Aboriginal Environmental Monitoring Training Program

Fleming College will offer an Aboriginal Environmental Monitoring Training Program (AEMTP) for First Nations students, for the first time in Ontario.The program runs full-time from September 15 to October 17, Monday to Friday. The five-week training will prepare graduates for work on various projects, such as environmental impact studies and site assessments, fishing, power generation, and forest-harvesting.The pilot delivery is taking place at Alderville First Nation, thanks to the community support and generous offering of the community’s Learning Centre facility,The AEMTP is a certificate course developed by Building Environmental Aboriginal Human Resources (BEAHR). The program has been offered in every other Canadian province and territory to date. But in 2008 Fleming College will be delivering it to Aboriginal participants in Ontario for the first time through its School of Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences.According to BEAHR, environmental monitors observe the environment and the impacts of human and industrial activities. They provide this information to various stakeholders to help reduce negative environmental impacts.The goal of the program is to provide knowledge and develop basic skills so Aboriginal people can meaningfully participate in environmental monitoring activities.“It is very hands-on, so participants should be prepared to get a little dirty, and maybe even wet,” says Program Administrator Kelly Cordick.There will be in-class components to all modules, along with regular field trips to local sites where environmental projects have taken place or are needed. The field trips will get students outside and learning about the environment in a natural setting – rather than a classroom. “It is our hope that keeping the program centred around participants’ home communities will make the program meaningful, as they are able to see for themselves some of the environmental damage that has occurred on their home reserve, but more importantly the steps that can and have been taken to repair or prevent it,” says Ms. Cordick. The program has a strong emphasis on integrating Traditional Ecological Knowledge, and elders will be involved in opening and closing ceremonies. As well, local people with knowledge of the land will participate in some of the program delivery.Fleming College instructors with strong backgrounds in a wide variety of environmental issues will be involved in the delivery as well. A field trip to the college’s School of Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences at the Frost Campus in Lindsay will introduce participants to the environmental programs offered at Fleming College. “The program has been very well received by local Aboriginal communities and we know it will be hugely successful for all involved,” says Ms. Cordick.The college hopes to offer subsequent BEAHR programs on other environmental topics including Environmental Site Assessment, Water and Wastewater Treatment, Land Use Planning, Solid Waste Management, Local Environmental Coordinator and others as they become available.For further information, contact Fleming College representative Kelly Cordick at kcordick@flemingc.on.ca or call toll free 1-866-353-6464, Ext. 3457.About Fleming CollegeLocated in the heart of Central Ontario, Fleming College has campuses in Peterborough, Lindsay, Cobourg and Haliburton. Named for famous Canadian inventor and engineer Sir Sandford Fleming, the college features more than 90 full-time programs in Business and Technology, Continuing Education and Skilled Trades, Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, Fine Arts, Health and Wellness, and Law, Justice and Community Services. Fleming College has more than 5,000 full-time and 10,000 part-time students and 50,000 alumni.     – 30 -For more information: Laura Copeland, Communications Officer, 705-749-5530 x 1370 or copeland@flemingc.on.ca 

Orientation activities welcome new students

Fleming College will welcome its new students to the Sutherland Campus with Flemingpalooza, academic orientation sessions, and special guest speaker Jed Goldberg, President of Earth Day Canada.Students will start moving into residence on Sunday, August 31. Between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. that day Fleming’s admissions office, bookstore, and cafeteria will be open for students to obtain identification cards and buy meal plans, books, and parking passes.Flemingpalooza will take place on Monday, September 1 from 5 to 11 p.m. This social orientation event will include a barbecue, live music, pep rally, giveaways and more.Students will wrap up their orientation with academic sessions on Tuesday, September 2 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Students will meet with faculty, classmates and advisors, participate in a Learning Commons information session, and attend a presentation by special guest speaker Jed Goldberg, President of Earth Day Canada. Mr. Goldberg will speak in room 519 at 3:30 p.m.Earth Day Canada has recently partnered with Fleming College to promote the college’s Fleming H2O program, which dissuades students and staff from drinking bottled water because of the negative environmental effects. Reverse osmosis drinking fountains and water stations have been installed at the Sutherland Campus as part of this program.For more information on Orientation activities at all campus locations, please visit www.flemingcollege.com/orientation Located in the heart of Central Ontario, Fleming College has campuses in Peterborough, Lindsay, Cobourg and Haliburton. Named for famous Canadian inventor and engineer Sir Sandford Fleming, the college features more than 90 full-time programs in Business and Technology, Continuing Education and Skilled Trades, Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, Fine Arts, Health and Wellness, and Law, Justice and Community Services. Fleming College has more than 5,000 full-time and 10,000 part-time students and 50,000 alumni.     – 30 -For more information: Laura Copeland, Communications Officer, 705-749-5530 x 1370 or copeland@flemingc.on.ca

Students complete construction of Community Arts Centre

Madoc ON – The hard work is finished and it’s time to celebrate. Students in the Sustainable Building Design and Construction program at Fleming College are celebrating the completion of the Madoc Community Arts Centre.Students in the program, based out of the Haliburton Campus, designed and built the arts centre in 20 weeks, over the course of the certificate program. Built with sustainable and recycled materials the facility uses no fossil fuels and emits no pollution. Solar energy, rain water collection and straw bale walls make this structure one of the most sustainable buildings in Canada.Led by renowned environmental builder and author Chris Magwood, the students spend most of their class time in the program designing and building the facility. The Community Arts Centre, built in partnership with the Municipality of Centre Hastings, is located beside the local skate park and a future splash pad. For more information on the construction of the facility, please visit www.sustainablebuilding2008.caThe Celebration of Completion will take place on Thursday, August 21 at the Community Arts Centre, 210 Durham St. (Hwy. 62) in Madoc, Ontario from 2:30 to 5 p.m. The public is welcome to tour the completed performing arts centre for the first time. Please join the students and instructors to help celebrate the completion of this remarkable building.Located in the heart of Central Ontario, Fleming College has campuses in Peterborough, Lindsay, Cobourg and Haliburton. Named for famous Canadian inventor and engineer Sir Sandford Fleming, the college features more than 90 full-time programs in Business and Technology, Continuing Education and Skilled Trades, Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, Fine Arts, Health and Wellness, and Law, Justice and Community Services. Fleming College has more than 5,000 full-time and 10,000 part-time students and 50,000 alumni.     – 30 -For more information: Laura Copeland, Communications Officer, 705-749-5530 x 1370 or copeland@flemingc.on.ca

ReINVENT YOURSELF this fall

Computer Animation, French Cinema and Literature and Blues and Jazz Guitar are just a few of the new Continuing Education courses offered this fall at Fleming College.Register now and reinvent yourself in September. Choose from a wide range of courses offered at all campuses in Peterborough, Cobourg, and Lindsay. Courses range from certificate programs, to professional development, to skills upgrading, to leisure learning. Whether it is ballroom dancing, human resources, esthetics, nursing or ecology – find the right fit for you.New Continuing Education courses include:• MS Office Unleashed• The Informed House Buyer and the Informed House Seller• How to Buy a Computer• Music Theory for the MusicianFleming College will offer a new Kitchen Assistant Certificate program in September. This part-time, two-semester program is designed for those interested in a career in the food service industry and takes advantage of Fleming College’s cluster of culinary programs.New college certificate programs in Manufacturing Leadership, Web Site Design, and Workplace Computer Skills will also be offered. Both the Web Site Design and Workplace Computer Skills certificates are available in a compressed, fast-track component of six weeks with full-time classes Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. as well as through night courses.For more information on these and other part-time courses, or to register, please visit http://www.flemingcollege.com/index.cfm/go/school/sub/pts.cfm or call 1-888-269-6929.Located in the heart of Central Ontario, Fleming College has campuses in Peterborough, Lindsay, Cobourg and Haliburton. Named for famous Canadian inventor and engineer Sir Sandford Fleming, the college features more than 500 Continuing Education courses as well as more than 90 full-time programs in Business and Technology, Continuing Education and Skilled Trades, Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, Fine Arts, Health and Wellness, and Law, Justice and Community Services. Fleming College has more than 5,000 full-time and 10,000 part-time students and 50,000 alumni.     – 30 -For more information: Laura Copeland, Communications Officer, 705-749-5530 x 1370 or copeland@flemingc.on.ca

Innovative GIS projects on display at Frost Campus

Using topographical characteristics to help identify potential avalanches, and automating the process, is just one way Fleming College students are applying skills learned in the classroom to solve real-world dilemmas.Partnering with industry clients, the students – in the GIS Applications Specialist and GIS Cartographic Specialist programs – work on co-operative projects in their last two semesters. These projects will be displayed at a GIS Open House on Thursday, August 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Frost Campus, 200 Albert St. S. All are welcome to attend.Closer to home, a group of students mapped the City of Kawartha Lakes Trans Canada Trail. After collecting data, the group produced a database, a wall map showing the historical, cultural, and environmental features of the trail, and a web site that hosts an interactive map.As well, another group of students have used new mapping software to create an interactive web site and wall map of the Riverview Park and Zoo in Peterborough. Both the online and wall maps were created to appeal to a younger audience, and attract more families to the zoo.Other projects include:• A Tool for Determining Archaeological Potential in Ontario• Analysis of Shoreline and Waterfowl Breeding Activity• Who’s Your City? An Online Interactive Web Application Tool• Kirkland Lake Gold Belt Geoscience Data AnalysisFrost Campus hosts the renowned GIS – or geographical information systems – programs at Fleming College. Part of the School of Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, the GIS programs are one-year, post-graduate certificate programs. GIS – Applications Specialist graduates provide technical expertise to produce effective and useful plans and project reports through the applied use of technology. GIS – Cartographic Specialist involves mapmaking that incorporates the best of modern research and technology.     – 30 -For more information: Laura Copeland, Communications Officer, 705-749-5530 x 1370 or copeland@flemingc.on.ca