Top Ten

June 28, 2022

RHF announces expansion of Indigenous Teacher Education Initiative through new funding

The Rideau Hall Foundation (RHF) has announced the expansion of its Indigenous Teacher Education Initiative through new funding of over $45M. The program focuses on increasing the number of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis teachers in Canada. RHF will invest the funding into programs that support pathways to train new Indigenous teachers, with the aim of having 10,000 First Nations, Inuit, and Métis teachers in Canada’s education systems. The funding has been provided by several partners, including the Mastercard Foundation. “While being transformational for students and Indigenous communities, First Nations, Inuit and Métis teachers are also essential to Canada’s reconciliation journey,” said RHF Director of Indigenous and Northern Relations Bill Mintram. Nation Talk (National)

NB terminates dedicated EI program for postsecondary students

The Government of New Brunswick has terminated EI Connect, an employment insurance program for postsecondary students. Several students expressed their disbelief to Global News and CBC after it was announced that the program would be halted immediately. The program allowed students who worked for a certain number of hours over the summer to collect EI benefits while completing their studies. CBC reports that there was no public announcement regarding the end of the program, but that students found out through email communications from their postsecondary institutions. Students who had planned to use the program are concerned about how they will pay for their living costs, and some say they will be forced to take out additional loans or rethink their educational pathways due to the change. Eve Chamberlain, a Université de Moncton student in mechanical engineering, has launched a petition against the change that has seen over 12,000 signatures. CBC | Global News (NB)

Seneca launches first master’s level programming in business administrations, science

Seneca College has announced that it will be offering its first master’s level programs through a partnership with Niagara University. Starting in the Fall, Seneca will offer courses from Niagara’s Master of Business Administration and Master of Science in Information Security and Digital Forensics programs. The institutions have also forged an academic pathway to recognize up to 18 credits from nine Seneca degree programs as prerequisite coursework for the two master’s degrees. “Seneca is delighted to be expanding our partnership with Niagara University to include master’s degrees,” said Seneca President David Agnew. “Not only can our graduates earn advanced standing and learn close to home, but our outstanding faculty will be able to demonstrate their expertise through master’s-level teaching opportunities.” News Wire (ON)

UAlberta Campus Saint-Jean receives funding to hire staff, increase offerings

The University of Alberta's Campus Saint-Jean has received $13.3M in federal and provincial funding over three years to hire more teachers and staff, increase the number of French courses and programs offered, and improve infrastructure and student services. The funding will also be used by the francophone campus to renew the development of a French Research Centre. The Edmonton Journal reports that the funding responds to concerns that the campus was being “squeezed” for funding. "With this major new funding, Campus Saint-Jean's leadership and excellence in francophone teaching, learning, and research will continue to build and enrich our university community as well as the francophone communities in Alberta, Canada, and across the world," said UAlberta President Bill Flanagan. UAlberta | Canada | Edmonton Journal (AB)

Georgian opens new Magna Mechatronics Lab

Georgian College and Magna International Inc have formally opened the Magna Mechatronics Lab on Georgian's Barrie campus. The lab follows the principles of industry 4.0, focusing on interconnectivity, automation, machine-learning, and real-time data. Students will learn to build interoperable systems, intelligent automation, and network systems and sensors while studying cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, and big data. "Magna is an employer of choice here in Central Ontario and Georgian is committed to producing future-ready grads who can support their workforce and become leaders in this evolving global industry, said Georgian President Kevin Weaver. Georgian (ON)

Using a three-phase networking approach to build relationships: Opinion

In order to develop career-focused skills and avoid feeling overwhelmed, PhD students should take a strategic approach to networking, writes University of Toronto PhD graduate Anne Meyer-Miner. Meyer-Miner introduces a three-phase approach that students can use when networking. In the first stage, students are encouraged to use events to collect information about what kinds of career fields they would like to work in. The second phase focuses on immersion in fields of interest through participation in programs and volunteer work, while the third sees students connecting through targeted engagement and volunteer work, helping others with their challenges, and supporting classmates and colleagues. “[U]se your time to explore different career paths, become involved in the areas that interest you and connect with the professionals and peers you meet along the way,” writes Meyer-Miner. Inside Higher Ed (Editorial)

Clarétain, Victoriaville, Matane receive funding to upgrade, expand sports and recreation facilities

Collège Clarétain, Cégep de Victoriaville, and Cégep de Matane have received funding for new sports and recreation infrastructure. Clarétain and Victoriaville have received a shared $10M from the Government of Quebec, according to La Nouvelle. Clarétain will use the funding for a two-phase project that will include updates to the college arena and the construction of a multi-sports complex, while Victoriaville will upgrade and expand its physical activity pavilion. Matane has received $1.1M from QC to refurbish its tennis and soccer courts, install a new basketball court, and complete other upgrades to the facilities. La Nouvelle | L'Avantage gaspésien (QC)

Sault launches new graduate certificate programs in project management, e-learning

Sault College has launched new graduate certificate programs in project management and in e-learning and development. The first of these programs, a two-year Project Management Canadian Context program, is specially tailored to the needs of international students. The program provides Canadian context and a work placement in order to increase international student retention. Sault will also be launching both a one-year and a two-year e-learning design and development graduate certificate. “Employers are needing developers who understand not only instructional design, but can also operate the technological tools to create and build these engaging online learning experiences,” said Sault e-learning program manager Jennifer Mosley. Sault Star | Soo Today (ON)

USask, UAlberta receive industry funding for agricultural sustainability projects

The University of Saskatchewan and University of Alberta are launching new research initiatives focused on agricultural sustainability, thanks to funding from industry partners. USask has established a new Pollinator Health Research Chair at its Western College of Veterinary Medicine. The chair is supported through a five-year, $750K funding commitment from the Saskatchewan Beekeepers Development Commission, BASF, SaskCanola, British Columbia Blueberry Council, and Manitoba Canola Growers. Dr Sarah Wood, who will hold the new chair, will provide veterinary research on wild bee species enhance agricultural sustainability. UAlberta has launched a five-year, $1.25M research project tackling clubroot, a disease that damages canola plants. The project is funded by BASF, which will use any developed clubroot-resistant genes for their clients. USask | UAlberta (AB | SK)

Mohawk launching tuition-free PSW, Welding programs

Mohawk College has announced that it will be launching two tuition-free programs. The first of these two programs is an accelerated Personal Support Worker (PSW) training program. Students in the six-month program will receive funding for textbooks and other required materials, will take part in a paid work placement for the final three months of the program, and will leave with a full PSW credential. Mohawk is also one of the Ontario colleges offering a free, two-week welding course through Skills2Advance. Students will be paid for their time learning, will receive supports such as gas money and a kit bag, and will receive a welding certificate for completing the course. Mohawk (1) | Mohawk (2) | Insauga | CHCH (ON)