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September 13, 2022

Centennial, Fanshawe, Seneca partner to launch film, TV production micro-credentials

Centennial College, Fanshawe College, and Seneca College have partnered with government and industry to fill the labour shortage in the film and television industry through micro-credential programs. The eight micro-credentials will provide industry professionals with a way to upskill, while also providing the colleges’ current students with a way to gain additional in-demand skills. Centennial will offer Grip/Lighting and Television and Film Production Accounting Basic Skills; Fanshawe will offer Location Sound, Previsualization, and Virtual Production; and Seneca will offer Media Organization for Unscripted TV – Avid, Output and Delivery for Unscripted TV – Avid and Virtual Production. The courses will be offered in in-person and hybrid formats, which will help students to balance work and learning priorities. Newswire (ON)

Aramark introduces low-carbon footprint dishes at 15 Canadian postsecondary institutions

Campus services organization Aramark is introducing Cool Food Meals in 15 postsecondary institutions across Canada to make residence dining more climate friendly. To receive the Cool Food Meals badge, food items must have a carbon footprint below a certain per-meal threshold while meeting a nutritional safeguard. The World Resources Institute has approved 250 Aramark menu items, which will be served at university residence dining rooms across Canada, for the badge. News Wire (National)

Study on growth of college postgraduate credential programs: StatsCan

A study by Statistics Canada shows that college postgraduate credential programs have grown in popularity, rising sharply from 6% of all college graduations in 2014 to 13% in 2019. The growth has largely been driven by Indian international students, with ten times as many graduating with postgraduate credentials in 2019 as did in 2014. StatsCan states that international students with postgraduate credentials received permanent residency at a higher rate than graduates of other credentials, with 80% doing so within five years of graduation. Graduates with postsecondary college credentials also had higher average wages than those with non-postgraduate college certificates, but lower than those with bachelor's degrees. StatsCan (National)

Law Society of Nunavut eliminates additional exam for Nunavut Law Program graduates

The Law Society of Nunavut has eliminated a statutes exam that Nunavut Law Program graduates previously had to pass in order to be called to the bar. Students in the program requested that the additional closed-book exam be removed due to concerns that included how exam candidates already had successfully completed the CPLED + PREP Bar Admission program, the transition from an open-book test, and how lawyers who transfer from other jurisdictions are not required to complete the exam. The Law Society has waived the requirement in light of the feedback, and those who were scheduled to complete the exam in September or who completed the exam in May will have their fees refunded. Canadian Lawyer (NV)

Lethbridge unveils new Indigenous logo for sports team

Lethbridge College has unveiled a new Indigenous logo created by Blackfoot artist Monte Eagle Plume for its sports teams. The logo features a bear that has an arrow starting at its mouth, representing its life force and what it uses to sustain itself. The college had redesigned its gym floor to include new Indigenous images, designs, and words. Representations include mountains and the teepee, which the college’s Indigenous Services Manager Lowell Yellow Horn (Spiitawakasi/Tall Deer), who is a member of the Piikani First Nation, says emphasize that “this is our lodge – the Kodiaks’ lodge, and really brings it home for our student-athletes that this is a place of belonging.” The word “Aikowania,” which refers to body awareness and movement, appears on one side of the court, and “Welcome to Ohkotoki'aahkkoiyiiniimaan,” appears on the other side of the court. Lethbridge | Lethbridge News Now (AB)

A look into the causes of increased Indian international student immigration to BC: Editorial

In an article for CBC, Sarbmeet Singh and Akshay Kulkarni discuss how Indian international student immigration increased rapidly over the last seven years to make up around 30% of university student population in British Columbia in 2021. According to some Indian students, the turbulent political environment in India and the need for skilled workers in Canada have helped push immigration. The growth of the Indian middle class, high youth unemployment in India, and the lack of job security and benefits in India's private and technology sectors have been the strong contributors to immigration. However, according to the BC Federation of Students, almost half of these international students live precariously due to high international tuition fees and costs of living. As a result, the federation is calling on BC for more public funding and regulations capping international tuition fees. CBC (BC)

Changes in conceptions, approaches to inequality in higher education: Study

Rosemary Deem, Jennifer M Case, and Terhi Nokkala have published a new article in Higher Education that discusses the changes made to inequality research in higher education over the last fifty years. Deem, Case, and Nokkala provide an overview and analysis of fifty years of inequality research published in Higher Education and explores this research at three levels: national systems (macro), institutions (meso), and the lived experiences of academics (micro). The authors found that there has been evolution in terminology, concepts, and theories regarding participation in higher education, as well as widening participation in the field broadly speaking as the sector has changed. They conclude by remarking on how different areas of inequality research have been the foci of different regions and times, and note their hope that the journal will continue to be a vanguard in this work. Higher Education (Article) (Editorial)

ON students report OSAP delays, ON says “no significant backlog”

CBC reports that several postsecondary students in Ontario stated that they have still not received OSAP funds or replies on OSAP applications, even as the Fall semester begins. College Student Alliance President Azi Afousi told CBC that she has never received so many complaints about OSAP delays before. ON Minister of Colleges and Universities Jill Dunlop has stated that there is no significant backlog and that a staff review is being conducted, and the National Student Loans Service Centre agreed that there were no significant delays. CBC reports that some students have tried unconventional methods, such as tweeting at government agencies, to have their application processed and are calling on the provincial government to acknowledge the delays. CBC (ON)

TRU, Teck partner on new antimicrobial copper surfaces

Thompson Rivers University has partnered with Teck Resources Limited to install antimicrobial copper surfaces on TRU’s Kamloops campus. The new antimicrobial surfaces will provide those on campus with added protection, as copper’s antimicrobial properties can help reduce the spread of infection and help create a safe environment. Teck will install over 650 copper surfaces in places such as door fixtures and handles in three buildings: Old Main, the Campus Activity Centre, and the Chappell Family Building for Nursing and Population Health. “The health and safety of TRU’s students, faculty and staff is very important to us, which is why this partnership to install antimicrobial copper in buildings on campus is such a great initiative,” said TRU VP University Relations Brian Daly. TRU (BC)

SLC partners with Kingston, organizations to plan Farmer Training Program

St Lawrence College, the Loving Spoonful, the City of Kingston, and Corrections Canada have partnered on plans for a Farmer Training Program. The announcement was made at the unveiling of the Kingston Region Community Training Farm, where students will take part in a skills training session each week. Over six months, students will take part in online, in-class, and hands-on training to learn relevant skills, such as basic carpentry and small engine maintenance. The program aims to address a future labour shortage in the agricultural industry using a curriculum designed by SLC and Loving Spoonful. Students will also complete SLC’s Mental Health and Wellness for Farmers micro-credential. YGK News (ON)