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Reminder: There’s Still Time to Apply for the Innovation Fund 

SLC is looking for your innovative ideas! The Innovation Fund was created to help people try something new or launch a new concept. Ideas and projects can align with any element of the SLC strategic plan including Vision, Mission, Values, Strategic Directions or Multi-Year Objectives. Click here to learn how to apply. 

How the Innovation Fund Works 

  • Your idea needs to align to any element of SLC’s strategic plan, i.e., Vision, Mission, Values, Strategic Directions, or Multi-Year Objectives 
  • The Fund is open to full-time and part-time faculty, support staff, and administrative staff. Student employees are not eligible. Manager approval is required.
  • Your idea(s) need to cost less than $2,000, including applicable taxes, for external resources to plan, execute and procure required goods, services, and supplies 
  • Your idea(s) does NOT require IT support, such as requests for software solutions (including Apps) or hardware requirements 
  • Ideas must be able to be completed/delivered by March 31, 2020. Ideas should take less than two months to complete and should not require adjustments to current workload or core responsibilities 

Get Started 

  1. Request an Innovation Fund Proposal form by emailing 
  2. Complete the Innovation Fund Proposal form, including assigning the project lead and seeking appropriate manager approval for all required internal resources.   
  3. Submit the proposal to Strategic Corporate Planning at 
  4. Strategic Corporate Planning will approve the proposal based upon meeting the Innovation Fund parameters. If required, the applicable CET member will approve. The Innovation Fund will be allocated based upon a first come, first serve basis until the Fund is fully allocated or March 31, 2020, whichever comes first.   
  5. Upon completion of the project, the Project Lead will be required to report back to Strategic Corporate Planning (copying manager and respective VP) outlining the success of the project. This information will be shared on to provide an update to all stakeholders.

Our People: 

Part 1: Connecting Education for At-Risk Youth Through Dance

The language of dance is an important part of any culture. Just ask Deanna Cormier, professor, Music Theatre -- Performance in Brockville. Deanna is working towards becoming a MindLeaps TM instructor to work with at-risk youth in Africa; she completed her first level of training in New York City last June. MindLeaps TM uses dance to develop cognitive skills and social-emotional learning of at-risk youth to help them succeed in school and the workplace.  

“MindLeaps TM  teaches learning through a positive, safe environment, something that SLC promotes.  Children who have poor literacy skills, have never attended school, or are at risk of dropping out become more engaged with learning through dance. It is a wonderful thing that we can use the universal language of dance to create positive change in the world,” Deanna said.  

MindLeaps TM dance curriculum includes Foundations, Contemporary, Jazz Intermediate, Choreography I & II, and follows a specific approach to improve emotional well-being and child development.  

Deanna presented what she learned to her students to demonstrate how education and communication are changing the world.  

“I love how MindLeaps TM  gives children the opportunity to dance and develop important mental skills at the same time. During the presentation we incorporated language, teamwork, creativity, focus, coordination and so much more in fun simple exercises,” said Maggie Alguire, a Music Theatre - Performance student. 

Deanna will be traveling to Conakry, Guinea to complete the second level of training in December. Watch for details on this story in an upcoming issue of the newsletter.

* Photo Credit: MindLeaps Press Kit

Readership Survey Results 

Can we have students submit work?  

Absolutely! We would love to feature content submitted by students. Watch for a call for content early in the New Year.  

I think it would be neat to feature some of our programs and cool projects that people may be working on. 

Yes! Contact or click the link at the bottom of any newsletter to share student, staff, or faculty news and updates, projects, upcoming events, or general information. 

How about a who's who by department/office?  

Fantastic idea! Watch for the December 19th issue profiling our first department.  

I would like to see content that might profile things we are doing in our communities. I like to see what our folks are doing outside of the college walls - celebrating successes is important.  

Success stories are a huge part of our newsletter! If you are completing work in our communities or celebrating a success story, please share it with us. We can help you draft your story.   

Is there a place on the intranet where there are archived copies of the newsletter?  

Past issues of the newsletter can be found on our website – here.

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Our Programs: 

Opening Friday at the Brockville Arts Centre! 

Don’t miss SLC’s production of the beloved story, The Little Mermaid, showcasing the talented students from the Music Theatre – Performance program.  

Show times: 

Friday, November 29 @ 7:30 pm 

Saturday, November 30 @ 2 pm and 7:30 pm 

Sunday, December 1 @ 2 pm 

For tickets call: 613-342-7122, or visit

Our Students:

Uncommon Commitment in Support of our Students

Did you know that The Student Emergency Fund supports emergency travel, medical, educational and living needs of our students? For many it can make the difference between leaving school or staying at SLC to pursue their goals. Next Tuesday is Giving Tuesday, and we’re inviting SLC staff and faculty to put our students on their holiday list. Please consider supporting the Student Emergency Fund during a day when the whole world celebrates the power of generosity. Watch your email on Tuesday, December 3 for details! 



Our Communities: 

New Graduates of Manufacturing Operator Program Have Needed Skills 

A new cohort of 18 students has just graduated from the most recent intake of the Manufacturing Operator program in Cornwall. This program is delivered by SLC’s Corporate Learning and Performance Improvement in partnership with the Eastern Ontario Training Board.  

The eight-week program prepares graduates for employment in the manufacturing sector with well-rounded knowledge in manufacturing process and quality concepts, and certifications in Lockout/Tagout, Working at Heights, Safe Food Handling, First Aid/CPR, Forklift and Safety Training. Graduates receive an “Acknowledgement of Participation” certificate. The program includes a four-week job placement arranged by the Eastern Ontario Training Board.   

The course covers Health and Safety, Communications and Team Building, Employability Skills, Technical Math, Introduction to Manufacturing, Forklift Training, Computers, and more. 

“The goal of our programs is to help provide businesses and organizations in the region with a well-trained workforce to help address the need for skilled labour,” said Glenna Manager, Skills, Training and Economic Development, Corp. Learning & Perf. Improvement. “We’re confident this latest graduating class will be employable and help contribute to the economic health of Eastern Ontario. 

About Corporate Learning & Performance Improvement 

Corporate Learning & Performance Improvement is committed to meeting the learning needs of business in our community. We are actively working with over 345 organizations and thousands of students focused on programs and skills that address the demands of the new economy. Our mandate is to meet the challenges our partners face with relevant, flexible, practical programs that offer on the job training to student/ employees with the goal of increasing productivity and closing the skills gap while supporting the commercial growth and prosperity of Eastern Ontario. 

Important Dates

November 25-29: Student De-Stress Week, Brockville & Cornwall
November 26 to December 3: Student De-Stress Week, Brockville & Cornwall
November 28: Student #S_NAP (SLC Night Against Procrastination), Brockville & Cornwall
November 29 to December 1: The Little Mermaid
December 2 - January 21: Winter OntarioLearn Registration
December 3: Last day of classes (BScN program)
December 3: Student #S_NAP (SLC Night Against Procrastination), Kingston
December 6-8: Spring Awakening
December 13: Last day of classes
December 17: SLC Faculty and Staff December Holiday Celebrations, Cornwall
December 18: SLC Faculty and Staff December Holiday Celebrations, Brockville
December 19: SLC Faculty and Staff December Holiday Celebrations, Kingston
December 21 - January 1: December Holiday Period, SLC closed