New pathway to a degree at York University for two Fleming College programs

 

Peterborough ON – (November 23, 2017) – Students in two Fleming College programs have a new pathway to earn teaching degrees at York University.

Eligible graduates of Fleming’s Computer Engineering Technology and Graphic Design – Visual Communications advanced diploma programs can now enter directly into York’s B.Ed in Technological Education program.

“This exciting new pathway opportunity will address the gap in the number of educators who specialize in the ever-expanding world of technology. It will draw students with practical, real-life experience, which they can carry into their teaching career,” said Maxine Mann, Dean of Fleming College’s School of Trades and Technology and School of Business. “Further, this pathway to a degree will give an advantage to Fleming graduates through expanded career opportunities.”

“Our students will graduate from the Graphic Design – Visual Communications (GDV) program with a unique design experience that they can bring into York’s Consecutive B.Ed in Technology Education program – and they will be ready to use and share those skills in the classroom with others. Building on the advanced diploma with a degree will provide our GDV students with the option of both teaching as well as working in the design field,” said Sandra Dupret, Dean of the Haliburton School of Art + Design.

Computer Engineering Technology is a six-semester advanced diploma program that ensures students have the skills needed for the analysis and design of complex computer systems and networks. Course work includes project management as well as preparation for industry certification exams such as A+ and Cisco Networking. Graduates are recognized by the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (OACETT) as meeting all academic requirements for certification in the Certified Engineering Technologists category.

Graphic Design – Visual Communication at Fleming is an advanced diploma program compressed into two years. Students attend classes year-round in the GDV Studio a unique and contemporary ‘classroom as design lab and studio.’ Students gain the skills and knowledge required to communicate ideas in digital and printed media through extensive and varied applied learning experiences.

York’s Consecutive B.Ed. in Technological Education is a full-time professional degree program that includes in-class and blended courses as well as both a school practicum and a community practicum. Students in the program can also earn advanced standing credits toward a Master of Education degree. Graduates are qualified to teach technological subjects for grades 9-12 in a range of areas – everything from communication technology to manufacturing technology to technological design and construction technology.

About Fleming College
Located in the heart of Central Ontario, Fleming College has campus locations in Peterborough, Lindsay, Cobourg and Haliburton. Named for famous Canadian inventor and engineer Sir Sandford Fleming, the college features more than 100 full-time programs in Arts and Heritage, Business, Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, General Arts and Sciences, Health and Wellness, Justice and Community Development, Skilled Trades and Technology, and Continuing Education. Fleming College has more than 6,200 full-time and 10,000 part-time students, and 74,000 alumni.

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Members of the media, for more information please contact:
Laura Copeland
Communications Officer
laura.copeland@flemingcollege.ca
705.749.5530 x 1370

Ontario students and post-secondary institutions call for new, integrated mental health strategy

 

TORONTO, Nov. 2, 2017 – Ontario’s students, colleges and universities are calling on the province to take immediate action on the growing problem of student mental health with an integrated strategy that begins in kindergarten and continues through high school, post-secondary life and adulthood.

A joint report released today calls for a ‘whole of community’ approach by government, health-care providers, community agencies, student associations and post-secondary institutions including mandatory curriculum to teach resiliency in young people, an early-warning system throughout all levels of education, counselling, and expanded use of technology – all at no cost to students whether they live on or off campus.

“Student mental health is a growing concern on post-secondary campuses across the country,” says Andrew Clubine, President of the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA). “Students are calling on the province to take an integrated and comprehensive approach to improving mental wellness supports so that they can succeed both on and off campus.”

A new report called In It Together: Taking Action on Student Mental Health (LINK) was released today by four groups representing the province’s 45 colleges and universities and more than 220,000 students.

In the report, the four partners – the College Student Alliance, the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance, Colleges Ontario and the Council of Ontario Universities – say providing effective support for student mental health is one of the most pressing issues on college and university campuses today, and that post-secondary institutions have made addressing it a priority but can’t meet the challenge alone.

Other recommendations in the report include:

  • An update to Ontario’s Comprehensive Mental Health and Addictions Strategy to recognize post-secondary students as a distinct group
  • Clearly defined roles across four Ontario government ministries to ensure no service gaps
  • Close working relationships between post-secondary institutions and local health-care and community agencies to develop and implement a plan to help students with mental health concerns
  • Free mental health care for students – on and off campus – through increased services not currently funded by OHIP
  • Government investment in transition programing for high school students as they prepare to enter post-secondary

Quick Facts:

  • 75 per cent of mental health disorders first appear among people aged 18-24
  • A National College Health Assessment survey of college and university students reported that last year:
    • 46% of students reported feeling so depressed it was difficult to function, up from 40% in 2013
    • 65% of students reported overwhelming anxiety, up from 58%
    • 14% of students had seriously considered suicide, up from 11%

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For more information, or to arrange an interview with any of the four groups, please contact:

Deborah Lam
Operations & Communications Director
Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance
416-341-9948 647-319-1692 (cell) deborah@ousa.ca
or:

Emmaline Scharbach
Communications Manager
College Student Alliance
416-340-1212 647-454-9951(cell) communications@collegestudentalliance.ca 

Knights win first cricket tournament of the season

 

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Congratulations to the Fleming Knights men’s cricket team who were crowned champions at their first tournament of the season.

On October 27, the team travelled to Humber College to participate in Humber’s extramural tournament. The Knights started the day off with a rough start, losing their first match. However, they made a quick recovery going undefeated for the rest of the day.

The Knights were victorious over Laurier University, and Humber Lakeshore before moving into the playoffs.

In the quarter finals the Knights faced off against recent adversary Laurier University. Following that, the Knights moved on to face Centennial College in the semi-finals. The Knights did not lose momentum furthering their winning streak and defeating Centennial, allowing them to move onto the finals. In the final match of the day the Knights faced off against Sheridan College. Despite being a close match, the Fleming Knights were once again victorious and earned the spot of ‘Tournament Champions.’

Although this is only the second year Fleming has participated in extramural cricket, the team is off to a strong start with the tournament win.

The next tournament for the Fleming Knights men’s cricket team will take place November 28 at Georgian College’s Barrie campus.

 

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Fleming College’s Fall Open House Cancelled

Fleming College’s Fall Open House, which was scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 18, has been cancelled due to the Ontario colleges faculty strike.

We thank all of those who had registered for this event and encourage you to explore one of our campuses by scheduling a campus tour.

Our next Open House event will be on Saturday, April 7, 2018. Registration for Fleming’s Spring Open House is now open and you can sign up here.

Frost Campus to host annual Loggersports competition on Nov. 4

 

ls_team_2017City of Kawartha Lakes ON – (Oct. 26, 2017) – Sawdust will be flying at Fleming College’s Frost Campus on Saturday, Nov. 4 when the campus hosts its annual varsity Loggersports competition.

The competition will draw college and university teams from across eastern Canada – Lakehead University, University of Toronto, Algonquin College, McGill University, University of New Brunswick, and Dalhousie University.

Loggersports features 14 events, a mix of team, doubles and individual races that include everything from ax throwing to pole climbing to chainsawing. During the competition, each participant will compete in all four team events, then one of three doubles events, and one of six single events. In addition, one individual per team will compete in the pool event. (Each competition has a different pool event, and Fleming’s pool event is the Choker Race.)

Fleming has a total of 14 women and 13 men competing on two men’s and two women’s teams (each have an A and a B team).

The event starts at 8 a.m. on Nov. 4 and wraps up with an awards ceremony at 5:30 p.m. For more information on Fleming’s Loggersports team, visit: flemingknights.ca/varsity/loggersports/.

About Fleming College
Located in the heart of Central Ontario, Fleming College has campus locations in Peterborough, Lindsay, Cobourg and Haliburton. Named for famous Canadian inventor and engineer Sir Sandford Fleming, the college features more than 100 full-time programs in Arts and Heritage, Business, Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, General Arts and Sciences, Health and Wellness, Justice and Community Development, Skilled Trades and Technology, and Continuing Education. Fleming College has more than 6,200 full-time and 10,000 part-time students, and 74,000 alumni.

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Members of the media, for more information please contact:
Laura Copeland
Communications Officer
laura.copeland@flemingcollege.ca
705.749.5530 x 1370

 

Fleming College honours alumni excellence with Premier’s Award nominations

 

Peterborough, ON (October 20, 2017) – Fleming College is pleased to announce its six alumni nominees for the Colleges Ontario Premier’s Awards.

The awards recognize outstanding Ontario college graduates in business, community health services, creative arts and design, health sciences, recent graduates and technology.

Fleming College’s 2017 Premier’s Awards nominees are:

  • Business — Duane Parnham (Mineral Engineering Technology / Geological Technician, 1985)
  • Community Services — Michael VanDerHerberg (Geomatics Technician, 2005)
  • Creative Arts and Design — Glenn Ogden (Museum Management and Curatorship, 2002)
  • Health Sciences — Heather Lee, RN, BScN (Nursing, 1987)
  • Recent Graduate — Thomas Wilkins (Business Administration-Marketing, 2015)
  • Technology — Al Stinson (Forestry Technician, 1977)

Presented annually by Colleges Ontario, the Premier’s Awards honour college graduates who have attained remarkable career success. Professional accomplishments include developing and implementing unique ideas that advance their respective field and making a positive difference in their community, either socially or economically.

An award winner in each category will be announced at the Premier’s Awards Gala, hosted by Colleges Ontario, on Monday, November 27 in Toronto.

A brief profile for each Fleming College Premier’s Awards nominee is available online at flemingcollege.ca/alumni-relations/premiers-awards-nominees.

To view award nominee profiles from all 24 colleges in Ontario, visit www.co-awards.org.

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Please note: Photos of each of the nominees can be provided upon request

 

Members of the media, for more information please contact: 
Paula Walton
Alumni Officer
705-749-5530 x 1390
paula.walton@flemingcollege.ca

 

Laura Copeland
Communications Officer
705-749-5530 x 1370
laura.copeland@flemingcollege.ca

Far From the Heart: Interactive forum theatre coming to Fleming College

 

 

farfromtheheartPeterborough ON – (October 10, 2017) – A play intended to engage and educate teens about the different forms of pressure and violence in dating relationships, and the issues that lie beneath the behaviour, is coming to Fleming College on Oct. 18

Far From the Heart is interactive forum theatre inspired by Augusto Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed. Presented by the Unitarian Fellowship and community partners (Fleming College, Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre, and John Howard Society), the play and its message hopes to reach youth and their parents, guardians, and mentors.

Originally developed in 2006 as a collaboration between Grey Bruce teens and local artists, the play has since toured with Sheatre eight times in two provinces and has been adapted into an interactive film.

The show follows four teen characters on the night of a big party as they struggle with personal expectations, peer pressure and relationships. After the story plays out, key scenes are revisited and the audience is invited to intervene and change the outcome. This interactive format allows the audience to explore issues that can lead to dating abuse and sexual violence and also talk about ways that healthy relationships can be encouraged.

“I began Far From the Heart as a summer project for youth in Grey-Bruce, Ontario, in 2006 in response to a growing problem with sexual violence among youth, and a reluctance to admit that it was happening in our rural community. No surprise. Who wants to talk about rape and sexual assault? At first, no one, but then kids came forward, and the dam broke as we provided a way to explore these themes together safely, respectfully and with fun.  We created a play that doesn’t shy away from the truth.  It’s brave,” said Joan Chandler, Artistic Director for Sheatre. “Far From the Heart endures because it works.  Because the issue is universal, the problem rampant, the project provides a useful, in-demand, entertaining vehicle to combat it. We believe in the art form. I love this little play and what it does.”

“As part of our commitment and transition to consent culture, Far From the Heart offers such a unique and effective modality of addressing a very sensitive subject,” said Lisa Ducharme, Director of Health Services at Lakefield College School. “The sincerity of the actors and interactive nature of their performance create a genuine experience for young people. The resulting debate, controversy, and reflection (from exposing bias, prejudice, and truth) provided our students a formidable platform for greater understanding, empowerment, and transformation on a systemic level.”

Far From the Heart will take place from 7-9 p.m. on Oct. 18 in the Whetung Theatre (B3 100) at Fleming’s Sutherland Campus, 599 Brealey Dr., Peterborough. The play is intended for ages 13 and up with a suggested donation of $15 or pay what you can. However, no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Please note: while the cast is white and the story presented in this play is heteronormative, dating violence and sexual abuse are issues for all races and cultures, gender identities and sexual preferences. Representatives from the Unitarian Fellowship and the partnering community organizations will be available for support and referral at the event. The organizers are committed to creating an open and inclusive dialogue and interactive session that recognizes that Indigenous People and People Of Colour and the LGBTQ* community (among others) are at a higher risk of violence.
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For more information, please contact:

Graham Petty
graham@jhsptbo.com
705.933.4491.

 

Laura Copeland
Communications Officer
Fleming College
laura.copeland@flemingcollege.ca
705.749.5530 x 1370

                          

 

Frost Campus hosts specialized drilling training school

 

AMPIS Instructor Richard Soppe leads a course at Frost Campus.
AMPIS Instructor Richard Soppe leads a course at Frost Campus.

Frost session marks the first time the training has been held outside of the United States

City of Kawartha Lakes ON – (Oct. 3, 2017) – Fleming College’s Resources Drilling Technician program hosted a specialized training program at Frost Campus recently – the first time it has been held outside of the United States.

The ADSC – International Association for Foundation Drilling (ADSC-IAFD) held its Anchor and Micropile Installation School (AMPIS) at Frost Campus Sept. 17-22.

AMPIS is designed for drillers of all skill levels. Participants had a range of experience – from 20-plus years in the field to brand new workers. The courses taught drillers about rock anchors and other types of soil retention construction and included six days of intense instruction and rigorous training. The training brought together participants from as far away as Italy, Germany and Hawaii and included not only drillers but also foremen, inspectors, and safety officers.

Five technology-specific drill rigs were brought in to the campus for the hands-on training portion. In-class theory and instruction took place in the Parnham Training Centre. Courses included rotary drilling tools and techniques, hollow bar tools and installation, grouting, and hydraulics.

“The biggest benefit of AMPIS is it brings companies from across North America to Fleming’s School of Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences. And these companies may not have been previously aware of Fleming’s Drilling program,” said Charlie Morettie, Resources Drilling faculty member. “It was a fantastic course – not just for the novice driller but for anyone who needs a better understanding of how everything should be done.”

About Fleming College
Located in the heart of Central Ontario, Fleming College has campus locations in Peterborough, Lindsay, Cobourg and Haliburton. Named for famous Canadian inventor and engineer Sir Sandford Fleming, the college features more than 100 full-time programs in Arts and Heritage, Business, Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, General Arts and Sciences, Health and Wellness, Justice and Community Development, Skilled Trades and Technology, and Continuing Education. Fleming College has more than 6,200 full-time and 10,000 part-time students, and 74,000 alumni.

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Media, for more information please contact:
Laura Copeland
Communications Officer
laura.copeland@flemingcollege.ca
705.749.5530 x 1370

 

 

Call for Nominations: Brian L. Desbiens Community Service Awards


Peterborough ON – (Oct. 3, 2017) – Do you know someone who has made an outstanding contribution to the community? Fleming College is currently seeking nominations for its award program that recognizes dedicated community service.

The Brian L. Desbiens Community Service Awards are given out annually – one to a Fleming College employee (internal) and one to a member of the public (external).

The awards were created to recognize citizens who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to, and concern for, their community, country or beyond. Through volunteer work and within their career these candidates have exceeded expectations, putting their ideas and skills to practical use for the benefit of others.

Please note, candidates for the internal award must be employees of Fleming College while candidates for the external award can be any citizen who lives in Peterborough, Haliburton or Northumberland counties, or the City of Kawartha Lakes, which are all served by Fleming College’s campus locations. Members of the public are encouraged to nominate candidates for either award.

Nominations will be accepted starting Monday, Oct. 2. All nominations must be submitted by 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 20, 2017. The awards will be presented later this fall.

Don’t miss this opportunity to nominate a deserving candidate. For a nomination form, or more information, please contact Laura Copeland, Communications Officer at 705-749-5530 x 1370 or laura.copeland@flemingcollege.ca. You can find the nomination forms on the Fleming College website at:
External Nomination:
http://flemingcollege.ca/news/pdf/NominationFormExternal-FillableTemplate.docx

 

Internal Nomination:
http://flemingcollege.ca/news/pdf/NominationFormInternal-FillableTemplate.docx

 

About Fleming College
Located in the heart of Central Ontario, Fleming College has campus locations in Peterborough, Lindsay, Cobourg and Haliburton. Named for famous Canadian inventor and engineer Sir Sandford Fleming, the college features more than 100 full-time programs in Arts and Heritage, Business, Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, General Arts and Sciences, Health and Wellness, Justice and Community Development, Skilled Trades and Technology, and Continuing Education. Fleming College has more than 6,200 full-time and 10,000 part-time students, and 74,000 alumni.

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Members of the media, for more information please contact:
Laura Copeland
Communications Officer
laura.copeland@flemingcollege.ca
705.749.5530 x 1370

 

Mental Illness Awareness Week at Sutherland Campus

 

Peterborough ON – (October 2, 2017) – Fleming College’s Sutherland Campus is hosting events this week to raise awareness around mental health and mental illness.

Mental Illness Awareness Week will kick off on Tuesday, Oct. 3 with a guest lecture on technology and mental health from Peterborough Family Health Team mental health clinician Julie Brown. Breaking the Technology Trance will explore the themes and realities of social connection in a world of smart phones and social media.

More than 300 Fleming students will attend Ms. Brown’s presentation, which will take place at 11 a.m. in gyms B and C at the Peterborough Sport and Wellness Centre.

The week continues on Wednesday, Oct. 4 with a Knowledge Fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the main foyer at Sutherland Campus. The Fair will feature mental health resources and information that students can access on campus. A Fun Day will take place in the main foyer on Thursday, Oct. 5. Fleming Student Administrative council will host painting and craft tables and a chill zone.

Mental Illness Awareness Week is organized by Fleming’s Mental Health Initiative Team, which is made up of employee and student representatives.

About Fleming College
Located in the heart of Central Ontario, Fleming College has campus locations in Peterborough, Lindsay, Cobourg and Haliburton. Named for famous Canadian inventor and engineer Sir Sandford Fleming, the college features more than 100 full-time programs in Arts and Heritage, Business, Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, General Arts and Sciences, Health and Wellness, Justice and Community Development, Skilled Trades and Technology, and Continuing Education. Fleming College has more than 6,200 full-time and 10,000 part-time students, and 74,000 alumni.

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Members of the media, for more information please contact:
Laura Copeland
Communications Officer
laura.copeland@flemingcollege.ca
705.749.5530 x 1370