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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.

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…

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.…

Student-powered OddBird Studio has a remarkable year

Sheridan College

The third-year Bachelor of Game Design students who fuel OddBird Studio entered the 2016 fall term at Sheridan in the same whirlwind manner that has characterized much of their past year as indie developers. They spent the first week of September in Seattle, showcasing their debut game Arrow Heads at PAX West – one of…

Le Cégep régional de Lanaudière met en vedette les étudiants et enseignants du département de Musique

Cégep régional de Lanaudière

du communiqué de presse : « Les étudiants et les enseignants en Musique du Cégep à Joliette ont connu un automne haut en couleur. Plusieurs spectacles donnés, présence radiophonique et télévisuelle, participation à des événements de grande importance; c’est la tête haute et le cœur rempli de fierté qu’ils terminent cette session d’automne 2016. Lors de la partie d’ouverture de…

Cumberland College calendar promotes Indigenous art

Cumberland College

from the Melfort Journal: “A new calendar for 2017 is promoting the work of Indigenous artists young and old while also promoting education. The calendar was created by Cumberland College, who is partnering with the North East School Division. “We want to acknowledge and celebrate the work of our Indigenous students,” said Brenda Mellon, Manager…

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February 2017

International Success Stories

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

English Language Institute helps international students find success in Manitoba

Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology

To say Oksana Shevchuk’s journey at MITT has been a remarkable success would be an understatement In spring of 2016, she and her husband arrived in Manitoba from Ukraine as students in MITT’s English Language Institute (ELI). Oksana went from not speaking English to speaking alongside provincial and federal government guests during the grand opening…

Post-secondary education in India

Durham College

Furthering their shared commitment to providing high-quality education and training on an international scale, Durham College (DC) and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) each signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Modi Edutech Private Limited (Modi Edutech) in India in February 2016. Both agreements explore opportunities to develop and deliver educational programming.…

Saskatchewan Polytechnic partnership behind Hannin Creek Educational Facility wins silver medal 

Saskatchewan Polytechnic

It is a relationship that began through a shared desire to maintain and build upon the educational, applied research and conservation efforts at the Hannin Creek Educational Facility, located north of Prince Albert. Now it’s an award-winning partnership. The Saskatchewan Polytechnic and Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation (SWF) partnership behind Hannin Creek won a silver medal in…

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…

Instructors from Colombia set to tour Saskatchewan as part of an Education for Employment Project 

Saskatchewan Polytechnic

Saskatchewan Polytechnic has been working with Colombia’s National Training Service (SENA) to introduce new and relevant mining curriculum through a three-year Education for Employment (EFE) Program. Eight mining instructors from Colombia took part, last May, in a mine survey camp to learn advanced surveying techniques, use state-of-the-art GPS equipment and perform projects in the field.…

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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…

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…

Sheridan’s District Energy Projects

Sheridan College

The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and Amrit Mangat, MPP for Mississauga-Brampton South, today announced a major investment in a $21.4 million infrastructure project at Sheridan.  Through its Postsecondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund, the federal government is contributing $9.9 million, while the Province is adding $2.6 million, with the balance…

Okanagan College Trades Complex

Okanagan College

Okanagan College’s Kelowna Trades Complex was built and renovated to be a model for sustainability in trades training—one to inspire students and apprentices and to encourage other institutions to reach for a new green benchmark in trades training facilities. It incorporates the latest in green-building techniques, technologies and materials, with the goal of meeting LEED…

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…

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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.

Algonquin College Research Assistant Hired as Microsoft Student Evangelist 

Algonquin College

Under the tutelage of Algonquin’s Office of Applied Research and Innovation and working with industry partner Contextere, students Adesh Shah and Jack Garrard developed a ground breaking application targeted towards industrial work crews. Adesh Shah and Jack Garrard, who are enrolled in the Mobile Application Design & Development and Interactive Media & Design programs respectively,…

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…

College of the Rockies instructor pilots innovative gamified calculus course

College of the Rockies

College of the Rockies calculus instructor, Leslie Molnar, is teaching Differential Calculus in a fun new way. While fun and calculus are not words that most of us think go together, Molnar has found the means to make it a reality – through gamification. The Winter 2017 Differential Calculus (MATH 103) online course had two…

A recipe for realism

Saskatchewan Polytechnic

High-tech mannequins and healthcare technologies beeping at different intervals are an integral part of Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s simulation labs, where health sciences and nursing students learn and study. The one thing missing from these applied learning, high-tech labs were materials and substances that simulate the bodily fluids and textures of practicing health care on a real…

Going global—a BCIT prosthetic and orthotic team in India 

British Columbia Institute of Technology

Recently, two BCIT Prosthetics and Orthotics Diploma program students travelled to Koppal, India, to complete their clinical placements with the Samuha Overseas Development Association (SODA), a local NGO. One of SODA’s missions is to address the needs of people living with disabilities in the villages of South India. The students, Malena Rapaport and Shane Bates,…

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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.

FNTI celebrates success of flight program for First Nations, Métis and Inuit students

First Nations Technical Institute

from CBC News: A flight school aimed exclusively at Indigenous students is under financial pressure following a surge in applications. The First Nations Technical Institute on the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, near Belleville, Ont., has operated a flight program for First Nations, Métis and Inuit students since 1989. Enrolment in the program had dropped off in recent years, but…

NWCC displays art donated from First Nations Fine Arts students

Northwest Community College

It was a momentous event for First Nations Fine Arts students on December 8, 2016 when two carvings, crafted by Freda Diesing herself, were donated to the art studio at Northwest Community College. Donors Kelsey Wiebe (on behalf of her grandparents, Jim & Jane Christison) and Corey Bulpitt, presented a Wolf Panel carving and a…

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…

Algonquin College launches unique Indigenous cook pre-apprenticeship program

Algonquin College

A unique one-year program started this week for 20 pre-apprentices from across Canada. Over the next year, participants will learn the typical skills expected from a cook pre-apprenticeship, such as food theory, knife skills, classical kitchen language, and practical food preparation – the unique part of the program is how these skills are applied. Participants…

Indigenous Metal Fabricator program teaches more than a trade

BCIT

It’s her last afternoon in the BCIT Metal Fabricator Foundation program and Niki Jenkins is putting the final touches on a canoe paddle adorned with Indigenous designs. While the designs may be traditional, the paddle’s material—steel—is not. It’s Niki’s contribution to a group project—a steel canoe with accompanying paddles—her class is working on. Initiated by Steel Trades instructor Don…

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July 2017

Programs of Interest

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

Professional Potter Advanced Diploma

North Island College

The ten-month Professional Potter advanced diploma is designed to give you the skills to establish your own studio or workshop-based business and make a living as a practicing professional potter. The program allows you to progressively develop your design and production skills, while integrating the technical knowledge of clays, glazes and firing processes.   View program

Horticulture Technician Apprenticeship

Loyalist College

This apprenticeship allows participants to ‘earn while they learn,’ and includes 720 hours of in-school training and 5,400 hours of on-the-job training. Eligible apprentices can start the Level 1 in-class training in January.   View program

Primary Care Paramedic

JIBC

The Primary Care Paramedic (PCP) program will equip students with a solid foundation to prepare them for employment opportunities to practice as paramedics in a wide variety of paramedical environments. Pursue this stimulating career, equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge, and gain the confidence and aptitude to work in this dynamic and gratifying profession.…

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

Ship’s Cook Culinary Arts

Nova Scotia Community College

The Ship’s Cook concentration is a first year, second term option of the Culinary Arts diploma program. This concentration builds on the knowledge and skills that you develop in your first term. You strengthen your cooking fundamentals while you obtain Transport Canada-approved marine first aid, emergency and safety certifications.   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 Niagara College Teaching Brewery

Niagara College

The Niagara College Teaching Brewery is a practical learning environment for students in Niagara College’s Brewmaster and Brewery Operations Management program located at the beautiful Niagara-on-the-Lake campus. The open-concept 1,500 sq. ft. micro-brewery facility—allowing students to brew their own craft beer on-campus—includes both a large scale system capable of producing 1,000 litres of beer and a smaller…

The Institute without Boundaries

George Brown College

The IwB is a Toronto-based academic program and studio that offers unique educational experience and professional services. The Institute focuses on collaborative design practice with the objectives of social, ecological and economic innovation through design research and strategy.   Discover the space.

La Place

La Cité

Véritable carrefour de rencontres et d’échanges où l’innovation et la vitalité de La Cité rayonneront, La Place sera le point d’entrée du Collège grâce à sa technologie avant-gardiste, son espace incontournable axé sur la pensée créatrice et l’utilisation créative des technologies dans le monde des affaires. La Place deviendra un lieu de prédilection pour les…

Selkirk College Students Visit Remote Calvert Island Research Station

Selkirk College

Prior to graduating from the Integrated Environmental Planning Program, students traveled to the west coast for an unforgettable experience where two years of study was applied at the Hakai Institute. A group of ten Selkirk College students in the Integrated Environmental Planning Program (IEP) spent a week off-grid on the west coast studying the impacts of climate…

Camosun’s Coastal Centre

Camosun College

Camosun College has increased its regional presence with the opening of the Camosun Coastal Centre. Formerly known as IMTARC (Industry Marine Training and Applied Research Centre), the satellite site is located on Songhees Nation Territory near the Esquimalt Graving Dock. The 4,000 square foot training building sits on leased land and was built in 2013.…

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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.

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…

Le Collège Shawinigan se joint au PÉEC pour créer une nouvelle vague d’entrepreneurs au Québec

Collège Shawinigan

Le Collège Shawinigan est fier d’annoncer qu’il fait partie des 15 cégeps qui ont tenu une conférence de presse cet après-midi concernant la mise sur pied du Projet d’éducation entrepreneuriale au cégep (PÉEC). Ces 15 cégeps se concertent pour mettre leurs ressources en commun en matière d’éducation aux valeurs entrepreneuriales et de développement des compétences…

Amy Sullivan & Rachel Greenwood: Making Space for Clay

NBCCD

Good partnerships don’t grow on trees. You find them buried in the mud. Amy Sullivan and Rachel Greenwood are mud goddesses. Both have been making a living with their work since graduating from the NBCCD Ceramics Diploma in 2006. Both of their respective businesses, Amy Laloon Pottery & Greenwood Pottery, are well known in the Maritimes. Now they have partnered…

From COGS to NASA: NSCC grad a world-wide expert and advocate for free and open geospatial sharing

Nova Scotia Community College

When a business gets a call from NASA, it’s a big deal. When that business is being asked to teach some of NASA’s brightest minds, it’s galactic. That’s exactly what happened to Jeff McKenna, a 2003 graduate of NSCC’s Centre of Geographic Sciences (COGS). In the fall of 2012, NASA reached out to Gateway Geomatics, the company Jeff owns,…

La journée entrepreneuriale au Cégep Marie-Victorin

Cégep Marie-Victorin

Collégial en Affaires est un programme qui vise à propulser des initiatives à fort potentiel. Des ateliers et des exercices pratiques sont proposés afin de stimuler le leadeurship et favoriser la naissance de projets. La première activité permettra aux équipes d’élaborer une proposition entrepreneuriale originale qui sera présentée à un jury local. Les meilleures idées de…

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November 2017

Outstanding Alumni

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

John Candy

Centennial College

Actor and comedian

Sam Sullivan

Langara College

Politician and founder of the Sam Sullivan Disability Foundation

Diane Lamarre

Cégep Édouard-Montpetit

Politician

Stan Douglas

Emily Carr University

Artist

Charles Richard Hamelin

Cégep régional de Lanaudière

Concert pianist

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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.

A real community build

NSCC

Carpentry class builds gazebo for persons with physical and intellectual disabilities Seeking out opportunities to help the local community, while developing a sense of civic-mindedness in his students, is of the utmost importance to Jim Swayne, carpentry instructor at Nova Scotia Community College’s Marconi Campus. Over the last four years, Jim and his students have contributed to carpentry…

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…

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…

Street Smart Chefs: Culinary Arts in the Community

Saskatchewan Polytechnic

Saskatchewan’s national notoriety for good eats has been steadily growing over the past few years. With master chefs looking to call the prairie province home, it seems appropriate that Saskatchewan Polytechnic is home to an important training ground for the next generation culinary masters. The Culinary Arts program is led by long-time chef Derek Cotton…

Le CERESO au Cégep régional de Lanaudière ouvre un nouveau lieu communautaire afin de démarrer des projets inspirants et novateurs

Cégep régional de Lanaudière

du Hebdo Rive Nord : La communauté du Cégep de même que celle du grand Lanaudière disposent désormais d’un lieu inspirant afin d’échanger des idées et démarrer des projets innovants; l’Espace 412. On doit l’idée au Centre d’expertise et d’accompagnement en innovation sociale au Cégep régional de Lanaudière (CERESO). Nommé l’Espace 412 en raison de cette…

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