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Winnipeg Technical College to undergo name change, expanded role
Academica Group
Manitoba has introduced legislation that would expand the role of the Winnipeg Technical College under a new name, the Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology (MITT). Under the new legislation, MITT would be able to offer expanded opportunities in skills training for secondary and post-secondary students. WTC currently provides hands-on training for jobs in the fields of health care and human services, information and business technology, and the skilled trades.
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Cambrian College hires new president
Cambrian College of Applied Arts and Technology
Cambrian College's Board of Governors is pleased to announce that Bill Best has been appointed President of Cambrian College. He will succeed Interim President Sonia Del Missier, effective August 5. "The Board is pleased to welcome Bill Best to Cambrian College and to the Sudbury community," said Eric Kohtakangas, Chair of the College's Board of Governors.
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$4.6 million employer survey results sit unused
Academica Group
A survey of 25,000 employers could yield valuable information about Canada's skills gap, but remains unanalyzed due to a lack of funding. The $4.6 million survey, carried out by Statistics Canada on behalf of Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC, formerly HRSDC), asked employers about workplace demographics and anticipated skill shortages, as well as about the use of temporary foreign workers, difficult-to-fill positions, and "green" jobs.
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Increasing the number of skilled trades workers has quickly become a top priority for Canadian governments and business. Yet young people who try to enroll in trades programs often face long waiting lists because funding for that training hasn't grown along with the need. Community colleges and polytechnics are crucial to preparing skilled trades workers, and must receive a larger portion of the post-secondary funding pie. And that's just the first step.
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Government approach to filling top national lab job worries scientists
CBC News
Though most people are in the dark about it, the top job at Canada's National Microbiology Laboratory is vacant. And some of the few who know are deeply concerned about the effort afoot to fill it. While the laboratory's website still lists him as scientific director, Dr. Frank Plummer quietly ended his nearly 14-year tenure as head of the Winnipeg lab. In equally low-key fashion, the federal government posted his position on a government jobs website, giving would-be candidates scant time to submit applications.
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Winnipeg Technical College to undergo name change, expanded role
Academica Group
Manitoba has introduced legislation that would expand the role of the Winnipeg Technical College under a new name, the Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology (MITT). Under the new legislation, MITT would be able to offer expanded opportunities in skills training for secondary and post-secondary students.

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Windsor student wins 3-D redesign challenge
Windsor Star
A Windsor, ON, student is walking away with a big win on a global scale. Marco Angione, an 18-year-old Grade 12 student at Catholic Central High School, won first place worldwide recently in the high school category of the Stratasys Extreme Redesign 3-D Printing Challenge.

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Canada's 'skills gap' is actually an 'experience gap'
Maclean's
Sophie Borwein, a researcher with the provincially funded Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario, is trying to "cut through the noise" around Canada's skills-gap debate by studying what types of skills employers are actually looking for in new graduates. What she's found is that the problem facing Canada's economy isn't a lack of skills so much as an "experience gap."

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More mining companies investing in simulation technology
Mining.com
Investments in mining equipment simulator systems is growing, despite cautiousness and slowdown in the industry, says Greg Lew, Executive Vice President of Global Business Development at South Africa-based Thoroughbred Technologies. According to the expert, advanced training simulators are increasingly being seen as a sound investment. Some big projects, including India-based Hindustan Zinc, recently bought into simulation to enhance their core fundamental performance.
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3-D printed cast could heal bones 40 per cent faster
The Telegraph
A 3-D printed medical cast could help bones to heal up to 40 per cent faster. The black cast, known as the Osteoid, uses an ultrasound system which makes bones heal more quickly. With a lattice pattern, it is filled with ventilation holes which the designer says means it does not smell or itch- unlike traditional casts. The cast is combined with a low intensity pulsed ultrasound system, known as LIPUS, for 20 minutes a day, which the designer claims will reduce the healing process of fractures by up to 38 per cent.
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Space technology aids water power
Truthdig
Space technology is to be used to help engineers make the most of humanity's oldest form of renewable energy production, water power. There is vast potential for run-of-the-river hydropower schemes that use the natural flow of water to produce power without large-scale works. There are many thousand former mill sites around the world where the water power is still there but no longer utilised.
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