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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.

Algonquin College graphic design students and grads participate in digital comic book project to raise awareness about the immune system and vaccinations

Algonquin College

from Metro Ottawa: “A prominent Ottawa doctor has teamed up with graphic-design prodigies to convince children to get vaccinated. Immunization Warriors is a digital comic book that aims to get children thinking differently about needles and go over the heads of reluctant parents. Comparing viruses to invading extra-terrestrials, the comic aims to explain the role of white…

Camosun College’s Comic Arts Festival celebrates the artistry of visual storytelling

Camosun College

Camosun College in Victoria, BC, delivers a nationally unique certificate program in Comics and Graphic Novels each year to approximately 30 students. The one-of-a-kind program was created for students who have a desire to learn the language of visual storytelling, and focuses on skills-based learning for six career paths: comic book creation (print & online),…

Vancouver Island University Culinary Arts grads find rewarding careers with luxury hotels

Vancouver Island University

from the press release: “Vancouver Island University (VIU) Culinary Arts program graduate Perry Assu is living his dream. For fun, he snowboards down some of the finest slopes in the world at the Whistler Blackcomb ski resort and for work, he cooks up fine culinary creations in the luxurious Fairmont Chateau Whistler. Assu, 19, who…

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…

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.

Bangalore or Bust: CNC Nurses Take Part in International Clinical Exchange 

College of New Caledonia

The nursing profession is one that comes with a host of its own rules, procedures, concerns and difficulties for students. Add in the challenge of providing this nursing care in a completely different cultural context, and the impressiveness of the profession becomes even more apparent. Earlier this summer, twelve CNC student nurses and two nursing…

Parkland College sharing its expertise in Jamaica 

Parkland College

In November 2016, Parkland College concluded an 18 month CICan international project in Jamaica. Parkland College worked with HEART Trust/NTA, a training institution with locations across Jamaica, to facilitate a Youth Skills Development programme, jointly funded by the Canadian Government (Global Affairs) and the British Government (DFID). The goal was to take unemployed at-risk youth…

Les étudiants du Cégep Marie-Victorin en stage au Sénégal

Cégep Marie-Victorin

du communiqué de presse : « Accompagnés par Bernard Jobidon, enseignant au Cégep Marie-Victorin, huit étudiants en Design d’intérieur se sont envolés en destination du Sénégal afin de participer à un stage dont l’objectif est de réaliser conjointement un projet d’envergure de conception de maquettes. Un programme de formation de techniciens supérieurs en Architecture et Design d’intérieur est offert…

Cambrian College’s International Success Stories

Cambrian College

A global destination for education, Cambrian is the host and home to approximately 300 international students from dozens of countries such as China, India, Bangladesh, Spain, Rwanda, Tanzania, Nigeria, the United States, and the United Kingdom. Cambrian’s Canadian students also find opportunities to study abroad through co-op and placement experiences in Europe, China, and the…

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…

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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.

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…

Une visite au Nicaragua pour les étudiants en Techniques de bioécologie du Cégep de Sainte-Foy

Cégep de Sainte-Foy

Quatorze étudiants du programme Techniques de bioécologie du Cégep de Sainte-Foy, accompagnés de Mme Joëlle Rondeau, professeure de biologie responsable de l’activité, se sont envolés vers le Nicaragua, le 3 janvier, afin d’y effectuer un voyage d’enrichissement de la formation. Pendant 14 jours, ces étudiants ont eu la chance d’en apprendre plus sur la biologie tropicale…

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…

Bringing a buzz to Humber College

Humber College

Humber College has thousands of hard workers – and we’re not just talking about our students. These workers are black and yellow, smaller than a paperclip and can be seen buzzing around campus in warmer months. (Honey bees, in case you didn’t guess). In an effort to rebuild the number of worker honey bees in…

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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Submit Your Project

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.

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,…

Niagara College launches “Makerspace” exploratory digital lab aimed at inspiring innovation

Niagara College

from NiagaraThisWeek.com: The library at Niagara College is continuing to evolve with the times. The ncLibraries and Learning Commons has added another list to its roster of services, and this one goes beyond the traditional thought of what a library may offer. On Jan. 25, ncLibraries celebrated the launch of its new Exploratory Digital Media…

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,…

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…

Fleming College joins Peterborough’s Innovation Cluster, will create space for use by business & tech students

Fleming College

from the Peterborough Examiner: Fleming College will be part of the Greater Peterborough Innovation Cluster’s new VentureNorth incubator project. The organization announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding with Fleming College. The deal will see Fleming occupy 1,000 square feet of dedicated space for use by business and technology students. The Applied Project space…

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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.

NC student raises awareness through Faceless Dolls workshop

Niagara College

They were lined up side by side on a table – each handmade felt doll carefully placed as the glue set on their yarn of hair and colourful dresses, adorned with accessories like beads and flowers. Each doll was crafted with creativity, care and consideration by students, staff and faculty. Each doll without a face.…

Parkland College builds partnerships with First Nations

Parkland College

This spring, 11 students from Peepeekisis First Nation in East Central Saskatchewan completed a Housing Maintenance/Introduction to Carpentry program held in partnership with Parkland College. The Housing Maintenance program benefits all parties involved. Partnerships are formed between the College and local First Nation communities, and students gain the confidence and skills needed to pursue further post-secondary…

Cambrian and Atikameksheng Anishnawbek sign MoU

Cambrian College

Cambrian College and the Atikameksheng Anishnawbek First Nation, as represented by Chief Edward Steve Miller and Council, announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that will serve as a framework for strengthening their working relationship; addressing the educational needs of the First Nation; and promoting Indigenous culture at the College. The partnership will…

Creating pathways to careers in shipbuilding

Nova Scotia Community College

Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) has launched a program to give Indigenous students the education, support, and resources they need to work in the shipbuilding industry. The program is a partnership between NSCC, the Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Centre, Irving Shipbuilding, GE Canada, Unifor, the Province of Nova Scotia, and the Government of Canada The Pathways to Shipbuilding Indigenous Education…

Sask Polytech honours Indigenous student achievements

Saskatchewan Polytechnic

Looking to celebrate the hard work, dedication and achievements of our Indigenous students preparing to graduate, Saskatchewan Polytechnic hosted honour ceremonies across the province. Sask Polytech has been hosting Indigenous honour ceremonies for approximately 25 years. “Honour ceremonies give us the opportunity to celebrate the educational achievements of our Indigenous students,” says Jason Seright, director,…

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July 2017

Programs of Interest

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

Law Degree Program

Nunavut Arctic College

The Law Degree Program is a four-year program that will be delivered primarily in Iqaluit, Nunavut. Graduates of the program will possess the necessary skills to meet the growing demand for lawyers. It will increase access to justice for Nunavummiut.   View program

Powerline Technician/Power System Electrician Program

Lethbridge College

The Powerline Technician/Power System Electrician Program is a twelve-week extensive hands-on and theoretical training program in the utility electrical field related to overhead and underground distribution installations.   View program

Adventure Recreation and Parks Technician

Sault College

Unique in Canada, this two-year Adventure Recreation and Parks Technician program offers you a broad background in natural resource management, with quality instruction in three major areas of concentration: Parks, Adventure Recreation, and Travel & Ecotourism. Specialty courses in the parks field include Park Operations, Park Interpretation, and Park Protection.   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

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…

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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.

Centre for Health & Wellness takes interdisciplinary approach to teaching and learning

Camosun College

The new building will be designed for 21st century learning, provide a more interdisciplinary approach to teaching and learning, and will deliver the most modern classrooms, with hands-on labs, simulation environments, support and collaboration spaces and medical equipment storage. It will bring together the majority of Camosun’s health and human service programming in one location which is…

The Centre for Collaborative Education

Durham College

Durham College is embarking on the most ambitious and transformative initiative in its history – the new Centre for Collaborative Education (CFCE). A legacy project tied to the college’s 50th anniversary in 2017, the CFCE will replace the college’s aging Simcoe building, which was originally built as a temporary structure and opened in 1969. The new multi-level,…

Le Centre National en éléctrochimie et en Technologies Environnementales

Collège Shawinigan

Le CNETE a comme mandat, de réaliser des activités de recherche appliquée, d’aide technique et d’information à l’entreprise afin de contribuer à l’élaboration et à la réalisation de projets d’innovation et de développement de nouvelles applications technologiques, dans les domaines des bioprocédés, des technologies de séparation par membrane et de l’électrochimie. Au CNETE, la recherche…

Centennial Residence and 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…

Makerspace

Langara College

Langara’s makerspace expands experiential learning opportunities, encourages interdisciplinary sharing of knowledge, promotes peer learning, and enhances students’ skillsets outside the traditional classroom. A space to nurture the creativity of students, faculty, and staff. A space where people can gather, create, and learn.   Discover Makerspace.

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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.

Photographer Kelly Baker: Telling Untold Stories

NBCCD

What do an anthropologist and a photographer have in common? A pure obsession with storytelling. Little wonder that Kelly Baker was drawn to pursue both career paths. In fact, before entering the photography program, she had already completed a PhD in Anthropology: “I went to school for a lot of years to become an anthropologist,…

Following Start Up Pitch Competition, Medicine Hat College students and alumni take next steps to entrepreneurship

Medicine Hat College

from the Prairie Post: With the JMH&CO. Start Up Pitch Competition behind them, Medicine Hat College (MHC) student and alumni entrepreneurs received their funding today and prepared to move on to the next phase of launching their small businesses. The competition, held last month at MHC, saw eight students and alumni present their ideas to…

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…

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 Cégep Limoilou partage son expertise en entrepreneuriat-études avec le Sénégal

Cégep Limoilou

Le dynamisme du programme parascolaire d’Entrepreneuriat-études du Cégep Limoilou a attiré l’attention de la Fédération des cégeps qui a fait appel à Valérie Huppé, conseillère en entrepreneuriat au Cégep Limoilou, afin qu’elle apporte son expertise dans le démarrage d’un centre d’excellence en entrepreneuriat jeunesse au Sénégal. En soutenant l’entrepreneuriat-études, le nouveau centre d’excellence sénégalais vise…

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November 2017

Outstanding Alumni

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

Arnold Belkin

Emily Carr University

Painter and muralist

Pierre Bruneau

Cégep de Victoriaville

Journalist and news anchor

Michaela Pereira

Camosun College

Television personality

Charles Richard Hamelin

Cégep régional de Lanaudière

Concert pianist

Tom Green

Algonquin College

Actor, comedian and producer

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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.

Douglas College Institute for Urban Ecology involves community volunteers in insect research projects

Douglas College

from Maclean’s: People aren’t usually fans of bugs—not in their houses, not in their rooms and certainly not in their beds. So it stands to reason they don’t want them scurrying under their feet in their gardens, either. The User Network for Insects in the Urban Garden, or UNIBUG, is trying to convince you otherwise.…

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…

Conestoga College launches new training and education partnership with ONE CARE

Conestoga College

Conestoga has launched a new community-based supportive care fast-track training and education opportunity in partnership with ONE CARE Home & Community Support Services. Students who successfully complete the training will have the necessary skills and knowledge to provide personal care to clients in home and community settings throughout Stratford and Huron Perth. “We turned to…

Have Whisk, Will Travel: Culinary Arts in the Community

Saskatchewan Polytechnic

Saskatchewan Polytechnic is home to an important training ground for the next generation of Saskatchewan’s culinary masters. The Culinary Arts program, offered at the Saskatoon campus, is led by program head and long-time chef Derek Cotton and teaches students ‘a little bit of everything’ in the culinary world. “Our program is designed to prepare students…

Durham College art instructor’s unique project invites the community to take part

Durham College

from The Oshawa Express: A single person’s life is filled with countless stories. Some of them happy, some of them sad, some exciting and other times tragic; for one local artist, those stories can be the gateway to something bigger, and she’s looking to channel that idea into her latest project. Dani Crosby, an Oshawa…

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