Canada Learning Bonds make grade with Nanaimo parents

Richard Watts / Times Colonist December | 13, 2016 06:00 AM Rose Touchie, a Nanaimo mother of three, is making time to upgrade her education at Vancouver Island University and is always happy to be in class.“I just think it’s great,” Touchie, 30, said in an interview. “I’m what people basically just call ‘a nerd.’ ” She and partner Shane Hnetka, 27, also had few worries about turning their kids into nerds when they decided to sign them up for … Continued

Globe and Mail | Emily Carr University and students will be catalysts for new creative district in Vancouver

Ron Burnett likes to say how Emily Carr “kicks above its weight.” It may sound like uncommon talk from a president of an art school. Yet, Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver is a key focal point for one of British Columbia’s strongest and fastest growing sectors, its creative industries. And now, with Emily Carr’s move in 2017 from Granville Island to a new campus a few kilometres away in the False Creek Flats neighbourhood, lying just south by … Continued

VIU Tuition Waiver Grad Launches Career as Child Protection Officer

Life has come full circle for Jordanna Southall, who graduated in June from Vancouver Island University’s (VIU) Bachelor of Arts in Social Work program. One of the first students to enroll at VIU under the Youth in Care Tuition Waiver program nearly two years ago, Southall has secured a job as a child protection officer with the Ministry of Children and Family Development in Campbell River, BC. – See more

University of the Fraser Valley researchers say unmanned aircraft could be the answer to keeping birds at bay

Researchers at the University of the Fraser Valley believe drones may finally silence the cannons that boom throughout the summer on blueberry farms. Professor Tom Baumann and his team are reprogramming helicopter-like UAVs — properly known as unmanned aerial vehicles — to fly preset patterns over ripening blueberries in the hope they will scare way the birds that feast on farmers’ fruit and kill their profits.  Read more….

KPU educators and industry team up to create unique training for students living with FASD

Over the course of three inspirational days, local teens living with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) participated in a unique greenskeeper training course at Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s (KPU) Langley campus. Formed in collaboration with the Surrey School District, Eaglequest Coyote Creek Golf Course and Quilchena Golf & Country Club, the training was custom-designed and organized by KPU turfgrass management instructor Stan Kazymerchyk to address the special learning needs of the participating students, while giving them the industry skills needed to … Continued

Emily Carr University unveils design for Great Northern Way campus

MARSHA LEDERMAN | VANCOUVER — The Globe and Mail | Published Wednesday, Apr. 08 2015, 9:29 PM EDT The plan is to create a flexible, futuristic and collaborative experience for Emily Carr’s students, and a space that will serve as a crossroads between East Vancouver and the rest of the city, as well as the university and the public – and become a catalyst in reshaping the area known as The Flats.  Read more…..  

New equipment helps Lower Mainland trades students get skilled

VANCOUVER – Three public post-secondary institutions in the Lower Mainland will receive a total of $1,103,048 to buy new trades training equipment that supports students entering in-demand occupations critical to the economy. British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) will receive $421,500 for new trades training equipment. Examples include a CNC lathe that will be used in the machinist and millwright programs, a motor grader that will be used in the heavy mechanic programs, welding equipment that will be used in … Continued