False Bay College has come out tops in both the Information Technology categories at the Provincial FET Achievers Awards
FB College Scoops All NC(V) IT Provincial Awards
From Melanie Vermaak
False Bay College has come out tops in both the Information Technology categories at the Provincial FET Achievers Awards, which was held on Thursday, 15 May 2014.
Kyla Bruins, from the Fish Hoek Campus, took top honours in the IT category with Maths and Peliswa Dyantjies, from the Khayelitsha Campus, took the top honours in the IT category with Maths Literacy. The IT programme runs across both of the campuses mentioned above and is one of the top performing NC(V) programmes at False Bay College.
It is pleasing to see many young women achieving wonderful results. Currently Peliswa is studying IT at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology while Kyla is working for Oracle and studying part time. Both students were awarded with laptops and tablets for their wonderful achievement.
All level 4 IT students complete a minimum of 5 days of Work Place Based Experience during their last year and many of the companies where students have been placed have been impressed by the level of skill and expertise displayed by these students.
Design Spaces and Curriculum for 21st Century Users
From Marian Theron (Conference Coordinator)
The 3rd International North South TVET ICT conference will take place from 10 – 12 September 2014 at the Lagoon Beach Hotel in Cape Town.
This year’s conference theme is entitled “M-Powering Learning: Designing Learning Spaces and Digital Teaching Methodologies to Enhance Student Performance”.
The focus is on design within an educational context. With Cape Town having been nominated World Design Capital for 2014 (http://www.wdccapetown2014.com/), the theme offers an important link to the city’s design objectives.
The central principle supporting the city’s successful bid is the role of urban design in social transformation. With its byline, “Live Design. Transform Life”, the vision is to offer a catalyst for the development of inspiring programmes linked to World Design Capital-themed events and projects.
The North South TVET ICT conference is oriented to the needs of the 21st century student, who will have to be equipped with the appropriate skills to thrive in a globalised, knowledge-based world. This requires new teaching methodologies and learning spaces that foster advanced skills and independent thinking.
The “design” thread is planned to include Learning Space Design, Lesson Design (with the incorporation of technology, Web 2.0 / 3.0 technologies and the use of Augmented Reality etc), Software Design (showcasing what exists), and the Design of Personal Mobile Technologies for Life Long Learning.
The 3-day programme encompasses morning plenary sessions oriented to presentations on design aspects. The afternoon breakaways will incorporate vendor exhibits and interactive sessions.
We are proud to announce that Liz Waller, Deputy Director for Information and Head of Information Services at the University of York, has been confirmed as a keynote speaker for the conference and will be discussing ‘Creating fexible learning spaces for the future student’.
Why should you attend the conference?
The conference provides a platform for capacity building through access to expert knowledge, technology integration and usage and exposure to the latest advances in educational technologies on display at exhibition stands and practical demonstrations.
Registration is open. Please register via www.northsouthconference.co.za. Be one of the first 100 to register and pay and you will receive an electronic device.
Should you be interested in presenting a paper or facilitating a workshop, please submit an abstract of 10 lines/200 words, indicating your topic and explaining your field of interest. Information on submitting an abstract is available on the website. Please note that the date for submissions of abstracts for presentations is 31 July 2014.
Safety in Society Graduates Find a Vocation, Not Just a Job
From Judith Cozain
Some people have jobs, others careers, but few can say they have a calling and a vocation. A career with the South African Police Service (SAPS) is a vocation. So said False Bay College Academic Head for NC(V) and NATED programmes, Melanie Vermaak, speaking at an Induction for Safety in Society (SIS) graduates, selected for Internship with SAPS. False Bay College Head of Programme: SIS, Olive Thomas, also emphasised that the Internship is both a great honour and a great responsibility.
Ten recent SIS graduates were selected on the basis of academic performance and individual merit, and form part of a group of 50 Western Cape candidates participating in the nationwide, one-year internship, under SASSETA. Alongside ten fellow-interns from Northlink College, the interns attended their Induction on Friday 2nd May, at the False Bay College Conference Venue.
Present at the Induction were SAPS Station Commanders and designated mentors for the internship, as well as Lt. Col. Collins, SAPS Western Cape Training Co-ordinator. Col. Collins left the interns in no doubt as to the standards expected of them as well as the significance of the opportunity available to them. It was evident that SAPS has put considerable time, energy and thought into preparing for the interns, and has structured the programme to ensure maximum benefit to those participating. Thanks to strong SAPS commitment at all levels, the interns will be able to develop into potential highly effective future SAPS recruits.
Speaking to all the interns, academic staff and SAPS officers present, National SIS Focus Group Co-ordinator Mr Conway Evertson emphasised the quality of the NC (V) SIS Programme, continuously developed in consultation with SAPS. Academic standards are competitive and graduates often flourish in higher study in the legal field. The three-year programme also incorporates physical fitness training to the exacting standards required by SAPS, and instils in students a high level of personal integrity and self-discipline.
The Internship is for one year and incorporates experiential training in Crime Prevention, Crime Investigation and Crime Intelligence, and in Community Service Centres. Each intern is directly linked to an experienced mentor. They will gain experience in serving their communities, and develop vital skills for their chosen careers.
False Bay College wishes all the interns everything of the best as they commence their duties on Monday 5th May.