Personal Support Worker program offering January start at Frost Campus

 Students can train for a new career and graduate with an Ontario College Certificate in just two semesters.The PSW program at Fleming College offers training and credentials for graduates to provide support services to children, adults and seniors with special needs, helping individuals and their families maximize their life experience.The program has a wealth of hands-on, real-life, clinical training that prepares graduates for a seamless transition directly into a career as a PSW. There is a consistently high employment rate for graduates of this program – more than 90 per cent.For more information, visit – 30 -For more information:Laura Copeland, Communications Officer, 705-749-5530 x 1370 or www.flemingcollege.cacopeland@flemingc.on.caFleming College will offer a new January start for its Personal Support Worker (PSW) program at the Frost Campus in Lindsay.

Fleming College develops new software in collaboration with UN

Subwet 2.0 to be used to improve water quality and wastewater treatmentFleming College is this week officially releasing environmental software it developed in collaboration with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).The Subsurface Wetland Model software – or Subwet 2.0 – has been developed by both UNEP and the college’s Centre for Alternative Wastewater Treatment (CAWT) to assist in the design of constructed wetlands to improve water quality and treat domestic wastewater. It can also be used as a tool to improve the efficiency of low or non-performing wetland treatment systems and model different operational scenarios.Subwet 2.0 is an upgrade of original Subwet software. It now allows for applications in cold and warm climates and can simulate the removal of nitrogen and phosphorus. The software will be used by water resource managers, engineers, and regulators around the world and in Canada’s far north. “This software will allow engineers and other water resource managers, and those responsible for sanitation to design, manage, and maintain constructed wetlands for the purpose of treating domestic wastewater in almost any climate,” said Dr. Brent Wootton, CAWT Director and Senior Scientist. “The culmination of this software is a significant step forward toward the UN’s Millennium Development Goal target to reduce by half the proportion of the 2.6 billion people that do not have access to basic sanitation by 2015. Fleming College can be proud of its role in producing this tool.”Constructed wetlands or treatment wetlands are phytotechnologies that are designed, built and operated to treat wastewater. Phytotechnology is an environmentally sound technology (EST) – the application of science and engineering to study problems and provide solutions involving plants.ESTs protect the environment, are less polluting and use resources in a sustainable manner, are congenial with their surroundings, create the least amount of disturbance and are socially appropriate to the local community.About the Centre for Alternative Wastewater TreatmentThe Centre for Alternative Wastewater Treatment (CAWT) is located at Fleming College’s Frost Campus in Lindsay, ON. It undertakes applied research on innovative wastewater treatment technologies. The CAWT promotes knowledge creation, knowledge and technology transfer, applied learning and training, and community capacity development. Find out more at 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; Education, Health and Wellness; Fine Arts; General Arts & Science; and, Law, Justice and Community Services. Fleming College has 5,700 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.caDrew Van Parys, Director of Marketing, 705-749-5530 x 1696 or  

Fleming hosting College Information Program

The College Information Program – a travelling road show of Ontario colleges – will visit Fleming College’s Sutherland Campus on Monday, Nov. 2.Twenty-four of Ontario’s community colleges, including Fleming, will have information displays set up throughout the campus to provide high school students with the many options available to them within college programs.About 1,000 students from more than 20 high schools are expected at the event, which runs from 9 a.m. to noon at the campus on Brealey Drive.The visiting high schools are from regional school boards:• Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board• Peterborough Victoria Northumberland and Clarington Catholic District School Board• Trillium Lakelands District School Board• Durham District School Board• Durham Catholic District School Board• Hastings and Prince Edward District School BoardDuring the event students can attend sessions on financial aid and sports and recreation at Fleming as well as experience first-hand being in a postsecondary lecture environment.     – 30 -For more information:     Laura Copeland, Communications Officer, 705-749-5530 x 1370 or

Cobourg Campus Convocation

 The Cobourg Campus of Fleming College will host its annual convocation on Friday, Oct. 30 at 2 p.m.About 30 students will graduate that day from the Esthetician program as well as the Academic Upgrading program.The ceremony will be held at the Lions Centre, 157 Elgin St. E. in Cobourg.     – 30 -For more information:     Laura Copeland, Communications Officer, 705-749-5530 x 1370 or

Camp Kawartha Environment Centre Opens

After 20 weeks of construction Peterborough now has one of the most sustainable buildings in CanadaCamp Kawartha is proud to announce the opening of their unique educational facility called “The Camp Kawartha Environment Centre” on Monday, Nov. 2, 2009 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Located at 2505 Pioneer Road, next to Trent University’s Wildlife Sanctuary, this one-of-a-kind centre will provide environmental programming on sustainability, alternative energy and nature awareness to elementary and high school students.The centre will also partner with Trent School of Professional Learning to provide examples of best practices in environmental education for emerging teachers.  In addition, the centre will offer a variety of workshops offered to the general public on sustainable living practices. The Camp Kawartha Environment Centre is a wonderful example of a community coming together to showcase how to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels. We want to thank our main partners: the Gainey Foundation, Trent University, Fleming College’s Sustainable Building Program and the many other funders and donors who helped to make this project a reality.Partners, funders and other honoured guests will have a chance to see the finished building and all its features like the energy-efficient lighting, composting toilets, geothermal radiant floors, a living green roof, solar heated water, rainwater collection system, a wetland water treatment system and Ontario’s only thatch roof. The solar panels will collect enough energy to power the centre, and surplus energy from the solar panels will be sold back into the electrical grid at a rate of $0.80 per kWh.Anna Gainey, Executive Director of the Gainey Foundation says, “The Gainey Foundation is proud to be a part of the exceptional team that made this innovative project a reality. The Camp Kawartha Environmental Center is a place that Laura would have loved and is a perfect example of what our foundation was established to do. A sincere thanks to the people of Peterborough and the surrounding area for supporting the Gainey Foundation and making it possible for us to support this wonderful project.”"Trent University is proud to be a partner in the creation of the Camp Kawartha Environment Centre," says Trent president Dr. Steven E. Franklin. "Having a fully sustainable building on our campus further demonstrates Trent’s commitment to the environment and complements the wealth of environmental highlights on our campus. This exciting project provides new opportunities for all of the partners involved to offer unique learning experiences about sustainable development.""Students in the Sustainable Building Design and Construction program learned from their teachers who are experts on sustainability and innovation. Then, through their program, they have also ’built a teacher’ – a building that will help visitors learn for years to come," says Tony Tilly, president of Fleming College.Jacob Rodenburg, Executive Director of Camp Kawartha, says that the centre “will provide a measure hope for a greener future to our children. Often the only solution we offer to children in the face of ever larger global environmental issues is recycling.  Children are smart enough to know that, while recycling is wonderful, it is not itself nearly enough. The Camp Kawartha Environment Centre offers real life examples of how we all can live more gently and sustainably in our communities and that this choice is not a difficult one to make.”- 30 –

New funding for Cobourg Campus

Fleming College’s Cobourg Campus has received an additional $97,460 in funding from the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities and Employment Ontario to support the expansion of its Academic Upgrading program.Academic Upgrading provides a pathway for students to obtain their Grade 12 Equivalency, a prerequisite for applying to college programs. The Academic Upgrading program at the Cobourg Campus has seen an increase in students due to the number of individuals accessing the Second Career program through Fleming College.The funding has allowed the campus to expand its day and evening classes. The campus now offers Academic Upgrading evening classes four nights a week and it has opened a second classroom to offer classes four mornings a week. This is in addition to its regular Academic Upgrading classroom running five days a week.Currently, the campus has more than 100 students enrolled in Academic Upgrading on both a full-time and part-time basis. Last year about 30 students graduated from Academic Upgrading directly into postsecondary studies in disciplines such as practical nursing, esthetician, architectural design and fire systems engineering.     – 30 -For more information:     Laura Copeland, Communications Officer, 705-749-5530 x 1370 or

Frost Campus to host Tanzanian delegation

The Frost Campus of Fleming College will host a delegation of education officials from Tanzania on Thursday, Oct. 29.The delegation will be visiting the campus to learn more about the new Sustainable Agriculture program, the heavy equipment programs and Resources Drilling and Blasting and Blasting Techniques programs. The delegation is interested in knowing how the programs are developed, designed and implemented to respond to the needs of employers.The group will also learn about the college’s work with constructed wetlands through the Centre for Alternative Wastewater Treatment.The Tanzanian officials include representatives from the country’s Ministry of Education and Vocational Training as well as the Dar Es Salaam Institute of Technology and the Arusha Technical College. The delegation is traveling with representatives from the Association of Canadian Community Colleges.Following program overviews in the morning, the delegation will tour the college’s Resources Drilling and Blasting building at 2 p.m. and the Centre for Heavy Equipment Technology at 2:30 p.m. that day.     – 30 -For more information:     Laura Copeland, Communications Officer, 705-749-5530 x 1370 or

Pickseed Job Fair at Job Connect Fleming

Job Connect Fleming is holding a Pickseed job fair for seasonal general labourer positions on Thursday, Oct. 29 from 1 to 4:30 p.m. at its location at the Frost Campus of Fleming College.Pickseed is located in Lindsay on Greenfield Road. Duties for these positions would include operating bagging equipment, sealing/stitching, and/or blending.Successful applicants would be responsible for baling and palletizing products as well as assisting with loading and unloading of trailers when needed. Pickseed is hiring for day and afternoon shifts, 42.5 hours per week, at $9.50 per hour.If you are interested in applying for the above positions please bring a resume with you to the job fair. Interviews will only be conducted for those who qualify.If you need assistance with your resume, please call Job Connect at (705) 878-9325 and book an appointment prior to Thursday, Oct. 29.Job Connect Fleming is located in room 284 of the Frost Campus, 200 Albert St. S. (entrance across from Recreation Centre parking) in Lindsay.       – 30 -For more information:  Sarah Galachiuk, Resource Centre Coordinator, 705-324-9144×3325 or  

Humanitarian Stephen Lewis to speak at Frost Campus

Renowned humanitarian Stephen Lewis will speak as part of a staff event at Fleming College’s Frost Campus on Wednesday, Oct. 28.The event, part of a professional development day for staff at the college, is closed to the public. Mr. Lewis will speak at 6:30 p.m. at the campus, 200 Albert St. S.Media are invited to attend. If reporters are interested in attending they are asked to RSVP to Laura Copeland at 705-749-5530 x 1370 or About Stephen LewisCurrently a professor in Global Health within the Faculty of Social Sciences at McMaster University, Mr. Lewis is also Chair of the Board of the Stephen Lewis Foundation, which is dedicated to turning the tide of HIV/AIDS in Africa.Mr. Lewis’ work with the United Nations spanned more than 20 years and he was the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa from June 2001 to the end of 2006.From 1995 to 1999, Mr. Lewis was Deputy Executive Director of UNICEF at the organization’s global headquarters in New York City. From 1984 to 1988, he was Canada’s Ambassador to the United Nations.     – 30 –