Fleming College Completes Master Plan for Sutherland Campus in Peterborough

Fleming College recently completed a comprehensive master plan for its Sutherland Campus in Peterborough. The plan identifies strategies to improve the student and visitor experience in the existing buildings and recommendations to integrate potential new facilities. “We have a strong vision for the future of the campus and this planning process has identified significant opportunities for the development of the campus to better serve students for years ahead,” said Tony Tilly, president of the college. “This process has also allowed us to fully integrate the plans for the proposed Kawartha Skilled Trades Institute into our longer-term strategies.”The plan contains recommendations for overall land use, roadways, entrances, gates, pathways, parking, fields and landscaping. It shows ways to improve the image and sense of arrival to the main entrance foyer and other interior gathering spaces.“While some of this work is contemplated for well in the future, some of it has already begun,” said Barb Cameron, vice president, finance and facilities. “We will begin construction on a project to improve the entrance to the main building this summer.”The Sutherland Campus is Fleming College’s largest campus, set on 245 acres in Peterborough’s west end, with 338,000 gross square feet (gsf) of academic space in the main building, a residence village and a recreation centre.The plan was prepared by architectural and planning consultants duToit Allsopp Hiller, CS&P, and AECOM and involved a series of consultation sessions with Fleming students, faculty and staff. The full Sutherland Campus Master Plan document is available at www.flemingcollege.ca/masterplanLocated in the heart of Central Ontario, Fleming College has campuses 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 and Technology, Continuing Education and Skilled Trades, Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, Fine Arts, Health and Wellness, and Law, Justice and Community Services. Fleming College has more than 5,000 full-time and 10,000 part-time students and 50,000 alumni. 

Strong Enrolment Growth at Fleming College

Fleming College continued to grow in January, experiencing enrolment increases at all campuses. Total enrolment increased by 14% from last January to 5,708 full-time students across all campuses. First semester intake increased over 7% to 915 new students. The skilled trades program area at Fleming continued its strong growth pattern over the last three years in large part due to the expansion of Electrical Techniques, Electrical Engineering Technician and Construction Skills programs. Total January enrolment in the skilled trades programs almost doubled to 410 students.   “We are very pleased that students are choosing Fleming for the next step on their pathway to a career or further education,” said college president Tony Tilly. “The challenging economic climate has more students seeking options to build on their skill sets or train for a career change. Our faculty and staff have worked hard to deliver new and enhanced options for students in all of our academic schools.”   Fleming’s School of Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences at the Frost Campus in Lindsay continues to build on its leadership position in environmental career training with just over 1,500 students, representing a 20% overall enrolment increase for January 2010.  A new January offering of the General Arts & Science – University Transfer program, a one year certificate that prepares students for degree options at Trent University, helped the School of General Arts & Sciences grow almost 8% overall.   The Haliburton School of The Arts experienced growth in its Glassblowing and Visual and Creative Arts programs.   These latest enrolment results mark the end of banner year of enrolment growth at Fleming with annual growth for all terms up 14%, representing more than 600 additional students enrolled for two terms at Fleming this past year.   Applications for September, 2010 are now being accepted. Students are encouraged to apply by February 1, 2010, to ensure the best chance to secure a space in popular programs.Located in the heart of Central Ontario, Fleming College has campuses 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 and Technology, Continuing Education and Skilled Trades, Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, Fine Arts, Health and Wellness, and Law, Justice and Community Services. Fleming College has more than 5,700 full-time and 10,000 part-time students and 50,000 alumni.

Fleming College Fellowship in Applied Education Award

Fleming College is seeking nominations for the 2010 Fellowship in Applied Education Award.This honorary fellowship was created to recognize citizens who have demonstrated outstanding commitment to, and concern for, their community and the world beyond.

Within their career, or through volunteer work, these candidates have put their ideas and skills to practical use for the benefit of other individuals.Candidates must work and/or reside in the local communities of Peterborough, Haliburton or Northumberland counties or the City of Kawartha Lakes, which are served by Fleming College’s campus locations.The deadline for nominations is Friday, May 7, 2010.

The awards will be presented during Fleming’s Convocation Exercise in June. Don’t miss this opportunity to nominate a deserving candidate.For a nomination form, or more information, please contact Shelby Parker, Communications Officer, by phone at (705) 749-5530 ext. 1370 or by email at parker@flemingc.on.ca. You can also download the nomination form directly from the Fleming College website at:http://www.flemingc.on.ca/PDF/Fleming_Fellowship_Nomination.pdf 

The 2009 Fellowship in Applied Education Award recipient Andrew Wallen has contributed significantly to the community and economic improvement of the City of Kawartha Lakes and to the regional development of southeastern Ontario through his professional capacity as General Manager of the Kawartha Lakes Community Futures Development Corporation (KLCFDC).  One of the most significant contributions Andrew and his Board and staff have been able to make is the disbursement of more than $1 million per year in small business loans which has resulted in the creation and maintenance of 200 jobs per year in the local economy. 

As well, Andrew was instrumental in convincing the federal government to create the Eastern Ontario Development Program, which has resulted in $2 million directly invested into the City since 2004. These community grants have supported a wide variety of business development, skills development, youth internship, and community capacity building initiatives.  In addition to his role as General Manager of the KLCFDC, Andrew took on the additional role of Director of Economic Development for the City of Kawartha Lakes in 2007. As a result, for the past two years Andrew has been fulfilling the demands of this important senior staff role with the City while retaining his responsibilities at the KLCFDC.  

A champion for creating a Kawartha Innovation Centre, proposed for the Frost Campus of Fleming College, Andrew also founded an Innovation Awards program to recognize innovation in small business.  Andrew has also made several noteworthy contributions for youth in the community. He founded an awards program to recognize and encourage the development of young entrepreneurs and he has been instrumental in reviving the Junior Achievement program in the area.  

A lead sponsor and advocate for the annual skilled trades career day for secondary school students, Andrew was also a key stakeholder in developing a feasibility study in support of a skilled trades training centre in the Kawarthas.  Both of these initiatives are closely tied to Andrew’s belief in the need to create viable career pathways and opportunities that can support the career development and retention of local youth.  

Andrew has also been a keen advocate and supporter of local fundraising efforts in support of the Boys and Girls Club. On a personal front, Andrew has served as a coach for youth sports teams. From the perspective of outstanding commitment to and concern for the community, Andrew Wallen has consistently and extensively applied his considerable reservoir of ideas and skills to practical use for the benefit of countless individuals and community groups and organizations. 

It is with great pleasure that Fleming College presents Andrew Wallen with the 2009 Fellowship in Applied Education for Frost/Haliburton. Frost Convocation, Friday, June 5, 2009. 

Mary Lou Green  — Bringing together her social work skills, her knowledge and belief in the healing power of the expressive arts, her creativity and sense of humour, her great love of people, and her strong belief that individuals deserve not to be marginalized, Mary Lou Green uses her skills, education, and talent to connect with disadvantaged individuals.  

Mary Lou achieved a life goal in 2001 when she graduated from Fleming’s Social Service Worker program. She returned to Fleming and obtained her Expressive Arts certificate in 2003.  Mary Lou’s interest in expressive arts stems from her own experience of childhood abuse. She tries to make a difference in people’s lives by telling her story and using her many gifts to connect with others. Mary Lou believes everyone has a special gift. However, the people she helps have not always been given the love, encouragement, and hope that is the basis for growth and becoming what they are meant to be in life. She feels it is her moral duty to help those that cannot help themselves.  

At various times Mary Lou has coordinated the Expressive Arts Program at Brock Mission and has initiated and run several programs for the Canadian Mental Health Association. These programs are an empowering process for participants. 

At Fleming, Mary Lou has been an Educational Assistant at the Frost Campus and voluntarily teaches expressive arts in Fleming’s Early Childhood Education program. Her additional volunteer work as a clown brightens the lives of countless individuals.  Mary Lou has developed a positive relationship with the staff at St. Vincent de Paul, where she seeks donations, not only for her place of employment, but also for the users of the drop-in centre Our Space.

Mary Lou often and repeatedly gives to others without any expectation of receiving anything in return. On countless occasions she has gone out of her way to help someone with a specific need, and refuses anything but a simple thank you in return.  Whether it’s coordinating public displays of art work done by disadvantaged individuals or coordinating spa nights at a local women’s shelter – and using her own funds to do so – Mary Lou is always willing to help others in need, in her own way. Her capacity for caring and compassion for others knows no bounds and has been of great benefit to the community and its citizens.  

It is with great pleasure that Fleming College presents Mary Lou Green with the 2009 Fellowship in Applied Education for Peterborough/Cobourg.Sutherland Convocation, Thursday, June 11, 2009.

Fleming College Students Meet Michelle Obama

Lindsay ON – Fleming College students were surprised to be greeted by First Lady Michelle Obama during a White House tour on Wednesday.32 students from Fleming’s School of Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences in Lindsay were in Washington, D.C. to attend an environmental conference entitled "The New Green Economy".  During a regularly scheduled White House tour, students were surprised by the special session where the First Lady greeted many guests touring the White House on the first anniversary of President Obama’s inauguration.Faculty members Barb Elliot and Mike Fraser lead the team on the trip to Washington for the conference. Watch the White House video here.The Fleming contingent begins to appear at the 4-minute mark of the video.

Fleming to Host Sierra Youth Coalition Conference on Sustainable Campuses

Lindsay ON – Fleming College will host the 5th Annual Conference on Sustainable Campuses at its Frost Campus in Lindsay, home of the college’s School of Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences from January 29th to 31st.Since 1996, The Sierra Youth Coalition (SYC) has been working with over 80 campuses across Canada to implement the Sustainable Campuses Project. Over 300 students have attended the conference over the past four years.“The 5th Annual Sustainable Campuses conference presents a wonderful opportunity for Fleming College to host students from Ontario colleges and universities who are passionate about sustainability. The conference provides an exceptional opportunity for students to build knowledge and skills to use in developing sustainability projects," said Linda Skilton, Dean and Principal, Frost Campus, Fleming College. “The conference will also provide an opportunity for Fleming to showcase our leadership in sustainability and environmental issues.”Conference organizers Sara Kelly, Sustainability Coordinator at the Frost Campus, and Carly Joynt, Ontario Sustainable Campuses Coordinator for the SYC said the three-day conference allows students and campus members the opportunity to tackle difficult issues that face our schools and our world. “This is a chance to develop incredibly creative and efficient solutions to move our schools into a brighter, more sustainable future,” said Kelly.As host, Fleming College is providing space for the workshops and presentations, accommodations for student participants and the use of equipment. Students and support staff are involved in the the planning, implementation, and evaluation of the conference.SYC is a national, youth-driven and non-profit organisation working in Canada. SYC’s mission is to empower young people to become active community leaders who contribute to making Canada a better society.Any student involved in sustainability activities on their campus are welcome to attend this event. To register go to http://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?formkey=dDJoRERkaVJ1cHhfS0NZZmxQWmVmYmc6MAFor more information on the conference, please contact eitherCarly JoyntOntario Sustainable Campuses Coordinator289-314-6756Sierra Youth Coalitionwww.syc-cjs.org/sustainableSara KellySustainability Projects Coordinator(705) 324 – 9144 x.3557Frost Campus, Fleming Collegeskelly@flemingc.on.ca     

Register for Polar Cup 2010

Peterborough ON – January  2, 2010 – Sharpen your skates, grab your friends, and start practicing for the 2010 Polar Cup. Students with the Event Management Program at Fleming College are planning the Polar Cup charity event in Lakefield, Ontario during the Smith Ennismore Lakefield PolarFest festival, February 6, 2010. "Proceeds raised from the Polar Cup will support the new Ontario Speed Skating Oval (OSSO) facility that will be one of only three long track facilities in Canada," said Kirsten Liddell, one of the student organizers. The OSSO, Ontario’s first 400m outdoor temperature controlled speed skating oval, is a $12 million project to give Ontario an outside venue for speed skaters. Aspiring skaters can train all winter long because of a sustainable geothermal cooling system. The Event Management Program students are planning the event as a hands-on learning experience for their program. Teams with players age 16 and over can register to either the relaxed division or the competitive men’s division and can register now online at www.ontariospeedskatingoval.com. For more information on Fleming College, and on any of programs, visit www.flemingc.on.ca Located in the heart of Central Ontario, Fleming College has campuses 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 and Technology, Continuing Education and Skilled Trades, Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, Fine Arts, Health and Wellness, and Law, Justice and Community Services. Fleming College has more than 5,000 full-time and 10,000 part-time students and 50,000 alumni. – 30 – For more information: Shelby Parker, Communications Officer, 705-749-5530 x 1370 or parker@flemingc.on.ca

Fleming College Launches Unique Geothermal Drilling Certificate Program

Fleming College continues to expand its portfolio of environmental and sustainablity focused  programs, giving students more career options in emerging environmental industries. Geothermal drillers work in the rapidly expanding area of alternative energy resources, in the field of geothermal energy heating and cooling systems. The Geothermal Drilling program is unique in North America. According to industry representatives, currently there are more jobs than drillers. These are specialized jobs that require this specific type of training, states Catherine Staples, manager of Environmental Training at the School of Continuing Education and Skilled Trades at Fleming College. This hands-on program offers comprehensive training in geothermal drilling, including construction methods, geology and hydrogeology, environmental impacts, customer service, and the safe operation and maintenance of drilling equipment. Students will have both field experience and time in the classroom. The program is balanced with business knowledge and applied science for an understanding of the industry needs and environmental stewardship.Upon graduation students will receive a Fleming College Certificate of Completion. The program runs May 3 to Aug 19, 2010. Individual modules are also open for registration for those already working in the industry who are looking to upgrade their skills. Those interested in additional information can call Fleming College, Continuing Education at 1-888-269-6929.

Fleming Takes Part in Ontario-Wide Research Project

Faculty and students from the Fish and Wildlife program at Fleming College, Frost Campus, will participate in a special research project to study Leptospirosis, a disease found in wildlife and domestic animals. "The exact role of wildlife in this disease in Ontario is an unknown," said Dr. Karen Shearer, a veterinarian who teaches animal pathology with the Fish and Wildlife program. A total of $87,000 in funding has been granted over three years through the University of Guelph Animal Health Lab’s Animal Health Strategic Investment (AHSI) project, which in turn is funded by OMAFRA as part of the 2008 Ontario Budget. Leptospirosis is an infectious disease found in wildlife, but can be transferred to humans and can cause liver and kidney failure. One third-year student will be chosen each year to coordinate with wildlife groups in Ontario to obtain samples from wildlife, prepare instructional material and seminars and organize data collected. The samples will then be shipped to the University of Guelph for analysis. Researchers hope to determine the amount and types of Leptospirosis in the wildlife population in Ontario. " This is a significant research project, there are a lot of unknowns," said Dr. Shearer, adding the last large-scale study on the disease in Canada was in 1962. By participating in the research project, not only will the students gain valuable experience, they will also fulfill the placement requirement for the program. "The difficult thing about studying wildlife is getting close to it," said Dr. Shearer. The sample collection will be coordinated by The Fish & Wildlife Program, in conjunction with the Canadian Cooperative Wildlife Health Centre. The test development and validation will be performed by the Animal Health Laboratory, University of Guelph.For more information on fleming’s Fish & Wildlife program, click hereShelby Parker, Communications Officer, 705-749-5530 x 1370 or parker@flemingc.on.ca

New Blasting Techniques Program at Fleming College a Resounding Success

The Blasting Techniques program at Fleming College is successfully finishing up its first semester. Thirty-three students will be returning to class in January to finish this one-of-a-kind program. 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, " said Dale Laframboise, coordinator of the program. In October, students were given the opportunity to train with a new HCS 900 Furukawa Rock Drill, which was lent to Fleming, courtesy of Ottawa-based company Eastrock Inc. The drill gave students the opportunity to experience hands-on training with state-of-the-art equipment. The new Blasting Techniques program is a two-semester Ontario College Certificate program hosted at Fleming’s drilling and blasting training centre at the Frost Campus in Lindsay, Ontario. This program complements Fleming’s renowned two-year Resources Drilling and Blasting diploma program. Fleming has also recently launched a Geothermal Drilling 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. Located in the heart of Central Ontario, Fleming College has campuses 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 and Technology, Continuing Education and Skilled Trades, Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, Fine Arts, Health and Wellness, and Law, Justice and Community Services. Fleming College has more than 5,000 full-time and 10,000 part-time students and 50,000 alumni. – 30 – For more information: Shelby Parker, Communications Officer, 705-749-5530 x 1370 or parker@flemingc.on.ca

Fleming College Launches New Arts Programs in Cobourg

Cobourg ON – January 5, 2010 – Aspiring actors, photographers and other artists in Northumberland County won’t have to look any further than Fleming College’s Cobourg Campus for learning opportunities. Starting this semester, 28 Continuing Education programs and 20 workshops are available for people interested in photography, acting, painting, health and wellness and music. "The new arts programs offered this winter at Fleming College in Cobourg aim to give people a launching pad for learning new skills in many different art forms – painting, writing, drama, music, design, and photography," said Deborah Clifford, manager of the Cobourg Campus. "Professional artists and experienced designers like author Stuart Ross, photographer Cindy Taylor and artist Brent Townsend will be teaching a few of these unique programs. The instructors are skilled artisans eager to instill knowledge about their particular art form. These new programs are part of our college mission – to provide learning opportunities for as many residents of Northumberland County as possible," continued Clifford. The new arts portfolio complements new and existing career enhancement and lifestyle courses also offered at the Cobourg Campus. Programs start in early January. A complete list of programs available at the Cobourg Campus is available at www.flemingcollege.ca Located in the heart of Central Ontario, Fleming College has campuses 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 and Technology, Continuing Education and Skilled Trades, Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, Fine Arts, Health and Wellness, and Law, Justice and Community Services. Fleming College has more than 5,000 full-time and 10,000 part-time students and 50,000 alumni.- 30 –