Trent University and Fleming College Announce New Learning Pathways for Educators

Graduates of Educational Support and Early Childhood Education diploma programs will earn credits toward Teacher Education Stream degree at Trent

Peterborough ON – (June 23, 2020) – A new articulation agreement will allow education diploma graduates from Fleming College to seamlessly transition to Trent University’s Teacher Education Stream degree program as they continue on their path toward career in teaching.

For Trent, the partnership deepens ties with the Peterborough community and helps ensure that new teachers will be prepared for the diverse opportunities and challenges they will encounter in the classroom.

“Early childhood education has long-term benefits that contribute to life-long success, and we all benefit when students with special needs have the support that they need to realize their full potential,” says Dr. Cathy Bruce, dean of Education, Teaching and Learning at Trent. “By working together, Trent University and Fleming College are making Ontario’s schools, and our communities, stronger.”

The new learning pathway is available for Fleming College graduates from both the Educational Support diploma, which trains students to support children in the classroom with special needs, and the Early Childhood Education (ECE) diploma, which equips graduates with the skills and knowledge needed to work with young children in active classroom-learning environments.

“At Fleming College, we seek to develop transferable skills for our students, and to partner within our community to make a positive impact,” added Fleming College president Maureen Adamson. “Graduates who choose to continue their education at Trent will be able to apply the skills they’ve learned at both institutions in Ontario classrooms. This type of partnership contributes to Fleming College’s vision of making the Greater Peterborough Area a destination of choice by building economic prosperity and social benefits.”

Under the new agreement with Trent, eligible Educational Support graduates will be able to obtain 5.0 credits toward the 20.0-credit Bachelor of Arts (Honours) within the Teacher Education Stream, while ECE graduates can now obtain 7.0 credits towards their Bachelor’s degree.

Trent University remains open to applications for many programs, including the Teacher Education Stream. Fleming College continues to accept applications for its Educational Support and Early Childhood Education diploma programs.

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Media, for more information please contact:

Sara O’Halloran
Communications Officer  
sara.ohalloran@flemingcollege.ca

Cara Walsh
Communications & media relations officer, Trent University,
(705) 748-1011 x6240
carawalsh@trentu.ca

Fleming College to Celebrate Class of 2020 with Virtual Convocations

Peterborough ON – (June 22, 2020) Achievements of the Class of 2020 will be celebrated virtually this year at Fleming College’s 53rd Convocation Ceremonies, available through the College’s Convocation website.

Never has a graduating class at Fleming College been called to step into the future with more purpose and hope. During this unprecedented year, Fleming College will host five virtual ceremonies to celebrate the Class of 2020. Please see below for the Convocation schedule:

Thursday, June 25, 2020
9 a.m.             
Haliburton School of Art + Design
School of General Arts and Sciences
School of Health and Wellness

11 a.m.           
School of Justice and Community Development

1 p.m.            
School of Trades and Technology

Friday, June 26, 2020
9 a.m.             
School of Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences

1 p.m.             
School of Business

In advance of Convocation, graduates are receiving packages via courier containing their diploma, collar, pennant and window sign. For graduates who earned their Indigenous Perspectives Designation, they will also receive an Indigenous Perspectives letter.

All graduates are encouraged to share their Fleming College pride via social media by snapping a selfie with their diploma and tagging #FlemingGrad. Photos will be re-shared by Fleming College and included in the virtual ceremonies.

Each ceremony will feature an Indigenous Honour Song and Land Acknowledgement, a welcome by Fleming College Board Chair Dan Marinigh, remarks by President Maureen Adamson, Alumni Remarks and Valedictorian address. O Canada will be performed by Kate Suhr.

Visit the College’s Convocation website on Thursday, June 25 and Friday, June 26 to tune in to the virtual ceremonies.

About Fleming College
Fleming College respectfully acknowledges that we are situated on Michi Saagiig Anishinaabeg lands and territory. 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 6,800 full-time and 10,000 part-time students, and 75,000 alumni.

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Media, for more information please contact:

Sara O’Halloran
Communications Officer  
sara.ohalloran@flemingcollege.ca

Fleming’s Occupational Therapist Assistant and Physiotherapist Assistant program receive national accreditation

Peterborough ON – (June 17, 2020) Fleming College’s Occupational Therapist Assistant (OTA) and Physiotherapist Assistant (PTA) program has been awarded the status of accreditation by the Occupational Therapist Assistant and Physiotherapist Assistant Education Accreditation Program (OTA & PTA EAP).

The term of the accreditation is six years, April 2020 to April 2026. Many employers across Canada only hire OTA and PTA graduates from an accredited program, and Fleming’s status will increase graduates’ opportunities for employment.

“Fleming’s programs are laser-focused on quality and skills development, and we take a great deal of pride when we are recognized by accreditation programs such as the OTA & PTA EAP,” said Maureen Adamson, President, Fleming College. “Our goal is to produce graduates that are sought after and stand out. The OTA & PTA accreditation will ensure Fleming graduates have the skills they need for a rewarding career as occupational therapist assistants and physiotherapist assistants.”

The OTA & PTA EAP is responsible for the accreditation of occupational therapist assistant and physiotherapist assistant education programs across Canada. To receive accreditation, programs must meet candidacy status which confirms that a diploma is granted by the educational institution, affiliated with an institution authorized under applicable law, includes a minimum of 500 practicum hours and the program head/coordinator/director of the program is a registered occupational therapist or physiotherapist.

Fleming’s OTA & PTA program is a four-semester diploma program offered at Fleming’s Sutherland Campus. The program offers cross-training in both occupational therapy and physical therapy. Graduates become critical thinkers who demonstrate problem solving ability with strong interpersonal and communication skills. Students are assigned to a variety of clinical settings throughout their studies, and have an opportunity to accumulate a minimum of 500 clinical hours.

For more information about the OTA & PTA program offered at Fleming College, please click here.

About Fleming College
Fleming College respectfully acknowledges that we are situated on Michi Saagiig Anishinaabeg lands and territory. 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 6,800 full-time and 10,000 part-time students, and 75,000 alumni.

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Media, for more information please contact:

Sara O’Halloran
Communications Officer 
sara.ohalloran@flemingcollege.ca

Pharmacy Technician program receives national accreditation

Peterborough ON – (June 16, 2020) Fleming College’s Pharmacy Technician program was awarded the status of accreditation by the Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs (CCAPP).

The term of the accreditation is five years, from January 2020 to December 2024, and is the highest accreditation awarded. The accreditation was awarded under new CCAPP standards set in place July 2019. Graduates of accredited programs by CCAPP are well-prepared for a career in health care.

Application for national accreditation requires significant time and resources. Securing accreditation means that graduates are eligible to pursue licensing through the Ontario College of Pharmacists. Without this accreditation, graduates would not be eligible to purse this licensing.

Our programs are focused on the needs of the labour market, and we work diligently to ensure we are responsive and provide the essential skills and training that graduates need for the workforce,” said Maureen Adamson, President, Fleming College. “This accreditation for our Pharmacy Technician program demonstrates our commitment to current trends and will produce graduates with the talent employers are looking for.”

The Pharmacy Technician program is a four-semester diploma program offered at Fleming’s Sutherland Campus. The program offers a placement in hospitals, community and long-term care settings. The program also offers an Indigenous Perspectives Designation (IPD), where Indigenous events and experiences are incorporated into the learning.

For more information about Fleming’s Pharmacy Technician program, click here.

About Fleming College
Fleming College respectfully acknowledges that we are situated on Michi Saagiig Anishinaabeg lands and territory. 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 6,800 full-time and 10,000 part-time students, and 75,000 alumni.

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Media, for more information please contact:

Sara O’Halloran
Communications Officer 
sara.ohalloran@flemingcollege.ca

A Welcoming Place for All | Anti-Racism message by Fleming College President Maureen Adamson

In a lifetime, there are only a few moments where we believe things will be different forever.  I believe this is one of those moments. And while it is not possible for me to live the experiences of a Black, Indigenous or other racialized person, it is my sincere hope is that something is different now.

That it took a tragic event like the death of George Floyd to give momentum to a movement that is now creating immediate global action against racism is appalling. However, there are now more signs than ever that some changes are finally coming.

Anti-Black racism has been scourge on our society for far too long. The idea that it is somehow less a problem in Canada than elsewhere is a grossly false comfort that only perpetuates systemic, embedded bias against all racialized people in our country.

If there is any solace at all in recent violent acts against Black and Indigenous peoples in the US and Canada, it is that real action and real solutions are emerging. Legislative efforts to reform law enforcement have begun in several jurisdictions and a broad urgency to question our thinking about systemic racism is more prevalent than ever, with the momentum showing no signs of waning.

As educators, we have a higher burden to listen, to understand, to share that understanding, to question the status quo, and to then take action. At Fleming, we have resources and supports with many exceptional people on our Diversity and Indigenous support teams who are very eager and exceptionally capable to help affect change. They can’t do it until the rest of us take action and step forward and voice our support, ask for help, or offer to serve.  

Some progress has been made in recent years because of the tireless work of some, but I am encouraged now that the some is becoming the majority and that something is different, now and forever. We all have an opportunity and an obligation to leverage this moment and make this moment an era. Let us always hold on to our values that are fundamental to our strategic plan; to be a welcoming place for all.

Fleming Safe and the college’s response to yesterday’s provincial announcement

Peterborough ON – (June 11, 2020)
This message is sent on behalf of Linda Poirier, Vice President, Academic Experience 

We were very pleased to hear yesterday’s news from Minister Ross Romano that Ontario’s colleges and universities can begin to re-open their campuses for a small number of in-person programs this summer. These selected programs are specifically for those students who were “stranded”, meaning that due to the COVID-19 interruption, they were unable to complete outstanding practical requirements that would have been regularly scheduled at the college and therefore, prevented them from graduating.

At Fleming, we are currently determining when we can schedule selected short-term boot camps to enable stranded students to complete their studies from the Winter and Spring semesters. We are developing plans to run a small number of programs related to essential services during the summer. In the coming weeks, impacted students will receive further communication directly from their schools regarding start dates and timetables.

As per the Minister’s announcement, the focus of this limited selection of pilot programs is directed toward students in essential front-line health service areas and high labour market demand training programs in engineering, trades and other critical professions. While this announcement is good news and a small step toward re-opening our campuses, it is important to note that it does not mean a full-scale return to campus on July 2 for students or employees. Employees will continue to work remotely until further notice.

This gradual approach to re-opening re-affirms our Fleming Safe plan to have all Fall semester programs begin in alternate or online delivery with a transition to on-campus classes when public health authorities deem it to be safe to do so. The summer boot camps will also allow us to test several of the new safety measures and protocols we will be implementing upon the return to campus.

Our top priority remains the health and safety of the Fleming community. I would like to thank everyone for your patience and support. We will continue to share more information as it comes available.

Thank you.

Fleming College distributes $415,000 to students during COVID-19 pandemic

Peterborough ON – (May 14, 2020) To assist with the financial burden caused by the COVID-19 outbreak, Fleming College’s Student Emergency Fund provided $415,000 in financial aid support to 1,200 domestic and international students.

The fund was set up to support a variety of student needs during this critical time, including access to equipment for online learning and alternative delivery format, transportation, food and rent. Funding sources have been a combination of private contributions and government funds.  

“We are grateful to our generous donors for their continued support of student success, as well as provincial emergency funding which allowed the College to offer significant financial support to many of our students,” said Fleming College President Maureen Adamson.

The College issued cheques to students on May 1, 2020 and have received an outpouring of emails from students expressing gratitude and appreciation for the financial support.

“When the COVID-19 crisis shut down occurred, it was very stressful and hard to see the light at the end of all my hard work with this new hurdle in the road,” said Lisa McGlade, Business Administration – Accounting student. “I am very grateful for Fleming College’s financial support which has allowed me to focus on finishing my studies successfully.”

Financial need is urgent and ongoing. Fleming College will continue to fundraise in hopes to meet the increasing need of their students. There is a growing concern of how this pandemic will impact students beginning or resuming their studies in the spring and fall semesters, it’s anticipated that more funding will be required.

To learn more about the College’s response to COVID-19, please click here. The College and the community are coming together to stop the spread of this pandemic, and will come through this stronger than ever.

About Fleming College
Fleming College respectfully acknowledges that we are situated on Michi Saagiig Anishinaabeg lands and territory. 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 6,800 full-time and 10,000 part-time students, and 75,000 alumni.

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Media, for more information please contact:

Sara O’Halloran
Communications Officer 
sara.ohalloran@flemingcollege.ca

Fleming College offering four free online courses

Peterborough ON – (May 12, 2020) Fleming College will offer four free online courses for members of the community during the COVID-19 outbreak. The courses address current issues, and prepare students to pursue full certificate programs in the future.

Each course provides introductions to programs offered at Fleming, and participants who take the courses can pursue further studies once the COVID-19 disruption has ended. The four free online programs include:

  • Introduction to Children’s Mental Health (CMH) – class capacity reached, registration closed. Related program: Continuing Education’s Children’s Mental Health Certificate.
  • Topics in Emergency Management and Business Continuity – introduction course will give participants knowledge and skills to promote resilience and recovery in people, communities and businesses during many types of emergencies. Related program: Full-time graduate certificate in Emergency Management and Business Continuity, coming January 2021.
  • Respect, Reconciliation & Relationships – introduction course to the study of Indigenous (First Nations, Metis and Inuit) Peoples in Canada. This course is the equivalent of a one-semester course that can be counted towards the Indigenous Perspectives Designation offered at Fleming College. Related program: Continuing Education’s Restorative Practices and Alternative Dispute Resolution Graduate Certificate.
  • Career and Employment Success Strategies – participants will identify the skills needed to reach desired career goals, and address concerns about preparing for job searches after the COVID-19 disruption. The course teaches job search techniques, self-marketing and tips to interview with confidence.

“Fleming’s vision is creating prosperity and transforming communities through education and innovation, and at this time of uncertainty, we have an opportunity to offer specific skills training to those that need it in our community,” said Maureen Adamson, Fleming College President. “We hope that by offering free online courses we are contributing to innovation that will make our community stronger.”

Each course will begin May 19 and run until July 7, 2020. Participants can expect to spend 2 -3 hours a week on course work. For more information and to register, please click here.

To learn more about the College’s response to COVID-19, please click here. The College and the community are coming together to stop the spread of this pandemic, and will come through this stronger than ever.

About Fleming College
Fleming College respectfully acknowledges that we are situated on Michi Saagiig Anishinaabeg lands and territory. 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 6,800 full-time and 10,000 part-time students, and 75,000 alumni.

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Media, for more information please contact:

Sara O’Halloran

Communications Officer 

sara.ohalloran@flemingcollege.ca

Fleming College to Start Fall Term Online and Transition to Face-to-Face Classes | Fleming Safe Plan Balances Safety and Learning

Peterborough ON – (May 11, 2020) – Fleming College will begin the Fall semester using online and alternative delivery on Sept. 8.  The College’s Fleming Safe plan will ensure that students can complete the learning outcomes required in their programs while maintaining the highest possible safety standards in compliance with all government and public health directives. 

“Our Fall semester will be delivered through alternate models as we prepare for multiple scenarios for our campuses and classrooms to create the utmost in safe learning environments,” said Maureen Adamson, President, Fleming College. “We will follow guidelines from public health and the province, and our delivery decisions will be focused on the health and safety of everyone in our community.”

“The plan allows flexibility to react to the loosening of health and safety restrictions by being ready to begin face-to-face, applied learning responsibly and appropriately. We do not anticipate that all health and safety restrictions will be lifted all at once – we are ready to respond swiftly to advance student success effectively given the circumstances that will present themselves,” continued Adamson.

Fleming will work with community partners to re-establish field placements, field trips, clinical placements and other applied learning opportunities aligned with health and safety directives.

At the outset of COVID-19, the College established task teams to develop the response to the pandemic. Teams assigned to academic programming and facilities protocols are now assembling detailed plans for the return to classes in September. Alongside planning for the return to class and access to campus facilities this fall, the college is also assessing how students will safely access residence, food services and athletics. Decisions addressing these broader college services and programs will be shared in the near future.

“I want to thank our students for their patience. We are taking these steps to provide as much certainty as we can for students and their families at this point in time. In keeping with our guiding principle of ‘safety first’, we are dedicated to moving forward and mitigating any risk of recurrence. I also want to thank our Fleming employees for their incredible resilience and dedication to our students and our communities,” added Adamson.

To learn more about the College’s response to COVID-19, please click here.

About Fleming College
Fleming College respectfully acknowledges that we are situated on Michi Saagiig Anishinaabeg lands and territory. 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 6,800 full-time and 10,000 part-time students, and 75,000 alumni.

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Media, for more information please contact:

Sara O’Halloran
Communications Officer 
sara.ohalloran@flemingcollege.ca

Fleming College opens residence buildings to frontline healthcare professionals amid COVID-19 pandemic

Peterborough ON – (May 1, 2020) Fleming College has opened its residence buildings to offer temporary housing options for frontline healthcare professionals during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Fleming College is proud to support our community in our collaborative COVID-19 efforts,” said Fleming College President Maureen Adamson. “We must do our part for those fighting on the frontlines to keep us and our loved ones safe and healthy.”

Fleming College has opened its residence buildings at Sutherland Campus for healthcare professionals, and is preparing its Frost Campus residence for Ross Memorial Hospital employees. The College has signed partnerships with Peterborough Regional Health Centre, OMNI Health Care Long Term Care, Peterborough County Paramedics, St. Joseph’s at Fleming and Ross Memorial Hospital.

Fleming’s ongoing efforts to support the community during the pandemic have included use of the 3D printer at the Makerspace to create face shield parts for facemasks, establishing a Student Help Line to offer additional support for students, the creation of a COVID-19 Student Emergency Fund for students, and the launch of a music video, #TogetherAtHome featuring Blue Rodeo’s Greg Keelor and local artists in support of the emergency fund.

For more information about Fleming College’s efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit https://flemingcollege.ca/covid19

About Fleming College
Fleming College respectfully acknowledges that we are situated on Michi Saagiig Anishinaabeg lands and territory. 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 6,800 full-time and 10,000 part-time students, and 75,000 alumni.

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Media, for more information please contact:

Sara O’Halloran
Communications Officer 
sara.ohalloran@flemingcollege.ca