Thursday, June 28, 2012

Douglas College to launch international sales institute

Looking for ways to hone your selling skills, amp up your sales team or learn best sales practices?

In September, Douglas College is launching a sales institute programmed to become an international leader in sales information, research, training and education.

The Peter Legge International Institute for Sales Excellence, named after Peter Legge, CEO of Canada Wide Media and inductee into the international Sales Hall of Fame, was developed by the Douglas College Marketing Department.

The institute will offer a wide range of educational programs and industry services, events and activities, such as customized industry training, research, seminars, conferences and sales aptitude testing.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

National Aboriginal Day comes alive at Douglas College

Douglas celebrates National Aboriginal Day today at the New West Campus and tomorrow at the Coquitlam Campus with bannock-making workshops, performances by the Git Hayetsk Dancers, film screenings and more. Check out the pics of the event at the New West Campus on Flickr.


Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Math lover follows her heart to Douglas College

By Tamara Letkeman, doug Editor

She’d always loved math, but Jenny Hung decided to pursue law once she graduated from high school. “Little did I know that the minute I got into university I would start missing math,” says Jenny, who grew up in Taiwan. Still, she completed her law degree, and put her love of math on hold.

Shortly after she graduated, Jenny came to Canada with her parents. Here her passion for math was reignited, and she became a chartered accountant. But during that time, her desire - to study pure mathematics - gnawed at her until she couldn’t ignore it any longer.

After a decade working in accounting, she quit her job and came to Douglas to pursue her dream. “It was a risky decision, but after six years of thinking about it, I finally did it. I felt I really needed to give myself the opportunity.”

She says Douglas was the perfect place for her to land. “Class sizes were smaller, and I was constantly surprised at how the professors recognized the students and remembered our names. They really do care. It was unbelievable.”

After two years at Douglas, Jenny has transferred to Simon Fraser University to continue her studies, with the goal of becoming a mathematician. She’s doing what she loves – and can’t imagine things any other way. “Math is so analytical and creative at the same time. It’s my language. It's how I look at the world. It's literally how I think about a problem, how I think about real-life situations. I absolutely love it.”

Find out more about studying Mathematics at Douglas.


Monday, June 18, 2012

Health Information Management grad finds dream career

Linda Ding
has something in common with SpongeBob SquarePants.

Diploma in Health Information Management (HIM), 2010; bachelor’s degree in food science, 1996 (China)

Data coordinator, Clinical Trials, at the BC Cancer Agency, Vancouver centre

Friday, June 15, 2012

EVENT sweeps National Magazine Awards

Author Bill Gaston

EVENT, Douglas College's thrice-yearly literary magazine, took top honours at at this year's National Magazine Awards. Bill Gaston's story, "Four Corners," took gold in the Fiction category, while Wade Compton's story, "The Instrument," captured the silver.

Get your copy of EVENT now - it's available as a hard copy or for your smartphone, tablet or e-reader.


Thursday, June 14, 2012

Douglas College celebrates National Aboriginal Day

A member of the Git Hayetsk Dancers performs at National Aboriginal Day last year at the New West Campus.
Next Thursday is National Aboriginal Day, a celebration of the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding achievements of First Nations, Inuit and M├ętis peoples in Canada. 

Douglas College is set to celebrate in grand style, so save the dates - Thursday, June 21 at New West and Friday, June 22 at Coquitlam.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Mature student soars at Douglas College

By Tanis Houghland

Entering school in September of 2010 was definitely a huge life change for me. At the age of 28 I was leaving full-time work, a career I knew well and entering into full-time studies, where I was not going to be making money, not going to have a normal schedule and where I had to be in charge of my homework and life balance.

I had never been a good student in high school. Straight C’s (varying from C- to C+) was my record. I have struggled with learning challenges (dyslexia) my whole life, and without an official diagnosis I never received help. I have fought to be where I am without any assistance, as I did not want to use dyslexia as an excuse for people to think I couldn’t do things. However, this resulted in my being viewed by teachers as a lazy student who just didn't pay attention and didn’t care about her work, when in reality I actually loved learning. I just couldn’t understand like the rest of the students. Read more...

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Dental Assisting students provide care to the community

Dental Assisting student Iris Mai works with Dr. Lauwers, a volunteer dentist, at Community Dental Day April 21.
By Tamara Letkeman, doug Editor
Photos by David Denofreo

Most of us have at least one story about a time we suffered agonizing tooth pain, which usually ended with a visit to the dentist, where we get a filling, extraction or root canal. End of story.

But for thousands of low-income residents in the Lower Mainland, dental care is out of reach, and tooth pain, gum disease and other ailments are a grim and enduring reality.

To address this need and to give students experience working on real patients, the Douglas College Dental Assisting Program operates free clinics out of the New Westminster Campus for both children and adults.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Douglas College interns blog from Zambia

Last month nine Douglas College students went to Zambia to do three-month volunteer internships with non-governmental organizations in the areas of health, sport, education and youth leadership/capacity building. The participants of the Zambia Global Leadership Program are blogging about their experiences, and their posts contain some pretty fascinating stuff. Read their blogs to find out more. Read more...

Friday, June 8, 2012

Animal Health Technology grad's hard work pays off

Sam Langley and patient at an Animal Health Technology goat handling/physical exam lab.

By Sam Langley

Originally my plan was to become a physical education teacher, but sometimes plans change. I may not be chasing children around a classroom, but you can find me calming the scared feline, attempting to contain the slithering snake or trying to catch the escaped bird in the clinic. And I love every minute of it.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Doing what they love: Douglas College valedictorians

by Tracey Denofreo, Marketing & Communications Office

Graduation. It’s not an ending, but a beginning. At Douglas, we’re proud to be a part of so many amazing beginnings, like those we celebrated this week at our Summer 2012 Graduation ceremonies. We know that every student has a great story, so we’d like share those of some of our valedictorians as they head off to do what they love. 

 Mihalis Schindle
Certificate in Music Technology

I always dreamed of creating and composing music. Now technological breakthroughs have given us something amazing and wonderful: the means to create music in whichever way we please. What once cost a quarter of a million dollars now sits on our desks with a glowing screen waiting for us to produce our next piece of art. This is a mind-blowing concept to comprehend when looking back on how music was produced a decade or two ago, when it still typically belonged to the expensive recording studios and audio production businesses.

Now almost anyone on earth can collaborate, share, and create music with a computer and the Internet. The Music Technology program at Douglas College has opened my mind to a whole new world of possibilities and opportunities in the music industry.


Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Douglas College awards highest honour to New Westminster eye doctor

By Tamara Letkeman, doug Editor

A New Westminster eye doctor who has provided free surgery and eyeglasses for thousands of needy people around the world has been selected as the recipient of Douglas College’s highest distinction – Honorary Fellowship.

For more than 25 years, Dr. David Neima has volunteered in Mexico, China, Vietnam, Uganda, Kenya and the Democratic Republic of Congo, where he has trained surgeons, helped equip clinics, performed free eye surgery and provided glasses to people in need.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Distinguished alumnus gives back to community

Chris Thornley, recipient of  the Douglas College Distinguished Alumni Award for 2012

By Tamara Letkeman, doug Editor

Even for someone who lives by the Golden Rule, Surrey businessman and Douglas College alum Chris Thornley has done more than his share of giving back.

The old maxim "do unto others as you would have them do unto you" has guided Thornley, who is the Douglas College Distinguished Alumnus for 2012, through more than 40 years of being a graphic designer, and founder and president of ThornleyHAYNE Creative Communications.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Credit card changes explained

By Karen Maynes, VP Finance and Administration

Recently, the College announced several changes to fees and deadlines that will affect our students. We wanted to make sure everyone was notified in advance, so we sent out updates about the changes through the mail, as well as through email and online.

One important change to note is that we are no longer accepting credit cards as payment for tuition and registration fees. Several students have questioned why this change was made, so I thought it important to provide some background context to the decision.

The BC government has said that it will cut post-secondary education funding by $50 million over the next three years. Colleges and universities are expected to cover this gap through administrative savings. As a result, Douglas has been looking for areas where we can save money with minimal impact on services to students. After analyzing the situation, we concluded that one of the best ways would be to stop accepting credit card payments for tuition and registration fees.

Currently, Douglas College is paying credit card companies $400,000 in processing fees every year. Because of these high fees, most post secondary institutions in BC have already stopped accepting credit cards for tuition, including: Capilano University, Camosun College, University of the Fraser Valley, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Simon Fraser University, the University of British Columbia and others.

While we recognize that removing the ability to pay by credit card is an inconvenience to many students, this is a substantial cost savings that will enable Douglas to focus on the delivery of our quality programs.

We apologize for the inconvenience. To help make up for it, we are giving you more time to pay your fees, and our new flexible refund policy reduces penalties if you have to drop classes. As always, we offer many other payment options, including several ways to pay online.

More information about the changes to fee payments can be found here. Read more...

Friday, June 1, 2012

Marketing grad featured in sales book

Michelle Bailey, a graduate of the Marketing Management Diploma Program, stars in the latest edition of the textbook ABC's of Relationship Selling, published by McGraw-Hill Ryerson.

Michelle is featured at the beginning of Chapter 4 under the heading "Keys to a successful selling career."
Experienced in cold calling, customer service and hospitality, Michelle now works as project coordinator responsible for dispatch, sales and marketing at Smart Scanning, a sub-surface imaging company in Richmond.

Read more about Michelle in a story we did on her last year. Read more...