As the summer winds down, I hope everyone has had a chance to relax and enjoy themselves with friends and family. Preparations for the start of the Fall term are in full swing, and this promises to be another exciting year at Niagara College.
Next week we will welcome a record number of first-year students during Orientation Week, with over 4,700 new faces on campus. Added to the record number of returning students from last year, we will again set a new high for full-time student enrolment in 2012/13. Our growth in enrolment over the past several years has been consistently strong, and is the result of exceptional faculty and staff delivering exceptional programs and services, and truly meeting the needs of our students.
As NC has grown, we have continuously looked for ways to adapt to change and improve the way we support our students. The upcoming year will be no different as we continue to innovate and evolve to meet the growing expectations of our students and industry.
We’re launching six new programs this fall, including Sport Management, Electrical Techniques, Autism and Behaviourial Science, Exercise Science for Health and Promotion, Advanced Law Enforcement and Investigation, and Office Administration – Medical – all designed by our Academic division to meet the changing demands of our economy.
Many of you will have seen the incredible amount of activity taking place at our campuses over the summer, with renovations and classroom upgrades to improve our facilities and accommodate our new programs and growing enrolment, and I’d like to thank the teams in Facilities Management Services and Information Technology Services for their hard work in completing these projects over the summer. I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention our Marketing, Recruitment, and Enrolment Services teams for the work that they do with our Academic divisions to fill our programs with another year of exceptional enrolment growth.
I would also like to acknowledge the incredible strides we’ve made over the last year in pursuit of our sustainability goals, and I’d like to thank the members of the sustainability committee for their leadership in this area, as well as all staff for embracing the idea of environmental responsibility and accepting changes that enhance sustainability.
2012-2013 also marks our 45th anniversary, which is something we celebrate both in terms of our own college, with its exceptional culture, unique history and significant contributions to the economic and social fabric of the Niagara community, as well as the Ontario College system and the idea of applied education, which has transformed the way that we prepare the skilled workers who drive our economy and contribute to all corners of our society.
To officially kick off our 45th year, everyone is invited to Niagara Day on Wednesday at the Welland Campus. As in past years, you can expect an interesting, insightful, and entertaining session, and an opportunity to re-connect with fellow NC staff. And of course, next week is Orientation Week, and I know everyone will be showing that great NC spirit as we welcome our new and returning students, capped off with something new on Friday September 7: Niagara College Night at the Niagara Food Festival, where we celebrate the return of our students for another great year with the Niagara community.
Looking forward to seeing everyone at Niagara Day, and during Orientation Week!