In case you missed anything – a roundup of facts we picked up last month
Assiniboine Community College Assiniboine Community College and the Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology sign MOU
Assiniboine Community College (ACC) and the Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology (MITT) have signed a new Memorandum of Understanding. This MOU opens the door for ACC and MITT to more formally collaborate, which will accelerate the pace at which new and existing program partnerships can be discussed and implemented.
Paul Holden, the President and CEO of MITT said during the signing that “There’s never been a more pivotal time for educational institutions to work together to develop new, relevant and integrated programs; to create better outcomes for students, for employers, and for Manitoba. With 75,000 new people likely to join the provincial work force by 2025, the need to develop relevant training for the next generation is absolutely critical. Assiniboine and MITT recognize this need and we’re actively working in sync to prepare the workforce of tomorrow for the workplace of tomorrow.” Continue reading School Zone – December 2015→
In case you missed anything – a roundup of news we picked up last month from Manitoba’s post-secondary schools.
Assiniboine Community College ACC’s annual provincial impact totals $613 million
A recent study on Assiniboine Community College’s (ACC) economic impact shows a contribution of more than $613 million every year to Manitoba’s economy. Continue reading School Zone→
“It means an academic decathlon. One day, ten events, testing all the knowledge one would gain in high school,” goes the line in the Adam Sandler classic, Billy Madison.
If this explanation referred to business school, it would do a pretty fair job of summarizing the Jeux du Commerce West (JDC West) competition two local business schools just participated in.
JDC West is Western Canada’s largest business competition, which gathers hundreds of students from the top 12 institutions in the region for a three-day, intensive event.
“They try to explain it to you as much as possible… except for when you get there, the atmosphere is just incredible,” describes Julie Kiernan, a first-year participant from The University of Winnipeg’s human resource management team. “Your wakeup calls are at 5 a.m. Mine was at 2. You’re really running on the adrenaline.”
Participating universities send teams of about 50 students to compete in one area of focus in the 10 academic competitions, or in a parliamentary debate, athletic or social competition.
Selections for the teams were made in the spring, and throughout the following fall term, students of The University of Winnipeg team engaged in weekly case studies, threw a charitable event, and held two mock JDC West competitions where corporate sponsors were invited to evaluate.
“It’s a pretty rigorous preparation process,” says David Johnston, who went to his second competition with UWinnipeg this January. “U of W did better than we have in the past… (it’s) probably one of the youngest business schools that go to the competition.”
While the Asper School of Business from the University of Manitoba maintained its long-standing reputation, even being awarded the school of choice at JDC West this year, the U of W is starting to score serious points for its well-prepped business candidates.
“With programs like JDC West and having a lot more students involved in it, there’s more buzz now,” says Kiernan, of the U of W’s faculty of business. “I’ve noticed a huge change in tone and topic about it.”
“I think more people are seeing it as an option for them,” adds Johnston. “U of W students are getting the same jobs as Asper grads.”
Johnston also holds the U of W’s small relative class sizes to its credit. “Because the program is so new here, it’s easier to get involved in things like JDC West,” he says.
Both Kiernan and Johnston have secured employment following their graduation this spring, and credit their education and JDC West experience for shaping their success.
“It’s a really good thing especially for interviews,” says Kiernan. Like when you’re asked those nagging questions like: “Tell me a time when you worked on a team” or had a disagreement.
“It shows you can think for yourself and apply (theory) in an everyday sense,” adds Johnston. “It builds those lasting relationships as well.”
The explosive atmosphere at JDC West was less like a catty cheerleading competition and more like healthy competition between peers.
“There’s so much pride in everybody’s schools… and a lot of support,” says Kiernan. “Everyone’s wanting to meet each other.”
“There really isn’t any bad blood for anyone,” says Johnston.
Not to mention, the competition awards participation marks and holds high standards for their distribution, and the U of W team earned fourth in participation overall.
Though it’s a student event, participation in JDC West doesn’t have to end after graduation. “They do encourage you to stay involved with the competition,” says Kiernan.
Johnston plans to return to his third year in the competition by helping pass on knowledge to the new accounting recruits. “I still hope to come back and maybe coach the team,” he says. “I think it never leaves you.” Applications for The University of Winnipeg’s JDC West 2016 team are now being accepted. Students who have completed a minimum of three business courses are eligible to apply. Email email@example.com for more information on the application process.
Emerson’s eighteen-year-old Tanner Giesbrecht managed to maintain a 96 per cent average while attending the Roseau Valley School in Dominion City. That hard work paid off when he received a call from The University of Winnipeg awarding him the Garnet Kyle Scholarship which covers his tuition, rent, books, transit and more for the next four years.
Giesbrecht arrived at UWinnipeg this past September and is enrolled in sciences and math. He hopes to become a civil engineer. “It was a really big relief to receive this award. I had a really big smile on my face when the call came, and my parents were even more happy and proud,” he says.
The Garnet Kyle Scholarship – worth up to $40,000 – is one of the largest offered to a Canadian student at UWinnipeg. It allows for $10,000 per year of studies to cover tuition and books, accommodation and food. It is unique in that it specifically supports a rural student from Dominion City and the surrounding area for undergraduate or graduate studies at UWinnipeg.
The University of Winnipeg created the Garnet Kyle Scholarship in March 2011 as a result of a very significant $500,000 donation from the estate of the late Garnet Kyle, which the University is matching through the provincial government’s Manitoba Scholarship Bursary Initiative, for a total of $1 million. It is achievement-based, and awarded to a Grade 12 student with an average of 90 per cent or higher – or for graduate students to qualify, they must have an undergraduate grade point average of 4.0 or higher.
Giesbrecht says although he has spent his life living in a smaller rural setting, he is adjusting to campus life. “I like it at The University of Winnipeg because the class sizes are smaller and I am able to get to know people and my professors,” he says, “although living in the city makes you appreciate how quiet it is in the country!”
The late Garnet Kyle was a lifelong resident of Dominion City, longtime Councillor in the RM of Franklin, and school board trustee in the Boundary School Division. He was active in many community projects including construction, at his own expense, of a nine-hole golf course in Dominion City that is free to youth in the area.
“The Garnet Kyle Scholarship allows us to recognize the unique talent that comes from small Manitoba towns and close-knit communities,” says Dr. Annette Trimbee, president and vice-chancellor at UWinnipeg. “We offer our sincere congratulations to Tanner and the hard work that has gone into this significant achievement.” For more information on scholarship opportunities at UWinnipeg, visit http://www.uwinnipeg.ca/awards.
In partnership with The University of Winnipeg, the first ever Mondetta Performance Gear (MPG) on Campus store opened on the second floor of the Duckworth Centre within the United Health and RecPlex, a block-long health and wellness destination.
Students and the general public will have access to the company’s full collection of fashion-forward, technically advanced active apparel. The 600 sq. ft. MPG on Campus store is staffed by UWinnipeg students in partnership with the faculty of business and economics, providing real world training and case study opportunities.
Mondetta Clothing was founded at The University of Winnipeg while all four original founders were students in 1986, so the opening of this store marks the company’s return to its roots. Two sets of brothers struck up a friendship in Riddell Hall – Ash and Prashant Modha, Raj and Amit Bahl, and the Modhas’ cousin, Pratik Modha (who left the company shortly after). Together they would go on to create a global active wear clothing company that today employs 100 people in the United States, China, Hong Kong, and at their head office in Winnipeg.
“Having first started at the UWinnipeg, it is truly an honour and a genuine joy to return with a retail outlet to serve not only the students at the school, but also the Winnipeg community at large,” says Ash Modha, Mondetta CEO. “And as we continue to see the convergence between brick-and-mortar and online stores, MPG on Campus will act as a fantastic learning experience as to how consumers in the future will change their buying behaviours.”
“Mondetta – which means small world – is truly a homegrown success story, and an inspiration to our students: hard work and perseverance do pay off,” says Dr. Annette Trimbee, president and vice-chancellor of UWinnipeg. “We are delighted to bring this store to campus and eventually offer our business students new practicum possibilities.”
The grand opening of MPG On Campus took place on Dec.13. MPG, in partnership with a Korean manufacturing partner, has already opened 15 stores and soft shops in Seoul, which have been well-received as an alternative to the conventional offerings in the active wear market. The Winnipeg store will mark the company’s first foray in retail operations in North America and will be followed by additional store openings in the near future.