Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Douglas College Poem of the Month: March 2016

Poem of the Month showcases outstanding work written by Douglas College students.

Each month, the Creative Writing Department displays posters across both campuses featuring a new

Click on the image to the right to see an enlarged version of this month’s poster, featuring "Fabricated Girl" by Marcelle Warren.

All Douglas College students are eligible to enter the Poem of the Month competition. Featured poems are selected by a committee of instructors.

To learn more about submitting poems, contact the Faculty of Language, Literature and Performing Arts at 604 527 5465.

More information about the Creative Writing Department is available on the Douglas College website. Read more...

Business plan propels Douglas students to final round of provincial competition

A team of Douglas College business students put their skills to the test, making it to the final round the Chartered Professional Accountants of BC’s (CPABC) annual Business Case Competition.

The province-wide competition sees more than 25 teams, made up of post-secondary students, create a business plan in a limited amount of time.

As part of the first round, the teams received a business case and, within 48 hours, submitted a video with their recommendations on how the business could re-open and make a profit. Eight teams were chosen to advance to the final round – including the Douglas College team, consisting of Thomas den Hartog (Bachelor of Business Administration – Accounting), Monica Tomas (Business Management Diploma) and Shirin Rashidi (Accounting Post-Baccalaureate Degree).

“It was interesting to see the different approaches to the same problem and how important it is to think out of the box,” Rashidi said. “The support and encouragement we received from our coaches (Douglas College instructors) Robin Sandhawalia and Shirley Mauger was amazing.”

Once they had advanced to the final round, the teams had just three hours to solve a case and 15 minutes to present their recommendations to the panel of CPA judges. While they did not win the competition, the experience allowed them to network with students from other post-secondary institutions and professionals in their field of interest.

“I loved the experience. It tested our analytical and critical thinking, as well as organizational skills and our ability to work as a team under pressure,” said den Hartog. Read more...

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

myDouglas to be deactivated at the end of April

Douglas College will be deactivating the myDouglas portal at the end of April, completing the switch to Office 365.

As part of this process, any emails remaining in your myDouglas account will be automatically deleted and will not be automatically transferred to your new Office 365 email account. If you would like to keep any of your myDouglas emails, you will need to transfer them to your Office 365 or another email account.

All Douglas College students will receive an email account to replace the myDouglas email services through the free Office 365 package, which allows you to use Office applications in the Canadian cloud (or in your devices, if you prefer to download them).

Access to your Office 365 account is available now. It’s in this account that you’ll receive all the College official communications and Blackboard messages.

For more information about Office 365, visit www.douglascollege.ca/office365. If you have questions about myDouglas email services, please contact the CEIT Help Desk at helpdesk@douglascollege.ca or 604 527 5330. Read more...

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Business Management student ready to put her (beauty) mark on the business world

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It took a lot of time for Falon Bottley to embrace her natural hair.

The Douglas College Business Management Diploma student, who is of African-American and Fijian descent, had spent most of her life using chemicals to colour and tame her natural curls for a sleeker look.

“That kind of curly hair wasn’t something I saw on other people when I was younger. It was poufy and difficult to deal with. I started chemically processing my hair so it would be straight like everyone else’s because, of course, we all want to fit in,” Bottley said.

Then, in Grade 12, Bottley had an epiphany of sorts. After a friend suggested she go back to her natural hue and texture, she did some soul searching.

“After all the colouring and the styling, my hair still wasn’t like everyone else’s. And I just reached that point where I stopped caring so much about other people’s opinions. So I started my transition to natural – and that’s when I fell in love with my hair again,” Bottley said.

Bottley’s experience as a woman of colour, and the pressure to conform to society’s perceptions of beauty, made her realize there was a huge gap in the market for products designed for natural hair. She applied at Douglas to help her turn that concept into reality.

“I’ve always loved hair and makeup,” Bottley said. “I wanted to find a way to use my strengths and personal experience to work with something I’m passionate about. So I thought it would be a good start to look at hair and makeup for women of colour from a business perspective.

“I would be able to combine business with creativity.”

Once she was at Douglas, Bottley received valuable advice from her accounting instructor, Robin Sandhawalia, who explained the importance of finding a career path that strikes a balance between making money and being happy.

“That cemented it for me. I want to do more than just earn a paycheque. I want to make a difference,” she said.

Once she graduates with her diploma, Bottley plans to delve right into the beauty business to gain work experience and lay the groundwork to build her own brand.

“I want to educate people on hair and beauty for women of colour and would love to start my own company that focuses on that niche market. That is a goal of mine. I can see there is a demand for it in the Lower Mainland, whether it’s access to products or access to knowledge,” she said. Read more...

Friday, March 3, 2017

Input requested for Douglas College sexual violence and misconduct policy

The province has tasked all B.C. post-secondary schools to develop policies that directly address sexual violence and sexual misconduct.

Douglas College continues to be committed to providing a learning and working environment free from disruptive and violent behaviours, including sexual violence and sexual misconduct. This includes the many support services and resources currently available to those directly, or indirectly, affected by sexual violence. Students can access these through Student Services and employees can access them through DC Connect.

The Sexual Violence and Misconduct Prevention and Response Policy working group - composed of representatives from the College’s unions, administration, faculty, staff and students - has been working hard over the last seven months to develop a policy for our College community.

The new policy addresses the prevention of sexual violence and sexual misconduct in the College environment, as well as responses of members of the College community to disclosures and reports of sexual violence and sexual misconduct.

A draft of the policy is now available and your input and feedback is requested and valued. All members of the Douglas College community are encouraged to review the draft policy by March 29, 2017.

Once input is reviewed and incorporated, the policy will go to the College’s leadership team for endorsement, then to the College Board for approval before May this year.

Read draft policy now.

Provide input now.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Royals soccer star and Sport Science student charts dual career paths

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Race Williams can still recall the day his soccer career began.

The then-10-year-old had been playing with his classmates before coming home and telling his dad he wanted to join a team.

“It was a Tuesday. I told my dad, and he said ‘get in the truck,’ and we drove around the city and saw a team playing. My dad got out of the car and asked if I could join the team,” Williams said. “That’s how it all started.”

Flash-forward 11 years, and the Douglas College Sport Science Diploma student has played as a striker for professional teams in Italy, Spain and England, and wants to go pro. He balances that out with a plan to become a physiotherapist once he’s done being the next Lionel Messi.

Williams – who received the Royals Men’s Soccer Athletic Award of Distinction in 2016 - says that even if he can’t play, he still wants to be part of the team - as a physiotherapist.

“Throughout my sports career, I’ve had a lot of injuries. So I know what it’s like to want to get back on the field and get back to doing what you love. And if I can do that for others, and get them where they need to be as soon as possible, that would be great.”

Academics haven’t always been as enjoyable as sports for Williams. In high school, his laser focus on the Beautiful Game resulted in poor grades. But with a push from his grandmother – and a little self-discipline – he said he’s able to balance the two out now.

“I think Douglas was the right step for me. The class sizes at SFU and UBC would have been too much for me straight out of high school,” he said.

After he completes his Sport Science Diploma, Williams aims to transfer to UBC and complete his bachelor’s degree in physiotherapy. That is, unless his dream of playing for Barcelona don’t come true first. Read more...

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Get ready and get hired: tips and tricks for the Douglas College Career Fair

The upcoming Career Fair - running Feb. 28, March 2 and March 7 - is an incredible opportunity to meet and network with more than 30 regional and national employers - employers who specifically want to hire Douglas students and alumni.

The question is... Are you ready?

Put your best foot forward with tips and pointers from some of the employers attending the fair.

1. Have a great cover letter and resumé on hand. And follow up!

"Use a template for your cover letter that can be adapted depending on the requirements of the position. Take the chance to prove that you meet the requirements listed in the job posting. If the job requires a driver's license, mention in your cover letter that you have one. Also, follow up after sending in your resumé, but not to the point where you're annoying the hiring manager."

-Katelin Dueck, Employment Coordinator, Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work

2. Do your research and be open minded.

"Consider job searching in other sectors and industries. Most people assume that school districts only need teachers. School districts hire a wide variety of staff, such as education assistants, information technologists, engineers, administrative clerks, accountants, payroll officers, human resources staff and occupational therapists."

-Andrew Jang, Business Development and Marketing Consultant with Make a Future

"From our experience, the people who stand out at career fairs are the ones who dress professionally and ones who researched the companies ahead of time and ask meaningful questions."

-Jessica Brandreth, Talent Acquisition Advisor, Western Region with Yellow Pages.

3. Put your best foot forward.

"We love to meet individuals with a great attitude who enjoy speaking to new people. We're also looking for students who are competitive and goal oriented for our positions."

-Victoria Ross, Administration and Human Resources Manager with Canadian Property Stars  

"One big thing we look for from applicants is punctual and accurate information when we need it. The application process takes a longer amount of time than we would prefer as it is, but if we require addition references or clarified address history in order to process a security clearance, the entire process is put on hold waiting for this info to get to us.

-Sgt. Pat Madderom, Recruiter, 39 Canadian Brigade Group Headquarters

Need some help getting ready? Contact the Student Employment Centre at 604 527 5889 or email sec@douglascollege.ca.

The three-day Career Fair kicks off Feb. 28, 10am-3pm at the Coquitlam Campus and will run March 2 and March 7, 10am-3pm at the New Westminster Campus. 


Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Nominations sought for Douglas College Education Council and College Board.

Nominations are now being sought for candidates to fill student representative positions on the College Board and Education Council.

The positions - two on the board and four on the council - each have a one-year term, starting Sept. 1, 2017 and ending Aug. 31, 2018.

The nomination period closes Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2017 at 4pm.

The role of the Douglas College Board is to act on behalf of the public and oversee the affairs - including property, revenue and expenditures - of the College. The Board meets seven times annually, and holds a strategic/educational retreat each year.

The Education Council at Douglas College is responsible for developing policies that reflect the Educational Council mandate in the College and Institute Act.

Information about the elections, as well as nomination forms, can be found at the Registrar's office at both campuses, the Douglas Students’ Union Offices and at the Douglas College elections website here and here. Read more...

Two wrongs make a right for University Transfer Business student

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If anyone can attest to the difficulties in finding the right career path, it’s Searaj Alam.

The 23-year-old Douglas College University Transfer student – who is now studying Business Technology Management at UBC – started off his post-secondary education with a sudden change in course.

“I missed the SFU acceptance by one percent, and they wouldn’t round me up, so I enrolled at Douglas College, with plans to transfer as soon as I could,” he said.

Instead, Alam ended up spending three and a half years at Douglas, starting off studying science, then engineering, and finally, business.

“My first semester at Douglas was the most challenging. I failed my first Chemistry course, got a P in English Literature, and was in complete shock. I realized that post-secondary is not high school; it’s a demanding, fast-paced environment that requires focus and dedication,” Alam said.

So he took action. Alam worked with academic advisor and instructors to improve his grades and adjust to college. And his hard work paid off – by the end of his second semester, Alam’s grades had improved significantly.

“After that first semester, I was glad I wasn’t accepted to SFU. It would have cost me a lot more to learn from my mistakes there. Douglas allowed me to get my bearings, make my mistakes and work to better myself,” Alam said. “I’ve recommend to all my friends to start at Douglas.”

His experience also encouraged him to get more involved in the College – specifically the Douglas College Business Association.
“Most of my friends were in business, so I naturally ended up at the DCBA events, where I got to listen to so many inspiring speakers who shared their personal success stories,” he said.

The more events he attended, the more Alam realized he wanted to pursue business. But after already having switched from science to engineering, he was reluctant to make yet another change.

“It was a really difficult decision to walk away from engineering. I had spent thousands of dollars and, more importantly, valuable time and energy, on my studies. Not to mention, I had to explain to family and friends that my graduation time would be significantly delayed,” he said.

Nonetheless, Alam enrolled in his first business course. He loved it, and decided to make the switch. Originally, Alam was enrolled in the Associate of Science program. When he switched, he completed all the first- and second-year business courses at Douglas that would allow him to transfer into his third year at UBC. When he wasn’t studying, he researched career options, and hit on one that would allow him to mesh technology and business: business technology management.

His idea of bringing the tech and business worlds together was something Alam had been mulling over since his switch to business.

“I want to bring people together and make them more effective in their work. With all the advancements in technology and numerous startups opening up in Vancouver alone, I think there’s a need for someone to bridge the gap between tech-savvy individuals and business professionals,” he said.

Now, all that’s left is to graduate from UBC. Once that’s done, Alam will work on his immediate career goals: launching his business, and making the Forbes 30 Under 30.

“I have a lot of learning ahead of me, and I’m not exactly sure how I’m going to get there. But I know this is the right direction,” Alam said.


Meet Douglas College's valedictorians for Winter 2017

This week is a time for celebration for the many Douglas College students who will be walking across the stage as part of the Winter graduation ceremonies.

One small group of students made a lasting mark with their peers and instructors during their time at Douglas. They are the valedictorians. Read below to hear what they had to say about their time at Douglas.

Estera Tepes Billa
Diploma in Music

"I am delighted to say that all my teachers were well prepared, and their passion for teaching enhanced my enthusiasm for learning and helped me excel in everything I was doing. Also, I was surrounded by friendly colleagues who really helped minimize the stress of studying."

Diego Jônio Borba Lins
Post-Degree Diploma in Information and Communication Technology

"Studying at  Douglas College is a unique opportunity. Your time here passes fast and doesn't come back, so study hard and enjoy your time here."

Sandra Loewe

"Many times throughout my six years plus one semester at Douglas, I did not see that light at the end of the tunnel, not even a flicker. There were many times when I thought, "I have had enough! This is too much! It's too hard and time-consuming!" I started six years ago only wanting a certificate in Classroom and Community Support, but little did I know that I would end up not only with a diploma, but with a Bachelor of Arts in Child and Youth Care. Being valedictorian is just the cherry on top. I achieved all of this because I didn't give up." 

Jaryn McLean

"I honestly did not know much about Douglas College, but after discussing my educational goals with my health-care manager, I received some great advice. He told me that Douglas College had the best Psychiatric Nursing Program in B.C.. After doing some research, I agreed. Douglas offered a four-year degree program, an excellent range of psychiatric courses and small class sizes."

Julia Timoshenko
Bachelor of Business Administration – Financial Services

"One of the highlights during my time at Douglas was meeting a lot of people from different countries and backgrounds and learning something new and interesting from each one of them; forming what I’m sure are going to be life-long friendships; and  being a part of many exciting, challenging and educational school projects."

Yelyzaveta Yaremenko

"My most interesting memory was working on projects with real companies. That is not only essential learning, but it is an opportunity for students to prove themselves, as some external organizations could become potential employers for them in the future - or at least they might be able to give students a good reference."