February 28, 2007
Monthly Report, February 2007
Provincial Budget College Funding 2007/08 College and School District Partnerships
The provincial budget was tabled in the legislature on On February 21, the B.C. Ministries of Education and
February 20. Details regarding next year’s funding for Advanced Education hosted a meeting of the province’s
the College from the Ministry of Advanced Education 60 school district superintendents and 15 college and
are expected to be provided in writing within the next university-college presidents. The meeting was also
three weeks. As of this date, it appears that any attended by Ministers Murray Coell and Shirley Bond.
increases in funding will be targeted at specific The agenda included showcase presentations by seven
government program priorities (e.g. health, trades, colleges and some of their school districts highlighting
aboriginal needs). It is also evident that there will not success stories in collaboration in the areas of Adult
be a general increase in funding that we could use to Basic Education and Trades Training. Copies of the
offset the impacts of inflation. However, the provincial presentations made by colleges and school districts
government will provide funding to cover increased (including CNC and School District #91) are available at
costs associated with negotiated employee contracts. http://www.bcssa.org.
Prince George School District #57 Aboriginal Nursing Career Fairs
The CNC College Board met with the Board of Trustees The College has received a $14,684 grant from the
of School District #57 on February 20. The Boards province to fund Aboriginal Nursing Career Fairs as
discussed Career Technical Centre (CTC) programs, part of the province-wide Aboriginal Nursing Strategy.
secondary school transitions to trades training, Literacy The fairs will be designed to encourage Aboriginal
and Adult Basic Education. It was agreed that the two students to realize the importance of math and science
boards would work together to seek increased funding in school and to build awareness of nursing as a
for CTC offerings and will request a joint meeting with profession. Up to forty interested youth will be invited
our MLAs. The College agreed to participate in the to ‘Explore Nursing Days’, which will also include an
District’s Springboard to Success scholarship program. interactive tour of the CNC nursing labs.
Meeting with Minister Bond Town Hall Meetings (Prince George)
On February 9, CNC Board Chair Art Robin, Vice Chair, The next of these general informal sessions to discuss
Bruce Sutherland, and Lynn Jacques met with Minister current issues and college developments are
Shirley Bond at CNC. Briefing Notes regarding CNC’s scheduled for Wednesday, March 28 at 3:00pm and
Challenges/Concerns, Good News and Other Matters Thursday, March 29 at 10:00am. Everyone is welcome
were reviewed during the meeting. Another meeting and encouraged to attend one of these meetings.
with all three MLAs is being planned for March 21.
Safety and Security Town Hall Forum UNBC
A “Town Hall Forum” regarding college safety, security A meeting was held on February 14 involving many of
and emergency response procedures was held at the CNC’s and UNBC’s administrators. Agenda items
Prince George Campus on February 28. The Forum related to increasing and improving effective bi-lateral
was attended by 30 college employees and students. collaboration between the college and university. Our
Presentations by Cris Munro, Jim Hoyer and Burke shared goal is to expand and enhance students’ access
Gulbranson provided information regarding the college’s to opportunities and better integrate our programs and
occupational health and safety program, emergency services. Items we will be following up on include: dual
response and security related services. Participants admission and registration, block transfer for diploma
brainstormed questions and suggestions for improving programs into new UNBC degrees, the NorthLink
employee and student safety and security that will be project, and joint marketing and promotional activities.
used in future planning and development.
People at CNC are involved in a wide variety and large number of exciting and positive program,
service and community related initiatives. Listed on the following page, is a small sample of
individuals and groups that have recently deserved the College’s Congratulations and Thanks!
Congratulations to. . . Thank you to . . .
. . . the Culinary Arts program faculty and students on . . . everyone who participated in “Path to Your Future”
winning the Peoples’ Choice Award for the “Best and “Journey through the Trades” career fairs on
Menu” at the recent Prince George Phantom Dinner. February 22 and 23 – both were great successes.
. . . Mellhina Dragusica on being nominated for a . . . the Food Services and Cafeteria staff for their
Disability Resource Network of B.C. “Celebration of excellent (delicious) work in support of the many catered
Excellence” Award. functions that are held at the Prince George campus.
. . . Marlene Erickson on her recent election to be the . . . the Trades Division office (Jan, Debbie, Arlene) for
Chairperson of the Aboriginal Education Board for outstanding work in maximizing enrollments in our
School District #57. apprenticeship courses during the past year.
. . . the CNC Black History Month Committee for . . . Joan Ragsdale (Lakes District) and Ray Lemoigne
organizing the excellent program of educational and (SD#91) for making a presentation on behalf of CNC and
cultural events that occurred during February. the Nechako Lakes School District showcasing our adult
education partnership at the February 21 meeting of
. . . George Kennedy and the Business the Next school district superintendents and college presidents.
Generation program for the launch of the new company
PG Bio-fuel Inc. and the extensive media and political . . . Christine Jackman and New Media Communications
attention this has garnered the program and CNC. and Design program students who made an interesting
and informative presentation on the NMCD program at
. . . Reinhard Wildauer on successful completion of the the February 16 College Board meeting.
Machinist program curriculum development project
and the first program delivery of the new course. . . . Tom Hurt, Debbie Taylor and Sue McAllister for their
work on the development of the new fundraising donor
. . . Peter Maides and Cinema CNC for the outstanding database.
line-up of films being screened over the next month.
. . . the Students Association and college employees who
. .. . . faculty members Bryan Andrews, Dan Aitken, organized the CNC Wellness Fair on February 14.
Alan Buswell, Alison Duperron, David Rourke, Jolanta
Caputa, Sandy Ollech on being granted a period of . . . Kim Ward-Roberts for her recent work in Chiloe,
Education Leave in the 2007/08 academic year. Chile in connection with the College’s international
education partnership development.
. . . faculty members Marie Parker, Paul Barber, Jill
Vickers, Nancy Lynch, Patricia Noble and Edward . . . Facilities Services (e.g. Jeff, Ron, Alva, Laurier) for
Dobrowolski on their upcoming retirements in 2007. the many “set-ups and take downs” associated with
activities and events at the Prince George campus.
. . . Ann McCormick, Program Assistant in Fort St.
James for successfully establishing the Office Worker . . . Bill Deutch and other trades faculty for hosting the
Preparation program. Society of Vocational Instructors (SVI) conference and
organizing the return of the “Fish Fry” to the Prince
. . . Nechako Campus on the start-up of the entry level George Campus (planned for May 4).
carpentry program in February with 16 students.
. . . Bev Miller for outstanding service to students while
. . . the Quesnel Campus on successful completion of providing vacation coverage in the Centre for Student
a third entry level Electrical program. Success.
. . . Lakes District on the start of their Home Support/ . . . Ed Morrice and the Forestry program faculty for their
Resident Care Attendant program. work “above and beyond the call” in support of student
recruitment for the Fall 2007 program intake.
. . . Darlene Anderson for being recognized by the
Prince George Spruce Kings Hockey Club as one of . . . Peter Briscoe for arranging and attending the
their outstanding volunteers for more than 10 years. Hospitality program Case Competition at the University
of Victoria with five CNC students.
Prepared by . . . Ron Ryan who will accompany four business
students to the BC Business Student Simulation
Competition at Malaspina University College in March.
. . . Information Technology Services staff for keeping the
computers and network services “up and running” well.