As a result of this year’s Many Hands Project, $40,800 was donated to Pathstone Mental Health – a community-based organization that provides innovative and effective treatment for all children in Niagara diagnosed with mental health issues. The funds were announced at a Many Hands Project reveal ceremony held at Branscombe Mental Health Centre in St. Catharines on April 15. The donation included $35,858 raised by NC student fundraisers and $5,000 from Canadian Tire Bank, a sponsor and long-time supporter of NC’s Many Hands Project.
Since January, more than 300 students in nine sections of the College’s Professional Selling Level 1 class sold more than 1,500 hats to support Community Care of St. Catharines and Thorold’s Raising the Roof toque campaign. They wrapped up their sales at the beginning of April, to discover that they raised $27,419 for Community Care.
Niagara College will be a part of a European Union-funded effort to reform the technical education system in Malawi. On March 21, the College was awarded a contract from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as part of the larger Skills and Technical Education Programme (STEP). STEP is a four-year program that aims to empower the Technical, Entrepreneurial, Vocational Education and Training (TEVET) sector and its capacity to satisfy the economy’s need for professionals through the improvement of equitable and gender balanced TEVET institutions. Malawi has 55 TEVET institutions.
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.
The paths of eight college-level women’s volleyball teams from across Canada have converged at the Athletic Centre at Niagara College’s Welland Campus as they gear up for the 41st annual Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Women’s National Volleyball Championship. The games begin on Thursday, March 7 at 1 p.m., following the Sport Symposium, as the King’s University Eagles hit the court again the Mount Saint Vincent University Mystics in NC’s Athletic Centre.
Niagara College has become the first college in Canada to be designated as a member of the Age-Friendly University (AFU) Global Network. Currently comprised of 44 postsecondary institutions from around the world – including six Canadian universities – the global network is dedicated to the role higher education can play in responding to challenges and opportunities associated with an aging population.
More than 100 Niagara College students are packing their bags for a new global learning experience this mid-term break. NC is offering several Be World Ready (BWR) International Field Study (IFS) trips for the 2019 winter term. These international adventures provide students and staff with opportunities to become more world-ready and work-ready as they expand their intercultural skills through travel.
Niagara College is hosting a workshop to help equip fitness and health professionals gain the latest knowledge and skills from the oncology field. The Lymphedema Management workshop will be taught by the College’s Fitness and Health Promotion professor Jodi Steele. Steele is a registered physiotherapist and founder of Cancer Rehab Inc. – Canada’s first not-for-profit cancer rehabilitation centre.
It may not be Dragons’ Den, but Niagara College students with big dreams – and business ideas to match – will have a chance to make their pitch on the weekend of February 1-3. Representatives from the College along with a panel of industry judges will be scouting for the next great entrepreneurial idea at the Start-Up Weekend hosted by the College’s entrepreneurship hub, ncTakeOff. The weekend-long competition will be held at the College’s Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus.
Students in Niagara College’s Event Management program are hard at work organizing a series of fundraisers to support Pathstone Mental Health, the 2019 recipientof this year’s Many Hands Project. The annual project sees students in the School of Hospitality, Tourism and Sport support a local community non-profit organization with fundraising, marketing and public awareness of the agency. With no budget, students build all aspects of their campaign, from venue selection, sponsorship and fundraising to social media, marketing and execution. Each year, students keep the events fresh, adding twists and finding new ways to engage the community.
From Jan. 25-27, participants will spend the weekend immersed in game development at the annual Global Game Jam (GGJ) at Niagara College’s Welland Campus. For 48 hours straight, students and alumni from NC’s Game Development program will join forces to design new video and board games. Their creations will help inspire and influence the gaming industry.
Second year Business – Sales and Marketing student Lucas Holtvluwer has won a free flight, courtesy of Air Canada, as part of the first round of the three-part Great Canadian Sales Competition (GCSC), open to all Canadian college and university students. The competition is designed to educate students about the possibilities of sales as a career and the importance of sales as a skill-set. In round one of the competition, students submit a 30-90 second sales video pitch about a topic they’re passionate about.
On Dec. 6, Students in NC’s Hairstyling program donated their time and talents to residents of the Extended Care Unit at the Welland Hospital in preparation for their annual Christmas pictures. Emma Lanctot, Victoria Newburgh, Grace Manco, Ashley Bullock, and Laura Pembleton styled hair and applied makeup for over 90 residents. Residents received services anywhere from curled hair to quick makeup touch-ups before their picture was taken.
There’s a cutting-edge new lecture series that will be sure to brighten the smiles of healthcare practitioners in Niagara and beyond. Niagara College and periodontist / international speaker Dr. Peter Fritz, are unveiling Base Camp – a 12-part evening lecture series poised to advance dental healthcare in Niagara by bringing the latest research and information to the region’s practitioners.
Niagara families who face long wait times for Occupational Therapy services to assist their children with fine motor skills now have a brand new option in their community. Niagara College has opened a new clinic, called Performance, which is now home to a new pediatric Fine Motor Skills Development program for community clients. The new program will benefit Niagara residents by helping to alleviate wait times for those seeking assistance for their child’s fine motor skills challenges, and by offering the in-demand services at a reduced cost.
Niagara College will host a Fall BioBlitz on Thursday, November 1 with special guests from the World Wildlife Fund and other community organizations. The event, which is open to the college community and the public, will take place between noon and 6 p.m. at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus. Organized by the College’s Office of Sustainability, the BioBlitz aims to help participants connect with the outdoors while identifying plants and animal species for the College’s biodiversity inventory.
Niagara College and Bethesda are working together to help brighten the smiles of children with special needs. In an effort to remove the barriers to dental care often faced by children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, NC and Bethesda have partnered to host a free clinic for local children at the College’s Welland Campus.
A global Awards of Excellence ceremony ‘Down Under’ catapulted Niagara College straight to the top when it comes to applied research and innovation. On October 9, the World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics (WFCP) announced Niagara College as the winner of its 2018 Gold Award of Excellence in Applied Research and Innovation. The Awards of Excellence were presented at the WFCP 2018 World Congress in Melbourne, Australia.
Niagara College associate director of Athletics and Recreation Michele O’Keefe was awarded the Leadership in Sport Award on September 20 at the Canadian Sport Awards in Ottawa. The country’s premier event for national sport achievement and leadership recognition, the 41st edition of the event took place for the first time since 2012.
When it comes to sustainability, Niagara College reaches for the STARS – and earns them. NC has been recognized as a top performer by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). AASHE’s recently released 2018 Sustainable Campus Index highlights top-performing sustainable colleges and universities overall and in 17 impact areas, as measured by the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS).
Need a small upgrade to your facility or programming? All Niagara-based charitable organizations are welcome to submit their applications for Niagara College’s next Many Hands Project. Managed by the College’s School of Hospitality, Tourism and Sport, as well as faculty and students from the Event Management (Graduate Certificate) program, the annual Many Hands Project has been making its mark on the Niagara region by providing enhancements to local non-profit organizations.
Students in Niagara College’s Broadcasting – Radio, Television and Film program were the stars at the 2018 Broadcast Educators Association of Canada awards, taking home awards for class projects in several categories, from music videos to podcasts.
The second day of ceremonies celebrated almost 700 new graduates and honoured two distinguished Niagara leaders: Coletta McGrath, executive director of Quest Community Health Centre, who received an honorary bachelor of Applied Studies during the morning ceremony; and Niagara Regional Police Service chief Bryan MacCulloch who received an honorary diploma in Police Foundations during the afternoon ceremony.
When Jesse Reynders chose to make a leap from his 25+ year career with the Canadian Armed Forces to pursue life as an accountant, he chose to start his journey at Niagara College. “It was really a return to family for me,” said Reynders. After spending their entire married life at a distance from the rest of their family due to military priorities, the Reynders family's desire to lay down roots close to their extended family was a priority and led them to the Niagara region. Coinciding with the move to Niagara, Reynders’ decision to change careers led him to Niagara College, where he enroled in 2015.
Indigenous students and staff at Niagara College’s Welland Campus now have a dedicated outdoor space to help them feel connected to their roots and the earth. On June 13, the College welcomed students, staff and the community for a grand opening celebration of its new Indigenous Garden. The event, presented by NC Indigenous Education, kicked off with a song and greeting by elder Elaine Berwald followed by welcome remarks from college president Dan Patterson.
Longtime sport management leader and Welland native Michele O’Keefe will be joining the Niagara College team as associate director of Athletics and Recreation, beginning July 3. O’Keefe is returning to her hometown in Niagara after serving as president and CEO of Canada Basketball, where she worked to build stronger relationships with sport associations across Canada and was responsible for oversight of key government relations and sponsorship negotiations for Canada Basketball.
Indigenous students and staff at Niagara College’s Welland Campus now have a dedicated outdoor space to help them feel connected to their roots and the earth.
On June 13, the College welcomed students, staff and the community for a grand opening celebration of its new Indigenous Garden. The event, presented by NC Indigenous Education, kicked off with a song and greeting by elder Elaine Berwald followed by welcome remarks from college president Dan Patterson.
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.
The Niagara College community and the public are welcome to attend the grand opening of the College’s new Indigenous Garden at the Welland Campus. Presented by NC Indigenous Education, the event will be held on Wednesday, June 13 at the rear entrance of the Applied Health Institute (near Parking Lot G).
Nearly 50 students in Grade 9 math classes from two Niagara schools visited Niagara College on May 2 to see how the concepts they learn in class translate into real-world solutions. Experience College Math is a joint initiative between Niagara College's School of Academic and Liberal Studies, the District School Board of Niagara and the Niagara Catholic District School Board.
HR prof strikes gold with top award for Faculty Leadership, Research & Innovation division wins silver. Niagara College was in the national spotlight on April 30, winning two awards from Colleges and Institutes Canada.
Niagara College is launching a new project to support technological and workforce development in Niagara’s growing advanced manufacturing sector. The project will provide training for current industry professionals in Niagara on state-of-the-art equipment and simulators, and attract and recruit new talent into the industry from among Niagara’s high-school and post-secondary students.
Niagara College’s Game Development students got their game on at the program’s annual year-end showcase on April 19 where they revealed their finished video game projects for attendees to play and watch. The event was a collaboration between Niagara College’s Game Development program and the dual-credential Niagara College/Brock University Game Programming and Game Design programs.
On the morning of April 19, at the College’s Niagara-on-the-Lake campus, students in NC’s Event Management (Graduate Certificate) program celebrated the successful conclusion of the 2018 Many Hands Project at a special ceremony.
Students in Niagara College’s Event Management (Graduate Certificate) program, faculty and others involved in the college’s Many Hands fundraiser will celebrate the successful conclusion of the 2018 project at a special ceremony on the morning of April 19.
Students in Niagara College’s Automotive Service Technician Apprenticeship, Motive Power Technician, and Motive Power Techniques programs are surging ahead of their competition in tomorrow’s automotive industry, thanks to new technology and facilities available through NC’s Green Automotive Technology Lab.
Those who made Niagara College’s recently completed Achieving Dreams fundraising campaign a success will be honoured at a special donor recognition event on Monday, March 26. The Achieving Dreams campaign was launched in April 2015, with a goal of raising $7 million to support student success through campus redevelopment projects; equipment and learning resources; and scholarships, bursaries, study-work abroad and student leadership development opportunities.
Future students, you are our guests and we look forward to meeting you! This is your day to tour, ask questions, gather information and explore! Our faculty, staff and current students will be on campus to support you so please make yourselves feel at home and let yourself experience what makes NC unique.
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.
The Boys and Girls Club of Niagara held its annual Champions for Children Gala this past Friday, recognizing Niagara College and others for their work supporting Niagara’s children. The Champions for Children Award recognizes individuals and organizations who have made significant contributions to the development and well-being of children and youth in Niagara. Niagara College was recognized for several initiatives.
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.
Students from Niagara College’s Fitness and Health Promotion program are ready to help approximately 100 individuals achieve their personal fitness goals this year. The college program, based at the Welland Campus, is now accepting applications from community residents who are willing to commit to fitness assessments and weekly personal training sessions from February to April 2018.
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.
For the third year in a row, Niagara College has earned the honour of being in the top 10 colleges in the country for research funding, according to a new national study released today. And for the second year in a row, that placement is No. 7. In its report “Canada’s Top 50 Research Colleges,” Re$earch Infosource Inc. has announced the rank of seven for Niagara College, based on total research funding numbers for 2016. This represents a steady placement of three years in a row in the top 10, since Niagara College earned spot No. 10 in the 2014 research funding year.
Past met present on October 4 to mark a special milestone at Niagara College: its 50th anniversary celebration.
Current students, staff, faculty, and the community joined alumni and retirees for the event at the Welland Campus. The event kicked off with speeches from College and community representatives, before guests decked out in college colours – blue and white – formed a ‘50’ on the front lawn for a commemorative aerial photograph.
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.
Ontario Celebrates Grand Opening of Advanced Manufacturing Centre at Niagara College
Ontario is supporting the development of a highly-skilled workforce and helping businesses in Niagara region access the technology and expertise they need to grow, create jobs and compete in the global marketplace. Today Charles Sousa, Minister of Finance, joined local companies, Niagara College students and industry leaders at the grand opening of the Walker Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre in Welland.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.