A Welcoming Place for All | Anti-Racism message by Fleming College President Maureen Adamson

In a lifetime, there are only a few moments where we believe things will be different forever.  I believe this is one of those moments. And while it is not possible for me to live the experiences of a Black, Indigenous or other racialized person, it is my sincere hope is that something is different now.

That it took a tragic event like the death of George Floyd to give momentum to a movement that is now creating immediate global action against racism is appalling. However, there are now more signs than ever that some changes are finally coming.

Anti-Black racism has been scourge on our society for far too long. The idea that it is somehow less a problem in Canada than elsewhere is a grossly false comfort that only perpetuates systemic, embedded bias against all racialized people in our country.

If there is any solace at all in recent violent acts against Black and Indigenous peoples in the US and Canada, it is that real action and real solutions are emerging. Legislative efforts to reform law enforcement have begun in several jurisdictions and a broad urgency to question our thinking about systemic racism is more prevalent than ever, with the momentum showing no signs of waning.

As educators, we have a higher burden to listen, to understand, to share that understanding, to question the status quo, and to then take action. At Fleming, we have resources and supports with many exceptional people on our Diversity and Indigenous support teams who are very eager and exceptionally capable to help affect change. They can’t do it until the rest of us take action and step forward and voice our support, ask for help, or offer to serve.  

Some progress has been made in recent years because of the tireless work of some, but I am encouraged now that the some is becoming the majority and that something is different, now and forever. We all have an opportunity and an obligation to leverage this moment and make this moment an era. Let us always hold on to our values that are fundamental to our strategic plan; to be a welcoming place for all.

Fleming Safe and the college’s response to yesterday’s provincial announcement

Peterborough ON – (June 11, 2020)
This message is sent on behalf of Linda Poirier, Vice President, Academic Experience 

We were very pleased to hear yesterday’s news from Minister Ross Romano that Ontario’s colleges and universities can begin to re-open their campuses for a small number of in-person programs this summer. These selected programs are specifically for those students who were “stranded”, meaning that due to the COVID-19 interruption, they were unable to complete outstanding practical requirements that would have been regularly scheduled at the college and therefore, prevented them from graduating.

At Fleming, we are currently determining when we can schedule selected short-term boot camps to enable stranded students to complete their studies from the Winter and Spring semesters. We are developing plans to run a small number of programs related to essential services during the summer. In the coming weeks, impacted students will receive further communication directly from their schools regarding start dates and timetables.

As per the Minister’s announcement, the focus of this limited selection of pilot programs is directed toward students in essential front-line health service areas and high labour market demand training programs in engineering, trades and other critical professions. While this announcement is good news and a small step toward re-opening our campuses, it is important to note that it does not mean a full-scale return to campus on July 2 for students or employees. Employees will continue to work remotely until further notice.

This gradual approach to re-opening re-affirms our Fleming Safe plan to have all Fall semester programs begin in alternate or online delivery with a transition to on-campus classes when public health authorities deem it to be safe to do so. The summer boot camps will also allow us to test several of the new safety measures and protocols we will be implementing upon the return to campus.

Our top priority remains the health and safety of the Fleming community. I would like to thank everyone for your patience and support. We will continue to share more information as it comes available.

Thank you.

Fleming College distributes $415,000 to students during COVID-19 pandemic

Peterborough ON – (May 14, 2020) To assist with the financial burden caused by the COVID-19 outbreak, Fleming College’s Student Emergency Fund provided $415,000 in financial aid support to 1,200 domestic and international students.

The fund was set up to support a variety of student needs during this critical time, including access to equipment for online learning and alternative delivery format, transportation, food and rent. Funding sources have been a combination of private contributions and government funds.  

“We are grateful to our generous donors for their continued support of student success, as well as provincial emergency funding which allowed the College to offer significant financial support to many of our students,” said Fleming College President Maureen Adamson.

The College issued cheques to students on May 1, 2020 and have received an outpouring of emails from students expressing gratitude and appreciation for the financial support.

“When the COVID-19 crisis shut down occurred, it was very stressful and hard to see the light at the end of all my hard work with this new hurdle in the road,” said Lisa McGlade, Business Administration – Accounting student. “I am very grateful for Fleming College’s financial support which has allowed me to focus on finishing my studies successfully.”

Financial need is urgent and ongoing. Fleming College will continue to fundraise in hopes to meet the increasing need of their students. There is a growing concern of how this pandemic will impact students beginning or resuming their studies in the spring and fall semesters, it’s anticipated that more funding will be required.

To learn more about the College’s response to COVID-19, please click here. The College and the community are coming together to stop the spread of this pandemic, and will come through this stronger than ever.

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

Fleming College offering four free online courses

Peterborough ON – (May 12, 2020) Fleming College will offer four free online courses for members of the community during the COVID-19 outbreak. The courses address current issues, and prepare students to pursue full certificate programs in the future.

Each course provides introductions to programs offered at Fleming, and participants who take the courses can pursue further studies once the COVID-19 disruption has ended. The four free online programs include:

  • Introduction to Children’s Mental Health (CMH) – class capacity reached, registration closed. Related program: Continuing Education’s Children’s Mental Health Certificate.
  • Topics in Emergency Management and Business Continuity – introduction course will give participants knowledge and skills to promote resilience and recovery in people, communities and businesses during many types of emergencies. Related program: Full-time graduate certificate in Emergency Management and Business Continuity, coming January 2021.
  • Respect, Reconciliation & Relationships – introduction course to the study of Indigenous (First Nations, Metis and Inuit) Peoples in Canada. This course is the equivalent of a one-semester course that can be counted towards the Indigenous Perspectives Designation offered at Fleming College. Related program: Continuing Education’s Restorative Practices and Alternative Dispute Resolution Graduate Certificate.
  • Career and Employment Success Strategies – participants will identify the skills needed to reach desired career goals, and address concerns about preparing for job searches after the COVID-19 disruption. The course teaches job search techniques, self-marketing and tips to interview with confidence.

“Fleming’s vision is creating prosperity and transforming communities through education and innovation, and at this time of uncertainty, we have an opportunity to offer specific skills training to those that need it in our community,” said Maureen Adamson, Fleming College President. “We hope that by offering free online courses we are contributing to innovation that will make our community stronger.”

Each course will begin May 19 and run until July 7, 2020. Participants can expect to spend 2 -3 hours a week on course work. For more information and to register, please click here.

To learn more about the College’s response to COVID-19, please click here. The College and the community are coming together to stop the spread of this pandemic, and will come through this stronger than ever.

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

Fleming College to Start Fall Term Online and Transition to Face-to-Face Classes | Fleming Safe Plan Balances Safety and Learning

Peterborough ON – (May 11, 2020) – Fleming College will begin the Fall semester using online and alternative delivery on Sept. 8.  The College’s Fleming Safe plan will ensure that students can complete the learning outcomes required in their programs while maintaining the highest possible safety standards in compliance with all government and public health directives. 

“Our Fall semester will be delivered through alternate models as we prepare for multiple scenarios for our campuses and classrooms to create the utmost in safe learning environments,” said Maureen Adamson, President, Fleming College. “We will follow guidelines from public health and the province, and our delivery decisions will be focused on the health and safety of everyone in our community.”

“The plan allows flexibility to react to the loosening of health and safety restrictions by being ready to begin face-to-face, applied learning responsibly and appropriately. We do not anticipate that all health and safety restrictions will be lifted all at once – we are ready to respond swiftly to advance student success effectively given the circumstances that will present themselves,” continued Adamson.

Fleming will work with community partners to re-establish field placements, field trips, clinical placements and other applied learning opportunities aligned with health and safety directives.

At the outset of COVID-19, the College established task teams to develop the response to the pandemic. Teams assigned to academic programming and facilities protocols are now assembling detailed plans for the return to classes in September. Alongside planning for the return to class and access to campus facilities this fall, the college is also assessing how students will safely access residence, food services and athletics. Decisions addressing these broader college services and programs will be shared in the near future.

“I want to thank our students for their patience. We are taking these steps to provide as much certainty as we can for students and their families at this point in time. In keeping with our guiding principle of ‘safety first’, we are dedicated to moving forward and mitigating any risk of recurrence. I also want to thank our Fleming employees for their incredible resilience and dedication to our students and our communities,” added Adamson.

To learn more about the College’s response to COVID-19, please click here.

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

Fleming College opens residence buildings to frontline healthcare professionals amid COVID-19 pandemic

Peterborough ON – (May 1, 2020) Fleming College has opened its residence buildings to offer temporary housing options for frontline healthcare professionals during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Fleming College is proud to support our community in our collaborative COVID-19 efforts,” said Fleming College President Maureen Adamson. “We must do our part for those fighting on the frontlines to keep us and our loved ones safe and healthy.”

Fleming College has opened its residence buildings at Sutherland Campus for healthcare professionals, and is preparing its Frost Campus residence for Ross Memorial Hospital employees. The College has signed partnerships with Peterborough Regional Health Centre, OMNI Health Care Long Term Care, Peterborough County Paramedics, St. Joseph’s at Fleming and Ross Memorial Hospital.

Fleming’s ongoing efforts to support the community during the pandemic have included use of the 3D printer at the Makerspace to create face shield parts for facemasks, establishing a Student Help Line to offer additional support for students, the creation of a COVID-19 Student Emergency Fund for students, and the launch of a music video, #TogetherAtHome featuring Blue Rodeo’s Greg Keelor and local artists in support of the emergency fund.

For more information about Fleming College’s efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit https://flemingcollege.ca/covid19

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

Fleming College adapts to online delivery, offering five modified programs beginning May 19, 2020

Peterborough ON – (April 30, 2020) Fleming College has transitioned most academic programs and student services online in an effort to slow the transmission of COVID-19. Beginning the week of May 19, 2020, the College will offer five modified programs in the new online format. Each program has been adapted to meet all learning outcomes and will be available online, in virtual and alternative delivery formats.

The five programs include:

  • Mental Health and Addiction Worker, diploma program that produces graduates that work in a variety of settings that support clients, families, groups and communities affected by substance use and mental health issues.
  • Practical Nursing, diploma program where students will learn the concepts and skills related to health and nursing, as well as nursing practices and interventions in specific health situations. After successfully completing this program, graduates are eligible to write the national examinations with the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) and become registered to practice in Ontario as a Registered Practical Nurse.
  • Project Management, graduate certificate that provides graduates with the skills and knowledge to efficiently manage all aspects of a project to achieve organizational goals in a competitive global environment.
  • Social Service Worker, diploma program that produces graduates who build and maintain relationships with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities to provide direct services and/or a bridging to resources that improve the quality of life.
  • Supply Chain Management – Global Logistics, graduate certificate that will provide diverse skills to successfully oversee, synchronize and manage every step in the process as goods flow from raw material suppliers to the final customer.

Faculty and staff have worked diligently to prepare for the online delivery format. In addition, 53 other programs are continuing in the Spring and Summer from the previous semester. Courses will be hosted through a variety of virtual and distance learning tools that are led by faculty, and students will have the opportunity to participate in small group learning situations.

Students require internet access, a laptop or computer, and webcam to participate. For more information about these programs or to register, please visit: https://flemingcollege.ca/spring2020.

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 creates face shield parts for frontline workers at 3D Makerspace in downtown Peterborough

Peterborough ON – (April 21, 2020) Fleming College has been working out of its downtown 3D Makerspace, located in the Innovation Cluster’s main office and downtown Peterborough incubator, to create headbands and reinforcement pieces for face shields. These will be given to frontline healthcare workers in the Peterborough region.

The initiative began on April 3, when Fleming College delivered headbands to the Peterborough PPE Initiative, a group of Peterborough makers who are creating personal protective equipment. This group, which is led by Fleming College graduate Dylan Radcliffe, have been creating face shields using PETG sheets, plastic brackets, and elastic material, made possible by the Makerspace’s 3D printers.

“We are very proud to work with our community partners at Innovation Cluster to support this initiative and produce pieces that create much-needed resources to keep our frontline workers safe,” said Fleming College President Maureen Adamson.

Fleming College’s School of Trades & Technology faculty Fereydoon Diba, with support from Operations Manager Mary MacLeod and Computer Science Technologist Phillip Chee, supported the group by creating more than 500 bottom reinforcement pieces for face shields in the Makerspace.

The donation was made on April 16 and the Peterborough PPE Initiative will assemble and sanitize the face shields, which will be used at Peterborough Regional Health Centre.

The Innovation Cluster continues to support Fleming College’s residence in the incubator – the 3D Makerspace is in addition to the Applied Projects Hub which is currently closed due to COVID-19 precautionary measures.

“When Fleming College decided to open the 3D Makerspace in the incubator months ago, we knew the hands-on learning environment would be important, but now we know it is essential,” says John Gillis, President of the Innovation Cluster. “The incubator has always been home to important technological advancements and we are excited that even though startups are unable to physically complete their work in the space due to COVID-19, it is still being used to create and make a difference.”

Fleming College’s School of Trades & Technology faculty Fereydoon Diba

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.

About the Innovation Cluster
The Innovation Cluster is a not-for-profit organization that drives innovative, determined entrepreneurs in the formation and growth of their technology-based companies. Supporting four key sectors, agtech, digital, healthcare and with a strong focus on cleantech, the Innovation Cluster’s dynamic programming and mentoring ensures startups find their best path to market.
Our core partnerships include Fleming College, FedDev Ontario, The City of Kawartha Lakes, OMAFRA, The City of Peterborough, Peterborough Region Angel Network, Peterborough Utilities Group and Trent University. Visit www.innovationcluster.ca 

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Media, for more information please contact:

Sara O’Halloran
Communications Officer, Fleming College 
sara.ohalloran@flemingcollege.ca

Rosalea Terry
Marketing Manager & Senior Innovation Specialist, Innovation Cluster
rterry@innovationcluster.ca
705-875-2161

Fleming College Announces Cancellation of Haliburton School of Art + Design Summer School Programs

Haliburton ON – (April 8, 2020) – The 2020 Haliburton School of Art + Design summer program will be cancelled as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Fleming College announced the change today regarding more than 300 week-long and weekend courses that occur May through September every year. 

“The summer arts program has been an integral part of the Haliburton community every summer for more than 50 years,” said Tom Phillips, Vice President, Academic Experience at Fleming College. “Although this is a difficult decision that impacts thousands of students and many others in the arts community, it is the only option available to us as we hold the health and safety of the community as our highest priority.”

The week-long courses and workshops for adults and kids, beginners and experts are held annually at the Haliburton Campus, J. Douglas Hodgson Elementary School, Haliburton Highlands Secondary School, as well as locations in Toronto and Kleinburg. 

“We remain committed to the arts community in Haliburton and will endure this challenge together,” said Angela Stukator, Dean, Haliburton School of Art + Design. “We love art. We love being creative. We will find a way through this and we will come back stronger than ever.” 

All students will be contacted by the college in the near future regarding the cancellation and refunds.

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

Fleming College Presents #TogetherAtHome – A Music Video in Support of the COVID-19 Student Emergency Fund and Peterborough Musicians’ Benevolent Fund

Peterborough ON – (April 4, 2020) COVID-19 may keep the community physically distanced, however the social connection has never been stronger. The spirit of giving and support for one another is evident within our communities, andFleming College has proudly released a music video to the song, Lost Together, in support for Fleming’s COVID-19 Student Emergency Fund and the Peterborough Musicians’ Benevolent Association (PMBA). Fleming College, a public asset committed to its community and partners, has been continuously exploring opportunities to support all members of the College and broader community during this unprecedented pandemic. The initiative of #TogetherAtHome is another powerful measure of support.

The music video features the original song, Lost Together (all rights reserved Blue Rodeo) and was produced by Melissa Payne and Michael Hurcomb, directed by Michael Hurcomb and co-produced by James McKenty. #TogetherAtHome features Greg Keelor of Blue Rodeo, and brings together some of the finest musicians in the Kawarthas region.  

“I cannot think of a better way to bring people together and celebrate the power of what is possible than through music,” said Fleming College President Maureen Adamson. “It is so special that we can call on such amazing local talent to help us. Since the beginning of the pandemic crisis, Fleming College has reached out to support the community and the effort to battle the spread of the virus. In addition to establishing the Student Emergency Fund, the College has donated food, medical supplies and special accommodation in residence buildings for healthcare workers. Hundreds of Fleming alumni are on the front-lines of the battle against the virus. The song is a tribute to them and all those in our community working to battle COVID-19.”

The video was also produced in support of the Peterborough Musicians’ Benevolent Association. “Local musicians have also been hard hit by the pandemic,” said producer Melissa Payne. “It was incredible to have everyone so eagerly offer their support for the project.” Donations to the Peterborough Musicians’ Benevolent Association can be made by e-transfer to ptbomusiciansbenevolent@gmail.com.   

“Music brings people together, and I would like to thank all the musicians for coming together apart to create something special for our community,” said Michael Hurcomb.

The College expresses its deep appreciation to everyone who donated their time to individually record their contributions for the digital collaboration, including producer Michael Hurcomb and musicians Melissa Payne, James McKenty, Greg Keelor, Jimmy Bowskill, Emily Burgess, Beau Dixon, Josh Fewings, Rick Fines, Rob Foreman, Matt Greco, Natalie Hughes, Dylan Ireland, Kellie McKenty, Shai Peer, Benj Rowland, Paper Shakers, Kate Suhr, Ryan Weber, Sam Weber, and Maureen Adamson.

Community leaders also offered their generous support and participation. The College thanks Fleming Board of Governors Chair Dan Marinigh, MPP Dave Smith, MPP Laurie Scott, Mayor Diane Therrien, Dr. Leo Groarke and Glennice Burns from Trent University, Dr. Peter McLaughlin from Peterborough Regional Health Centre, Dr. Rosana Salvaterra from the Peterborough Public Health Unit and Liz Stone and Naman Khandelwal from Fleming College.

Turn the volume up and watch #TogetherAtHome here.

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