Studying sea turtles in Costa Rica

Studying sea turtles in Costa RicaSix Fleming College students have embarked on the trip of a life time, studying and collecting data on sea turtles for two weeks in Costa Rica.The students, in their fourth semester of the Ecosystem Management Technician program, are completing the field placement component of their program.Staying at a Canadian Research Station, the students will not only be following the sea turtles day and night but will also assist in data collection on migratory birds and mammals in the rain forest.The students, along with Ecosystem Management Program Coordinator Mike Fraser and faculty member Barb Elliot, left for Costa Rica on April 16. Arriving in the capital of San Jose they then journeyed toward the Caribbean coast, travelling up a river by boat for 70 kilometres then into the rain forest where the research station is located.Ahead of the trip, Mr. Fraser explained the field placement came about as a result of a desire to create more international opportunities for students. He was able to organize the trip after connecting with a contact in Costa Rica.“I’m really excited about it. It’s something I’ve been working on for a long time. It’s a real benefit to the program,” he said.Students will be journaling throughout the trip and a video of the voyage will be produced.While fourteen students initially applied, six were chosen. Students had to submit a resume and essay complete interviews and a fitness test. They were then selected based on these criteria as well as their academic performance.Four of the six students will be returning to Fleming in the fall to complete their third year in the Technologist program.

Fleming College’s Centre for Alternative Wastewater Treatment technology used in Sustainable Archetype home

Lindsay ON – (April 23, 2009) – Hundreds of guests – including representatives from Fleming College – were on-hand yesterday to launch the Sustainable Archetype House at the Toronto Region Conservation Authority’s (TRCA) Kortright Centre in Vaughan.Considered the Greater Toronto Area’s “greenest” home, the house features green technology developed by Fleming College’s Centre for Alternative Wastewater Treatment. Wastewater from the home is treated naturally – filtered through constructed wetlands outside the home.The launch of the house showcasing the best in conservation and sustainable technology coincided with Earth Day celebrations and is part of an educational program at the Kortright Centre, an outdoor education facility.The Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD), the TRCA and the Hon. George Smitherman, Minister of Energy and Infrastructure, officially launched the project. It is hoped the house will promote sustainable building practices and conservation in the home.The house consists of two semi-detached units that showcase the best in cutting-edge green building practices. Energy and water conservation technologies – including CAWT’s contribution – as well as material sourcing and construction processes are used as educational tools in the home. About CAWT The CAWT at Fleming College researches and promotes constructed wetlands and other innovative and green forms of wastewater treatment. A constructed wetland is a natural wastewater treatment facility. Within constructed wetlands water, plants, micro-organisms, the sun, substrate, and air interact to improve water quality. If properly designed and built, constructed wetlands can remove pollutants associated with residential, municipal and industrial wastewater and storm water. Wetland systems are also efficient at removing contaminants (nitrogen, phosphorus, heavy metals, etc.) This technology is completely sustainable, aesthetic, is low-cost and requires little maintenance. Sustainable Building at FlemingFleming College is also home to the innovative Sustainable Building Design and Construction program. Students in this Ontario Certificate program spend 20 weeks building a community facility from the ground up, creating some of the greenest structures in Canada. Building features include straw bale walls, rainwater collection systems, composting toilets, recycled building materials, geothermal heating and cooling and solar and photovoltaic power. Currently, the students are building the Camp Kawartha Environment Centre, an outdoor education centre at Trent University, under the guidance of renowned sustainable builder and author Chris Magwood. About Fleming CollegeLocated in 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 90 full-time programs in Business, Computing and Hospitality, Continuing Education and Skilled Trades, Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, Fine Arts, Health and Wellness, Interdisciplinary Studies, and Law, Justice and Community Services. Fleming College has 5,000 full-time and 10,000 part-time students, and more than 54,000 alumni.

Fleming College selects architect for Kawartha Skilled Trades Institute

Peterborough ON – (April 23, 2009) – Fleming College’s Board of Governors yesterday approved the selection of architectural firm Shore Tilbe Irwin & Partners to design the new Kawartha Skilled Trades Institute.The $35 million, 80,000 square-foot facility planned for the Sutherland Campus of Fleming College will create 1,000 new student spaces. The Institute will provide state-of-the-art classrooms and shops designed for college programs, industry training and secondary school classes and will offer education in areas such as carpentry, masonry, welding, plumbing and machining.The project is currently pending funding approval from the provincial and federal governments. It is estimated the facility would be completed by the end of 2010.For more information on the Kawartha Skilled Trades Institute visit www.flemingcollege.com/kstiLocated in 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 90 full-time programs in Business, Computing and Hospitality, Continuing Education and Skilled Trades, Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, Fine Arts, Health and Wellness, Interdisciplinary Studies, and Law, Justice and Community Services. Fleming College has 5,000 full-time and 10,000 part-time students, and more than 54,000 alumni.

Fleming College’s Centre for Alternative Wastewater Treatment technology used in Sustainable Archetype home

Lindsay ON – (April 23, 2009) – Hundreds of guests – including representatives from Fleming College – were on-hand yesterday to launch the Sustainable Archetype House at the Toronto Region Conservation Authority’s (TRCA) Kortright Centre in Vaughan.Considered the Greater Toronto Area’s “greenest” home, the house features green technology developed by Fleming College’s Centre for Alternative Wastewater Treatment. Wastewater from the home is treated naturally – filtered through constructed wetlands outside the home.The launch of the house showcasing the best in conservation and sustainable technology coincided with Earth Day celebrations and is part of an educational program at the Kortright Centre, an outdoor education facility.The Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD), the TRCA and the Hon. George Smitherman, Minister of Energy and Infrastructure, officially launched the project. It is hoped the house will promote sustainable building practices and conservation in the home.The house consists of two semi-detached units that showcase the best in cutting-edge green building practices. Energy and water conservation technologies – including CAWT’s contribution – as well as material sourcing and construction processes are used as educational tools in the home. About CAWT The CAWT at Fleming College researches and promotes constructed wetlands and other innovative and green forms of wastewater treatment. A constructed wetland is a natural wastewater treatment facility. Within constructed wetlands water, plants, micro-organisms, the sun, substrate, and air interact to improve water quality. If properly designed and built, constructed wetlands can remove pollutants associated with residential, municipal and industrial wastewater and storm water. Wetland systems are also efficient at removing contaminants (nitrogen, phosphorus, heavy metals, etc.) This technology is completely sustainable, aesthetic, is low-cost and requires little maintenance. Sustainable Building at FlemingFleming College is also home to the innovative Sustainable Building Design and Construction program. Students in this Ontario Certificate program spend 20 weeks building a community facility from the ground up, creating some of the greenest structures in Canada. Building features include straw bale walls, rainwater collection systems, composting toilets, recycled building materials, geothermal heating and cooling and solar and photovoltaic power. Currently, the students are building the Camp Kawartha Environment Centre, an outdoor education centre at Trent University, under the guidance of renowned sustainable builder and author Chris Magwood. About Fleming CollegeLocated in 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 90 full-time programs in Business, Computing and Hospitality, Continuing Education and Skilled Trades, Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, Fine Arts, Health and Wellness, Interdisciplinary Studies, and Law, Justice and Community Services. Fleming College has 5,000 full-time and 10,000 part-time students, and more than 54,000 alumni.

Haliburton School of The Arts offerings demonstrate environmental consciousness

Haliburton ON – (April 22, 2009) – New courses and workshops at Fleming College’s Haliburton School of The Arts are helping to demonstrate an environmental consciousness rooted in the arts. Furniture Repainted and TransformedDo you have a piece of furniture that doesn’t fit the interior of your home or a wonderful old gem in your cottage or garage? Go green – recycle, repurpose and rejuvenate that chair, table or cabinet. Instructor Margot Miller will teach students standard and decorative painting techniques, transformative methods such as changing the length of table legs, adding new feet, incorporating scroll work, hand-painting a cushion, or changing texture and colour to create a work of art. Instruction will accommodate all levels of skill. Bring your own piece of small furniture to transform. This course runs the week of July 20, 2009. Repurposed MaterialsThe treasured tablecloth from family celebrations, the curtain from the kitchen window of the family cottage, or salvaged remnants bound for the landfill can be given a new decorative and functional purpose. Learn how to obtain and reuse fabric from sources other than new and create a one-of-a-kind handbag or tote. This weeklong course is taught by Vicky Gerke and takes place the week of Aug. 3, 2009. Re-Usable Bag WorkshopThe three Rs – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – are the three pillars of recycling philosophy. Thinking of the three Rs can help reduce your shopping bill as well as the impact on the environment. Transform an old umbrella, an old jean skirt or something else into a one-of-a-kind eco-friendly grocery bag and reduce the use of plastic bags. Basic sewing skills are needed for this workshop, which takes place on Aug. 1, 2009. The Re-Usable Bag workshop will be taught by Evelyn Bouma, an icon in the world of upholstery and innovative interior design. Upholstery WorkshopAlso taught by Evelyn Bouma, the Upholstery workshop on July 25, 2009 will again apply the principles of the three Rs. Upholster a footstool and discover how to redesign family heirlooms to blend with the décor of your home. Basic techniques will be applied to a footstool kit which will be supplied in class. Students are also invited to bring a small piece of furniture you would like to reupholster such as a dining chair or stool.In the striking setting of the Haliburton Highlands you will find a campus that serves the arts, the environment and the local community. The Haliburton School of The Arts is well-known for its 15-week intensive, in-studio certificate programs and its extensive summer arts programming. Hundreds of courses for individuals of all ages are offered between May and September. The campus is also home to environmental education, such as the unique Sustainable Building Design and Construction program, which allows students to build a community structure from the ground up using sustainable materials and methods. Haliburton’s local community draws on the campus for a wide-ranging variety of continuing education courses as well as academic upgrading.For more information on any of the courses, workshops or programs offered at the Haliburton School of The Arts, please visit www.haliburtonschoolofthearts.ca or www.flemingcollege.com Located in 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 90 full-time programs in Business, Computing and Hospitality, Continuing Education and Skilled Trades, Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, Fine Arts, Health and Wellness, Interdisciplinary Studies, and Law, Justice and Community Services. Fleming College has 5,000 full-time and 10,000 part-time students, and more than 54,000 alumni.

Experience the unique tastes of the finest chefs of the Haliburton Highlands

Join the Haliburton Friends Network at The Delta Pinestone Resort on Saturday April 25 at 6 p.m. for the 12th Annual Feast of Foods fundraiser for student bursaries. This year’s feast will have you savouring the “Chef’s Signature Dishes” as Chefs Alex McCracken, Ryan Tomlinson, Gordon Skinner, David Adams, Christoph Carl, Chris Baux, Nicola Jowett and Ron Tenthorey take centre stage, sharing their exclusive culinary creations in a wonderful array of appetizers, entrees and desserts. Four fabulous food stations, created and designed by eight of Haliburton’s most respected chefs, will showcase favourite dishes sure to delight the senses. Throughout the evening guests will be invited to participate in spectacular silent and live auctions featuring the diverse and inspired works of faculty teaching at Haliburton School of The Arts (HSTA). All works are one-of-a-kind pieces that have been generously donated by HSTA faculty to support this worthy and important event. Also making an appearance once again this year will be the very popular Loonie Auction. Tickets to this special event are $125 per person. A charitable tax receipt will be issued for a portion of the ticket price. There is only room for 120 guests and tickets sell-out fast! All proceeds from this event will go to support bursaries, scholarships and special projects at the Haliburton campus. Last year’s successful event raised more than $13,000 to support students attending full and part-time programs at the Haliburton campus. We hope that you will be a part of this year’s success. Tickets are limited and sell out quickly, so don’t miss your opportunity to make a difference! For further information or to reserve tickets please contact Leona DeCarlo toll free at 1-866-353-6464 ext. 1204.

New spring start dates added for four Fleming College programs

Peterborough ON – (April 2, 2009) – Fleming College will launch four programs with new spring start dates to accommodate demand for college diploma and certificate programs.Construction Skills will begin April 27 while Resources Drilling and Blasting Technician, Office Administration – Compressed, and Electrical Engineering Technician will start on May 4.Construction Skills, Resources Drilling and Blasting and Electrical Engineering Technician have additional September start dates while Office Administration – Compressed has a January start.With existing economic conditions, providing additional entry points into college programs gives individuals returning to school the opportunity to graduate quickly and get back into the workforce.All of these programs are eligible for Second Career funding.Construction Skills is a two-semester certificate program that introduces students to construction trades such as carpentry, masonry, electrical and plumbing. Students can graduate into a career in the construction industry or go on to take an apprenticeship in an area of specialty.Resources Drilling and Blasting Technician is a four-semester diploma program at Frost Campus that teaches students the theory and skills needed in the drilling and blasting field. Eighty per cent of the program is practical with students working on a full range of drilling equipment.Office Administration – Compressed is a 26-week certificate program that develops administrative and professional skills. Students are trained on the latest computer technology and have the opportunity to network with professionals in the field. Simulated office environments, hands-on practice and a work placement ensure graduates are job-ready.Electrical Engineering Technician is a four-semester diploma program. It provides students with a solid foundation in electrical and electronic theory and practices, ranging from electrical and electronic circuits and systems to network engineering to instrumentation.For more information on these programs visit: http://www.flemingcollege.com/programs Located in 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 90 full-time programs in Business, Computing and Hospitality, Continuing Education and Skilled Trades, Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, Fine Arts, Health and Wellness, Interdisciplinary Studies, and Law, Justice and Community Services. Fleming College has 5,000 full-time and 10,000 part-time students, and more than 54,000 alumni.