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Co-op work programs under review in B.C.
Academica Group
The Private Career Training Institutions Agency (PCTIA) of BC has initiated a review of all co-op work programs at over two dozen institutions in the province, following reports of students doing co-op placements in areas unrelated to their area of study, such as fast-food enterprises. Incomplete placement data, combined with other instances of non-compliance, have already led to the closing of two institutions, and prompted the review of all co-op programs. The institutions cater largely to international students, and offer diploma programs in a variety of fields. A PCTIA spokesperson stated that the reviews are meant to ensure that the guidelines "are clear and the bylaws are being interpreted correctly."
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College of the North Atlantic president talks about college's challenges
Academica Group
The College of the North Atlantic is asking how to prepare students for the careers of the future, after a tough few months of budget cuts and an ongoing need to restrain further, the college's president, Ann Marie Vaughan, told the Rotary Club. "We still have $4 million of reductions to make, and that will be related to the staffing side of the operation," Vaughan told reporters. "We are trying to figure out how we do that right." The president also took the opportunity to talk about the impact that CNA's project in Qatar makes. "When you think about what's going on in the world, when you think about that part of the world, that's fundamentally transformative to a region, and it's an amazing opportunity to be a part of that," says Vaughan. CNA-Qatar has recently signed off on a contract to keep the campus open for another three years.
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Colleges Ontario launches skills mismatch webpage
Academica Group
Colleges Ontario has launched an interactive webpage about the skills mismatch that many have identified as an issue both in Ontario, and internationally. The new page, which features a graphic of a large gear and the tagline closing the skills gap, includes 4 different links to quick facts about the skills mismatch, a graph that shows the projected gap between unskilled workers and unfilled jobs, a stream of the latest news on the issue, and the Twitter hash tag, #skillsmismatch. Colleges Ontario also recently praised the Ontario government's Youth Jobs Strategy, which includes funding for measures aimed at preparing students with skills necessary for the jobs of the future.
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30,000 orders for a gadget not yet built
The Globe and Mail
The wires and bulky gear needed to control video games always struck Stephen Lake and his friends as cumbersome. As undergrads at the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, ON, they started tinkering with wearable wireless alternatives. A year's worth of research has resulted in the Myo wristband, which is worn on the forearm. It senses movements of hand and finger muscles and wirelessly transmits signals that can control games and apps on a computer or smartphone.
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Sarnia showcases biotechnology
Blackburn News
About 35 industrial biotechnology delegates from across the globe are coming to Sarnia-Lambton, touring the county's emerging bio-hybrid chemistry cluster. The delegates, from as far away as France, Netherlands and Brazil, are being hosted by the Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership and The BioIndustrial Innovation Centre.
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Mobile tech sparks customized work revolution
Business News Daily
Flexibility, mobility and independence are what today's workers are striving for in their jobs, new research shows. A study by virtual office provider Intelligent Office revealed that there is a culture shift taking place in which today's workers are personalizing and customizing work in myriad ways, including work style and location.
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Nanotechnology research to advance optical computing
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A research team at Swinburne University of Technology has overcome a fundamental law of optical science that could lead to faster and more energy-efficient optical computing deep sub-diffraction optical beam lithography with nine nm feature size. It would allow Petabyte storage on a single disc or the equivalent of 10.6 years of compressed HD-TV video.
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Co-op work programs under review in B.C.
Academica Group
The Private Career Training Institutions Agency (PCTIA) of BC has initiated a review of all co-op work programs at over two dozen institutions in the province, following reports of students doing co-op placements in areas unrelated to their area of study.

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Nanotechnology and the secret life of knots
Science Daily
Nanotechnologies require a detailed knowledge of the molecular state. For instance, it is useful to know when and how a generic polymer, a long chain of polymers (chain of beads), knots.

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Electric Company brings star power to Vancouver's Space Centre
Vancouver Sun
Have you ever wanted to time travel? The Electric Company takes their audience from 1968 to 2048 in their new show, You Are Very Star debuting at the HR MacMillan Space Centre.

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Consumer demand for technology leading digital business push
CTV News
Consumer use of technology is transforming media and entertainment companies with almost 60 per cent of their revenues expected to come from digital sources by 2015, a new global survey says. The rise of tablets, widespread use of smartphones, social media and faster Internet connections are pushing these companies to create new digital products and services, said the Ernst & Young study.
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3D printing in space on the horizon
Technorati
As our space exploration projects continue to move forward, there are some details to work out if we ever want to take the long non-road trip to Mars. One of the most interesting problems facing astronauts is finding spare parts to fix things on the International Space Station. Well, it appears that 3D printing may provide the solution to that issue.
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