As a home-care worker and mother, Kim Smith realized her employment situation would not change without further education. She returned to the classroom to complete her high-school diploma for adults, and will enter the Licensed Practical Nursing program at the Nova Scotia Community College in the fall. “I always felt I needed schooling, but I was just never ready. The situations at my place of employment and my inability to change made me realize my education was part of the solution I needed,” said Ms. Smith. “All of the teachers at the adult high school are fabulous. The encouragement helped me believe in myself.” Ms. Smith is one of 44 adult learners to graduate today, June 23, with a high-school diploma from the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board. “Through the School for Adult Learning, Nova Scotians, like Kim, get the skills they need to succeed at home, at work and in the community,” said Education Minister Jamie Muir. “The school is part of our effort to ensure people can return to learning and help pave the way to a brighter future for themselves and their families.” More than 450 Nova Scotians are graduating this month with a high-school diploma for adults. About 4,800 Nova Scotians are enrolled in programs supported by the School for Adult Learning at more than 170 sites across the province. “We’re proud of the class of 2005. They add to the ongoing success of the over 600 graduates to date,” said Coleen Davidon, co-ordinator of community education and partnerships, Chignecto-Central Regional School Board. “Each adult high-school graduate has a unique story, which brought them back to learning. But they all have a common drive to achieve success and to improve their lives and the lives of their families through education.” The School for Adult Learning is funded by the departments of Education and Community Services, and Human Resources and Skills Development Canada. The Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning is part of the provincial government’s Skills Nova Scotia initiative, which involves training and skills upgrading, from basic literacy to workplace learning and job skills training.
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Six months after purchasing seven I-Site long range laser scanners from Maptek, surveyors from Teck’s coal business unit are beginning to experience the benefits of the latest survey technology first-hand. The company purchased a Maptek I-Site 8800 scanner for each of their coal operations and projects throughout Alberta and British Columbia, Canada.‘Our vision was that we wanted something that was standard across all of our sites so we could move things across without introducing new systems,’ said Eric Jensen, Director of Engineering, Teck’s coal business unit.I-Site 8800 laser scanners collect point cloud data at up to 2,000 m, and can capture 3D digital images safely at the same time as scanning. Setup and capture are fast and easy because the high resolution digital camera is built in. I-Site Studio modelling software is integrated with the hardware, streamlining tasks such as mapping faces and updating surfaces.The I-Site laser scanners were rolled out at several Teck sites in January and February this year, with improvements already noted. Surveyors can now capture up to 2 million points for an area that may have been previously surveyed with 10 GPS points.‘We are loving it for the accuracy and speed of stockpile modelling,’ said Jensen. ‘The unit is robust enough to withstand what is going on in the pit and simple enough for the guys to adjust. It also translates really well to the surveyors in the offices.’‘I-Site is a safe way to get detailed pictures,’ he said. ‘At Teck, safety is more than just a priority. It is an unwavering value and an inherent part of who we are. Now, with I-Site, no one has to go near the highwall.’According to Jensen, although cost savings cannot be determined this soon, the ‘payback’ is on the time spent and the accurate data the system provides. ‘It has been such a change to the workflow with increased accuracy and an acceptable level of improvement,’ said Jensen. ‘Uncertainty is eliminated because the volumes are accurate.’‘The systems work beautifully,’ said Simon Long, GIS Surveyor at Teck’s Elkview Operation. ‘Everyone here is happy with the entire service – it is phenomenal.’‘Seven site implementations was a real testament to Teck’s desire to introduce new technology and a good demonstration of cooperation between its sites,’ said John Dolan, Maptek Director of I-Site Sales. ‘This is a common goal for large companies, that is not easy to execute.’