Thursday, March 31, 2016

Co-op Success: Douglas grad lands dream job after graduation

Douglas College’s Co-operative Education is a gateway to many careers for students looking to break
into their industry of interest.

For Troy Sim, his area of interest lay in the technology sector, prompting his decision to transfer from a private college to Douglas in 2012, where he enrolled in the Computer Science and Information Systems program.

Knowing the value of work experience while studying, Sim applied and completed three different Co-ops that focused on his area of study with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, the CEIT department at Douglas and finally with Avigilon – where he currently works.

“After graduation, I was offered a full-time IT position with Avigilon because my colleagues and my manager liked me and my work ethic,” Sim said. “It was always my plan to go back and work with my team at Avigilon.”

Sim notes that his experience gained from Co-op was incredibly valuable and he credits the hands-on tasks and projects that he learned out of the classroom with his success.

Through his experience at each position, Sim was able to improve on communication and problem-solving skills, and test drive what it would be like to pursue a career in the technology industry.

“At first, I was confused and had no clue what I wanted to do down the road, but Co-op helped me plan for my future and what I wanted to do after graduation,” he said. “Participating in Co-op gave me the exposure I needed in the IT industry and helped me figure out what I wanted to do when I graduated.”

Another added benefit to Co-op had to be the connections made, Sim said. Even today, he is in regular contact with his former colleagues from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and CEIT.

“Working experience is a must-have before graduation,” he said. “And that’s the beauty of Co-op. You are there to learn and gain experience.”

To learn more about Co-operative Education opportunities at Douglas College, see here. Read more...

Friday, March 25, 2016

Statistics Canada hiring students for 2016 Census data collection

Looking to improve the way your country runs and earn some extra cash doing it?

Statistics Canada is looking for students to help collect data for the 2016 Census. Hiring for the paid positions will take place until the end of June and students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

Why should you care about Census?

The 2016 Census will be conducted in May. Census counts are used to collect vital information that will be used to plan, develop and evaluate programs and services that affect Canadians – including post-secondary education, healthcare and public transportation. The data collected is also used to plan infrastructure – including schools, housing and roads.

Statistics Canada is hiring more than 35,000 people across the country for various positions. The temporary, part-time positions include flexible work hours, competitive wages and are available in both rural and urban areas.

Application information can be found on the Census website. Read more...

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Co-op Success: Grad launches career in Canada through Douglas connections

Douglas College’s Co-operative Education department acts as a compass for many students, guiding them into careers matching their areas of study.

That was the case for Tamila Khayrullaeva. Going through co-op provided her with the opportunity to practice, gain experience and find a full-time position with a company she is thrilled to work for.

The single mother – who emigrated from Uzbekistan, where she had obtained her PhD – was stressed about plans after graduating from the Accounting Management diploma program before working with the team at co-op.

“I was worried about finding a job right after graduation. I had so many questions about the future. Co-op seemed like the perfect opportunity to get experience in my field of study,” Khayrullaeva said. “Going through co-op was a very useful experience.”

Now, Khayrullaeva is in the second year of work with the company she was connected with through co-op – Benefits by Design. She notes her communication with Benefits by Design flowed through the co-op program, creating a connection to an employer many people wouldn’t have.

She suggests all students take the time to consider co-op, especially if they’re looking for some direction on their path to a career.

“Be consistent in your search. Keep applying, update your resume and be prepared for your interview,” she said, noting she received feedback for her resume from the team at co-op, as well as useful interview tips.

“Use the resources you have available to you at co-op to help achieve your goals.”

To learn more about Co-operative Education opportunities at Douglas College, see here.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Uganda Project interns to share their stories at Douglas College on March 31

Learn about the challenges – and joys - of working in a developing country through the stories 20 Uganda Project interns.

On Mar. 31, the recently-returned interns - which include Douglas College grads - will speak at a public presentation at the Coquitlam campus, room A1470, and share their experiences after six months in the East African country.

The speaker event will take place from 9am-12pm and will provide insight into what it’s like to work in a developing country, said Douglas College instructor Janice Spencer.

“Without a doubt, events like this spark insight, understanding and compassion,” Spencer said. “Events like this help to share the experience beyond the interns and promote intercultural understanding and global awareness.”

Spencer, who spearheads the project with fellow faculty member John Fox, has been travelling to Uganda for a number of years with groups of interns for the Uganda Project.

The paid internships are 28 weeks long and break into three job categories: community education worker, community health worker and community social service worker.

Interns use their skills as bridge-builders in the community while taking on various projects – including working with local, grass-root organizers, the Masaka Regional Hospital and the Uganda Community Libraries Association.

“It is personally and professionally challenging and rewarding,” Spencer said.

The College received federal funding to host the International Youth Internship Program that will see post-secondary graduates from across Canada complete internships in the East African country while gaining experience in education, health and social services.

The federal funding will send 40 interns in total over the next two years and will support intern salaries, travel and accommodations, as well as faculty time and travel. In order to qualify, Canadian youth must be between the ages of 19 to 30 and be post-secondary graduates of a diploma or degree program.

For more information on the Uganda Project, see here

Monday, March 21, 2016

Learn more about climate change and energy with annual Douglas College series

Douglas College will host an all-day event focusing on the pressing issues of climate change and energy at the third annual Sustainable Energy Series at Douglas College.

Sponsored by FortisBC, ‘Beyond the Headlines in the Climate Conversation: Energy Solutions and Innovation’ takes place Apr. 1 at the College’s New Westminster Campus.

The free series is open to the public and will feature a number of events, including a student poster showcase, a student-led dialogue, and will wrap up with a panel forum of experts.

“Climate change is arguably the biggest issue facing society today and students are keenly interested in the debate. The FortisBC series is an opportunity for students to explore some of the issues around energy use and conservation to make informed choices in their personal and professional lives,” said Hazel Postma, Douglas College’s Associate Vice President, Advancement and Alumni Relations.

The student poster showcase runs from 10am-5:30pm in the College’s Concourse area and will feature displays addressing climate change and energy. Also, at 2pm, students will lead a dialogue about conservation, innovation and climate change.

The afternoon continues with a panel forum beginning at 4pm – moderated by Vancouver Sun reporter Jeff Lee – featuring industry experts, including FortisBC’s Director of Communications and External Relations David Bennett, Areef Abraham, CEO of Quality Program Services, Helen Phillips, Canada Green Building Council and Shauna Sylvester, director of the SFU Centre for Dialogue. 

Each panelist will give a 10-minute presentation followed by a question-and-answer period.

Admission is free and open to the public, but registration is requested at

Friday, March 18, 2016

Stock up on books and music at the annual EVENT's sale March 21-24

Stock up on some new books, movies or music while supporting the publication of great Canadian literature with the annual EVENT Magazine fundraiser book sale.

Proceeds from the popular fundraiser will support Douglas College’s long-running, award-winning literary journal.

The sale takes place March 21-24, from 10am to 5pm, in the Concourse at the New Westminster Campus.

Donations for the annual sale are welcome and can be dropped off in the field base of the Faculty of Language, Literature and Performing Arts office, Room 2600, at the New Westminster Campus or at the Foundation office at the Coquitlam Campus.


Thursday, March 17, 2016

Learn about the future of quantum computing March 30 at Douglas College

Are you interested in seeing the next wave of computer technology?

Mark your calendar for Mar. 30, when Douglas College will host D-Wave Systems' experimental physicist Mauricio Reis for a discussion on quantum computing.

Held at the New Westminster campus’ Aboriginal Gathering Place (Room 4650), 4:30-5:30pm, the event – titled Quantum Computing: The Start of a New Era – features Reis explaining how the technology will eventually become part of everyone’s lives.

The event will also focus on D-Wave’s approach to quantum computing. The Burnaby-based company is backed by Amazon's Jeff Bezos, NASA and the CIA, among others, and is a leader in the development, fabrication and integration of superconducting quantum computers.

The ground-breaking technology - which was featured in Time Magazine, alongside D-Wave - harnesses the power of subatomic particles and has the potential to create safer airplanes, discover distant planets, detect cancer earlier and more.

Hosted by Canada’s Association of Information Technology Professionals (CIPS), and Douglas College’s faculties of Science and Technology and Commerce and Business Administration, the hour-long event will shed light on how quantum mechanics can be harnessed to process information.

This event is free and open to the public.

To register, visit the Eventbrite page.


Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Douglas College to offer Bachelor's Degree in Applied Criminology

Criminology student Eric Osmond.                                    David Denofreo photo.

Looking to pursue a degree in Criminology?

Starting in Fall 2016, Douglas College will be offering a new degree program focusing on an applied approach to Criminology that will give you an edge in the job market.

The Bachelor of Arts in Applied Criminology, which is now taking applications, is open to students who have completed a two-year Associate of Arts degree in Criminology or the equivalent combination of transferable courses.

“We are thrilled and excited for the opportunities this degree program affords our current and future students,” Criminology department chair Carla Hotel said. “We now have the very best of both worlds. We retain our Certificate, Diploma and Associate credentials, and now offer a highly specialized Bachelor’s Degree which students can tailor to their own specific interests and career aspirations.”

Once accepted into the program, students will be required to complete a final two years of study specializing in an applied area to earn the four-year bachelor's degree. The three academic focus areas available are Community and Institutional Practice, Crime Analysis, and Legal Studies.

“Being able to pursue a criminology degree at Douglas means I am able to continue studying at an institution I truly enjoy,” said criminology student Eric Osmond. “I can keep taking courses with some of the best instructors in the field — at a tuition rate that is more affordable — and stay a part of the amazing Douglas community.”

The program is also accepted for admission into graduate studies at Simon Fraser University’s School of Criminology. Students interested in pursuing advanced studies, who would like more intensive research experience, or are interested in augmenting applications for post-graduate work, can opt to complete a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Criminology with Honours.

Classes will be offered at both the New Westminster and Coquitlam campuses. Read more...

Douglas College is at your fingertips with the new Douglas app

We're crazy about you - so we got you an app!

Launching March 16, the app will keep you connected to Douglas everywhere.

To mark the launch of the app, the College is giving away dinner and movie for two. To enter the contest, download “Douglas” and sign in March 16 or 17 to have your name added to the draw.

Features include:

Grades – View your final grades from previous semesters.

Schedules – View your class schedule information for courses you’ve enrolled in.

Notifications – Stay in the loop with notifications and alerts, including when exam schedules are posted, when course schedules are available, fee payment reminders and more.

Maps – Find your class with a click of a button.

The app is an essential tool for reaching students where they live – their mobile devices, said College Registrar Mary Hodder.

“The app, in essence, was initiated as part of the technology strategy to modernize how we serve our students. It drew upon the thinking central to our new Strategic Plan that emphasizes student success and student experience,” Hodder said.

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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Co-op Success: Douglas College grad scores job with Whitecaps through Co-op placement

Douglas College’s Co-operative Education placements provide connections to incredible work experience opportunities – including working with your favourite sports teams.

Just ask longtime soccer fan and Bachelor of Physical Education and Coaching grad Iain McHugh, who took on a co-op with the Vancouver Whitecaps FC.

“I had been a fan of Whitecaps FC for many years – and soccer, itself, even longer – so the possibility to work with them wasn’t something I had to second guess,” McHugh said. “It was exclusively the connection made by Douglas staff in the Sports Science department and Co-op that allowed me to connect and, ultimately, complete my co-op with the team.”

During his time with the team, McHugh joined the Soccer Development department, leading the Whitecaps’ summer camps for kids, including a four-night sleepover camp with close to 100 participants.

“Working on the logistics and execution of the camps was my main task and I helped out on game days at BC Place when needed,” McHugh said.
Following his Co-op placement, McHugh scored again, landing a permanent gig with the team. The experience showed him there were more opportunities for him than he thought.

“Originally, I wanted to go into teaching, like the majority of my cohort, but my interests shifted to sport management and the possibilities of working with a team to help run things internally,” he said. “Co-op provided me with real-world experience that was different to what I had previously done for work.

“It allowed me to see whether or not this was something I would want to pursue as a career.”

National Co-op week runs Mar. 14-18. To learn more about Co-operative Education opportunities at Douglas College, see here

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Douglas College's production of The Laramie Project runs March 18-24

The murder of a gay university teen – and the reaction of the community in the days following – will be the focus of Douglas College’s latest production, The Laramie Project.

On Oct. 7, 1998, University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard was tortured and brutally beaten by two men and left to die. The hate crime led to the creation of The Laramie Project, written by Moises Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theatre Project of New York. The play draws on hundreds of interviews conducted with residents of the town, journal entries and published news segments to tell the story of the aftermath of the murder.

The story is one of hope, fear and courage, said director Deborah Neville.

“I was overwhelmed with sadness and disbelief when I first read this play. Now, one hundred reads later, I still feel that great sense of loss but I also feel there is hope and a way forward,” Neville said, noting homophobia is still prevalent today.

“My goal was to tell Matthew’s story truthfully, and to keep audiences in the now. This is not fantasy, this really happened and, sadly, still happens today.”

Presented by the departments of Theatre and Stagecraft and Event Technology, the play stars Noah Achielkene (Vancouver), Jaimee Armstrong (Surrey), Sean Brown (Vancouver), James Byers (White Rock), Nina Dosdall (Burnaby), Alice Knechtel (Calgary), Chantelle Pryznyk (Surrey) and Logan Tower (Langley).

Featuring Brian Bell on set design, Ines Ortner heading costume design and lighting design by Craig Alfredson.

The Laramie Project runs Mar. 18-24 at the Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre at Douglas College’s New Westminster Campus. There will be a free preview on Mar. 17 at 2pm.

For more showtimes, see here.


Monday, March 7, 2016

Douglas College Dental Assisting instructor to present at speaker series

A Douglas College instructor will shed light on the impact of oral health on overall health as part of a free speaker’s series Mar. 21.

Debbie McCloy will share from more than three decades of experience with an interactive “tour” of the mouth to help identify health issues. The College Dental Assisting program co-ordinator, who has lectured at conferences across North America and Europe, will also explain the links between the mouth and health concerns such as diabetes, heart disease, miscarriages and more.

“The mouth is one of the few places we can see into the body without surgery or incision. The tissues of the mouth tell us a great deal about the body,” McCloy said. “There are diseases and conditions that can be first identified in the mouth.”

McCloy will also share a guide to detecting and preventing oral diseases and will explain how a healthy smile contributes to overall health and wellbeing.

The College’s speaker series invites a variety of experts to discuss health issues with a regional, national and global impact. It is free and open to the public.

The Mar. 21 talk starts at 10am at Douglas College’s Coquitlam campus, 1250 Pinetree Way, in room A1470. Read more...

Friday, March 4, 2016

Douglas College launches production of Waiting for the Parade with free preview March 10

Explore the effects of war through the lens of the people left behind with Douglas College's latest theatre production: Waiting for the Parade by John Murrell.

Running March 11-24, Waiting for the Parade focuses on five Calgary women during the Second World War and their work efforts at home while the men they love are fighting overseas.

The drama showcases the different response to civilian life the five Calgarians have, providing a glimpse into Canadian society in the 1940s.

"The themes of this play have less to do with the realities of war itself than with the people left behind - in this particular case, the women - when soldiers go fight," director Thrasso Petras explained. "Stories of those who are left waiting while others go to war are universal and timeless. Poets have been writing and speaking about it since Homer and The Iliad."

Petras notes that the play also shows the contrast between how war is sold to the public versus how soldiers experience it.

Presented by the departments of Theatre and Stagecraft and Event Technology, the play stars Rachel Fournier as Catherine, Lily Gillette as Margaret, Shannon Lindsey as Janet, Pamela Carolina Martinez as Eve and Rebecca Troock as Marta.

Featuring Amanda Larder on set design, Carmen Alatorre heading costume design and Craig Alfredson on lighting design.

A free preview will be held March 10 at 2pm at Douglas College's studio theatre, room 410, at the New Westminster Campus.

See here for more showtimes.


Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Douglas College in the News: February

Want to find out what's making news at Douglas College? Check out this roundup of recent headlines:

The Province

The Province

New Westminster Record

Academica Group

Tri-City News

New Westminster Record

New Westminster Record

You can also find our latest news releases on the Douglas College website. Read more...