Fleming College receives multi-million dollar contract to deliver prototype project for Employment Services in the Muskoka-Kawarthas region

Peterborough ON – (February 14, 2020) – Fleming College has strengthened its commitment to creating prosperity and transforming communities through a new Employment Services Contract recently awarded by the provincial government.

The college will operate one of three Employment Services prototype regions, transforming the province’s programs and services. Fleming College will act as Service System Manager for the region of Muskoka-Kawarthas, responsible for a vast eastern and central Ontario area reaching from Lake Ontario in the south, through Peterborough and the Kawarthas, across to the Muskoka region.

The provincial government’s prototype project includes three test regions: Muskoka-Kawarthas, Peel and Hamilton-Niagara. Fleming College is proud to be selected to participate in this prototype. The program will find innovative and efficient approaches to Employment Services, connecting job seekers with sustainable employment.

The government’s goal is to find innovative and efficient approaches to Employment Services to better connect all job seekers, including those receiving social assistance, people with disabilities, Indigenous Peoples, Francophones and those with unique needs, with sustainable employment opportunities. The province wants locally responsive, community-based, outcomes-focused, and client-centered services for individuals and businesses.

“Fleming College is a trusted public asset delivering education, skills training and employment service programs that respond to the needs of students, job seekers and employers,” said Fleming College President Maureen Adamson. “We are very eager to work alongside our partners in the region and the provincial government to meet its goals and connect more adults with good quality jobs.”

This project directly aligns with the College’s new strategic plan that is focused on providing learners with skills aligned with labour market needs to ensure broader and sustainable employment in our communities.

Through its two current employment services locations, Fleming College has served over 23,000 job seekers since 2010, achieving extensive community and employer engagement within the catchment areas. The College contributes $500M annually to the communities it serves, supporting economic and social innovation in the region.

Fleming is uniquely positioned to serve this large and primarily rural region with campuses in Peterborough, Lindsay, Cobourg and Haliburton and a 50-year history of serving these communities.

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 75,000 alumni.

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Media, for more information please contact:

Sara O’Halloran
Communications Officer
sara.ohalloran@flemingcollege.ca
705.749.5530 x 1366


Frequently Asked Questions:

What is the Employment Ontario, Service System Manager prototype?

The Service System Manager prototype is a transformation of employment services intended to help employers find the right workers with the right skills, help clients find and sustain good jobs, and help clients get the services they need when need them. Three regions in the province have been chosen as prototype areas.

Fleming College, a publically funded institution, has been chosen as the Service System Manager to work with service delivery partners including Employment Ontario, Ontario Works, and Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) Service Providers.

What is the immediate impact of this announcement?

It is business as usual for job seekers and service providers. Over the next six months, Fleming College and partners will be in the first phase of the prototype which includes planning, stakeholder meetings and collaboration.

What geographic area is impacted?

Fleming College’s region encompasses the Muskoka-Kawarthas as detailed in the map below.

What does this mean for Fleming College?

As an Employment Ontario Service System Manager, Fleming College will expand its employment service operations, creating more than 10 new jobs.

Why did Fleming College win the contract to deliver this prototype for the provincial government?

Fleming is a trusted public asset delivering education, skills training and employment services programs to respond to the needs of many tens of thousands of students. In any given year, about 3,000 job seekers came to Fleming from places other than high school, bridging the skills gap and connecting more adults with good quality jobs. Since the launch of Employment Ontario in 2010, Fleming has provided service to more than 23,000 job seekers, 5,000 of whom received individualized support. 

Fleming College has demonstrated our understanding of local labour market needs and our ability to mobilize local communities to serve those needs. We have demonstrated our capacity to manage public funds in a way that addresses the priorities of the government, in this case, a focus on individuals finding and retaining jobs.

Fleming College is the only college to be included in this prototype.

Fleming College’s Frost Campus celebrates diversity and inclusion with ceremonial raising of the Pride Flag

City of Kawartha Lakes ON (February 7, 2020) – Fleming College’s Frost Campus will celebrate Pride Week with an inaugural raising of the Pride Flag on Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 9 a.m. Members of the community and media are invited to join Fleming President Maureen Adamson, members of Fleming’s Frost Student Association, staff and students as they raise the Pride Flag, celebrating diversity and inclusion on campus.

Students and staff will gather at the front entrance of the Frost Campus, with words of welcome by President Adamson beginning at 9 a.m.

Frost Campus will host its Pride Week from February 10 – 14, 2020. Pride Week will reinforce Fleming’s commitment to being a welcoming place for all, while hosting a number of events and educational sessions in support of the LGBTQ+ students and staff. Other Pride Week festivities occurring throughout the week will include:

Monday, Feb. 10

  • 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Pronoun button-making / education booth in the main lobby

Tuesday, Feb. 11

  • 9 a.m. Rainbow Flag raising outside near the main door, all welcome
  • 8 to 11 p.m. “Dirty Bingo” in the Auk’s Lodge hosted Alicia Fisher of “Inspire Intimacy”

Wednesday, Feb. 12

  • 7 to 10 p.m. “Are You Proud?” LGBTQ+ Documentary night in Lecture Hall 250

Thursday, Feb. 13

  • 8 to 11 p.m. Drag Show “Kings, Queens, and In Betweens”

Friday, Feb. 14

  • 12 to 4 p.m. Afternoon Karaoke/Valentine craft time in the Auk’s Lodge

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 75,000 alumni.

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Media, for more information please contact:

Sara O’Halloran

Communications Officer 

sara.ohalloran@flemingcollege.ca 705.749.5530 x 1366

Coronavirus Update – January 29

Peterborough ON – (January 29, 2020) We continue to keep the health and safety of our Fleming community top of mind, and appreciate the ongoing diligent efforts to enhance hygiene practices across our campuses.

Working closely with Peterborough Public Health and public authorities, the College is closely monitoring the situation’s potential impact and will continue to provide regular updates to the college community. Today, the Peterborough Regional Health Centre stated:

“While the risk remains low, local healthcare partners, including Peterborough Regional Health Centre, have infection prevention and control measures in place to protect the community in the event should there be a confirmed local case of the novel coronavirus.”

Yesterday, Fleming College participated in a Ministry of Colleges and Universities teleconference hosted by Deputy Minister, Laurie LeBlanc. Invited to the meeting was Dr. David Williams, Chief Medical Officer of Health for Ontario, who provided a verbal update on the emerging issue of the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV). Dr. Williams confirmed that while our region’s risk remains low, we are encouraged to take necessary precautions and stay informed with the information that comes through the Ministry of Health, Public Health Ontario and the Peterborough Public Health Unit.

Over the last few days, and continuing throughout the week, you will notice an increase in number of hygiene stations at all college entrances and common areas on campus. We will also launch awareness campaigns to encourage our community to keep hygiene a priority. Fleming College has also enhanced cleaning protocols across all campus locations.

All classes and campus operations will continue as scheduled, and at this time, there continue to be no presumptive cases of the virus at Fleming College. We will continue to provide updates here: flemingcollege.ca/coronavirus.

For more information, please visit the below resources:

Ontario Ministry of Health Statement

Public Health Agency of Canada

Canada Travel Advisory

Coronavirus Update – January 27

Peterborough ON – (January 27, 2020) – Fleming College is aware of the Coronavirus outbreak in China, and the health and safety of our entire Fleming community is of utmost importance. As of January 27, Ontario Health officials have confirmed one case of Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), and one presumptive case in Toronto, and while the situation is rapidly evolving, Public Health Ontario, along with the Ministry of Health is closely monitoring the outbreak.

At Fleming, we have established a core team who are meeting regularly and working diligently with Peterborough Public Health and public health authorities to keep our community informed and up to date.

At this point in time, all classes and campus operations will continue as scheduled.

If you have questions about this virus, we encourage you to visit the Ministry of Health website for more information and updates.

About the Coronavirus

Coronaviruses typically affect the upper respiratory tract and can cause the common cold and pneumonia. In some cases, the virus can cause more severe symptoms. More information on the new coronavirus and its symptoms are available from the Government of Canada.

What to do if you feel sick

As during any flu season, if you feel sick, follow the usual best practices:

  • Stay home
  • Avoid close contact with others
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, and then throw the tissue away and wash your hands, or cough/sneeze into your elbow
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water
  • If your symptoms escalate, contact your healthcare provider or visit the on-campus Health Services at Frost or Sutherland Campus. For Haliburton and Cobourg campuses, community health services are available, including:
    • Haliburton:
    • Haliburton Highlands Health Services
      7199 Gelert Rd
      Phone: 705-457-1392
    • Cobourg:
    • Northumberland Hills Hospital (Cobourg)
      1000 Deplama Drive
      Phone: 905-372-6811
    • Cobourg Health Centre
      316 King St. East, Suite 203
      Phone: 905-373-1280

Prevention

There are steps you can take to prevent the spread of viruses:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water
  • Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid sharing personal items
  • Clean hard surfaces in shared spaces with disinfectant
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

For more information, please visit the below resources:

Education Pathways Fair to take place at Sutherland, Frost campuses

Peterborough ON – (January 21, 2020) – Students and alumni of Fleming College have the opportunity to learn about pursing further education at this year’s Education Pathways Fair.

The event, which is open to the public, allows students and graduates to discover education pathways both within Fleming as well as with the College’s many Ontario, Canadian and international partners. The fair provides students, alumni and staff a face-to-face opportunity to ask questions about programs, scholarships and bursaries, and on-campus support.

More than 30 colleges and universities will be on site this year to provide information about how to use a Fleming certificate or diploma to earn a degree.

The fair will take place at both Frost and Sutherland campuses on January 28 and 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. respectively:

Frost Campus

Tuesday, Jan. 28, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Discovery Trail

Sutherland Campus

Wednesday, Jan. 29, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Kawartha Trades & Technology Centre/Steele Centre

For more information about Education Pathways, please contact pathways@flemingcollege.ca

Please see below for a full list of exhibitors:

  • Acadia University, Nova Scotia (Sutherland and Frost)
  • Algoma University (Sutherland and Frost)
  • Athabasca University, Alberta (Sutherland and Frost)
  • Brock University (Sutherland)
  • Cape Breton University, Nova Scotia (Frost)
  • Carleton University (Sutherland)
  • Centennial College (Sutherland)
  • Conestoga College (Sutherland)
  • Durham College (Sutherland)
  • Georgian College (Sutherland)
  • Humber College (Sutherland)
  • Institute of Technology, Carlow, Ireland (Sutherland)
  • Institute of Technology, Sligo, Ireland (Sutherland)
  • Institute of Technology, Tralee, Ireland (Sutherland)
  • KOM Consultants (Sutherland)
  • Lakehead University (Sutherland and Frost)
  • Laurentian University (Sutherland and Frost)
  • Limerick Institute of Technology, Ireland (Sutherland)
  • Nipissing University (Sutherland)
  • Ontario Tech University (Sutherland)
  • ONTransfer.ca (Sutherland)
  • Queen’s University (Sutherland and Frost)
  • Royal Roads University, British Columbia (Sutherland and Frost)
  • Seneca College (Sutherland)
  • Sheridan College (Sutherland)
  • Trent University (Sutherland and Frost)
  • University of Guelph (Sutherland and Frost)
  • University of Guelph-Humber (Sutherland)
  • University of New Brunswick (Frost)
  • University of Waterloo (Sutherland and Frost)
  • University of Windsor (Sutherland)
  • Western University (Sutherland)
  • Wilfrid Laurier University (Sutherland and Frost)
  • York University (Sutherland and Frost)
  • Fleming College post graduate and dual diploma options (Sutherland and Frost)

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 75,000 alumni.

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Media, for more information please contact:

Sara O’Halloran

Communications Officer 

sara.ohalloran@flemingcollege.ca

705.749.5530 x 1366

Fleming’s Culinary Management students compete for sweet recognition in Central Smith’s Recipe Development Challenge

Peterborough ON – (January 20, 2020) – Fourth-semester students in Fleming’s Culinary Management program will compete in a Recipe Development Challenge to create unique and interesting ice cream or sorbet recipes for Central Smith Creamery.  

The local collaboration will provide students with hands-on experience, bringing creative and innovative ideas to life. The challenge will showcase how Central Smith’s premium products can be transformed into profitable menu items that meet the demands of customers in the food service industry. The five most original recipes will be featured on Central Smith’s blog and social media channels. 

The Challenge will occur on Monday, Jan 27 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Fleming’s Sutherland Campus, 599 Brealey Dr., Peterborough, room A3145. Students will have three hours to develop their ice cream or sorbet flavour and prepare to present to the judging panel. Judging will begin at 12 p.m. with the top five winning recipes announced at 1:45 p.m.

Media are invited to attend for a unique photo opportunity, and to learn more about the collaboration between the College and Central Smith Creamery. The competition will be an intensive yet fun event, as ice cream is typically challenging to work with. The Challenge agenda is below:

9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Recipe Production

12 – 1 p.m.  Judging panel

1:45 p.m. Top five recipes will be announced.

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 75,000 alumni.

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Media, for more information please contact:

Sara O’Halloran

Communications Officer 

sara.ohalloran@flemingcollege.ca

705.749.5530 x 1366

Fleming College offering two free pre-apprenticeship programs

Peterborough ON – (January 17, 2020) – Fleming College is partnering with Community Employment Resource Partnership to offer two free programs at the Sutherland Campus – Pre-apprenticeship Carpenter and Pre-apprenticeship Electrician.

Both programs are full-time, Monday to Friday, 30 hours per week. They start with in-class academic studies, job readiness, and secondary trade training for eight weeks. Students then progress to primary training for 12 weeks before concluding the program with a paid work placement.

These two programs are offered completely free to successful candidates, including tuition, books, safety equipment and trade specific tool kits.

The Pre-apprenticeship Carpenter program will start March 15, 2020 while the Pre-apprenticeship Electrician program will start March 30, 2020.

All interested individuals are required to register for and attend a mandatory information session and you must register to attend. Attendees are asked to bring a copy of a current resume, a cover letter outlining the individual’s interest in the program, and a copy of a high school, college or university transcript.

Online registration will be available for the Pre-apprenticeship Carpenter program through the website at flemingcollege.ca/cae-info from January 20 – 26, 2020.

Online registration for the Pre-apprenticeship Electrician program will be available through our website at flemingcollege.ca/pae-info from February 17 – 23, 2020.

Seats for the sessions fill up quickly. Register early to avoid disappointment.

Pre-apprenticeship Carpenter Information Session

Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, 6 p.m.

Kawartha Trades & Technology Centre

Sutherland Campus

599 Brealey Dr., Peterborough

Register online between January 20 – 26, 2020 at flemingcollege.ca/cae-info.

Pre-apprenticeship Electrician Information Session

Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020, 6 p.m.

Kawartha Trades & Technology Centre

Sutherland Campus

599 Brealey Dr., Peterborough

Register online between February 17 – 23, 2020 at flemingcollege.ca/pae-info

This Employment Ontario project is funded by the Ontario Government/ Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.

For more information, please contact Jan Watson at jan.watson@flemingcollege.ca or 705-749-5530 ext. 1642.

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 75,000 alumni.

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Media, for more information please contact:

Sara O’Halloran

Communications Officer 

sara.ohalloran@flemingcollege.ca

705.749.5530 x 1366

Fleming Knights Basketball Program to Host Youth 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament

Fleming Knights men’s basketball to host the second Annual Knights Winter Classic, a fundraiser for the varsity basketball program, held at the Peterborough Sport & Wellness Centre.

Peterborough, ON (January 2, 2020) – Geared towards youth in grades 3 to 10, the second Annual Knights Winter Classic basketball tournament will run on March 7 starting with 9 a.m. sign-in at the Peterborough Sport & Wellness Centre. This tournament is open for both male and female youth and teens.

The tournament will have a recreational and a competitive division separated into age categories and run by the Fleming Knights men’s basketball team and coaching staff.

The divisions will be divided into grades 3 – 4 open, and then boys division and girls division for grades 5 – 6, 7 – 8 and 9 – 10.

To register for the 2020 Knights Winter Classic, visit the front desk at the Peterborough Sport & Wellness Centre, or online at http://flemingknights.ca/community/knights-winter-classic/.

The tournament will also include a three-point competition, skills competition, raffle for Fleming Knights merchandise, and prizes for winning teams in each division.

“With this being our second annual Winter Classic Tournament, we found it important to reach out to our local communities to host this special event. Players and families can enjoy a day of exciting basketball while being able to support their local varsity basketball program,” said Josh Williams, Fleming Knights Basketball Coach.

For additional details, email sportsinfo@flemingcollege.ca.  

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Media, for more information please contact:                 

Jonathan Taylor

Sports Information & Special Events Coordinator

705-742-0050 x2215

jonathan.taylor@flemingcollege.ca

flemingknights.ca

Provincial Government will invest $1.5M over two years in support of Fleming College partnership project in local aerospace sector

Peterborough ON – (December 6, 2019) – Investing in Peterborough Region’s aviation and aerospace sector was the driving force behind the Provincial Government’s funding announcement at The Loomex Group on Dec. 6, 2019. Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development, and Dave Smith, Member of Provincial Parliament for Peterborough – Kawartha announced that the province will invest $1.5 million over two years in the Peterborough area’s aviation and aerospace sector, creating up to 100 local training and career opportunities.

“The Provincial Government has created jobs and unlocked potential in the aviation and aerospace sector, which will have a profound impact on Peterborough and surrounding region,” said Fleming College President Maureen Adamson. “Fleming College is very proud to be part of this announcement and work alongside industry partners to train local talent, and provide the skills industry needs to put jobs first.”

Fleming College will work with local partners such as Flying Colours Corp., Safran Electronics and Defence Canada, The Loomex Group and Team Eagle Ltd to create curriculum to provide individuals with employable skills and technical training focused on the aviation industry.

“Local aerospace companies are seeing incredible growth opportunities, what is needed now is trained skilled trades which is where Fleming College comes in,” said Trent Gervais, President and CEO of The Loomex Group.

“Governments and employers need colleges to provide them with graduates who have the knowledge and skills they need to increase productivity and contribute to innovation in Canada,” continued President Adamson. “Fleming College stands ready to meet this need and with this funding, will actively open doors for more Ontarians to succeed in the labour market and support workforce development within the aviation industry.”  

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 75,000 alumni.

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Media, for more information please contact:

Sara O’Halloran

Communications Officer 

sara.ohalloran@flemingcollege.ca

705.749.5530 x 1366