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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…

Le Collège Vanier ouvre une nouvelle librairie coopérative

Collège Vanier

du communiqué de presse : « Le Collège Vanier est fier d’annoncer que l’ouverture officielle de Jake’s Co-op, la librairie coopérative du cégep, s’est déroulée le 7 décembre 2016. La nouvelle librairie est gérée par la coopérative étudiante et est membre de la Fédération québécoise de coopératives en milieux scolaires (FQCMS). L’équipe de la librairie avait du…

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…

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…

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)…

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February 2017

International Success Stories

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

Fanshawe signs partnership agreement with Peruvian institute

Fanshawe College of Applied Arts and Technology

On July 22, 2016, in Lima, Peru at the Government Palace, Fanshawe President Peter Devlin signed a partnership agreement between the College and the Armed Forces Public Technological Institute of Peru. The newly signed four-year framework agreement recognizes the two institutions’ mutual intent to work together. Fanshawe will provide an intensive leadership program in Canada…

Students find success at WorldSkills Competition

Saskatchewan Polytechnic

Two students put their skills to the test and showed the world that an education from Sask Polytech cultivates success at the WorldSkills Competition in Abu Dhabi earlier this month. Kyla Henry, from Regina, tied for 6th and brought home a Medallion of Excellence in the Graphic Design Technology competition against 28 competitors. Daniel Nelson, also…

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…

Niagara College students go the distance to make a difference in Honduras 

Niagara College

A group of 17 students from NC’s Practical Nursing, Dental Hygiene and Dental Assistant programs joined forces for an International Field Study in October, where they applied skills they gained in the classroom to help the underprivileged in Honduras. The students departed for Honduras on October 22, to work alongside the Hope Centre, a refuge…

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.

Selkirk College Integrated Environmental Planning Program students offer expertise to communities

Selkirk College

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

Students from Cégep de Sainte-Foy promote urban cycling with bike repair shop

Cégep de Sainte-Foy

from Maclean’s: Cycling to school in the cold, or pestered by honking cars and trucks, is not everyone’s idea of a good time. But students at Cégep de Sainte-Foy are raising awareness for active transportation around Quebec City through their bicycle committee and repair shop. The student-run group was formed two years ago to encourage…

Le Cégep de Sept-Îles continue sa recherche sur les panneaux solaires adaptés au climat nordique

Cégep de Sept-Îles

Le Cégep de Sept-Îles est fier de recevoir une subvention du Fond de Recherche Nature et Technologies (FRQNT), relative à l’optimisation et à l’intégration des systèmes solaires photovoltaïques dans des microréseaux décentralisés, autonomes et isolés. Parmi ces microréseaux se trouvent les communautés autochtones qui ne sont pas connectées au réseau électrique principal ou encore certaines…

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…

Sunny Days at College of the Rockies

College of the Rockies

Cranbrook, BC gets a lot of sunshine. Both Statistics Canada and Environment Canada cite it as one of the sunniest cities in Canada, and College of the Rockies is taking full advantage of all that sunshine. In April 2015, the College undertook a solar project at its Cranbrook campus’ residence building, installing two types of…

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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,…

Centennial College and the University of Toronto partner to make clean energy out of wood waste

Centennial College

from the Globe and Mail: Talk about making a silk purse out a sow’s ear, or as is the case in a collaboration between Centennial College and the University of Toronto, making clean energy out of wood waste from the forest industry. According to Gus Wright, faculty member and principal investigator at Centennial’s School of…

Humber College launches new online space for current and prospective students to find the information they need

Humber College

from the Toronto Star: As part of its effort to support both the professional and personal enrichment of learners of all ages, the G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education at Ryerson University facilitates a range of unique offerings, says the School’s dean. Among these are its summer intensives and Programs for 50+ series. “These…

Innovative neck-pain treatment device to enter next phase of development at Nova Scotia Community College’s Dartmouth campus

Nova Scotia Community College

from CBC news: A Bridgewater, N.S., startup is hoping its pioneering Neck Tronics invention will put an end to chronic neck issues and make rehab and assessment easier. The idea of a machine to treat neck pain comes from chiropractor Bill Smith, who was working on a patient one day at his office and thought there…

Push for Change’s co-creator highlights his road to success through Loyalist College

Loyalist College

from Metro News: When he was 19 years old, Joe Roberts was homeless, addicted to heroin and pushing a shopping cart around Vancouver’s East Side. When he returns this fall at age 50, it’ll be by choice with a custom-built shopping cart he pushed all the way across Canada. Roberts co-created the Push for Change campaign to…

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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.

Vancouver Island University to establish Indigenous mentorship program through US State Department funding

Vancouver Island University

Vancouver Island University (VIU) is the only Canadian university to receive funding through the US State Department’s 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund after a proposal submitted to the organization with California’s Pitzer College was successful. The funding will be used to bring two established Indigenous mentorship programs together for the benefit of high…

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.…

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…

NAIT Aboriginal Youth Leadership program sponsored by Cenovus

NAIT

Empowering Aboriginal Youth In 2011, NAIT partnered with Cenovus Energy and the Government of Canada to launch an outreach program for aboriginal youth. The Aboriginal Youth Leadership program was initially offered to 66 youth from the Dene Tha First Nation community located near High Level in Northern Alberta. Inspired by the pilot program’s success, Cenovus…

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…

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July 2017

Programs of Interest

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

Firefighter, Pre-Service Education and Training

Seneca College

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

Metal Fabricator Foundation Program

BCIT

Metal fabricators deal with the selection, layout, shearing, cutting (with a torch), punching, drilling, forming, fitting and welding of steel plates and structural steel shapes into products for the forest, mining, construction, transportation and agricultural industries. Typical projects that involve metal fabricators include bridges, buildings, hoppers, conveyors, towers, cranes, heavy-mining equipment, logging equipment, and ship…

Aviation Diploma Program

University of the Fraser Valley

UFV’s Aviation diploma mixes classroom studies, in-air flight training, and simulator training. You earn your commercial pilot license certified by Transport Canada and undergo multi-engine and instrument training.   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

Bilingual Customer Service Program

Yukon College

Students in this program will become familiar with the basics of customer service in a bilingual setting, improve workplace essential skills and cap it off with a short work placement. Students will learn workplace English with a bilingual instructor.   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.

VIU’s Aboriginal Outdoor Classroom

Vancouver Island University

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

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…

Le Centre technologique en aérospatiale

Cégep Édouard-Montpetit

À titre de Centre collégial de transfert de technologie (CCTT), le Centre technologique en aérospatiale (CTA) accompagne les entreprises et les organismes dans l’innovation par le soutien technique, le développement technologique, l’information et la formation. Comme les 45 autres CCTT, dont la responsabilité relève des cégeps, le CTA est un organisme reconnu par le ministère de…

The Landscape Construction Pavilion

Olds College

In 1997, Olds College opened the Landscape Construction Pavilion with support from the Bank of Montreal, the Landscape Alberta Nursery Trades Association and members of the horticulture industry. The Landscape Construction Pavilion was constructed in response to industry requests for Olds College to provide students with greater opportunities to develop hands-on horticultural skills. The facility…

The Centre for Applied Technology

NAIT

The Centre for Applied Technology is the largest building project in NAIT’s history. Opened in August 2016, the 51,600-square-metre (555,000-square-foot) building includes 77 classrooms, 45 labs and advanced simulation environments, a 135-seat lecture theatre, student lounges and commons areas, and food services. Approximately 5,000 students from NAIT’s JR Shaw School of Business, School of Applied Sciences…

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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.

MHC student starts rock climbing business

Medicine Hat College

Dana McMahon has taken his passion for rock climbing and turned it into a full time company; OCD Adventures is geared towards providing climbers of all ages and abilities a chance to enjoy the less traveled paths of Crowsnest Pass. “The people I’m looking to take climbing are not the hard core climbers typically found…

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…

An experiential program for early stage entrepreneurs

Centennial College

When developing a new business, it’s important to ensure that a viable Business model is developed and validated before full scale execution. Centennial College’s Lean Canvas Training and Development is an experiential program for early stage enterprises facilitating hands-on development of validated business models and planning to build the business. The program is modelled on…

Selkirk College alumnae embody homegrown philosophy at Lōkel Hair Studio

Selkirk College

The owners of Nelson’s chic Lōkel Hair Studio personify their namesake. It doesn’t get much more local than the duo Ashely Simon and Michelle Devine. They were locally born and raised, locally schooled and are now local business owners. “We’re local to Nelson. Our families are local to Nelson. Our learning is local to Nelson,” says Simon.…

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…

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November 2017

Outstanding Alumni

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

Martine Dugrenier

Vanier College

Olympic athlete

Stan Douglas

Emily Carr University

Artist

Charles Richard Hamelin

Cégep régional de Lanaudière

Concert pianist

Jill Krop

BCIT

Television personality and reporter

K.D. Lang

Red River College

Singer/songwriter

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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.

Be a Student-for-a-Day

NBCCD

What could be better than checking out our new view book, taking a tour, and meeting with our instructors? Living a day in the life of one of our students, of course. “I came in the morning,” said Student-for-a-Day Alexandre Allard, then a twelfth-grade student at Sugarloaf Senior High. “The students were doing stuff with…

Entrepreneurship Takes Off with the Lean LaunchPad program at Algonquin College

Algonquin College

A world-renowned pre-accelerator program, Lean LaunchPad is taught at over 200 universities worldwide, and back in February the team at Algonquin launched their very own version of the class. Although the AC version differed, in various ways, from the original, they both had at their core, the idea that participants ‘get out of the building’…

Holland College tourism students learn while giving back to the community

Holland College

from CBC: Giving back to the community has become a part of the work in Holland College’s Travel and Tourism Management class. Instructor Jennifer Lawton says students who specialize in events coordination learn how to plan an event from start to finish with a focus on fundraising for local non-profits. “That is where they start planning an event, in…

Empowering women to follow their passion

Saskatchewan Polytechnic

Penny Jean Wohlberg is a journeyperson carpenter and owner of Renovation Jeannie. She is also a strong supporter of Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s Women in Trades & Technology (WITT) program. “For me it all started with WITT,” says Penny. “WITT is all about empowering women and giving them confidence. WITT was the catalyst that kick-started my career…

NSCC “Difference Dollars for Service Learning” initiative encourages students to give back to the community

Nova Scotia Community College

from The Chronicle Herald: During the winter and spring of 2017, students at the Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) are being invited to submit ideas for projects that will not only apply the knowledge they are learning at the NSCC, but which will also better life in the province. “Difference Dollars for Service Learning is…

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