided with a foundation in design concepts. In the third term, you choose one of three streams where you specialize in the area of your…

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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 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…

The Garbarino Girard Centre for Innovation in Seniors Care

Algonquin College

The Garbarino Girard Centre for Innovation in Seniors Care is charting a bold new course for geriatric care, providing a learning lab, applied research facility, and an opportunity to collaborate with the Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre (WOCRC) on an adult day-program for seniors with dementia. “The Garbarino Girard Centre for Innovation in Seniors Care…

MI’s Flume Tank

Marine Institute

The Marine Institute is home to the world’s largest flume tank. This facility is used to carry out performance evaluations, gear tests and other observations on newly developed or existing fishing gears and other related equipment in simulated underwater and near surface conditions. Constructed at a cost of $8.5 million CAD and first opened in…

Une borne de recharge électrique

Cégep Limoilou

Le Cégep Limoilou a installé cet hiver sa première borne de recharge électrique, mais pas n’importe quel type de borne. Celle-ci a la particularité d’être alimentée par nul autre que les panneaux solaires installés sur le toit vert du cégep depuis 2010! Une exclusivité qui fait du Cégep Limoilou le premier établissement postsecondaire à avoir…

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…

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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.

NBCCD Alumna Kelsey Schroeder: Fashion Photographer & Content Creator

NBCCD

Kelsey Schroeder, new graduate of the Photography Diploma, wasn’t even out the door before she was in high demand as a fashion photographer and content creator. She did not wait to graduate to start building her business and she did not wait to have a career handed to her on a platter. She plunged headlong into blogging and social…

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…

Georgian College and partners offer new business development program, SPROUT

Georgian College

from the Barrie Advance:   Barrie food entrepreneurs will have another opportunity to grow early next year. The city, in partnership with Georgian College and the Agri-Food Management Institute, will offer a new business development program designed to assist entrepreneurs with bringing their ideas to market. Registration opened this week and the program will run…

Former BCIT Interior Design student’s Eco Paving company uses recycled tire rubber to pave commercial and residential surfaces

BCIT

from Business in Vancouver: Coquitlam-based Eco Paving is finding rapid success by helping pioneer the use of recycled-rubber paving material in the Lower Mainland. Previously an interior design student at the British Columbia Institute of Technology, Eco Paving founder Bradley Lavigne launched his company in 2010 after leaving school a year earlier. The company uses…

Centennial College Centre of Entrepreneurship unveils new training programs for entrepreneurs and small business owners

Centennial College

from Exchange Magazine: The Centre of Entrepreneurship (CoE) at Centennial College has unveiled new training programs tailored for entrepreneurs who are looking for guidance in starting and growing a small enterprise. CoE’s Soft Landing program is intended for small Canadian companies that plan on expanding into the United States, or similarly, European firms interested in…

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November 2017

Outstanding Alumni

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

Tamara Taggart

BCIT

Television presenter

Charles Richard Hamelin

Cégep régional de Lanaudière

Concert pianist

Colin Mochrie

Langara College

Actor and improvisational comedian

Stan Douglas

Emily Carr University

Artist

Cheryl Hickey

Fanshawe College

Television personality

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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.

New program from KPU addresses cultural knowledge and justice issues within Indigenous communities

Kwantlen Polytechnic

A first-of-its-kind Indigenous studies program launching this fall at Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) will focus on community and justice. KPU aptly announced its new minor in Indigenous community justice program on National Aboriginal Day. “My hope is that this minor will play a role in honouring, acknowledging, and respecting Indigenous peoples,” said criminology instructor Dr.…

Be the one saving lives

JIBC

The call came in as a biking injury in northern Chilliwack, recalled Justin Woodroff, a 24-year-old paramedic with the BC Ambulance Service. The patient had crashed on one of the jumps at the bike park. When he and his partner arrived, Justin could see this was no routine injury. “He was under a blanket but…

Reaching new heights

NSCC

Marconi Metal Fabrication students and faculty help rebuild a lost landmark At the heart of Whitney Pier, Nova Scotia’s Polish community, a broken bell, bits of stained glass and a few pages of hymns were all that remained of St. Mary’s Polish Church when it was destroyed in a fire in October 2014.  When it…

CNA graduates volunteer at annual two-day food festival, Eat the Hill

College of the North Atlantic

A dozen graduates from College of the North Atlantic (CNA) volunteered at the annual Eat the Hill event in Clarenville, working side-by-side with professional chefs to serve hundreds of people at the two-day food festival. Eat the Hill, which is organized by CNA culinary arts instructor Chris Sheppard and former instructor Roger Dewling, incorporates winter…

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…

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