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Live music, brewery and winery tours, inspiring gardens, great food and a preview of terrific courses, all at Niagara College March 25

Itching to see what is going on behind the walls at Niagara College’s Welland and Niagara-on-the-Lake campuses?

Head to NC Saturday, March 25 and enjoy hours of special events and information sessions, designed to help prospective students and the community experience Niagara College first-hand.

Part of the spring annual house, NC is offering a wide variety of displays, information sessions, and tours of facilities, including residences on Saturday, March 25, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. In addition, one lucky future student will be the recipient of a $3,000 award applicable towards 2017-18 tuition.

“This is a great opportunity to meet students, faculty and staff, in an informal atmosphere,” said NC president Dan Patterson. “There is a wide variety of special events to appeal to all interests.”

Enjoy the onset of spring through plant sales at both campuses, and a display of unique plantings that will inspire your inner gardener in the greenhouse at the NOTL campus where visitors can also view the aquaponics operation and the new Commercial Beekeeping program. Both campuses will feature live music and tours of residences. Tours and tastings are available at the NOTL campus of both the winery and brewery, and culinary selections from Benchmark restaurant chefs are available including complementary desserts, commemorating NC’s 50th anniversary this year.

Information sessions include: Student Services Fair; financial aid; program sessions; and for the first time, NC will feature Meet the President Hour –in Welland at 10:30 a.m. in the Learning Commons, and in NOTL, from at 12:30 at the cafeteria entrance, with Patterson as host of the hour. Parking is free during the event; advance registration is not required and visitors will enjoy a 20 per cent discount at campus stores. For additional information, visit: www.niagaracollege.ca/open house

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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 economics of Niagara and Ontario. A regional college with global reach, NC offers more than 100 diploma, bachelor degree and advanced level programs.

For media inquiries, contact:

Susan McConnell, Media Advisor, 905-641-2252 x 4330 smcconnell@niagaracollege.ca

New GO Bus Stop opening at Niagara College’s Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus

Ministry of Transportation News: Ontario Improving GO Service for Students and Families in Niagara

Ontario is making it easier to get around the Niagara and the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area by expanding and improving local GO Transit services to better meet the needs of students, families, and commuters.

Starting April 8, the Route 12 GO Bus will stop at Niagara College’s Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus to make it easier for students and staff to get to and from school and for more people to take transit in Niagara Region. Minister of Transportation Steven Del Duca and St. Catharines MPP Jim Bradley made the announcement while engaging with students in a roundtable at Niagara College’s Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus on March 15.

Buses will run between Niagara Falls and Burlington, with stops in St. Catharines, Grimsby and Stoney Creek, connecting to Lakeshore West GO Train service at the Burlington GO Station. GO Transit will provide hourly service throughout the day and into late evening, seven days a week.

Expanding GO Transit service to improve people’s commute is part of our government’s plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.

QUOTES

“It was a pleasure meeting with Niagara College student leaders today to discuss local transit and transportation issues. We know that transit directly affects students, as well as local commuters and travelers, which is why I am so pleased to announce that we are expanding and improving local GO Transit services. Improvements like these will help reduce congestion on our roads and make it more convenient for locals to travel across the Niagara region.”
— Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation

“More transit options will help everyone who lives, studies or travels in our region. This is great news for the people of Niagara and for the students at the Niagara-on-the-Lake campus.”
— Jim Bradley, MPP for St. Catharines

“Bringing GO bus service to this campus will make it easier to get to school, home, and anywhere in between. It’s all part of our plan to expand and improve GO services throughout our region so we can bring more transit to more people.”
— Bruce McCuaig, President and CEO, Metrolinx

“Having GO Bus service directly to campus will open up huge opportunities for students from West Niagara, Hamilton and the GTA to come directly to Niagara College. It also creates a much greater range of co-op and internship options for our students accessing employers beyond Niagara. We can now say, GO to Niagara College!”
— Dan Patterson, President, Niagara College

QUICK FACTS

 The new GO Bus stop will be located near the entrance of the main building where Niagara-on-the-Lake Transit, Niagara Region Transit, St. Catharines Transit and Welland Transit buses stop.
 Detailed schedules will be available during the week of March 20. Customers should check gotransit.com/schedulechanges for more details.
 Students can have their PRESTO cards set with a student discount and save even more.
 Niagara’s seasonal GO Train service will resume Victoria Day weekend, Thanksgiving weekend and throughout the summer on Friday evenings, Saturday, Sundays and holidays, for the ninth consecutive year.
 Metrolinx continues to work closely with local transit service providers to ensure better alignment between GO Transit and local transit services.

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Media inquiries, contact:

Andrea Ernesaks, Minister’s Office, Andrea.Ernesaks@ontario.ca
Bob Nichols, Communications Branch, 416-327-1158 ontario.ca/transportation-news
Niagara College media contact:

Susan McConnell, Media Advisor Niagara College Office: 905 641-2252 ext. 4330

Special weather statement for March 15: Alerts in effect

Issued at 05:07 Wednesday 15 March 2017
Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for the Niagara Peninsula.

Periods of snow will continue today across most of the Niagara Peninsula, accompanied by strong and gusty northwesterly winds. Poor winter driving conditions are expected today due to reduced visibility at times in blowing snow. Untreated roads may be snow covered and slippery.

Staff and students should plan for extra time to reach their destination today.

Travel conditions will slowly improve beginning this afternoon as the snow tapers off to scattered flurries.

Together, our Facilities Maintenance staff and our winter service provider are continually working to plow and salt walkways and parking lots as the winter weather continues.

Staff and students are reminded to drive and walk according to road, sidewalk and winter weather conditions, and to wear proper footwear and dress appropriately.

As winter maintenance equipment is 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.

Niagara College to reopen March 15

Following a day-long closure due to severe winter weather conditions, Niagara College is planning to resume regular operations on Wednesday, March 15. All campuses will be open, and classes and activities are expected to run as scheduled.

Crews have been working to clear campus walkways and lots and will continue snow clearing operations throughout the day on Wednesday as snow accumulation is expected to continue.

Staff, students and visitors are encouraged to use caution, allow extra time while travelling to and around Niagara College Campuses, and stay a safe distance away from those operating equipment.

For the latest updates, including weather-related closures, visit the Niagara College website  http://www.niagaracollege.ca and  the College’s social media.

 

 

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

 

 

Media inquiries, contact:

 

Susan McConnell

Media Advisor

Niagara College

Office: 905 641-2252 ext. 4330

 

Julie Greco

Communications Specialist

Office: 905.735.2211 ext. 7368

Cell: 905.328.2532

jgreco@niagaracollege.ca

 

 

College closed Tuesday, March 14

Due to severe winter weather conditions expected to continue throughout the day and evening, Niagara College will be closed on Tuesday, March 14. Day and evening classes and activities are cancelled as we cannot ensure safe passage to and from campuses due to heavy snow.

Please monitor the Niagara College website  http://www.niagaracollege.ca and social media for the status of College operations for Wednesday, March 15.

 

Inclement weather update: Monday, March 13

A Winter Storm Warning is in effect.

Heavy snowfall with blowing snow is expected tonight with snow continuing into Tuesday night. The snow will be heavy at times tonight with total snowfall amounts of 15 to 25 cm expected with local totals of 30 cm possible in the Hamilton to Niagara corridor.

Northeast winds gusting to 60 km/hr are also expected this evening into Tuesday resulting in widespread blowing snow.

Travel conditions may become hazardous as a result of snow and blowing snow.

Staff, students and visitors should use caution when travelling and plan for extra time to reach their destination tonight through Tuesday.

Evening classes and College activities are running at all NC campuses tonight as scheduled
College staff and our winter service provider will monitor the weather and salt walkways and parking lots as required.

Staff and students are reminded to drive and walk according to road, sidewalk and winter weather conditions and to wear proper footwear and dress appropriately.

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.

In the event of a college closure on Tuesday morning, an announcement will be posted to NiagaraCollege.ca and on social media by 7 a.m.

Inclement weather expected for Niagara and surrounding area

Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for Niagara and the surrounding area.

Heavy snowfall is in the forecast for Tuesday, March 14. Snow is expected to develop during the day today (Monday, March 13) and continue into Tuesday night. Snow will remain fairly light through the day but some areas may receive 5 cm by this evening. The heaviest snow is expected to fall through the overnight hours into Tuesday morning. While total snowfall amounts of 15 to 25 cm are expected, some areas in the Hamilton to Niagara corridor could see locally higher amounts of 30 cm.

Northeast winds gusting to 60 km/h are also expected this evening into Tuesday resulting in widespread blowing snow.

Travel conditions may become hazardous as a result of snow and blowing snow.

Staff, students and visitors should use caution when travelling and plan for extra time to reach their destination Tuesday morning.

College staff and our winter service provider will monitor the weather and salt walkways and parking lots as required.

Staff and students are reminded to drive and walk according to road, sidewalk and winter weather conditions and to wear proper footwear and dress appropriately.

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.

NC students, alumni: It’s time to pitch your creative projects for William G. Davis Innovation Fund

Have an idea to improve your community or beyond? Online registration is now underway for the William G. Davis Innovation Fund!

Launched by Colleges Ontario help mark the 50th anniversary celebrations in 2017, the William G. Davis Innovation Fund contest encourages students and alumni from colleges across Ontario to pitch creative projects and initiatives that will compete for cash prizes Applications can be made in the categories of Entrepreneurialism, Health and Welfare, Arts and Culture or Community Benefit. Ideas must be achievable, sustainable, measurable, original, and linked to your college experience.

Entrants can be a graduate or current full-time student from one of Ontario’s 24 colleges with an idea that could improve Ontario and beyond.
The fund aims to support innovative thinking and initiatives from aspiring visionaries, artists, humanitarians or entrepreneurs who want to leverage their college education to start something amazing.

The first-place winner will receive $15,000 to help fund the project and the second-place entry will receive $5,000.

Online registration began on March 1 and will continue until May 30. Preliminary online voting will take place between June 1 and July 31. Finalists will be announced on August 15. Final online voting will be held between August 15 and November 5 and the winners will be announced on November 10.

“Niagara College students and alumni consistently demonstrate original thinking and entrepreneurship,” said Niagara College president Dan Patterson. “I encourage our students and alumni to submit their creative ideas and make a pitch in this unique contest.”

The fund has been named after former premier William G. Davis, who served as Ontario’s education minister from 1962 to 1971 and brought in the legislation that established the college system. The fund has been named in his honour as a tribute to the bold and creative thinking that revolutionized post-secondary education in Ontario.

“When we launched the Ontario college system 50 years ago, I had hoped that we would create a meaningful and rewarding system that prepares students for a broad range of careers,” said the Honourable William G. Davis. “That hope was not only realized but surpassed. Today’s colleges are preparing students for many of today’s most challenging careers.

“This new fund will promote some of the truly innovative ideas being developed at colleges throughout the province,” he said. “It is truly an honour to have it established in my name.”
Full details about the fund, including full contest rules and regulations, can be found here: amazing50.ca/innovationfund

Niagara College business prof tops the X-Culture list

NC faculty member Navjote Khara, PhD, has won the Best X-Culture Instructor award.

X’ marks the spot for Niagara College (NC) professor Navjote Khara on the X-Culture’s score card for Best Instructor award.

Dr. Khara (PhD) a Niagara Falls resident, won the Best X-Culture Instructor award for 2016 from a field of skilled colleagues who participated in a global competition.

A partnership of 400 international business professors from around the world, X-Culture features virtual teams of six students – with each team member competing from a different country – spending a semester solving real business challenges represented by real companies. The best teams are invited to participate in the annual X-Culture symposium where they meet their team partners and top managers from the client company.

Khara, coordinator of NC’s Bachelor of Business Administration, International Commerce and Global Development program, teaches students who compete in the X-Culture event. She was among 30 of the highest ranking instructors to receive the award from a field of 100.

X-Culture project coordinator Vas Taras, X-Culture project coordinator, said Khara was among the best.

“We carefully measure their and their student’s performance. In 2016, based on our data, Khara was among the very best,” added Taras.

“The work that Dr. Khara does in bringing international collaboration into the classrooms enabling students to work on real, hands-on business projects is a great example of our global learning environment,” said NC dean of business, hospitality and environment, Vivian Kinnaird. “We are very proud of her commitment to our students.”

Khara was quick to focus the spotlight on her students, noting that when the instructors do well, so do the students.

“This achievement is linked to the student performance in terms of effort, intellectual contribution collegiality and other factors – I would say this award is for the best class,” said Khara. “It also reflects on the quality of our students, faculty, leadership and the School of Business’ efforts and capabilities to deliver high academic standards as well as benchmark our performance with the leading world colleges and universities.”

Undergraduates from 100 universities on six continents participate in X-Culture every semester. This is the third year that NC students have been participating, as a course requirement. Last year, NC student Gwendolyn Kitiwano won the prize for Best Report.

Only three Canadians received the Instructor award and Khara was the only winner from an Ontario college.

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For details about X-Culture, visit: x-culture.org
Currently celebrating its 50th year as a College of Applied Arts and Technology, Niagara College is a leader in applied education and a key contributor to the economies of Niagara and Ontario. A regional college with a global reach, Niagara College offers more than 100 diploma, bachelor degree and advanced level programs. Learn more at: www.niagaracollege.ca
For media inquiries:

Susan McConnell, Media Advisor
905-641-2252 x 4330
smcconnell@niagaracollege.ca

New Strategic Plan will position NC as Canada’s leader in applied, experiential learning

Niagara College’s Board of Governors has approved a new Strategic Plan that will that point Niagara College toward a bold future as Canada’s leader in applied experiential learning.

Niagara College’s 2017-2021 Strategic Plan forms a road map that will guide the college as it faces a postsecondary landscape marked by significant and rapid change.

The plan envisions a student-focused, inclusive learning community offering a breadth of programs that respond to key sectors of the Niagara region, Ontario and the broader global economy; immersing students in a unique, highly experiential learning environment; producing innovative and entrepreneurial graduates who possess global and cultural competencies; and leveraging the College’s expertise in the pursuit of new sectors and markets at home and around the world.

“Our strategic plan provides bold strategic directions that will guide our initiatives and decisions as we face the challenges and opportunities created by demographic shifts, an increasingly competitive postsecondary sector, and the evolving needs of learners and employers alike,” said Niagara College president Dan Patterson. “Through a collaborative process that generated input ideas from within and outside our college, we have developed a plan that builds on our strengths as an innovative learning community with a strong history of effectively anticipating emerging trends and opportunities in education, industry and business.

“Teaching and learning remain at the heart of who we are and everything that we do. Our collective commitment to the success of our students is woven throughout our strategic plan.”

The plan, which is available online at www.niagaracollege.ca/strategicplan, includes three key strategic directions, built on an institutional foundation of collaboration and resourcefulness that values innovation and entrepreneurship in the College’s programs, services and operations. The strategic directions include:

  • A more culturally and globally engaged college, focused on inclusivity and engagement, more diverse in enrolment, with a broad range of programs that infuse new skills and competencies that align with the changing needs and expectations of learners and employers;
  • A significant enhancement of Niagara College’s model of experiential learning, leveraging the College’s unique location and expanding learning enterprises and other opportunities for work integrated learning;
  • Leveraging the college’s culture of creative, innovative and entrepreneurial thinking to meet the evolving needs of students and employers alike; fostering the development of intangible skills in students while developing innovative programs to meet the needs of emerging and existing industry sectors.

“At a time when economic growth is so closely tied to highly skilled and adaptable workforces, Niagara College has developed a forward-looking strategic vision and commitment to excellence that will serve to further differentiate it from its peers across the postsecondary education sector and beyond,” said Carolyne Watts, chair of Niagara College’s Board of Governors.

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

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Media inquiries, contact:

Susan McConnell
Media Advisor, Niagara College
905 641-2252 ext. 4330