Fleming’s new and unique conservation biology program helps put passion into practice

Conservation Biology graduate Katy Sokoloski with a non-venomous blue racer snake


Peterborough ON – (June 8, 2021) – Katy Sokoloski grew up with a passion for nature, all its creatures and related sciences.

“When I first came to Fleming, I was taking a different program but had the intention of pursuing conservation as my end goal,” she said. “It was quite serendipitous that I started the same year that Fleming introduced the Conservation Biology program.”

Part of Fleming’s School of Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, the new Conservation Biology program is unique in Ontario. The program focuses on the conservation of at-risk animal populations using current research and technologies, including genetics and environmental DNA (eDNA).

“I am a part of the generation where climate change, coupled with human impact, is really changing how our world looks and operates in an often negative way. I see conservation biology as invaluable for not only our future but protecting the planet as a whole,” said Sokoloski.

Citing the range of applied experiences within the program, she said, “I feel Conservation Biology has covered a surprising amount of learning that goes much deeper than just a surface level of detail.”

The program curriculum covers: identification of all taxa of animals, trees and shrubs, recording field observations of different animals, practicing capture and handling methods, writing permit applications, and using GIS software to create maps.

“Despite the challenges that the past couple of years have brought, I feel I have learned the practical skills within the field and labs, as well as the technical and analytical skills to be able to portray my ideas in a way that will have an impact.”

Sokoloski said her favourite part of the program was the high level of engagement from the faculty. “They have a wealth of knowledge and expertise that is drawn from their own experience working within the field.”

As a new graduate, Sokoloski hopes to work within urban areas to create or restore functioning habitats and change the idea of how cities are supposed to look. She plans to attend university to continue her learning.

“(Frost) is the most beautiful campus with a wonderful environment that I have never experienced at school before. I am going to really miss it!”

Learn more: flemingcollege.ca/programs/conservation-biology.

Creating Training and Job Opportunities in Eastern Ontario

Province’s investment will support new partnership in Ottawa-Renfrew and Peterborough-Haliburton regions

June 07, 2021

PEMBROKE — The Ontario government is investing $5 million to help people in the Ottawa-Renfrew and Peterborough-Haliburton regions prepare for successful careers in Ontario’s forestry sector. Algonquin College, through the Forestry and Wood Product Manufacturing/Producing program, is leading an innovative skills training project in close cooperation with local employers to upskill local workers and jobseekers.

Details were provided today by John Yakabuski, Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry and MPP for Renfew-Nipissing-Pembroke on behalf of Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development.

The SkillsAdvance Ontario project will help 150 jobseekers and 300 employed workers gain the skills and work experience they need to find jobs or advance their careers in wood product manufacturing and producing in Eastern Ontario. This will include training in areas like mill and manufacturing operations, field skills and heavy equipment training. To lead this project, Algonquin College and Fleming College will form a consortium that will develop further partnerships in the initial phase to ensure broad industry reach and strong stakeholder engagement.

“This project is good news for people and businesses in the Ottawa-Renfrew and Peterborough-Haliburton areas and for the forestry sector,” said John Yakabuski, Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry and MPP for Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke. “This funding helps employers to train the skilled workers they need for their business and create job opportunities for people from the region. Everybody wins.”

“Training programs are essential to our mission of helping people find good jobs,” said Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development. “With the right training, laid-off workers can get the hand up they need into life-long careers. Supporting innovative training projects in communities across the province is part of our plan to help people develop the in-demand skills they need both now and in the future.”

Ontario’s 2021 Budget, Ontario’s Action Plan: Protecting People’s Health and Our Economy, includes measures to help workers and families recover from COVID-19 by investing an additional $614.3 million during 2020–21 and 2021–22 for employment and training supports, and proposing the new Ontario Jobs Training Tax Credit, a one-time credit that would provide up to $2,000 for workers who enroll in an eligible course or training program in 2021.

Quick Facts

  • The forest sector generated $17.6 billion in revenue from the sale of manufactured goods and services in 2019 and supported approximately 143,000 direct and indirect jobs in 2020.
  • There are approximately 80 active SkillsAdvance Ontario projects across Ontario dedicated to sector-specific training for jobs in the hospitality and tourism sector, including: hospitality and food, steel, mining, construction, manufacturing, warehousing, transportation, healthcare, social assistance, personal support work, early childhood education, agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, arboriculture, landscape and horticulture, cannabis, financial services and accessible digital media transportation sectors.
  • SkillsAdvance Ontario projects are supported through labour market transfer agreements between the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario.
  • The Employment Ontario network includes more than 300 partner organizations across Ontario that offer a range of free services and supports that help businesses find workers and connect jobseekers to training and job opportunities.

Quotes

“Our Pembroke Campus is uniquely positioned to support the Forest industry given its long history of delivering a Forestry Technician program and deep connections to the sector. The work of our faculty and staff will benefit both jobseekers and employers in addressing the labour market challenges and workforce development needs of the forest industry. This is a clear example of the impact colleges have always had in ensuring industry has access to training that supports employment growth and retention within key sectors of Ontario’s economy.”

– Claude Brulé
President and CEO, Algonquin College

“The forestry industry is one of the top employers in the Kawartha Lakes region, and a shortage of skilled workers has a significant impact on the economy and recovery for our communities. Fleming has a long track record of producing fully-trained and sought-after graduates, and the delivery of this training is a natural extension of existing programming, infrastructure and expertise that we can build on. We thank the government for their support and look forward to growing our relationship with Algonquin College.”

– Maureen Adamson
President, Fleming College

Fleming College introduces Spotlight Awards to recognize employee excellence

Peterborough ON – (June 7, 2021) – The unpredictable challenges over the past year have tested everyone’s mettle and resilience. As we collectively emerge from the dark days of the pandemic and look ahead to brighter times, Fleming recognizes and appreciates the attitude and excellence displayed by College employees.

During the inaugural Spotlight Awards ceremony hosted on June 3rd, award recipients were celebrated for their work and contributions to the Fleming community. More than 80 nominations were put forward by colleagues in five categories to shine a spotlight on the achievements of those employees who particularly inspire and motivate others, and who contribute to a culture where innovative and inclusive ideas and values are respected by all.

“As the President, I feel fortunate to have such a community of talented and dedicated employees at Fleming. The last year has required further adaptability and innovation, and I couldn’t be more proud of how everyone has responded. Although there were many worthy nominees for the Spotlight Awards, a hearty congratulations and thanks to this year’s deserving recipients,” said Fleming College President Maureen Adamson.

Physical Resources Team – Technology Champion Award
This award recognizes an individual or team that embraces the latest technology and digital tools to prepare students for the future workplace. This person or team anticipates technological needs of the labour market to ensure students benefit from hands-on training that will prepare them for the workforce.

Katrina Van Osch-Saxon – Student & Employer Success Award
This award recognizes an individual or team that encourages collaboration between students and employers to establish practical, real world opportunities that ensure graduates are job ready.

Paula Anderson & Rick Cornelissen – Strengthening Communities Award
This award recognizes an individual or team that demonstrates a commitment to strengthening our communities through creating an inclusive and welcoming campus for all. This person or team is dedicated to creating economic and social development partnerships that advance the future of our communities and provide opportunities for students and staff. 

Liz Stone – Diversity and Inclusion Award
This award recognizes an individual or team that ensures Fleming College is a welcoming place for staff, students and the communities we serve. This person or team goes above and beyond to meet the needs of our diverse populations and to enrich our communities.

Angela Pind – Employee Success Award
This award recognizes an individual or team that demonstrates a positive, equitable and supportive workplace culture. This person or team is dedicated to contributing to an energized workplace that respects and values the opinion and ideas of all employees.

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 more information, please contact:
Amar Shah
Communications Officer 
amar.shah@flemingcollege.ca
705.749.5530 x 1370

Peterborough
Sutherland Campus
599 Brealey Dr. Peterborough ON K9J 7B1
Ph: (705) 749-5530
Lindsay
Frost Campus
200 Albert St. S., Box 8000 Lindsay ON K9V 5E6
Ph: (705) 324-9144
Haliburton
Haliburton Campus
P.O. Box 839 Haliburton ON K0M 1S0
Ph: (705) 457-1680


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

Fleming Culinary Management graduate opens new restaurant in his hometown

Culinary Management graduate and restaurant owner Om Patel

Peterborough ON – (May 28, 2021) – Today is International Burger Day! To celebrate, we’re recognizing alumnus Om Patel, who graduated from Fleming’s Culinary Management program in 2019 and two years later, combined his passion for Indian cuisine and love for burgers to open his own restaurant The Dirty Burger Company.

“I was inspired to start The Dirty Burger Company so that I have a place that makes fresh and flavourful burgers. Where I know the food comes in fresh every day, and where I can serve people clean, un-processed meals that everyone loves! That is my inspiration,” said Patel.

The Dirty Burger Company is located in the heart of Peterborough and offers a selection of fresh ground beef smash burgers, hand-cut fries, and delicious veggie dishes, including the Dirty Veg Burger, served with sweet and spicy chutneys and roasted peanuts on a potato bun. 

Despite the challenges many businesses are facing during the pandemic, Patel was determined to provide a place that offered delicious clean food options.

“From someone who has been through a lot health-wise, I’m confident enough to say that I believe all problems start in the gut. I’m looking to inspire people to believe in what we do every day. Create a new passion for foodies and encourage others to eat fresh, not frozen.” 

Since opening in April, The Dirty Burger Company has had a steady pace of customers.

“Response is great! We’ve received a lot of support from the downtown folk. Once beer is flowing and the summer hits, we hope to continue building our customer base.”

In addition to prioritizing fresh ingredients, Patel wanted to build a strong team around him and, since opening, has hired two Fleming students and employs five culinary alumni.

“I reached out to my professor Chef Steven Benns and in a flash, I had two resumes in my inbox. Both students are ambitious and hard-working. It’s been a pleasure to have them in my kitchen.” 

Patel’s time in Fleming’s School of Trades and Technology taught him that owning and running a restaurant is hard work, but it’s a beautiful thing to be able to provide to others.

“I learned from chefs who care about where their students go and who help them to become successful. Chef Steve Moghini keeps the standard of traditional nouvelle cuisine true by setting high standards in his kitchen. And Chef Nick Draker is one of the hardest working teachers, with charisma and passion for what he does.” 

Patel hopes to inspire others to chase their dreams and looks forward to building a relationship with the Peterborough community through his love of food. 

“Being your own boss allows you to teach others what you have learned in the time you have been on this earth, so that they can help you build your dream. Don’t expect it to be overnight. It’s all about patience and perseverance.” 

Ontario Invests in 21st Century Skills Development in Peterborough and Kawartha Lakes, and Introduces Tuition-Free PSW Program at Fleming’s Peterborough Campus

More access to online courses and retraining opportunities for workers in addition to a new tuition-free, accelerated Personal Support Worker program to fill gaps in long-term care

May 27, 2021 PETERBOROUGH – The Ontario government is transforming virtual learning across the province by supporting nearly 400 innovative projects at colleges, universities and Indigenous Institutes. Locally, Trent University and Fleming College will receive over $2 million towards 11 innovative virtual learning projects to help provide students with more choice and access to high-quality postsecondary education and retraining opportunities.

“These exciting projects will help people develop in-demand skills by providing access to innovative educational technologies and better position them in the workforce,” said Laurie Scott, MPP for Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock.

“People’s lives are busy; working full time and raising families. They don’t always have the time to enroll in part-time courses in person to sharpen their skills or knowledge,” MPP Dave Smith said. “In our rapidly changing economy, access to these online resources will support workers in their professional development and growth,” MPP Smith added.

The 11 projects are part of the province’s Virtual Learning Strategy announced last December and support key priority areas that include creating or adapting digital content, equipping faculty and students with skills and resources to teach and learn online and identifying educational technologies to support online courses and programs. Some of the programs include:

  • Fleming College, in collaboration with other educational institutions, is creating a series of eight micro-credential courses in the field of Virtual Reality. Working with subject matter experts, industry partners and employers, this micro-credential series will prepare learners with the high-demand skills and competencies employers are looking for in the industry.
  • Trent University is creating and developing a micro-credential course in nursing leadership to help nursing students prepare for a leadership role in the healthcare environment.

Trent University will receive $916,992 for their program development and Fleming College will receive $1,100,908 for a collective total of $2,017,830. This is part of the Ontario government’s investment of more than $70 million to implement Ontario’s Virtual Learning Strategy, including $21.4 million announced in the 2021 Ontario Budget, Ontario’s Action Plan: Protecting People’s Health and Our Economy.

“These projects will build on and advance the skills and capacity of students and faculty at Trent through multi-media channels, such as virtual lab sessions, career development, and knowledge communication skills,” says Dr. Cathy Bruce, vice president of Research and Innovation at Trent. “The projects that are being led at Trent University contribute to the training of knowledgeable and highly qualified personnel that will in turn support post-pandemic economy recovery.”

“Ensuring that Ontario’s postsecondary institutions offer responsive and flexible digital courses and programs will help students build the skills and competencies they need to be competitive in today’s economy,” said Ross Romano, Minister of Colleges and Universities. “Our Virtual Learning Strategy is aimed at creating a platform that will allow all post-secondary institutions to compete in the new and necessary environment of learning from home.”

Last month, Fleming College started accepting applications for Ontario’s new accelerated training program for Personal Support Workers, this includes both Peterborough and Lindsay Fleming College campuses.

“Our historic plan to build a modern long-term care system, in which residents receive 4 hours of direct quality care per day, requires strategic investments; investments that guarantee results for the seniors that deserve it,” MPP Dave Smith said. “Years of neglect cannot be fixed overnight, but today’s announcement is another concrete series of steps in creating a system that puts care at its centre,” MPP Smith added.

“This tuition-free accelerated program is another example of how our government is working to build a 21st century long-term care system and train more people to deliver the care our seniors deserve,” said Laurie Scott, MPP for Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock.

“As many aspects of our lives and learning have transitioned to online over the past year, we have had to adapt quickly. The investment from the Ontario government will help Fleming dedicate more resources towards virtual learning to prepare for a future of hybrid delivery and provide more options for students,” said Fleming President Maureen Adamson. “Also, at a time when there’s a demand for personal support workers in our communities, Fleming is happy to contribute its expertise in health care training to offer the accelerated PSW program.”

The program is part of the Ontario government’s $115 million investment to train up to 8,200 new personal support workers; as part of the governments’ overall strategy to hire 27,000 new nurses, personal support workers and allied health professionals within the next few years.

The Accelerated PSW Training Program is a tuition-free opportunity for 6,000 new students and is expected to only take 6 months to complete, rather than the typical 8 months. After three months of coursework and experiential learning in a clinical setting, students will complete the final three months in paid onsite training in a long-term, home or community care setting.

The province is also offering tuition assistance to in-process PSW students who started the program at one of Ontario’s publicly-assisted colleges in January 2021. These students will be eligible to receive a $2,000 grant to help complete their studies, as well as a stipend to complete their clinical placement as part of their training.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
Learn more about the new virtual micro-credential programs
Learn more about how to access the PSW programs

MEDIA CONTACTS:
MPP Dave Smith Action Centre
705-742-3777
Dave.Smith@pc.ola.org

Office of MPP Laurie Scott
Kailie Cotterill
416-819-6147
kailie.cotterill@pc.ola.org

New intake for Fleming’s free Altitude Aircraft Interior program

Peterborough ON – (May 19, 2021) – For those looking to take their career to new heights, Fleming College has just the program for you. There’s a new intake for the 12-week Altitude Aircraft Interior program that provides job-readiness skills, technical training in upholstery and interior tech, and a paid work placement. Best of all, it’s being offered at no cost to students through the SkillsAdvance Ontario partnership.

The Altitude Aircraft Interior program has been specially designed to meet the needs of the airline industry and there’s a demand for qualified candidates. All training is provided by qualified and experienced instructors with the latest technology at the Peterborough Airport. The program starts with in-class lessons and progresses to hands-on training. Following that is real-world learning as participants test and hone their skills at a two-week paid work placement.

Since the program is funded by SkillsAdvance Ontario (SAO) through the Ministry of Colleges and Universities, there is no cost to participants – all training and related costs for tools and equipment are covered. SAO supports workforce development in key growth sectors and funds partnerships that connect employers with the job and training services required to recruit and advance workers.

The program is open to high school graduates, early school leavers, and unemployed or underemployed youth and adults. Employment Insurance (EI) eligible and non-EI eligible, as well as women, Indigenous peoples and newcomers to Canada are encouraged to apply.

The due date for applications is May 21 and classes begin on May 31. For more details and to join an information session, please visit the website.

Let your future take flight at Fleming!

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 more information, please contact:
Amar Shah
Communications Officer 
amar.shah@flemingcollege.ca
705.749.5530 x 1370

Peterborough
Sutherland Campus
599 Brealey Dr. Peterborough ON K9J 7B1
Ph: (705) 749-5530
Lindsay
Frost Campus
200 Albert St. S., Box 8000 Lindsay ON K9V 5E6
Ph: (705) 324-9144
Haliburton
Haliburton Campus
P.O. Box 839 Haliburton ON K0M 1S0
Ph: (705) 457-1680


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

A Fleming collaboration brings Peterborough Museum exhibit into your home

Exhibit at the Peterborough Museum & Archives by Fleming students

Peterborough ON – May 18, 2021

Today is International Museum Day and to mark the occasion, we would like to share a special Fleming success story. The past year certainly has been like no other. Students and instructors have had to continually adapt to the changing times and that includes sharing stories of the past using technology of the present and future.

With the Peterborough Museum & Archives (PMA) closed to the public during the pandemic lockdowns, this year’s exhibit by Fleming students titled It’s Not All Black and White: A journey through our colourful collection has so far gone largely unnoticed. While people cannot go to the physical exhibit, a Fleming collaboration is bringing the exhibit to the audience. Check it out here.

Fleming’s graduate certificate Museum Management & Curatorship (MMC) program is an intensive, fast-paced immersive experience that provides applied training for careers in the museum, gallery and heritage fields. Museum managers and curators don’t simply preserve the relics, memorabilia and stories of the past, they animate and interpret them to bring history to life for people of all ages.

At the heart of the MMC program is its long-standing partnership with the PMA where about 75 per cent of the classes are held. Each year, students in the program develop a temporary exhibit for the museum’s 1000-sq. ft. gallery. This major applied project, which pulls together lessons and practical experience from all courses, is the culmination of two semesters of study prior to a final semester internship in the field.

Despite the extra challenges posed this year, the learning continued. In addition to online lessons, on-site classes were delivered in an adjacent portable at the PMA to continue the work-integrated learning experience. Students covered all aspects of the project from start to finish, including script, media, research, 3D design, graphic design, experiential components, installation and the final exhibition.

“We are indebted as always to the wonderful team at the Peterborough Museum and Archives who work with our students all year to see their projects to completion. Even in a year as difficult as this one, we have all managed to work together to see it through,” said MMC program coordinator Amy Barron.

Since the PMA has remained closed during the provincial lockdowns, a creative idea was needed to ensure the hard work of MMC students could be viewed and appreciated. That’s where a collaboration with Fleming’s Computer Security and Investigations program was crucial in bringing the exhibit to an online audience.

“This is an excellent example of the resilience, perseverance and commitment of our faculty, and a shining example of what our learners are capable of when led by such a phenomenal team,” said Angela Pind, Acting Dean, Haliburton School of Art + Design.

The physical exhibit at the Peterborough Museum & Archives is available until September 12. You can also walk through the It’s Not All Black and White: A journey through our colourful collection exhibit virtually.

Fleming students win top awards in the province at Skills Ontario Competition

Fleming College Culinary Management student Liam Collin


Peterborough ON – (May 14, 2021) – Fleming student Liam Collin in the Culinary Management program has won the gold medal in the Skills Ontario Competition. He will now represent Fleming and Ontario in culinary arts at the Skills Canada National Competition.

All Fleming students who participated in this year’s event placed in the top three in the province. The other Fleming medalists are:

  • Liliane Michaud won silver in culinary arts
  • Bailey Wodzack won silver in carpentry
  • Nicholas Stock won bronze in welding
  • Devin Cartmell-Martin won bronze in metal fabrication-fitter

The mission of Skills Ontario is to champion and stimulate the development of world-class technological and employability skills in Ontario youth. The Skills Ontario Competition is an annual event for top students in the province to match their skills against others and compete for prizes. During their presentation, participants demonstrate the skills learned in their programs to impress the judges, educators, family and friends, and even prospective employers.

In addition to an opportunity to have fun and grow the professional network, the event showcases high-achieving students from colleges across Ontario and the winners then meet the best from each province and territory at the national stage. Fleming has a list of students who have performed well in previous years, and many Ontario medalists have gone on to join international events, television shows and competitions, senior management positions in various organizations across Canada, and become business owners and instructors.

Due to the pandemic restrictions and safety protocols, teachers and students had to continually adapt over the past year. Classes were transitioned to online, schedules were rearranged, and labs were outfitted with computer stations for video streaming. Overcoming all that shows Fleming students are ready to tackle any challenge in the future. Congratulations to all the winners and participants of this year’s Skill Ontario Competition.

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 more information, please contact:
Amar Shah
Communications Officer 
amar.shah@flemingcollege.ca
705.749.5530 x 1370

Peterborough
Sutherland Campus
599 Brealey Dr. Peterborough ON K9J 7B1
Ph: (705) 749-5530
Lindsay
Frost Campus
200 Albert St. S., Box 8000 Lindsay ON K9V 5E6
Ph: (705) 324-9144
Haliburton
Haliburton Campus
P.O. Box 839 Haliburton ON K0M 1S0
Ph: (705) 457-1680


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

Fleming Practical Nursing student on the board of Registered Practical Nurses Association of Ontario

Fleming Practical Nursing student and WeRPN board member Amanda Prosser

Peterborough ON – May 10, 2021

This is National Nursing Week in Canada and a time to celebrate the nurses in our communities. The work they do is life-changing and life-saving. Their tremendous courage and commitment have been brought to light during the course of this pandemic.

Amanda Prosser started the Practical Nursing program at Fleming in January 2020 and just completed her third semester. Prosser enrolled in nursing because it combines two things she values highly: helping others and life-long learning. She’s excited to be pursuing a career that will be both challenging and rewarding. In the short time since beginning her nursing journey, she has already experienced both.

Prosser is currently the student representative with the Registered Practical Nurses Association of Ontario (WeRPN) Board of Directors. She applied to the position last fall with a recommendation from the program coordinator, and following an interview with the WeRPN selection panel, she was appointed to a one-year term in October.

“As a professional association, it’s important for us to have the voice and perspective of PN students at the table,” said WeRPN CEO Dianne Martin. “Student representatives like Amanda offer great insight about the challenges and opportunities facing future nurses and help us ensure we’re continually responsive to the needs of nurses now and into the future. We’re thrilled to have Amanda as a part of our team.”

Below is a conversation with Prosser about representing nursing students from across the province and how Fleming has prepared her for this important role.

What do you hope to accomplish as the student representative with the WeRPN Board?

I am committed to advocating for Practical Nursing students across Ontario and making sure that the issues we are facing are brought to the table.

I feel very lucky to be part of a professional association like WeRPN that unifies Registered Practical Nurses (RPNs) and gives them a strong voice. I would love to see all of our Practical Nursing (PN) students register as student members of the organization and take advantage of the amazing services that they have to offer. I also want them to know that their questions and their stories matter, and they should reach out to me any time.

How has Fleming prepared you for this role?

Connecting with classmates at Fleming and other Ontario PN students will continue to be essential for me in this role. My experience as a student is only one perspective, and I really do rely on the experiences of my fellow students, so I can gain further insights about various issues they may be facing.

Why did you choose Fleming?

I chose Fleming for a few reasons. I had heard positive things about the PN program from peers, Peterborough is my hometown, and I was happy to be able to stay here while studying. I’m already a two-time grad of Fleming College – Paralegal in 2003 and Educational Assistant in 2009 – and had positive experiences in my previous programs.

How has your experience been in the program and at Fleming overall?

I started the Practical Nursing program in Jan. 2020, so I’ve been living through the transition to online learning just like many other students across Ontario. I’ve been impressed by my faculty’s commitment to ensuring that we receive the same quality of education as if we had been attending physical classes.

A highlight in the program so far has been the clinical placements that have allowed me the opportunity to apply what we are learning to real-world situations. My placements so far have included time on the stroke rehabilitation and telemetry units at the Peterborough Regional Health Centre. I’m so grateful for how hard teachers and staff have worked to ensure that we still get that hands-on experience despite the challenges of the pandemic.

For more information about Fleming’s Practical Nursing and other programs in the School of Health and Wellness, visit the website.

Fleming and Seneca partner to expand diploma to degree pathways

Peterborough ON – (May 6, 2021) – Fleming College is strengthening collaborations within the Ontario college sector by expanding its partnership with Seneca. The two institutions have signed a five-year comprehensive agreement to provide Fleming graduates more than 80 pathway options to 12 honours bachelor degree programs at Seneca.

Diploma and advanced diploma graduates from Fleming can continue their education at Seneca in business, child development, marketing, mental health, crime analysis, therapeutic recreation, data sciences and interdisciplinary studies.

Students pursuing Seneca degrees benefit from programs connected to industry and include work-integrated learning opportunities that prepare graduates to excel in their fields. This includes frontline experience in areas of local need such as childhood development and mental health.

“The omnibus agreement provides an opportunity for nearly all of our students to stretch their Fleming diploma further and enhance the value of their credentials even more,” said Maureen Adamson, Fleming College President. “The new pathways significantly build on our already strong partnership with Seneca, and lay the foundation for further collaboration.”

The goals of the newly-established agreement, which went into effect March 1, 2021, are to create opportunities that recognize the value a student’s previous education and provide seamless, accessible and innovative options to further their postsecondary education.

“We are delighted to further our partnership with Fleming and add these new academic pathways within the Ontario college system,” said Seneca President David Agnew. “Fleming graduates who build on their credentials at Seneca will find flexible program delivery and practical learning experiences that will give them the skills and experience to contribute to Canada’s post-pandemic recovery.”

For more information, please visit the Fleming-Seneca pathways page.

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. flemingcollege.ca.

About Seneca
Seneca is taking on the great challenges of our time – rebuilding the economy, equity and sustainability – while navigating through the pandemic safely. We’re delivering great polytechnic education that combines rigorous academics with practical training. From health care to technology, business to creative arts, community services to arts and sciences, we help students get ready to make their mark in the world. We’re #Senecaproud of our expert faculty, excellent staff and outstanding facilities. We have deep connections with industry and offer thousands of co-op and work placements to get our graduates job-ready. Full-time or part-time, in-person or online, students choose the option that suits them. Learn more: senecacollege.ca. 

For more information, please contact:
Fleming College
Amar Shah
Communications Officer 
amar.shah@flemingcollege.ca
705.749.5530 x 1370

Seneca
Samantha Marren
Media and External Relations Specialist
media.relations@senecacollege.ca
416.491.5050 ext.  28424