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No presence informationKEEWATINCC\rnabess5/16/2017 9:29 AM Approved

​Each year University College of the North (UCN) conducts a competition among its students to write a book review. Students who decide to enter must choose an academic book of not less than 150 pages and must be selected from within the collection from any UCN Library.

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No presence informationKEEWATINCC\rnabess5/16/2017 9:26 AM Approved

​Valdine Flaming, Executive Officer for Strategic Planning and Development, has been awarded the prestigious Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarship.

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No presence informationKEEWATINCC\rnabess5/8/2017 9:15 AM Approved

​University College of the North (UCN) is creating new educational pathways by offering students with certificates or diplomas from public Canadian colleges the ability to transfer those credits directly into an Arts degree offered by UCN. Under this arrangement, students with a 3.0 grade point average in their college program are eligible to transfer up 15 credits for a certificate, 30 credits for a 2-year diploma, and 45 credits for a 3-year diploma into any of UCN’s 3-year and 4-year Arts degree options.

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No presence informationKEEWATINCC\rnabess4/28/2017 1:44 PM Approved

​On April 13, 2017, two UCN trades students, Joel Highway and Riley Manych, attended the Manitoba Skills Competition in Winnipeg. Riley, competing in the Welding Competition, narrowly missed the bronze medal as he placed fourth. Joel, competing in the Electrical Installations Competition, was the gold medalist. As such, Joel will now represent Manitoba as he advances to the National Skills Competition to be held in Winnipeg on May 31 to June 3, 2017. This competition, hosted at the RBC Convention Centre in downtown Winnipeg (http://skillscompetencescanada.com/en/skills-canada-national-competition/scnc-winnipeg-2017/), will involve more than 40 events with over 500 competitors.

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No presence informationKEEWATINCC\rnabess4/21/2017 1:31 PM Approved

​During the week of Feb. 20 to 24, 2017, Rob Penner, Associate Vice-President of the College of Trades and Technology and Executive Director of the Northern Manitoba Mining Academy, was invited to facilitate a curriculum development project at Royal Roads University, Victoria, BC. Funded by Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, the project entailed working with a group of restoration and land reclamation practitioners to develop a community-based hands-on program entitled Healing the Land: Community Based Training in Land Reclamation. Targeting sites degraded by industrial activity, initial delivery of the program will focus on the landscape impacted by oil and gas development in the Peace River Country of BC, and will initially involve two First Nations, West Moberly and Saulteau, in the Peace Country.

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No presence informationKEEWATINCC\rnabess4/10/2017 9:41 AM Approved

​University College of the North (UCN) is pleased to announce the renewal of its Massive Open On-Line Course (MOOC) for a second year. The first of its kind course was launched last year with great success. The program delves into the world of Hollywood Westerns and is instructed by an expert in that field, UCN’s Arts Professor, Dr. Sue Matheson.

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No presence informationKEEWATINCC\rnabess3/15/2017 3:40 PM Approved

University College of the North (UCN) hosted a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signing ceremony today in The Pas between the institution and Child and Family Services Authorities that will allow youth who are in the care of these authorities the opportunity to receive a post-secondary education.

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No presence informationKEEWATINCC\rnabess2/28/2017 2:33 PM Approved

​February 9, 2017 saw students in both the high-school level and post-secondary enrolled in a variety of Trades programs gather at The Pas campus of University College of the North (UCN) and go head to head on a competition of skills. The challenge brought in students from Frontier Collegiate in Cranberry Portage, RD Parker Collegiate in Thompson, Margaret Barbour Collegiate in the Pas as well as from the UCN campus in The Pas.

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No presence informationKEEWATINCC\rnabess1/26/2017 9:51 AM Approved

​University College of the North (UCN) is reorienting its approach to the delivery of trades training. Beginning in April 2017, the current Faculty of Trades and Technology will be renamed the “College of Trades and Technology” (CTT). Mirroring the successful model used with the Northern Manitoba Mining Academy, UCN will appoint a strategic council for CTT composed of industry and community members to help guide programming to be offered through the new college.

“The best people to help UCN meet labour force needs in the north are those who work in industries and live in communities in the north,” said Rob Penner, the UCN executive who will be responsible for CTT. “The new college model will help to ensure that industry and communities are directly involved in aligning UCN’s trades training activities with social and economic needs in the north,” Penner said.

The college will incorporate programming currently offered by UCN’s Faculty of Trades and Technology, and will also work closely with UCN’s Community Based Services division and other faculties and departments to help ensure that a flexible array of base funded and cost-recovery course and program opportunities will be offered to address the diverse labour market needs in the north.

The appointment of a strategic council will help to improve connections between UCN and the northern economy, and with elimination of one dean’s position, the new administrative structure will allow for greater efficiency in the use of resources at UCN. “The CTT structure allows us to consolidate our management organization supporting trades training at UCN,” Vice-President Academic and Research Dan Smith said, “helping to ensure that training resources are focused on the delivery of programming to students, and not on administration.” 

Konrad Jonasson, President and Vice-Chancellor of UCN noted that “the college will serve as the organizational centerpiece to UCN’s new vision for trades training. Through working directly with industry and community representatives, UCN will effectively and efficiently support the northern economy by providing skilled tradespeople to contribute to economic and social development in the north through working side-by-side with industry and community partners to guide program delivery.” 

With a mandate to serve northern and Aboriginal Manitobans, UCN has main campuses in The Pas and Thompson, and operates 12 regional centres in communities throughout the north. UCN enrolls approximately 2,400 students per year in a range of adult learning, certificate, diploma and undergraduate degree programs.

  
No presence informationKEEWATINCC\rnabess1/23/2017 1:21 PM Approved

​The Treaty Three Police Service and the RCMP hope to recruit students in UCN’s Law Enforcement Certificate program when they graduate later this year. Treaty Three Staff Sergeant Terry McCaffrey from Kenora, Ontario will meet students on January 25th, 2017 at 10 a.m. to present policing opportunities that Treaty Three Police Services has to offer our grads. As well, RCMP Constable Crystal Caribou will be at UCN April 6, 2017 at 3 p.m. to showcase UCN students career opportunities with the RCMP.

“It is very satisfying to have police services in Manitoba and elsewhere showing such enthusiasm about recruiting our graduates. This demonstrates the quality of UCN’s Law Enforcement program; the dedication of the instructors, Ms M.J. Donald and Mr. Chris Pallan, and the readiness of our graduates to serve in the law enforcement profession,” said Dr. Vicki Zeran, the Dean responsible for the program at UCN.

“UCN’s programs are well connected with job opportunities here in the north and elsewhere in Canada,” said Konrad Jonasson, President and Vice-Chancellor at UCN. “I am very pleased to see that law enforcement agencies recognize the quality of UCN graduates.”

If you or someone you know is interested in a career in Law Enforcement, or want to hear more about opportunities in policing, you are invited to attend either of the presentations, to be held in Room 248 at UCN at the campus in The Pas. 

With a mandate to serve northern and Aboriginal Manitobans, UCN has main campuses in The Pas and Thompson, and operates 12 regional centres in communities throughout the north. UCN enrolls approximately 2,400 students per year in a range of adult learning, certificate, diploma and undergraduate degree programs.

  
No presence informationKEEWATINCC\rnabess12/27/2016 3:13 PM Approved

UCN has contributed $20,000 to support the continued efforts of the Manitoba Collaborative Indigenous Education Blueprint. The Blueprint is a partnership agreement initiated by and including Manitoba’s public and private post-secondary institutions, public and private schools, the Louis Riel Institute, Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre, and includes participation by Manitoba Education and Training. The funding provided by UCN will ensure the continued engagement of a consultant working with partners to support the development of an action plan and a sustainability plan for the work associated with the Blueprint. 

“Manitoba’s Indigenous Education Blueprint is the first time that the entire education system in Manitoba has worked collaboratively on any priority, demonstrating a very strong commitment by the system to indigenous education” said Dan Smith, Vice-President Academic and Research, and a UCN representative on the Blueprint Steering Committee. “UCN’s educational mandate to serve Aboriginal people means that UCN has a significant interest in realizing the commitments in the Blueprint. It is an important part of responding to our communities,” he continued. 

The Manitoba Indigenous Education Blueprint, signed in December 2015, establishes 10 commitments by the participants to help support reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in Manitoba. The Blueprint seeks to build and maintain relationships and partnerships that will help to establish a strong foundation of mutual respect and appreciation for the diversity of all cultures, and recognize and redress the impacts of colonization. 

“Universities and colleges have a critical role to play in reconciliation,” said President and Vice-Chancellor Konrad Jonasson. “UCN is proud to play a leadership role in ensuring that the critical work of the Blueprint will continue.” The funding provided in 2016/17 follows funding in the amount of $24,880 that UCN provided to support the Blueprint in 2015/16. UCN will continue to work with its partners to achieve the commitments in the Blueprint. With a mandate to serve northern and Aboriginal Manitobans, UCN has main campuses in The Pas and Thompson, and operates 12 regional centres in communities throughout the north. UCN enrolls approximately 2,400 students per year in adult learning, certificate, diploma and undergraduate degree programs. ​

  
No presence informationKEEWATINCC\rnabess12/19/2016 9:02 AM Approved

​The College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Manitoba (CLPNM) has advised University College of the North that all graduates of the June 2016 Diploma in Practical Nursing (DPN) program in Swan River have successfully passed this national exam. This is the third cohort of graduates to achieve 100% success.

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No presence informationKEEWATINCC\rnabess12/12/2016 9:15 AM Approved

​University College of the North (UCN), the Atoskiwin Training and Education Centre (ATEC) in Nelson House, and the Manitoba Research Alliance (MRA) are doing a project to study how ATEC trains local residents for the job market in northern Manitoba. Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation (NCN) members and ATEC students will be hired to assist with data collection and analysis during the 4 year-project. The research partners will collaboratively develop research methods and tools, guided by the overarching principle that this research must meet the needs and interests of NCN.

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No presence informationKEEWATINCC\rnabess11/30/2016 2:53 PM Approved

​University College of the North (UCN) is pleased to announce the appointment of one of its own to the National Board of Directors for the Canadian Association of Co-operative Education (CAFCE).

Ms. Krystle Robinson is the Coop Coordinator of UCN’s Department of Career and Workforce Development. It is within that capacity that Ms. Robinson will serve as the Director for the Manitoba/Nunavut Region.

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No presence informationKEEWATINCC\rnabess11/30/2016 9:12 AM Approved

​University College of the North (UCN) launched its Community Economic Development (CED) program at its regional centre in Pukatawagan, Manitoba on November 29, 2016.

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No presence informationKEEWATINCC\rnabess11/2/2016 11:11 AM Approved

​Students graduating from the Law Enforcement certificate program at University College of the North (UCN) can now apply directly to the RCMP without having to write the RCMP Entrance Exam, a result of the Law Enforcement certificate program receiving an exemption normally only granted to students who have successfully completed a degree or diploma program.

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No presence informationKEEWATINCC\rnabess10/24/2016 11:38 AM Approved

​In terms of life-long memories, former University College of the North (UCN) Adult Learning student Kristopher Blake made one for himself this past weekend. In May of this year Kris was informed that an essay he had written about the difficulties he has faced getting ahead in life after being born with cerebral palsy had garnered top spot in the 2016 edition of the Starr Writer’s and Video contest.

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No presence informationKEEWATINCC\rnabess10/24/2016 9:13 AM Approved

​University College of the North (UCN) has launched a six-week program that is entirely on-line. It’s the first Massive Open On-Line Course (MOOC) launched by UCN and it began last week. The program delves into the world of Hollywood Westerns and is instructed by an expert in that field, Dr. Sue Matheson.

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No presence informationKEEWATINCC\rnabess10/5/2016 2:18 PM Approved

​University College of the North (UCN) will hire an Aboriginal Curriculum Specialist as part of an overall strategy to be connected to northern and Aboriginal peoples.

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No presence informationScott, James9/9/2016 3:46 PM Approved

​Since the announcement was made in late August, 2016,, University College of the North (UCN) has been working with the Town of the Pas, Opaskwayak Cree Nation (OCN) and other stakeholders to respond to Tolko’s anticipated closure as of December 2, 2016. The Tolko closure has a significant impact on the community, and is exacerbated by the earlier announcement that OmniTRAX would be reducing its operations in the area, and the pending closure of the Aseneskak Casino, which is located in OCN, a community immediately adjacent to the Town of The Pas.

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No presence informationKEEWATINCC\rnabess9/1/2016 3:00 PM Approved

​University College of the North (UCN) has included in every course outline the acknowledgement that it operates on the traditional lands of Aboriginal peoples. This  acknowledgement statement reads: “University College of the North acknowledges that its campuses in The Pas and Thompson are located in Treaty No. 5 territory; along with regional centres, these are the traditional territories for many Indigenous peoples whose relationship to the land creates a rich heritage for our northern learning community.”

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No presence informationKEEWATINCC\rnabess9/1/2016 2:55 PM Approved

​The Faculty of Arts, Business, and Science at University College of the North (UCN) is celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Aboriginal and Northern Studies (ANS) degree program. The ANS major, first offered to students in the fall of 2006, is an interdisciplinary program that aims to further understandings of the experiences of Aboriginal peoples and communities in the past and present and to consider regional, national and international dimensions.

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No presence informationKEEWATINCC\rnabess8/29/2016 11:28 AM Approved

​The University College of the North has a mandate to provide accessible, equitable, affordable and relevant education to people of northern Manitoba in locations in which they live.  As a means of achieving this mandate, the Community Based Services division of the University College of the North is once again promoting the Core Funded Rotating Initiative.  This initiative provides for financial support to a maximum of $97,000.00 and is for the delivery of programs in the 2016-2017 academic year. The University College will support two programs for 2016-2017. 

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No presence informationKEEWATINCC\rnabess8/28/2016 2:48 PM Approved

​For the third year, during the period of July 8 – 14, 2016, UCN acted as the lead host in delivering this very successful summer institute that focuses exclusively on First Nations and Metis history, worldviews, challenges/realities, pedagogies and culture to develop the leadership capacity for school and post‐secondary leaders. The University of Saskatchewan and the University of Manitoba are co‐partners in the development and delivery of this camp style, land‐based university course. The fifty participants who attended Onikaniwak could take this course for professional development or for Masters level credit at Brandon University, the University of Manitoba, or the University of Saskatchewan. There was one student who took this course as part of her Doctoral program at the University of Saskatchewan.

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No presence informationKEEWATINCC\rnabess6/28/2016 9:07 AM Approved

​Three UCN faculty members have been awarded UCN seed funding to support their research work. Dr. Selvin Peter (Arts, Business & Science) and co-investigator Gary Melko (Trades & Technology) have been awarded $3,443.26 to investigate ways to improve air composition and energy in diesel engine combustion chambers. And Arts, Business & Science faculty member Jeffray Stepaniuk has been awarded $9,056.82 to compare the use of live-traps with conventional snap-traps in small mammal population studies.

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No presence informationKEEWATINCC\rnabess6/2/2016 9:00 AM Approved

​Today, the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and Minister responsible for Western Economic Diversification Canada, announced $574,000 in funding for the University College of the North (UCN) to establish an Industrial Skills Trades and Training Centre (ISTTC).

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No presence informationKEEWATINCC\rnabess5/19/2016 12:26 PM Approved

​Dr. Dan Smith was today appointed Vice-President of Academic and Research at University College of the North (UCN). Dr. Smith has been fulfilling the role of Vice-President, Academic and Research on an interim basis since September 2015.  Prior to assuming that role, Dr. Smith held the role of Dean, Faculty of Arts, Business and Science.

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No presence informationKEEWATINCC\rnabess5/12/2016 10:49 AM Approved

​Dr. Sue Matheson, an Associate Professor of the English at University College of the North's The Pas campus is launching her latest book, The Westerns and War Films of John Ford, on May 20, 2016. 

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No presence informationKEEWATINCC\rnabess5/12/2016 9:29 AM Approved

​​The 2016 Starr Writer’s and Video Contest winners have been announced, and for the second year in a row a student from University College of the North (UCN) has placed first.  Kristopher Blake is in his second year at UCN’s Adult Learning Centre at the Thompson Campus and finished on top of the essay category.

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No presence informationKEEWATINCC\rnabess3/4/2016 8:50 AM Approved

​University College of the North (UCN) in partnership with the Mathias Colomb Cree Nation held grand opening ceremonies this afternoon (Thursday, March 3, 2016) for the UCN/Pukatawagan Public Library. The ceremony took place at the Sakastew School where the library is located.

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