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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.

Three Niagara College research students will have their projects highlighted to MPs from across Canada as part of two parliamentary showcases in Ottawa next week.

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.                  

Calling all Niagara-based charitable organizations: Need a small upgrade to your facility or programming? Applications are currently being accepted for Niagara College’s next Many Hands Project.

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.

The Ontario Paper Thorold Foundation, a strong supporter of Niagara College (NC), has announced a gift of $100,000, the latest in a history of support for student initiatives at the College.

This gift will support the purchase of instructional equipment to help ensure NC graduates have the critical skills they need to meet employer expectations and ever-evolving industry needs.

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.

 

 

Students from the College’s Fitness and Health Promotion program are ready to help up to 100 new clients achieve their fitness goals this year.​

It’s an Olympic year for national culinary teams around the world, and Niagara College is kick-starting 2016 in a special way; by welcoming its closest rivals to the Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus.​

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.

When it comes to patient care, a Niagara College Practical Nursing student is not only reaching for stars – she’s becoming one.

President of the Niagara Health System Dr. Suzanne Johnston shared this simple but significant equation with Niagara College’s Class of 2015 as they gathered for fall convocation on Oct. 30.

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.

 

The Niagara College Greenhouse is in full bloom, with two successful plant-sale weekends already in the books and lots of great deals to be had.

Another sale is already underway for the May 23-24 weekend with great deals on student-grown plants: