Top Ten

November 26, 2021

ON to invest $90M in promoting the skilled trades to young people

The Government of Ontario has announced that it is providing $90M in funding to promote the skilled trades to young people. The funding will increase financial supports and apprenticeships for those studying in the skilled trades. ON will also be investing an additional $2.9M into the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program to increase the participation of younger individuals in the trades. “Ontario’s trades are the backbone of our economy,” said ON Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development Monte McNaughton. “More young people need to know that a job in the trades opens doors to bigger paycheques, with a pension and benefits. The trades can be their ticket to building a better life, strong family, and a stronger community for us all.” ON (ON)

HEC celebrates launch of executive school by and for First Nations

HEC Montréal is celebrating the launch of the École des dirigeants des Premières Nations (EDPN) today. The new school was created by and for First Nations persons, and is powered by HEC’s Executive Education department. It will offer short-term programs in a variety of delivery models taught by HEC Montréal professors and First Nations trainers. Project co-creators Manon Jeannotte and Ken Rock explained that the new school’s vision is to equip Indigenous community leaders to improve socio-economic conditions and drive self-determination. The first version of the program will consist of four models addressing topics such as authentic management and impact in governance. HEC Montréal | l'actualité (QC)

Adapting to hiring challenges within higher ed: Opinion

Colleges are interested in hiring new staff and faculty, but may struggle to find individuals who are willing to work for them, writes Kevin R McClure. McClure says that in the US, colleges are now struggling to find staff even though many hiring officials still view people as easily replaceable. The author says that there are few people who are willing to fill positions due to lowered morale, low pay, health concerns, and understaffing. The author says that these issues also lead to unhappy and overworked employees, and suggests that institutions should listen to their employees to find out how they are feeling about their jobs and how the workplace could change. The Chronicle of Higher Ed (Editorial)

BHER launches new WIL Hub, announces new WIL Partners

The Business + Higher Education Roundtable (BHER) has recently announced the launch of a new WIL Hub, a one-stop shop for work-integrated learning (WIL) tools and resources, and the launch of 21 new WIL Partnerships. The WIL Hub contains resources such as interactive infographics, an ROI Calculator, and a Find Your WIL tool. These resources will allow work-integrated learning employers to explore, invest in, and create quality work-integrated learning opportunities. The 21 new partnerships with postsecondary institutions and industry leaders will create nearly 16,000 new WIL experiences for students over the course of the academic year. The partnerships received support from the Government of Canada and RBC Future Launch. BHER (1) | BHER (2) (National)

St Clair, UWindsor celebrate launch of Canada’s first Automobility Hub

St Clair College and the University of Windsor have joined Invest Windsor Essex and other partners in celebrating the launch of the Canadian Automobility Hub. The hub will be a centre for automotive innovation and collaboration based out of St Clair’s campus. IWE says that it is the first of its kind in Canada. “Students and graduates from our college will now have a destination to apply their technical expertise to advance software and engineering technology for modern mobility manufacturing right here in Windsor-Essex,” said St Clair President Patricia France. Invest Windsor-Essex | St Clair (ON)

International students accounted for growth in postsecondary enrolments, graduates prior to COVID-19

A new report released by Statistics Canada has shown that prior to the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the growth in postsecondary enrolments and graduations was driven by international students. The reports showed that from 2018/2019 to 2019/2020 international enrolment in Canadian colleges and universities increased by 13.7%, while domestic enrolments decreased by 0.9%. StatCan found that international student enrolment in colleges increased from 60,318 enrolments in 2015-2016 to 153,360 enrolments in 2019/2020. The study also found that international college graduates led the growth of graduates in 2019, with a 33.6% increase in international student graduates compared to 2018. StatCan (National)

Collège Boréal launches program in public administration

Collège Boréal has launched a program in public administration that will be offered fully in French. Students will develop the management and leadership skills used in the public sphere at the federal, provincial, territorial, municipal, and government agency levels. The program will be delivered in person in French at Saint-Paul University’s campus in Ottawa in September 2022, and will be offered online the following year. “I am happy that we will be offering a targeted program in a field with many job opportunities in the National Capital Region and elsewhere,” said Collège Boréal President Daniel Giroux. “The Public Administration program meets a very real need for leadership and management in the public sphere.” Collège Boréal | Le Droit (ON)

MacEwan’s School of Business receives EFMD accreditation

MacEwan University has announced that its School of Business has received European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) accreditation. The international accreditation supports MacEwan’s internationalization efforts and enhances its international profile, visibility, and growth. “Accreditation means that our students are not only getting the core discipline knowledge, but also the durable skills required to be successful in today’s complex business world,” said Dr Ali Taleb, interim associate dean, Research, International and Outreach at MacEwan. “Our students can develop the global mindset and sense of accountability necessary to meaningfully shape the world around them.” MacEwan (AB)

Conestoga launches new commerce financial services degree program

Conestoga College has launched a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) Financial Services degree program at its Doon campus. The degree takes four years to complete and is focused on providing students with the skills, competencies, and knowledge needed to pursue careers in financial services. Students in the program will learn about insurance and financial planning, and will complete a paid co-op work term between their third and fourth year. Graduates will be able to pursue a variety of licenses and designations such as Qualified Associate Financial Planner, Chartered Insurance Professional, and FP Canada’s Certified Financial Planner. “What you get in this degree is real integration in the financial services industry,” said Conestoga School of Business chair James Boesch. Conestoga (ON)

Olds, USask sign MOU on technological solutions in the farming sector

Olds College and the University of Saskatchewan have signed a MOU that will see the two institutions working together on technological solutions in the agriculture sector. The memorandum outlines collaboration in a variety of areas, such as sensors and sensing, data transfer and security, and artificial intelligence. “Olds College and the University of Saskatchewan have long histories of being catalysts of innovation in the agriculture industry,” said Olds associate VP of applied research Joy Agnew. “With the MOU in place, we look forward to working with USask to continue to provide technical solutions and training opportunities for the agriculture and agri-food industry.” Global News (AB | SK)