Last week we held our Spring 2023 Orientation at all three of our campuses. (Toronto, Brampton, and Mississauga) These orientations are a great opportunity to help our students who have travelled here from all over the world to learn about the college and meet some of the important people who work at the college. Help them get prepared on their new environment, as well as what they can expect from both their academic life on campus, and their own life off campus. It was great to see so many new faces, as our halls were filled with freshman looking to learn about all the services the college offers like our tutoring, career services, and athletics. We even had our insurance provider Student VIP show up to answer any questions students had about their insurance policies. Students travelled around each of the orientations and visited each booth tracking it all on their orientation passport, once a student visited all the booths they could then enter that passport into a raffle to win some Apple Air Pods. Overall it was a great experience to know that these students have taken their first step to success here at Ace Acumen Academy.
On February 10th 2023, Ace Acumen Academy held its first annual Table Tennis Tournament that was hosted at the North York and Brampton campus. Contestants were made up of all three campuses and competed in head-to-head matches to determine the winner of each respected campus. The two finalists represented the Mississauga as well as the North York campus. The winner Rajdeep Chauhun displayed his abilities at an elite level throughout the tournament and matched up against Nikhil Bhanot in the final match.
At the start of each semester, Ace Acumen holds an orientation session for new students. Post pandemic, we are now welcoming students in person to each of our campuses. This year new students were invited to drop in and visit booths to meet staff from various departments in person, and ask them questions directly, to set themselves up for success. Students were invited to participate in a passport program and collect stamps once they visited each booth. At the end of the orientation the students could submit the completed passport for a chance to win a pair of Apple Airpods. We had a great turnout, and it was great to see everyone interacting. We wish all the best to our new incoming students this semester!
On Wednesday October 19th, St. Clair College held its first “in person” convocation sessions in Toronto celebrating the graduates of the campuses of Ace Acumen Academy.
President France, members of the Board of Governors, College administration joined Ace Acumen Academy Principal John Wu along with his administration and faculty for three convocation sessions that was held at the Meridian Arts Centre in North York.
There were over 1,000 graduates who crossed the stage in the same convocation format which the College followed in the fall Windsor and Chatham graduations during the week of October 3rd.
Since 2015, the graduates of the Ace Acumen Academy would travel by bus and car to cross the stage with other St. Clair College students in both Windsor and Chatham for fall and spring convocations. The students, their families and friends certainly welcomed the opportunity to enjoy their graduations at a Toronto facility.
For the past week-and-a-half, flags at our campuses have been flying at half-mast as a symbol of honour and mourning for Queen Elizabeth the Second, who died on September 8th…at the age of 96…and after 70 years as the monarch of the United Kingdom and the head of the British Commonwealth.
On this, the day of her funeral, I think it is fitting to reflect upon this remarkable woman’s life…and, perhaps, to reflect upon our own capacity to replicate her most admirable trait: namely, her sense of duty to her community.
Even critics of the monarchy system have been uniformly complimentary about Elizabeth’s seven decades of selfless service to the people of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth.
From the time the crown was thrust upon her due to the death of her father at a very early age, to her own passing at an advanced age, she was the most diligent, steadfast, dependable representative of the British parliamentary system of government…and the modern-day symbol of English culture and civilization.
She exhibited that sense of duty…indeed, a rare degree of dedication…to her role for seventy years. Seventy years.
By saying this, I’m certainly not suggesting that our students should strive to stay at their first, post-graduation places of employment for seven decades.
But I am suggesting that the sense of duty, of responsibility, of the need to be a positive contributor to one’s community…all of those are admirable Elizabethan traits that we would all do well to emulate throughout our professional, personal and social lives.
Patricia France, M.Ad.Ed., LLD.h.c.
Ace Acumen celebrated the 2022 Alumni Celebration at the Apollo Convention Centre on Monday August 29th. Faculty, staff and students came together and shared their success stories, inspiring guests in their pursuit of their education dreams. Senior administration were delighted to speak to the group about the benefits former students receive as Alumni of Ace Acumen Academy and St.Clair College. Additionally, the Student Representative Council ensured fun was had by all – hosting some amazing games and handing out some great gifts to the students. Overall the night was a great success and we look forward to seeing all our Alumni at future events.
On Monday June 6th, St. Clair hosted its 55th Annual Convocation for the graduating students from Ace Acumen. Students travelled from the GTA to Windsor to have the opportunity to walk across the stage, and receive their diploma from St. Clair President, Patti France. It has truly been an honor to watch all of these students grow throughout their time at Acumen. You should all be proud of the achievements that you have made. Our graduate students were from the Business, International Business Management, Human Resources Management, Data Analytics, Computer Networking, Social Service Worker, and the Office Health Administration Programs. Some members of our management team were happy to be there to celebrate the great achievements of our students. Acumen wishes you luck in your future endeavors, and we know that you are all off to do great things.