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:

Fleming Protection, Security and Investigation students help protect healthcare workers and patients amidst pandemic

Security, intelligence and investigation professionals work on the frontlines and behind-the-scenes to protect people, businesses, institutions and infrastructure— including during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Amidst the pandemic, more than 10 Fleming College Protection, Security and Investigation (PSI) students are putting their knowledge and skills to use at Peterborough Regional Health Centre. They are working for GardaWorld Security Services to help keep healthcare workers and patients safe.

When GardaWorld was tasked to immediately increase support at hospitals due to the pandemic, National Operations Director Justin Sharrard provided the opportunity to Fleming College students first.

“This was a sensitive situation with strict requirements, and we knew the Fleming students would have the qualifications and foundation to carry out the duties professionally and safely,” said Justin. “I have always been impressed by the professionalism and dedication of Fleming students.”

GardaWorld hired Fleming PSI applicants ranging from first-year students to graduates. Graduates took more advanced security roles, while students are working in specialized Customer Service Agent roles at access points throughout the facility. Customer Service Agents help communicate and enforce quarantine policies to further protect medical staff and patients.

PSI program coordinator Christine O’Neill-Hawthorne is proud of the Fleming College students and graduates working amidst the pandemic to help others. “I am very proud of the courage, commitment, determination and work ethic that PSI students demonstrate every day that they go to work in this environment,” said Christine.

PSI student Grace Matser

PSI student Grace Matser said working amidst the pandemic has been truly enriching, both personally and professionally. “This is an incredible experience for me, as a soon-to-be third semester student of the Protection, Security and Investigation program at Fleming College,” said Grace. “This opportunity has allowed me to help the community, as well as gain the personal experience in the healthcare industry side of security.”

PSI student Trusha Sojitra

Fellow student Trusha Sojitra is also working at PRHC. Trusha is grateful for the opportunity and said she is thankful to everyone working on the frontlines. “We are in this together,” said Trusha. “Be kind and stay safe.”

About the Protection, Security and Investigation program: The PSI sector is recognized as one of the fastest growing fields in the world. In Fleming College’s Protection, Security and Investigations diploma program, students develop the knowledge, skills and capabilities to work in a wide variety of roles. This four-semester program focuses on new concepts in technology, intelligence analytics and investigative skills. This diverse range of marketable skills are essential to your success as an industry professional. Learn more about this program here; the next intake is September 2020.

Get a jump start on September with Fleming College Welcome Days

New and prospective Fleming College students can get a jump start on September with Fleming College Welcome Days! This virtual event is July 13, 2020 for Sutherland Campus students and July 17, 2020 for Frost Campus students, from 8:30 a.m. to noon online.

At Welcome Days, students and prospective students can learn about their online learning space, carry out practical and administrative tasks, hear from student leaders, make social connections, speak directly with Financial Aid staff, and more.

This virtual event features interactive hosted sessions for students and parents, opportunities to connect with Fleming College staff and student leaders, and an ‘Ask Me Anything’ room to help navigate this online experience.

Below are the virtual sessions and specialization rooms offered at Welcome Days:

Virtual Sessions:

  • Ask Me Anything Virtual Reception: Available to help guide students around this virtual event and answer Welcome Days questions.
  • Welcome Session: Discover what Welcome Days has to offer.
  • Parent Session: This session for parents and guardians covers the resources available to support a successful transition to Fleming College.
  • Student Panel: Meet student leaders and staff at Fleming College, learn about student life, and how to get involved and stay connected.
  • Online Learning: This session covers tips, tricks and tools to help students succeed in the online learning space.
  • Indigenous Student Support and Opportunities: Learn about services, supports, resources and opportunities available to Indigenous students at Fleming College.
  • Canadian Culture: This session is an introduction to culture and Canadian norms for students who are new to Canada.

Specialization Rooms:

Drop into these sessions to chat and get questions answered.

  • International Student Services
  • Health and Well Being
  • Inclusion and Your Rights
  • Learning Success
  • Social Connections
  • Academics
  • Prepare and Get Ready

For more information, including details on the virtual sessions and specialization rooms, please visit the Fleming College Welcome Days website. We hope you can join us online!

Learning Online at Fleming College launched to support student success

Fleming College Student Experience is excited to launch Learning Online at Fleming College, an online module to help students connect with academic supports, discover useful resources, and develop skills and strategies to become a successful online learner.

Fleming College students have access to a wide range of digital tools and technology, and Learning Online at Fleming College aims to help students navigate these platforms and understand the academic skills and strategies that go along with learning online.

“I hope that students, as well as faculty, benefit from this site and that it helps them thrive in online and blended learning environments,” said David Luinstra, Manager, Library and Tutoring & Academic Skills.

“This site provides students with a comprehensive guide to both the technical skills required to use platforms like our learning management system and videoconferencing solutions; but also advice that isn’t always associated with online learning, like how to effectively set up your study space, deliver a virtual presentation, and maintain your physical and mental health while working primarily in an online environment,” said David.

Learning Online at Fleming College features modules on Skills & StrategiesTechnologyAcademic Support, and Resources to help students succeed in the online learning environment.

The Skills & Strategies module provides helpful tips and effective learning strategies, the Technology module covers a variety of online platforms and digital tools that support learning online; and the Academic Support module includes key resources, how to access academic supports, and important information about the skills needed to succeed in coursework. For convenience, all links and resources from each module are available in the Resources module.

Explore all modules by visiting Learning Online at Fleming College and take advantage of this helpful resource.

Practical Nursing graduate proud to work at Ross Memorial Hospital amidst pandemic

When Mackenzie Lotton graduated from Fleming College two years ago, she never imagined working alongside her mother at Ross Memorial Hospital. Nor did she imagine working amidst a global pandemic. But working in healthcare is right where Mackenzie wants to be.

“There is nothing more rewarding than going into work knowing that you are able to make an impact on someone else’s life,” said Mackenzie. “The good days outweigh the bad, and the bad days are what make me a stronger nurse.”

Mackenzie (left), pictured here with her mother.

Mackenzie was inspired by her mother – a nurse for 30 years now – to become a nurse, as she grew up seeing what a rewarding career it is to help others, impact lives, and learn something new every day.

She chose Fleming College’s Practical Nursing program for her post-secondary education because she heard positive reviews about the program and the student experience at Fleming College, and the Sutherland Campus is commuting distance to her home in Lindsay, Ontario.

I would recommend Fleming’s Practical Nursing program to others,” said Mackenzie, who graduated in 2018. “Fleming helped me achieve my goal to become a nurse in a manner that I don’t believe any other school could have. It prepared me for the real world of nursing the best that it could.”

Mackenzie now works in the Emergency Department at Ross Memorial Hospital, working as part of a healthcare team to care for patients in the best possible manner.

“Two years ago, I never thought I would be working in a hospital in my hometown, let alone working in a busy emergency department alongside my mom,” said Mackenzie. “There have been many ups and downs over the last two years of my new career, but I would not change a single thing about it.”

Mackenzie shared that she has learned so much from her colleagues and feels incredibly supported by them as she grows her career. This strong bond with her team is one of many reasons Mackenzie believes it is important for her to continue working amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Everyone is working long hours and we all need that extra support of knowing that we are never alone in any of this and there is always help with you need it,” said Mackenzie.

She shared that her biggest goal is to be able to help patients and provide comfort, explaining, “Many of these patients that are coming into the hospital have to face all of the uncertainties alone, so if I can make a difference in someone’s hospital visit then I can leave my shift at the end of the day knowing I did my job the way it needed to be done.”

Mackenzie said her work routine has changed amidst the pandemic, which includes: wearing street clothing to work, wearing a mask, entering through a specific door, answering multiple questions and having her temperature taken by a screener, and changing into provided scrubs in her department.

“Work has changed from the minute I start my day until it ends due to rules that have been put in place to protect everyone,” she said.

Mackenzie’s advice to everyone is to be patient with frontline workers, who are doing their best to keep the community and themselves safe.

“With some restrictions being lifted, please keep in mind that we all still have to be smart with what we do in our everyday lives,” said Mackenzie, advising to handwash frequently. “The number of cases is beginning to decrease; however, this will only continue if we all work together as a community and country.”

Everything from lectures to field trips is included in the online Trees and Shrubs course

School of Environmental & Natural Resource Sciences faculty member Mike Fraser worked hard to provide the same learning experience online as in-class instruction, offering everything from audio lectures to field trips in the Trees and Shrubs (FSTY 50) course.

Mike Fraser

This online course features audio lectures, comprehensive instructional PowerPoint slides with audio, and utilizes a manual created years ago that includes working space for notetaking. It also incorporates actual or virtual field trips, whichever the student prefers!

Each student may conduct field trips in their current home community using local rail trails, conservation areas, provincial parks, country roads, or even their yard. Mike has produced 17 provincial maps to help students locate possible field trip locations across the province. For students who need or prefer to stay home, Mike created virtual field trips using Google Maps – Street View so students can field trip in the comfort of their own home.

“This is a way better course now, but it will never replace face-to-face!” said Mike, who thoroughly enjoyed the challenge of thinking differently to create and deliver a rich and rewarding experience for students. “I’m going to continue using much of the work I have created the next time the course is delivered face-to-face.”

PowerPoint slide from a class activity

Ecosystem Management Technician student Noah Opper is pleased with the in-depth preparation work Mike has made for the Trees and Shrubs course. “I was very skeptical of how well this course would go online,” Noah shared. “However, after having completed the first lecture, my mind is at ease. I found that the layout was simple yet informative. I look forward with excitement for the rest of the course!”

Mike acknowledges his colleagues for their support in adapting this course, including Dan Bennett for setting up his computer for working and accessing files remotely, and Barb Elliot and Jason Kerr for their willingness to receive and review Mike’s ideas and work.

Mike encourages students to be engaged, committed, adaptable and motivated to get the most from their learning experience, whether in-person or online. He stresses that communication is critical for students with online learning and recommends students stay connected by communicating with faculty throughout the term.

Culinary program develops Fridge and Pantry Challenge and plans for Fall term with food box plan

When Winter semester moved online, program coordinator Steve Moghini acted quickly to adapt the Culinary Management program. He created the Fridge and Pantry Challenge as the final project, challenging students to use items they already had to create delicious dishes.

“Cooks need to be adaptable and flexible. You can’t worry about what you don’t have; you work with what you have because, in this industry, you have to deliver right away,” said Steve, explaining that cooks are often expected to create off-menu items or adapt dishes based on dietary restrictions.

Photo by Ethan Shumak.

For the Fridge and Pantry Challenge, Culinary students plated incredible dishes in their homes. These include: a spicy Shakshuka complemented by a sweet Poke; vegetable fritters and Idli Sambhar; a beef pot pie, gingered carrot orange soup with Grand Marnier chantilly crème, and a cranberry, walnut, goat cheese salad. For grading, students submitted reports that featured photos of their preparation, production, presentation of dishes, and safety and sanitation. 

“There were many challenges with the Fridge and Pantry Challenge, but what the students came up with was utterly stunning and I give them a lot of credit,” said Steve.

Beef Pot Pie dish by Braydon Weir.

Steve is now working on the syllabus for September and preparing for remote delivery, including planning out food boxes that will be delivered to students. These boxes will feature ingredients the students need to complete their assignments.

“The future of the Culinary industry certainly includes food boxes and take-out, and restaurants will rely on this,” said Steve. “These food boxes will really add another layer of learning to the experience.”

Students will receive detailed instructions of assignment expectations and will use ingredients from their food box to create delicious dishes, which they will photograph or video. Dishes will be served to roommates, family members or friends, who are asked to grade taste honestly.

“I’ve heard from parents already, from the Fridge and Pantry Challenge, that they are loving all of the cooking at home!”

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Explore a Fleming Culinary Lab with this virtual tour:

Fleming College graduate Kimberly Coe feels honoured to be a nurse

Kimberly Coe, pictured before an N95 surgical mask, face shield and gloves were required as a protective measure.

Kimberly Coe felt anxious when the COVID-19 pandemic began, but now the Registered Practical Nurse feels comfortable with her new normal.

“I feel safe and surrounded by a good group of people,” said Kimberly, who works in the Palliative Unit and Complex Continuing Care at Peterborough Regional Health Centre (PRHC).

In Kimberly’s new work routine, she wears street clothes to work and changes into uniform at the hospital. She also wears an N95 surgical mask, face shield and gloves as a protective measure.

But adapting her work routine is worth it because Kimberly loves being a nurse.

“I love it. Is it hard? Yes. But I find caring for people to be a privilege,” she explains. “In Palliative Nursing, it’s not just about the patients, it’s about the families you touch.”

One special moment was when Kimberly received a private Facebook message from the daughter of a patient who had passed away.

Three months earlier, Kimberly had painted that patient’s nails. “In the message, she said it took her three months to find me,” Kimberly explains. “She told me, ‘my mom may not have known you were painting her nails, but I did. And that mattered to me. That made a difference to me.’”

Kimberly loves helping others and has always spent time caring for her family, friends and neighbours. She decided to pursue her dream of being a nurse at 51 years old when, after a late summer night chatting with a friend, she felt encouraged to apply to Fleming College.

Unfortunately Kimberly was not accepted into the Practical Nursing program, but she was encouraged to consider the General Arts and Science – College Health Science (GHS) program (now called Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Certificates and Diplomas). GHS is a pathway program that prepares students for admission to college programs in health sciences, biology or chemical sciences.

 “The Practical Nursing coordinator at the time said the GHS program would be a good thing for me to do because I had been out of school for a long time,” said Kimberly. “She said it would help get the wheels going and that really appealed to me. I enrolled and it was the best thing for me!”

Kimberly balanced her studies with personal responsibilities, including being a single mom to a 16-year-old and home ownership, and is happy with her decision to return to college. She encourages anyone considering a nursing career to take the Pre-Health program because it prepares students for college and helps with the transition.

“Everything in the GHS program is all useful stuff and it’s a really great way to figure out what you want to do for your career,” said Kimberly. “I loved (coordinator) Susan Hyndman’s biology class; she is a phenomenal teacher and it was an unbelievable learning experience.”

Outside of class, Kimberly worked at the Fleming Campus Store and enjoyed taking study breaks in the Steele Centre. “I would go there to relax and listen to music, talk to friends, and close my books for a minute,” she said. “It’s important to take breaks and have fun too.”

To support her studies, Kimberly used Fleming Tutoring Services and highly recommends this academic support. “I never failed. My marks were high and I made the Dean’s List for the first time in my life!” she said. “People think you only use Tutoring when you’re failing, but you should go to Tutoring right from the start to help you succeed.”

After completing the GHS program in 2017, Kimberly enrolled in Practical Nursing and, during her last year at Fleming College, she was joined on campus by her daughter. Kimberly’s daughter is studying in Fleming’s School of Trades and Technology and Kimberly is proud of her for pursuing this profession.

While her daughter continues studying at Fleming College, Kimberly is proud that her education led to employment. After completing consolidation in the Palliative Unit at PRHC and graduating in 2019, Kimberly was hired immediately as a Registered Practical Nurse.

She highly recommends Fleming’s Pre-Health program to others and said she really enjoyed her Fleming College experience.

“People asked me when I started, ‘are you going to the Orientation?’ and I said, ‘of course I am!’ I loved that day; I had the most fun! And I wear my Fleming College buff from Orientation to the hospital!” she laughs. “I loved those days and I want to go back– I’d love to return and volunteer in the GHS program.”