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Family Studying at SLC? Save Money on Tuition!

Does your partner or dependent attend a full-time program at SLC? SLC is committed to supporting higher education and providing meaningful benefits in support of post-secondary education. As an employee of St. Lawrence College, your spouse or dependents may be eligible for a partial tuition reimbursement. 


Who is eligible?

A full-time employee is defined as a person who has been employed full-time by St. Lawrence College for twelve months or longer before the beginning of the semester for which the reimbursement is being sought.

What is the definition of a dependent or partner?

Eligible dependent(s) are your spouse/partner, your children and your spouse/partner’s children who are enrolled as part of your benefits plan at SLC.

When are the applications due?

Submissions are due January 31, 2020.

What is the period of eligibility?

The lifetime maximum period of eligibility under this program is eight (8) semesters for any qualifying dependent or spouse/partner.

Where can I find more information?

The full policy can be found on the slc.me staff portal in the ‘College Policy Centre’ under the ‘Resources’ tab. Search for “Partial Tuition Fee Reimbursement for Dependents of Full-Time Employees.” You can also contact Ashleigh McKeil at amckeil@sl.on.ca or extension 1842.

Our People: 

Innovative Ideas! Have one? Get funded.

SLC has created the Innovation Fund to help generate ideas and support creative thinking about projects and processes. Anyone with an idea that supports the SLC strategic plan can apply for up to $2,000 as long it does not require IT support and can be completed by March 31, 2020.

Several ideas have been approved for funding, including:
• Create space and install a display for Indigenous art in the libraries on each campus
• Use a design-thinking model to increase the culture of belonging at SLC
• Equip a community volunteer squad made up of students so they’re set up to succeed
• Provide an innovative learning opportunity for students that also benefits SLC’s communities

Each of these ideas support objectives from the SLC strategic plan, SLC in Five, and are new initiatives.

Applying for the fund is easy. Simply complete this form (LINK) and submit to Janet Greer at jgreer@sl.on.ca. Janet is also available for any questions you might have, either about the Fund or the strategic plan.

How SLC Upgraded IT Security

Colleges are prime targets for ransomware and other malicious exploits that can disrupt or degrade network services and access to online educational resources. However, the college’s legacy port-based firewalls offered limited threat protection, insufficient to guard against modern, sophisticated cyberthreats.

David Myers, Chief Information Security Officer for SLC, explains, “We have a lot of customers accessing our network on Wi-Fi, bringing their own devices, and accessing varied resources online. We needed a way to provide open and transparent network access while getting as much visibility as possible to protect against threats that could infiltrate our network for malicious purposes.”

Click here for the full article.

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Programs:

Old Gymnasium in Kingston Repurposed for Real-World Learning

While the final plan is still evolving, the old gymnasium on the Kingston campus is currently being used as lab space to build large structures and classes are ongoing for the Carpentry Techniques, General Carpenter, General Arts and Science Pre-Trades Stream, Electrical programs and working at heights training for all trades. The Sustainable Energy and Applied Research Centre (SEARC) has established Research and Innovation space on the second floor and in the main area of the gymnasium.

The design team continues work on conceptual design for the space that will engage students from all SLC programs. A design that is supported by a curriculum delivery model that integrates activities and supports the development of Future Skills and establish SLC as the “Action Learning” college. In the interim, students and faculty in Skilled Trades and Applied Science are designing flexible smart manufacturing cells to make it a usable maker space for everyone. As well, the Mechanical Technician program has produced their first robotic arm on 3D printers as the first tools to be used in the space. Additionally, the space is adaptable for use for virtual and augmented reality projects and may be used to create simulated environments for first responders.

Note: Image is an artist rendering. 

Our Students:

Will SLC Make the Grade?

The annual Key Performance Indicator surveys will be conducted in classrooms across the college February 2-21, 2020. They are used to gather feedback to help shape the SLC’s programs and content, as well as student services and supports.

Student feedback from past KPI surveys has led to the creation of additional student study spaces, the Student Life and Innovation Centre in Kingston, St. Larry’s Pub, more meeting rooms and gathering spaces, and Indigenous Centres and renovated libraries across all three campuses.

“This year, the KPI student satisfaction surveys are not Ministry mandated, but because we value student input, we have elected to continue with the surveys,” said Janet Greer, Director, Strategic Corporate Planning at SLC. “It’s vital to the college to promote and support student participation in the surveys, as the information gleaned is key to improving student success and satisfaction.”

The surveys will be promoted on display screens and the student engagement app, as well as in print and other media to raise awareness and ensure students are aware of their opportunity to provide feedback.

Our Communities: 

Show Me The Way: SLC Partners With United Way/Centraide S.D.&G

Social Service Worker and Health Sciences students are learning from local Cornwall professionals about their industry. SLC and the United Way/Centraide, Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry are partnering to present the first annual "Show Me the Way" workshop series on January 22.

The half-day event provides an opportunity for students to connect the dots between what they are learning in the classroom and United Way agencies and partners in the local community. Presenters are speaking on a wide range of topics including mental health, atypical families, early intervention and literacy.

“Creating connections in the community brings experiential learning into SLC and provides our students with the opportunity to create relationships that may help them gain employment in the future” said Dana Lacosse.

Staff and faculty are welcome to visit agency tables from 11:30 am until 12:45 pm in the Aultsville foyer on the Cornwall campus.

Community hosts include:
• SD&G Developmental Services and Boom 101.9
• Canadian Mental Health Association and Cornwall Police Department
• Centre 105 and Cornwall Police Department
• Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cornwall & District and Carilyne Hebert
• Meals on Wheels
• Tri-County Literacy Council
• Glengarry Inter-Agency Group and OPP
• Beyond 21 and Bill Halman
• Sexual Assault & Services for Women of SDG & A and Cornwall Hospital
• Equipe psycho-sociale
• Upper Canada Leger Centre for Education & Training and EOHU
• Boys and Girls Club of Cornwall and UCDSB

Important Dates

January 17: The 2020 Kingston Climate Change Symposium (SLC's Pamela Shea will be speaking about Inspiring Action Mini-session)
January 20: Deadline for partial refund for most programs (January 7th start date)
January 31: Application to graduate deadline
February 1: Equal consideration date for applications to post-secondary programs starting Fall 2020
February 3-21: Formal KPI student survey
February 17: Family Day (no classes)
February 17-21: Break week – BScN & BBA programs
February 24-28: Break week *most programs