Fleming College Job Connect still open for business

Fleming College Job Connect Resource Centre is still open for business while Bonaccord Street is closed for bridge work.Employment Ontario’s Fleming College Job Connect program is reminding job seekers it is still open for business despite the road closure in front of the McRae Campus where Job Connect is located. The road has been closed to through traffic since the summer. During construction, Job Connect is accessible via an entrance off McDonnel Street between the Woollen Mill buildings. Youth between the ages of 16 and 24 can book an appointment with an employment counsellor at Job Connect to get help with all aspects of their job search, including resume and cover letter help. The centre also provides employer referrals and training incentives for employers that hire Job Connect participants. The Job Connect Resource Centre is open to anyone looking for work regardless of age.  Qualified staff will assist with resume, cover letter writing, and interview skills. The centre has job boards and online postings, computers and Internet access for job searches, a fax machine and photocopier, and Labour Market and Apprenticeship information. Related workshops are offered throughout the year.All services are funded by Employment Ontario. Fleming College Job Connect is open between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday. Job Seekers can drop into the Resource Centre at 555 Bonaccord Street or call for an appointment at 705-749-5520 ext 2222. Fleming has Job Connect Centres in Peterborough, Cobourg, Haliburton and Lindsay     – 30 -For more information: Laura Copeland, Communications Officer, 705-749-5530 x 1370 or copeland@flemingc.on.ca 

Fleming faculty member launches new book

Fleming College faculty member Kevin Callan has a new book out – his 12th to date.Wilderness Pleasures: A Practical Guide to Camping Bliss is Mr. Callan’s latest book and includes tales from his 19 years of teaching at Fleming.Mr. Callan is the author of the best selling The Happy Camper and the incredibly popular series of paddling guides. On a regular basis he presents across North America and has been a key speaker at major canoe events for more than 20 years.He is a winner of three National Magazine Awards and four film awards’ including "best of" in the prestigious Waterwalker Film Festival. Mr. Callan teaches at the Frost Campus of Fleming College.

College Information Program visits Frost Campus

The College Information Program – a travelling road show of Ontario colleges – will visit Fleming College’s Frost Campus on Monday, October 20.Twenty-three of Ontario’s community colleges, including Fleming, will have information displays set up throughout the campus to provide high school students with the many options available to them within college programs.About 850 students from 17 high schools are expected at the event, which runs from 9 a.m. to noon at the campus, 200 Albert St. S. in Lindsay.The visiting colleges will be located on the main level of the campus and will be organized in alphabetical order. Fleming College’s program displays will be located in the Environmental Technology Wing of the campus.Campus and residence tours will take place between 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. There will be information sessions on financial aid options, career service resources, pathways to university, and sports and recreation at Fleming College.For teachers and guidance counsellors, Fleming will host a session on the college’s new programs and initiatives for January and September 2009.     – 30 -For more information: Laura Copeland, Communications Officer, 705-749-5530 x 1370 or copeland@flemingc.on.ca

New CAWT water treatment site opens

The Haliburton Fish Hatchery will officially open its new wastewater treatment site – a constructed wetland that naturally rehabilitates aquaculture effluent – with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday, October 22 at 12:15 p.m. at the Haliburton Fish Hatchery, 66712 Gelert Rd. (County Rd. 1) in Haliburton County.  Fleming College’s Centre for Alternative Wastewater Treatment (CAWT) worked in collaboration with more than 20 partners, joining forces to develop, install and monitor the demonstration constructed wetland.The success of the project will be measured by the quality of the treated wastewater but also in the educational value of the project, and the extent to which constructed wetlands may be considered in future as alternatives to traditional wastewater treatment.United Nations Environment Programme representative Vicente Santiago and ecological modeling expert Prof. Sven Erik Jørgensen from Denmark will be on hand for the ceremony. Both men are working with the CAWT on researching and developing the use of constructed wetlands to treat wastewater. MPP Laurie Scott, Fleming College President Dr. Tony Tilly and members of the college’s Board of Governors will also be in attendance.The project received over $200,000 in grants from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Haliburton Highlands Stewardship Council, Haliburton County Development Corporation, Municipality of Dysart et al., Ontario Fishery Enhancement and Aquaculture Association, Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council. About CAWTThe Centre for Alternative Wastewater Treatment is located at the Frost Campus of Fleming College in Lindsay, Ontario. The Centre promotes constructed wetlands and other innovative forms of wastewater treatment through applied research, education and demonstration projects.At the heart of CAWT are six outdoor horizontal and vertical flow wetland cells. These constructed wetlands are currently treating wastewater from the campus washrooms and are a focus of CAWT cold-climate research activities. Additional CAWT demonstration projects are underway to generate research data from a variety of constructed wetlands. Its current projects explore the suitability of constructed wetlands as an alternative wastewater treatment for both domestic and aquaculture applications.- 30 -For more information, contact:Laura Copeland, Communications Officer at 705-749-5520 x 1370 or copeland@flemingc.on.ca

Fleming Knights Basketball: HOME OPENER

The Fleming Knights Basketball teams will host their home openers on October 15, 2008at the Peterborough Sport and Wellness Centre.* 6 p.m. – Fleming Knights Women vs. George Brown College* 8 p.m. – Fleming Knights Men vs. George Brown CollegeAdmission is free with a valid student card or if you are a Peterborough Sport and Wellness Centre member. For all others admission is $2Come support your Fleming Knights!!!

Cobourg Campus to host Convocation

Students at Fleming College’s Cobourg Campus will celebrate their convocation on Friday, October 24 at the Cobourg Lions Centre, 157 Elgin St. E.More than 25 students in the Esthetician program and 11 students in the Academic Upgrading program will graduate at the convocation ceremony, which will take place at 2 p.m. that day.A reception will follow at the Lions Centre immediately after the ceremony.The Esthetician program is a compressed, full-time program. Students complete three consecutive semesters and graduate with a two-year diploma in one year. As part of the program, students run Essentials The Spa at Fleming, located at the Cobourg Campus.Students in Academic Upgrading can take classes to suit their individual schedule and at their own pace. Completing Academic Upgrading allows them to enter directly into the workplace or continue on with postsecondary education.     – 30 -For more information: Laura Copeland, Communications Officer, 705-749-5530 x 1370 or copeland@flemingc.on.ca

Fleming the eaglet

Fleming the eaglet

An eaglet named Fleming is attracting a lot of attention around the Frost Campus.Fleming, a young eagle only nine weeks old, is fitted with a satellite transmitter to track her movements. The transmitter was funded by a group of Fish and Wildlife students in summer 2007.Fleming’s home nest is located on the north shore of Lake Erie west of Port Burwell. Her transmitter was attached on June 12 and staff and students can now track her movements on the Bird Studies Canada (BSC) web site www.bsc-eoc.orgThe students raised $5,341 in grants to help support the bald eagle population in southern Ontario.They became interested in fundraising for the eagles in fall 2006 after taking a Wildlife Technologies course. Within the course, students learn about satellite telemetry and the students use the BSC web site as a study tool.The group raised the funds for the transmitter through special grants from the Ministry of Natural Resources Community Fisheries and Wildlife Involvement Program and the Victoria Stewardship Council, as well as through individual donations.Now that the transmitter is in place, students at Fleming will be able to use the data and track the eagle online for a three to five-year period.About bald eaglesDespite recently being taken off the endangered species list in the United States, the southern Ontario population of bald eagles is still at risk. The eagle was officially listed as an endangered species in Ontario in 1973. Since that time, BSC has worked with all levels of government, landowners and volunteers to affect and monitor the recovery of the eagle population in southern Ontario. The population is rebounding – from zero nesting pairs in 1980 to 34 pairs last year. However, BSC is conducting research on the effect contaminants are having on the eagle population in Ontario. In collaboration with the Canadian Wildlife Service and the Ministry of Natural Resources, BSC initiated a special project in 2004 to determine where these migratory birds may be acquiring toxic chemicals. The project uses satellite telemetry to track the movements of young eagles hatched in Ontario for up to five years.   About BSCThe mission of Bird Studies Canada is to advance the understanding, appreciation, and conservation of wild birds and their habitats, in Canada and elsewhere. Bird Studies Canada is a not-for-profit organization built on the enthusiastic contributions of thousands of volunteer Citizen Scientists. Data from BSC’s volunteer surveys and targeted research projects are used to identify significant population changes and help direct conservation planning. 

You Are Here: A College Experience Photography Contest

How would you describe your college experience? Colleges Ontario wants to highlight the creativity and ingenuity found throughout the province’s college system. That is why we have launched You Are Here: A College Experience Photo Contest.The contest is open to all students currently enrolled in a college. We are inviting you to share photographs of the college experience, however you best wish to capture it in your photograph.A jury of visual arts professionals will select the top 12 photographs and those photos will be included in Colleges Ontario’s 2010 desk calendar. The calendar will also include a brief biography of the student who took the photo.The winners will each receive an iPod Touch and their photos will be featured in the Colleges Ontario 2010 calendar, on the Colleges Ontario website, and exhibited at the 2009 Colleges Ontario Annual Conference.The top 12 photographs will also be exhibited at the 2009 Colleges Ontario Annual Conference in Toronto this February, where more than 800 conference attendees will have the opportunity to vote for their favourite image.The image that is voted the favourite will be used as the December photo in the calendar and will be reproduced into a holiday card that Colleges Ontario will send out to business partners across the province. In addition to the iPod Touch, the person who shot the favourite photo will also receive a $100 iTunes gift certificate.The deadline for entries is Dec. 15, 2008. Visit www.CO-youarehere.org for more details.How do I participate?1. Photos must relate to the theme You Are Here: A College Experience. Photos must depict an aspect of the college experience (life in the classroom, in residence, in student common areas). Images can be a literal interpretation (students in a study group) or an abstract interpretation (a book falling through the air or feet going up the steps in a lecture hall) of the theme.2. All entries must be accompanied by a completed submission form.3. The photograph must be an original work created by the student.4. In order to be eligible, photos must be submitted electronically as a high-resolution jpeg or tiff (300 dpi) and must be no smaller than 8” by 10”. 5. Colleges Ontario is not responsible for any files it is unable to open and view.6. Entries will reviewed and shortlisted by a panel.  A jury will select the winners from the shortlist on the basis of how well the image reflects the theme, originality and technical merit.——————————Selection process and prizingAll qualifying photographs will be shortlisted by a screening panel.  A jury of visual arts professionals will select the top 12 photographs that will be included in Colleges Ontario’s 2010 desk calendar. The 12 winning photographers will each receive an iPod Touch and will be featured in the Colleges Ontario 2010 calendar, on the Colleges Ontario website, and exhibited at the 2009 Colleges Ontario Annual Conference in Toronto in February, where more than 800 conference attendees will have an opportunity to vote for their favourite image.The image that is voted the favourite will be the photo that is used as December’s image in the calendar and will be reproduced into a holiday card that Colleges Ontario will send out to business partners across the province.The photographer whose work is selected for December and the holiday card will receive, in addition to an iPod Touch, a $100 iTunes gift certificate.Winners will be notified and prizes will be awards by March 2. Prizes will be delivered to the college and presented by the president’s office at the college.Deadline for entries is Dec. 15, 2008.  Limit of one entry per person. Visit www.CO-youarehere.org for more information.

New students to receive academic scholarships

Fleming College will honour 14 first-year students at a reception for recipients of the college’s Academic Excellence Scholarships on Thursday, October 9 at 4 p.m. in main foyer of the Sutherland Campus, 599 Brealey Dr. in Peterborough.Established in 1998 by the college’s Board of Governors, the scholarship program recognizes outstanding academic achievement among students in the local school board districts as well as students who have excelled academically in specific disciplines. The scholarship provides each recipient with $2,000 toward one year of full-time study.This year’s recipients are from City of Kawartha Lakes, Durham Region, Northumberland and Peterborough counties, and Bracebridge. They are:• Jacqueline Miller, Courtice Secondary School• Kaitlyn Stoneman, Bracebridge and Muskoka Lakes• Lydia Wilkinson, Lakefield District Secondary School• Joshua Alls, St. Mary’s Secondary School• Kayla Hartin, I.E. Weldon Secondary School• Joey Urban, Bowmanville High School• Krista Bunn, Cobourg District Collegiate West• Ashley Ward, Lindsay Collegiate and Vocational Institute• Matthew Mercieca, St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Secondary School• Jeffrey Fallis, Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School• Cassandra Daniels, Crestwood Secondary School• Daniele Young, Fenelon Falls Secondary School• Samantha Shaw, Peterborough Collegiate and Vocational School• Jordan George, Thomas A. Stewart Secondary School     – 30 -For more information: Laura Copeland, Communications Officer, 705-749-5530 x 1370 or copeland@flemingc.on.ca

Enrolment up at Haliburton Campus

First year enrolment at Fleming College’s Haliburton Campus has risen nine per cent over last year contributing to an overall increase in the number of students college-wide.Currently, more than 80 students from across Canada and around the world are taking certificate and diploma programs at the campus.Programs such as Blacksmithing had a waiting list while the new Visual and Creative Arts Diploma (VCAD) program has increased its enrolment 100 per cent over last year. The VCAD program allows students, upon completing their diploma, to enter directly into the Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver, British Columbia.“Interest in the programs at the Haliburton Campus has been incredible, especially for our art programs,” says Sandra Dupret, Principal of the Haliburton Campus. “Our unique delivery and flexible options for the Visual and Creative Arts Diploma (VCAD) program have attracted a number of students who are interested in pursuing a career in the arts. Students who may have traditionally achieved one of our eight specialty certificates can turn that certificate into a diploma.“Taking it one step further, with our expanding list of articulation agreements, such as the outstanding one we have with Emily Carr University of Art and Design, pathways for our students have expanded and a diploma can also turn into a degree.“For an emerging artist who wants to learn and grow, our programs are very attractive” she adds. “As well, we offer programs in a natural and rural setting with very little distraction, making it more of an art retreat. Students will not find this at an urban college.”For more information on these and other programs at the Haliburton Campus, visit www.HaliburtonSchoolofTheArts.ca     – 30 -For more information: Laura Copeland, Communications Officer, 705-749-5530 x 1370 or copeland@flemingc.on.ca