Archive for February, 2010

Career College Students Help Cancer Patients


One Ontario career college has a pretty unique way of brightening days.

The National Institute of Esthetics, a private career college in Ancaster, takes a hands-on approach to helping people in the community. The student clinic, which has the students doing services on the public at reduced rates, offers free services to individuals undergoing cancer treatments, or who are off work due to cancer recovery.

“It’s our way of giving back,” said Dean Sherry Docherty. “The students are very well trained, and have a lot of hands on experience before they are even allowed to do services in the student clinic.” 

 The individuals undergoing the cancer treatments are required to bring a doctor’s form indicating that they are appropriate candidates for the services.

 Megan Fleischman is a student set to graduate in April 2010. She has worked on a few individuals with cancer.

 “It makes me feel really good – not only because it’s free for them, but you know they really appreciate it. The truth is they struggle,” said Fleischman. “And anything we can do to help them feel better, really makes us feel good also.”

 Talya Guitard, another student set to graduate in April, agrees. Guitard was very moved after her first service on an individual with cancer.

 “I cried that night when I got home. I have an aunt who died of cancer, and so this really hit home to me,” she said. “It reminded me why I came into this industry in the first place.”

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Career College Graduates Work at the Olympics


It must be exciting to be part of something so huge. When the 21st Olympic Winter Games kicked off in Vancouver last Friday, two Ontario career college graduates were there to lend support.

Tiffany Vitez, a Registered Massage Therapist, will be working with athletes at the Games. Vitez graduated from Medix School’s Massage Therapy Program in August of 2008. She will provide massages to both the ski and hockey teams.

Vitez isn’t the only grad to head west for Vancouver 2010. 

After graduating from Willis College, Zaid Hilfi moved to British Columbia. He landed a job with the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympics and Paralympics as a Desktop Deployment Technician.

“I appreciate the time and enthusiasm the staff and instructors contributed toward my training as an IT Professional at Willis College – Ottawa Campus,” said Hilfi. “It’s wonderful to be part of something as big as the Olympics for Canada, and especially in Vancouver.”


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Content for the NACC Magazine

Content for the NACC Magazine

NACC Magazine

The next NACC Magazine is being prepared for Spring 2010. The magazine is distributed to every high school guidance department across Canada, NACC members and key stakeholders such as Members of Parliament. It is also published on the NACC website.

There is space for “good news” stories from every provincial association. These should not be student testimonials but items that would be of interest to prospective students about special events, special recognitions such as awards at the Skills Canada Competition, community service, new programs or any other items that are newsworthy.

If you have an good news story from your college, please e-mail it to by noon on February 8, 2010!

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