Manitoba Post-Secondary News Roundup

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News Roundup Coverage: January 1 – 31, 2018

200 Years of French Education at Université de Saint-Boniface

Université de Saint-Boniface traces its origin back to 1818; it was Western Canada’s very first school. Since its beginning, Université de Saint-Boniface has been a home for, and a protector and promoter of French language and culture in Western Canada. A pillar of Manitoba’s Fracophonie, it has shaped and continues to shape leaders that contribute to the vitality of their community and shine beyond their province.

Brittany Bruinooge, a Coach/Athlete Development Coordinator with Sport Manitoba, stands behind Isabela Onyshko, a BU student and Olympic gymnast who trains in the HPC.

Brittany Bruinooge, a Coach/Athlete Development Coordinator with Sport Manitoba, stands behind Isabela Onyshko, a BU student and Olympic gymnast who trains in the HPC. //PHOTO: BU

Partnership between Sport Manitoba and Brandon University allows top athletes to train at Healthy Living Centre (Jan 5)

A partnership between Brandon University and the not-for-profit organization Sport Manitoba has resulted in the development of the High Performance Centre. The centre is being used by national team athletes, provincial team athletes, and BrandonU Bobcats athletic teams for training and coaching. “Sport Manitoba is excited to grow our partnership with Brandon University and expand the athlete development opportunities in Sport Manitoba’s West region,” says Sport Manitoba President Jeff Hnatiuk. “The services offered mirror the Canada Games Sport for Life Performance Centre in Winnipeg, targeting rural athletes and coaches in Western Manitoba.”

Business and Technology Management students at Red River College make critical industry connections at first-ever TalentMash event (Jan 9)

A networking event linked Red River College students with leaders in the local business and technology sectors who now have access to a new pool of innovators. The province’s first-ever BTM (Business Technology Management) TalentMash, presented by RRC and the Information Technology Association of Canada, provided a day-long forum in which industry reps met with students and instructors from the College’s new BTM program, to discuss how future graduates can help bridge the gap between organizations’ business and technology functions.

ACC and Long Plain First Nation partner on Applied Counselling Program (Jan 12)
Assiniboine Community College and Long Plain First Nation are are joining together to deliver an Applied Counselling certificate program in the community, which is located southwest of Portage la Prairie.

RRC introduces revised Architectural Technology program (Jan 16)

A woman and two men working on an architectural blueprint at a drafting desk.

Architectural Technology. //PHOTO: RRC

Red River College will be offering a revamped Architectural Technology diploma program in September 2018. The new program was developed in consultation with representatives from the industry, and was created to address the current and future needs of the architectural, engineering, and construction sectors. “As industry evolves in Manitoba, it’s important that we continue to redesign and create new programs that not only anticipate the changes that are emerging in industry, but allow our students to adapt to those changes as they enter into meaningful and rewarding careers,” says RRC President Paul Vogt.

BrandonU, ACC create Western Canada’s first undergrad program in Public History (Jan 24)

Brandon University and Assiniboine Community College have announced the creation of a joint Public History program, reportedly the first of its kind in Western Canada. Students in the program will take general history and specific public history courses through BU. At ACC, they will gain practical experience through the college’s media arts programs through film, television, website, and video game design and development. The new program also gives students a total of four new options to earn a degree, including 3+1 options that combine three-year degrees from BU with a fourth year at ACC to develop media skills.

Assiniboine Community College President Mark Frison, Brandon Mayor Rick Chrest, Brandon University Interim President Steve Robinson sign copies of the new MOU.

Assiniboine Community College President Mark Frison, Brandon Mayor Rick Chrest, Brandon University Interim President Steve Robinson sign copies of the new MOU. //PHOTO: BU

City of Brandon, BrandonU, ACC sign MOU committing to further collaboration (Jan 26)

The City of Brandon, Brandon University, and Assiniboine Community College have signed a Memorandum of Understanding that will drive collaboration on research and innovation in areas of mutual benefit. While the three parties reportedly have a good relationship, Brandon Mayor Rick Chrest explained that the MOU would help the three parties to better tackle regional concerns, such as labour shortages. “Collaboration is truly at the heart of what academics do, and there are many exciting opportunities for Brandon University students, faculty, and staff to contribute in new ways to enhance our community,” said BrandonU Interim President Steve Robinson. ACC President Mark Frison added that the collaborative projects would provide new learning opportunities to students.

New Indigenous scholarship helps reduce barriers to post-secondary success (Jan 31)

The University of Manitoba Students’ Union (UMSU) is funding a brand-new scholarship for Indigenous students. Beginning this academic year up to 25 awards will be offered to undergraduate students who meet the requirements, with each award valued at a minimum of $1,000. To fund these awards, UMSU has committed to contribute $25,000 for 12 years.

UWinnipeg, MMF sign MOU supporting Métis research and students (Jan 31)

David Chartrand and Annette Trimbee sign MOU.

David Chartrand and Annette Trimbee sign MOU. //PHOTO: UW

The University of Winnipeg and the Manitoba Métis Federation signed a Memorandum of Understanding that will create new academic opportunities for Métis faculty, researchers, and students. Under the MOU, MMF will provide a grant of $600K over ten years to create and support an annual Métis Scholar-In-Residence position, as well as establish an MMF staff member on campus to offer support and guidance to students. “We are excited about the opportunities and insights this research will bring,” said MMF President David Chartrand. “It is always a pleasure to work alongside UWinnipeg and we look forward to our continued partnership with them.”


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