Spring 2006 Issue - CentrepieceV0l4_2 spring by lifemate


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                Spring 2006                                           An update from our English-language vocational career training centres


               Will that be a mountain or garden view?
               This spring, students in the John F. Kennedy Business Centre’s Hotel Reception program will
               welcome guests to their newest property: the iWorld Hotel.
 iWorld has virtually everything you                                  "We needed to replicate an environ-                       downtown Montreal so that they can
 could want in a 200-room four-star                                   ment that would provide students with                     visualize iWorld’s virtual location. Adds
 boutique hotel. "The only thing we can’t                             the feeling they were already working                     Silvana: "We’ll tell them, ‘Take a look
 do is give you a bed!" say project coor-                             for a hotel," says centre director Keith                  around. What you see is what your cus-
                                                                      Imhoff. "When you step through our                        tomers will see. ’ "
                                                                      doors you could be walking into any of                    The innovative program already has
                                                                      the world’s best upscale hotel lobbies."                  fans in the industry. "Both Sol Media
                                                                      The lobby’s front desk has two worksta-                   Hotels and Resorts and Tourisme
                                                                      tions and a concierge desk. Students                      Montréal are behind the program one
                                                                      role play by calling in for reservations                  hundred per cent," say the two program
                                                                      from a computer lab next door. Or they                    coordinators.
                                                                      might go into the lobby and ask for
                                                                      information on a concert at Place des
                                                                      Arts. "The concierge desk accesses the
    Staff, students, English Montreal School
    Board council members and industry part-                          actual Tourisme Montréal Web site,"
    ners celebrate the launch of iWorld Hotel.
                                                                      says Silvana, "so while it’s a simulation,
                                                                      what you’re being told is factual."
 dinators Robert Valentino and Silvana
 Crigna. The centre created a lobby out                               During their 735-hour (seven-month)
 of a former classroom and used IQ ware                               program, students will visit hotels and
 to set up a virtual inventory of rooms.                              attractions in the city. "We’ll also be
 "This is the same software used in sev-                              bringing in guest speakers from the
 eral of the major hotel chains," explains                            industry. The approach is very hands-
 Harry Michalopoulos, assistant centre                                on," emphasizes Robert. One of the first                  This simulation of a boutique-hotel lobby pro-
                                                                      things students will do is head for                       vides the setting for a new hands-on approach
 director.                                                                                                                      to training front-desk clerks.

         Trucking comes to Eastern Shores
                    A need for new drivers in an industry that moves 90% of all consumer goods has led the Eastern
                    Shores School Board to offer its first Heavy Truck Driving program.

The 11 men and 1 woman enrolled in                                  Centre. "This is the only trucking                          supplies the teachers, as well as the
the 615-hour DVS program began                                      course being offered in English east of                     straight trucks and tractor semi-trail-
their training in December 2005.                                    Quebec City."                                               ers required for student learning.
"When they complete it at the end of                                                                                            "We’re also able to use facilities pro-
April, they will have their Class 1                                 The ESSB negotiated an agreement                            vided by the Quebec Transport min-
license, which is the highest driving                               with the Centre de formation en                             istry in nearby New Carlisle for truck-
certification you can get," says Dennis                             transport de Charlesbourg to bring                          washing and off-road maintenance,"
Murray, coordinator for the Hope                                    the program to Hope Town. This                              says Dennis.
Town Professional Education                                         MELS-recognized provincial centre                                                     Continued on page 4


    • SWLSB plans for its first dedicated vocational

      training facility. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .p. 2

    • Volunteer projects at Rosemount Technology
      Centre put a smile on everyone’s face. . . . . . . . .p. 3

    • New MELS guide helps vocational teachers integrate
      evaluation activities into student learning. . . . .p. 4
                                                                                               Graduates of Hope Town’s first Heavy Truck Driving class will have excellent job
                                                      Editorial                                                                                                                    SWLSB plans for its
                                                   Lifelong learning includes lifelong evaluation                                                                                  first dedicated centre
                                                              To this day, I remember my father’s reaction after I had successfully passed                                         For 20 years, Alain Guay
                                                              my driver’s test. "Now you can really start to learn to drive," he said.                                             was a youth-sector
                                                                                                                                                                                   principal with the Sir

    [                            His words weren’t meant to
                                 disparage my success. He was
                 simply pointing out that what I had mastered
                 so far was just the beginning—that I would
                 continue to learn by observing myself and
                 other drivers operating in all kinds of condi-
                                                                                                               dent is in the evaluation process, the more
                                                                                                               learning takes place.
                                                                                                               By placing more emphasis on student self-
                                                                                                               evaluation, the MELS’ Policy on the
                                                                                                               Evaluation of Learning (see Trends, p. 4)
                                                                                                                                                                                   Wilfrid Laurier School
                                                                                                                                                                                   Board; now he’s on a
                                                                                                                                                                                   mission to promote
                                                                                                                                                                                   vocational training,
                                                                                                                                                                                   starting with a centre
                                                                                                                                                                                   that will open its doors      Alain Guay
                                                                                                               encourages students to adopt the attitudes
                 tions in different vehicles on a variety of sur-                                                                                                                  in the fall of 2006.
                                                                                                               required to assess their own performance
                                                                                                               once they move into the workplace. That                             In his new position as Director of Adult
                 In retrospect, what was more significant was                                                  readiness to learn from one’s own observa-                          Education and centre director, Alain is
                 the openness to continuous learning and                                                       tions, and from the feedback of employers,                          aware there’s work to be done. "We’re the
                 self-evaluation that he was fostering. In fact,                                               colleagues, family and friends, is something                        third largest English-speaking board in
                 several years later when I was preparing for a                                                my father well understood.                                          Quebec, yet we’ve never had a centre dedi-
                 trip to Europe, it was one of my students who
                 gave me my first lesson in driving a standard
                 The ability to continuously learn is one of the                                                      Barbara Goode
                                                                                                                                                                            ]      cated to vocational training." (Vocational
                                                                                                                                                                                   and general adult education programs cur-
                                                                                                                                                                                   rently share premises in the Chomedy
                                                                                                                                                                                   Centre, which is located in a high-school
                 essential skills that Human Resources and                                                            Direction des politiques et des projets
                 Skills Development Canada defines as provid-                                                         SCA, MELS                                                    That’s about to change. SWLSB has just
                 ing "the foundation for learning all other                                                                                                                        signed an agreement with the Commission
                 skills." A good teacher knows that there is no                                                 To learn more about HRSDC’s                                        scolaire de Laval to take over the former
                 continuous learning without continuous eval-                                                   nine Essential Skills, visit                                       École St-Christophe in the Pont-Viau
                 uation and that the more involved the stu-                                                     www.hrsdc-rhdcc.gc.ca/essentialskills                              section of Laval and transform it into a
                                                                                                                                                                                   vocational centre.

                                                                                                                                                                                   "We need to do renovations," says Alain, but
                                                                                                                                                                                   it’s in a great location, close to the Henri-
                                                               Spreading the word within Riverside                                                                                 Bourassa metro and with lots of parking.
                                                                                                                                                                                   People are excited. Our commissioners and
                                                   Now that it has settled into new premises and has an expansion plan in the works,
                                                                                                                                                                                   principals are backing us. Everyone agrees
                                                   the ACCESS Career Centre has designated 2006 as the year of raising awareness.
                                                                                                                                                                                   it’s time to make vocational training more
                                                                                                                                                                                   visible." A name-the-centre contest and
          ACCESS has come a long way in a short                                                            er classes permit. Stephanie Salinitri, 21, tried                       more aggressive marketing are other initia-
          time. Its Accounting and Secretarial                                                             college before she came to ACCESS. "The classes                         tives in the works.
          Studies programs are well established with                                                       were big and I’m not one to drag things out,"
          a 90% employment rate for its DVS gradu-                                                         she says. After completing her one-year
                                                                                                           Secretarial Studies program, she sent out 10 CVs                          "I see a lot of my former students and
          ates. "In November 2005 we launched our
                                                                                                           on a Monday and had eight calls the next day.                             it's fantastic to watch their progress."
          first Bricklaying-Masonry program and
          next fall we’re planning to introduce the first                                                  "When I came here, I had no computer or busi-
          of three new programs in the health sector,"                                                     ness skills," says Jennifer Barrett, 24, another                        Alain’s experience as both an elementary
          says Stephen Lessard, Riverside School                                                           Secretarial graduate. "Now my friends call me                           and high school principal gives him a
                                                                                                           for computer advice." Joanne Glide, an expe-                            unique perspective on vocational training. "I
          Board’s Director, Adult and Career
                                                                                                           rienced bilingual accounting clerk who was laid                         see a lot of my former students here and it’s
          Education-Technology Services. "There is an
                                                                                                           off and unable to find a job, came to ACCESS to                         fantastic to watch their progress." Even
          economic boom in the Montérégie and                                                                                                                                      some who were his "best customers" have
                                                                                                           obtain her diploma and is now turning down
          industry is crying for skilled vocational                                                                                                                                amazed him with their success. "In high
                                                                                                           job offers.
          graduates," adds centre director, Carole                                                                                                                                 school, I used to have to remind them to go
          McCarthy.                                                                                        The team at ACCESS hopes to see many more                               to class, but now they’ve found a purpose;
                                                                                                           young people with similar success stories pass                          they are always doing their work. And there
          Increasing the number of students under 20
                                                                                                           through their doors.                                                    are no bells here! That really struck me
          is one of the centre’s goals. Earlier this year,                                                                                                                         when I first arrived."
          high school and elementary principals had
          the opportunity to tour the centre and hear                                                                                                                              With the preparations for the new centre,
                                                                                                                                                                                   Alain is also intent on adding value to his
          directly from students how vocational train-
                                                                                                                                                                                   students’ training beyond their program
          ing has given them a new direction and                                                                                                                                   work. "We want to turn one class into a
          sense of professionalism. "We also plan to                                                                                                                               conference room and bring in speakers from
          invite the guidance counsellors and make                                                                                                                                 different backgrounds. We really want to be
          presentations to the parents’ committee and                                                                                                                              part of the community and to make our
          as many governing boards as possible," says                                                                                                                              centre known."
          program coordinator Carole Arsenault.
          Students remark on the family-like atmos-
                                                                                                                                                                                ACCESS graduates Jennifer Barrett (left) and
          phere and one-on-one attention that small-                                                                                                                            Stephanie Salinitri.

2       Spring 2006

              Centre People

      "A beautiful atmosphere"
               You can hear the pride in Bob Di Fabio’s voice when he explains how Cabinet Making and
               Furniture Finishing teachers and students at Rosemount Technology Centre give back to their
      Take the 30 rocking horses they built this past December for
      donation to several EMSB schools, a women’s shelter and
      the Montreal Children’s Hospital. "Teacher Chris Honce led
      the team on that project," says Bob Di Fabio, who coordi-
      nates the Cabinet Making and Furniture Finishing programs
      and is the man behind the rocking horses. Bob built the
      original one seven years ago for his then two-year-old
      daughter. "When I brought it into the shop, the teachers
      and students went nuts. We realized this was something we
      could do to give back to the community." One rocking horse
      gave rise to three or four more that were given to needy
      families; each year since, the number of volunteers—and
      horses—has multiplied.                                                                                                                                     Program coordinator Bob Di Fabio
                                                                                                                                                                 designed and built the original rock-
                                                                                                                                                                 ing horse.
      Another project has teacher Jim LaRocque and his students
      coming in early or staying late to build wooden donation
                                                                    One                               rocking horse led to three or four more . . .
      boxes for a foundation created in memory of a young
      cancer victim. There are also plans to build pamphlet racks for a                                        design and get more experience." It also makes for what Bob
      local chapter of Alcoholics Anonymous and to donate student-                                             describes as "a beautiful atmosphere. You walk into the shop and
      made furniture to area nursing homes.                                                                    people are smiling while they’re working."

      "This is all work done outside the regular program and it’s all done                                     Congratulations to all the students and teachers who make these
      on a voluntary basis," notes Bob. "It helps the students learn to                                        projects possible year after year.

                                          Olympic-worthy performances
                                At least seven regional medallists from English-language centres will be going on to
                                compete at the 2006 provincial-level vocational training "Olympiades" in Quebec City.

                                Graham                                                    During regional competitions                      While some results were still unavailable at
                                                                                          held in February and March,                       press time, we know that these medal-win-
                                                                                          students from nine English-                       ning students will be competing provincially:
                                                                                          language centres and more
                                                                                          than a dozen vocational train-                    • Benjamin Laliberté, Cowansville
                                                                                          ing programs competed for                           Vocational Centre, gold medallist,
                                                                                          the right to go on to the                           Desktop Publishing, Montérégie;
                                                                                          provincial-level competition.                     • Marlena Pacheco, JFK Business Centre,
Marlena Pacheco
                                                                                          In addition, four English cen-                      silver medallist, Professional Sales,
                                                                                          tres distinguished themselves                       Montreal;
                                                                                          by hosting regional competi-                      • Graham Hood, Pearson Adult and
                                                                                          tions:                                              Career Centre (PACC), gold medallist,
                                                                                                                                              Professional Cooking, Montreal;
                                                                           • Nova Career Centre                                             • Raquel Perez Rollinson and Song Li,
                                                                             (NFSB): Auto Mechanics                                           also from PACC, gold and silver medallists
                                                                           • Gordon Robertson Career                                          respectively, Pastry Making, Montreal;
                                                                             Centre (LBPSB):                                                • Hai Feng Liu, Rosemount Technology
                                                                             Hairdressing                                                     Centre (RTC), gold medallist, Cabinet
                                                                           • John F. Kennedy Business                                         Making, Montreal;
         Benjamin Laliberté                         Raquel Perez Rollinson   Centre (EMSB): Professional                                    • Miriam Friedman, also from RTC, gold
                                                                             Sales                                                            medallist, Desktop Publishing, Montreal.
                                                • Rosemount Technology Centre (EMSB): Cabinet Making
                                                  and Desktop Publishing.                                                                   Best of luck to all of them!

    Trucking comes to Eastern Shores                                                                      Continued from page 1

    The Hope Town participants range in age              infrastructure in the Gaspé is
    from their mid-20s to mid-50s. Several               generating new transportation contracts
    are from farming backgrounds and have                and employment possibilities.                                            SECOND GROUP PLANNED
    been around heavy equipment all their
                                                                                                                                  The ESSB is now interviewing potential
    lives. As future truckers, their job                 Students undergo background security
                                                                                                                                  students for Hope Town’s second Heavy
    prospects are excellent. According to the            checks and regular drug and alcohol test-
                                                                                                                                  Truck Driving class. "We have 16 candidates
    Canadian Human Resources Trucking                    ing. In addition to the approximately 400                                and counting from the town of Gaspé,
    Council, a truck crosses the Canada/U.S.             hours of training they spend behind the                                  Escuminac and the Baie des Chaleurs area
    border every 2.5 seconds and some                    wheel, they cover such topics as laws and                                and are projecting a start-up date of either
    37,000 new drivers are needed annually.              regulations, navigational aids, roadside                                 June or September," says Dennis Murray.
    Locally, the development of wind-power               repairs, loading and unloading and occu-                                 For information, contact (418) 752-3848 or
                                                         pational health and safety.                                              hopeadm@globetrotter.net

    Trends                         Integrating learning and evaluation activities
       Using evaluation activities to help              tify those areas where the student needs addi-
       students learn—not just to certify               tional practice or explanation.
       competency—is already common prac-
       tice among many vocational teachers.         To help this process along, MELS has created a
                                                    new guide specific to vocational training to
    There are no maybes when it comes to the
                                                                                complement the
    formal evaluation that takes
                                                                                revised Policy on
    place at the end of each voca-        THREE-YEAR PLAN                       the Evaluation of
    tional training module. In Auto
                                    MELS has committed to a three-year          Learning that came
    Mechanics, students can either
                                    plan to provide pedagogical leadership      into effect in 2003.
    adjust brakes or they can’t; in
                                    and support to implement the revised        "Many experienced
    Professional Cooking, their     evaluation policy. In early February,       vocational teachers
    white sauce is either appetiz-  close to 30 centre administrators,          already integrate a
    ing and lump-free or it isn’t.  teachers and program leaders from
                                                                                variety of evalua-
    "Passing marks vary depending   English boards attended a two-day
                                    workshop led by Marthe Couture. "The        tion activities into
    on the competency," says
                                    idea is that these individuals will now     student learning,"
    Marthe Couture. "But they are
                                    go back to their boards and dissemi-        notes Marthe. But
    often 85% or higher because
                                    nate what they have learned," she           for new teachers —
    we are preparing people for
                                    says. An interactive Web site for board     or for those look-
    the workforce and certifying
                                    coordinators and additional informa-        ing for fresh inspi-
    their competency for an entry-  tion sessions are also being planned.       ration—this guide
    level position."
                                                                                will be a real boon.                        The Reference Framework for Planning Learning and
                                                                                                                            Evaluation Activities is available online at:
    Involving students in their own                                                                                         http://www.inforoutefpt.org/documents/cadrereference/Ca
                                                        "Its beauty is that it helps teachers create the                    drereference_anglais.pdf
                                                        diagnostic tools required to adjust their teach-
                                                        ing and evaluation techniques to students’
    Marthe, who recently retired as a centre
    administrator with the Lester B. Pearson
                                                        needs – everything is spelled out," adds Marthe.                                Need additional copies
                                                        "Students will also know, from the very moment
    School Board, believes those stringent stan-                                                                                           of Centrepiece?
                                                        they are introduced to a competency, exactly
    dards are all the more reason to involve stu-
                                                        what they are being evaluated on."                                              Contact Doris Kerec at
    dents early in their own evaluation. In that                                                                                  Learning Materials — a division of
    way, student and teacher can together iden-                                                                                  LEARN. Telephone: 1-888-622-2212 or
                                                                                                                                    e-mail dkerec@eerflmc.qc.ca

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