Spring 2018 Orientation

On May 4th 2018 St. Clair College @ Acumen held its Spring Orientation for the new students that are just beginning their learning journey at the College. A good start is the pillar of success and therefore, St. Clair College @ Acumen ensures that students receive great opportunity to get in-depth knowledge about college policies and activities on the day of the orientation. Students also got a chance to meet with Ron Seguin – Vice President, International Relations, Training & Campus Development from St. Clair College who made a great introduction about students’ experience and set right expectations about their future studies in Canada.

Various guest speakers also took part in the orientation where they provided very useful information to the students about their insurance plan, fitness memberships, banking, as well as student council and functionalities of different departments at the college. St. Clair College @ Acumen wishes its new students successful future in Canada and is always open to assist them with any difficulties they may face during their learning path!





Service Award Ceremony – Peer Mentoring and Tutoring Centre

On April 30th, 2018, the Service Award Ceremony was held for the mentors to recognize the dedicated work with the Peer Mentoring and Tutoring Centre. The ceremony was hosted by the Facilitator, Howard Wang, with the presence of the Principal Mr.John Wu, Student Service Director Ms. Nadia Mihailuk, Academic Manager Mr.Max Fan, and Academic Adviser Miss Kit Lu.
Mr. John Wu shared the stories and ideas with the mentors about not only recognition but also encouragement. Ms. Nadia Mihailuk also talked about the benefits of this initiative. After the speeches, the student mentors were awarded with certificates and had a discussion about how students could benefit more from this program.



Badminton Tournament

On April 12, 2018 St. Clair College @ Ace Acumen had its first Badminton Tournament at a local community center.

Total Students Registered Online : 69
Students Took Part in Trials:  40
Students Selected After Trials:  25
There were two categories of Players – Beginners & Proficients. The match fixtures were finalized as below:
Beginners’ (Singles)
Proficients’ (Mixed Doubles)
After very interesting and tough competitions, the following were the finalized results: 

Beginners (Singles):   

Parth Sharma (C1D)  – Runner Up
Suraj Singh (C2A) – Winner

Proficients (Mixed Doubles): 

Vaneet Sharma (C4A) & Kiljit Garha (C2A)  – Runners Up

Manjot Kaur (C1A) & Kuljit Singh Garha (C2A) –  Winners

This time we were happy to have two State Players of India in the tournament, 
Vaneet Sharma (Computer Networking program, 4th semester)  
Manjot Kaur ( Computer Networking program, 1st semester)

All players, volunteers, match referees, organizers, winners, runners up and graphic designer were awarded with the certificates, however winners and runners up were awarded with gift cards for encouragement. 


Niagara Falls Trip

On April 5th 2018 St. Clair College @ Ace Acumen Academy organized its annual trip for the students to Niagara Falls. For the majority of students this was the first time visiting the magnificent world’s natural wonder and experiencing fascination of the Falls! Besides the Niagara Falls, the students also got a chance to enjoy different attractions, restaurants, entertainment and even do a little bit of shopping – in order to hide from the cold weather conditions. After this trip the students said that they would definitely come back there in the summer when they can spend more time by the water and possibly see the rainbow above the Falls. On the way back to Toronto, the students did not waste their time on the bus and instead were singing out loud, playing games and spending time to get to know each other, which made this trip very successful as the students spent a lot of time making new friends and experiencing the Canadian culture!



Free HTML Workshop

On March 27th, 2018, the free workshop ‘Make Your Own Website – HTML ‘ was held by the Peer Mentoring and Tutoring Centre of St. Clair College @ Ace Acumen. The mentor, Tarun Mehta, 4th semester Computer Networking program student, taught students from other programs about the basic function of HTML and how to create their own website. According to the student, Diana, the workshop was quite interesting and helpful, and she would definitely attend again if there’s another opportunity




Team Building Activity March Break

During the week of March 12 – 16, 2018 when the students of St. Clair College @ Acumen were enjoying their March Break, the staff of each department joined various activities organized by their Directors. These activities were held in order to strengthening employee relations and build the teamwork within the company.

The Student Services department decided to attend a painting class at the Apollo School of Art, where the team was guided by a professional instructor to paint a beautiful piece of art selected by the participants. This was a place to let everyone’s imagination and creativity to come alive and to have the experience to work as a team in the different environment. After the paintings were complete, everyone went to enjoy lunch at one of the traditional Chinese restaurants.

The Academic department went for the afternoon tea to a local place called T-Buds. This unique activity provided a great way for everyone to connect on an informal personal level while sharing a cup of tea with desserts. The warm atmosphere allowed the staff members to share their stories and plans for the future and to get to know each other on a deeper level.

Finally, the Admission and Facilities department went to World Bowl for an afternoon of bowling. It was a very effective way for all the staff to get to know each other as the department has been recently restructured. The activity was very entertaining as everyone got a chance to cheer on and support each other.

The team building activities always take an integral part of Ace Acumen Academy’s culture as they bring staff together outside of their workplace and help to make stronger relationships, which is incredibly important for any healthy organization.


Ripley Aquarium High School Trip

On Wednesday, March 14th, Ace Acumen High School organized an excursion to Toronto Ripley’s Aquarium. Our students got an amazing opportunity to meet the 10,000 marine animals that inhabit the Aquarium: fish, reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates and marine mammals. Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada is divided into geographic regions according to features and characteristics of different environments around the planet such as: Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans, all containing species that are unique to those regions. It takes a few hours to walk through the place and it’s not only beautiful, but very educational. The various displays are amazing, though Ace Acumen Students particularly liked the big fish tanks with the glass tunnels, and the jellyfish exhibit. Don’t forget to pass by the last open tank by the shop and touch the manta rays!


Winter 2018 PD Meeting


On Thursday March 15, 2018, St. Clair College @ Ace Acumen Academy had its Winter 2018 Professional Development Meeting. Faculty members from all programs, along with Academic Department staff, reflected on and discussed successes and challenges faced in the first half of the semester. In addition to the discussion and sharing of teaching methodologies and classroom management strategies, a workshop was delivered by Prof. Jim Spencer. The topic of the workshop was Plagiarism – the definition of it, strategies and interventions for its prevention. Overall, the meeting was very beneficial as it provided a platform for instructors to meet and share their backgrounds, discuss challenges that they may have encountered, and share effective teaching strategies with one another.  At the end of the meeting a grade entry and midterm review was conducted by the Associate Director of Academics.



How to make your PowerPoint Slides look better?

On March 9th, 2018, the first free workshop ‘How to make your PowerPoint Slides look better? ‘ was held by the Peer Mentoring and Tutoring Centre of St. Clair College @ Ace Acumen. The mentor, Tarun Mehta, 4th semester Computer Networking program student, helped students with questions and provided valuable advice and tips regarding the use of PowerPoint. The workshop was successful; Ace Acumen students gained knowledge and essential skills that will help them in their future.’


The Principal Lunch

The Principals Lunch with Class Representatives has been a tradition at Acumen continuing this year on February 15, 2017, just after Valentine’s day where students share all their concerns along with the school management, heads of departments such as Students Services and Academic Services and their peers to work and plan activities, improve class schedules and breaks and so forth. Principal John Wu discussed the involvement of Class Representatives in important tasks such as maintaining a positive student livelihood during their studies and ensuring a harmonized environment between study and free time on campus. Students also took interest in assisting staff with keeping watch for student behaviour and student welfare on campus. The ‘Principals lunch’ gave both students and staff a chance to get to know each other and to ensure a collective effort in the future to ensure a happy and successful student experience during their time here at St. Clair College @ Ace Acumen.

Points Discussed:

  • Activities on campus
  • An active participation of all students on campus in activities
  • Snacks on campus – Contacting Food Companies – Help from the class reps to serve students
  • Sanitisation
  • Fresher’s party
  • Work permit – Applying Always Online
  • Garbage campaign – Spring 2018
  • Proper use of classrooms/watch for student behavior