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Manitoba Post-Secondary News Roundup

The month of June brings about an important balance point across Manitoba’s post-secondary landscape. Our universities and colleges are rolling out summer courses in addition to programming for the fall. We’ve got recent developments covered in June’s post-secondary news roundup, and last month’s can be viewed here. 

USB Aiming Towards the Future with Daycare Development 

A pressing need for daycare in Manitoba’s Francophone community will be met with the development of a new centre at Université de Saint-Boniface.

Funded by the Governments of Canada and Manitoba, private donations, and the greater USB community, the new daycare will help address the shortage of daycare spots in the Franco-Manitoban community, and help students who have children reconcile their family obligations and academic studies. The centre will also allow for dynamic practical experiences for students in USB’s Early Childhood Education program. 

Donations are still being accepted, with the total project to cost upwards of $6 million.

mockup of USB daycare

UCN Benefits from Vehicle Donation

The Automotive Technician program at University College of the North has gotten a boost, thanks to a donation from Great North GM.

The donation includes a 2014 Chevrolet Cruze and a 2015 Chevrolet Impala. Valued at over $16000, the vehicles will enhance training opportunities for Automotive Technician students and remain in the shop full-time, unlike a rotation of personal vehicles.

“It is absolutely crucial to have industry partnerships. It allows us to give students the latest vehicle technology that we otherwise would not have the means
to acquire regularly,” said Riley Wlasichuk, Automotive Technician Instructor.

UCN and Great North GM staff shown together

Cooperative Education Program at BU Seeing 90% Summer Employment Rate

Brandon University’s Co-op Education Program is in for a busy summer, with 90% of its students working in jobs that are related to their field of study and over a dozen first-time employers taking on co-op students for the season.

Although the program is still in its early stages, it is growing rapidly. Over the past three years since implementation, the number of Co-op students at BU has nearly tripled. It gives students a chance to explore real-life work opportunities — and get paid — while still completing their programs of study.

“It is truly amazing the diversity of employers, jobs, and experiences that are happening because of BU Co-op this summer,” said Dr. Steve Robinson, BU’s Vice President (Academic and Provost).

Openly-Licensed Framework for Indigenous Community Engagement Available for Download from U of M

As part of an Indigenous Initiatives project that focuses on building and caring for relationships with Indigenous communities, the University of Manitoba has rolled out a framework for Indigenous Community Engagement. Resources include a practitioner’s workbook, a relational assessment guide, and an infographic.

The documents are now available for download via the UM website.

“Our team is so excited to finally share the framework and resources with the UM community. While we set out to develop these tools for ourselves and other community-engaged learning practitioners, they are available to the wider community through a creative commons license,” said project lead Nicki Ferland.

U of W Collegiate’s Model School Program Clears 100 Graduates

On June 30th, the University of Winnipeg Collegiate’s Model School Program hit a significant milestone: clearing 100 graduates through the program’s history.

The program was launched in 2008 for marginalized and under-represented youth in Manitoba, who are facing significant barriers in completing their high school studies. It also prepares learners for post-secondary opportunities.

“In the end, I was able to learn so much and even earned a Student of Distinction Certificate when I was in Grade 11, one of my proudest moments as a student. I will forever be thankful for the education that I got at this school,” said graduate Abdikarim Abdi.

UW Model School graduates

RRC Library’s ‘Warm Up Week’ recognized by ALA

Red River College Library Services’ Warm Up Week was awarded the 2021 American Library Association (ALA) Presidential Citation for Innovative International Library Projects.

The project was developed by RRC Library Services, in partnership with College stakeholders, to provide support and mental health services for RRC students. The event was conceived to address the many challenges the pandemic has posed to post-secondary institutions. Post-event, 95% of student survey participants said they felt more confident that they could achieve success in their respective programs.

“While this initiative was born out of a need during the pandemic, due to its immense success, we hope to make Warm Up Week an annual event engaging all incoming RRC students,” said Kerry Macdonald, RRC Director, Academic and Library Services.

smiling woman at a laptop

ACC Serving Up Online Dietary Aide Program

Assiniboine Community College is offering an 18-week Dietary Aide program beginning in July, in partnership with Prairie Mountain Health. The program will provide students with a Document of Achievement, thus rendering them well-prepared to enter the field.

“[Dietary Aide] education will provide Nutrition Services staff with a much better understanding of their work, especially about the different diets and food textures that promote the healing and health of our patients and residents,” said Lisa Fugleberg, Manager of Nutrition Services for Prairie Mountain Health.

Intakes for the new program will be available monthly. Interested students must apply to the program on the 20th of the month prior to the month they wish to start.

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