Fleming grad wins award from Wood WORKS!

A recent Fleming College graduate has won the 2008 Wood WORKS! Student Wood Design Product Competition.Jessica Wagstaffe, a 2008 alumna of the Forestry Technician program, received a $3,000 award from Wood WORKS! for her design and creation of an innovative wood product with market potential. According to Wood WORKS!, the organization appreciated Jessica’s creative lamp design that incorporated low value wood – red pine – into “an intriguing product.”Jessica is the first recipient for this award from Fleming College. She is continuing her education at Guelph University in the Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management program.As part of the Forestry Technician program and within their Forest Products course, students were encouraged to develop and submit products to the Wood WORKS! competition.Gerald Guenkel, Coordinator of Fleming’s Forestry program, said his students are impressed with the level of commitment that Wood WORKS!, the Canadian Wood Council, and the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources are placing into this creative competition with respect to the financial awards being provided.In 2009 Fleming’s Forestry program is again expecting many contenders for the top prizes. The top provincial project will win $5,000 plus the benefit of a high profile among businesses manufacturing wood-based productsWood WORKS! is a national campaign to increase the use of wood in commercial, industrial and institutional construction. The Canadian Wood Council leads this program with funding support from the wood industry, the federal government and provincial governments across Canada.      – 30 -For more information:     Laura Copeland, Communications Officer, 705-749-5530 x 1370 or copeland@flemingc.on.ca

New programs approved

Fleming College’s Board of Governors has approved three new programs to start in September 2009.Office Administration – General, Office Administration – Executive, and Electrical Engineering Technician were given the green light to move forward at the Board’s November 26 meeting at the Frost Campus.The Office Administration – General is a two-semester certificate program that will provide students with the knowledge and skills for entry-level positions, and will provide a foundation for those wishing to continue to the Office Administration – Executive program. Office Administration – Executive is a two-year diploma program that provides students with a more advanced set of skills, expanding job opportunities. Developed in response to a technical skills shortage, the two-year Electrical Engineering Technician diploma program will provide students with a solid foundation in electrical/electronic theory and practices. The program also represents a further pathway for graduates of the one-year Electrical Techniques program.For more information on these programs visit: http://flemingc.on.ca/index.cfm/go/programs.cfm

Fleming College president to renew five-year term

Fleming College President Dr. Tony Tilly has renewed his commitment to the college, agreeing to a further five-year term at Fleming. Dr. Tilly joined Fleming College in 2004.“Under President Tilly’s guidance, the college has made great strides forward. Ensuring student learning always takes first priority and improving services and facilities on campus are just a few of the ways the college has enhanced the overall learning experience of Fleming students,” said Murray Rodd, Chair of Fleming College’s Board of Governors. “The President has a positive vision that will position the college for future success.“It is a great pleasure to work with Dr. Tilly and we are wholly confident in his continued dedication to the college, higher education, and this community.”“I am proud of what we as a Fleming community have accomplished over the past four years – we have taken on a lot,” said Dr. Tilly. “We do have challenges, but we have remarkable strengths, particularly in terms of individual and collective commitment to the college and our students. These strengths are clearly reflected in our students’ and graduates’ appreciation of their experience at Fleming.“At this stage, my work is far from finished and I look forward to what the next five years will bring. It is a privilege to serve as President of Fleming and I appreciate the Board of Governors has expressed confidence in me to continue as president.”     – 30 -For more information:     Laura Copeland, Communications Officer, 705-749-5530 x 1370 or copeland@flemingc.on.ca

First annual Polar Cup launches with support of students

Slap shot your way to the Polar Cup event and enjoy a weekend of fun-filled 4-on-4 hockey games.The Ontario Speed Skating Oval (OSSO) is hosting Polar Cup 2009, an annual event that will take place on January 30 – February 1, 2009 at the OSSO’s future site, beside Lakefield District Secondary School in the Village of Lakefield. Polar Cup will be held in conjunction with Smith-Ennismore-Lakefield Township’s Polarfest, an annual community winter carnival.The money raised from the Polar Cup event will go toward the goal of building one of only three long track speed skating facilities in Canada.A team of students in Fleming College’s Event Management program are helping to coordinate the first annual Polar Cup.As part of the curriculum, the Event Management program takes on community clients. Students – working in teams – plan, coordinate and deliver the clients’ events. This provides valuable real life experience for the students and the opportunity to deliver live events. A team of three students – Kaila Arcand, Rebecca Dutkewich, and Moniek Oudshoorn – are working with the OSSO to coordinate Polar Cup 2009. They will provide support with planning, recruiting players, and executing the event. Teams in the event will be competing for the prestigious Polar Cup Championship title. Register your team of four to six members, grab your skates and winter gear, and join us for Polar Cup.Everyone is invited to come out and enjoy the Polar Cup activities: there’s a 50/50 draw, beer and food concessions, and the opportunity to watch a good old Canadian family hockey game.If you want to get in on the action and support the OSSO by registering a team, watching the hockey games or simply by donating to the Ontario Speed Skating Oval call 705-658-1687, visit www.ontariospeedskatingoval.com or e-mail play@ontariospeedskatingoval.comThe Event Management program, part of the School of Business and Technology at Fleming College, is a two-semester, post-graduate certificate program. Designed for business, marketing, tourism, hotel management or arts graduates, this dynamic program provides the training and experience to enter the growing live events industry on a global level. The program provides students with in-class training, networking activities and the experience of working with real-world clients to plan, coordinate and deliver live events.-30-     For more information:     Laura Copeland, Communications Officer, 705-749-5530 x 1370 or copeland@flemingc.on.ca

New program for PSWs to bridge to nursing

Fleming College has developed two bridging opportunities for practicing Personal Support Workers (PSW) to pursue their Practical Nursing diploma.The part-time programs are planned to start in January 2009. Students who successfully complete their program will be granted direct entry into the second semester of the full-time Fleming College Practical Nursing program in January each year, starting in 2010.Graduates of the PSW Ontario College Certificate program from 2006 to present will take a bridge program consisting of two courses. For those who graduated in Ontario prior to 2006, the bridge program will consist of five or six courses. Specific exemptions or transfer credits may be granted upon proof of completion of equivalent course content.Information sessions will be held in Peterborough, Lindsay and Cobourg:• Peterborough: Tuesday, December 2 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. and 7 to 8 p.m. in room 567 at the Sutherland Campus, 599 Brealey Dr. • Cobourg: Tuesday, December 9 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in Room 316 of the Cobourg Campus, Fleming Building, 1005 Elgin St. • Lindsay: Thursday, December 11, from 4 to 5 p.m. in Room 158 of the Frost Campus, 200 Albert St. S.A questionnaire will also be available for prospective students and employers to provide input on the format of these course offerings. This will ensure the programs best suit learning and staffing needs as well as determine when the courses would be most convenient, and at which campus location(s) they could be offered.To obtain the questionnaire, or for more information, contact Joanne Brown, School of Health and Wellness, at joabrown@flemingc.on.ca, 705-749-5530 x 1228 or toll free 1-866-353-6464 x 1229     – 30 -For more information:     Laura Copeland, Communications Officer, 705-749-5530 x 1370 or copeland@flemingc.on.ca