Top Ten

January 7, 2021

NSCC announces it will waive tuition for students with foster-care experience

Nova Scotia Community College has announced that it will waive tuition for learners who have previously spent time in care through the Post-Care Free Tuition Program. Eligible students will have up to 100% of their tuition and fees covered. “At NSCC, we’re committed to building accessibility and inclusion into everything we do,” said NSCC President Don Bureaux. “By eliminating barriers to education in this way, we’re opening up a world of possibilities and ensuring that all Nova Scotians have the opportunity to move successfully into training and the workforce.” NSCC says it is the first college in Atlantic Canada to waive tuition for students who have previously been in care. NSCC | Halifax Today (NS)

UBCO launches Arts Career Apprenticeship Program

The University of British Columbia Okanagan has started an Arts Career Apprenticeship Program that will allow graduates from arts, humanities, or social sciences programs to complete paid apprenticeships. Students will have the chance to contribute to a local organization or business while gaining networking opportunities and receiving mentorship. “The time after graduation can be an exciting but also stressful [time] for students as they navigate the transition from university to their first jobs,” says Ananya Mukherjee Reed, UBCO provost and VP academic. “This program is designed to bring local businesses into that transition process, and provide real-world experience to help jumpstart their careers and to help foster talent right here in the Okanagan.” UBC (BC)

Students prepare for isolation after re-entering NB to study

Postsecondary institutions are supporting more than 1,200 students who are facing a 14-day isolation after returning to New Brunswick to study. CBC reports that universities are checking in with students by phone and email to ensure that they are in good health and following the rules. The University of New Brunswick has a 50-member team that offers support with travel, groceries, check-ins, and other services. St Thomas University has made dorm rooms available for students who are coming back and need a place to isolate away from roommates. Residences at Mount Allison University open on January 8th, enabling students to self-isolate before classes start. CBC (NB)

ACC launches Early Childhood Education Workplace program

Assiniboine Community College has launched an Early Childhood Education Workplace program. This program allows students who are employed at a childhood education centre and have at least two years of professional experience to pursue an Early Childhood Education diploma while continuing to work. The program is condensed to take into account previous student experience in the field, allowing students to attend classes two days a week to complete the program in two years. Graduates will be able to apply for ECE Level 2 classification. Brandon Sun (MB)

How to write realistic faculty position descriptions: Opinion

To attract the right employees, David D Perlmutter describes how human resources professionals can craft a well-written and effective faculty job descriptions. The article suggests starting with a familiar template that will provide the structure and universal language necessary for creating a position description. Perlmutter explains how consulting with faculty members who have a role in the hiring process can help reconcile overlapping authority. The author further encourages administrators to take a lead on identifying both the preferred and required qualifications that will be listed in a position’s description. The Chronicle of Higher Ed (International)

McMaster announces launch of Equitable Admissions for Black Applicants pilot project

McMaster University has launched an Equitable Admissions for Black Applicants (EABA) pilot project. The program allows students who self-identify as Black to have a supplementary application form evaluated by a panel of Black faculty, alumni, and students. The pilot project aims to reduce potential bias in the evaluations of applicants. “Our continuing rise in educational excellence depends on ensuring we are inclusive of all in our Canadian community,” said McMaster Vice-President and Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences Paul O’Byrne. “I’d like to congratulate the BHSc (Hons) program on establishing a pilot project for an admissions pathway for Black applicants, and I know several of our other programs are following suit.” McMaster (ON)

Camosun announces plans to create “Miracle” composite lab

Camosun College is creating a $2.4M high-end composite lab called “Miracle” (materials, integration, research, and creativity) through the Camosun Innovates program. Camosun will renovate an empty space on its Interurban campus to create a 3,600-square-foot lab as a full-time location for composite work. At least 15 students per year will be able to work within the space. “There isn’t a lot of teaching space available for composites, so this is a real step forward for us,” said Richard Gale, director of Camosun Innovates. “It’s going to give Camosun College and Camosun students a real leg up on the newest work being done in manufacturing on the Island and beyond.” Times Colonist (BC)

Fanshawe introduces redesigned Occupational Health and Safety program

Fanshawe College has launched a redesigned Occupational Health and Safety certificate program in response to increased demand for professionals in the field. The program meets the nine competency categories of the Canadian Registered Safety Technician (CRST) certification and will prepare graduates to work in a variety of industries. “The pandemic has underscored the need for occupational health and safety technicians to maintain a safe working environment,” said Fanshawe School of Public Safety associate dean Mark Hunter. “This program, aligned with the new CRST certification, is a significant addition to Fanshawe’s School of Public Safety.” The part-time program will be available entirely online, and graduates will be able to write the CRST examination upon completing the program. Fanshawe (ON)

TWU security guard involved in September incident charged with manslaughter

The death of a man at Trinity Western University’s Langley campus after an altercation with campus security is now considered a homicide. The victim had no known association with TWU, reports CBC. A manslaughter charge has reportedly been laid against security guard Jack Hutchinson. “This individual is on medical leave due to injuries sustained during the altercation,” said TWU public relations director Winnie Lui. “We are deeply saddened by this situation, and grieve the loss of life.” CBC | Global News (BC)

Holland College, Royal Roads renew program pathways

Holland College and Royal Roads University have announced the renewal of several program pathways that will enable college students to earn bachelor degrees. Graduates of the college’s Marketing and Advertising Management, Business Administration, Accounting Technology, and Tourism and Travel Management programs may receive credit towards a Bachelor of Business Administration degree at Royal Roads. Graduates from the college’s Bioscience Technology, Environmental Applied Science Technology, and Wildlife Conservation Technology programs may receive credit towards a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science or Environmental Practice. Holland (PEI|BC)