Category: Media Releases

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

 

Community Care of St. Catharines & Thorold selected as Niagara College’s Many Hands recipient

 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.

 “Community Care St. Catharines & Thorold is extremely pleased to have been identified as the recipient of the Many Hands Project this year.  It further solidifies the strong partnership the agency has with Niagara College,” said Community Care Executive Director Betty-Lou Souter. “We look forward to working with the College on this exciting venture. We are confident it will make a difference to the people served by the agency.”

Agencies that benefit from the Many Hands project, selected by the project committee, must be not-for-profit, provide community-based services in Niagara, and must be willing to commit agencies resources to the project.

“For 20 years, the Many Hands project has been an incredible demonstration of community engagement, and when combined with education, has provided students with the tools required for a successful career,” said Christine Blane, NC professor and Coordinator for the college’s Event Management program. “We are excited to partner with Community Care as they provide community support across Niagara.”

This year, the program has shifted focus to smaller scale projects designed to aid community agencies with their programming, marketing, and public awareness. 

“Shifting to refocus back to smaller, more community-minded projects really allows Many Hands to provide help where it’s most needed,” said Blane. “As our projects have grown in scope over the last few years, we’ve entered a space that’s also being served by other community agencies. That helped us realize that we could make the biggest impact with the resources we have by focusing on smaller projects supporting agencies with their programming. Our focus is always to lend a hand to the organizations who do such great work in Niagara, while at the same time giving our students important hands-on experience and a chance to make a tangible difference in their community. Shifting focus to support Community Care’s programming allows us to maintain the student/organization collaboration that’s always been at the core of Many Hands.”

More information about the Many Hands project can be found at niagaracollege.ca/manyhands.

Community Care, St. Catharines & Thorold has been meeting the needs of the less advantaged in our community since 1919. The fundamental principles on which the agency was founded have not changed. Programs range from food and shelter security to emergency services and support that lead to the independence clients strive to achieve.

Event Management is a one-year Graduate Certificate program within NC’s School of Hospitality, Tourism and Sport that prepares graduates for a career in a fast-paced and multi-faceted industry. Students develop skills in planning and logistics, public relations, marketing and sponsorship strategies, and volunteer and risk management in a highly experiential learning environment.

Niagara College offers more than 130 diploma, bachelor degree and advanced level programs; as well as more than 600 credit, vocational and general interest Part-Time Studies courses. Areas of specialization include food and wine sciences, advanced technology, media, applied health and community safety, supported by unique learning enterprises in food, wine, beer, horticulture and esthetics. For more information visit niagaracollege.ca.

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Tap into your inner bootlegger at Project Brew December 8

Niagara College Brewmaster students to host Prohibition-style beer festival at the Market Square


Brewmaster students from Niagara College are turning back the clock to the Roaring Twenties and serving up their next craft beer festival, Prohibition style.

Project Brew Bootlegger’s Ball will be held on Friday, December 8 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the St. Catharines Market Square. Seventeen one-of-a-kind beers crafted by students in their final term of the College’s Brewmaster and Brewery Operations Management program will be on tap at the evening event. Brews will be presented in a Great Gatsby-esque, speakeasy-inspired setting – complete with silent movies, and a police lineup photo booth for ‘convicted bootleggers.’

Faculty advisor April Tyrrell noted that the event is an opportunity for the public to sample unique, locally developed and often experimental small batch beers from the College’s Teaching Brewery, while graduating students showcase what they have learned.

“Project Brew is the culmination of four semesters of learning for the Brewmaster and Brewery Operations Management students. Not only do the students design a recipe and create an original beer from scratch, they also plan and execute Project Brew to highlight the skills they have acquired during their time at Niagara College,” said Tyrrell. “This fun community event is an excellent opportunity for students to promote themselves and their beer to the general public.”

For student event chair Ian Fraser, preparing for Project Brew has been a valuable experience.

“For many of us, it has been our first experience planning a beer festival,” said Fraser, who is brewing an English Porter with roasted chestnuts for the event. “To have the creative freedom to develop any beer we would like – from start to finish, in a professional setting – has been both a lot of fun and a novel experience for many of us.”

Guests seeking an alternative to beer may opt for the NC Teaching Winery’s multiple-award-winning Cider 101, or mulled mead from Rosewood Estates. Food will also be available for purchase from Niagara College’s Bench on the Go, new St. Catharines restaurant oddBird, and Andrzejewski Perogies.

Student beers will be judged on site and Praxair, one of the event sponsors, will award a $4,500 scholarship to the graduating student who creates the winning beer.

Proceeds from Project Brew support the Matt Soos Memorial Fund, which awards a scholarship each year to the student who brews the best beer at the College’s Annual Brewmaster Competition. Established by Muskoka Brewery and Railway City Brewing, the scholarship is in memory of Matt Soos who died at the age of 26 in August 2015, just a year after he graduated from the program.

Tickets for Project Brew Bootlegger’s Ball are $20 in advance (online) or $25 at the door (limited; must be 19 years of age or older with valid photo ID). A group rate of $17.50 for four guests or more will be available before Dec. 8. Admission includes a commemorative sample glass, and four drink tokens.

Meet the brewers, get a sneak peek at the brews, order tickets or access additional event details at niagaracollege.ca/ncprojectbrew.

NC’s Brewmaster and Brewery Operations Management program was launched in 2010 as the first of its kind in Canada. The award-winning, two-year program offers extensive hands-on training at an on-site, state-of-the-art Teaching Brewery to prepare students for employment in the expanding brewery, microbrewery and brewpub industries. Located at the College’s Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus, students learn from award-winning faculty and have access to on-site hop yard and local farm products to brew a full range of beer styles. Visit ncteachingbrewery.ca.

Niagara College offers more than 130 diploma, bachelor degree and advanced level programs; as well as more than 600 credit, vocational and general interest Part-Time Studies courses. Areas of specialization include food and wine sciences, advanced technology, media, applied health and community safety, supported by unique learning enterprises in food, wine, beer, horticulture and esthetics. For more information visit niagaracollege.ca.

 

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Brewmaster and Brewery Operations Management student Ian Fraser values the experience he is gaining through Project Brew. Fraser is pictured in the hop yard at the College’s Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus.

 

Media inquiries, please contact:

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Office: 905 641-2252 ext. 7430
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akorchok@niagaracollege.ca

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Office: 905.735.2211 ext. 7773
Cell: 905.328.4101
mwales@niagaracollege.ca

Niagara College greens its way to a Canadian first with Audubon certification

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.

The College was commended for projects it has undertaken to enhance its wildlife habitat, achieve sensitive maintenance practices and inform people about its commitment to environmental quality.

“Niagara College Canada is an exemplary Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary,” said Jessica Latus, director of Sustainable Community Programs at Audubon International. “The work of both students and faculty in creating an environment that is both conducive to learning while simultaneously offering habitat to wildlife is phenomenal. We can all learn from the progressive nature of Niagara College’s efforts in being a leader in sustainability.”

To reach certification, a property must demonstrate a high degree of environmental quality in a number of areas including: environmental planning, wildlife and habitat management, water quality and conservation, resource management, and outreach and education. Properties go through a recertification process every three years.

“Being certified by Audubon International is a fantastic recognition of the environmental and sustainable practices that Niagara College has developed over the years to ensure a living lab campus that continues to apply best practices through curriculum and experiential learning,” said Judy Johnson, landscape operations supervisor at NC. Johnson also received an Environmental Stewardship Award from Audubon International for her work to obtain the campus’ sanctuary designation.

The College’s certification involved a variety of programs and departments across the College, primarily the School of Environmental and Horticultural Studies, and the NC Sustainability department. It also included the NC Greenhouse, Facilities Management Services, the resource committee, grounds committee and grounds staff.

Alan Unwin, associate dean of Environmental and Horticultural Studies, said the certification is a strong illustration of the College’s commitment to maintaining and enhancing biodiversity at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus.

“All that we have achieved has been while ensuring that students are maximizing the use of our campus as a truly beautiful living laboratory,” said Unwin. “We are proud of this recognition but it will only inspire us to do more to protect and enhance the diversity of life that exists at this campus well into the future while involving students in every possible way.”

The Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program provides information and guidance to help businesses and organizations preserve and enhance wildlife habitat, and protect natural resources. Businesses, schools, parks, and other properties from the United States, Africa, Australia, Canada, Central America, Europe, and Southeast Asia have achieved certification in the program. Visit www.auduboninternational.org.

Niagara College offers more than 100 diploma, bachelor degree and advanced level programs; as well as more than 600 credit, vocational and general interest Part-Time Studies courses. Areas of specialization include food and wine sciences, advanced technology, media, applied health and community safety, supported by unique learning enterprises in food, wine, beer, horticulture and esthetics. For more information visit niagaracollege.ca.

 

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Al Unwin, associate dean of the School of Environmental and Horticultural Studies (right) with faculty members Mylee Nordin and Margaret Pickles (pictured left) tour Audubon’s director of Sustainable Community Programs Jessica Latus (middle) around the NOTL Campus grounds for Audubon’s on-site audit in late September.

 

Student Katie Bristow (left) shows Jessica Latus, Audubon International director of Sustainable Community Programs, around the Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus for Audubon’s on-site audit in late September.    

 

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Communications/Media Advisor
Office: 905 641-2252 ext. 7430
Cell: 905 329-1642
akorchok@niagaracollege.ca

Michael Wales
Manager, Communications                                                                                                                                         
Office: 905.735.2211 ext. 7773
Cell: 905.328.4101
mwales@niagaracollege.ca

Two new reasons to raise a glass to the NC Teaching Winery

When it comes to award wins at the Niagara College Teaching Winery, the apple doesn’t fall far from the vines.

The Teaching Winery, based at the College’s Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus, was celebrated with new awards this month for its wine and hard cider. Its 2013 Prodigy Icewine won Best in Show Dessert Wine at the 95th Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Wine Competition, and its Cider 101 won a gold medal at the United States Open Cider Championship.

Steve Gill, general manager of Niagara College’s Teaching Winery and Teaching Brewery, said that he is proud of the staff and students who are at the core of the teaching winery’s successes.

“These awards are a testament to the high quality of education we provide and we hope they cultivate a passion for excellence in our students,” he said.

 

2013 Dean’s List Prodigy Icewine reigns at the Royal

It’s time to roll out the red carpet for the Teaching Winery’s 2013 Prodigy Icewine, after it won Best in Show Dessert Wine at the 95th Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Wine Competition. The competition, run in cooperation with the Independent Wine Educators Guild under the direction of Chris Waters (chief judge), showcases the best in VQA Ontario wines.    

College winemaker Gavin Robertson, who is also a graduate of NC’s Winery and Viticulture Technician program (2011), noted that while all wines at the NC Teaching Winery are made in collaboration with students, the Icewine harvest offers students a unique learning experience like no other. 

“Nothing says ‘applied education’ like waking up in the middle of the night to join your classmates in a frigid, snowy vineyard, under floodlights, to pick and press grapes, and we do a great job at rousing extra faculty, administrators and friends with the students as well,” said Robertson. “We engage our wine students in the Icewine making process all the way from grape to glass.”

2013 Dean’s List Prodigy Icewine also won a Double Gold at the 2017 All Canadian Wine Championships.

The Teaching Winery’s past successes at the Royal include a Best in Show Overall wine award in 2015 (2012 Dean’s List Merlot). For more info about the competition visit http://www.royalfair.org/

 

NC’s ‘cider house’ rules at U.S. Open

For the second consecutive year, Cider 101 scooped up a gold medal in the New World Cider category at the United States Open Cider Championships.

A spin-off from the renowned U.S. Open Beer Championships, the third annual cider championships drew 240 cider entries from cideries, breweries, and wineries across North America and the United Kingdom. Medal winners in 20 categories were announced on November 20, after the final round of judging was held at the Big Ditch Brewing Company in Buffalo, New York.

This isn’t the first medal for Cider 101 since the teaching winery ventured into hard cider two years ago. In 2016, it has won gold at the U.S. Open as well as a bronze at the Ontario Cider Awards.

For info about the competition visit http://www.usopencider.com/

 

Launched in 2002, the Niagara College Teaching Winery is the first and only commercial teaching winery in Canada. Products from the Niagara College Teaching Winery are available for purchase at the Wine Visitor + Education Centre retail store, located at the College’s Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus (135 Taylor Rd., Niagara-on-the-Lake) or online at niagaracollegewine.ca

 

Niagara College offers more than 100, bachelor degree and advanced level programs; as well as more than 600 credit, vocational and general interest Part-Time Studies courses. Areas of specialization include food and wine sciences, advanced technology, media, applied health and community safety, supported by unique learning enterprises in food, wine, beer, horticulture and esthetics. For more information visit niagaracollege.ca.

 

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Media inquiries, please contact:

 

Andrew Korchok
Communications/Media Advisor
Office: 905 641-2252 ext. 7430
Cell: 905 329-1642
akorchok@niagaracollege.ca

 

Michael Wales
Manager, Communications 
Office: 905.735.2211 ext. 7773
Cell: 905.328.4101
mwales@niagaracollege.ca

NC nominates six distinguished grads for prestigious Premier’s Awards

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’s 2017 nominees include:

  • Rob Beyer (Business), executive chairman of Villgro Kenya;
  • David McIlvride (Creative Arts and Design), Gemini award-winning director;
  • Rose DiMarco (Community Services), chief superintendent and regional commander of the Central Region Ontario Provincial Police;
  • Derek Christensen (Health), regional educator of mental health and addiction services at Niagara Health;
  • Ben Laurence (Recent Graduate), structural technical designer for aerospace manufacturer Blue Origin; and
  • Blake Merritt (Technology), vice-president of IT infrastructure and cloud computing at Meridian Credit Union.

“There is no sector of our economy or part of our community that isn’t touched by the outstanding contributions of college graduates,” said Niagara College president Dan Patterson. “We’re extremely proud of the accomplishments of our grads, and are pleased to nominate these distinguished Niagara College alumni for provincial recognition.”

All nominees will be celebrated, and the six category winners announced, in Toronto on Monday, November 27, as part of the Colleges Ontario Higher Education Summit. For info visit http://www.co-awards.org/

Since the Premier’s Awards were launched in 1992, winners from Niagara College have included: Royal Canadian Navy Capt. Rebecca Patterson (Nursing, 1987), who won in 2014; David Pratt (Greenhouse Technician, 2007) in 2012; Jerry Howell (Computer Engineering Technology, 1988) in 2011; Jordan Harris (Winery and Viticulture Technician, 2004) in 2008; Heather Kilty (Social Welfare Worker, 1969), in 2003; and Carol Alaimo (Journalism-Print, 1984), in 1995.

Niagara College offers more than 100, bachelor degree and advanced level programs; as well as more than 600 credit, vocational and general interest Part-Time Studies courses. Areas of specialization include food and wine sciences, advanced technology, media, applied health and community safety, supported by unique learning enterprises in food, wine, beer, horticulture and esthetics. For more information visit niagaracollege.ca.

Niagara Colleges 2017 Premier’s Awards Nominees

Rob Beyer – Business
Computer Programmer, 1984
Rob Beyer is a visionary leader who is fully aware of the unique challenges in building enterprises within the East African context. He is executive chairman of Villgro Kenya, an early-stage social enterprise incubator that supports innovative businesses in the healthcare and life sciences sector. His passion is to support aspiring African entrepreneurs in the health and life sciences ecosystem while supporting innovation and innovative approaches that build sustainable livelihoods. He is also a long-time director of Pehucci Children’s Home in Kenya, an orphanage that is home to 90 children and provides education to roughly 600 more.

David McIlvride – Creative Arts and Design
Broadcasting: Radio, TV and Film, 1978
David McIlvride is a Gemini Award-winning director who has written, directed and produced some of the most respected documentary series on television for broadcasters such as Discovery Channel, National Geographic Channel and History Channel. A passionate storyteller, he has traveled the globe in order to tell the stories of people who normally would not have access to a global audience. His most recent documentary, Riverblue, charts the damaging environmental effects of the textile and tanning industries by observing the heavy pollution present in the nearby rivers of high-production manufacturing areas in India, China and Indonesia.

Rose DiMarco – Community Services
Law and Security Administration, 1985
Rose DiMarco has climbed the ranks in a field that is typically dominated by men. She is chief superintendent and first female regional commander Central Region with the Ontario Provincial Police. She is responsible for 900 uniform members and 270 civilian staff who police more than 80,000 full-time residents and an additional half million seasonal vacationers. She is the executive champion of the OPP Mental Health Strategy ‘Our People, Our Communities,’ co-chair of the Commissioner’s Inclusion Council, mentor in the Ontario Public Service Diversity Champion program and works with and mentors female officers.

Derek Christensen – Health
Nursing, 1991
Derek Christensen is an accomplished health care professional with 26 years of experience as clinician, manager and educator in mental health and addictions. He is regional educator for Mental Health and Addiction Services at Niagara Health System and is responsible for research, development, implementation and evaluation of staff training and education related to mental health. He is an officer with the Lincoln and Welland Regiment, Canadian Forces Reserve Army and has participated in training exercises throughout Canada and the United States. In 2012, he was honoured with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for outstanding service to Canada.

Ben Laurence – Recent Graduate
Mechanical Engineering Technology, 2013
The sky is definitely not the limit for Ben Laurence. As a structural technical designer for aerospace manufacturer and spaceflight services company Blue Origin, he designs, analyzes, tests and flies structural components for the New Shepherd spacecraft. New Shepherd is a suborbital manned rocket being developed as a commercial system for suborbital space tourism. It’s the first vehicle in human history to fly to space and return safely to Earth for future use. Flights with test passengers are planned for late 2018, with commercial passenger flights to begin in 2018. Blue Origin is owned by Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos.

Blake Merritt – Technology
Computer Programming, 1985
Blake Merritt is a senior technology leader with more than 28 years experience. He is driven by a strong collaborative approach, analytical mindset and the desire to find value for end users/customers through the most effective use of innovative solutions. He led the team that created the most automated and largest VMWare Private Cloud installation in Canada for Canada’s largest retailer, Canadian Tire Corporation. As vice-president, IT Infrastructure Services and Cloud Computing at Meridian Credit Union, he is accountable for setting strategic direction, implementation, support and operation of the underlying infrastructure and cloud solutions within Meridian’s technical landscape.

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Media inquiries, please contact:

Andrew Korchok
Communications/Media Advisor
Office: 905 641-2252 ext. 7430
Cell: 905 329-1642
akorchok@niagaracollege.ca

Michael Wales
Manager, Communications 
Office: 905.735.2211 ext. 7773
Cell: 905.328.4101
mwales@niagaracollege.ca

Classes to resume as early as Tuesday as government introduces legislation to end strike

The Ontario government has announced its intention to introduce legislation later today to end the province-wide faculty strike. The legislature is expected to sit this weekend to vote on the legislation. If the legislation is passed this weekend, students will be back in the classroom on Tuesday, November 21.

“We are very anxious to welcome our students back to the classroom and turn our energies toward a successful completion of the term,” said Niagara College president Dan Patterson. “In anticipation of a quick return, we are hard at work ensuring that information, resources and support are firmly in place for students when classes resume.”

Faculty will return to work on the weekday immediately following the passage of the government’s legislation to complete final preparations for the return to class. If the bill passes over the weekend,  faculty would return Monday.

Niagara College will continue to provide updates as new information becomes available. Students and faculty should check the College’s website and social media channels regularly.

 

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Media inquiries, contact:

 

Michael Wales
Manager, Communications
905 641-2252 ext. 7773
905 328-4101 (cell)
mwales@niagaracollege.ca

Niagara College earns top-10 place for third year in a row among research colleges in Canada

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.

What’s more, using data from the past two years, Niagara College’s research funding increased by more than 14% between 2015 and 2016, up to $6.94 million from $6.1 million in 2015.

“We’ve made research and innovation a key priority, because we see ourselves as critical players in Niagara’s economic development, and our consistent climb in these rankings reflects that,” said Niagara College president Dan Patterson. “And as we help local companies innovate, we are enhancing our students’ education by providing valuable real-world research opportunities.”

Research funding allows the College to partner with small- and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) in the region to conduct projects and services which provide innovative solutions for industry. These include producing and testing prototypes, evaluating new technologies, and developing new or improved products and processes.

“We are thrilled to have this validation for the stellar work our staff, faculty and students are doing on industry partner projects,” said Marc Nantel, associate vice-president of Research & Innovation. “We’ve ramped up our specialized equipment and lab spaces to attract new partnerships and funding, and it’s paying off for SMEs in our region.”

According to the report, Niagara College once again placed highly in the categories of the number of partnerships, as well as the number of projects completed. In both cases, NC ranked third in Canada on each list, with 109 partnerships, and 118 projects completed.

Niagara College receives research funding from various regional, provincial and federal agencies. Administered by the college’s Research & Innovation division, the funding supports the hiring of students and graduates to work alongside faculty researchers in helping industry partners leap forward in the marketplace. Students come from a variety of the College’s programs, such as Mechanical Engineering Technology, Culinary Innovation and Food Technology, Business Administration – Marketing, and Computer Programming.

Re$earch Infosource annually compiles listings of the Top 50 research universities, corporate R&D spenders and research hospitals. This year marks the fourth year a list has been released for the Top 50 research colleges in Canada. For more information on the Top 50 list, go to researchinfosource.com

A special report on all 2016 categories, including comprehensive listings, analysis and insight, will be published on Thursday, Nov. 16.

Niagara College’s Research & Innovation conducts research projects with industry partners through its Agriculture & Environmental Technologies Innovation Centre, Canadian Food & Wine Institute Innovation Centre, and Walker Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre. The division also offers support in the areas of digital media and web solutions and business and commercialization solutions. For more information on Research & Innovation, visit ncinnovation.ca/

Niagara College offers more than 100, bachelor degree and advanced level programs; as well as more than 600 credit, vocational and general interest Part-Time Studies courses. Areas of specialization include food and wine sciences, advanced technology, media, applied health and community safety, supported by unique learning enterprises in food, wine, beer, horticulture and esthetics. For more information visit niagaracollege.ca.

Student research assistant Brock Husak uses 3D scanning technology as part of an industry partner project, in the Walker Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre, located on the Welland Campus.

 

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Niagara College celebrates Fall Convocation

Student success was in the spotlight as Niagara College celebrated Fall Convocation on October 27.

With 967 new graduates this fall, hundreds marked the significant milestone by crossing the stage to receive their degrees, diplomas or certificates at the ceremony. The morning event, held at the Welland Campus, celebrated new graduates from 39 programs within the College’s Schools of Business and Management Studies; Environmental and Horticultural Studies; Hospitality, Tourism and Sport; Food and Wine Sciences; Academic and Liberal Studies; Trades; Justice and Fitness Studies; Allied Health Studies; and Nursing and Personal Support Worker Studies.

The College conferred an Honorary Diploma in Health Studies to prominent Niagara medical leader, Dr. Amanda Bell. Dr. Bell, who is the regional assistant dean of McMaster University’s Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, Niagara Campus, addressed graduates “on the threshold of their next grand adventure” and assured them that they are prepared for the journey ahead.

Dr. Amanda Bell delivers the fall convocation address.

“You have spent your time at Niagara College gaining the skills and strength and contacts necessary to navigate all of these twists and turns.  You are equipped,” she said. “Be excited at new opportunities. It is often the changes in direction that will lead you to the most exciting and most rewarding places – places you could not have imagined when you set out on this journey.”

Dr. Bell also encouraged the graduates to take risks, step to the front of the line, steer their career new directions and help others along the way.

“I challenge you, as Niagara College graduates, as those who are strong and equipped in your fields, to be leaders on this journey whenever possible,” she said.

Niagara College president Dan Patterson spoke of the vital role the new college graduates will have in their chosen fields and in the world around them.

President Dan Patterson inspires the Class of 2017.

“If you look through the pages of our convocation program today you will see a breadth of schools and areas of study that reflects the major industry sectors of Niagara, Ontario and beyond, and reaches all corners of our society,” said Patterson. “It is you, graduates, who will help drive our economy and future prosperity, because it is college graduates who make our communities work, and in no place is that more evident than right here in Niagara.”

The new fall graduates join more than 4,600 who graduated from the College’s Spring Convocation ceremonies in June as part of NC’s Class of 2017.

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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Top photo: Dr. Amanda Bell receives an Honorary Diploma in Health Studies from NC president Dan Patterson.

 

Media inquiries, please contact:

 

Michael Wales
Manager, Communications                                                                                                                                          

Office: 905.735.2211 ext. 7773
Cell: 905.328.4101
mwales@niagaracollege.ca

College faculty strike begins; all academic and apprenticeship programs suspended

As of Monday, October 16, College faculty in Ontario represented by OPSEU are on strike. This strike includes faculty at Niagara College.