Category: Announcements

Weather alert: Jan. 12

Environment Canada has issued an alert for the Niagara region, with forecasts of icy conditions forecasted for this afternoon, followed by accumulating snow. Please take extra care when travelling to and from our campuses, and allow extra time as necessary. Niagara College will continue to monitor weather conditions.

January 2: Fire alarm activated at Welland Campus

On January 2 at 11:15 a.m., a fire alarm was activated at the Welland Campus.

Staff and students evacuated the main building and the fire department responded, as well as staff from the College’s Facilities Management Services and Campus Safety.

The alarm was triggered by sprinkler pipes that burst in the new gym academic lab (Gym C).

While staff and students have since been permitted to return indoors, the new gym academic lab (Gym C) and the area has been blocked off. Cleanup of the water is underway and action has been taken to repair the sprinkler system.

The area is expected to reopen on the morning of January 3. FMS will continue to monitor the area until repairs are complete.

 

December 22: Inclement weather for Niagara

A special weather statement is in effect for Niagara with five to 10 cm of snow expected by Friday evening (Dec. 22). The snow is expected to be mixed with freezing drizzle beginning Friday morning.

Precipitation is expected to taper off to patchy drizzle Friday night as the temperature edges just above the freezing mark.

Motorists should be prepared for reductions to visibility and poor winter travelling conditions tonight into Friday. Poor winter driving conditions are expected on Friday morning commute could be particularly slow and messy.

Staff, students and visitors should use caution when travelling and plan for extra time to reach their destination. Please drive and walk according to road, sidewalk and winter weather conditions; wear proper footwear and dress appropriately.

College staff and our winter service provider will monitor the weather and salt walkways and parking lots as required. As winter maintenance equipment may be operating during school hours, please ensure that you stay a safe distance away where possible.

Please continue to monitor alerts issued by Niagara College and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. While not expected, any potential college closures will be posted to niagaracollege.ca

 

Niagara College 2017/2018 Holiday Hours

Niagara College wishes you a safe and happy holiday season. 

Our campuses will be closed beginning Dec. 23 and will remain closed until Jan. 2, 2018 at which time we will resume our normal hours of operations.

Some services may be operating on modified hours leading up to the holiday closure and early in the new year. Here is a list of operating hours for our services and enterprises over the holidays.

 

Transit

Reduced transit schedules may be in effect for the holiday season. Visit http://ncsac.ca/transit-schedules for more.

NC Libraries

NC libraries will be closed from Dec. 23 to Jan. 2. Access to library resources are available online 24/7 at http://nclibraries.niagaracollege.ca/library.

NC Bookstores

NC Bookstores at the Welland and NOTL campuses will be closed starting Dec. 23 and will re-open with regular business hours, 8 am. – 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 2. 

Athletics and Recreation

Closing Dec. 23, reopening Jan. 2

NCSAC Offices

NCSAC Offices will be closed Dec. 23, reopening Jan. 2.

NCSAC Student Centres

The Core (Welland) and Armoury (NOTL) and the Shack Student Café (Welland and NOTL) will be closed from Dec. 23, reopening Jan. 2.

Cafeterias/ Food Services

Cafeterias and Food Services will close Dec. 23, reopening Jan. 2 with normal hours.

Employment and Training Solutions
(1 St. Paul St., St. Catharines)

Employment and Training Solutions at 1 St. Paul is open as follows:

Monday, Dec. 25: closed
Tuesday, Dec. 26: closed
Wed. Dec. 27,28, 29: open 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.
Monday, Jan. 1closed
Tuesday. Jan 2: normal hours resume: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Retail stores at the NC Teaching Brewery and Wine Visitor and Education Centre

Will be open for regular hours from Sunday to Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. except on the following dates:

  • Dec. 24: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Dec. 25: closed
  • Dec. 31: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Jan. 1: closed

Benchmark Restaurant

Benchmark is now closed for the holidays and will reopen on Jan. 9. Bench-to-Go is open until Dec. 22 and will reopen on Jan. 3.

NC Teaching Spa

The NC Teaching Spa will be closed Dec. 23, reopening Jan. 2.

Student Services

The offices of Academic Advising, Student Engagement and Leadership, and Career Services / Co-op will be closed Dec. 22 at 4:30 p.m., reopening Jan. 2 at 8:30 a.m.

NC Greenhouse

The Greenhouse will be closed Dec. 23, reopening Jan. 2

 

Winter Term Orientation, Start-up, and Extended Hours

  • Winter Orientation will be held January 12.
  • Classes begin on January 15.

Enrolment Services / Financial Aid

Enrolment Services as well as Financial Aid at both the Welland and Niagara-on-the-Lake campuses will be have extended office hours from Monday, January 15 to Thursday, January 18, 2018, from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Dec. 11: Inclement weather expected for Niagara

Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for Niagara on Monday, Dec. 11.

Widespread accumulating snow is likely this afternoon, tonight (Dec. 11) and into Tuesday (Dec. 12) with an expected snowfall of five to 10 cm by Tuesday morning.

The snow is expected to begin this afternoon and taper off to a few flurries later tonight or Tuesday morning. Although localized amounts of 10 to 15 cm are possible, the snowfall warning criterion of 15 cm snow in 12 hours is not expected to be reached.

Poor winter driving conditions are likely late this afternoon and tonight. Untreated roads may become snow covered and slippery.

Staff, students and visitors should use caution when travelling and plan for extra time to reach their destination. Please drive and walk according to road, sidewalk and winter weather conditions; wear proper footwear and dress appropriately.

College staff and our winter service provider will monitor the weather and salt walkways and parking lots as required. As winter maintenance equipment may be operating during school hours, please ensure that you stay a safe distance away where possible.

Please continue to monitor alerts issued by Niagara College and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. While not expected, any potential college closures will be posted to niagaracollege.ca

 

Important Notice – Bargaining Updates

The Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU), which represents college faculty in Ontario, has served notice that it will begin a province-wide college faculty strike beginning Monday, October 16. OPSEU has rejected the final offer from the bargaining team representing Ontario’s 24 colleges.

If a strike occurs, all academic and apprenticeship programming will be suspended, while our campuses and non-academic services will remain open.

As the deadline approaches, we will closely monitor any developments. Over the weekend, please check www.niagaracollege.ca regularly for updates on the status of bargaining and college operations.

Extended service hours for the start of fall term

Welcome students! To help serve you better, many of our on-campus services are offering extended office hours.


Health, Wellness and Accessibility Services

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Welland Campus

Beginning September 14, late hours will be offered on Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. throughout the term.

Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus

Beginning September 13, late hours will be offered on Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. throughout the term.


Enrolment Services

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Extended service hours:

September 5 to 7 open 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. at both campuses.


Library and Learning Commons

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Temporary service hours:

Monday, September 5 to Friday, September 8 open from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Regular hours will resume beginning Monday, September 11. Regular hours are:

Monday to Thursday: 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.


Welland and Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus Bookstores

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Extended service hours:

  • Wednesday, September 6 to Thursday, September 7: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Friday, September 8: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Monday, September 11 to Thursday, September 14: 8 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • Friday, September 15: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Regular hours will resume on Monday, September 18. Regular store hours are Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.


ITS Help Desk

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  • Monday to Thursday: 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Friday: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Learn about how to get help from Information Technology Services.

 

What’s open/closed at NC for Labour Day, Sept. 4 – Teaching Brewery and WVEC remain open

Please note that Niagara College will be closed for Labour Day on Monday, September 4 with limited access to campus facilities. The Niagara College Teaching Winery, Brewery and Wine Visitor + Education Centre retail stores will remain open.

Students accessing classrooms or specialized labs at the Welland and Niagara-on-the-Lake campuses must have faculty authorization and sign-in with Campus Safety (security).

The NC Libraries will be closed Saturday, Sunday and Monday as scheduled for summer hours. Resources are available online 24/7 at www.niagaracollege.ca/library.

Athletics facilities at both campuses will be closed Monday.

Campus stores will be open Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., closed Sunday and Monday.

Retail stores at the NC Teaching Brewery and the Wine Visitor + Education Centre will be open Saturday, Sunday and Monday, from 10 a.m.to 6 p.m.

Benchmark Restaurant and Bench to Go will be closed Monday.

On campus food services will be closed Monday.

The NC Greenhouse will be closed Monday.

NCSAC offices and the Core and Armoury will be closed Monday.

NC’s Employment and Training Solutions office (1 St. Paul St., St. Catharines) will be closed Monday.

The College will reopen Tuesday, September 5 for Orientation Week.

Niagara College wishes you a safe and happy holiday.

Niagara College Teaching Winery wins four medals at All Canadian Wine Championships

National success continues for Niagara College’s Teaching Winery with four new medals at the 37th annual All Canadian Wine Championships.

The College’s Teaching Winery received a double gold for its 2013 Prodigy Icewine, a gold for its 2012 Balance Brut Sparkling Wine, a silver for its 2012 Meritage, and a bronze for its 2013 Barrel Fermented Chardonnay, from the competition. Known as the oldest and one of the largest wine competitions in Canada, this year’s ACWC was held June 5-8 in Prince Edward County.

The news was applauded by staff and students across the College – particularly from the NC Teaching Winery and the College’s wine programs.

“For the production team at the Teaching Winery, these results show us where we’re doing a good job,” said winemaker Gavin Robertson. “It’s important to me that we’re producing great wines not just with specific grapes or in specific styles, but consistently across everything that we’re making.”

Robertson, who is also a graduate of the College’s Winery and Viticulture Technician program (2011), noted that NC students are actively involved at the NC Teaching Winery, working in the vineyards and cellar throughout the year, as well as on their own small batch projects.

“Alongside our winemaking team, students are exposed to all of these different styles of winemaking,” added Robertson. “Medals from the ACWC represent their success and suggest a bright future for Ontario winemaking.”

Students such as Kalem Magny of the Winery and Viticulture Technician program believe the competition results will positively impact their future.

“This success increases our confidence level for when we graduate from this program and continue to work towards our long-term goals,” said Magny. “This achievement not only connects us to the national industry but truly speaks to the great winemaker of the program as well – and, for that, we are proud and thankful to be a part of something much bigger.”

The competition requires participants to use ingredients grown exclusively in Canada. This year’s ACWC received 1,407 entries this year from 224 wineries, meaderies and cideries. Entries were critiqued by a panel of 20 judges and 538 awards were granted – 136 from Ontario.

NC’s award-winning wines are available for purchase at the NC Teaching Winery retail outlet located at the Wine Visitor + Education Centre (135 Taylor Rd., Niagara-on-the-Lake), which is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Currently celebrating its 50th year as a College of Applied Arts and Technology, NC is a leader in applied education and a key contributor to the economies of Niagara and Ontario. A regional college with global reach, NC offers more than 100 diploma, bachelor degree and advanced level programs. Visit niagaracollege.ca.

 

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St Catharines Standard- NC and distilleries

Within this St Catharines Standard article, NC’s dean of the Canadian Food and Wine Institute Craig Youdale mentions Niagara College’s upcoming artisan distilling program alongside the work happening at the recently-opened Wayne Gretzky Winery and Distillery. Youdale discusses breweries within the Niagara region and wonders how the upcoming 2018 program might change the future of micro distillers.

http://www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/2017/07/02/niagara-in-a-glass-gretzky-brings-something-new-to-the-ice