A taste for holiday giving will soon spark a flurry of activity in the kitchens of Niagara College’s Canadian Food and Wine Institute. Students, chef professors and staff are planning to cook up a storm for hundreds of community children who might otherwise go without. The festive holiday fare – including turkey, stuffing, veggies and all the trimmings – will be served at the Boys and Girls Club of Niagara (BGCN) Holiday Party.
They’ve each built successful careers in their own respective fields – a corporate chef, a filmmaker, a professor, a CEO, an athletic trainer, an entrepreneur, and a hotelier. Together, they are now among a select group of Niagara College alumni to enter the provincial spotlight as prestigious award nominees.
On the evening of November 22, over 600 members of the Niagara community packed Partridge Hall at the FirstOntario Performing Arts centre to celebrate the legacy of Niagara College president Dan Patterson and reflect on his accomplishments at a special event hosted by the Niagara College Board of Governors. In May 2019, Patterson announced he would conclude his tenure as president after a 25-year career at the College.
Niagara College will mark its 20th year of applied research activity with the honour of earning the number one spot in all of Canada for research. In its annual report “Top 50 Research Colleges,” Research Infosource Inc. has announced that Niagara College has secured the top place in the country, based on total research funding numbers for 2018. The listing also demonstrates NC’s steady standing as a leader in research in Canada, as this represents the fifth year in a row of being in the Top 10.
Niagara College, which launched Canada’s first postsecondary credential in cannabis production in 2018, has joined five Canadian colleges and Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan), in forming the College Consortium for Cannabis, an entity that is unique in the postsecondary sector.
The annual project, now in its 23rd year, is the hallmark of Niagara College’s Event Management (graduate certificate) program, which provides resources for much-needed programming to a different Niagara-based non-profit organization each year. Event Management students support a local community non-profit organization with fundraising, marketing and public awareness of the agency.
The Canadian Food & Wine Institute (CFWI) Innovation Centre, part of Niagara College’s Research & Innovation division, will bring together several big names in the food and beverage industry at the first annual Food & Beverage Innovation Summit on October 23 at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus.
The Canadian Food & Wine Institute Innovation Centre will host the Niagara Food & Beverage Summit on Wednesday, October 23rd, 2019 at the Niagara-on-the-Lake campus. The event will discuss previous, current, and future trends in the food and beverage industry and make educated conclusions with industry experts.
It’s the beginning of a new era for research and innovation in Niagara’s agri-food industry, with the opening of Niagara College’s latest addition to its trailblazing Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus. On Tuesday, September 3, federal, provincial and regional representatives, community donors and industry partners joined staff and students at Niagara College to mark the official grand opening of the new Marotta Family Innovation Complex, which will not only enhance student learning opportunities, but will support the region’s agri-food and agri-business sector.
Niagara College is ready to usher in a new academic year with more than 10,000 students projected to begin their studies after Labour Day – including close to 5,000 new students – along with a full slate of activities and new facilities to welcome them.
A batch of 27 recent graduates of Niagara College’s Ecosystem Restoration (Graduate Certificate) program are getting a jumpstart on their career, becoming Certified Ecological Restoration Practitioners-in-Training (CERPITs), thanks to a new partnership between the college and the Society for Ecological Restoration (SER).
As its campus spaces continue to grow and evolve, Niagara College has agreed to purchase the Niagara Corporate Business Centre (NCBC) in Niagara-on-the-Lake from Trivieri Investments Limited and is scheduled to assume ownership of the property on August 23.
Niagara College’s Research & Innovation division is set to offer small- and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) a way to advance their products, improve their performance, or take an innovative leap forward, through the College Voucher for Technology Adoption (CVTA) program. CVTA is delivered by Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) in partnership with Colleges Ontario.
Niagara College’s 2019 Spring Convocation made history in more ways than one. At the fifth and final ceremony, a group of 16 pioneering – and spirited – graduates from the first class of NC’s Artisan Distilling program accepted their certificates – the first of their kind in Canada.
Niagara College will continue to expand its services and applied research to support businesses in key economic sectors of Niagara as a result of today’s announcement of nearly $2 million from the federal government.
While he remains as passionate and energized about Niagara College as he was at the beginning of his presidency almost 25 years ago, Dan has indicated that he feels it is the right time to make a change, knowing the college is in a strong place and well positioned to meet the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead.
On May 14, two Niagara College students Katie MacCabe and Shianne Stephens – who recently completed the Public Relations graduate certificate program and will graduate this spring – won a Student Award of Excellence at the Canadian Public Relations Society (CPRS) Hamilton Awards of Excellence Ceremony.
Women looking to make a mark on the automotive service industry have a new road open to them, thanks to a newly launched women-only pre-apprenticeship program training new automotive service technicians at Niagara College.
Sixty students. Forty concepts. Nine programs. Five semi-finalists. And it all came down to one winner. The five semi-finalists of The Great Canadian Ready-to-Drink Cocktail Ideation Challenge were honoured on March 29, in the new Marotta Family Innovation Complex at Niagara College’s Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus.
New facility at Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus to be named Segal Family International Centre At its Seafood Gala on the evening of April 5, Niagara College announced that the family of Keith and Sharon Segal have given more than $1 million to support international education at the College.
Can letter writing increase well being? Niagara College Recreation Therapy students are finding out first hand, as part of a class assignment that has them exchanging hand-written letters with seniors and youth. The positive intervention assignment, known as the Pen Pal Project, is part of an Applied Positive Strategies in Therapeutic Recreation class, where students learn about well being and leading theories about how to increase it.
Niagara College students will get a taste of the growing diversity on campus at a new food and arts celebration. Called ‘WorldDISH,’ the event – presented by NC Student Administrative Council (NCSAC), Centre for Student Engagement and Leadership (CSEL) and the International Division – will give students an opportunity to celebrate and enjoy their diverse cultural backgrounds through food and the arts. It will be held on Wednesday, March 27 at the Welland Campus (The Core).
A community of local seniors are getting fitter, stronger and a boost of confidence, with a little help from Niagara College. A new pilot project is bringing fitness expertise from the College to Radiant Care’s Tabor Manor in St. Catharines. Recent graduates from the College, as well as students on co-op placements, are on-site at Tabor Manor’s new fitness and wellness centre each weekday to provide instruction, coaching and encouragement to seniors using the facility.
It’s not always easy to pursue career dreams – especially for female students entering industries traditionally dominated by men, such as such as construction. In advance of International Women’s Day, a Niagara College construction student received a helping hand, as the recipient of the College’s first Women in Construction Faculty Award. Established through the generosity of Welland resident Jan Erion, the award is a $500 donation toward a student’s tuition, designated specifically for a female student in one of the College’s construction programs.
On Feb. 27, Niagara College will play host to over 300 District School Board of Niagara (DSBN) high school students as they compete across many different disciplines in the DSBN’s annual Technological Skills Challenges. Students from 17 Niagara public secondary schools will compete in over 20 challenges at both the Welland and Niagara-on-the-Lake campuses. Challenges will demonstrate students’ skills in everything from automotive tech, to computer coding and advanced manufacturing to hairstyling, to baking and culinary arts.
On Feb. 1, Niagara College President Dan Patterson and staff teams spent the morning in the Niagara region canvassing the homes of select applicants to NC to surprise them with their offers of admission, local swag, and for some students, their scholarships.
Wine or beer – which will win the challenge of the best food-beverage pairing? Students from Niagara College’s Canadian Food and Wine Institute will vie for the title – and bragging rights – at a sold-out Caps, Corks and Forks dinner event on February 2.
Tonight, Niagara College and the Town of Lincoln signed a formal memorandum of understanding (MOU) that will see the municipality and college collaborate to explore, facilitate and support social and economic development. A main area of focus will be Niagara’s agri-business sector.
School spirit is so strong at Niagara College, you can now find it in a bottle. On January 16, the College’s Teaching Distillery made history by releasing its inaugural product: Eau-de-vie de Fruits, Fruit Spirit.
In just five years, Niagara Falls entrepreneur Matt Bonanno went from making raw pet food for his dog in his home to a 12,000-square-foot state-of-the-art production facility. With the help of Niagara College’s Research & Innovation division, Bonanno’s brand Iron Will Raw has become an industry leader in holistic pet food.
Niagara College is projecting a record winter-term enrolment this January. Over 2,000 students are expected to begin their studies at the Welland and Niagara-on-the-Lake campuses as Winter Orientation kicks off the term on Friday, Jan. 4. “We are thrilled to welcome our new students to experience college life and begin their journeys to success,” said Niagara College President Dan Patterson. “With our student-focused, inclusive approach to applied learning at Niagara College, we continue to attract students from across Canada and around the world to study with us.”
Niagara College nominates distinguished alumni for 2018 Premier’s Awards. Seven distinguished members of Niagara College’s alumni community have been nominated for Colleges Ontario’s prestigious 2018 Premier’s Awards.
There’s a new member of the team at Niagara College’s Agriculture & Environmental Technologies Innovation Centre. It goes by the name RoamIO Jumbo, and it is an advanced, rugged land rover, able to patrol vineyard rows with ease, helping farmers increase profitability or even save their crop from damaging weather.
Janet Rouss, Author of “Courage Freedom Happiness – Life Hacks from a Digital Nomad” speaks on “Making your Work Work for you”. On November 21st, come hear how to make your life and work more meaningful and fulfilling. Discover what you are good at and how to push your limits to find new ways of living and working. A great opportunity to network and promote your business. Special wine tasting from King’s Court Estate Winery.
Today’s college graduates have the power to make a difference. That was the message that Niagara leaders passed on to Niagara College’s Class of 2018 on October 26 when about 1,100 new graduates were celebrated at Fall Convocation ceremonies.
While many students plan to spend mid-term break catching up on school work or relaxing at home, some Niagara College students have packed their bags for a global learning experience. More than 80 NC students are participating in International Field Studies (IFS) trips during mid-term break week (Oct. 22-26), to destinations including Amsterdam, Ireland and the Dominican Republic. The IFS trips are part of NC’s Be World Ready program, which supports the College’s aim to prepare world-ready and work-ready graduates. Offering culturally diverse learning environments through international experiences, the program aims to give students a competitive edge to launch their careers and develop global competencies.
Pathstone Mental Health has been selected as the 22nd recipient of Niagara College’s Many Hands project. The annual project sees Niagara College students support a local community non-profit organization with fundraising, marketing and public awareness of the agency.
The world’s largest association of event management professionals has recognized Niagara College’s Event Management (Graduate Certificate) program as the pinnacle of event management certificate programs. The International Festivals and Events Association (IFEA) awarded the College with a Gold Pinnacle Award for Best Event Management Certification Program on Oct. 1 at its 63rd annual conference in San Diego, CA. The professional competition draws entries from some of the world’s top festivals, events and educational programs in the event management field.
The first batch of students in Canada’s first Artisan Distilling (Graduate Certificate) program were officially welcomed into their new home, a unique state of the art Teaching Distillery at Niagara College’s Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus.
Niagara College has been awarded three new contracts for global development projects as part of the Pacific Alliance (PA) program, a global development investment managed by Colleges and Institutes Canada that focuses on sustainable development and skills for employment in Latin America.
Niagara College will celebrate the opening of Canada’s first Teaching Distillery, home of its new Artisan Distilling (Graduate Certificate) program, at a special event at the College’s Niagara-on-the-Lake campus on Thursday, Oct. 4.
The Niagara College Broadcasting graduate and current part-time faculty member was among the star-studded nominees and winners at the second annual Canadian International Faith and Family Film Festival (CIFF) held September 14-16 in Toronto – including Ray Liotta, Ashley Judd, Dennis Quaid and Mira Sorvino. Bessette attended CIFF with multiple award nominations for his 2012 film Trade of Innocents, and walked away with the Best Director award, while cast member Sorvino also won Best Lead Actress for her role in the film.
Niagara College welcomed its first class of future cannabis industry leaders and officially launched its one-of-a-kind Commercial Cannabis Production (Graduate Certificate) program at its Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus on September 5.
From speed friending and wellness workshops, to a carnival and vendor fair – did someone say, “‘goat yoga?” – Niagara College is rolling out a full slate of Orientation activities as it prepares to welcome a record number of students to its Niagara campuses this September.
Niagara job-seekers and employers now have a new place to connect in the heart of Downtown St. Catharines. Niagara College’s Community Employment Services (CES) (formerly Employment and Training Solutions) celebrated the official opening of its new office space at 43 Church St. on Aug. 27.
Downtown St. Catharines community members and and clients of Niagara College’s Community Employment Services (formerly Employment and Training Solutions) are invited to celebrate the grand opening of the team’s new office and community space, located at 43 Church St. in St. Catharines, on Monday, Aug. 27.
David Dickson, head distiller at Dillon’s Small Batch Distillers in Beamsville, will bring his experience and leadership to Niagara College’s Artisan Distilling program as the College’s distiller, beginning Aug. 20.
A popular student space at Niagara College has been named among the best in Canada. Canadian Interiors magazine has selected the College’s Niagara-on-the-Lake (NOTL) Campus student commons as a winner in its 2018 Best of Canada Design Competition. The NC space is among 22 projects – one of three in the institutional category – to be named winners of the magazine’s 21st annual competition, celebrating the best interior and product design across Canada.
Niagara College has received over $1.6 million to help fund cutting-edge beverage research equipment for the College’s Canadian Food and Wine Institute Innovation Centre (CFWI IC), which will be housed within the College’s new Marotta Family Innovation Complex. This infrastructure will directly support applied research and world-class training specifically for the wine, beer, spirits and non-alcoholic beverage sectors in Niagara.
Three new General Motors vehicles rolled into Niagara College’s Motive Power Lab this morning, destined for many years as key learning tools in Niagara College’s Motive Power programs. The vehicles, a 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500, a 2018 Chevrolet Suburban and a 2018 Cadillac XTS, were generously donated to Niagara College by General Motors Canada to increase the hands-on learning opportunities offered to students. The three vehicles contain some of the most current automotive technologies employed in modern consumer cars, and will allow students to gain real-world experience diagnosing, fixing, and replacing these technologies.
Niagara College and Excelsior Community College (ECC) in Kingston, Jamaica have inked an agreement that will provide a pathway for students in Excelsior’s business programs to advance their studies at Niagara College.
Over 75 food and beverage processing professionals from across Niagara, Hamilton and the GTA will converge on Niagara College’s Niagara-on-the-Lake campus on Wednesday to learn how they can get their products on supermarket shelves.
Niagara College students showed their mastery of culinary arts as well as hairstyling at the 2018 Skills Ontario Competition, held May 7-9 at the Toronto Congress Centre. NC dominated the podium in the Culinary Arts competition, with Second year Culinary Management student Quentin Petkovich bringing home the gold medal for the second year in a row, and first year student Hunter Spicer picking up bronze. Spicer was the 2017 winner of the Culinary Arts competition for secondary school students.
A project spearheaded by Niagara College is better preparing post-secondary students across the country for work-integrated learning opportunities (WIL) like co-op placements and apprenticeships. The Work Integrated Learning Open Module Initiative is a toolkit for post-secondary educators, consisting of 31 online modules that help students make the most of work-integrated learning opportunities offered by their school.
Niagara College welcomed more than 65 global recruiters from over 20 countries as part of the annual Study in Niagara Familiarization (FAM) Tour from April 29 to May 1. The tour is a collaboration with Brock University, the District School Board of Niagara and the Tourism Partnership of Niagara, and invites global educational recruitment agents to tour participating institutions, learn about the region and meet faculty and staff.
Auto Girls – an auto shop run by women, for women – topped a strong field of student-created business ideas at Niagara College’s Pitch Perfect competition held April 18. The event was hosted at Southbrook Winery in Niagara-on-the-Lake and organized by ncTakeOff, Niagara College’s entrepreneurship hub. Eight teams of students from the college’s School of Business and Management each brought their ideas before a panel of judges that included Mishka Balsom, President and CEO of the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce (GNCC), Matt Goch, Small Business Advisor with Meridian Credit Union, and Niagara College’s dean of Business, Hospitality and Environment Vivian Kinnaird.
Canopy Growth Corporation ("Canopy Growth") or (“the Company”) (TSX: WEED) and Niagara College (“the College”) today announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”) to create new experience-based learning opportunities for college students and graduates. This valuable partnership will also support the increased workforce demand at Canopy Growth facilities across Canada and generate joint research and community engagement opportunities for the Niagara region, an area the Company has proudly called home since June 2014.
After weeks of exchanging letters, a class of students from Niagara College finally met face-to-face with their pen pals from St. Catharines-based Heidehof Home for the Aged on April 10. The Pen Pal Social marked the culmination of an inaugural Pen Pal project which paired 60 first-year Recreation Therapy students from the College with 20 seniors from Heidehof. Over a four-week period prior to the social, the students and seniors exchanged hand-written letters. Each letter focused on a pillar of well-being: happiness, compassion, diversity and gratitude. On April 10, marking their fifth and final week of the project, faculty and students travelled to Heidehof to meet their pen pals and participate in their final theme: social connectedness.
49,000 square-foot facility to be named Marotta Family Innovation Complex. Niagara College announced today that the family of Benny and Louise Marotta are donating $1 million to support the College’s Achieving Dreams Campaign.
Niagara College has 11 million reasons to thank those who have generously supported students through the recently completed Achieving Dreams fundraising campaign. At a special event tonight thanking those who have made significant contributions to the campaign, it was announced that Achieving Dreams far surpassed its goal of $7 million, raising a total of $11,450,791.
The Niagara Peninsula Aboriginal Area Management Board (NPAAMB) is pleased to announce the federal government funding of the “JOURNEY TO SUCCESS” program for urban Indigenous youth in southern Ontario. NPAAMB will design, deliver and evaluate the impact of a culturally relevant and demand driven essential skills training program over 48 months.
A business initiative dedicated to helping cancer survivors return to everyday life following recovery was the winning pitch at this past weekend's Social Enterprise Start-up event. Hosted by the College’s entrepreneurship hub, ncTakeOff, and sponsored by Meridian Credit Union, the contest was held March 9 to 11 at the College’s Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus.
On Feb. 28, Niagara College will host more than 350 Niagara high school students as they compete across many different disciplines in the District School Board of Niagara (DSBN)’s annual Technological Skills Challenge. Students from 17 Niagara schools will compete in over 25 challenges at both the Welland and Niagara-on-the-Lake campuses. Challenges will demonstrate students’ skills in everything from automotive tech, to computer coding and advanced manufacturing to hairstyling, to baking and culinary arts.
A rapidly expanding cannabis industry is set to bring positive changes to Niagara’s economic and educational landscapes. That was the focus of a panel discussion at Niagara College in a packed Yerich Auditorium Thursday evening. The event, hosted by ncTakeOff, the college’s entrepreneurship hub, featured a lively discussion on the future of the cannabis industry in Niagara, and how government, education and business can work together to position Niagara for success.
Job-seekers and employers across Niagara have a new way to connect, thanks to Niagara College’s new Employment and Training Solutions website, launched today. The new site, available at niagaracollege.ca/ets offers an easy-to-use job postings board, open to anyone in the community seeking employment. Users can browse current job opportunities and apply for positions directly through the site, without having to create a profile.
Community Care of St. Catharines & Thorold has been selected as the 21st recipient of Niagara College’s Many Hands project. The annual project sees Niagara College students support a local community non-profit organization with fundraising, marketing and public awareness of the agency. In the Spring of 2018, students in NC’s Event Management (Graduate Certificate) program will plan, manage and host a fundraising event to help Community Care.
Niagara College has become the first postsecondary educational institution in Canada to be designated a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary. The College’s Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus has achieved the designation through the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program (ACSP), an Audubon International program. It is the eighth property in Canada and the 37th in the world to be certified in the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program.
Niagara College is proud to nominate six of its distinguished alumni for prestigious Premier’s Awards. Presented annually as part of the Colleges Ontario Higher Education Summit, the Premier’s Awards celebrate the outstanding contributions of six Ontario college graduates in six different categories: Business, Creative Arts and Design, Community Services, Health Sciences, Technology, and Recent Graduate.
Niagara College is welcoming its largest ever intake of first-year and international students for the fall term, with a full slate of Orientation activities at its Welland and Niagara-on the-Lake Campuses, from September 5 to 8.
With more than 5,000 first-year students arriving at the College in September, including 1,500 postsecondary and ESL international students, its total enrolment is projected to exceed 10,000 this fall.
You don’t need to be a full-time student to rekindle a passion for learning this fall. Niagara College Part-Time Studies is offering more than 300 continuing education study options, both in-class and online – from career-based and academic upgrading courses, to professional development seminars, personal interest classes and enjoyable leisure activities.
Award-winning journalist Murray Brewster returns to alma mater for Spring Convocation. "I envy you. Because you are at the beginning of the adventure." Those were the words of award-winning journalist Murray Brewster as he addressed more than 900 new graduates from Niagara College's schools of Media, Trades and Technology on June 23.
Niagara College is launching a brand new program sure to lift ‘spirits’ in Canada’s growing craft distillery scene. The innovative college – which is already home to Canada’s first commercial teaching winery and teaching brewery at its trailblazing Canadian Food and Wine Institute – is now barrelling out Canada’s first college distilling program, Artisan Distilling. Scheduled to begin fall 2017, the one-year graduate certificate program will offer hands-on training and classroom work in practical distilling, distilling science, quantitative spirit analysis, and distillation management. The program will be supported by a new on-campus teaching distillery – also the first of its kind in Canada.
FirstOntario Credit Union has joined forces with the Research & Innovation division of Niagara College, along with several other Niagara community partners for the first annual 1Awards competition. Eligible candidates must apply before Saturday, May 7th, 2016.
When he left for Ecuador, he was a young culinary graduate representing his college and his country; by the time he returned, he was an international medalist. Justin Beaulne, 21, has won the bronze medal at the Hans Bueschkens Young Chefs Challenge, held in Quito, Ecuador at the end of October. Part of the Global Chefs Challenge which draws the best chefs in the world to compete, the Young Chefs Challenge is a category for age 25 and younger.
It’s a vintage year for Niagara College’s teaching restaurant. Benchmark Restaurant, located within the College’s Canadian Food and Wine Institute, has been announced the winner of a 2015 Licensee of the Year Award at the Niagara Wine Festival. The award was presented to CFWI staff on Sept. 18 as part of the festival’s annual RBC Ontario Awards which honour supporters of Ontario’s grape and wine industry.
Speed-friending, bubble soccer, concerts, campus tours and information sessions are just a few activities on the agenda for next week when thousands of new students get their first taste of college life.
The importance of personal care and service were in the spotlight on June 19 as Niagara College welcomed 815 more students into its alumni community. During the morning convocation ceremony, Supt. Rose DiMarco, director of operations, Ontario Provincial Police, Central Region addressed 340 new graduates from the School of Justice Studies.
More than 800 students became alumni on June 18 as the college marked day three of its Spring Convocation Ceremonies. The College welcomed back two members its alumni community as convocation speakers who were also honoured with Distinguished Alumni Awards during the ceremonies – Chris Sinclair, vice president and co-founder of Brand Blvd. Inc., and Andrew Miele, director of development, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts.
On June 3, Niagara College staff, students and the community celebrated the grand opening of its Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus Aboriginal Student Resource Centre. The event marked the opening of the first resource centre for Indigenous students at the College’s NOTL Campus, following in the footsteps of a centre that has been open at the Welland Campus since 1992.