Academic Upgrading students graduating to postsecondary programs

Back to School is not just for kids with Fleming’s Academic Upgrading programFleming College’s Academic Upgrading program will celebrate the achievements of its students with a luncheon at the Frost Campus on Friday, August 28.The lunch will honour about 20 students from the campus who have successfully completed their upgrading requirements and are ready to enter postsecondary programs.The lunch will take place on Friday at 11 a.m. in Room 226 at the Frost Campus, 200 Albert St. S. in Lindsay. Students will receive a letter of congratulations.“Getting ready to go back to school is not just for kids,” said Joyce McGuire, coordinator of Fleming College’s Academic Upgrading Program at Frost Campus.With employers looking for workers with specific skills or a college diploma, many adults are looking for ways to upgrade their qualifications or to qualify for an apprenticeship or college program.Fleming College’s Academic Upgrading Program can help get them on the road to achieving that goal. It offers upgrading in Mathematics, Communications, Biology and Chemistry to a grade 12 level, as well as courses in College Preparation, Career Exploration, and Basic Computer Skills. The Program is self-paced and can accommodate a flexible time-table, offering both full or half-days and some evening classes.The program provides a realistic solution for people who did not complete a high school diploma but want to move toward an apprenticeship, a better paying job, or a college post-secondary program, said McGuire.“Many adults are intimidated by the thought of returning to a ‘school’ so we worked very hard to create a flexible program and a relaxed environment where students can work independently or receive direct help from the teacher. Adult students who did not finish high school often lack self-confidence in their ability but they return to school with greater motivation and a wealth of life experience. We want to help them experience success.” The Frost campus, in Lindsay is the perfect location for the adult learner. The campus is small and friendly and Upgrading students have full access to all college resources, such as computer labs, the library, the cafeteria, the student centre, and support services.Many local adult learners are taking full advantage of this Ontario Employment sponsored, tuition-free program.While completing their upgrading, students can explore the many certificate and diploma programs offered at Fleming College and talk to students and professors in these programs.Students who started in the Academic Upgrading Program and have gone on to a postsecondary program have reported they are happy they took this route. Preparing for college in a college setting has helped them to feel comfortable, learn what resources are available and how to get help, as well as knowing what will be expected of them once they start a full-time program.They learn how to use the college computers, libraries, and even have a chance to sit in on a lecture and take notes.For more information about how to get started call Suzanne Woods at 324-9144 ext. 3343. Students can start classes at any time.     – 30 -For more information:     Laura Copeland, Communications Officer, 705-749-5530 x 1370 or copeland@flemingc.on.ca

Infrastructure projects underway at Fleming College

Work is underway on several provincially-funded infrastructure projects at Fleming College.With more than $11 million in funding from the Strategic Capital Infrastructure Fund, announced by Peterborough MPP Jeff Leal in May 2009, Fleming College will undertake a number of significant capital projects over the next 18 months including:• Main hydro feed replacement at Sutherland Campus – $1.2 million• Road work and storm-water management at Sutherland and Frost campuses – $700,000• A new pathology laboratory at Frost Campus – $1.5 million• Energy reduction initiatives at all campuses – $2 million• Campus Master Plan initiatives at Sutherland Campus, including architectural work on the proposed Kawartha Skilled Trades Institute – $3 million• Deferred maintenance projects at all campuses – $2 millionWhile some projects will be finished this summer – including road work and Phase II of a new emergency notification system – others are scheduled for completion through to 2010-11.“This fund is strategic in both the short-term and the long-term. We are grateful for the opportunity to address immediate needs with investments that will have lasting impact,” said Fleming College President Tony Tilly.     – 30 -For more information:     Laura Copeland, Communications Officer, 705-749-5530 x 1370 or copeland@flemingc.on.ca

New courses available through Continuing Education

Fleming College has a variety of new courses and certificate programs available this fall through its School of Continuing Education and Skilled Trades at the Peterborough, Lindsay and Cobourg campuses.Whether it’s training for a new career, upgrading your existing skill set, or seeking a new pastime, Fleming College Continuing Education has the right fit for you. Here’s what’s new for fall 2009:Health• Hospital Nursing Unit Secretary Certificate (Sutherland and Cobourg campuses)• Medical Office Support Staff Certificate (Sutherland and Cobourg campuses)• Advanced Assessment Skills for Registered Practical Nurses (Frost Campus)Computers• Computer Game Development (McRae Campus)• Web 2.0 Technology (Sutherland Campus)• Network+ A CompTIA  Certification (online)• A+ 2006 Certification Series (online)• i-Net+ Certification (online)Business, Hospitality and Culinary Arts• SuperHost (Sutherland and Cobourg campuses)• Service Excellence (Sutherland and Cobourg campuses)• Team Excellence (Sutherland and Cobourg campuses)• Thai Cuisine – Hot and Spicy (Sutherland Campus)• Appetizers (Sutherland Campus)• Sushi (Sutherland Campus)• Tricks and Treats with Mom or Dad (Sutherland Campus)• Teachers Can Cook (Sutherland Campus) Natural Resources and Outdoor Skills• Geothermal Drilling Fundamentals Certificate (Frost Campus)• Fish Culture – an Introduction (Frost Campus)• Rebuilding the Ecosystem at the East Cross Forest Conservation Area (offsite)• Sustainable Solutions to Challenging Times (Sutherland Campus)Skilled Trades and Technology – Building Officials Inspection Courses• Part 3 – Large Buildings – Classification and Construction 2006 (McRae Campus)• House – 2006 (McRae Campus)• HVAC – House – 2006 (McRae Campus)• Part 12 – Resource Conservation All Buildings (McRae Campus)General Interest• Guitar 1 (Sutherland and Frost campuses)• Guitar 2 (Frost Campus)A wide range of exciting courses are being offered this year in the college’s leading-edge spa, Essentials.This beautiful spa facility, overlooking the lake and hills of Northumberland County, is situated at the Cobourg Campus.Using the latest in top-grade esthetic products, students will learn the art and science of spa care and treatment. Professional estheticians will teach premier skin, nail and body treatments. Whether just for fun, or a new career path, this elegant facility is sure to please.For a full list of all of Fleming’s Continuing Education courses and programs get your free calendar at www.flemingcollege.com/reinvent or call 1-888-269-6929.     – 30 -For more information:     Laura Copeland, Communications Officer, 705-749-5530 x 1370 or copeland@flemingc.on.ca

New coordinator for new Blasting Techniques program

Industry expert Dale Laframboise has been hired to teach and coordinate Fleming College’s new Blasting Techniques program.Mr. Laframboise joins Fleming College from his role as general manager of a blasting company in Vernon, B.C. where he was responsible for day-to-day operations and oversaw a 22-member team. He will coordinate the program at the college’s Frost Campus.“Blasters, supervisors and blasting contractors rarely have time or funding to set aside for blaster training. Finally, people that wish to explore the possibility of joining the industry will have training available to reduce the learning curve on important blasting issues such as safety, regulations, documentation, blast design, execution and overall professionalism,” says Mr. Laframboise. “Potential employers will take comfort in knowing that with the extensive training and experience graduates go through, they will be a great asset to compliment their existing blasting crews.”With a wealth of industry experience, Mr. Laframboise will bring his expertise to Fleming for the benefit of students in the program. He has previously worked in supervising and operational roles with Pacific Blasting and Demolition Ltd., O.J. Pipelines Ltd., and Dyna-Con Explosive Technologies. He has also written training and safety manuals for large pipeline projects and has course administration and teaching experience.The new Blasting Techniques program is a two-semester Ontario College Certificate program hosted at Fleming’s state-of-the-art drilling and blasting training centre in Lindsay, Ontario. It is the only program of its kind in Canada and complements Fleming’s renowned two-year Drilling and Blasting diploma program.Blasters fill blast holes with explosives and detonate them to dislodge ore, rock or aggregate, or to demolish structures. Blasters are employed by mining, quarrying, construction, and drilling and blasting companies. In this highly practical, hands-on program students spend much of their time in labs, field classes and doing field assignments. Courses include explosives, blast-hole drilling, blasting theory, blast design, geology, safety and accident prevention, and environmental issues.      – 30 -For more information:     Laura Copeland, Communications Officer, 705-749-5530 x 1370, copeland@flemingc.on.ca

GIS programs host Open House

 Generating watershed information to support land use planning in Sierra Leone is just one of the GIS student cooperative projects that will be on display at the Frost Campus of Fleming College on Thursday, August 13.The Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Open House will feature 13 student projects from both the GIS – Applications Specialist and GIS – Cartographic Specialist programs.The projects partner Fleming students with industry clients, allowing the students to apply skills learned in the classroom to solve real-world dilemmas.Other projects include:• Kawartha Trans Canada Trail Economic and Management Map• Heritage Properties and Conservation District Mapping Project• Kawartha Lakes Flow Map• Web Mapping System for Global Land Degradation Assessment at Regional and Local Scales The GIS Open House will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on August 13 at the Frost Campus, 200 Albert St. S. in Lindsay.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

NEW: GO Transit to offer bus service to Peterborough

GO Transit is coming to PeterboroughStarting September 5, GO Transit will begin daily bus service between Peterborough and Oshawa with buses leaving each city 10 times Monday to Friday and six times on weekends.Bus service will run from Trent University to the Oshawa GO station. Leaving from Trent, the bus will make two additional stops in Peterborough – at the Simcoe Street bus terminal and the carpool lot on Crawford Drive at Harper Road.A complete schedule will be available later this month on the GO Transit website www.gotransit.com