The Employment Training students and recent graduates enjoyed a delicious holiday pot luck and awards ceremony in the afternoon on December 15th . Awards were given out to the students who achieved academic excellence in each of their programs, Child Care, Bookkeeping, and Sales Service and Trades, followed by certificates for the graduating work experience students.
Each dish was delicious (and quickly devoured) and lots of fun was had. The staff and students said farewell to the recent graduates, several of whom who have already embarked on their careers, with the remainder excited to get started on their job search.
The Employment Training department had its final celebration of the summer 2016 semester on August 18. The students who achieved the highest marks in their Accounting Assistant, Child Care, and Sales Service courses received awards. We also celebrated the students who successfully completed their work experiences with employers around the city.
After an incredible potluck featuring tasty food from around the world, we had to say farewell to the students who have completed their courses and are leaving Columbia for rewarding careers. The other students and staff will miss the graduates, but we are all happy to be beginning a two week holiday before classes resume for the fall semester.
Columbia College’s Community Support Services Department has a venture called, “Columbia Campus Popcorn on the Go!” The students sell popcorn each week to fellow students and staff at the College. On May 17, 2016 the students and their guardians chose to donate all profits from that day to the Canadian Red Cross relief campaign for Fort McMurray.
“I know it will come to good use for Fort McMurray with their houses being burnt down to rebuild and help them out,” stated Jesse, one of the students. Barb, another student, continued, “I think it’s a good thing to help out. They would do it for us, so we should do it for them. I figure if they need help, we should help.”
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Fort McMurray’s College Students
“We at Columbia College are offering to do all we can to support Keyano College students and faculty who have been affected by this fire storm,” announced Dr. J.T. (Tom) Snell earlier today.
Dr. Snell, President of Columbia College, went on to state, “Many of our programs are similar to those offered at Keyano College so it is only natural for us to offer our support to their students and faculty.”
Dr. Snell further stated, “We are offering classroom space for their faculty and students to meet together. If necessary, we can even have some of their students join ours in classes.”
Canadian Down Syndrome Society Worker
Paul is a student in Columbia’s Community Support Services Department. Paul has been working at the Canadian Down Syndrome Society (CDSS) in Calgary since April of 2012. He assists with post office duties, such as packaging all the fun CDSS products (sweaters, calendars, sports equipment) and sending them off to the correct recipient! Paul decided that they spend too much time sitting in the office, and that once every day for about 5 minutes everyone needs to get moving! Paul teaches exercise class on Monday, Wednesday and Friday’s and on Tuesday’s and Thursdays he instructs a dance party!! Everyone in the office joins in and it certainly adds some excitement to the morning!
Criminal Justice Professional Program Plungers
The Students and Staff attended this 2016 Police Plunge in support of the Alberta Special Olympics held at the Arbour Lake Community Centre. Criminal Justice students raised $400.00 and eagerly submerged themselves under the water in sub-zero temperatures for this worthy cause. This year’s event saw members of Calgary region’s enforcement branches of justice and the public to support this fund-raising event collectively raising 104,000.00 for sports and other programs. It was fantastic to see the energy and excitement by our Criminal Justice Professional Program plungers…we are all very proud of you all and the communities that we serve. Congratulations to our students and now to get ready for the Calgary Police Half Marathon and 5km run on April 24th this year.
The Calgary Fire Department members Derek Hansen and Duncan McEwan visited the LINC program Wednesday February 3rd.
They spent 45 minutes with the CLB 1 class and the CLB 2 class. The topics covered were Fire Prevention, Detection and the importance to have an Exit plan. Derek reviewed how to use a fire extinguisher then the students were able to use the fire extinguisher on a laser screen.
The students were very appreciative.
Pet Therapy Presentation
Presenter: Peta Laing, LPN (HCA Facilitator – Columbia College), PALS certified handler
On January 10, 2016, Peta Laing came to Columbia College with her dog Mulligan to visit our Health Care Aide class. Peta and Mulligan gave a presentation related to “Pet Therapy”.
Peta and Mulligan are both trained and certified to participate in the PALS – Calgary (Pet Access League Society) to offer pet therapy to several community members and organizations. Pet Therapy by definition, is the use of trained animals and handlers to achieve specific physical, social, cognitive and emotional goals with patients; also called animal-assisted therapy.