Brad Duguid, Ontario’s minister of training, colleges and universities, visited the Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus December 17 to announce more than $400,000 in funding under the provincial government’s Productivity and Innovation fund.
NC will receive a total of $428,000 for four projects aimed at establishing new processes, enhancing curriculum and providing new experiential learning opportunities for students.
Duguid said the Productivity and Innovation Fund is designed to help colleges and universities become more sustainable and competitive and to better serve students through innovation.
“It’s doing things we’ve been doing for a long time, but doing it in a more innovative way,” he said.
NC’s approved projects include a study of course-based research as an experiential learning opportunity; the development of a student community leadership training program; a costing model for curriculum standardization and a joint project with 22 other colleges, through which NC will take the lead in the development of a framework for emergency management.
Duiguid’s visit to NC followed a visit by Premier Kathleen Wynne on December 17, where she announced a new $75 million Wine and Grape Strategy.
While at NC, Duguid also toured the Wine Visitor + Education Centre– where he received a lesson in grape-crushing from student Jessica Reese; the Teaching Brewery and the CFWI Research Centre labs. He also received an autographed photo from NC’s Junior Culinary Team Canada.
Duguid said he was impressed with what he saw, and held up NC’s Canadian Food and Wine Institute as an example of the government’s desire for colleges and universities to find areas of specialization.
“You’re distinguishing yourselves in Ontario, and you’re distinguishing yourselves globally,” he said.
To view a gallery of photos from the Minister’s visit, click here.