A virtual field trip for Environmental Technology students

Peterborough ON – January 20, 2021

Professor Erin McGauley teaches the Applied Ecology course in the Environmental Technology program. Normally, the course begins with a field trip to a provincially significant wetland on Lake Ontario near Port Hope. But 2020 was not a normal year, so Prof. McGauley got creative.

To emulate the rich learning experience from the field trip, she created a virtual field trip using Fleming’s ArcGIS license and ESRI’s StoryMap product.

The resulting StoryMap (https://arcg.is/0Oqe4e) allowed her to:

  • showcase wildlife observations
  • compile air photos for comparison
  • embed a video about wetland boundary delineation
  • incorporate historical information, and
  • include a call to action re wetland conservation

StoryMaps lend themselves to general-interest review, and as a result, she was able to share the link beyond the Fleming community. The result:

  • The StoryMap provided a platform for outreach to the numerous private landowners with whom she has built relationships, and who permit Fleming students and faculty to tromp through their backyards each year.
  • By sharing the StoryMap, she was able to initiate conversations with landowners. She learned about childhood horse-drawn sleigh rides and shinny games on frozen wetland ice, the strong connections between protecting this wetland and the formation of the local Willow Beach Field Naturalist group, and the neighbourly relationships at work in the stewardship of this provincially important habitat. She was also able to share what Fleming students study during their wetland field trip.
  • The StoryMap allowed her to reach out to colleagues at the Municipality of Clarington, one of whom holds the position of GIS Technologist (a Fleming grad). Through her network, she was able to obtain fine-detail elevation mapping and a fly-over elevation video of the Port Britain wetland to enhance the Story Map for next year.

This StoryMap will continue to enrich student experiences as a reference resource, even in years where ET students have had their boots in the wetland muck. It also provides an alternative learning opportunity in instances where students might miss the field trip or can’t attend because of physical accessibility challenges.

Prof. McGauley says that is the best part of this push to pivot to online delivery – it’s not a one-off effort, but work that faculty and students can continue to reap benefits from into the future.

Take a look for yourself! You can access the StoryMap here.

School of Business and IT seeking applied projects and field placements for CSI students

Peterborough ON – December 8, 2020

Applied projects and field placements are a key component of students’ learning in the Computer Security and Investigations program at Fleming. The School of Business and Information Technology is seeking partner sponsors to provide students with this important practical experience.

Field Placement: Student(s) work under direct supervision of the sponsor or their staff, performing job functions and responsibilities relevant to the course of studies. Field placement opportunities sought:

  • Security Operations Centres (SOCs), and financial and forensic firms
  • Corporate security and information security service providers
  • Cybersecurity with government agencies
  • Security and penetration testing engagements with industry organizations
  • Forensic analysis and creation of standards for a security corporation
  • Development and deployment of a computer network intrusion detection system

Applied Projects: A group of 3 to 4 students work as an autonomous project team to develop a product or technical solution that meets specific requirements of their sponsor. Past projects have included:

  • Secure servers for a health network
  • Secure cloud environment in support of distributed analysis
  • Network intrusion detection and alerting system

For more information, please contact Haider Al-Saidi, Academic Chair, at haider.al-saidi@flemingcollege.ca or Debbie McEachern, Applied Projects and Field Liaison, with the School of Business and Information Technology at debbie.mceachern@flemingcollege.ca.

Dean of Fleming’s School of Trades and Technology to moderate event for young women

Peterborough ON – (November 30)

The Dean of the School of Trades and Technology Pam Stoneham will moderate a career discovery virtual event “Build a Dream” for young women on Dec. 1 at 6 p.m.

“Build a Dream” encourages and empowers young women in grades 7-12 and their parents to explore exciting career opportunities in skilled trades, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), emergency response, and entrepreneurship. At the event, young women will be able to explore careers with their parents, hear from professional women in industry, and network with employers.

Other Fleming representatives on the panel include Susan Brown, faculty member with the Carpentry and Renovation Techniques program, and electrical pre-apprentice Cassandra Caveen. Lt.-Col. Janaya Hansen with the Canadian Armed Forces and Anna Hargreaves, McGill University professor in ecology, evolution and conservation biology, are the other panelists.

The event is in partnership with the Peterborough, Victoria, Northumberland and Clarington Catholic District School Board and the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board.

Visit here to register for this free virtual event.

Use hashtags #WeBuildADream and @FlemingCollege on social media to share with your network.

Fleming Forestry Technician graduate receives Skills Award for Indigenous Youth

Congratulations to Forestry Technician graduate Hunter Corbiere, who received a Skills Award for Indigenous Youth from the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) in partnership with the Canadian Council of Forest Ministers (CCFM).

This award recognizes individuals with a strong academic standing who demonstrate a commitment to sustainable forest management and forest products sector and the opportunities that it provides for Indigenous communities.

“I feel very grateful to be one of the few talented youth who were chosen for this award. FPAC (Forest Products Association of Canada) has provided many opportunities for other Indigenous youth in the past, and I am so grateful that my work has gotten recognized,” said Hunter, who is of the M’Chigeeng First Nation on Manitoulin Island. “From this award, I have made more connections with other talented people in the industry. I am so thankful for this opportunity, in such unprecedented times!”

Hunter decided to pursue a career in forestry because she wanted to work outdoors while making a positive difference with forests. She also wanted to learn how forests are managed for wildlife and how Indigenous values could be impacted.

To explore the industry and gain knowledge and hands-on experience, Hunter decided to attend Fleming’s Forestry Technician program. “I knew someone who went to Fleming a few years before I attended and said that the hands-on skills you are taught are what make Fleming such a great place to learn,” Hunter explains.

The graduate describes her Fleming College experience as amazing thanks to incredible faculty, new friendships, and hands-on experience to prepare for her career.

“The professors are passionate about what they are teaching, which makes learning exciting. I was excited to go to class every day!” said Hunter. “I loved the fact that I was learning hands-on skills I will be using for the rest of my life, such as forest navigation, and I got to be outside while doing so. Where else and what other programs do you get to say you had your exam or test outside in the middle of the forest?”

Now that Hunter has completed her Fleming College studies, she plans to earn her Bachelor of Science in Forestry, specializing in Forest Management, at Lakehead University. Her ultimate career goal is to be a Registered Professional Forester/Indigenous Forest Liaison.

“Becoming an Indigenous Liaison in the forest industry is very important to me. As Indigenous peoples, we were once the guardians of these forests and it’s important that we continue to do so and continue to teach,” explains Hunter. “I have always had the interest and passion to teach others, and one day I hope to teach those about Indigenous Values within forestry and other environmental aspects.”

Rachel Thompson pursues Human Resources to make positive change

When Rachel Thompson was in high school, she worked part-time as a grocery store cashier and brainstormed creative ways she could improve business operations and increase employee engagement. Rachel dreamed of having a career where she could make a positive difference at a company and decided to pursue a path in human resources.

“I’ve always wanted to be an employee who makes a difference, who makes changes that make it better, and human resources aligns with those beliefs,” said Rachel. “I love the whole aspect of being involved in a company, making it grow financially and bettering it for employees.”

She enrolled in Fleming College’s Business – Human Resources program after graduating from high school and started her studies in the January intake.

“I liked that the courses in this program are very people-based and focused on personal relationships. As someone who wants to be involved in a company, that really appealed to me,” said Rachel of the two-year Fleming program.

Rachel developed her leadership and communication skills through applied learning activities, assignments and group work at Fleming College. She also gained the practical training she needed to hit the ground running in all aspects of human resources.

“I’m very happy with my Fleming experience. All of the professors are dedicated to providing the best learning experience possible and incorporate their real world, workplace experiences into classroom learning,” explains Rachel. “I felt comfortable at graduation because I knew that I had received an extraordinary amount of experience and valuable knowledge from a team of professors who want to help and see you exceed.”

Shortly after graduating from Fleming College this year, Rachel was hired at Scarboro Garage Doors as an Office Administrator. She is responsible for recruitment, scheduling, invoicing, inventory and placing orders, and implementing Health and Safety, among other duties.

“Coming out of college, it was easy to adapt to a workplace environment because the program ensured we had the practical experience that would allow us to excel. I definitely felt prepared,” said Rachel.

Rachel enjoys working at Scarboro Garage Doors and is excited for her future. “I’m starting out in this field and I want to grow, and my employer is helping me do that. I love the experience I am getting here,” said Rachel.

Her advice to current and prospective students is to put your energy and effort into your Fleming program to succeed in your field after graduating. “And listen to your profs because they want to see you grow,” she said. “At Fleming, you’re not just a number. Your professors want to help you succeed.”

Ecosystem Management graduate stands up against plastic pollution

Rochelle Byrne, Fleming Ecosystem Management Technology graduate (Class of 2012), is proud to stand up for what she believes in. To raise awareness of plastic pollution, Rochelle stand-up paddleboarded 430km across Lake Ontario.

“I wanted to do this stand-up paddle to raise awareness of plastic pollution because, after doing hundreds of litter clean-ups along the shores of Lake Ontario, I found that plastic was the most common thing being found,” said Rochelle. “Some of it is coming from unexpected sources and a lot of it is completely preventable.”

Rochelle is the founder of A Greener Future, a non-profit organization that promotes environmental preservation through organized litter cleanups, educational programs and events. This includes the Love Your Lake series, comprising 100 organized litter cleanups along Lake Ontario. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, A Greener Future was not able to host this event series in 2020.

Still committed to raising awareness about pollution in Lake Ontario, Rochelle decided to use her stand-up paddleboard and document her journey on social media to help educate others.

“I saw raw sewage in the lake, there were some smelly areas and dead fish,” said Rochelle, who spent 92 hours stand-up paddleboarding. “I’ll be sharing the full paddling journey through my personal Instagram (@rochellebyrneagf) over the coming months.”

While Rochelle always cared about nature and animals, it wasn’t until her experience at Fleming’s School of Environmental & Natural Resource Sciences that she developed a passion for the environment.

“I took Fleming’s Ecosystem Management program and that’s where I became aware of the impact I have on the environment. Before attending classes at Frost (Fleming’s Lindsay campus), I really didn’t know the impact I had,” Rochelle explains. “That was really a starting point for me on protecting the environment. It also gave me the opportunity to network and meet like-minded people.”

Rochelle is a proud Fleming College graduate and welcomes any like-minded people to volunteer at A Greener Future. To apply to volunteer, please visit A Greener Future’s website.

Frequently Asked Questions at Fleming College

Do you have questions about your timetable, myCampus, OSAP and more? Graiden VanderVeen, Administrative Assistant to the Registrar, is here to help! Below, Graiden answers frequently asked questions sent to Fleming College’s Registrar’s Office.

How do I register for classes and get my timetable?

Timetables will be available starting the week of August 24, 2020 (timetables for some programs will be available later in the week, so please be patient as we release them). To view your timetable, you will need to access myCampus. After you login to myCampus, you will use the “My Student Centre” link from the menu on the left side of your screen.

Is Fleming College’s myCampus web portal important?

It’s a really good idea to get logged into myCampus as soon as possible and explore all of the tools available to you inside this portal. The myCampus portal links to other important services such as “My Mail” for your student email, “My Courses (D2L)” for access to course resources, and “My Files(H:)” for accessing your files stored on the Fleming network. All of your most important student information is stored within “My Student Centre”; this is where you will go to find your full timetable, financial information (such as balance due), final grades, contact information, etc.

What if I can’t see my timetable?

Timetables will be available for full-time students who have paid fees or have been approved through other financial arrangements, such as OSAP. New students with outstanding admissions requirements and returning students with academic holds will not see their timetables. Timetables will be available starting the week of August 24, but it may take a few days for your timetable to be loaded to your Student Centre. If you have met all the requirements, including paying your full fees or making financial arrangements, and your timetable isn’t available by August 28, please reach out to us:

New students: please email admissions@flemingcollege.ca

Returning students: please email records@flemingcollege.ca

How do I know my OSAP was approved?

To see whether your OSAP was approved, please log in to your OSAP portal and login or register. Fleming’s Financial Aid office can also assist you by providing you with other financial options.

What if I want to defer my start to January 2021, May 2021, or September 2021?

To defer your admission to a later start, please take the following steps:

From diploma to PhD, Kelly McLean shares her Fleming education pathways experience

A passion for research and asking questions is what drove Kelly McLean on her education journey, earning diplomas, a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, and now working towards a PhD. But achieving this level of education was not what Kelly had in mind when she started her post-secondary studies at Fleming College.

“I had never planned on doing a master’s, let alone a PhD,” said Kelly. “I struggled academically in high school, and it wasn’t until I started at Fleming and began studying something I was interested in that I began to achieve good grades and consider university as an option.”

Kelly graduated from Fleming College’s Fish and Wildlife Technician program in 2012, followed by Ecosystem Management Technology in 2013, and Fish and Wildlife Technology in 2014.

“My interest in doing a PhD has been a cascading effect from my Fleming co-op, as this project is in partnership with my co-op organization,” said Kelly on her PhD research which is a collaboration between the University of Waterloo and the Canadian Wildlife Service.

After her co-op placement, Kelly worked two summers as a Federal Student Work Experience student with the Canadian Wildlife Service as well as various contract positions, which included conducting crane surveys.

For her PhD in Social and Ecological Sustainability at the University of Waterloo, Kelly is researching the spatial ecology and habitat selection of sandhill cranes in Ontario and Quebec under the supervision of Dr. Brad Fedy. Sandhill cranes have grown in population and geographic range in the past decade, after being nearly extirpated from their historical range in Ontario in the early 1900s. Since this species forages in agricultural fields, this increase in population raises concerns of potential crop damage.

Kelly is working with the Canadian Wildlife Service to equip 80 cranes with transmitters to determine fine scale habitat use, migration timing and strategies, and help answer ecology questions. This research will help determine which agricultural fields are more prone to crop depredation, and potentially determine methods to prevent or mitigate crop damage.

“Science is all about asking questions, and I think that asking and answering relevant questions is very important in wildlife management,” said Kelly. “I was once told that in college, you learn what sort of things you can ask questions about; in your undergrad, you learn what sort of questions you can ask; in your master’s, you learn how to ask those questions; and during your PhD, you actually answer the questions.”

After graduating from Fleming College, Kelly used Fleming’s education pathway to Trent University and earned her Honours Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology in 2016. She then spent four months working as a Student Migratory Game Bird Technician for the Aquatic Assessment Unit of Environment Canada’s Canadian Wildlife Service, followed by another eight months working as a Wildlife Biologist.

This experience working for the federal government inspired Kelly to earn a master’s degree, wanting to open doors for herself in policy and decision-making positions.

For her Master of Science and Forestry at the University of New Brunswick, Kelly studied wetland buffer width and the persistence of black ducks in New Brunswick under the supervision of Dr. Joe Nocera. Kelly worked with the Canadian Wildlife Service Atlantic Region and Ducks Unlimited Canada Atlantic Region to determine the effects of commercial forest harvesting on the distribution of breeding black ducks.

“The field and logistical planning skills that I learned at Fleming were vital to this component of my masters. I had to navigate in dense forest and identify waterfowl daily, just like a typical day at Fleming field camp. It was the kind of position that Fleming excels at preparing students for, except this time I was the one in charge,” said Kelly, who had the help of a Fleming Fish and Wildlife student on co-op placement and a Fleming graduate working as a technician.

“The knowledge I gained at Fleming is a great foundation that I continually build on,” she said.

For those considering an education pathway from Fleming College, Kelly recommends taking the opportunity.

“You do not have to be the smartest person in the class to continue your education. Hard work and a good attitude are just as important as your GPA,” said Kelly. “The pathways program is a great way to effectively and economically get the best of both worlds and be very employable.”

Fleming Environmental Technology graduate Joseph Gentile performs essential environmental services for City of Toronto

Joseph Gentile is putting his Environmental Technology skills to use by delivering essential environmental services amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

As one of six summer student technicians in the Environmental Monitoring & Protection Unit of Toronto Water, Joseph is responsible for environmental water quality monitoring of surface waters in the City of Toronto.

“I think seeing the piece of the puzzle my co-workers and I contribute to the larger picture, on a daily basis, has made me aware of just how important it is to continue environmental monitoring, even during a global pandemic,” said Joseph, who monitors stormwater outfall and public beach surface water.

“Continuing these efforts is crucial in providing the public, specifically Toronto’s three million residents, the information they need to make informed decisions about where to safely swim,” he said. “Consistent environmental monitoring also allows councils and other decision-making authorities to access concrete, reliable data for making informed decisions about the fate of projects and how to best re-evaluate them in the future.”

Performing environmental service duties amidst the pandemic requires Joseph to be adaptable and to follow media sources closely for information, as the situation is evolving daily. “My team and I had to be aware of the timely decisions made by politicians,” he explains. “In the month of June, we received confirmation that beaches would re-open, hence the kickstart of the 2020 beaches water quality monitoring program. We continue to work and communicate with public health officials, city council and leaders from other departments to ensure this program is being fulfilled while adhering to new protocols and procedures.”

Working as a summer student technician has been a fantastic experience for Joseph, who enjoys trekking through dense vegetation and exciting terrain to access waterways, managing datasets, and assisting with data entry and technical reports.

His favourite experience thus far is working in a watershed within East York, sampling stormwater discharge from remote stormwater outfalls. On route, Joseph and his colleagues spotted a family of deer, a Blue Heron, and several rare wildflower species. For an ecosystem within the Toronto area, Joseph is amazed at the diversity it offers.

He is grateful for this career experience and feels confident performing duties thanks to his Fleming College education. “From sampling effluent water exiting stormwater outfalls to collecting beach water samples and analyzing them in the lab, the Environmental Technology program has prepared me to work in this dynamic workplace environment quite well,” said Joseph, who has been passionate about protecting the environment since childhood.

Joseph chose Fleming College’s Environmental Technology advanced diploma program for its mix of field and laboratory learning experiences, and the variety of careers he could pursue. He highly recommends this program to anyone interested in learning about the natural environment and monitoring and protecting it for future generations.

“My experience at Frost has been nothing short of amazing!” said Joseph, who graduated in 2020. “The people on campus – professors, faculty, and peers – are all friendly and will know you on a first-name basis. This program is really dynamic and has supplied me with some amazing certifications and interactive learning opportunities, which allow me to feel confident in my ability applying my acquired knowledge in a real-work setting.”

Joseph will be continuing his education this September in Trent University’s Water Sciences degree program, which he applied to at Fleming College’s annual Education Pathways event. “The Environmental Technology program has exposed me to so many fascinating components of our natural environment and is allowing me, as a graduate, to specialize in a component that I find intriguing,” said Joseph.

“My time at Fleming has certainly played a role in preparing me for my next chapter at Trent University,” he said. “While I am sure some parts will be new, I know that the experience – not only through academics, but practical experience also – I have gained will help me make a seamless transition to university.”

Fleming Hospitality graduate Jasmine Madalena continues studies to earn degree in Ireland

Jasmine Madalena’s climb up the Knocknarea mountain serves as a metaphor for her study abroad experience in Ireland.

“I met people along the way, I wanted to give up many times, I got to see the most breathtaking landscape and, at the end when I got to the top, I felt proud, excited and ready to see more,” Jasmine explains.

After graduating from Fleming College’s Hospitality – Hotel and Restaurant Operations program in 2017, Jasmine decided to continue her studies and have an amazing adventure in Ireland by earning her Bachelor of Business in Tourism with Event Management at IT Sligo. Jasmine received credit recognition for her two years of study at Fleming College, which she applied towards her degree.

“My number one goal in life is to travel to as many places as this world has to offer,” said Jasmine, who grew up travelling with her family and especially enjoyed their trips to Disney World.

Jasmine enrolled in Fleming’s Hospitality – Hotel and Restaurant Operations program for a career that could take her around the world, and decided to start her independent travels by studying abroad.

“Studying abroad gave me that opportunity to travel Europe and get my bachelor’s at the same time,” said Jasmine, who visited Belfast, Giant’s Causeway, the Cliffs of Moher, kissed the Blarney Stone, enjoyed a Game of Thrones Tour and more during her time in Ireland.

“It was amazing, an unforgettable experience of learning– not just the program, but what Ireland has to offer as well,” said Jasmine. “The program can be difficult, but it taught me a lot. Most of the projects were in teams, which allowed me to meet new people and make new friends that I am still in contact with.’

‘I do believe that the things I’ve learned at both Fleming and IT Sligo are very useful knowledge that I use daily. It did help me get a job after college, and I’m sure it will help me even more in the future.”

Jasmine says she didn’t enjoy school growing up and it wasn’t until Fleming College that she began to love learning. She explains, “Growing up, I didn’t really enjoy school. But going to Fleming, learning something I wanted to learn, got me excited to continue my studies. I also got to meet some pretty amazing people.”

Jasmine enjoyed the Hospitality – Hotel and Restaurant Operations program – especially the class field trips to visit different hotels – and is appreciative of the amazing faculty at Fleming College.

“I’ll never stop learning,” said Jasmine. “My only plan is to find the right career and to see the world, and I know I’ll be able to with the mindset that I have. By loving myself and staying positive, I know that everything I want in life will happen.”