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Career Services Helping Students

For new graduates or students looking for summer employment, Career Services is here to help. Students can contact Career Services for assistance with their resume or cover letter and learn how to prepare for a remote interview.

The job board has many part-time, full-time, and summer employment opportunities within the Eastern Ontario region. Updates are completed daily and students can create a job posting alert to have the latest job opportunities sent directly to their email based on their search criteria.

If you know of a student with employment related questions, you can suggest they email careerservices@sl.on.ca.

 

Our People

Record-setting College Conversations Event – Answers to Your Questions

group of 3 people icons with speech bubblesOn Wednesday, April 15, 520 SLC staff and faculty attended the first virtual College Conversations event. Glenn was able to answer some questions live/online however there was not enough time to answer every question that was received, and other questions have continued to be submitted since the event finished. Read below for the first batch of Q&A related to College Conversations, and for the link to submit your feedback or questions, if you have not already had a chance to do so.

Questions are listed below, and some have been adjusted if they included references to specific individuals or needed extra context. This is the first of several response sections for questions from College Conversations – others will follow in subsequent newsletters. To submit feedback on the event, or a question for Glenn, click here.

Question: Is there any way to hold/stop charging the parking fee for spring for those who purchased a one-year parking pass since we are not allowed on campus right now?
Answer: Fees for parking passes were stopped as of April 24th and a message to all staff and students about how parking refunds and credits will be issued will be sent shortly.

Question: If the Limestone board continues regular classes in May or June, would the college rethink about opening for face-to-face classes in the spring/summer term?
Answer: As noted in previous correspondence to our students and employees, we have made the decision to offer our spring/summer semester programs through alternative delivery off our campuses. Given we cannot know when we will be able to gather again on our campuses, we made a definitive choice to ensure that our students, faculty and staff can move ahead with planning and studying without risk that they will need to change course partway through the semester.

Question: Convocation is such a positive event for everyone - is there something we as staff can do to celebrate our grads this year?
Answer: The team in the Registrar’s office is working tirelessly on a plan for convocation, and I am excited by the ideas I see taking shape. The class of 2020 will have the chance to celebrate and be celebrated, and I know several programs have hosted informal online gatherings already. As our plan progresses, I would encourage anyone in regular touch with a student who has finished, to congratulate them on their accomplishments. Also as many of you know, convocation and the awarding of the SLC credential is a symbol of our student’s success. It is the most important day of the year for our students and for us and although celebrations this year may shift a little, we will still celebrate the hard work of each one of our students

Question: When is the virtual open house?
Answer: You will find details on the virtual Program Showcase (as it is being called), further down in this week’s newsletter! I know that many of you love to volunteer at Open House each year and I join you in saying that I am personally going to miss seeing all our potential students and their families and friends. In saying that however, I am also very proud of the way our recruiting and marketing teams are adjusting to help showcase everything SLC has to offer to potential students and their families, and I appreciate the flexibility faculty and staff are showing to support this new format for what is a very important event in our student journey.

Question: Where do we send the proud to be SLC videos?
Answer: Submissions of short videos that explain why you are #ProudtobeSLC can be sent to marketing@sl.on.ca. Details can be found here (link will take you to Twitter).

Question: How are the Trades courses being affected and is there any decision from the Ministry?
Answer: Apprenticeship students were emailed specifics for their programs on Thursday, April 16. In some cases, sufficient learning outcomes were covered, and apprentices were not required to return to in-school training. In other cases, the option of continuing online was provided. For programs that had just begun, or that could not be offered online, intakes will be rescheduled based on Ministry guidelines and our ability to deliver programs in accordance with guidelines for social distancing.

Question: Why was the support staff group not mentioned during the list of thank yous? (Every other group was singled out - faculty, executive team, managers.)
Answer: Each time I thank folks in a speech or on a broadly shared email, I worry that something like this will happen. I hope that folks know how much I value what each and every one of our employees is doing to support our students and our college during this very difficult time and that I would never intentionally leave anyone out. That is why I continuously say how proud I am of everyone at SLC!

Question: If we would return to work at the campus, with how many days of anticipation would you let us know?
Answer: We will let people know as far in advance as possible and we will not ask you to come back the next business day as we know that folks will need time to make adjustments and have important planning discussions with their families.

Question: Is there anything staff can do to assist with income revenue? other government funding?

Answer: I love questions like this, they show how up for a challenge our team is! The good news is our usual systems and teams are working to secure funding for projects, and many asks were processed/submitted prior to the pandemic beginning. We have good reason to expect several project funding decisions will go favourably for us, due in large part to the great work done by members of the SLC team. The provincial committees chaired by Colleges Ontario have continued to meet to align on sector priorities and coordinate access to funding, so those wheels also continue to turn.

Many questions are concerned with what is going to happen in the Fall of 2020. We continue to explore options for programming and while nothing is definite yet, work on everything from contingency plans to placement opportunities, continuing education, and lab/practical course options are being mapped. Information will be shared as soon as it is available through both formal email updates from myself as well as through our newsletter and our COVID-19 web page.

In summary, I would like to thank everyone who has shared feedback and questions. We will answer more in next week’s newsletter. For the folks who asked who has been cutting my hair (my wife, Theresa), and if I have reconsidered my current role and want to switch to firefighting (I will leave that to our amazing faculty and our wonderful student graduates), you made me smile. Lastly, for the person who asked how “we” are doing, thank you! The extensions of support I see people making and the ways folks are checking in with colleagues, students, and each other are a big help in these trying times. I am proud of our community for respecting and caring for each other as we tackle these new challenges together and in short, I am #proudtobeslc

Our Programs

Broadway Zooms into Brockville

When alternate delivery format includes a live chat with a Broadway star, you know it’s going to be a good class. For students in the Music Theatre program, the opportunity to hear from professional actors and ask questions about their experiences is invaluable.

“As we have been trying to come up with new ways to keep our students motivated and educated in our time of physical distancing, I started doing a ‘Broadway Friday Chat’ with the students,” said Ian Simpson, an instructor in the Music Theatre program. “Using Zoom I have been able to bring in colleagues and professionals from Broadway shows to talk about their experiences in theatre and answer questions from the students.”

"It was extremely interesting and helpful to hear from and talk with industry professionals. Not only for a learning experience but everyone was just so pleasant. It made me even more excited to get out and start working with and meeting these amazing people,” said student Michaela Anger. “I hope other students will be given the same opportunities. Theatre people need to stay connected and this is a great way to do so.”

So far, the students have had sessions with Sean Allan Krill who joined the class via Zoom from New York City.  Sean stars as Steve Healy in Jagged Little Pill, the new Broadway Musical that features the music of Canadian music superstar, Alanis Morisette.  Also Zooming in was Toronto actress, Astrid Van Wieren, who stars as Beulah in the Broadway production of Come From Away.  “Both artists were generous with their time and commented to me afterwards what a wonderful group of students we have in our program,” Ian said.   

Students also spoke to Canadian star Chilina Kennedy who starred on Broadway as Mary in Jesus Christ Superstar, and as Carole King in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.  She played Sophie in Mamma Mia! and recently as Dina in The Band’s Visit.  She has also starred in productions at the Shaw, Stratford, and Charlottetown Festivals. 

“To hear professional experiences and life stories is where I learn the most. You learn so much just from listening to someone’s story and hearing their triumphs and mistakes. They taught so much in such a short amount of time just by sharing themselves with us,” said student Sabrina Merks. “I am beyond excited to make my way into the working theatre world to begin my journey. I hope more students get to experience this in the future.”

Our Students

International Students Deferred to Fall 2020 Term

Each spring, SLC usually welcomes a large group of international students on our campuses. Some international students join as part of an “early intake” in preparation for their studies in the fall, while others formally begin the first semester of their program.

Because of the current travel restrictions and visa processing disruptions, these students can no longer join us in the spring/summer term. However, all have been offered a deferred spot at SLC for the fall term. These incoming international students will be engaged in a variety of virtual welcome and pre-arrival activities to start their learning before they can join us in the fall.

“The International Recruitment Team is working with all our SLC International partners to keep the students joining us from around the world excited about studying at SLC,” said César Balbuena, Director, International Recruitment and Student Support. “Despite the current situation, our incoming international students continue to express their enthusiasm about the opportunity to study with us and are looking forward to begin as soon as they are able.”

We will welcome students from all continents this fall, from such countries as Bermuda, Brazil, China, Colombia, India, Kenya, Mexico, Nigeria, Russia, South Korea, The Philippines, Turkey, Ukraine and Vietnam.

Our Communities

Virtual Program Showcase Provides Prospective Students an Inside Look at SLC

It’s spring, a time when SLC normally opens its doors to applicants and prospective students for the upcoming fall and a new school year by hosting Open House events on our three campuses. But this is a different kind of year, and SLC has created a different way to show incoming students everything it has to offer.

Beginning April 27-30, SLC will host a Virtual Program Showcase through the website, ExperienceSLC.ca. The showcase will include more than 75 dedicated program sessions with faculty from our three campuses, the opportunity to explore campuses virtually, and as well as information sessions with various student services.

“While nothing can replace the in-person experience of being on campus, this virtual format will allow applicants and prospective students from across Canada and around the world to get the detailed program information they’re seeking when making a decision about post-secondary,” said Stew Clark, Director, Marketing and Recruitment at SLC. “The virtual showcase will feature our campus facilities, the learning environments, programs, and the social and gathering spaces that create a full student experience.”

The program sessions will be recorded so anyone missing the live event will still be able to learn about various programs, and faculty will be hosting “virtual office hours,” providing the opportunity for applicants to have a live chat with their prospective professors.

“Our Recruitment and Marketing teams have worked hard to create a digital experience designed to help applicants choose SLC this fall,” Stew said. “They’re responsive to the times, and in a short window of time have created something unique and special.”

Important Dates

April 23: Beginning of Ramadan

April 27: Virtual Program Showcase Starts, Tri-Campus

April 28: Grades due - Last day to post Winter 2020 grades into SIS

May 1: College offer acceptance deadline

May 11: Spring semester term begins for most programs*

May 18: Victoria Day (No classes)

July 31: Spring semester end date for most programs**

August 10: Grades due - last day to post Spring 2020 grades into SIS

August 24: First day - new full-time faculty

August 31: First day - returning full-time faculty/program coordinators

September 8: Orientation Day

September 9: First day of classes, Fall semester begins

**Exceptions:

May 4: CYC Brockville – Spring Start-date

May 4: ECE Online


*date extended from what was originally set