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EPP Students Visit Compass Group

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Meet and Greet with Compass Group

The students from the Elite Pathway Partnership (EPP) Program proudly represented Columbia International College (CIC) last Wednesday, April 4th during a business visit to Compass Group: Chartwells.

The EPP students were fortunate enough to be greeted by the Senior Vice President of Sales, Ms. Nancy Zuccarelii, and the President of Chartwells, Mr. Ashton Sequeira.  With great hospitality they provided the students with an inside look to the head office, and introduced them to the behind the scenes of a global food service company.  This included meeting various departments such as: marketing, human resources, sales department, etc.

During the tour, the students were introduced to the CEO of Compass Group, Mr. Saajid Khan.  He informed the students of his vast experience in the food service industry, and his global contribution to Compass Group, via working in many different countries across the globe.  He used his multi-national experience to connect with our students, and took an interest in their diverse cultures and backgrounds.

After the tour, the EPP students had the opportunity to hear Mr. Sequeira speak about Chartwell’s commitment to the global community via their vast variety of global partners, provided a sneak peak to the latest technology in food service, explanation of their business model and vision, and future scholarships and job opportunities within the company.

A question and answer period with the Mr. Sequeira was immediately followed, where the students  asked the company pressing questions regarding food service, menu options, environmental sustainability, food waste, and proposed focus groups to ensure student satisfaction.

The EPP students should be extremely proud of themselves for displaying exceptional leadership and professionalism in front of business professionals.

Take a look at the pictures from the business tour!

University Visits at CIC

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University Visits

CIC was honored to have an array of Universities visit the campus this past month.  The Universities had the opportunity to meet potential students, and share important information about their campuses and student life.

On behalf of Columbia International College, we would like to share our deepest thanks and gratitude to the Universities below: Click on the name of your preferred University for additional information!

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Mount Allison University Visits CIC

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Special Welcome to Mount Allison University!

CIC would like to share a warm welcome to Mount Allison University, who visited our campus this afternoon (November 10).  The visit was a great opportunity for students to ask the University about their programs, classrooms experience, student life, etc.

Mount Allison has been ranked #1 in the primarily undergraduate category in the 2018 Maclean’s magazine University Rankings.  This is the 19th time they have earned such recognition since the rankings were established in 1991.  The University is known for its personalized small classes, a student faculty ratio of 17:1, student engagement, flexible degree programs, and interdisciplinary education.

Kim Meade, Vice-President of International and Student Affairs represented Mount Allison University, expressed her opinions of CIC by complimenting the top-notch facilities, the staff providing total care to all students, and the diverse and engaged students who always share a kind smile.

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Elite Pathway Partnership Program

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New Partnership Program with the University of Toronto

The University of Toronto (U of T), officially welcomed the partnership between Columbia International College (CIC) this past Thursday evening. The Elite Pathway Partnership Program (EPPP) is the only official partnership recognized by the University.

What is the Elite Pathway Program?

The EPPP program is designed for high academic achievers at CIC.  The students are given specific workshops, such as English essay writing, time management, etc,  provided by the Academic and Guidance office.  This program also offers experiential learning provided by Student Development, which exclusively offers the Duke of Ed Gold Award for these Elite Students and the opportunity to be part of the Model UN team.

All of the components in the program are designed to have these elite students accepted into the number 1 University in Canada.  With all of these components added together, this gives students the tools to be successful both in and outside the classroom.   All the skills acquired in this program are designed to prepare these elite students, not only for university and future employment, but for life.

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Happy Halloween CIC!

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Halloween Costume Contest

CIC staff and students embraced the Halloween spirit by dressing in costumes for the day!  Students were not afraid to show off their creativity with their costumes, as they bravely competed in the Halloween Contest.  Results will be posted by the student council next week.

Take a look at the pictures below to judge for yourself!  What was your favorite costume CIC?

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Halloween Dance Photos!

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Halloween Dance: October 27

The annual CIC Halloween Dance hosted by Student Development, took place on Friday October 27th in the Ainsliewood Gym.  Students showed up in full costume to dance the night away!  This was a great opportunity for students to get in the Halloween spirit and make new friends in a fun environment.

Halloween Pictures from the Photo Booth are now Available!

CIC students proved to be extremely photogenic, taking full advantage of the free pictures and props provided by Mardi Gras Photo Booth.  Students are encouraged to find themselves in the pictures below!

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Pumpkin Carving Contest

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Pumpkins have arrived and are ready for pick up!

Pumpkins are now available for the homeroom classrooms interested in participating the pumpkin carving competition!  Pick up your pumpkin today at the main office.  Pumpkins are to be carved and ready for display at the Student Development office by Friday October 27th.   The top 3 homeroom classes will receive a prize for the best carved pumpkin!

Carving Creativity

Every year the Student Development department hosts the annual CIC Pumpkin Carving Contest.  It is completed school wide and is always labelled as a huge success from both staff and students alike.  Staff and students take this great opportunity to creatively come together and showcase their talents and cultures, as well as showing their appreciation for the fall season and Halloween.

University Tours for Students!

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University tours in October provided by Columbia!

The University Placement Office (UPO), will be offering University Tours to their students for the month of October.  The tours will be taking place at different University campuses every week.

Students will have the great opportunity to tour the following Universities this month:
  • University of Toronto (U of T) St. George Campus on Saturday October 21st (Deadline: October 13)
  • U of T Mississauga Campus on Sunday October 22nd (Deadline: October 13)
  • McMaster University on Saturday October 28th (Deadline: October 20)
What Programs do each University offer?
  • U of T St. George Campus: Faculty of Arts and Science
  • U of T Mississauga Campus: Faculty of Health Sciences
  • McMaster University: DeGroote School of Business, Engineering, Health Sciences, Humanities, Sciences, Social Sciences, Arts and Science, and the school of Graduate Studies.
Benefits of receiving a tour:

University tours are beneficial for all students because it is a great way to see what programs the students are interested in.  With these tours, students also envision their future as a post-secondary student in their preferred University.  While on tour. students are always encouraged to ask questions regarding any specific programs or curriculum requirements.

How to sign up for a tour:

All University Tours requires a 10 dollar fee to be paid to the UPO.  Students must also sign up for these tours before the appropriate deadline.  All tours are a first come first serve basis, so it is encouraged to sign up for tours as early as possible.

All students who find themselves to be interested in the above Universities and faculties are encouraged to attend the tours to seek more information.  Students are always welcome to visit the UPO for additional information or questions regarding future University placement.

JMS Students at Bark Lake

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JMS Students experience Bark Lake October 14 – 18

15 Junior Middle School (JMS) students had the opportunity to stay at Bark Lake. a 700 acre leadership and conference center located in Irondale, Ontario.

The purpose of their 5 day, 4 night stay at Bark Lake, was to take their existing curriculum and transform it into an unforgettable outdoor learning experience.  JMS students took full advantage of this opportunity by participating in activities led by Bark Lake staff such as:  low ropes, archery, voyager canoeing, survival games, fur traders, photo orienteering, arts and crafts, night hikes, wolf howl, project wild, and campfire activities.

The students also had specific classroom learning taught by CIC staff, Mr. Varela, where they learned about the Canadian voyagers and how they traded goods such as furs.  JMS students also learned how to be good environmental stewards, and the responsibilities of taking care of their natural surroundings.

A foggy morning at canoe beach. Photo taken by Jennifer Kerr

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