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Niagara College partners with Kashruth Council to integrate kosher and food safety guidelines

Seeking a more efficient way to make kosher certification integrate with food safety planning, the Kashruth Council of Canada recently partnered with Niagara College on an ambitious project to do just that.

Most of the world’s leading food retailers and manufacturers participate in the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), which sets standards for food safety, with the British Retail Consortium (BRC) and the Safe Quality Food Program (SQF) as the most predominant GFSI regimes. At the same time, many food manufacturers carry kosher certification as more than 40 per cent of packaged food products sold in the United States are kosher certified, according to market research firm Mintel.

While there is much overlap between kosher and food safety programs, they have been kept markedly separate – until now.

The Kashruth Council of Canada (COR) and NC’s Canadian Food & Wine Institute (CFWI) Innovation Centre collaborated on a project to integrate kosher certification requirements into both SQF and BRC food safety programs.

“We are thrilled to offer this service to the food manufacturing community,” said Rabbi Sholom H. Adler, COR’s director of Industrial Kosher. “We are always looking for ways to make kosher certification more efficient and effective for our kosher certified companies, and we are hopeful that this project will do just that.”

“Food manufacturers already speak a certain language, and that is the language of SQF and BRC,” said Amy Proulx, NC professor, program coordinator with the Culinary Innovation and Food Technology program, and faculty lead on the project. “What this project has done is translate kosher certification into that same language spoken by food safety professionals. As a result, I am confident that this initiative will be well received.”

The newly released kosher guidelines are meant to supplement existing kosher certification programs.

“Whatever kosher certification partner a manufacturer has, this new framework will simply help organize one’s kosher program,” said Richard Rabkin, COR’s managing director. “In short, our hope is that it will make keeping kosher easier.”

This new initiative has support from across the kosher industry, as it has been endorsed by other leading kosher agencies including the Orthodox Union (OU), Stark-K Kosher Certification (Star-K), Kof-K Kosher Supervision (Kof-K), Chicago Rabbinical Council (cRc) and the Rabbinical Council of New England (KVH).

The project, which also included student researchers from the Culinary Innovation and Food Technology program, was made possible by funding to the CFWI Innovation Centre from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).

Electronic copies of the newly published guidelines are available at the links below:

Guideline for Integrating Kosher Certification Requirements into BRC Food Safety Issue 7

Guideline for Integrating Kosher Certification Requirements into SQF Code 7.2

Located at the Niagara-on-the-Lake campus of Niagara College, the CFWI Innovation Centre team offers a full suite of services to support industry innovation and commercialization of new products and processes in the food and beverage sector. From new recipe development to shelf-life testing and nutritional labelling, the Centre pairs industry partners with faculty, recent graduates and students with the right expertise and equipment to meet industry needs.

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Media inquiries, please contact:

Susan McConnell
Media Advisor, Niagara College
Office: 905 641-2252 ext. 4330
Cell: 905 933-6259
susan.mcconnell@niagaracollege.ca

Tips off January 11 in Welland: Ontario’s oldest BB tournament features 16 competing high schools

The 62nd Welland Tribune Boys’ Basketball Tournament, presented by Niagara College (NC), tips off on January 11 with teams from 16 local Niagara Region high schools contending for the championship in Ontario’s oldest high school basketball tournament.

“We are pleased to once again continue our support of such a strong local sporting tradition,” said Matthew Davies, NC’s director of athletics and recreation. “We are excited to welcome high school athletes and their families to our campus, where they will have the opportunity to learn about the many academic and athletic opportunities offered at Niagara College.”

Participating teams include Notre Dame, Ridgeway-Crystal Beach, Denis Morris, Westlane, Niagara Christian Collegiate, Thorold, Holy Cross, Sir Winston Churchill, Centennial, EL Crossley, St. Michael, Port Colborne, AN Myer, Lakeshore Catholic, Jean Vanier, and Governor Simcoe.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for local basketball players to showcase their skills against the best that the Niagara Region has to offer,” said Don Larman, tournament co-chairperson. “As the oldest high school basketball tournament in Ontario, we would like to thank Niagara College for their continued support of this annual event.”

Tournament details are available at www.wellandtribunebasketballtournament.com.

The tournament begins on January 11 runs through until January 14th, with games being played at the following times and venues:

Notre Dame: Jan. 11 – 3:30 p.m., 5 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 8 p.m.; Jan. 12 – 3:30 p.m., 5 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 8 p.m.
Jan. 14 – 5:30 p.m. (consolation Championship), 7:30 p.m. (tournament championship)

Centennial: Jan. 11 – 1:30 p.m., 3 p.m.; Jan. 12 – 3:30 p.m., 5 p.m.

Jean Vanier: Jan. 11 – 3:30 p.m., 5 p.m.; Jan. 12 – 12:45 p.m., 2:15 p.m.

Niagara College Welland Campus Athletic Centre: Jan. 13 – 3:30 p.m.; 5 p.m.; 6:30 p.m.; 8 p.m.

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 www.niagaracollege.ca
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For media inquiries, please contact: Susan McConnell, Media Relations, 905-641-2252 x 4330.

Meridian Credit Union, Niagara College and Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce hit perfect pitch with exciting business competition

Niagara’s entrepreneurs will have their chance to pitch their business ideas to win money and prizes that will help get their enterprise off the ground in a series of Niagara’s own pitch competitions.

This year, Meridian, Ontario’s largest credit union, has partnered with Niagara College and the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce to support these local entrepreneurs.

Competitors have a chance to win a $10,000 cash prize from Meridian Credit Union, and a basket of business services worth more than $30,000 to get their initiative started.

Previous winners included Techboomers, a website that helps older adults get to grips with technology and social media, and Dustguards, a local firm specializing in dust control solutions for construction and renovation.

“Coming back home to Niagara and creating TechBoomers has made our recent string of successes even more rewarding to me,” said Steve Black, founder and CEO of TechBoomers. “I wanted to show others that tech start-ups can flourish here just as easily as they would in Toronto or Waterloo, and that Niagara College have provided us with a great local pool of talented grads which we’re now able to hire from.”

The Meridian Ignite! series, includes Niagara College’s Pitch Perfect competition, the Startup Weekend event and the GNCC’s Ignite pitch competition


Quotes:

“We’re proud to support innovation and entrepreneurship close to home in Niagara. This pitch competition series is the perfect fit with Meridian’s programs of support for small businesses. Meridian is proud to partner with the GNCC and Niagara College to grow the next generation of entrepreneurs across Niagara.”

— Wade Stayzer, VP, Sales and Service, Meridian Credit Union

 

“Niagara College not only trains the entrepreneurs of the future, but supports them as they develop their ideas into enterprises. This series is a great showcase for the new ideas and fresh approaches we’ve always encouraged and nurtured.”

— Vivian Kinnaird, Dean of Business, Hospitality and Environment, Niagara College

 

“These events will bring forward the best local innovators and entrepreneurs. I’m always amazed by the ideas that are pitched at these events and I look forward to the 2017 competition. We’re enormously grateful to our partners at Meridian and Niagara College for their work supporting local innovation and entrepreneurship. That sort of support is what makes Niagara’s such a great business community.”

— Mishka Balsom, President & CEO, Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce


 

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With over 70 years of banking history, Meridian is Ontario’s largest credit union, helping to grow the lives of its more than a quarter of a million Members, including over 23,000 business Members. Meridian has $14 billion in assets under management and delivers a full range of financial services online, by phone, by mobile and through a network of 86 branches across Ontario, and commercial banking services in 11 locations. Meridian Members also have access to THE EXCHANGE®Network, with more than 3,300 no-fee ABM’s across Canada and 500,000 ABM’s in the United States. For more information, please visit: meridiancu.ca

Niagara College offers more than 100 diploma, bachelor degree and advance level programs; as well as more than 600 credit, vocational and general interest Part-Time Studies courses. Area of specialization include food and wine sciences, advanced technology, business, applied health and community safety, all supported by unique learning enterprises and community partnerships. Visit: www.niagaracollege.ca

The Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce is the champion for the Niagara business community. With almost 1,600 members representing 50,000 employees, it is the largest business organization in Niagara and the third largest Chamber in Ontario. The Chamber Accreditation Council of Canada has recognized the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce with its highest level of distinction. For more information, please visit: gncc.ca

For further information, contact:

Wade Stayzer
VP of Sales and Service
Meridian Credit Union
905-988-4042 ext.2277 or wade.stayzer@meridiancu.ca

Susan McConnell
Niagara College, Media Relations Advisor
smcconnell@niagaracollege.ca
905 641-2252 x 4330
Cell: 905 933 6259

Mishka Balsom
President & CEO
Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce
905-684-2361 ext. 227 or mishka@gncc.ca

 


 

 

New year: new you?

If your New Year’s resolution was to ‘get in shape’ – the Fitness and Health Promotion program students at Niagara College are waiting to hear from you.

This program is offering up to 100 community members, and college staff and students the opportunity to work with a fitness trainer at the college’s Welland campus to improve personal wellness.

“Our clients will gain the advantage of learning to be more fit, in a free personalized program by students who are being trained to meet national industry standards,” said Michael Hart, program professor. “It’s great for both the students and the clients: students gain real-world experience to prepare them for a career in the industry, and clients benefit from a new level of wellness.”

Second-year NC students will be offering free personal fitness education and counselling, pre and post-fitness evaluations and exercise training for those who want to participate in this special program. The program also includes a weekly 50-minute training session each week for 12 weeks (from the end of January to April).

Interested persons are encouraged to apply for acceptance into this program and must meet participation requirements to be selected. Those who are selected as clients will be working with students from Niagara College’s fitness and health promotion program, under the supervision of college faculty.

To learn more about the program, visit: http://www.niagaracollege.ca/insidenc/2016/12/19/apply-now-free-personal-training-fitness-health-students/

Applicants who have been accepted will receive follow up information through email, said Hart.

Niagara College’s fitness and health promotion program is a two-year diploma program that trains students to meet the increased demand by consumers for qualified fitness professionals. Students have the opportunity to learn through applied education to achieve the status of certified personal trainer, authorized by the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology.

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Media inquiries, please contact:

Susan McConnell
Media Advisor, Niagara College
Office: 905 641-2252 ext. 4330
Cell: 905 933-6259
susan.mcconnell@niagaracollege.ca

Reminder: Holiday Hours at Niagara College

Niagara College wishes you a safe and happy holiday season.

Our campuses will be closed on Dec. 23 at 4:30 p.m. and will remain closed until Jan. 2, 2017 at which time we will resume our normal hours of operations.

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

Transit

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

NC Libraries

Evening hours for the NC Libraries will end on Dec. 15. The Libraries will be open:

  • Dec. 19 to 22: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Dec. 23: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Jan. 2 to Jan. 6: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Jan. 9: Regular hours resume
  • Jan. 14: Weekend hours resume

Visit http://nclibraries.niagaracollege.ca/library.

NC Bookstores

At Welland and NOTL campuses:

  • Dec. 23: Close at 2 p.m.
  • Dec. 24 to Dec. 31: Closed
  • Jan. 1 to Jan. 2: Closed
  • Jan. 3 to Jan. 6: Regular business hours resume, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Athletics and Recreation

A modified holiday schedule will be in effect  at the Welland and NOTL Campus.

Hours of operation are posted at http://www.goknights.ca/aboutus/hours.

NCSAC Offices

Dec. 19 to Jan. 3: Closed

NCSAC Student Centres

The Core (Welland) and Armoury (NOTL) and the Shack Student Café (Welland and NOTL) will be fully operational until Dec. 16.
Regular operations will resume at The Shack, The Core, and The Armoury on Jan. 9.

Modified hours include:

The Core and the Armoury

Jan. 4 to Jan. 5: Catering only
Jan. 6: The Core will be open for Orientation from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Shack Student Café (Welland)

Will be open Jan. 4 to Jan. 6, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Cafeterias/ Food Services

Dec 19 to Dec. 23:

  • Tim Hortons (Welland and NOTL): 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Subway (Welland and NOTL): 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Main Cafeteria (Welland and NOTL): 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Tim Hortons Kiosk (AHI) and Tech (Welland): closed
  • Niagara Falls: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Jan. 2 to Jan. 6:

  • Tim Hortons (Welland and NOTL): 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Subway (Welland and NOTL): 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Main Cafeteria (Welland and NOTL): 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Tim Hortons Kiosk (AHI) and Tech (Welland): closed
  • Niagara Falls: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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

Will be open Dec. 28 to Dec. 30 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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

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

  • Dec. 24: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Dec. 25: Closed
  • Dec. 31: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Jan. 1: Closed

Benchmark Restaurant

Benchmark will be closed for service after Dec. 17. It will reopen on Jan. 10.

NC Teaching Spa

Niagara Water Spa will be closed after Dec. 9.

Those wishing to order spa gift cards after Dec. 9 may email lomacdonald@niagaracollge.ca by Dec. 19. Times to arrange payment and pick up may be done via email.

The Spa will begin accepting appointments for the new year on Jan. 10 and will re-open offering services on Jan. 19. Visit http://niagarawaters.ca

Student Services

The offices of Academic Advising, Student Engagement and Leadership, and Career Services / Co-op will be following holiday college hours, closing Dec. 23 at 4:30 p.m. and reopening Jan. 2 at 8:30 a.m. Modified hours leading up to the holiday closure include:

Academic Drop in sessions

Ending Dec. 16 and will resume in January with a new schedule (to be announced).

Peer Tutoring

Will be available Dec. 19 to Dec. 23 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Health Wellness and Accessibility Services

  • Dec. 14: Evening hours until 7:30 p.m. at Welland Campus
  • Dec. 15: Evening hours until 7:30 p.m. at NOTL Campus
  • Dec. 19 to Dec. 23: No evening hours; open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Test Centres

Will be open Monday to Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., and Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

NC Greenhouse

The Greenhouse will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily until Dec. 23. It will be closed over the break. In the new year, it will be open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed on weekends.

Winter Term

  • Winter Orientation will be held January 5-6.
  • Classes begin on January 9.

FedDev Ontario invests in manufacturing innovation in the Golden Horseshoe

A news release from the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario following Dec. 19 announcement at Niagara College’s Welland Campus.
Many Canadian small- and medium-sized manufacturers delay adopting new technology, because of the risk of making large, upfront investments without first testing their innovations. By investing in a new advanced manufacturing network in the Golden Horseshoe, the Government of Canada will help Canadian manufacturers address this challenge and speed up technology adoption.

Today, Vance Badawey, Member of Parliament for Niagara Centre, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for FedDev Ontario, announced a contribution of up to $7.3 million to Niagara College.

This non-repayable contribution, through the Investing in Commercialization Partnerships Initiative, will help Niagara College to create the Southern Ontario Network for Advanced Manufacturing and Innovation (SONAMI), in partnership with Mohawk College, Sheridan College and McMaster University.

SONAMI will offer a “single-window” approach to supporting manufacturers’ research and development needs, encouraging them to adopt and integrate disruptive advanced manufacturing technologies into their operations with the help of the network.

The project is expected to create or maintain 186 high-quality jobs, result in 170 new prototypes and up to 85 new products being commercialized. It will also provide opportunities for students from the SONAMI partner institutions to prepare for the manufacturing jobs of tomorrow.

The Government’s Innovation Agenda aims to make Canada a global centre for innovation – one that creates jobs, drives growth across all industries and improves the lives of all Canadians. This investment is an example of that idea in action.

Quotes

“The Government of Canada is committed to supporting innovation and competitiveness on a global scale. This means connecting our manufacturers to the tools they need to succeed and compete. This project exemplifies the type of collaboration between business, academia, research institutions and government that we need to foster innovation.”
 The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister Responsible for FedDev Ontario

“Today’s announcement is a great example of how our region is coming together to create unique partnerships and keep jobs local. I’m proud of the benefits that this network will have for helping our businesses access the tools and talent they need to succeed now, as well as training the workforce of the future.”
 Vance Badawey, Member of Parliament for Niagara Centre

“We at Niagara College are proud to be the leaders of this unprecedented network, which will be a key resource and fill a demonstrated need for small- and medium-sized businesses in the Golden Horseshoe. According to recent research in southern Ontario, there are more than 6,500 manufacturers; nearly 4,000 of them have fewer than 10 employees.”
 Dr. Dan Patterson, President, Niagara College

“Fostering collaboration and strengthening partnerships are a strategic priority for Mohawk. We’re proud to join the Southern Ontario Network for Advanced Manufacturing and Innovation and we look forward to putting our technology students to work in helping industry partners bring innovative solutions to market.”
 Ron McKerlie, President, Mohawk College

“Through our Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Design Technologies, Sheridan brings a breadth of expertise to SONAMI in the areas of additive manufacturing, sustainable energy systems, robotics and automation. By combining our strengths with our partner educational institutions, SONAMI will deliver compelling value to industry while advancing economic growth in the Golden Horseshoe.”
 Dr. Mary Preece, President and Vice Chancellor, Sheridan College

“This unique partnership provides an opportunity for McMaster to lend its expertise in helping small, regional companies develop innovative manufacturing processes. We look forward to working with Niagara College, Mohawk and Sheridan to prepare Canadian companies to take their products to market and help them compete on a global stage.
 Stephen Veldhuis, Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, and Director, McMaster Manufacturing Research Institute
Quick Facts

• FedDev Ontario’s contribution leverages $11.4 million in funding, including $7 million from industry collaborators and $4.4 million from SONAMI partners and regional economic development corporations for total project costs of up to $18.7 million.
• This project builds on previous FedDev Ontario investments in Niagara College through the Graduate Enterprise Internship ($2.2 million), the Applied Research and Commercialization (ARC) initiative ($1.56 million) and the Prosperity Initiative ($900,000).
• Since 2009, FedDev Ontario has committed more than $77 million to 119 projects in the Niagara Region. This support is leveraging almost $180 million in in additional support for businesses, organizations and communities.
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FedDev Contacts

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416-954-6652
fdo.mediarel-relmedias.fdo@canada.ca

Toll Free: 1-866-593-5505
Website: www.FedDevOntario.gc.ca
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Niagara College media inquiries, please contact:

Susan McConnell
Media Advisor, Niagara College
Office: 905 641-2252 ext. 4330
Cell: 905 933-6259
susan.mcconnell@niagaracollege.ca

 

Tap into Project Brew December Market beer festival Dec. 9

Brewmaster student Lauren Zimbalatti, prepares her Belgian Saison blended with Kombucha which will be on tap at the Project Brew December Market. She is pictured with hops grown at Niagara College.
Brewmaster student Lauren Zimbalatti, prepares her Belgian Saison blended with Kombucha which will be on tap at the Project Brew December Market. She is pictured with hops grown at Niagara College.

Twenty unique craft beers, one unforgettable festival – with a holiday twist.

Mark your calendar for December 9 when students from Niagara College’s Brewmaster and Brewery Operations Management program host Project Brew December Market. The event will be held at the Market Square in downtown St. Catharines (91 King St.) from 5 to 10 p.m.

Each unique beer served at the event will be crafted and brewed by students in their graduating year of the College’s Brewmaster program. They will be served by the brewers themselves, who are planning a festive December Market theme, decking the halls with holiday décor, and donning ‘ugly Christmas sweater’ attire. The event will also feature food vendors (Andrzejewski Perogies, the Itty Bitty Pie Company, and NC’s Benchmark Restaurant), games, and live musical entertainment by Eric Clancy.

This will be the sixth Project Brew since the event was launched in April 2015. Brewmaster students not only create their own one-of-a-kind beers for the festivals but plan the event as part of their sales and marketing class.

“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 Project Brew faculty advisor April Tyrrell. “This fun community event is an excellent opportunity for students to promote themselves and their beer to the general public.”

Student event chair Lauren Zimbalatti, who is preparing a Belgian Saison blended with Kombucha – a fermented beverage – for the festival, noted that the event helps prepare students for the industry.

“This is a great learning experience as it is a good test of life skills like communication, organization, sticking to timelines, and reaching end goals and planning,” said Zimbalatti, a Niagara Falls resident originally from Newmarket. “It is good for our industry too since it is an avenue of the hospitality industry and events take place all the time in the beer world.”

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.

Additional event sponsors include The Brewmonger Inc., Niagara Periodontics, PetainerKeg, Railway City Brewing Company, and Sullivan Mahoney LLP.

Proceeds from Project Brew December Market will benefit the Matt Soos Memorial Scholarship, which will be presented to a student in the College’s Brewmaster program. The scholarship is in honour of Matt Soos, a graduate of the Brewmaster and Brewery Operations Management program who died in August, 2015 at the age of 26.
Project Brew tickets

Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Ticket price includes a six-ounce tasting glass, and four four-ounce sample tokens. Guests must be 19 years of age or older (valid photo ID required) to attend.

Tickets may be purchased online at: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/project-brew-december-market-2016-tickets-28376474800

For event details visit http://ncprojectbrew.ca/
The first facility of its kind in Canada, Niagara College Teaching Brewery opened in April 2011 and supports Niagara College’s two-year Brewmaster and Brewery Operations Management diploma program. The brewery forms a key component of the College’s Canadian Food and Wine Institute – a leader in culinary, wine and beer education in Canada. Located at Niagara College’s Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus, the CFWI is also home to the College’s Teaching Winery – the first and only commercial teaching winery in Canada – and Benchmark, the college’s teaching restaurant.

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:

Susan McConnell
Media Advisor, Niagara College
Office: 905 641-2252 ext. 4330
Cell: 905 933-6259
susan.mcconnell@niagaracollege.ca

Which cider house rules? Niagara College Teaching Winery’s Cider 101 reaps hard-core success with two award wins

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

The award-winning Teaching Winery’s venture into the hard cider market with the introduction of Cider 101 last year has proved fruitful, with back-to-back medals at two recent cider competitions: a gold at the U.S. Open Cider Championship on November 14, and a bronze from the Ontario Cider Awards on November 11.

“These awards are a testament of the high quality of education that we provide at both the Teaching Winery and Teaching Brewery,” said Steve Gill, general manager of NC’s Learning Enterprises Corporation, which includes the College’s Teaching Winery, Teaching Brewery, as well as its Teaching Distillery scheduled to open in 2017. “We are so very proud of our students and staff that contribute, and hope that these awards help cultivate a passion for excellence.”

The U.S. Open Cider Championship announced NC’s Teaching Winery’s Cider 101 as a gold medal winner in its New World Cider category – one of 15 categories in the competition. Other winners in its category include Canadian entry Garage D’or Ciders’ Dry Cider (silver), and Pennsylvania-based Big Hill Ciderworks’ Standard cider (bronze). More than 160 ciders, from California to the United Kingdom, were entered into the competition.

At the Ontario Cider Awards, operated by Drink Inc. Events in association with the Royal Winter Fair, cideries from across Ontario submitted the best of the best to be evaluated by judging panels. Ontario ciders were represented in two categories: Traditional Apple and Other Fruit. NC’s Cider 101 captured a bronze in the Traditional Apple – Sanctioned Judging category. Other winners in the category included Thornbury Village Craft Cider’s Thornbury Premium Apple Cider (gold), Ernest Cider Company’s Ernest Cider Dry (silver) and Brickworks Ciderhouse’s Queen Street 501 (bronze).

“It’s a really interesting time to be part of the cider industry in Ontario because things are moving very quickly; growth in the industry had been expansive and industry players are just figuring out what defines Ontario cider,” said NC winemaker and wine programs instructor Gavin Robertson. “The curriculum and training that is already offered in our Canadian Food and Wine Institute’s wine, brewing and culinary innovation programs uniquely positions Niagara College to work with the cider industry in this period of rapid growth, as businesses look to hire people with sensory, lab, quality control, technical production, business management, and sales and marketing skills, to help develop their operations.”

Cider 101 is a blend of Ontario apples made New World style, marked by fruit-forward fresh floral notes, a vibrant acid backbone and a hint of sweetness to balance it out. Robertson noted that the New World style of Ontario ciders contrasts the earthier, tannic, often still (not sparkling) ciders made traditionally in England and France – a natural consequence due to differences in apple varieties and growing seasons.

Cider 101 is 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).

Click here for details about the U.S. Open Cider Championship..

Click here additional info about the Ontario Cider Awards.

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Media inquiries, please contact:

Susan McConnell
Media Advisor, Niagara College
Office: 905 641-2252 ext. 4330
Cell: 905 933-6259
susan.mcconnell@niagaracollege.ca

Fall Open House Nov. 19 features $2,000 tuition prize for lucky winner

Niagara College (NC) on Saturday, November 19 will welcome thousands of future students and their families and friends at an open house that will feature a chance for a lucky new student to win $2,000 towards first year tuition.

In addition to the tuition contest, guests of the college will have an opportunity to meet staff and faculty, explore a wide variety of academic displays and demonstrations, tour program labs and classroom facilities, take a campus and residence tour and connect with current students: all part of the NC experience.

“This is an opportunity to meet our students, faculty and staff and learn about Niagara College, its specialized facilities and unique approach to applied education,” said Niagara College president Dan Patterson. “This event is ideal for prospective students looking for a pathway to success.”

The event runs from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Welland and Niagara-on-the-Lake campuses where guests will have access to a wide range of facilities, labs and hands-on demonstrations. Guests – including the general public and all those interested in attending – are invited to visit the academic marketplace, see the special offerings from student services, and explore 100 plus programs. Tours at both campuses run every half-hour, from 10:30 am. – 1 p.m. In addition, there is an information session for parents at both campuses at 11:30 a.m.

No pre-registration is required and parking is free.

WHAT:

Niagara College Fall Open House

WHERE:

Welland Campus: 100 Niagara College Blvd.
Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus: 135 Taylor Rd.

WHEN:

Saturday, November 19, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
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For additional information, contact:
Susan McConnell, Media Advisor, Niagara College
Office: 905-641-2252 x 4330
Visit: www.niagaracollege.ca/openhouse

Niagara College’s new scholarship program rewards students with SHSM credential

SHSM Scholarship recipient Alicia-Ann Husk pursues her passion for the culinary arts at Niagara College’s Canadian Food and Wine Institute. The first-year Culinary Management student is pictured in the CFWI baking lab with two of her creations.
SHSM Scholarship recipient Alicia-Ann Husk pursues her passion for the culinary arts at Niagara College’s Canadian Food and Wine Institute. The first-year Culinary Management student is pictured in the CFWI baking lab with two of her creations.

Pursuing a Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) in high school is paying off for new students at Niagara College.

This fall, more than 70 new students received $1,000 scholarships as part of Niagara College’s new SHSM Scholarship program. The scholarships were automatically awarded to 71 first-year students who completed SHSM programs in high school, achieved more than 75% in their required courses, and enrolled in a related program at NC.

SHSM is a ministry-approved program open to Grade 11 and 12 students, allowing them to focus on a career path that matches their skills and interests while meeting the requirements of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma. Students have the opportunity to gain skills with employers, skills training centres and at school; as well as earn valuable industry certifications.

“Our SHSM scholarships reward students who have taken the initiative to explore a career or industry sector while in high school and choose to pursue the same area of study in college,” said Dorita Pentesco, director of Marketing and Recruitment at Niagara College. “The scholarships acknowledge the value of experiential learning and the additional work students put into acquiring a SHSM.”

NC’s SHSM Scholarship program was applauded by representatives of two Niagara-based school boards.

Roy Smith, technical education consultant at the District School Board of Niagara noted that students involved in the SHSM program achieve greater success rates within the DSBN and, as a result, the program continues to experience tremendous growth. It currently offers 53 SHSM programs in 14 sectors.

“These scholarships provide students with financial support to help them succeed at the postsecondary level,” said Smith. “The DSBN is excited to further develop our partnership with Niagara College to continue providing students with real-world learning opportunities to prepare students for their career path.”

At the Niagara Catholic District School Board, Jennifer Pirosko, consultant of School College Work/ Specialist High Skills Major/ Health and Wellness Student Achievement, said that while the experiential learning focus of SHSM programs offer students a huge advantage in gaining a practical learning experience to solidify their career choice, it can be challenging to recruit for SHSM candidates due to the variety of opportunities available to students in secondary school.

“The new Niagara College SHSM Scholarships are an integral part of our presentation to students, parents and teachers when speaking about the benefits of enrolling in SHSM,” said Pirosko. “These scholarships are substantial, easy to earn and a great way of inviting students to continue their education in a local post-secondary institution such as NC.”

The initiative is a hit with the students, who understand the value of acquiring a SHSM first-hand.

First-year Culinary Management student Alicia-Ann Husk, who completed her SHSM in Hospitality and Tourism at Robert Bateman High School in Burlington, said receiving the scholarship gave her a sense of accomplishment. “It proved to me that hard work and dedication pays off,” said Husk, who began taking cooking classes before enrolling in the SHSM program in Grade 11.

Husk believes in the value of the SHSM program. “It showed me that the path to being a chef isn’t just about cooking; it involves a big side of business as well as a sense of responsibility and organization,” she said. “It also helped to open up job opportunities; it helped me land a job in a restaurant and get experience before I started college.”

First-year Niagara College Welding Technician student Corbey Daniels, who achieved his SHSM credential at Governor Simcoe in St. Catharines, is another big believer in the SHSM program. “My SHSM showed me that being a welder is what I wanted to do as a career,” he said. “It pushed me to work hard at school and to improve my welding throughout high school.”

Niagara College has already expanded its SHSM Scholarship program for students applying for fall 2017. Offering scholarships to several different SHSM credentials, the college is now supporting students completing their SHSM in Agriculture or Horticulture and Landscaping; Arts and Culture; Business; Community Safety and Emergency Services; Construction; Manufacturing; Information and Communications Technology; Energy; Environment; Food Processing; Hospitality and Tourism; Health and Wellness or Sports; and Transportation.

For more info about NC’s SHSM Scholarships visit http://www.niagaracollege.ca/shsm.

Fall Open House visitors eligible to win $2,000 towards tuition

Prospective students who attend Niagara College’s upcoming fall open house will a have a chance to win a $2,000 award towards their tuition.

The open house will be held on Saturday, November 19, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the College’s Welland and Niagara-on-the-Lake campuses. Visitors will have an opportunity to explore a variety of academic displays and demonstrations, tour NC’s program labs and classroom facilities, take a campus and residence tour, and meet with college faculty and current students.

Only those who attend the open house will be eligible for the contest. The winner will receive a $2,000 award applicable to 2017-2018 registration at Niagara College. The $2,000 will be credited towards tuition for September 2017, January 2018 or May 2018 towards entry into a new program intake. Registration will take place on site on Saturday, November 19.

There is no advance registration required to attend the Fall Open House and there is free parking for the event.
For details about the open house visit http://www.niagaracollege.ca/openhouse/

 

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