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Niagara College TAC TALK NEWSLETTER • SPRING 2017
As I begin my third year as Manager here at the Walker Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre, it’s an exciting exercise for me to look back at the progress we have made to date, yet look ahead to the great plans we have for 2017 and beyond. It was with proud distinction that Niagara College ranked 7th in Canada and 3rd in Ontario in 2016 as a top research college, of which the Walker Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre is part.

Many Canadian small- and medium-sized manufacturers delay adopting new technology, because of the risk of making large, upfront investments without first testing their innovations. By investing in a new advanced manufacturing network in the Golden Horseshoe, the Government of Canada will help Canadian manufacturers address this challenge and speed up technology adoption.

Niagara-based charities in need of renovation now have until the end of August to apply to become the recipient of Niagara College’s next Many Hands Project.

The application deadline has been extended to August 31 for the 2016-2017 Many Hands Project – an annual renovation project that enhances, improves and renovates the facilities of a local charitable organization. All aspects of the project are planned, managed and completed by students from NC’s Event Management (post-graduate) and construction studies programs.

More than 50 years ago, a bursary helped Paul Charette gain a college education; today, as a respected leader in the construction industry and strong supporter of the Canadian college system, he is helping other students do the same.

Attention all Niagara-based charitable organizations in need of renovation: Niagara College wants to lend you a hand – or, more specifically, Many Hands! The College is now accepting applications for its 2016-2017 Many Hands Project. The annual renovation project enhances, improves and renovates the facilities of a local charitable organization. All aspects of the project are planned, managed and completed by students from NC’s Event Management (post-graduate) and construction studies programs.

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.

The wine industry is raising a glass to Niagara College chef professor Peter Blakeman. Blakeman will be honoured with a Vitners Quality Alliance (VQA) Promoters Award, which acknowledges those who celebrate the Ontario VQA wine industry with enthusiasm, constructive input and unsolicited promotion. He was recently announced as the winner, and will be presented with the award on Friday, May 6 at the annual Experts Tasting, managed by the Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute at Brock University.

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 7, 2016.

 

Niagara College has received more than $1.4 million from Ontario’s Apprenticeship Enhancement Fund program to build a Green Tech Automotive Lab at its Welland Campus.

St. Catharines resident Leanna Heida is one step closer to achieving her dreams, as the winner of a $3,000 credit towards her first year’s tuition at Niagara College. The future student, who is enrolled in the College’s Hairstyling diploma program for September, became eligible to win the tuition credit after attending the College’s 2016 Spring Open House. The prize was open to any future student who attended the College’s Spring Open House on April 2 and the winner was randomly drawn among registrants following the event.

Prepare for purple power!​ The national colour of dental hygiene will not only be proudly worn by Niagara College students celebrating National Dental Hygienists Week April 9 to 15, Welland’s Main Street Bridge will be lit purple on the evening of April 13.

March is National Engineering Month, and Niagara College is marking the celebration by hosting an information night on March 21 to celebrate the role of engineering in society.​ Called ‘Engineering Our World: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow,’ the event is open to the college community and the public. It will highlight ways that engineering shapes the world and leadership roles that engineers play in our society, as well as encourage students to get involved in this exciting field.

Having a ‘good hair day’ is about to get a whole new meaning at Niagara College.​ A number of students, staff and faculty members are volunteering to get their hair cut as part of a college-wide initiative to provide wigs for children with cancer. The hair donation event will take place at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus on Thursday, March 17 and at the Welland Campus on Friday, March 18, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

It’s been a year since they broke ground for Niagara College’s Walker Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre. The facility on the College’s Welland campus is still under construction but just a few months away from being complete.

They may be heading to warmer climates for their Reading Week break, but several of Niagara College students have helping others on their itinerary. One group bound for Honduras will have soccer balls, jerseys and other recreation equipment in tow, to bring to poverty stricken children in Honduras. Another is preparing to roll up their sleeves and work on a community build project as part of a Me to We volunteer trip to Nicaragua.

A third-year student in Niagara College’s Bachelor of Business Administration – International Commerce and Global Development program is part of an international team that earned top honours in a recent international business competition.

Niagara College’s 19th annual Many Hands project officially kicked off today at the Hope Centre in Welland. Over the next three months, students from Niagara College’s Event Management (Graduate Certificate) and Renovation Technician programs will execute and support a series of renovations at the Hope Centre – a non-profit agency that provides services and support to individuals and families who are struggling with poverty-related issues.

 

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.​

Niagara College is No. 10 in the ranking of Canada’s Top 50 research schools. The college moved up three spots since the inaugural report in 2013. Niagara improved its spot by being ranked third among Ontario’s five leading colleges for the second year in a row.

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.

Almost 800 graduates will receive diplomas during Niagara College’s Fall Convocation ceremony, October 30 at the Welland Campus. The ceremony will honour graduates from the schools of Academic and Liberal Studies; Allied Health Studies; Business and Management Studies; Continuing Education; English Language Studies; Environmental and Horticultural Studies; Food and Wine Sciences; Hospitality, Tourism and Sport; Justice and Fitness Studies; Nursing and Personal Support Worker Studies; and Trades.

With support from the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE), Niagara College's Research & Innovation division is ready once again to offer small- and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) access to the College's resources to provide e-business and technology adoption solutions. Niagara College will work with as many as 20 local companies, thanks to $50,000 from OCE. Six vouchers are available for companies to access Technology Adoption projects that will focus on technology development and testing/validation activities to support innovation. The remaining 14 vouchers will focus on e-business solutions such as website development, online sales process, digital and social media, and customer relationship management.

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. Niagara College will host fall 2015 Orientation from Tuesday, Sept. 8 to Sunday, Sept. 13 with a full roster of activities and events designed to introduce new students to the college experience.

Volunteers participating in Habitat for Humanity Niagara’s first-ever Women Build will get a little help from Niagara College. On Wednesday, August 19, a group of Habitat Niagara Women Build volunteers will be at Niagara College’s Welland Campus assembling kitchen cabinets. The cabinets will soon be installed as part of a historic Habitat Niagara Women Build, which promotes the involvement of women in the construction of Habitat homes by hosting build projects with the majority of the planning and execution undertaken by women volunteers.

Rare grape varieties from the oldest viticultural region in the world have arrived in Niagara and have taken root in Niagara College’s teaching vineyards.

Niagara College kicked off its 2015 Spring Convocation Ceremonies on Tuesday, June 15 with the help of two distinguished leaders in the Niagara community – Janet St. Amand, chief executive officer of YMCA Niagara, and Debi Pratt, wine industry leader and public relations specialist.

Niagara College’s Baking and Pastry Arts student Sophie Maille has proved she is one of the best young bakers in the country.

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.

Youth from across the province, who are participating as Young Leaders for Biodiversity at Ontario’s first biodiversity summit, have Niagara College marked on their agendas for a full-day learning experience.

Thank you to Niagara College for renewing your community partnership with our myWelland.com local network. Niagara College is a community leader in applied research activities that support economic development locally and beyond, providing students and graduates with significant opportunities to put their skills and knowledge to work with industry partners.

Six Niagara College students are now provincial medal winners after success at the 26th annual Ontario Technological Skills Competition. Known as the largest skilled trades competition in Canada, the Ontario Technological Skills Competition took place May 4-6 at RIM Park in Waterloo. Students from the College’s Canadian Food and Wine Institute dominated the Postsecondary Baking and Culinary Arts categories, capturing two medals in each – including gold.