Top Ten

January 22, 2009

Fleming College proposes $35-million skilled trades institute

Fleming College has submitted a proposal to the Ontario government for a $35-million skills training facility to be located at the school's Peterborough campus. The Kawartha Skilled Trades Institute will teach and train students from local high schools, the college, and regional industry. The 18,000-square-foot facility will provide new space and equipment for training in areas such as welding, masonry, plumbing, carpentry, and machining. Fleming College News Release | Kawartha Skilled Trades Institute

$11 million for digital media corridor

The Ministry of State (Science and Technology) announced yesterday the newest Centre of Excellence for Commercialization and Research -- the Waterloo Region-based Corridor for Advancing Canadian Digital Media. The CACDM is a joint initiative of Communitech and the University of Waterloo's Stratford Institute, linking digital media clusters from coast to coast. The CACDM will receive $10.7 million over 5 years. NCE News Release | Communitech News Release | Kitchener-Waterloo Record

2 uOttawa students hurt in chemical explosion

2 University of Ottawa students were injured Wednesday afternoon following a minor chemical explosion in the university's biosciences complex. A 19-year-old woman received minor chemical burns to her hands, and a 24-year-old man sustained burns to his hands and face, and also had a cut on his face. It is believed the explosion occurred in a lunchroom area, where the injured man brought his experiment to show a friend. Ottawa Citizen

uLethbridge unveils strategic plan

The final draft of the University of Lethbridge's new strategic plan is complete, and will be released to the university community at a campus event next month. Priorities outlined in the plan include confirming uLethbridge as a comprehensive university, enhancing the student experience, promoting access to high-quality PSE, and strengthening relationships with external communities. uLethbrige Notice Board | University of Lethbridge Strategic Plan 2009-2013

Classes will resume for 5,000 York students

Despite the continuing strike, over 5,000 York University students will go back to school Monday after the university senate executive approved the return of students in 4 separate areas, including undergraduate business studies. 2 programs in the Atkinson Faculty of Liberal and Professional Studies and the education faculty's pre-service, full-time consecutive program will also resume. York News Release | Toronto Star

WLU business school to integrate Blackberry into programs

In August, Wilfrid Laurier University's business school will launch a pilot program in which MBA students will use Blackberrys as part of their class curriculum. Students will have access to 30% of course material on the smartphone. Future plans for this initiative include Blackberry applications that allow students to register for courses, and having students develop applications that could be made available to universities worldwide. WLU News Release

Northern College offers tuition-free ECE program

On Tuesday, Northern College announced a new tuition-free Early Childhood Education worker pre-apprenticeship program, which will begin next month. The program, run in partnership with the Timmins Family YMCA, serves as a pathway to ECE certification for those unable to secure an apprenticeship. Funded by the Ontario government, the program requires a Grade 11 transcript for enrolment. Timmins Daily Press

BCIT recruitment portal asks "what would you change?"

We've just noticed that the British Columbia Institute of Technology has a new interactive microsite. Set up like a social networking site, members can upload photos and manipulate them to illustrate what kind of changes they'd like to see. The site includes video testimonials filmed at events about what people would change. The portal also features videos about current BCIT students in several programs.

Mount Allison runs "How Green Are You?" video contest

Mount Allison University recently launched a contest in which members of the university community and the public submit short videos illustrating what they are doing to help the environment. The top videographers will be awarded cash prizes and a matching gift to go towards the environmental charity of their choice. The top youth or high school group will win $500 and the submission will be featured in a youth film festival. The "How Green Are You?" contest runs until February 15. How Green Are You?

US freshmen politically engaged, financially concerned

Nearly 90% of first-year US college students frequently or occasionally discussed politics in the last year, according to the latest installment of an annual survey from UCLA. Almost 40% of this year's freshmen said that keeping up with political affairs is "essential" or "very important," up from a record low of 28% in 2000. The survey also shows financial concerns dictate college choice. 17% of those accepted into their first-choice institution opted to attend a lower-choice school, mostly because of costs. A record 43% said financial aid offers were "very important" or "essential" in choosing where to attend. UCLA News Release | Inside Higher Ed | The Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription required) | Read the brief