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

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 collaborates with local studio to create opportunities for new Canadians

Peterborough ON – (July 17, 2020) – A unique and collaborative project shared by Fleming College, Madderhouse Textile Studios, the New Canadians Centre (NCC) and the Newcomer Sewing Crew has provided opportunities for newcomer women to create hand-stitched cloth face masks while earning a living wage. The face masks will be distributed to Fleming students, faculty and staff as they return to campus for summer bootcamps beginning July 13, 2020.

The Newcomer Sewing Crew is an up and coming collective of talented artists and sewists who are invested in providing opportunities for newcomer women to learn entrepreneurial skills and receive fair compensation for their work. Through this project and others, the Crew’s mission is to strengthen their personal and community connections, and contribute to the social and economic health and wellbeing of our community.

“We are thrilled to work with Madderhouse Textile Studios and the New Canadian Centre to provide important work for the Newcomer Sewing Crew, a collaborative project that in turn will help keep our Fleming community safe,” said Fleming College President Maureen Adamson. “As a public asset, Fleming has an obligation to create opportunities that unlock potential in our community. We are grateful for the work done by the Newcomer Sewing Crew and are pleased to showcase the face masks to our Fleming community.”

The face masks are Fleming College branded, designed by Fleming’s Marketing team, printed at Madderhouse Textile Studios and constructed by hand by the Newcomer Sewing Crew. The Crew created 300 masks available in three different colours, in either elastic or tie style.

“As a social enterprise, our mission is to strengthen our personal and community connections through our products and our stories, and to champion the importance of locally-sourced products as a catalyst for boosting community health and well-being,” said Leslie Menagh, Owner-Operator at Madderhouse Textile Studios. “Through the work that we do, we also hope to highlight the value of our skills and to change the conversation about women’s careers and contributions to our greater society.”

“We are very excited about these face masks and are looking forward to showing them off very soon,” said Reem Ali, Workplace Integration Liaison, New Canadian Centre. “A lot of work has gone into planning, coordinating, and implementing this project. It was always the goal of the NCC’s sewing program to train and equip newcomer women with skills that they would find useful as they forge new partnerships and professional relationships in the community. We certainly see how this project is helping make that happen and we are happy to continue supporting this model as the Newcomer Sewing Crew grows in our community.”

Since January 2019, Madderhouse Textile Studios and the NCC have been partnering on projects that build on the NCC’s existing sewing programs. The goal of this program is to expand program participants’ knowledge and skills in the textile industry and provide them with the space and opportunity to express themselves through their artistic and technical abilities.

For more information about Madderhouse Textile Studios, please visit their website here. More information about the NCC can be found here, and information about the Newcomer Sewing Crew can be found 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:

Sara O’Halloran
Communications Officer 
sara.ohalloran@flemingcollege.ca

Local post-secondary institutions offer housing options for Peterborough Regional Health Centre staff & physicians

Peterborough, ON  – (July 10, 2020) – Thanks to partnerships with Fleming College and Trent University, healthcare workers at Peterborough Regional Health Centre (PRHC) have been provided with opportunities to stay outside of their homes over the last several months during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The strength and support of our community has been evident in so many important ways during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Brenda Weir, Vice President and Chief Nursing Executive at PRHC. “We are so pleased that our post-secondary partners have been able to offer PRHC’s healthcare workers safe, comfortable housing alternatives while they have continued to work hard to provide care and support for our patients.”

The arrangement with Trent drew to a close on June 30, while at Fleming, housing options have been extended for an additional month, with residence rooms provided to healthcare workers at no cost through to the end of July.

“We are proud to serve our community and offer safe housing options to PRHC frontline healthcare professionals who continue to work tirelessly keeping our loved ones healthy and cared for,” said Fleming College President Maureen Adamson. “We must continue to do our part as a valued community asset.”

The partnership with Trent University, the first of its kind in the province, wrapped up at the end of June.

“Trent was very pleased to be able to support frontline staff at PRHC by providing accommodation at this challenging time,” said Dr. Leo Groarke, president and vice-chancellor at Trent University. “We are happy that we were able to maintain the safety of their families or as a place of rest while their children were home during the day. We are proud to support our community as we all continue to navigate our way, together, through the current pandemic.”

Both Fleming and Trent have demonstrated ongoing support for the hospital in other ways throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, including generous donations of certified personal protective equipment (PPE) for use by healthcare workers.

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For more information:

Michelene Ough | Director, Communications, PRHC | mough@prhc.on.ca

Sara O’Halloran | Communications Officer, Fleming College | Sara.OHalloran@flemingcollege.ca

Cara Walsh | Communications & Media Relations Officer, Trent University | carawalsh@trentu.ca

Fleming College announces program status for Fall 2020 and January 2021, hosts summer bootcamps for selected programs

Peterborough ON – (July 9, 2020) – Fleming College today announced the status of programs for the 2020/21 academic year, and will host summer bootcamps for selected programs that were disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic during the Winter and Spring semesters. These bootcamps will be offered as part of the provincial government’s Postsecondary Education Health Measures Framework for Reopening.

The status for all Fleming programs is available on the College’s website. As per the Fleming Safe Plan, the Fall 2020 semester begins Sept. 8, 2020 through online and alternative delivery. Program delivery is subject to change based on government and public health requirements. The Fleming Safe Plan includes pre-screening tools and mandatory COVID-19 Safe Work Practices training for all students prior to returning to campus.

“Our team has worked incredibly hard to adjust our programs, schedules and facilities as we continue to adapt to our new context,” said Maureen Adamson, President of Fleming College. “We look forward to welcoming students to our campuses at the appropriate time as we strive to support student success, while maintaining health and safety as our top priority.”

Fleming College is participating in the Summer 2020 pilot to reopen campuses for priority in-person education and training for graduating students disrupted by COVID-19. Bootcamps will be held for graduating students in their final semester of the Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning TechnicianPersonal Support WorkerPractical NursingWelding and Fabrication Technician and Welding Techniques programs.

Students in these programs will begin to return to the Sutherland Campus in Peterborough to complete their outstanding learning outcomes starting July 13. Out-of-town students will have access to reconfigured spaces in the college residence. Accommodations will be available on a weekly basis and strictly adhere to all health and safety protocols.

Student support services will continue to be remotely available to students throughout the summer and fall semester. For the fall semester, limited on-campus housing will be available in Peterborough and Lindsay beginning October 22, 2020.

To learn more about the College’s response to COVID-19, please visit www.flemingcollege.ca/covid19.   

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:

Sara O’Halloran
Communications Officer 
sara.ohalloran@flemingcollege.ca

Fleming Safe Plan – Residence & Housing in the Fall 2020 semester

Peterborough ON – (June 24, 2020) –At Fleming, we are committed to ensuring that safe housing is available to our students. The College has been listening to ensure compliance with the provincial guidelines and public health recommendations related to re-opening with health and safety remaining the top priority of the Fleming community.

As per the Minister’s announcement, Ontario’s colleges and universities can begin to re-open campuses for a small number of in-person programs that could not be completed due to COVID-19 this past winter and spring. Selected programs are specifically for students who were “stranded” in their final semester and unable to complete the practical requirements to graduate and join the work force. To support out-of-town students, our residences will be open to offer short-term, weekly stays for these students. Availability will be limited, as we are operating at a reduced capacity to ensure physical distancing measures are in place. These short-term stays will begin in July and carry through October.

As part of the Fleming Safe plan, the fall semester will begin online, ensuring that students can continue their programs of study while maintaining the highest possible safety standards in compliance with government and public health directives. To align with the Fleming Safe plan and in anticipation of a potential return to campus, residences will be available for students for the second half of the semester, beginning October 22. The residences will continue to operate at a reduced capacity and spaces will be reserved for those students in essential worker programs and those living the farthest distance from campus. Physical distancing measures and cleaning enhancements will be in-place to welcome students to a safe campus. Additional community housing information has also been developed to assist students and landlords in our campus communities to secure safe housing during COVID-19.

Specific details about residence and housing for the Fall semester have been added to the College’s Frequently Asked Questions website related to COVID-19. To learn more, please click here.

Students that had applied to live in residence are encouraged to check their email and tune in to the Student Experience town hall today, Wednesday, June 24 from 1:30 – 3 p.m. to hear about the services and programs that will be in-place to support their success.

Fleming Safe and the college’s response to yesterday’s provincial announcement

Peterborough ON – (June 11, 2020)
This message is sent on behalf of Linda Poirier, Vice President, Academic Experience 

We were very pleased to hear yesterday’s news from Minister Ross Romano that Ontario’s colleges and universities can begin to re-open their campuses for a small number of in-person programs this summer. These selected programs are specifically for those students who were “stranded”, meaning that due to the COVID-19 interruption, they were unable to complete outstanding practical requirements that would have been regularly scheduled at the college and therefore, prevented them from graduating.

At Fleming, we are currently determining when we can schedule selected short-term boot camps to enable stranded students to complete their studies from the Winter and Spring semesters. We are developing plans to run a small number of programs related to essential services during the summer. In the coming weeks, impacted students will receive further communication directly from their schools regarding start dates and timetables.

As per the Minister’s announcement, the focus of this limited selection of pilot programs is directed toward students in essential front-line health service areas and high labour market demand training programs in engineering, trades and other critical professions. While this announcement is good news and a small step toward re-opening our campuses, it is important to note that it does not mean a full-scale return to campus on July 2 for students or employees. Employees will continue to work remotely until further notice.

This gradual approach to re-opening re-affirms our Fleming Safe plan to have all Fall semester programs begin in alternate or online delivery with a transition to on-campus classes when public health authorities deem it to be safe to do so. The summer boot camps will also allow us to test several of the new safety measures and protocols we will be implementing upon the return to campus.

Our top priority remains the health and safety of the Fleming community. I would like to thank everyone for your patience and support. We will continue to share more information as it comes available.

Thank you.

Fleming College to Start Fall Term Online and Transition to Face-to-Face Classes | Fleming Safe Plan Balances Safety and Learning

Peterborough ON – (May 11, 2020) – Fleming College will begin the Fall semester using online and alternative delivery on Sept. 8.  The College’s Fleming Safe plan will ensure that students can complete the learning outcomes required in their programs while maintaining the highest possible safety standards in compliance with all government and public health directives. 

“Our Fall semester will be delivered through alternate models as we prepare for multiple scenarios for our campuses and classrooms to create the utmost in safe learning environments,” said Maureen Adamson, President, Fleming College. “We will follow guidelines from public health and the province, and our delivery decisions will be focused on the health and safety of everyone in our community.”

“The plan allows flexibility to react to the loosening of health and safety restrictions by being ready to begin face-to-face, applied learning responsibly and appropriately. We do not anticipate that all health and safety restrictions will be lifted all at once – we are ready to respond swiftly to advance student success effectively given the circumstances that will present themselves,” continued Adamson.

Fleming will work with community partners to re-establish field placements, field trips, clinical placements and other applied learning opportunities aligned with health and safety directives.

At the outset of COVID-19, the College established task teams to develop the response to the pandemic. Teams assigned to academic programming and facilities protocols are now assembling detailed plans for the return to classes in September. Alongside planning for the return to class and access to campus facilities this fall, the college is also assessing how students will safely access residence, food services and athletics. Decisions addressing these broader college services and programs will be shared in the near future.

“I want to thank our students for their patience. We are taking these steps to provide as much certainty as we can for students and their families at this point in time. In keeping with our guiding principle of ‘safety first’, we are dedicated to moving forward and mitigating any risk of recurrence. I also want to thank our Fleming employees for their incredible resilience and dedication to our students and our communities,” added Adamson.

To learn more about the College’s response to COVID-19, please click 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:

Sara O’Halloran
Communications Officer 
sara.ohalloran@flemingcollege.ca