Students Participate in Manitoba Conservation Districts Association Convention

Dec 8, 2009 | Corporate Member News

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Assiniboine Community College students from the School of Business, Agriculture & Environment will take part in the 34th Manitoba Conservation Districts Association (MCDA) Convention and Tradeshow at the Keystone Centre on Tuesday, December 8th (today). 

As part of a new feature at this year’s convention, the MCDA has invited ACC students to be part of the Break-Out Tracks. Students in the Land and Water Management and GIS Environmental Technologies programs will facilitate one of the four tracks as part of their Environmental Project Management course, which is referred to as a Capstone Project. This project encapsulates the entire program, taking skills and theory learned throughout the program to direct application into a real industry situation. The Break-Out Tracks are scheduled for 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Click here to see an outline of this year’s projects. 

The second-year students will provide an overview of their initial report to address the proposals submitted by partner conservation districts. The students will present options for partner conservation districts to consider and a framework for continued development of specific plans to meet the partners’ needs.

A partnership with the MCDA was forged to provide a mutually beneficial relationship. For the past two years, individual districts proposed actual project ideas for the students to research and develop. The goal is to provide the partnering Conservation Districts with a package of information and action plan that could be implemented upon receipt. The students research, provide background information, reveal investigated legislative and regulatory issues, develop breakdown schedules, budgets as well as work on external funding applications, and develop deliverable plans specific to their particular project. Specifics include everything from brochures and signage, to assessment tools, to site plans for plantings. Through this course, the students prove they have the skills required to work in the industry and partners receive a deliverable product. 

This is the second year that some of the partnering conservation districts have provided ACC students with project ideas. The MCDA also offers two student awards to ACC Land and Water Management students and have hired our graduates. The partnership between ACC and MCDA is one that is growing and strengthening as each year passes. 

For more information on the convention, visit http://mcda.ca/. Feel free to call or email if you have any questions. 

Contact: 

Wanda Kurchaba
Communications Officer
Assiniboine Community College
1430 Victoria Avenue East
Brandon, MB  R7A 2A9
Tel: 204.725-8700 ext. 6306
Fax: 204.725.8740
[email protected] 
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