Archive for March, 2010

Finding a Second Career


An article about laid-off workers seeking retraining appeared in the Waterloo Region Record newspaper last Saturday. Don Thibert, OACC President and Director of Academic Affairs at Everest College, commented on the strong work ethic of students pursuing a second career. After the initial adjustment, the mature students are “there every day, active and participating in class. They are excited to learn,” said Thibert.

About 28,000 people across Ontario have had financial aid in retraining from the province’s Second Career program. Last fall the criteria was tightened on Second Career as the government moved to control costs.

In the budget released last Thursday, the Ontario government promised to help another 30,000 people with the Second Career program over two years for a total cost of approximately $600 million.

To read the article, click here.

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Budget Day in Ontario


Finance Minister Dwight Duncan will deliver the 2010 Ontario budget tomorrow at about 4 p.m. The Ontario Association of Career Colleges will be there for the lockup. OACC will comb through the budget and prepare a news blast to send to members about its contents. Watch your inbox for an e-mail with budget highlights tomorrow afternoon.

In related news, a Post Provincial Budget Breakfast will be happening on Friday, March 26 from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the Delta Hotel in Kitchener. John Milloy, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities, will present an overview of the 2010 Ontario Budget and how it will impact the Kitchener-Waterloo Region. Tickets are $25 for members of the Greater KW Chamber of Commerce and $40 for general admission. Learn more by clicking here.

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Snagging Positive Headlines…

Lori's story in the Barrie Examiner

Good news from Ontario’s career colleges made it into the media last week.

Two instructors – one from Trebas Institute and the other from Medix Schoolwere profiled by Metro, a daily commuter newspaper. The feature followed a similar story from February, written about two other career college instructors. From TV and film to clinical anatomy to accounting, career college instructors teach a wide variety of subjects. They are interesting and passionate about what they do!

The other news item comes from the Barrie Examiner newspaper. CTS Canadian Career College graduate Lori Majer talks about her placement experience at the David Busby Street Centre, a drop-in centre in downtown Barrie for homeless or marginalized people. Lori graduated from the addictions and interventions counselling program at CTS. As a result of her extraordinary work during the co-op placement, Lori was hired on as a full-time case manager at the Centre in mid February.

“My placement has allowed me to experience, the joys, hardships, sadness and triumphs of many of the participants,” writes Lori in the article. “Whether I am helping with referrals, speaking kind words, sorting clothing, and dispensing personal care products, I am hopeful this encourages one person to have a better day as it does mine.”

Lori closes the piece with this:

“My placement has reinforced my belief in humanity, that there is goodness in every person, and every person deserves and has the right to basic needs.”

Career colleges are making a difference in the lives of many every day, and it’s rewarding when we get to share our good news stories.

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Team Canada Advances…

After a 5-0 win last night over Norway, Team Canada’s sledge hockey team glides into the semi-finals tomorrow against Japan at 3 p.m. Eastern. Fun fact: did you know the tickets for all sledge hockey games at UBC Thunderbird Arena are sold out??

Photo Credit: Matthew Manor/Hockey Canada

Photo Credit: Matthew Manor/Hockey Canada

A quick browse of the Internet today revealed a slew of media coverage and interesting stories about the athletes. Paul Rosen, Team Canada’s goalie, is set to speak at OACC’s conference on April 23. Read more about Rosen’s inspiring story with a CTV article here. In addition, check out this moving story from the Vancouver Sun. Watch Rosen’s video interview here.

Paul Rosen

Paul Rosen

And because we can’t get enough, Hockey Canada posted some great snapshots of last night’s game here.

We’re officially sledge hockey cheerleaders! Go Canada Go!! Remember to book your spot at our Blue Mountain 2010 Conference to hear Paul Rosen speak! We’re signing off with one last video:

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Canada’s Paralympic Sledge Hockey Team

Our sledge hockey team opened the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games with two solid wins this weekend against Italy (4-0) and Sweden (10-1). This 30-second clip shot by a spectator gives you an idea of the atmosphere in Vancouver:

Check out the video below to learn more about the game of sledge hockey from the Paralympians themselves, including Canadian flag bearer Jean Labonté.

Canada’s sledge hockey goaltender Paul Rosen is set to speak on April 23 at Blue Mountain 2010, OACC’s 37th annual conference. Make sure you register for the event to hear his motivating address.

And remember to cheer on the team! Canada will take on Norway tomorrow (March 16) at 8:30 p.m. Pacific Time.

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