On Friday January 30, 2015 the Integrated Training program held an award ceremony for students in the Sales, Service, Trades, Child Care and Bookkeeping programs. Students were recognized for their hard work, dedication and achievements over the last 2 months. Certificates were awarded to students for perfect attendance, highest marks in individual classes, fastest typing speed, positive attitude, professionalism, most improved, persistence etc. After the ceremony, staff and students enjoyed a potluck feast.
Calgary has had a shortage of Child Care options and spaces for years. Today, we are excited to announce that Columbia College has just opened the brand new Columbia College Child Care and Early Education Centre.
This new Centre is located in North East Calgary in close proximity to downtown. The Centre is open to the public and offers space for children between the ages of 1 and 6 years old. Each spacious room has plenty of windows to provide natural light.
This not-for-profit Child Care Centre provides early learning and child care in a nurturing, inclusive, and multi-cultural environment. It exists to support children in their social-emotional, physical, and cognitive development, and strive to inspire children to become lifelong learners.
On July 4th, Columbia College hosted its annual Stampede chili cook off. Students, staff, government representatives, and community partners all joined in on the fun.
Calgary Region Immigrant Employment Council’s (CRIEC) Bruce Randall (Executive Director) and Jaya Dharan (Mentoring Support Coordinator) joined in on the fun along with Columbia College’s Doug Leong (Career Services and Employment Coordinator).
Doug cooked the burgers, while Jaya served up some chili. Bruce was one of the celebrity judges of the great chili cook-off!
|Calgary, AB – October 23, 2012 -Columbia College Corporation announced today the formal establishment of Columbia College Calgary, a non-profit organization. According to the college President, Dr. J.T. (Tom) Snell, this new organization is committed to the same principles, educational philosophy, values, outcomes, and outstanding educational results as Columbia College Corporation (a for-profit organization) has achieved.|
Dr. Snell stated that “by any measure of quality – faculty qualifications, curriculum, class sizes, student supports, student outcomes on national exams, or the results of an international study -Columbia College Corporation has consistently maintained high quality outcomes when compared to other colleges across Canada and the United States.” Dr. Snell anticipates this new entity will open more doors to its graduates that will enable them to complete their university education at an even greater number of educational institutions across Canada.
“Since the name Columbia College has been well established over the last 26 years, it will be the operating name adopted by Columbia College Calgary,” stated Dr. Snell.
Dr. Snell concluded by saying that, “this decision was motivated by what we believe is in the best interest of our current and future students.”
|Jessica S. enrolled in the Columbia College Community Support Services Department for the same reasons that any 18 year old would enroll in post-secondary education. She wanted to continue her education as a means of achieving her goal of being employed and becoming an independent adult. However, Jessica had many challenges including poor self-esteem and confidence, lack of knowledge as to her skills and abilities and delayed learning. Now 20 years old, Jessica has achieved her goal of being successfully employed; working in the retail industry where she processes sales, confirms inventory and handles customer complaints.|
Jessica writes: “Thanks for all your support that you have given me at Columbia College. I had a great experience getting to know all the teachers and students. I appreciate you all helping me find this great job.”
The Columbia College Community Support Services Department celebrated its 25th anniversary on August 1, 2012. With a focus on community inclusion, the department assists adults with developmental disabilities to secure and maintain employment, volunteer, recreation and leisure opportunities. Since inception these services have been funded by the Government of Alberta; currently through the Department of Human Services, Calgary Region Community Board Persons with Developmental Disabilities.
Over the years the Community Support Services Department has assisted hundreds of individuals like Jessica to achieve their goals of securing and
Bruce Skorobohach, the Department Director states that, “the Community Support Services Department assists people with developmental disabilities to
“Whereas most agencies in North America help get these adults working with the aid of a support worker,” states Dr. Snell, President of Columbia College, “we are proud to have placed over 500 adults with developmental disabilities into competitive employment without a support worker. This has made us quite unique and we are very proud of it.”
English as Second Language students were grouped geographically and had the opportunity to share information about their home countries. Fatima Luqman, Acting Program Chair of the Academic Skills Development Department, stated “What I truly love about International Day is that it’s a chance for our students to host a celebration meant to showcase their cultural heritage, by creating interactive displays and activities highlighting music, dance, food, and traditions of their countries and to celebrate the College’s cultural diversity”.
|Each year governments around the world are challenged to balance their budgets, and it seems each year they look at the same two solutions – either increasing taxes or reducing government spending by reducing services. Yet, there is a third alternative, and that is to find more creative and innovative ways of delivering programs and services.|
The following paragraphs describe six related activities that will create a cultural paradigm shift.
Introduce such new tools as Social Impact Bonds and expand the use of current tools such as public-private partnerships, pilot projects, and demonstration projects. Each of these should be used to introduce and explore new innovative and creative ways to deliver current programs and services. They should also approach this in a more efficient and effective manner that clearly realizes actual financial savings to the overall government budget.
Challenge all public and private programs and service providers (including health care, education, higher education, and social services) to propose more innovative and creative ways of providing current services that ensure the level and quality of service, yet clearly reduces the actual cost. The first step in this regard is to have each department conduct a basic analysis of all programs and services delivered on its behalf to determine unit costs. For example, what does it cost to replace a knee or deliver a year of education. This basic analysis will help make providers, department personnel, elected officials, and the public more aware of what the actual cost is for each program and service. It will also help to determine where they are getting the best bang of the taxpayer’s buck.
Ensure that the public is able to make more informed and objective decisions of where to obtain government sponsored programs and services in health, education, social sciences, etc. by establishing a public website for each department. Each website will provide comparative and objective information about each provider. This will further increase accountability and make government more transparent.
Move away from an essentially singular provider of programs and services, such as in education and health care to one where the public has many choices of public and private providers. Establish a policy stating that where the public goes, so does the government’s financial support. This change will create a competitive environment that focuses service providers’ attention more on quality of service and customer satisfaction.
Challenge all individuals who are responsible for either monitoring or delivering programs and services to strengthen their leadership, management, and innovative skills.
Celebrate and reward government department personnel as well as specific organizations and individuals who clearly contribute to the creation of this new culture.
It is firmly believed that by taking the above action, the government will create a new paradigm shift in how service providers approach budgets and deliver service.
|It has become clear to me that some of the media in this province seem to consider the new Premier a left-leaning Liberal or worse. In fact, they had me believing a lot of their rhetoric until I took the time to visit her website (AlisonRedford.ca). Although my personal interest is in one policy arena, I decided to read every section and every word on her site. What I learned really impressed me. She not only shared broad views and visions but went on to make specific policy statements such as:|
Of course, if this were all you received a report on, you would think that Alison Redford was only focused on social issues. However, if you went on to read the many other policy statements on her website, you would develop a different perception.
For example, she wants a citizen-centered government (customer focused – wow, that would be neat) that is much more transparent and accountable. She wants to reduce duplication and improve service efficiency (therefore reduce spending). To be more specific, she goes on to state that she wants to:
Move to outcome-based performance measures (great idea, let’s focus on results)
The new Premier is committed to the new pipeline to the west coast and to make business and job growth her highest priority. Of course it is a matter of perception but I believe she will be a leader that keeps an effective balance between our province’s social needs and our fiscal future. This doesn’t sound like a socialist to me.
Dr. J.T. (Tom) Snell
Calgary college performs above average in all key measures
Columbia College today announced the results of an important international study that looked at the degree students are engaged in their education. The Community College Survey of Student Engagement, conducted annually by the University of Texas includes most two year public and private colleges in the United States as well as a number of colleges in Canada. Columbia College performed above average on all five measures of student engagement. In addition, Columbia scored in the top ten per cent of colleges in North America in two critical areas of student engagement; they are academic challenge and active collaborative learning.