Top Ten

June 22, 2022

KPU, Douglas, JIBC, UFV collaborate on education, skills training needs assessment

Four British Columbia postsecondary institutions will be receiving provincial funding to evaluate the postsecondary needs of those living in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows. BC will be providing $250K to Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Douglas College, the Justice Institute of British Columbia, and the University of the Fraser Valley to collaborate on an education and skills training needs assessment. “Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows are two of the fastest-growing communities in the Lower Mainland,” said BC Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Training Anne Kang. “This needs assessment is the first step to understand whether students in the area have access to the educational and training opportunities that are needed for them to thrive and be prepared for the economy of the future.” Nation Talk (BC)

St Paul’s University College to change name to United College

St Paul’s University College has announced that it will be changing its name to United College as part of an institutional rebrand. The new name reflects the institution’s current and future mission as an institution that offers courses and housing on the University of Waterloo’s campus. The proposal to change the name was adopted unanimously, and the change will be formalized on September 24. “It’s a beautiful name that speaks to the inclusive values of today’s College while still honouring those responsible for its founding and early development,” said St Paul’s Principal Richard Myers. UWaterloo | The Record | Global News (ON)

MITT opens expanded welding facility

The Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology has celebrated the opening of its expanded welding shop. The expansion, which was supported by a $4.5M investment from the Government of Manitoba, includes new welding stations; an innovation skills lab; and a hub focused on advanced projects, prototyping, and troubleshooting for industry. "Welding is one of the most in-demand trades in Manitoba and this project will play a pivotal role in training welders in the province with hand-on skill development," said MB Advanced Education, Skills, and Immigration Minister Jon Reyes. MB | MITT (MB)

YorkU, Town of Aurora sign MOU to collaborate on technology, learning programs

York University and the Town of Aurora have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that will see them collaborating to benefit the community. The five-year agreement includes a variety of initiatives and priorities, including smart community technology, professional development, and learning and employment programs. “We are pleased to partner with the Town of Aurora to contribute to the sustainable and economic prosperity of our communities,” said YorkU President Rhonda Lenton. “The MOU pledges to pursue new professional development and learning opportunities and to participate in the development of leading-edge technologies that drive positive change while advancing key University priorities such as our commitment to sustainable development.” YorkU (ON)

Personal information of 15,000 Memorial students leaked

The personal information of 15,000 Memorial University students was accidentally leaked during a career development program email campaign, reports CBC. Names, email addresses, student numbers, and programs of study were emailed to around 1,000 students. The students were instructed to delete any emails received after the breach was identified. Memorial has apologized for the breach and has confirmed that it is improving its processes to prevent future leaks. The data released reportedly cannot be used to access human resources data or to access university services. CBC | Insurance Business Mag (NL)

Career practitioners should use strengths-based lens for international students: Editorial

Instead of emphasizing deficits international students face as they transition into the Canadian workforce, career practitioners should use a strengths-based career development approach, write Candace Stewart-Smith, Jessie Eulenberg, and Dr Kathleen Clarke of Wilfrid Laurier University. The authors offer four strategies for career practitioners to consider. These recommendations include enhancing international student awareness of their unique assets and abilities, such as a global worldview, intercultural skills, and additional languages; tailoring support to the student’s intentions to stay in Canada, return home, or pursue further international study or travel; and teaching students about the norms of working in Canada. Finally, the authors argue that career practitioners must question their own worldviews and biases and reflect on how they can best support students. CERIC (Editorial) (Editorial)

STU launches program to support students from international conflict zones

St Thomas University has launched a program that will support students who have come to Canada from international conflict zones. Up to 10 eligible students from conflict zones will have the opportunity to pursue a bachelor of arts program at no cost. Students will gain free tuition, housing, and wrap-around supports for two years. The program is open to students who have come to Canada in the last year, have temporary resident status or permanent resident status as refugees, and who have not yet completed an university degree. “It was felt that we could step up and help [ten students] and do it well,” said STU AVP of enrolment Ryan Sullivan. CBC (NS)

CityLAB Hamilton pilot project becomes permanent program

CityLAB Hamilton, which has run as a pilot project since 2017, is now a permanent program. CityLAB is a collaboration between McMaster University, Mohawk College, Redeemer University, and the City of Hamilton. The program pairs faculty, staff, and students with community partners to develop policies and solutions to challenges facing the city. These include policies to reduce renovictions, improve water quality monitoring, and optimize performance metrics in Hamilton parking lots. "CityLAB speaks to the spirit of collaboration in Hamilton, providing students who are eager to make a difference in their communities with the opportunity not only to contribute but also collaborate with local decision makers and municipal government," said Patrick Byrne, CityLAB project manager. "CityLAB projects provide extra resources, fresh thinking, and new tools to solve old problems." Global News | Hamilton (ON)

Lakeland to expand flexible health care aide training options with labs in Wainwright

Lakeland College has announced that it is expanding its flexible health care aide training options with an opportunity to complete labs in Wainwright, Alberta. Starting in the Fall semester, students will be able to complete theory courses online and complete monthly weekend labs in Wainwright. Students will complete three practicums, and will be able to graduate from the program in less than a year. “[The healthcare field] will face a labour shortage over the next 10 years across the country,” said Janice Aughey, Dean of Lakeland’s School of Health, Wellness and Human Services. “Providing more seats and flexible program options will help more students achieve their goals and prepare them to join the health care field and support communities.” Lakeland (AB)

Institutions need to protect student and staff privacy during online meetings: Opinion

Postsecondary institutions should actively work to protect the privacy of students and staff who are attending online meetings, writes Zachary Michael Jack. Jack writes that the pivot to online learning and meetings has brought up a variety of privacy concerns, since some platforms are able to track IP addresses or force participants to consent to being recorded if they intend to participate. The author argues that those organizing online meetings need to be forthcoming about privacy and data-mining considerations. Additionally, Jack writes that postsecondary institutions should take additional steps to ensure that student and faculty privacy is respected through their choice of software and creation of policies around meetings. Inside Higher Ed (Sub. Req.) (Editorial)