Summer Transition Programs for Students with Learning Disabilities

Fleming College will offer two different orientation programs for students with learning disabilities this summer – First At Fleming and Head Start.Each program is designed to help students start off their first semester at Fleming on the right foot.First At Fleming will take place Aug. 31 to Sept. 4. The program will help students identify their learning strengths and weaknesses and gain hands-on experience with assistive technology.Students can also meet with key college disabiltiy service providers on campus.Head Start will take place at the Frost Campus on Aug. 26 and at the Sutherland Campus on Aug. 25 and 27.This program helps students learn about the resources available at Fleming and understand the differences between high school and college.For more information, contact:Hilary Nunes at 705-749-5530 x 1292 (June) or Claire Cruikshank at x 1722 (July).

The Ontario Textbook and Technology Grant

Information from the provincial governmentThere are new eligibility requirements for Ontario’s Textbook and Technology Grant.Starting in the 2009-10 academic year, the Textbook and Technology Grant will be available only to full-time students qualifying for OSAP who are attending a provincially-funded college or university in Ontario.The Textbook and Technology Grant helps students pay for textbooks and computer costs.  The grant is $150 per academic year. Full-time students receiving OSAP do not need to apply for the Textbook and Technology Grant.  They will receive a grant cheque by mail to the address provided on their OSAP application.  Full-time students who do not qualify for OSAP are still eligible to receive a Textbook and Technology Grant if their program begins before August 1, 2009.  These students can visit ontario.ca/OSAP to fill out an online application.For more information about the Textbook and Technology Grant, visit www.ontario.ca/OSAP. 

Fleming College presents its Alumni of Distinction Award

Fleming College today presented its Alumni of Distinction Award to Kerri Davies, Executive Director of Canterbury Gardens Retirement Residence.Ms. Davies received the award at the morning Convocation ceremony for the Schools of Health and Wellness and Interdisciplinary Studies.“It’s an honour to be recognized as this year’s Alumni of Distinction when I think of those who have preceded me and the company I find myself in today,” said Ms. Davies. “The journey to my graduation was a journey of 36 years. Seventeen years later the journey continues with a commitment to ongoing education and learning.”Ms. Davies, an alumna of the Practical Nursing program, was the first in her family to go to postsecondary education and graduated at the top of her class.Since her graduation from Fleming she has been a community nurse and worked at Fairhaven before joining Royal Gardens Retirement Residence. She became executive director of Canterbury Gardens when the retirement home opened earlier this year.Ms. Davies now tries to give back to Fleming College by giving graduates from the nursing and personal support worker programs a chance at a career in health care.A community volunteer, Ms. Davies is a member of the Peterborough Rotary Club and has served on its board of directors. She was nominated for a Premier’s Award in 2008 due to her career success and contributions to the community.     – 30 -For more information:     Laura Copeland, Communications Officer, 705-749-5530 x 1370 or copeland@flemingc.on.ca

Fleming partners with City of Kawartha Lakes on sustainability

The City of Kawartha Lakes and Fleming College have officially partnered to work on projects and initiatives around sustainability.Mayor Ric McGee, Fleming President Tony Tilly and Fleming’s Chair of the Board of Governors, Murray Rodd, signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Sustainability at the college’s Frost Campus on Friday, June 5.The agreement formalizes Fleming’s connections with the City. Working together, the City and the college will set up a framework to streamline and vet future ventures in sustainability.“This is a positive step forward for our community to solidify the relationship with Fleming College, a leader on the international stage. Our relationship has grown stronger over the past two years and the time was right to formalize our partnership to capitalize on opportunities in the future. Our individual strategic plans work well together to focus on a stronger and more environmentally conscious community,” said Mayor McGee.“From the college’s perspective, we’re delighted to sign this agreement. It builds on and extends an already good working relationship. The City and the college both have great strengths and innovative plans. We look forward to aligning those plans to benefit both residents of the City and the students at the college,” said President Tilly.The MoU stems from a strategic discussion between Fleming and the City in March 2007. The discussion, which focused on environmental initiatives and economic and community development in the City of Kawartha Lakes, noted common themes between the two organizations including: interdependence with each other, support for a skilled trades institute, and support for the City becoming a “green hub.”     – 30 -For more information:     Laura Copeland, Communications Officer, 705-749-5530 x 1370 or copeland@flemingc.on.ca 

Fleming College to launch Sustainable Agriculture program

Frost Campus to host innovative new post-graduate program set to start January 2010Fleming College’s Frost Campus will launch a new Sustainable Agriculture program in January 2010.This innovative one year, three-semester, post-graduate certificate program is designed for new and beginner farmers seeking an intensive, applied learning experience in sustainable, ecological, organic or natural farming. Farming practices in the program are based on environmental stewardship, social responsibility, community health and the capacity for farmers to create a dependable income.The program follows the progression of the farm year. Experienced farmers and practitioners will guide students in the program, which is enriched with farm field days, site visits, and community-based learning activities. There is also an 18-week summer co-op experience to create further opportunities for student specialization.Within the program, students will learn the principles and practices of sustainable agriculture, small farm operations, and explore the emergence of new and expanding niche markets. Students will also examine strategies for direct marketing and new farm business models – with the program culminating in the development of each student’s own business case and farm plan. For more information on the program visit www.flemingcollege.comThe Frost Campus, home to the School of Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, serves approximately 1,400 full-time students. It has prepared graduates for entry into careers in the environment and natural resources sector for more than 40 years. The campus offers 27 full-time programs in the Environment, Natural Resource Sciences and Community Services. The success and reputation of Frost Campus graduates in their careers is nationally recognized and respected. The reputation of these Fleming graduates is acknowledged as being second to none.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.     – 30 -For more information:     Laura Copeland, Communications Officer, 705-749-5530 x 1370 or copeland@flemingc.on.ca

Enviro-Hero Award for Fleming’s Chris Magwood

Fleming College’s Chris Magwood, Coordinator of the Sustainable Building Design and Construction program, has received the Enviro-Hero Education Award from the Haliburton Highlands Land Trust.Mr. Magwood, an expert in environmentally sustainable building practices, also gives workshops and lectures on straw-bale building and helped create the sustainable building program at the college’s Haliburton Campus.Under Mr. Magwood’s guidance, students in the program are currently building the Camp Kawartha Environment Centre at Trent University in Peterborough. The college’s previous sustainable building projects include R.D. Lawrence Place in Minden, the 4Cs Food Bank in Haliburton, the Kinark Outdoor Centre near Minden and the Madoc Performing Arts Centre.Mr. Magwood received the award at a fundraiser for the Haliburton Highlands Land Trust. More than 170 people attended the second annual gala fundraiser at the Minden Hills Community Centre on May 22.Entitled Wild About Nature, the evening was a celebration of people who have made outstanding contributions to environmentalism in the past year. Haliburton School of The Arts faculty member and Haliburton artist Wendy Bateman was also lauded at the event. She received the Enviro-Hero Arts Award.  

Enviro-Hero Award for Fleming’s Chris Magwood

Fleming College’s Chris Magwood, Coordinator of the Sustainable Building Design and Construction program, has received the Enviro-Hero Education Award from the Haliburton Highlands Land Trust.Mr. Magwood, an expert in environmentally sustainable building practices, also gives workshops and lectures on straw-bale building and helped create the sustainable building program at the college’s Haliburton Campus.Under Mr. Magwood’s guidance, students in the program are currently building the Camp Kawartha Environment Centre at Trent University in Peterborough. The college’s previous sustainable building projects include R.D. Lawrence Place in Minden, the 4Cs Food Bank in Haliburton, the Kinark Outdoor Centre near Minden and the Madoc Performing Arts Centre.Mr. Magwood received the award at a fundraiser for the Haliburton Highlands Land Trust. More than 170 people attended the second annual gala fundraiser at the Minden Hills Community Centre on May 22.Entitled Wild About Nature, the evening was a celebration of people who have made outstanding contributions to environmentalism in the past year. Haliburton School of The Arts faculty member and Haliburton artist Wendy Bateman was also lauded at the event. She received the Enviro-Hero Arts Award.  

Fleming College Convocation

Fleming College will host its 42nd Convocation ceremonies at the Frost and Sutherland campuses June 5-11.Hundreds of students will graduate in seven convocation ceremonies.The schedule is:Frost CampusFriday, June 5, 2009 at the Lindsay Recreation Complex 2 p.m. – School of Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences; Social Service Worker; Personal Support Worker; General Arts and Science – Environmental and Natural Resource Studies optionSutherland Campus (all ceremonies to take place at the Peterborough Sport and Wellness Centre)Tuesday, June 9• 11 a.m. – School of Health and Wellness; School of Interdisciplinary Studies• 3 p.m. – School of Health and WellnessWednesday, June 10• 11 a.m. – School of Business, Computing and Hospitality• 3 p.m. – School of Business, Computing and Hospitality; School of Continuing Education and Skilled TradesThursday, June 11, 2009• 11 a.m. – School of Law, Justice and Community Services• 3 p.m. – School of Law, Justice and Community Services- 30 –

Culinary student takes gold at the Canadian Skills Competition

A Fleming College Culinary Management student has come home with a gold medal after competing in the Canadian Technological Skills Competition in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, May 20-23. Michael Scaife, a recent culinary management graduate, now working at the Peterborough Golf and Country Club, won the gold medal in the Restaurant Services category.Michael was mentored and coached by Sylvie Provost, a Professor in the Culinary Management program.   “The competitors from the other provinces were very strong; the education that I received from Madame Provost in the applied project component of the culinary management program gave me the tools and skills necessary to win at both the provincial and national level,” said Mr. Scaife.Professor Provost’s years of management and service experience in high end food service operations all over Canada, has given Fleming Culinary students the opportunity to learn and hone skills necessary to succeed in the guest service component of the hospitality industry.“I am very proud of the way Michael represented Ontario and Fleming College at the competition. He is dedicated to professionalism and excellence and it is a pleasure to see all of his hard work rewarded,” she said.During the 2 days of competition each participant was required to show their ability in different areas of a fine dining restaurant. Challenges included folding napkins, making different cocktails and mock tails, blind spirit and wine identification, preparation for meal service as well as demonstrating tableside service cooking and more.For the first time the Canadian Skills Competition was hosted in Charlottetown, PEI. This national event brought together over 500 young Canadians who have successfully competed at the provincial and territorial level to vie for the national Champion. Not only were the competitors tested against exacting standards in more then 40 skilled trades and technology areas but they were also competing against the best of the best from Canada.Beyond recognizing excellence, one of the main goals of this event and of skills programming throughout the year across Canada is to raise the awareness of and interest in the skilled trades and technologies as a preferred career path for young Canadians.     – 30 -For more information:     Laura Copeland, Communications Officer, copeland@flemingc.on.ca