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We acknowledge that the land that Fleming College is on, is the traditional territory of the Michi Saagig Anishnaabe, people of the North shore of Lake Ontario and its tributaries. Fleming College Campus locations are covered by eighteen treaties and agreements that the Michi Saagig Anishnaabe participated in from 1781 to 1923.

Fleming College has settled on this land and recognizes that the region is now home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island and the importance of respecting the voices and history of Indigenous communities. We are grateful to work on this land and will continue to build authentic and reciprocal relationships.

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Fleming College Celebrates Convocation with 3,500 Graduates Ready to Enter the Workforce

Peterborough, ON (June 19, 2024) - Fleming College proudly celebrated the achievements of its graduating Class of 2024 during a two-day convocation ceremony held in Peterborough.

More than 3,500 students from Fleming’s three campuses gathered at the Peterborough Memorial Centre for six convocation ceremonies on June 11 and June 12.

Coming from Fleming’s School of Health and Community Services, School of Trades and Technology, School of Business and Information Technology, School of Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, School of General Arts and Sciences and the Haliburton School of Art + Design, these students walked across the stage as thousands of their family, friends and classmates cheered them on.

The day featured inspiring speeches from both students and faculty.

Matthew Wilson, valedictorian for the School of Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, quit his day job in shipping to return to school because, he explained, he wanted to help make the world a better place.

“The path ahead will present challenges, it is in these moments that your true strength and commitment will shine,” Wilson told his classmates. “Embrace the opportunities to innovate, educate, and inspire. Let the beauty and fragility of our ecosystems fuel your determination to make a difference.”

Family and friends gathered outside the Peterborough Memorial Centre following last week's convocation ceremonies to congratulate graduating students.

Francine Sam, a Practical Nursing student and valedictorian for the School of Health and Community Services, had initially enrolled in nursing school in her home country of Australia. But, as she explained to hundreds of people at the Memorial Centre during the June 11 ceremony at 10 a.m., life had other plans for her, and she put her schooling on hold.

Fast forward a few years, and Francine found herself in a rural village in East Africa, caring for vulnerable children and their communities. She also re-found her love of nursing and was motivated to return to school and finish what she had started.

Sam encouraged her fellow graduates to focus on the road ahead-but she also encouraged them to take time to celebrate convocation, and the milestone it represents in their academic journey.

“When tomorrow comes, we won’t remember that feeling we had about assignment deadlines, or the dates of our big exams, or walking into labs for scenarios and practicum testing, or that feeling of logging in to check our grades. Those memories will grow distant tomorrow, but we will remember this moment, being the sum and substance of those late nights and sleepless weeks and stressful times. So, let’s take another second. This is the finish line we have hoped for!”

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In the 1980s and 1990s, Fleming College hosted convocation at the Peterborough Memorial Centre before moving it to the Sutherland, Frost and Haliburton campuses.

Fleming decided to return to the Memorial Centre to ensure convocation was accessible and inclusive for everyone. A livestream of the event was available on Fleming’s YouTube channel, allowing friends and family from around the world to join in the festivities. The virtual component ensured that everyone, regardless of location, could share in the pride and joy of convocation.

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Fleming College is proud of our graduates and their accomplishments. These students are heading into the workforce ready to make meaningful impacts in their chosen careers and in the communities in which they will serve. As these graduates embark on their professional journeys, Fleming College remains committed to supporting their success through its extensive alumni networks and professional development opportunities.

Congratulations, Class of 2024!

Fleming College congratulates the Class of 2024!

For media enquiries, please contact:
Sarah Deeth
Communications Officer
sarah.deeth@flemingcollege.ca
705-749-5530 ext. 1161

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 80,000 alumni.

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Ontario Council on Articulation and Transfer Supports Postsecondary Learner Mobility at Fleming College

Toronto, ON (June 18, 2024) – Dr. Adrienne Galway, Executive Director of the Ontario Council on Articulation and Transfer (ONCAT) was joined by Jill Dunlop, Minister of Colleges and Universities, and Dr. Ann Marie Vaughan, President and CEO of Humber College, to announce 39 new projects focused on supporting postsecondary learner mobility.

Over the next year, ONCAT is flowing over $2.8 million to support learner mobility projects at 35 colleges, universities, and Indigenous Institutes in Ontario. These projects aim to empower learners by recognizing previous education and professional experiences and facilitating smoother transitions between programs and institutions.

At Fleming College, this funding supports the Prior Learning and Assessment Recognition (PLAR) Project, with a $134,000 grant.

PLAR is a systemic credit granting process that helps identify and document relevant knowledge and skills which may come from areas outside the academic scope. This could include formal and informal study, work and even relevant life experience. This is then assessed, and a course credit can be granted for a particular program. This project will help provide greater access to higher education for a variety of individuals, including disadvantaged or marginalized groups.

“Empowering learners with accessible pathways to navigate their educational journey is key to helping them achieve their professional and academic goals,” said Dr. Galway. “The increased funding will promote improved transitions between institutions and programs, helping learners get where they want to go.”

“The Ontario government is proud to support ONCAT’s important work to make it easier for learners of all backgrounds to pursue their educational goals,” said Minister Jill Dunlop. “By facilitating smoother transitions and recognizing the wealth of knowledge gained through previous experience, we are fostering a more inclusive and supportive environment to advance student success in Ontario.”

“By recognizing someone’s valuable life experience and earned knowledge, we are helping PLAR students realize their dreams and career ambitions,” Fleming College President Maureen Adamson said. “This funding will help save PLAR students time, money and put them on the fast track to getting a diploma and a job.”

In Fall of 2023, ONCAT initiated calls for projects for greater accessibility and impact within the postsecondary sector. This call was met with an unprecedented number of applications from postsecondary institutions, demonstrating a growing interest to support greater learner mobility, expand access to postsecondary opportunities and improve pathways to the labour market.

Established in 2011, the Ontario Council on Articulation and Transfer plays a pivotal role in supporting learner mobility, working to reduce barriers for students seeking to transfer among the province's public colleges, universities, and Indigenous Institutes.

For more information, visit www.oncat.ca. ONCAT is funded by the Government of Ontario.

For media enquiries, please contact:
Sarah Deeth
Communications Officer
sarah.deeth@flemingcollege.ca
705-749-5530 ext. 1161

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 80,000 alumni.

Web: flemingcollege.ca
Facebook: facebook.com/flemingcollege
Twitter: @FlemingCollege
Instagram: @flemingcollege
TikTok: @flemingcollege

Fleming College Achieves Success with Three Grants Awarded for Research Equipment

(Peterborough) – Fleming College has achieved an impressive milestone by securing three highly sought-after Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Applied Research Tools and Instruments (ARTI) grants, totaling over $565,000.

Fleming submitted three proposals to the Federal funding competition - the maximum permitted for any college - and in a resounding validation of its research program, all three were awarded. 

Each of Fleming’s ARTI awards will be used to purchase innovative equipment for one of the college’s three research centres: the Centre for Advancement of Water and Wastewater Technologies (CAWT), the Centre for Advancement in Mechatronics and Industrial Internet of Things (CAMIIT), and the Centre for Innovative Aquaculture Production (CIAP).

"Receiving three NSERC ARTI awards is a tremendous honour for us,” stated Fleming College President, Maureen Adamson. “Our state-of-the-art research centres are known for providing high-quality research services to our regional partners, who rely on innovation to stay competitive. With the addition of new advanced tools, we’re ensuring that our centres remain vital hubs for collaborative research and innovation in our community."

For the Centre for Innovative Aquaculture Production (CIAP), the funding will be used to acquire  smart fish feeding technology to be used at the centre’s brand-new research facility. CIAP’s impressive facility, set to open in a few weeks, has already garnered significant financial support from various other sources, including private donations and grants from NSERC, the Canada Foundation for Innovation, the Ontario Research Fund, and the Ministry of Colleges and Universities. The facility was custom designed from the ground up to meet the research and development needs of Ontario’s aquaculture industry. 

"Our research partners will be delighted with the outcomes of these NSERC ARTI awards, which will enable us to deliver even more impactful results," remarked President Adamson. “I look forward to the exciting opportunities ahead as we leverage these grants to further strengthen our research partnerships."

Fleming's CAMIIT will use an ARTI award to purchase a new Laser Power Bed Fusions (LPBF) metal 3D printer, significantly improving their in-house capability to produce complex and intricate metal parts. The CAWT will acquire an additional Inductively Coupled Plasma Optical Emission Spectrometer (ICP-OES) for their accredited laboratory, allowing researchers to efficiently analyze multiple trace elements in water, including heavy metals. 

Fleming College Announces Renewal of CAWT as NSERC Technology Access Centre with Five Years of Additional Funding

(Lindsay, Ontario) – Fleming College is proud to announce that its Centre for Advancement of Water and Wastewater Technologies (CAWT) has been renewed as a Technology Access Centre (TAC) by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) for an additional five years. 

This renewal was part of an announcement made today by Yasir Naqvi, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health and Ryan Turnbull, Parliamentary Secretary to the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry on behalf of the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science, and Industry. The TAC designation comes with $1.75M in continued funding, further supporting CAWT’s mission to advance research and innovation in water and wastewater technologies.

“We are incredibly proud of the work being done at the CAWT,” remarked Maureen Adamson, President of Fleming College. “The renewal of its status as an NSERC Technology Access Centre is a testament to the CAWT's excellence and its vital role in fostering innovation. This sustained support from NSERC will enable us to continue our collaborative research projects, support innovation, and provide invaluable training experiences for our students.”

Located in Lindsay, Ontario, the CAWT is Fleming College’s longest-running applied research centre and the only Canadian college water research facility with ISO/IEC 17025:2017 accreditation. With an impressive suite of analytical instruments, customized facilities, and talented experts in water and wastewater, the CAWT is sought after by industry, government, academia, and non-profit organizations. 

“Being proactive in adapting to meet the changing needs of the water and wastewater industries has been a consistent mandate at the CAWT and remains one of the reasons why it has successfully operated for twenty years,” continued President Adamson.  “Over the next five years, through new strategic collaborations, the CAWT will have a significant effect on many of Canada's other innovative sectors.”

While primarily focused on supporting the water and wastewater industries with valuable research and development services, the CAWT has expanded its work to include wastewater research relevant to other industries, including mining, breweries, aquaculture, and advanced manufacturing. The CAWT has also created a unique full-scale wastewater treatment testing and research site, directly filling a need in the provincial marketplace.

NSERC TACs are recognized as specialized centres of expertise, equipment, and technology. They play a crucial role in fostering innovation, leading to beneficial business, social and/or health outcomes for Canada. With this renewal, the CAWT will continue to address critical water and wastewater challenges, providing sustainable solutions that benefit communities, industries, and ecosystems.

Fleming College Celebrates Indigenous History Month

Peterborough, ON (June 13, 2024) – This June, Fleming College is celebrating the rich culture, contributions and diversity of Indigenous People across the northern part of Turtle Island during Ode’min Giizis (Strawberry Moon).

The Indigenous Fleming Team has activities at all three of Fleming’s campuses to celebrate and acknowledge Indigenous History Month.

Here is the complete schedule for Ode’min Giizis:

Haliburton Campus: June 18

Indigenous Art Showcase, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in The Great Hall

With the help of the Haliburton School of Art + Design we are celebrating the ways Indigenous artists express their culture, traditions and experience through their creations!

Connect with these fantastic artists and get a sneak peek into their creative process. There is even a chance to purchase some awesome artwork for your personal collection!

Anyone with questions can email Mkons Stone-Debassige at mkons.stone-debassige@flemingcollege.ca.

Frost Campus, (TBD):

Skinning and Trapping Workshop

Celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day with us!

Join Alderville First Nation resident Jeff Beaver, back by popular demand, at the Frost Campus to learn about traditional and modern trapping and skinning techniques.

We will be meeting in Room 180 and moving outside, weather permitting.

Please contact Mkons Stone-Debassige at mkons.stone-debassige@flemingcollege.ca with any questions that you may have.

Sutherland Campus, June 20:

Join us in celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day 2024!

Lunch at the Learning Lodge: 12 p.m.

Lunch will be cooked over the Learning Lodge fire. Please make sure to dress appropriately for the weather, wear sunscreen and bring a water bottle.

Reach out to cheyenne.blaker@flemingcollege.ca if you have any questions about this event.

Fleming is proud to offer students the option of obtaining their Indigenous Perspectives Designation (IPD). This provides students with a stronger, in-depth knowledge of First Nation, Inuit and Métis peoples, and their cultures, histories, traditions and contributions to our shared society. The IPD is now available to students in more than 30 programs.

Fleming College is grateful for the opportunity to work and teach here, and we thank all the generations of people who have taken care of this land for thousands of years. We recognize the contributions of Métis, Inuit and other Indigenous peoples, both in shaping and strengthening this community and country as a whole.

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 80,000 alumni.

For media enquiries, please contact:
Sarah Deeth
Communications Officer
sarah.deeth@flemingcollege.ca
705-749-5530 ext. 1161

Web: flemingcollege.ca
Facebook: facebook.com/flemingcollege
Twitter: @FlemingCollege
Instagram: @flemingcollege

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