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Niagara College Broadcasting students win national awards

Two Niagara College Broadcasting students capped off their college years as national award winners.

Just weeks before graduating from Niagara College’s three-year Broadcasting – Radio, Television and Film program, Brandon Primmer and Rachel Hodges were each honoured with a National Student Award from the Broadcast Educators Association of Canada. The BEAC awards recognize the unique combination of creativity and technical excellence demonstrated by students in radio, television, video and new media.

BEAC president Ashif Jivraj noted that the BEAC’s National Student Awards recognize excellence in media production from students across Canada.

“Recipients are chosen by industry professionals and faculty that look for creativity, and technical quality. Productions selected reflect the highest standards exemplified by BEAC member institutions in Canada,” said Jivraj. “Congratulations to Rachel and Brandon for their awards. Seeing their outstanding work gives me a renewed confidence for the future of our industry.”

Welland residents Primmer and Hodges both won the awards for work they completed as part of their studies: Primmer in the video category for his music video, “Let Yourself Go,” and Hodges in the audio category for her newscast that aired live in December on NC’s student radio station, CRNC The Heat.

Primmer, who is originally from Owen Sound, created the music video for his film production class.

“It was an incredible experience for me personally, to take a pen and paper idea and transform it into a full-fledged professional video where a dedicated crew worked on it for the course of a month,” he said.

He currently works as a videographer in Hamilton for AMV Productions and hopes to run his own production company someday specializing in music and corporate videos or commercials.

“This BEAC award winning video has shown me my true potential in reaching that goal,” he said. “Combined with a skill set refined by Niagara College, I truly believe I can achieve what I set out to do after graduating.”

Winning the national award was a welcome surprise to Hodges on the brink of graduation. Hodges, who is originally from Orillia, said she was grateful for the award and the experience she gained in all three streams of the College’s Broadcasting program – radio, television and film.

“It has always been my goal to work in the news industry so being able to add a national news award to my resume will certainly be beneficial in the future,” said Hodges, who is currently putting her education to work in the field as an intern reporter at News Talk 610 CKTB. “It will help me stand out among a number of other talented and qualified applicants which is important in such a small and competitive industry.”

The students were accompanied to Halifax by BRTF professors Bruce Gilbert and Peter VandenBerg.

“Seeing our students win national awards reinforces that our Broadcasting – Radio, Television and Film program produces high-quality grads that leave with the tools necessary to get great jobs,” says Gilbert. “It was a privilege to represent Niagara College that night.”

Primmer and Hodges both graduated from the College’s BRTF program on the morning of June 24.

For information about the BEAC student awards visit http://www.beac.ca/2016-student-award-winners/

For information about Niagara College’s Broadcasting – Radio, Television and Film program visit http://www.niagaracollege.ca/media-studies/programs/broadcasting-radio-television-film/

Niagara College offers more than 100 diploma, bachelor degree and advanced level programs at campuses in Welland, Niagara-on-the-Lake, and Niagara Falls; 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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Photos attached of Brandon Primmer and Rachel Hodges, from the BEAC National Student Awards ceremony in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Link to Brandon Primmer’s award-winning video:

Link to Rachel Hodge’s award-winning newscast:

Media inquiries, please contact:

Michael Wales
Senior Communications Officer
Office: 905.735.2211 ext. 7773
Cell: 905.328.4101
mwales@niagaracollege.ca

Julie Greco
Communications Specialist
Office: 905.735.2211 ext. 7368
Cell: 905.328.2532
jgreco@niagaracollege.ca

Niagara College helps industry embrace e-business and technology adoption solutions

For the fourth year in a row, Niagara College’s Research & Innovation division is ready to offer small- and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) access to the College’s resources to provide e-business and technology adoption solutions.

Thanks to a new $50,000 grant from the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE), Niagara College will offer vouchers to 20 companies to support projects that will generate new market opportunities. Eight vouchers are available for companies to access Technology Adoption projects, which will focus on technology development and testing/validation activities to support innovation. The remaining 12 vouchers will focus on e-business solutions such as website development, online sales process, digital and social media and customer relationship management.

Technology adoption projects are incorporated into an appropriate technical course in a program such as Culinary Innovation Food Technology, Greenhouse Technician, and Mechanical Engineering Technician. Students in the course work with their faculty and industry partner to help de-risk new technologies and promote their adoption.

A technology adoption project has enabled the North Hamilton Community Health Centre (NHCHC) to harvest the first two crops of lettuce, which they have been able to share with participants in the programs improving food access in our communities, according to Elizabeth Beader, CEO of the NHCHC.

“Through partnering with Niagara College and being a recipient of the OCE grant, we were able to purchase growing towers and supplies for our new greenhouse,” Beader explains. “Niagara College students have been supporting the community through consultation and development teams including: operations, crop advisement, costing, construction and layout design. The students have also provided greenhouse training to community stakeholders.”

Bill MacDonald, Niagara College faculty, was “thoroughly impressed by the commitment of the students who drove to Hamilton every two weeks to work on this project, which enabled them to apply their classroom learning in a real-world scenario and see the benefits of their effort on the north Hamilton community.”

The NHCHC was equally impressed, awarding Niagara College with Partnership Innovation Award for the project, which will be formally recognized in this autumn.

“OCE is proud to work with Niagara College to support the great companies working in the Niagara region through our Voucher for E-Business and Technology Adoption,” said Dr. Tom Corr, president and CEO of OCE. “By connecting companies with the expertise and resources available at colleges like Niagara, we are helping promising young businesses scale up the development, adoption and implementation of online tools and other technologies to drive innovation.”

For each e-business project, the Research & Innovation team – which includes Niagara College students and expert faculty members from the New Media Web Design program – meet with the industry partners several times during the project, assessing the business’ needs, proposing solutions, designing and then populating the pages with content created by the company.

Niagara Falls-based Tukats Solutions was looking for a website (http://www.apothecary.mobi/) to promote its Apothecary app, which is described as “Canada’s only open marketplace for pharmacists and pharmacy owners/managers.” Since launching the new site, Apothecary has seen an “increase in topline revenue thanks to contracts with Loblaws and Walmart,” according to Ahmed El Shazly, managing director.

More information about the funding program, including details for potential industry partners, is available here: http://ncinnovation.ca/information-for-industry/current-opportunities. Companies interested in partnering with the Research & Innovation team may contact David DiPietro, Business Development co-ordinator, at ddipietro@niagaracollege.ca, or 905-641-2252, ext. 4287.

Ontario Centres of Excellence’s Voucher for E-Business and Technology Adoption (VEBTA) Program connects eligible companies with the expertise and resources available at Ontario colleges to help their business scale up the development, adoption and implementation of online tools and other technologies to drive innovation. These college projects will lead to new market opportunities for the business, which may include exports.

Niagara College’s Research & Innovation Division provides real-world solutions for business, industry and the community through applied research and knowledge transfer activities. They 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. With funding support from various regional, provincial and federal agencies, 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 at campuses in Welland, Niagara-on-the-Lake, and Niagara Falls; 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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For more information or media inquiries, please contact

Michael Wales
Senior Communications Officer
Office: 905.735.2211 ext. 7773
Cell: 905.328.4101
mwales@niagaracollege.ca

Julie Greco
Communications Specialist
Office: 905.735.2211 ext. 7368
Cell: 905.328.2532
jgreco@niagaracollege.ca