Monday, January 30, 2017

Build your career: January 2017

Students cash in with TD Canada Trust

TD Canada Trust was on campus last November to recruit and since that one event, five Douglas students have been hired and eight more will be presented to hiring managers. On top of that, 20 more students are now in interviews. Keep this in mind when you hear about on-campus recruiting events - getting hired doesn’t get easier

Student Success Story

As a returning Co-op student, J. Singh, an Accounting Management Diploma student, has landed his dream role with Pricewaterhouse Cooper’s Vancouver office. It was a late job opportunity, posted just before Fall final exams, but worth the effort. Big thanks to the help of fellow Co-op student, J. Stevenson, who assisted with job coaching as well.

What’s new

In the last month, 162 new postings were added to the Student Employment Centre job board, as well as 24 new Co-op postings. More than 55 new employers and 113 new students registed with the SEC.

Grinding out a resume or cover letter gets a lot more fun when you’re meeting with other students and sharing ideas and tips. Join the Job Club, open to alumni and current students, to eat pizza and make your goal of getting a job easier and more fun. Every Tuesday, starting Feb. 7, 12-2pm, at the New Westminster Campus, room S2844.

Upcoming events

Career Fairs
More than 60 employers will be on campus to connect with Douglas students – these employers are serious about hiring from Douglas College. 

Tuesday, Feb. 28, Coquitlam Campus, 10am-3pm
Thursday, March 2, New West Campus, 10am-3pm
Tuesday, March 7, New West Campus, 10am-3pm

Wednesday, Feb. 25-26 – Hack Our City Event - Participate in open-data hacking from 9am-5pm working in teams of up to four at City Hall in New West using to create a project. On Feb. 26 at 2pm, there will be judging and prizes for the best projects. Register now.
Students with particular expertise can also volunteer at this event as floating mentors and experts. 

Saturday, Feb. 28 – Innovation Forum - Volunteers are needed for the forum to help with registration in the morning, wayfaring and other minor tasks. To learn more and to sign up as a volunteer, see here.
Friday/Saturday - March 3-4 – Digital Days - A conference and trade show for the BC Film Community and aspiring film filmmakers at the Anvil Centre. Check it out.

Thursday, March 9 - Career Navigation Off the Map – Hear a panel of successful Douglas College grads and others who have successfully navigated “without a map” a life doing what they love at the New Westminster Campus, Aboriginal Gathering Space, 4-6pm. Email to register.

Join us for a noon-hour workshop. Workshops are at both campuses and there’s a new topic each day:

  • Monday - Resumé writing
  • Tuesday - Cover letter preparation
  • Wednesday - Interviewing skills
  • Thursday – Job search strategies

Stay in the loop

Register with the Student Employment Centre and be the first to know when employers are coming to campus, or to receive job alerts for off-campus work opportunities posted on our job board.


Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Give your feedback on the draft 2017/2018 budget

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Want to find out more about Douglas College’s annual financial plan?

You are invited to join President Kathy Denton and Vice President of Administrative Services & Chief Financial Officer Tracey Szirth for an overview of the 2017-18 College budget.

Join us Friday, Feb. 3, 12:30-2pm at the New Westminster campus’ Boardroom (Room 4920). A live video feed will stream the forum to the Coquitlam Campus’ boardroom (Room B3011).

The presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer session.

You are encouraged to share your thoughts on the budget and provide feedback.

No registration is required. Light refreshments will be served. Read more...

Friday, January 20, 2017

Poem of the Month: January 2017

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 poem.

Click on the image to the right to see an enlarged version of this month’s poster, featuring "Oral Bee" by Allie Melchert.

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...

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Douglas College Counselling services are here to help

College can be a stressful and confusing time for many students. Often this has an impact on school performance. It may be helpful to talk to someone who can assist you with managing personal challenges and easing the pressure of college life.

If you are dealing with a problem that is affecting your school performance, it may be useful to talk to someone who can support you. Counsellors, located at both New Westminster and Coquitlam campuses, are trained to provide short term personal counselling, career counselling and student advocacy. You may want to visit Counselling Services for free support if you are having trouble in areas such as:

  • Managing personal stressors
  • Relationship problems
  • Grief
  • Family related concerns
  • Anxiety or depression
  • Adjustment to college
  • Setting career goals
  • Making career choices
  • Understanding your rights and responsibilities according to college policy

How do you make an appointment?

Simply phone or come in to make a 50-minute appointment. If you are in crisis, or or have an urgent concern, a drop-in appointment is available most afternoons.

Locations and hours

New Westminster Campus, room 4600 (South)

604 527 5486 TTY: 604 527 5450
Open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8:30am-4:30pm
and Wednesday from 8:30am-6:30pm

Coquitlam Campus, room A1050
604 777 6185 TTY: 604 777 6179
Open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 8:30am-4:30pm
and Tuesday from 8:30am-6:30pm

You aren’t alone – Counselling Services is here for you. More information is available on the Douglas College website.


Monday, January 9, 2017

Students helping students at Douglas College's Learning Centre

Is philosophy giving you fits? Is APA absolutely agonizing? Is Excel making you enraged? If so, you may want to check out the Douglas College Learning Centre for free help with your courses.

The Learning Centre (or the “LC”) uses a student-led approach to learning that helps you evaluate and improve your study skills to succeed in both current and future courses. The LC has branches at both the Coquitlam and New Westminster campuses, offering free help for writing and college courses.

LC tutors are peer tutors; they are students just like you, taking classes at Douglas or other post-secondary institutions. In addition to helping you with coursework, they can help you with essay writing, math skills and computer skills. Plus, they can coach you on how to study more effectively.

If you are having trouble with a course, don’t wait until it’s too late. From the LC homepage, you can register for an account, log into WCOnline and find a time that’s right for you for a 25-minute appointment. Bookings can be done 24 hours a day, so there’s no need to hesitate. You can also apply for a weekly, ongoing 50-minute session with a tutor. All Learning Centre tutoring is free to Douglas College students.

Another option is to send your written assignments to an online tutor. You can send in your written work at any time, seven days a week. Getting help is as easy as going to our website and choosing the option that works best for you.

The LC also offers computer skills help at the New Westminster campus. If you’re having trouble with a program or need a hand with formatting, ask one of our computer skills tutors. You can find them at the computer skills desk, which is located in the library, just outside the Learning Centre.

The Learning Centre is open during the following hours for the Winter 2017 semester, starting on Jan. 4:

New Westminster
Room 2105, in the Library

Monday: 9:30-5:30
Tuesday: 9:30-7:30
Wednesday: 9:30-7:30
Thursday: 9:30-7:30
Friday: 9:30-5:30

Coquitlam Room A1040, beside the Atrium

Monday: 10:30-5:30
Tuesday: 10:30-5:30
Wednesday: 10:30-5:30
Thursday: 10:30-6:30
Friday: 10:30-1:30

Computer Skills Desk (at New Westminster only; hours are subject to change)
Mon-Fri: 10:30am-3:30pm

Friday, January 6, 2017

Get involved and have fun outside of class

Discover the other half of the college experience.

Visit Student Life to learn more about how you can get oriented, healthy, involved and gain experience. You’ll find information about new student programs, academic success, wellness, student leadership programs, employment opportunities and campus events.

Your tuition fees include a membership to the College’s fitness centres at both the New Westminster and Coquitlam campuses. Fitness classes such as yoga and pilates, zumba, core strength and boot camp are offered at both campuses.

Some of the Douglas College Student Union clubs on campus are the Business Association, the Photography Club, the International Association, several dance clubs and many more. Get the complete list on the DSU website.

Why get involved? Believe it or not, students who invest free time in getting involved on campus are more likely to do well academically.

Get oriented: There are a few key steps that all successful students take to get settled at the College. Visit the Student Life blog, Life at DC, to learn about these steps from fellow students who’ve been there, done that. 

Get involved: There are lots of College events and programs you can join, and if you do, you’ll meet new people. While you’re at Douglas College, we want you to make new friends and have fun doing it. 
Get healthy: You need to be well to do well. Getting exercise, maintaining a healthy diet and taking good care of your mental health will set you up for academic success. 

Get experience: You want to graduate with a resume that grabs attention and gets you hired. We want to help you! Getting involved on campus, being a student leader and working in Student Life are great ways to get experience that show employers what you can do.

Don’t be the last to know what’s happening at Douglas College! Follow Student Life on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and the Life at DC blog.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Seven things you need to know about CEIT services

Glauce Fleury

Communications and Publications Specialist, CEIT
As a Douglas College student, you have available a variety of services to help you thrive. Some of them are the IT services provided by the Centre for Educational and Information Technology (CEIT). Take a look at what you need to know to start your classes with confidence.

Student ID card: You’ll need yours to pick up library materials and access our campuses outside regular hours. When taking transit, you must carry your student ID card with your U-Pass BC on Compass Card. If you don’t provide your student ID when asked, you might get a fine and your Compass Card could be confiscated. Check when and where to get your student ID.

Logins: You can go to the direct links to log in to myAccount, myDouglas, Blackboard and Office 365. From, hover over the Login drop-down menu at the top to select your option. To log in to the College computers, Wi-Fi, Blackboard, myAccount and myDouglas, your username/user ID is your nine-digit student number. Your password/PIN, by default, is your 6-digit birthdate (DDMMYY). Your username/email to access Office 365 is sent to your myDouglas email account. The password is the same one used for the wired and wireless networks. For the Wi-Fi, connect to the Douglas College Internal network.
Note: to protect your account, change your default password after the first login. Use a minimum of eight characters, with numbers, capital letters and special characters.

Office 365: All registered students can use Office 365. This Canadian cloud service gives you free access to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, 1 Terabyte of OneDrive space and a new College email account. myDouglas email will be active only until April 2017, when all students are expected to have transitioned to the new Office email. Use Office and forward any myDouglas email to your favourite email account. Doubts? Read our FAQs.

Printing: You may print up to 300 pages free of charge per semester from any machine (libraries, computer labs or the New West fishbowl). For extra copies, use the PayPrint stations at both campus libraries, room N6212 (New West) and room A2270 (Coquitlam). Your quota is reset to 300 pages at the beginning of each semester. Considering the environment, print only what’s necessary.

Blackboard: If you take online or hybrid courses, you’ll use Blackboard. Here you have access to course materials uploaded by your instructor and communications tools. Take a look at the Student Resources section and become familiar with it.

CEIT Service Counters: They provide student ID cards, password/PIN resets, and assistance with login issues and wireless connectivity.

CEIT Support: Contact the Help Desk when you have difficulty with College-owned technology. Alternatively, use the Students Helping Students service. Our student assistants are constantly moving around, mainly in the libraries and labs at both campuses. They can help with ID cards, logins, computer functionality, printing, wireless and connectivity. You’ll recognize them by their red vests.

For complete information about our IT services, check GET IT – IT Services for Students. Read more...

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Difficult past propels Criminology student to a bright future

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When Muhaned “Ace” Shalash sets his mind to something, you better believe it’s going to happen.

Looking at the 19-year-old Douglas College Criminology Diploma student, you would never know just how tumultuous his life has been. And that’s just how he likes it.

Born in Iraq, Shalash – or “Ace” as he likes to be called – never met his parents. He spent his childhood living in a string of orphanages with his brother before fleeing the country during the American invasion in 2003.

“I fled Iraq to Syria, and then from there, I came to Canada, when I was 13,” Shalash said. “I didn’t really have an education, I didn’t go to high school before I came to Canada – I had just been focusing on survival.”

After enrolling at East Vancouver’s Brittania Secondary school in Grade 8, Shalash not only survived, he flourished. With the guidance of his teachers, he made the honour roll in Grade 11 and 12 and graduated with an average of 85 percent.

With acceptance letters to a number of schools – including SFU, where he plans to transfer to complete his Bachelor in Criminology – Shalash decided to kick off his post-secondary education with Douglas College. He cites his warm welcome and the tight-knit community atmosphere for sealing the deal.

“I had heard great things about Douglas College – great teachers and programs – but when I came in on that first day, that was what really hooked me in. Everyone was so welcoming,” he said.

Shalash also notes, as a student putting himself through college, the difference in tuition cost was a big draw.

Shalash is eying a career in law enforcement once he gets his bachelor’s degree. Ultimately, he wants to work as a police officer, but notes that a career as a youth worker is just as appealing.

“I want to help youth who have faced adversities, like I have,” he said. “I think it’s really important – not only for youth, but for everyone – to not put those walls up. It’s cathartic. I’m working through my own issues by helping others.”

Despite his accomplishments, Shalash has no plans to slow down any time soon. In fact, he’s using his past experiences to propel himself forward.

“I don’t want to slow down, I want to keep getting better. I remind myself of those horrible experiences, and I remember where I came from, so I know not to let myself get back there. I do better under pressure.”


Safer Walk program available at Douglas College campuses

Want some friendly company when walking at night from campus?

Douglas College offers a Safer Walk program for students and employees heading to the New Westminster SkyTrain station and the Lafarge Lake-Douglas Station.

Safer Walk trips are available by request Monday to Friday, from 7 to 11pm. These trips will depart from the New Westminster Security Kiosks located in the Concourse. At the Coquitlam Campus, Safer Walk trips will also depart from the Security Kiosk located in the main floor atrium, building A/B.

In addition to the Safer Walk program, at both the Coquitlam and New Westminster campuses, security provides escorts to the parkades and surface parking lots at any time during campus hours.

For more information, please contact the New Westminster Security Kiosk at 604 527 5405 (non-emergency), the Coquitlam Security Kiosk at 604 777 6254 or the Director of Safety, Security and Risk Management at 604 527 5828. Read more...