Fleming College connects with future students via virtual live chat

As Fleming College prepares for its Fall semester, a helpful live chat feature has been added to the Fleming College website to help prospective students get their questions answered.

Since prospective students are unable to visit Fleming College due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the College has adapted to ensure prospective students have the information they need to make their post-secondary decision. This includes virtual tours to see Fleming’s Sutherland Campus, Frost Campus and Haliburton Campus, and adding a live chat to the Fleming College website.

The live chat is monitored Monday to Friday by Fleming’s Student Recruitment team, who are happy to connect with prospective students to answer their questions, share information about Fleming College programs, and connect them with resources and services.

Whether you are starting your post-secondary research and are curious about programs at Fleming College or have received an offer of admission and want more information, the live chat feature is a great resource to get the information you need.

And when the live chat service is unavailable, a contact box will appear for visitors to leave a note with their contact information. Once received, a member of the Student Recruitment team will follow up as soon as possible.

We look forward to chatting with you!

Week in Review: May 29, 2020

Each week, Fleming College is sharing a review of what the Fleming community is doing to support our students, each other, and our communities amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Please share your story on social media and tag #FlemingCollege.

Fleming College continues to welcome Spring semester students through our Virtual Orientation. This online event is an opportunity for Fleming students to meet their faculty and peers, get program information, discover resources and supports, and more.

To help students maintain connections and gain a greater understanding of wellness, Fleming College launched Coach on the Personal Wellness Supports Hub. Coach is a weekly communication series by Fleming Counselling, Health Services and Athletics.

In addition to Coach, there are many other services and resources to support students on their Fleming College journey. This includes Fleming Counselling, Remote Recreation by Fleming Athletics, academic support through the Learning Strategies Team, the Learning Online at Fleming College online module, and more.

And to support faculty and staff amidst these challenging times, Fleming President Maureen Adamson hosted a virtual Town Hall this week featuring keynote speaker Marnie McBean. The three-time Olympic Gold Medalist delivered an inspirational speech reminding us to work together as a team to get through this.

Fleming employees are also receiving lots of support at home, as shown in the #FlemingPaws series on Twitter. We encourage all faculty and staff to tweet a photo of their pet using the hashtag #FlemingPaws.

Fleming College is incredibly proud of our amazing students and alumni. This week we celebrated Business Administration – Human Resources Management student Allison Galbraith, who is the recipient of the Fleming Business Student Award at the 2020 Businesswomen of the Year Awards. We also recognized Josh Hogan, Fleming Paramedic (2019) and General Arts and Science – College Health Science (2017) graduate, for his work at Peterborough Paramedics.

To support our communities, Fleming Indigenous Student Services and Joseph Pitawanakwat of Creators Garden are live streaming every Friday at 1 p.m.; Fleming is promoting environmental learning through the Ontario Envirothon Virtual Lab; and on World Turtle Day, Fleming shared information about volunteering at the Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre.

As we continue to face challenges amidst this global pandemic, we are proud of the support our Fleming community is providing to our students, each other, and our communities. We will get through this together.

Fleming College welcomes new students with Virtual Orientation

Fleming College launched its Spring semester on Tuesday, May 19 through online and alternate delivery. Although we are disappointed we can’t meet Fleming students in person due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are excited to welcome them to the new virtual space!

To welcome new students, Fleming College is hosting a Virtual Orientation. This virtual event is an opportunity for students to meet with faculty and peers, get program information, discover resources and supports, and more.

Fleming College President Maureen Adamson also delivered a video message to welcome new students:

The Mental Health And Addiction Worker, Practical Nursing, Project Management, Social Service Worker, and Supply Chain Management – Global Logistics programs are all offering first semester online, as faculty have adapted courses to ensure students can achieve learning outcomes. On May 19 and May 20, students in these programs had the opportunity to meet their coordinator, classmates and get information about their program at their Academic Program Orientation Session.

Virtual Orientation also features sessions on student services, off-campus housing, counselling, online learning and more. This includes Introduction to Student Services (Thursday, May 28 at 1 p.m.), Learning Online @ Fleming: What You Need to Know! (Tuesday, May 26 at 11 a.m.), and Housing (May 27 at 10 a.m., meeting number 735 723 262; May 29 at 10 a.m., meeting number 735 723 262).

On the Orientation webpage, students can also find links to key contacts for assistance, and resources and supports such as the Library and Tutoring & Academic Skills Centre. The goal of Virtual Orientation is to help students get a successful start to the semester.

Although Fleming College faculty and staff would love to meet new students in-person, the virtual learning space provides the opportunity to meet virtually, share resources and supports, and help ensure student success.

We wish all our students the best on their academic journey and, if you need anything, support is just a click away!

Week in Review: May 22, 2020

Each week, we are sharing a review of what the Fleming College community is doing to support our students, each other, and our communities amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Please share your story on social media and tag #FlemingCollege.

This week marks the start of Fleming’s Spring semester, which is being offered online and through alternate delivery format amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. To welcome new students, Fleming College is hosting a Virtual Orientation Week for students to meet their faculty and peers, get information about their program, discover resources and supports, and more. It also features a welcome message from Fleming President Maureen Adamson.

To help students access Counselling, Health and Wellness resources in one easy-to-find location, Fleming launched a new Personal Wellness Supports Hub. There are apps and tips on how to stay healthy, stay active and have fun; students can join meditation and yoga classes, and can reach out if they need to talk.

There are many services and resources to support students on their Fleming College journey. This includes academic support through the Learning Strategies Team, accommodations through Fleming Accessibility Counsellors, medical care through Fleming Health Services, and more. And to de-stress and have some fun, students can participate in Fleming Student Administrative Council’s Facebook events and daily fitness classes.

Fleming faculty and staff did an amazing job adapting many academic programs to an online and alternate delivery format. And behind-the-scenes, they are receiving incredible support and guidance from Fleming’s Learning Design & Support Team, who even organized a Virtual Teaching & Learning Week for faculty.

To ensure faculty and staff feel connected, engaged and supported amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, Fleming President Maureen Adamson is hosting virtual Town Hall meetings. Fleming employees are also receiving lots of support at home from their furry friends, as shown in the #FlemingPaws series on Twitter; we encourage all faculty and staff to tweet a photo of their pet using the hashtag #FlemingPaws.

To support our communities, President Adamson appeared on “Politically Speaking,” the College sponsored the Ontario Envirothon Virtual Lab to promote environmental learning; and on World Bee Day, Fleming shared information on protecting and bringing back bee diversity and populations. Fleming College also raised awareness about International Day Against Homophobia, Transpobia, and Biphobia on May 17. And this weekend, we are wishing our Muslim students and employees a joyous Eid as they celebrate the end of Ramadan.

Fleming College is incredibly proud of our amazing students and alumni using their Fleming education to help others. This includes Fleming student Vanessa Raaymakers, who was recognized on Personal Support Worker Day (May 19) for her PSW work amidst the COVID-19 outbreak.

As we continue to face challenges amidst this global pandemic, we are proud of the support our Fleming community is providing to our students, each other, and our communities. We will get through this together.

Learning Design & Support Team provides virtual support to Fleming faculty

Fleming College faculty and staff are showing their incredible commitment, creativity and resilience by adapting many academic programs to an online and alternate delivery format, ensuring Fleming students can achieve their learning outcomes. And behind-the-scenes, Fleming’s Learning Design & Support Team has been there along the way to provide support and guidance to faculty.

“The team has worked so hard and provided such amazing support and creativity for the academic division’s move to alternative delivery,” said Molly Westland, Director of Academic Quality, Planning and Operations.

This includes ongoing support for faculty with creating and revising courses, integrating learning technology, and administering and supporting D2L. To engage with faculty and provide helpful content, the Learning Design & Support Team distributes a weekly communication piece called “The Teaching Hub”, which is now available in podcast format for the Fleming community to enjoy.

To help prepare for Spring and Fall semesters, the Learning Design & Support Team hosted a Virtual Teaching & Learning Week from April 29 to May 6. The event featured 21 sessions with topics ranging from technology (such as D2L and Webex), to redesigning instruction and assessments for remote delivery, to teaching and learning during a pandemic, and student experiences with remote delivery. There was also a panel discussion about how Fleming Student Experience supported students with services like Counselling, Accessible Education Services, Tutoring & Academic Skills, Library services, Learning Strategies and more.

“Over 200 faculty, staff and administrators attended the live sessions, and the sharing among participants as well as panelists was awesome; we were all able to learn from each other in an online environment,” said Teaching & Learning Specialist Mary Overholt, adding that the session recordings are available on the LDS Team website.

“We’ve received really positive feedback on the week,” she said. “My favourite comment from our anonymous feedback survey so far is ‘LDS is a team of superheroes!’”

Fleming community stays connected amidst pandemic thanks to virtual Town Hall meetings

As Fleming College faculty and staff continue to practice physical distancing amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, Fleming College President Maureen Adamson is ensuring employees feel connected, engaged and supported through direct communication.

President Adamson is hosting virtual Town Hall meetings during the pandemic to help answers any questions faculty and staff may have. She is joined on Webex by members of Fleming’s leadership team, who address any department-specific questions relevant to their area.

Fleming employees receive invitations to the virtual Town Hall meetings via email and have an opportunity to email questions in advance. All questions are reviewed and the top 10 are addressed during the Town Hall. For those unable to attend the virtual meeting, recordings are available to view online later.

The first virtual Town Hall meeting was held Thursday, May 6 and featured President Adamson; Shelley Mantik, Director of HR Client & Union Relations; and Drew Van Parys, Vice-President of Economic & Community Development. This initial meeting addressed the impacts of COVID-19 on the Fleming community, achievements and challenges at Fleming during the crisis, and future plans. Approximately 400 people attended this virtual meeting and had the opportunity to provide feedback through the Virtual Town Hall Meeting Feedback Survey.

Many faculty and staff shared positive feedback about this virtual meeting format. This includes positive feedback on the Top 10 Questions format, appreciating the personable way information is being delivered, the clarity of messaging and information, and requests to continue the virtual Town Hall meetings going forward.

The virtual meetings have continued and the second one, hosted on Wednesday, May 13, focused on academics and plans for Fall semester. President Adamson was joined on Webex by Drew Van Parys; Linda Poirier, Dean of the School of Health & Wellness and Justice & Community Development; and Tom Phillips, Vice-President of Academic Experience.

This next virtual Town Hall is Wednesday, May 20 and President Adamson will be joined by Sandra Dupret, Vice-President of Student Experience. All Fleming College employees have been invited to attend.

Thank you to everyone who has joined the virtual Town Hall meetings and provided your valuable feedback and questions. We hope these meetings help you stay informed and feel connected. We are in this together and we will get through this together.

Introducing Fleming’s Personal Wellness Supports Hub

Fleming College is ready to support students on their academic journey amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, which includes offering the new Personal Wellness Supports Hub!

Due to physical distancing practices, Fleming’s Spring semester is being offered online and through alternate delivery format to ensure the health and safety of our communities. To help students feel cared for and connected with Fleming’s virtual campus, Student Experience has launched the Personal Wellness Supports Hub online.

The new Personal Wellness Supports Hub is organized by Fleming Counselling and Accessible Education Services and has a variety of resources, modules and apps to help promote personal and mental wellness in one easy-to-find location. This includes access to counselling, health and wellness resources; apps and tips on how to stay healthy, stay active and have fun; meditation and yoga classes; information on how to reach out if you need to talk, and more.

The Personal Wellness Supports Hub is featured prominently throughout the Fleming College website, as a “How Are You?” button directing to the Hub is now part of the website’s main navigation. We encourage you to take time to browse the new Personal Wellness Supports Hub here.

The COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented challenge, but we are facing it together as a united College community and we will get through this together.

Week in Review: May 15, 2020

Each week, we are sharing a review of what the Fleming College community is doing to support our students, each other, and our communities amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Please share your story on social media and tag #FlemingCollege.

This week, we are pleased to announce that Fleming College’s Student Emergency Fund provided $415,000 in financial aid support to 1,200 domestic and international students. This fund assists with the financial burden caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

To support student mental health, Fleming Counselling Services hosts online sessions, including online meditation and a “New Beginnings” session to prepare students for Spring semester. Students can also speak with Fleming Personal Wellness Counsellors at 705-749-5530 ext. 1440 on Mondays (1 – 4 p.m.), Wednesdays (10 a.m. – 1 p.m.), and Fridays (1 – 4 p.m.). And to de-stress and have some fun, students can participate in Fleming Student Administrative Council’s Facebook events and daily fitness classes.

To support our communities, Fleming College is participating in covAID, a virtual event featuring local leaders (including Fleming College President Maureen Adamson), musicians and celebrities in support of charities providing mental health supports in our community. Tune in on Saturday, May 16 at 7 p.m. on the PTBO Strong Facebook Page or Cogeco’s Yourtv Peterborough-Lindsay for an evening of entertainment– including Fleming’s #TogetherAtHome music video!

Fleming College is also supporting our communities by offering four free online courses during the COVID-19 outbreak. These courses address current issues and prepare students to pursue full certificate programs in the future.

For Fleming students interested in starting or continuing their education this Spring, select programs have been adapted to online and alternate delivery format and begin May 19. And this week, Fleming shared that the Fleming Safe plan will be used to start Fall term online and transition to face-to-face classes. The Fleming Safe plan will ensure that students can complete their learning outcomes while maintaining the highest possible safety standards.

Fleming College is incredibly proud of our amazing students and alumni using their Fleming education to help others. This includes Practical Nursing student Erin Bourne, who is committed to long-term care amidst the pandemic.

We are so grateful for nurses and nursing students, and recognized their work on International Nurses Day with social media posts and a video message from Fleming College President Maureen Adamson.

This week Fleming College also recognized Ontario Police Week, Mother’s Day, and Sexual Assault Prevention Month on social media.

As we continue to face challenges amidst this global pandemic, we are proud of the support our Fleming community is providing to our students, each other, and our communities. We will get through this together.

Week in Review: May 8, 2020

Amidst the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, Fleming College continues to support our students, each other, and our communities. Watch this video of Fleming College President Maureen Adamson sharing the work Fleming College is doing, which includes the COVID-19 Fleming Student Emergency Fund and opening our residence buildings to frontline healthcare workers.

Each week, we are sharing a review of our Fleming community on the Fleming College website; please share your story on social media and tag #FlemingCollege. This week, we were pleased to announce Adam Folland as Frost Student Association (FSA) President and Zoe King as Fleming Student Administrative Council (SAC) President! By accepting these positions, Adam and Zoe are committed to using their community-minded focus and dedication to serve the Fleming community.

Fleming Student Administrative Council is doing amazing initiatives to help the Fleming community de-stress and have fun, including Facebook events and daily fitness classes. Fleming Counselling Services is hosting meditation sessions online to help find peace, positivity and productivity. And Fleming Personal Wellness Counsellors are available to chat with Fleming students at 705-749-5530 ext. 1440, Monday (1 – 4 p.m.), Wednesday (10 a.m. – 1 p.m.), and Friday (1 – 4 p.m.).

For #MentalHealthWeek, Fleming Counselling Services shared helpful techniques on social media, including the STOPP technique (Stop, Take a breath, Observe what you are feeling, Pull back to look at the bigger picture, Practice what works) and the Square Breathing technique (breathe in for four seconds, hold for four seconds, breathe out for four seconds, and hold for four seconds).

Fleming College has an incredibly caring community and we are proud of the amazing Fleming alumni working to help our communities. This includes Lori McQuaid, a Registered Practical Nurse at a long-term care facility, who remains optimistic despite the challenges she faces at work.

For #NationalTeachersDay, we celebrated the collaborative and creative work done by Fleming faculty; and we started the week with #MayThe4thBeWithYou Day, where we celebrated the strong force of support at Fleming College. It is because of this collaboration, creativity and support that Fleming College was able to transition most academic programs and student services online. Beginning the week of May 19, Fleming will offer five modified programs in the new online format. We are also seeking organizations to partner with Wireless Information Networking students as Applied Projects Sponsors.

As we continue to face challenges amidst this global pandemic, we are proud of the support our Fleming community is providing to our students, each other, and our communities. We will get through this together.

Week in Review: May 1, 2020

The Fleming College community continues to support our students, each other, and our communities amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

Now that Winter Term is complete, we are celebrating our incredible student leaders for their accomplishments. Congratulations to the recipients of the Student Administrative Council Leadership Awards and the 2020 Athletic Awards!

And although the semester is over, Fleming continues to provide supports and services. Fleming Counselling Services is hosting meditation sessions online to help find peace, positivity and productivity. Fleming Personal Wellness Counsellors are also available to chat with Fleming students at 705-749-5530 ext. 1440, Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Fleming Student Administrative Council is hosting daily fitness classes and events on their Facebook Page to de-stress and have fun. And to keep students informed on important topics, workshops – such as the housing search and Ontario Electricity Support Program workshop by Fleming College Off Campus Housing, Trent University and the Community Counselling & Resource Centre – are hosted online.

Fleming has transitioned most academic programs and student services online. Beginning the week of May 19, Fleming will offer five modified programs in the new online format. Fleming is also seeking organizations to partner with Wireless Information Networking students as Applied Projects Sponsors.

We have an incredibly caring community, including the thoughtful students and graduates of the Hospitality – Hotel and Restaurant Operations program. This program held a bake sale earlier this semester to fundraise for Cuddles for Cancer. Graduate Melissa Caddick (Class of 2015) recently received her cozy Cuddles for Cancer blanket to wish her a healthy journey during her treatment.

Our amazing alumni are working amidst the COVID-19 pandemic to help our communities. This includes Practical Nursing graduates Tracey Robinson (Class of ’89) and Karen Klingbeil (Class of ’91), who are providing a lifeline to patients across the nation from Canadian Blood Services in Peterborough; and Ashley Davidson (Class of 2017), who continues to help patients in the Inpatient Women & Children Unit at Peterborough Regional Health Centre.

Fleming is proud to serve our amazing communities and offer help and support during these challenging times. Our residence buildings are open to frontline healthcare workers and we are using our downtown Peterborough MakerSpace to help create headbands and reinforcement pieces for face shields that will be used by frontline healthcare workers. 

We are sharing a review of our Fleming community each week. Please share your story and tag #FlemingCollege.