Fleming College hosts successful bootcamps amidst COVID-19 pandemic

Peterborough ON – (October 8, 2020) – Students in targeted Fleming College programs are busy completing their learning outcomes on campus, after being disrupted in Winter and Spring semesters by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The bootcamps program is part of the provincial government’s Postsecondary Education Health Measures Framework for Reopening. It began July 13, 2020 on campus and, with strict health and safety protocols in place, zero cases of COVID-19 have been reported.

Bootcamps ranged from two hours to three weeks in length, depending on the program and learning outcomes. Graduating students participated in bootcamps to complete their program, while returning students took part in flow-through bootcamps to complete learning outcomes that were disrupted by the pandemic.

In total, 231 graduating students were invited to participate in bootcamps held between July 13 to Sept. 4, 2020 at Fleming’s Sutherland Campus (Peterborough). These bootcamps were offered for the following Fleming programs: Heating, Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Technician, Personal Support Worker, Practical Nursing, Welding Fabrication Technician, and Welding Techniques.

Flow-through bootcamps are offered to more than 900 students from August 4 to Dec. 17, 2020. These bootcamps are being held at the Sutherland Campus and Frost Campus (Lindsay, Ont.) for the following programs:

“I am very grateful to the staff and faculty who have worked creatively and tirelessly to get these students across the finish line safely, and address critical labour market demands, on a priority basis,” said Maureen Adamson, President of Fleming College. “Congratulations to these amazing students. The Fleming community is proud of you.”  

To be allowed on campus, participating students must do the following:

  • Read the COVID-19 Student Training and Safe Work Practices for their bootcamp and complete the corresponding online quizzes.
  • Complete campus access COVID-19 screening, which can be accessed through the Fleming Safe app.  
  • Wear the disposable or Fleming-branded face masks available at the Information Desk, or wear their own facemask.
  • Practice physical distancing and proper hand hygiene, as detailed in signage around campus.  

Students who require housing have access to reconfigured units in the Fleming residence. These units are available on a weekly basis and strictly adhere to all health and safety protocols.

Below is a video of the Fleming Safe Campus Tour, which details the safety measures in place at Sutherland Campus.

Fleming College’s Fall semester is currently underway, offering a wide variety of programs through online, alternate delivery and some select face-to-face delivery. The College will continue to follow all public health guidelines in support of the ongoing effort to reduce the transmission of COVID-19.

About Fleming College: Fleming College respectfully acknowledges that we are situated on Michi Saagiig Anishinaabeg lands and territory. Located in the heart of 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 100 full-time programs in Arts and Heritage, Business, Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, General Arts and Sciences, Health and Wellness, Justice and Community Development, Skilled Trades and Technology, and Continuing Education. Fleming College has more than 6,800 full-time and 10,000 part-time students, and 75,000 alumni.

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Media, for more information please contact:

Leigh McEachran

Social Media Officer

leigh.mceachran@flemingcollege.ca

New Low Ropes Course introduced at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Kawartha Lakes in collaboration with Lindsay Legacy CHEST Fund and Fleming College

Lindsay ON – (October 2, 2020) – Ingenuity and teamwork will be put to the test in a new challenge course unveiled at The Boys and Girls Clubs of Kawartha Lakes. The new PEAK Low Ropes Course will challenge groups and individuals to work together to accomplish a task or goal and was made possible with funding from the Lindsay Legacy CHEST Fund and a partnership with Fleming College.

The PEAK Low Ropes Course offers 13 elements in total. Different elements allow participants to experience situations that teach different values and each element can teach multiple values such as team building, increasing self-esteem, communication and problem solving.

The Boys and Girls Clubs of Kawartha Lakes collaborated with Fleming College to make this project transpire. This partnership allowed Fleming College Urban Forestry Technician Co-op students to practice technical skills as well as give back to the community. Fleming students cleared invasive tree species, cut back overgrown vegetation and pruned mature trees to create a safer space for children and families in the Low Ropes Course area. The partnership will continue with students developing a management plan for the BGCKL site that will provide important insights into planting and maintenance of the tree canopy.

The City of Kawartha Lakes was also an important partner in helping the Club fully realize the vision for the property as a hub for children, youth and families. Almost $50,000 from the Lindsay Legacy CHEST Fund was contributed to support the move and expansion of the Low Ropes Course including additional safety components given the new realities of COVID-19. The funds also allowed the Club to remove portions of the property’s fence to connect the property to the city trail.

“The Club is excited to provide new learning experiences at the New Low Ropes Course,” says Amy Terrill, Executive Director. “The Course will be utilized by programs for children and youth at the club and will be available for facilitated corporate or small group sessions.”

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For more information:  

Christina Mabee 

Communications Assistant 

Boys & Girls Clubs of Kawartha Lakes 

705-324-4493 ext. 237 

cmabee@bgckl.com 

Leigh McEachran

Social Media Officer

Fleming College

leigh.mceachran@flemingcollege.ca

About Boys & Girls Clubs of Kawartha Lakes 

Boys and Girls Clubs of Kawartha Lakes is one of the area’s largest and most diverse child and youth serving organizations. Established in 1970, the Club provides summer camps, before and after school programs, early learning, licensed childcare, child and youth counselling, infant development, sports, recreation and adventure programs in ten local communities. Clubs currently serve over 8,000 children, youth and their families through services that foster self-esteem, build skills and develop character. Most importantly, Clubs remove financial barriers to participation by keeping program costs affordable and subsidizing all of its programs for families who can’t afford to pay. At our Clubs, children and youth learn to become valuable members of their communities. 

About Fleming College

Fleming College respectfully acknowledges that we are situated on Michi Saagiig Anishinaabeg lands and territory. Located in the heart of 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 100 full-time programs in Arts and Heritage, Business, Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, General Arts and Sciences, Health and Wellness, Justice and Community Development, Skilled Trades and Technology, and Continuing Education. Fleming College has more than 6,800 full-time and 10,000 part-time students, and 75,000 alumni.

Fleming College and QuantWave Technologies collaborate to develop intelligent wastewater sensing solution to predict COVID-19 outbreaks

Peterborough ON – (October 1, 2020) – Researchers from Fleming College and QuantWave Technologies Inc. are working together to investigate the capability of QuantWave’s intelligent sensing system to provide an early warning of COVID-19 outbreaks when monitoring wastewater. Fleming College was awarded $75,000 from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) College and Community Innovation Program – Applied Research Rapid Response to COVID-19 program for the project.

Researchers in China, Australia, the Netherlands and elsewhere have shown that the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 can be detected in wastewater. In at least one study it was detected before the first cases of COVID-19 were reported in the area. Over the next year, QuantWave and Fleming College’s Centre for Advancement of Water and Wastewater Technologies (CAWT) will work closely together to develop QuantWave’s novel method of prediction. If sudden changes in virus concentrations in wastewater could be quickly monitored and reported, public health authorities would be provided with a heads-up that a surge of cases is on its way.

“Monitoring wastewater is an important tool in Canada’s fight against COVID-19,” said Fleming College President Maureen Adamson. “This project is another example of Fleming College working with our industry partners to look for solutions for society’s greatest challenges.”

In addition to potentially providing rapid, early indications of COVID-19 in a community, QuantWave’s intelligent sensing system would be an ongoing remote monitoring platform for wastewater treatment facilities. Fleming CAWT researchers have been working with QuantWave since 2017.

“The ultimate goal is to have the system implemented at wastewater treatment plants across Canada to provide real-time wastewater monitoring,” said QuantWave CSO Dr. Carolyn Ren. “The system will provide operators with data on changes in water quality indicators at each treatment stage and alert operators of critical process changes or events to make better decisions.”

About Fleming College: Fleming College respectfully acknowledges that we are situated on Michi Saagiig Anishinaabeg lands and territory. Located in the heart of 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 100 full-time programs in Arts and Heritage, Business, Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, General Arts and Sciences, Health and Wellness, Justice and Community Development, Skilled Trades and Technology, and Continuing Education. Fleming College has more than 6,800 full-time and 10,000 part-time students, and 75,000 alumni.

About QuantWave Technologies: QuantWave, founded in December 2016 and headquartered in Waterloo, ON, was established to pursue the growing demands of intelligent sensing platform for industrial IoT applications. QuantWave’s novel sensing system integrates microfluidics, high-frequency microwave and machine learning technologies to provide online monitoring and predictive data analysis. QuantWave aims to improve the quality of industrial manufacturing processes and finished products, minimize the capital and operational costs as well as to provide optimal decision-making tools by developing a real-time, AI-powered, multi-parameter intelligent sensing system. QuantWave intelligent sensing technology has applications in various industries empowered by IoT, including water or wastewater, food & beverage, diagnostics, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals.

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Media, for more information please contact:

Leigh McEachran

Social Media Officer

leigh.mceachran@flemingcollege.ca

COVID-19 screening and resources offered through Fleming Safe mobile app

Peterborough ON – (September 22, 2020) – Fleming College campuses remain closed with limited access to small groups of students, faculty and staff attending bootcamps. To ensure the health and safety of those permitted on campus, Fleming College is pleased to add COVID-19 screening and resources to the Fleming Safe mobile app for students and employees.

Health and safety remain the College’s top priority amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and Fleming College is following the Fleming Safe Plan to safely maintain teaching and learning. This includes delivering the Fall 2020 semester through online and alternate delivery as Fleming campuses remain closed.

The COVID-19 screening feature offers the ability to complete a daily COVID-19 self-assessment and have results shared instantly with Fleming’s security desk to expedite building entry. A Fleming College email is required for submission and results are pass or fail, followed by instructions on next steps.

COVID-19 resources include prevention tips, working from home recommendations, and links to College webpages for information.

The Fleming Safe app is a partnership with AppArmor that launched in 2017. In addition to COVID-19 resources and screening, the mobile safety app also features:

  • Campus emergency phone contacts.
  • Information about Security and support services related to safety.
  • Emergency procedures.
  • Alerts and notifications about emergencies and weather-related closures.
  • The ability to report an incident tip through an in-app email or anonymous voicemail.
  • The Friend Walk feature, which allows a friend to monitor your walk home with an emergency button and your location.

The Fleming Safe app is available through Google Play and the Apple Store.

About Fleming College
Fleming College respectfully acknowledges that we are situated on Michi Saagiig Anishinaabeg lands and territory. Located in the heart of 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 100 full-time programs in Arts and Heritage, Business, Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, General Arts and Sciences, Health and Wellness, Justice and Community Development, Skilled Trades and Technology, and Continuing Education. Fleming College has more than 6,800 full-time and 10,000 part-time students, and 75,000 alumni.

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Media, for more information please contact:
Leigh McEachran

Social Media Officer

leigh.mceachran@flemingcollege.ca

Fleming College launches Heroes campaign to celebrate students and alumni working on the frontlines

Peterborough ON – (September 10, 2020) – Fleming College has launched a Heroes campaign as a tribute to the courageous and dedicated students and alumni who are fighting on the frontlines of COVID-19.   

Hundreds of Fleming students and alumni are among the many brave heroes who work on the frontlines of the healthcare system. They rush to people in need, care for patients, and are behind the scenes supporting those who need it most.  

“We are tremendously proud of all the Fleming students and graduates who are working on the frontlines keeping us safe and healthy, and we thank them for the important work they contribute to our community,” said Maureen Adamson, Fleming College President. “We train today’s students to become tomorrow’s heroes. If you have a calling to be a community hero, join Fleming to pursue your goals.”  

Watch Fleming College’s Heroes video here.  

Fleming College creates heroes and you can be one too. Join us: flemingcollege.ca.   

About Fleming College
Fleming College respectfully acknowledges that we are situated on Michi Saagiig Anishinaabeg lands and territory. Located in the heart of 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 100 full-time programs in Arts and Heritage, Business, Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, General Arts and Sciences, Health and Wellness, Justice and Community Development, Skilled Trades and Technology, and Continuing Education. Fleming College has more than 6,800 full-time and 10,000 part-time students, and 75,000 alumni. 

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Media, for more information please contact:
Leigh McEachran

Social Media Officer 

leigh.mceachran@flemingcollege.ca

Fleming College creates Fall 2020 Launch Plan to support students

Peterborough ON – (August 28, 2020)  Fleming College is launching a new online resource to support students beginning their college experience in this online and alternate delivery environment. 

The Fleming Fall 2020 Launch Plan features important information for new and returning students, “Set Up For Success” workshops, and Virtual Orientation Events. The Fleming Fall 2020 Launch Plan aims to support students during their college transition and ensure the online and alternate delivery environment is memorable and successful for them. 

“We want to ensure students feel completely supported throughout their studies at Fleming College by providing them with the resources and services they need to be successful and most importantly, safe,” said Fleming College President Maureen Adamson. “Although this Fall semester is certainly unique, we are proud to welcome new students to Fleming College and look forward to meeting them in our new virtual learning spaces.” 

Before classes begin, students have an opportunity to prepare through an online workshop series hosted by Fleming’s Tutoring & Academic Skills Centre, Library, and Student Experience. Topics in the online “Set Up for Success” workshop series include Skills and Strategies, Technology, Academic Supports, Diversity and Inclusion, and Student Life 101. Students may attend any or all workshops in the series from Aug. 31 to Sept. 4, 2020.  

During Orientation (Sept. 8 through 11), students will be able to drop in to WebEx rooms to chat with any of Fleming’s Service Areas including: Library, Housing and Food, Academic Supports, Career Services, Indigenous Student Services, International Student Services, Rights and Responsibilities, Campus Store, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Financial Aid, Health Services, Student Administration Council, Learning Support Services, Counselling, Accessible Education and Safety and Security. An “Ask Me Anything” WebEx meeting room will also be available Sept. 8 through 18 for students to drop in and receive support and answers. 

As per the Fleming Safe Plan, the Fall 2020 semester begins Sept. 8, 2020 through online and alternate delivery. Program delivery is subject to change based on government and public health requirements. The safety of our students is our priority. The status for all Fleming programs is available here.   

About Fleming College
Fleming College respectfully acknowledges that we are situated on Michi Saagiig Anishinaabeg lands and territory. Located in the heart of 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 100 full-time programs in Arts and Heritage, Business, Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, General Arts and Sciences, Health and Wellness, Justice and Community Development, Skilled Trades and Technology, and Continuing Education. Fleming College has more than 6,800 full-time and 10,000 part-time students, and 75,000 alumni. 

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Media, for more information please contact:

Leigh McEachran

Social Media Officer

leigh.mceachran@flemingcollege.ca

A Welcoming Place for All | Anti-Racism message by Fleming College President Maureen Adamson

In a lifetime, there are only a few moments where we believe things will be different forever.  I believe this is one of those moments. And while it is not possible for me to live the experiences of a Black, Indigenous or other racialized person, it is my sincere hope is that something is different now.

That it took a tragic event like the death of George Floyd to give momentum to a movement that is now creating immediate global action against racism is appalling. However, there are now more signs than ever that some changes are finally coming.

Anti-Black racism has been scourge on our society for far too long. The idea that it is somehow less a problem in Canada than elsewhere is a grossly false comfort that only perpetuates systemic, embedded bias against all racialized people in our country.

If there is any solace at all in recent violent acts against Black and Indigenous peoples in the US and Canada, it is that real action and real solutions are emerging. Legislative efforts to reform law enforcement have begun in several jurisdictions and a broad urgency to question our thinking about systemic racism is more prevalent than ever, with the momentum showing no signs of waning.

As educators, we have a higher burden to listen, to understand, to share that understanding, to question the status quo, and to then take action. At Fleming, we have resources and supports with many exceptional people on our Diversity and Indigenous support teams who are very eager and exceptionally capable to help affect change. They can’t do it until the rest of us take action and step forward and voice our support, ask for help, or offer to serve.  

Some progress has been made in recent years because of the tireless work of some, but I am encouraged now that the some is becoming the majority and that something is different, now and forever. We all have an opportunity and an obligation to leverage this moment and make this moment an era. Let us always hold on to our values that are fundamental to our strategic plan; to be a welcoming place for all.

Information Update | COVID-19 Ensuring a Healthy College Community – March 6, 2020

Peterborough ON – (March 6, 2020) – The College is continuing to monitor information and receive advice from public health authorities with regard to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. We understand and appreciate that this issue is on the minds of our students, employees and community partners.

At all campuses, we are maintaining the precautionary measures implemented in late January. These include the enhanced cleaning protocols, the additional disinfectant stations distributed at all campuses and the awareness campaign.

With the busy March vacation season upon us, the impact on travel is a key consideration for all Fleming community members. The Government of Canada has issued travel advisories for a number of regions around the world. Please check their website before making any travel decisions and keep in mind that the information changes frequently.

Peterborough Public Health is asking those who return from recent international travel to affected areas including China, Hong Kong, Iran, Italy, Japan, Singapore and South Korea to monitor themselves for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days after leaving the area of travel. Individuals are to contact their health-care provider and local health unit if they experience symptoms or think they may have been in contact with someone who has COVID-19.

Information regarding the global status of the virus, as well as prevention and travel guidelines are available from the World Health Organization.

As is good practice at any time, students and employees who are sick should stay at home, and not attend classes or work until they are free of symptoms. Students who choose to stay home should contact their faculty members who will work with students to ensure their continued academic success.

All classes and campus operations will continue as scheduled, and at this time, there continue to be no presumptive cases of the virus at Fleming College. We will continue to provide updates here: https://flemingcollege.ca/coronavirus

Colleges call for infrastructure renewal to tackle climate change

Peterborough, ON (March 7, 2016) – – Ottawa is being urged to use its March 22 budget to tackle climate change through investments in construction projects at colleges that will make buildings more energy efficient.

“This is an historic opportunity to transform our campuses as we work to reverse climate change,” said Fleming College President Tony Tilly. “We can create a new generation of buildings at our colleges that produce as well as consume energy, and help people acquire the necessary skills to improve energy efficiency across the economy.”

Investments in retrofits and repairs of older buildings will result in less energy consumed. New funding will also allow colleges to upgrade facilities that are specifically customized to train people pursuing clean-economy careers.

College campuses should be a priority as Ottawa looks to invest in infrastructure renewal. Many college buildings in Ontario are old and need significant upgrades, with a deferred maintenance backlog province-wide of more than $1 billion.

These investments would build on the leading role that colleges have played in the shift to a sustainable future.

Ontario’s colleges promote sustainability within the physical structure of the campuses and in programs that prepare graduates for the sustainable economy. College graduates find rewarding careers in fields that include renewable energy, green architecture, and wastewater treatment.

Fleming has made significant progress in embedding sustainability in its overall curriculum – 87% of diploma programs incorporate a sustainability learning outcome –  and in implementing its Five Year Sustainability Plan which sets out clear and measurable targets in the areas of water, energy, transport, curriculum, engagement, and achieving a STARS Silver rating.

“Creating a culture of sustainability is a core value at our college,” said Tony Tilly. “We encourage the federal government to help us promote greater efficiency in our buildings.”

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Media, for more information please contact:
Leigh McEachran
Communications Officer
leigh.mceachran@flemingcollege.ca
705.749.5530 x 1105

Interactive Learning with Toddlers and Families program

Peterborough ON – (Friday, Sept. 4, 2015) – Early Childhood Education (ECE) students from Fleming College are welcoming families to the 2015 Interactive Learning with Toddlers and Families program.

The program is aimed at children 12 to 30 months of age and their parents/caregivers. Parents will enjoy an interactive parenting experience while toddlers engage in a creatively designed play space that connects with nature, is play-based, child-centered, and builds on curiosity.

The ECE students, in their third semester, are responsible for all aspects of the program and are supervised by two ECE faculty members. Students observe, document and prepare a portfolio to share each child’s learning journey.

The program runs Tuesday or Wednesday mornings between Oct. 6 and Dec. 8. Families attend one morning per week from 9:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.

The cost is $100 for the full eight weeks and the program takes place at George Street United Church, 534 George St. N. in Peterborough.

For more information, visit flemingtoddlerprogram.wordpress.com or email FlemingECE@flemingcollege.ca.

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