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schools | SMART In case you missed anything – a roundup of facts we picked up last month School Zone Assiniboine Community College

ACC¹s annual provincial impact totals $613 million A recent study on Assiniboine Community

College's (ACC) economic impact shows a contribution of more than $613 million every year to Manitoba's economy. "We know that investments in education

produce economic and social returns far greater than their costs," said ACC presi- dent Mark Frison. "Continued investment in ACC and post-secondary education is tied directly to the growth and prosperity of our provincial economy. A more skilled workforce makes Manitoba stronger and more competitive." Other notable results from the study are

as follows: » Te average internal rate of return for

students is 21.2 per cent on their investment in education at ACC. Tis rate of return con- tinues over their working lives. » For every dollar of public money invested

in ACC, there is a cumulative return of $1.90 to the government over the students' working lives in the form of higher tax receipts and public sector savings. » Taxpayers see an internal a rate of return

of 10.1 per cent on their investment in the college. Economic Modelling Specialists Interna-

tional (EMSI) conducted the analysis. Tey are a leading provider of economic impact studies and labour market data to educa- tional institutions in North America. A survey completed by Probe Research

Inc. earlier this year shows that a large majority of recent ACC graduates secure employment shortly after receiving their diplomas and certificates. At 96 per cent, the overwhelming majority

of recent graduates who were seeking work and were not returning to school secured employment. Nearly 80 per cent of these jobs are permanent. Te average annual gross salary of recent

graduates is $44,050. And it's good news for Manitoba as 94 per

cent of recent ACC graduates have chosen to stay in the province.

University of Manitoba Young Indigenous leaders recognized

with new scholarships The University of Manitoba is proud to

announce its new Indigenous Leader of Tomorrow Scholarships. Tis new program highlights Indigenous high school gradu- ates who combine outstanding leadership potential with academic giftedness. “Tese scholarships recognize the po-

tential of Indigenous students and promote strong Indigenous leaders within our University community,” says University of Manitoba President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. David Barnard. “We are committed to celebrating their contributions and achieve- ments. Tey are not only role models in their own communities; they are Canada’s future leaders.” Each of the three annual scholarships is

valued at $16,000 ($4,000 per year), allocated over four years of study. Applications are now open, and the awards will be given out to Indigenous students across Canada enter- ing any of the direct entry programs of the University of Manitoba in September 2016. “We look forward to and must prepare

for continued growth in the University of Manitoba’s Indigenous student popula- tion,” says Susan Gottheil, Vice-Provost (Students). “Part of this preparation begins with scholarships, bursaries and innovative

Stewart is partnering with places like the N.E.E.D.S Centre, which is helping refugee youth from Syria, Somalia, Bhutan, Congo and Eritrea transition to life in Winnipeg.

strategies and career development programs to support refugee, immigrant children, and youth. She was the lead investigator of a study on educational and psychosocial support for children in post-conflict situa- tions in northern Uganda and South Sudan. Her dissertation on the educational and psychosocial needs of war-affected children was recognized as the top dissertation in Canada in 2007.

Brandon University

Brandon University’s iPad Initiative aids students in the Program for the Education of Native Teachers Trough fundraising efforts over the past

year, led by alumnus, Gerald Butler ’63, Brandon University has provided iPads for all students enrolled in BU’s Program for the Education of Native Teachers (PENT). Tese students hail primarily from Aboriginal, northern, and rural communities across the province and are working towards an Inte- grated Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Educa- tion degree. Many of these students already have some in-class teaching experience and the degree program allows them to make further contributions to their communities and students. In conversations initiated by Gerald Butler

Three new scholarships for Indigenous youth at the University of Winnipeg

December 2015

with PENT students and BU faculty and staff, it was determined that one of the key barriers facing Aboriginal educators is their access to appropriate technology for both classroom work and their individual coursework as PENT students. Tus, the BU iPad initiative was born. Tanks to Mr. Butler’s fundraising efforts which raised $36,600 in gifts from private donors, Te Cardinal Foundation, the Tomas Sill Foundation and Te Winnipeg Foundation, the iPad Initiative has been successfully launched and has provided all 100 students enrolled in the PENT program

programming, which will result in greater accessibility and opportunity for Indigenous students.” Creating Pathways to Indigenous Achieve-

ment is an institutional priority for the University of Manitoba, where over 2,000 First Nations, Métis and Inuit students are welcomed each year. Last spring, the graduation of over 350 Indigenous students was celebrated at the U of M’s 26th Annual Graduation Pow Wow. Indigenous Achievement is a pillar of

Front and Centre – the campaign for the University of Manitoba, with $65 million directed toward this priority. By collabo- rating with Indigenous communities and stakeholders, the University of Manitoba is striving to be a welcoming place that trans- lates into success for Indigenous students and their families.

University of Winnipeg

Dr. Jan Stewart receives award Congratulations to Dr. Jan Stewart, who,

on November 6, 2015, received the 2015 Career Development Award of Excellence for Individual Leadership in Research and Innovation from Career Trek. Dr. Stewart is a Professor and the Coordi-

nator of Advanced Studies in Education in the Faculty of Education. She is the Acting Associate Dean and was the Director of Te Institute for Children Affected by War at Te Global College from 2006-2011. Dr. Stewart is the lead investigator studying educational

with the latest technology in support of their educational goals and teaching practices. Additionally, it propels PENT participants to the front of the line in terms of the integra- tion of technology into teaching practices at Brandon University and in many of their communities. Apple has provided additional support in the form of a Technical Consult- ant who has come on-site to provide students with orientation and training on the use of their iPad. “Technology can help students acquire

the skills they need to survive in a complex, highly technological knowledge-based economy,” says Dr. Heather Duncan, Dean of Education at Brandon University. “Te iPad initiative is one step in break-

ing down the digital divide that exists for many students in our northern and remote communities. We are delighted that Gerald Butler had the passion and drive to bring an idea generated by our PENT students to fruition.” A program through Te Manitoba First

Nations Education Resource Centre, Inc. has distributed iPads to each student in northern Aboriginal schools within Manitoba. Tanks to the PENT iPad initiative launched by BU, the educators of these students will now be able to return to classrooms in their commu- nities equipped with their own technology and knowledge of what an iPad can bring to the classroom, enabling them to make learning more relevant and meaningful for their students. “PENT is a positive initiative, but needs

help to meet developing needs within the classroom as educational technology be- comes more prominent”, says Gerald Butler. “Te iPad Initiative is helping PENT meet the needs of northern communities as it has since it was established in 1971.”

Red River College

RRC Cabinetmaking instructor receives Apprenticeship Manitoba honour A cabinetmaking instructor from Red

River College has won a prestigious provin- cial training honour from Apprenticeship Manitoba. Todd Birtwhistle received this year’s

Instructor of the Year honour at the Mani- toba Apprenticeship Awards of Distinction, which recognize excellence in training and education. An employee at the college for the last

eight years (and himself an alum of RRC’s Apprenticeship Cabinetmaker program), Birtwhistle picked up the award at a recep- tion in Winnipeg on Nov. 5. His students describe him as an excellent

instructor who enables apprentices to de- velop technical skills and self-motivation by giving them the tools and information they need to succeed, while also allowing them to make mistakes and supporting them when they take on increasingly complex tasks. In addition, he encourages his students to

strive for excellence and to take responsibil- ity for their own learning, while always being there to assist and answer questions. Birtwhistle (shown above, working with

Grade 9 students during RRC’s Take Our Kids to Work Day) is known for regularly ar- riving early to open the Carpentry shop for his class, and for staying late to help students master difficult concepts or tasks. Not surprisingly, his insights and experi-

ence are greatly valued by those he teaches, among them former student Aubrey Doerk- sen, the journey person cabinetmaker who nominated Birtwhistle for the award. “Todd always encouraged us to do our best,” said Doerksen in her submission.

Providence's Radio Communication program is clear for takeoff

Aviation will prepare pilots to comfortably communicate in both controlled and un- controlled airspaces and learn the correct radiotelephony procedures in different phases of flight. Incidentally, enrolment numbers in

RRC cabinet making instructor Todd Birtwhistle with a student.

Aviation are among their most robust since Providence introduced the program, in co- operation with Harv’s Air, in 1984. Salimkhani, a senior student in the pro- gram, is set to graduate in April 2017.

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Front row from left: BU President, Dr. Gervan Fearon, PENT students Sherelle Day and Ernestine Okemow (with family members), Dean of Education, Dr. Heather Duncan, and PENT Director, Dr. Ken Friesen at the PENT iPad Initiative Celebration Luncheon.

“Being a female who had very little expo- sure to woodworking prior to starting my apprenticeship, I felt at times that I had to prove myself.” “In Todd’s class, I simply had to develop

my skills and be the best that I could person- ally be as a cabinetmaker. Todd treated us with respect and set an example of how to treat each other.”

Providence University College

Providence offering Radio Communication course for Aviation students Radio communication is typically some-

thing pilots learn through experience. But, as Providence Aviation student Bardia Salim- khani says, it’s also “something most pilots find intimidating at one point or another.” With that in mind Salimkhani set about

designing a Radio Communication in Avia- tion course. It debuted October 24 and will include another “ground school” session (November 7), tours to facilities including the Winnipeg airport tower, and assign- ments. One credit hour is on offer to partici- pants, who have already made it the biggest Aviation class of the semester in terms of enrolment. “We have a wide variety of people with dif-

ferent levels of experience,” says Salimkhani, who points out that both freshmen and returning students are taking the course. “Tey’ve enjoyed it. After the first class we had an exam and made it like a Jeopardy game.” Often considered a skill to be picked up

while training, radio communication can too often be a source of discomfort to new pilots. Tis is especially true, Salimkhani explains, when English isn’t a pilot’s first language. “Whoever’s outside your airplane has no

idea what kind of pilot you are—what’s go- ing on in your airplane,” he says. “Te only way you can reach out of your airplane is through radio. And when you go through busy airspace there are so many pilots that you can’t just take over the radio and take all the time and say what you need. So you need to know how to communicate.” To that end Radio Communication in

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