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Niagara College home to first 3D printer of its kind in Canada

Classic car collector Phil Foster searched years for a matching window trim for his beloved 1934 Dodge DR.

And although he and his wife Gwen have access to a network of other vintage car enthusiasts – they’re founding members of the Antique & Classic Car Club of Canada, Niagara Chapter – they still could not find the rare part.

“These garnish mouldings just aren’t around anymore,” explained the retired contractor/welder, who had all but given up once his grandson’s online search proved unsuccessful.

Then a friend suggested he enlist the help of applied research students at the Walker Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre at Niagara College. As luck would have it, the Research & Innovation division was in the process of installing a brand new 3D printer at the Welland campus – the first of its kind in Canada and the only one at the Centre capable of handling the size of Foster’s project.

The research team reverse-engineered Foster’s existing window garnish moulding (window trim), designed a 3D CAD mirror copy and then printed the new component. Mission accomplished!

The exclusive 3D printer that put an end to Foster’s search is the Fortus 900mc Gen. 2, a machine that’s leading edge in terms of size and scope and materials capabilities. The NC Centre is now also the country’s only material beta testing facility for Stratasys, a worldwide leader in 3D printer manufacturing.

This gives NC’s industry partners and customers exclusive access to materials not currently on the market and also offers a rare opportunity to drive the development of potential new materials, said Jim Lambert, Centre manager.

“Having this beta testing status will give Niagara College recognition as having world-class metrological inspection capabilities,” said Lambert. “Any in-development testing will quite literally be the first of its kind in the world.”

Foster described the venture as a “win-win” and, while happy with his custom part, he is also proud that his project has provided real-world applied research experience for the students. “We never had this when I was younger – I’m all self-taught.”

With funding support from the Federal Development Agency for Southern Ontario, the NC advanced manufacturing division acquired the new printer to improve its capabilities, and in turn provide more opportunities for key industry for prototypes, production parts, jigs and fixtures, and factory tooling.

Depending on the materials and the complexity of the project, having a prototype 3D printed at the Technology Access Centre could cost anywhere from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars.

The Centre team at NC specializes in engineering design, 3D technologies, lean manufacturing processes and additive manufacturing. The division works with Ontario businesses to bring ideas to life, from concept through to developing working prototypes, utilizing leading-edge technology, including equipment and software. For more information, visit www.ncinnovation.ca.

The Fortus 900mc Gen. 2
– Housed at the Walker Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre at NC’s Welland campus, this state-of-the-art 3D printer is the first of its kind installed in Canada.

– The Centre is now also the country’s only material beta testing facility for 3D printer manufacturer Stratasys, making any in-development testing the first of its kind in the world.

– The Fortus 900mc is the most advanced FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling) system available, providing an unlimited materials selection – even for materials unique to the market, which includes many new polymers and composite materials as well as highly specialized materials for medical, dental, aerospace, automotive, food production and general manufacturing.

– The size and scope of this new machine expands the printing envelope, giving the Centre’s lab the means to print objects that measure more than 36” x 14” x 16”. Prior to this recent purchase, the research team has been utilizing the printer’s smaller sister, the Fortus 400 – which has a print envelope of 16” x 14” x 16”.

Walker Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre – a Technology Access Centre
– The Walker Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre in Welland is one of two of NC’s Technology Access Centres (TACS) – the other being the Canadian Food & Wine Institute Innovation Centre. TACs are specialized applied research and development centres affiliated with Canadian colleges or cégeps.

– Niagara College is only one of two colleges in Canada with two TACS.

– Marc Nantel, NC associate vice-president, Research & Innovation, was recently appointed to the advisory board for Tech-Access Canada, a national network of Canada’s 30 TACs.

– Tech-Access Canada serves vital industrial sectors across the country, responding to industry applied research needs through innovation support services delivered by college faculty, staff and students. For more information on Tech-Access Canada, visit www.tech-access.ca.
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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 economies 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

 

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

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

Knights Curling captures OCAA silver

The Niagara College women’s curling program captured a silver medal at the 2017 OCAA Curling Championship, hosted by Sault College in Sault St. Marie, on Sunday, February 19.

The Knights defeated the top-seeded Fleming knights in the semi-finals by before losing a tight 6-4 battle to the Humber Hawks in the Gold Medal game.

In addition to the silver medal, St. Catharines native Emma Caldwell was named an OCAA Second Team All-Star, while head coach Jordan thin was named OCAA Curling Coach of the year. This marks the second consecutive year Thin has earned the accolade.

The second place finish gives Niagara College intercollegiate athletics its first OCAA women’s curling medal since the 2012-13 season when they captured gold. The medal also gives the Knights five OCAA medals so far in 2016-17. The Niagara Knights women’s curling team consists of Lorelle Weavers (Burlington), Renee Boyce (St. Catharines), Courtney Smith (St. Catharines), and Emma Caldwell (St. Catharines).

The four-day event saw the Knights finish round robin play with a record of 4-2. In round robin play, the Niagara side secured victories over Mohawk (6-3), Fleming (8-5), Fanshawe (5-2), and Seneca (5-3). The team was beaten by St. Clair (7-5) and Humber (7-1).

The Knights advanced the medal round as the number four seed and faced the 5-1 Fleming Knights in the semi-final. The tight battle saw the two teams tied 3-3 after five ends. The turning point proved to be the sixth frame, when the Knights stole a pair, to go up 5-3. Fleming would take two points of their own in the seventh, but in the process gave Niagara the hammer for the eighth and final end. Niagara made no mistake, scoring two points to secure the 7-5 victory while advancing to the gold medal match.

The Knights faced the Humber Hawks in the championship game. In the round robin, the Hawks cruised to a lopsided 7-1 victory, in a performance that Knights Curling head coach Jordan Thin simply chalked up to “flat game” by his team.

The gold medal match proved to be much tighter. The two teams traded single points in the early stages. Niagara led a 2-1 after three ends. With the hammer in the fourth, the Hawks managed to score the elusive first two-point end. The Knights tied the game up in the fifth, but the Hawks once again scored a deuce in the sixth end to lead 5-3.
With the Hawks doubling down on clean and defensive play, Niagara managed to score a single point in the seventh end giving the Hawks a 5-4 lead heading into the final frame. The Hawks played clean, picked up a single point, and captured the hard fought 6-4 victory.

With the silver medal performance, the Knights now advance to the CCAA National Curling Championship being hosted from March 21-24 by the University of Alberta-Augustana in Camrose, Alberta.

A ‘crackling’ prototype

Niagara College won’t go breaking any ‘hearts’ this Valentine’s Day.

That’s because its Research & Innovation team has discovered a way to automate the process of cracking delicious heartnuts without breaking their heart-shaped shells or kernels!

After a 20-year search for a mechanized ‘heartnut sheller,’ local industry partner Grimo Nut Nursery has found new hope with the team of students, faculty and research experts with the Walker Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre at Niagara College.

Heartnuts are in high demand due to their attractive shape, mild subtle flavour and heart-healthy properties; however, without automation, commercialization of the heartnut-growing industry in Ontario has stalled. Until now, this specialty nut has had to be cracked manually due to the complexities of precisely breaking each nut, so the heart-shaped shell opens like a locket and inside remains an intact, heart-shaped kernel.

Grimo Nursery has partnered with the NC Walker Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre for its research team to design, develop and fabricate a working prototype that automatically cracks heartnuts without breaking the aesthetic heart-shaped shell or inside flesh. There have been four other previous attempts, (by other businesses, individuals and another academic institution) at producing such a device.

“Niagara College was our last hope,” says Linda Grimo owner, along with her father Ernie, of the nut nursery. “Everyone struggled with the main complexity of aligning the nut to be oriented to crack on its seam, as it required innovative thought and an understanding of computer and electronic knowledge.”

The project was certainly a challenge, agrees Gord Maretzki a mechanical engineer and research lead with the Research & Innovation (R&I) division at NC. “We had to design a machine that was able to crack the variations in organic structure because each nut is asymmetrical and takes a different amount of cracking force.”

During the project Maretzki mentored two engineering students to have a crack at the complex mechanism. They incorporated the array of technology at their disposal within the Walker Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre, such as a state-of-the art 3D printer and a lab to devise a programmable logic controller and electrical pneumatic circuit schematics.

Like many, Brian Cunningham, an electrical engineering technology student and part of the research team at NC, had never heard of the heartnut before starting his research co-op in October, along with fellow mechanical engineering student Jacob Morris. “This challenge was very intriguing, but the most exciting part for me was the prospect of helping to expand a relatively niche industry right here in the Niagara Region. I’ve lived here my whole life, and seeing local businesses grow gives me a lot of pride.

“This experience has been nothing short of fantastic! Gord Maretzki has been an amazing mentor – he’s overflowing with knowledge and experience so I’ve tried to absorb as much information as I can,” added Cunningham.

Combined with his class studies at the College, Cunningham says he’s been able to gain a greater balance of technical skills, theoretical knowledge, and a better understanding of how a research and development project comes together as a whole. “I’ve also been able to improve my interpersonal skills by working directly with actual clients and collaborating with my research team,” he said.

As for Grimo, she is quick to praise the research team at NC. “The Niagara College team was enthusiastic right from the start. They saw the value in our idea. They developed a work plan and have kept us engaged in the process.

“We are so impressed with the students’ professionalism and their keen interest.

“It’s almost hard to believe that ‘we’ are contributing to their real-world experience when they have made this possible for us.”
Background

Grimo Nut Nursery, a company and farm based out of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont., since 1974, is best known for selling Canadian hardy nut and fruit trees to backyard growers and nut-tree farmers. Trees for sale from their 14-acre farm include walnut, hazelnut, butternut, chestnut, pawpaw, quince and mulberry, to name just a few. The heartnut is a cultivated variety of the Japanese walnut tree that has been shown to be well-suited to the Great Lakes fruit-growing region. The heartnut is less bitter and has twice the protein and fibre than the English walnut cultivate; it is loaded with antioxidants and is low in cholesterol.

Niagara College’s Research & Innovation division provides real-world solutions for business, key industry sectors and the community through applied research and knowledge transfer activities. We conduct projects that provide innovative solutions, such as producing and testing prototypes, evaluating new technologies, and developing new or improved products or processes for small-and medium-sized businesses. Students and graduates are hired to work alongside faculty researchers to assist industry partners leap forward in the marketplace. For more information, visit ncinnovation.ca
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. www.niagaracollege.ca

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Media inquiries, please contact: Susan McConnell
Media Advisor, Niagara College, 905 641-2252 ext. 4330

Niagara College celebrating 50 years of growth and innovation

Top photo (from left to right): Member of Parliament Donald Tolmie, Member of Provincial Parliament Ellis Morningstar, Niagara College board of governors chairperson Ivan Buchanan, Niagara College president George Bowen, Welland Mayor Allan Pietz, and St. Catharines Mayor Mackenzie Chown, officiated at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Mackenzie Building at the Welland campus of Niagara College on October 19, 1968.
Lower photo: Convocation ceremonies for Niagara College’s first graduating class are celebrated on the lawn of the Welland Club in 1968.

When Niagara College (NC) first opened its doors in Welland in September 1967, 450 eager students filed into the pre-engineered building in an otherwise empty field and started their post secondary education in programs ranging from business, to marketing, secretarial and English.

In fact, response was so enthusiastic, NC – known then as a college of ‘applied arts and technology’ – held some classes outside of the building in nice weather on the lawn for a few days until space could be organized.

That was 50 years ago: today Niagara College has grown to incorporate the country’s first teaching winery and brewery; and an international department. The College also boasts a full-time student population of over 10,000 students from over 80 countries, in over 130 programs here in the Niagara region.

One of the most enterprising colleges in Ontario, NC is also a leader in applied research, which helps companies innovate and create new products and processes, and supports economic development locally and beyond.

Niagara College joins many of the province’s 23 other colleges in marking its 50th anniversary this year.

“For us it is all about student success – and that’s been reflected in our rich history,” said NC president Dan Patterson. “We are intricately woven into the fabric of the Niagara community, and this anniversary is a great opportunity to reflect on our past and get excited about the wonderful future in front of us.”

Patterson added, “thanks to the support of our students, the community, our faculty and staff, Niagara College has established itself as a college at the leading edge of educational initiatives and experiential learning.”

The celebration started late last year when NC launched its 50-year anniversary website at www.niagaracollege.ca/50years/. Also created was a digital yearbook archive featuring yearbooks from 1968. And, NC unveiled its new official street sign and address at the Welland campus: 100 Niagara College Boulevard (formerly Ring Road).
This year, the celebration continues. Already in the works are:

– The College’s 28th annual Seafood Gala, by the NC’s Foundation, supporting student success, April l;
– Ceremonial tree plantings, spring and fall;
– Celebrate Niagara 50th Anniversary Dinner, by NC’s Canadian Food and Wine Institute, May 6; and,
-50th Anniversary “Start of Something Amazing” Bus Tour, an interactive travelling museum, stopping at NC’s Welland campus, October 4, a joint venture by Colleges Ontario and NC.

William G. Davis Innovation Fund

Part of the province-wide celebrations is the just-announced William G. Davis Innovation Fund, developed in honour of the former Ontario premier and minister of education who paved the way for the establishment of colleges in Ontario. The fund encourages students and college alumni to pitch innovative ideas and compete for prize money. Details for submissions, contest rules and regulations are available at: www. amazing50.ca/innovationfund.

Davis, dubbed by many as the ‘education premier,’ had close ties to NC: he officiated at the grand opening of the Welland campus in February, 1968.

Niagara College Backgrounder

NC’s Welland campus: Features programs in technology, skilled trades, broadcasting, communications, health, policing and public safety, and automotive. The new Walker Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre (2016) is the home of applied research projects.

The Niagara-on-the-Lake campus: Features living labs for environment, horticulture, aquaponics, hospitality and tourism, and business programs, including the first Commercial Beekeeping program in western Canada, with an on-campus apiary. This campus is also home to the Wine Visitor + Education Centre, the NC Teaching Winery (home of 40 acres of vines), the NC Teaching Brewery – part of NC’s Canadian Food and Wine Institute. This campus also houses teaching enterprises such as the NC greenhouse, the NC Teaching Spa and Benchmark, all open to the public.

The Niagara Falls campus: Features postsecondary learning programs supporting the hospitality and tourism sector, hairdressing, and entrepreneurship labs.
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Media inquiries, contact:

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

Niagara culinary student wins bronze for Canada at Young Chef Olympiad

A Niagara College student is proving she can take the heat in the kitchen among the world’s top student chefs.

Twenty-three-year-old Selah Schmoll, a second-year Culinary Management student at the College’s Canadian Food and Wine Institute, has won bronze medal and trophy for placing third overall at the Young Chef Olympiad (YCO) in India. The Niagara Falls resident represented Canada at the international competition, which drew more than 60 top student chefs from around the world from January 27 to February 1

“I feel so proud having won bronze at this year’s YCO; it’s such an amazing feeling and a huge accomplishment,” said Schmoll, who also juggles a part-time job in the pastry department at Trius Winery in addition to her studies. “This was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and I feel so honoured to represent Canada.”

News of the bronze win was applauded by dean of the Canadian Food and Wine Institute Craig Youdale.

“Competitions like this are rare when you can put your school’s training up against other programs from around the globe,” said Youdale. “Selah’s success is truly impressive considering she is only beginning her career and this was only her second competition to date.

“Her success is a culmination of all the individuals who have mentored her here at CFWI as well as her work she has been doing at Trius Winery right here in Niagara.”

This was the second culinary competition for Schmoll, who won a silver medal in culinary arts at the Ontario Technological Skills Competition last year.

Schmoll noted that she valued the opportunity to travel to India for the YCO competition.

“I have always wanted to go to India and am so glad to have had the chance to go to a beautiful country full of life and do what I love – cook! I also had the joy of meeting so many other students and mentors from different countries and forming life-long friendships,” she said. “Everything leading up to the competition has benefited my career – coming to training days with a good attitude, having to be organized, learning new skill sets, as well as managing time.”

Schmoll’s accomplishment marked the second consecutive year that a student from Niagara College graced the podium at the Young Chef Olympiad. Last year, the competition was won Daniella Germond – a St. Catharines resident who was then a culinary student at the College as well as a member of Junior Culinary Team Canada.

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. www.niagaracollege.ca

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It’s a ‘Schmoll’ world: NC student preps for India’s Young Chef Olympiad

Media inquiries, contact:

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