A joint research project between Holland College and Mount Saint Vincent University examines ways to support programming opportunities that encourage children aged two to four years old to broaden the type of outside activities they participate in.
Trial Balloons, a type of provocation concept developed by Dr. Beverlie Dietze, Assistant Professor in the Department of Child and Youth Studies at the Mount, “float” ideas to children as a way to trigger their curiosity and expand their play experiences. With the assistance of the Mount’s Industry Liaison Office and Holland College’s Applied Research department, the Holland College Early Childhood Care and Education program and the Holland College Early Learning Centre/Lab School have partnered with Dr. Dietze to test the trial balloon concept.
In all, there will be four Trial Balloons explored. The first Trial Balloon asked the question, “What do we observe if the outdoor play space is an option during area time?”
Previously, all 44 of the children would go outside at the same time, so outdoor play wasn’t an option for the smaller groups that are part of area time. Although it’s a seemingly simple alternative to include in the children’s choices, when one considers the logistics of ensuring that two to four-year-olds require a certain number of supervisors per group, that there may be an occasional diaper change that requires taking a child inside, and that, in addition to 10 to 12 children playing outside, there are 30 or so more playing inside that also require supervision, offering the outdoor option becomes a logistical challenge.
Sarah Riehl, director of the Early Learning Centre, said a fair amount of planning was required during the launch of the first trial balloon to ensure the appropriate number of early childhood educators were with each group. Additionally, there needed to be a way to regulate the number of children outside at any given time.
“We set up a ticket system. The child could pick a ticket to play outside when he or she arrived in the morning. Throughout the morning we check in with the children to see if they would like to go inside and ask those who are inside if they would like the opportunity to play outside. This helps to encourage more outside play as well as increases the fluidity within the day,” Riehl explained.
The children were thrilled to be able to play outside in smaller groups, and for many it became the highlight of their day. The first Trial Balloon was deemed a success, and now Trial Balloon 2 is being implemented: “When children are offered/provided with a variety of outdoor experiences, what do we see in their play?”
The project will run until the spring of 2014, and the results of the project will be used to influence best practices in Early Childhood Education.
Four second year Electrical Technology students had a real hands-on learning experience last week, when they installed and tested two Sun Country EV charging stations in preparation for the final leg of the world’s longest race for electric vehicles, the Sun Country Highway E-mazing Race. The trans-continental rally set out from Seattle on September 3, and ended on September 20 at the Summerside Waterfront Campus of Holland College.
Sun Country donated two of their state-of-the-art chargers to the college, valued at about $2,000 each, and the Electrical Technology students installed them.
“These chargers are now a permanent fixture, and can be used by any electric vehicle,” said Electrical Technology instructor Mike Nielsen. “The students volunteered their time for this practical wiring exercise, and got some great experience in the process. The college benefits by having the chargers and thus promoting electric vehicle technology.”
“The chargers align with the objectives of our Green Machine, the sustainability committee at Holland College,” said Sheen. “Exposing our students to emerging technologies and sustainable choices will help accelerate adoption.”
Sun Country Highway Ltd. is a progressive Canadian owned company leading the electric vehicle movement across the nation by raising awareness and promoting the adoption of zero emission transportation. Founded by president Kent Rathwell, Sun Country Highway was created to build the most sustainable electric vehicle infrastructure in the world.
Foodservice professionals and culinary educators lead busy lives juggling family and social commitments while working in a highly demanding industry, frequently making it impossible to return to school to further their culinary educations . To address this problem, The Culinary Institute of Canada introduced a blended online delivery option for the school’s Applied Degree in Culinary Operations last September.
Culinary instructors currently employed at a post-secondary institution and chefs who have completed their Certified Chef de Cuisine (CCC) can now enrol in this two-year program, which allows students to take the majority of their courses online, with the remaining courses offered on-campus in a condensed two-week format. Students may also choose to take individual courses before registering for the full program.
Applied degrees are undergraduate (bachelor’s) degrees with a hands-on focus in a particular industry, in this case, the foodservice industry. They prepare people to work in a specific profession and gain practical skills in combination with relevant theory while also earning a degree. This applied degree will empower students to be leaders in their industry and position them to develop policies and make changes to better improve the industry overall. For industry professionals who already know how to cook and want to advance in their careers, acquiring additional skills and knowledge is essential.
The Applied Degree in Culinary Operations focuses on the development of professional communication skills, a best-practices approach to human resource management, skills for planning and managing major projects, as well as the interpretation of financial statements and how to use them to make good business decisions. The degree also introduces food product development from concept to market, including everything from recipe development to how to use research and evidence-based decision making to maximize success, and how to determine the best way to market a product or service.
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Holland College has more than 150 articulation agreements with universities, colleges and other post-secondary institutions around the world. These agreements enable graduates of the college to continue their education and earn further credentials quickly and economically. For example, students complete a Holland College diploma program in two years, and then study at a university for as little as two more years to earn a degree. Information about these agreements can be found on the Holland College website under Degree Pathways.
If you’re a student at Holland College, you don’t have to wait until you graduate before you travel. Many of the college’s two-year diploma programs include study tours as part of the curriculum. In the past year, students from the Professional Golf Management program travelled to Spain for two weeks, students from Sport and Leisure Management went to Costa Rica and Belize, and Tourism and Travel Management students went on a European cruise to Italy and France.
The college has also entered into an agreement with Hanze University in the Netherlands so that students from International Hospitality Management and some of the college’s business management programs such as Business Administration and Accounting Technology may participate in a Summer Institute called Doing Business in Europe. This will give students the opportunity to expand their horizons, their knowledge, and their networks, giving them skills that will greatly enhance their employability when they graduate.
Find out more about these travel opportunities and many more at www.hollandcollege.com.
Culinary Arts and Pastry Arts students have formed a new club at The Culinary Institute of Canada to help them prepare for competitive culinary events, the Culinary Competition Club.
Culinary Institute of Canada chefs, students, and graduates have amassed countless awards all over the world for their culinary endeavours over the years, this new club will help the latest fledgling chefs be more prepared than ever.
Club members participate in a variety of competitions, preparing all manner of dishes. Professional chefs are invited to the CIC to judge their work, giving students a chance to get to know local potential employers in a setting that showcases both their culinary abilities and their personalities.
Development of content for digital media is becoming increasingly important to companies already juggling the demands of preparing creative content for traditional media channels such as newspapers, magazines, household mail-outs, radio and television. Marketers are now charged with the task of creating and disseminating digitalized content online for websites, social media channels such as Twitter and Facebook, audio and video for live streaming, and blogging. The list is long, and all indications suggest that it is only going to get longer. The availability of digital media has prompted a change in consumers’ expectations. A car manufacturer without a website, for example, would be unimaginable.
As a result of the exponential growth of the influence of digital media, marketing professionals are engaging in training and skills development themselves, and seeking new employees who are adept in this area. For colleges, ensuring that students are learning skills that are relevant in the job market is an imperative.
For more than 40 years, Holland College has been consulting with experts to develop the curriculum of its programs – an approach which ensures that the training students receive prepares them to enter their chosen field with confidence and that they are able to contribute to the team immediately.
To address the increasing demands of consumers for more digital media, the college’s Marketing and Advertising Management program has modified its curriculum to ensure that students are knowledgeable and skilled in the development of digital marketing campaigns and management.
“Our advisory panel includes experts from the marketing and advertising industry,” explained Tim McRoberts, Manager of Business Programs at Holland College. “In consultation with them, we were able to determine what skills would be of most benefit to employers when they hire graduates from our program, including skills related to digital media.”
Graduates from the program are finding themselves assigned to digital media projects. Colin Malone graduated in the spring, and within a week he started his new job, Digital Specialist for The Guardian, part of the Transcontinental Atlantic Media Group.
Malone is responsible for selling online advertising, executing online promotions and contests, overseeing the Reader Panel surveys, setting up events and increasing the paper’s Facebook following, and preparing e-mail blasts.
“The Guardian is much more than a newspaper now,” he said. “There are so many different avenues for advertising.”
His boss recently sent him to Newfoundland to learn more about how The St. John’s Telegram’s digital sales team functions.
“My position at The Guardian is relatively new, and the company believes in investing in employees to make sure they have the tools to do the job as best they can. The St. John’s Telegram already has a digital media team, so I was able to learn a lot from them, and now have a network I can turn to when I have questions.”
Malone sees his role expanding over time as new digital media emerge and are incorporated into the company’s marketing plans.
Will Beckett graduated from the Marketing and Advertising Management program this spring, too. He went straight to work as Marketing Manager for Lawmark Group, which owns Charlottetown-based Cruise Holidays, Discount Car and Truck Rentals, Fleet First Auto Sales and Absolutely Fabulous Salon Boutique. His responsibilities include traditional activities such as writing radio copy, designing and booking ads, and creating posters; but he figures that about 80% of his day is spent on digital media.
“My boss, Ken Lawrence, is very media savvy. He’s pushing us into the market of social media,” Beckett said. Rather than viewing digital and traditional media as separate tools, Beckett sees them as complimentary.
“Social media and marketing principles go hand in hand, [Digital and traditional media] each have their strengths, and each augments and supports the other.”
Program Manager Tim McRoberts agrees.
“Our Marketing and Advertising Management program will continue to have the right blend of training in both digital and traditional media, all underpinned with the fundamentals – strong writing skills and sound business practices,” he said. “In addition, I commend our faculty for continuing to take steps aimed at ensuring they remain current in their field.”
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