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Take the Career College Challenge

career college challenge

The Ontario Association of Career Colleges is very excited to launch this cool contest for career college students and graduates. Create a poster or 30-second video explaining why you chose a career college, what you learned while attending or the benefits of career college education for a chance to win $500 in cash! Upload your entry online at until May 22 and vote for your favourite entries! Entries with the most votes will be the finalists – and one poster and one video will be chosen by an OACC committee to win $500.

Show us your talent! Get creative! Career college students do amazing work and we want to show it off! Get thinking.. visit for more details.

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The Top 5 Reasons To Attend Blue Mountain 2010

BlueMtnlogo2010OACC’s 37th annual conference is shaping up to be a blast! Here are the best reasons why you should come:

5. Location, location, location. The Blue Mountain Resort and Conference Centre was recently named the number one conference destination in the country by Meetings Canada. Blue Mountain is charming, quaint and picturesque – treat yourself by getting away for a few days. Wine tasting, Scandinavian spa, golf – need we say more?

Blue Mountain map

4. Celebrate good times, come on. This year’s conference is an Olympics and Paralympics-themed celebration of success in post secondary education. It’s an excellent chance to mingle and network with about 150 career college professionals from across Ontario!


3. Can you say government presence? With a heavy-hitting line up that includes Minister John Milloy, Superintendent Allan Scott of the Private Career Colleges Branch and Assistant Deputy Ministry Laurie LeBlanc, this conference packs in the Ministry representation.

2. Informative workshops and sessions. Learn about the latest trends in accreditation, student retention, social media and marketing and changes that are coming to accounting standards. OACC has also planned a full-day of instructor development and financial aid training.

1. Interesting speakers. Hear from Minister John Milloy, comedians Meg Soper and Doug Funk, and Paul Rosen, Paralympic gold medallist and Team Canada sledge hockey goalie. Learning balanced with laughs – it’s our conference philosophy! CLICK HERE to register online for the conference


WHEN: April 21 to 23, 2010, the Village at Blue Mountain Conference Centre

WHERE: Blue Mountains Resort, 242 Jozo Weider Blvd., Blue Mountains, Ontario

PROGRAM: Click here to read the conference program

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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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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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