NC launches HR degree program

HR Degree Launch 

Pictured above: NC president Dan Patterson, centre, with Justin Williams, associate dean, School of Business and Management (left), and Holly Catalfamo, professor and coordinator of NC’s human resources programs, at the Bachelor of Business Administration — Human Resources launch on Feb. 25 at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus.

Niagara College held a special launch event Feb. 25 to formally introduce its new four-year Bachelor of Business Administration — Human Resources program.

Industry and school board representatives gathered at Benchmark Restaurant at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus to learn more about the degree program, which is part of Niagara College’s School of Business and Management, and is set to welcome its first intake of students in September, 2016.

“Human resources is a profession that provides a broad range of exciting and meaningful career opportunities in Canada and around the world,” said Vivian Kinnaird, Niagara College’s dean of Business, Hospitality and Environment. “Graduates of our new degree program will bring theoretical knowledge, valuable hands-on experience and strong industry ties that will help them to hit the ground running in business.”

Students in the program will benefit from small class sizes, with faculty who bring both expertise and industry experience to the classroom. In addition to building a strong foundation in business and human resources, the Bachelor of Business Administration – Human Resources degree program offers students opportunities such as course-based applied research, opportunities to study abroad, ongoing networking with industry professionals and connections to industry associations.

The program’s curriculum aligns with the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA) requirements for both the Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) and Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) designations.

The program boasts strong ties to industry, and a Program Advisory Committee (PAC) made up of local HR professionals will have ongoing input into the program’s curriculum, ensuring it continues to meet and exceed industry standards.

“As an HR professional and local employer, I am thrilled with the addition of the Bachelor of Business Administration – Human Resources degree being launched at Niagara College,” said Julia Sebastian, executive director of Finance and Human Resources at White Oaks Resort and a member of the PAC. “The combination of theory and practical hands on experience this degree will provide to students will continue to support our local industries with graduates that are confident, competent, and ready to make a contribution to the field of human resources.”

“I am pleased to see this program created as it will bring educated and skilled graduates to the Niagara Region,” added Denise McCandless, senior manager of Human Resources Services at the Niagara Parks Commission and a member of the PAC. “The Program Advisory Committee has spent a lot of time examining the courses and skills today’s students require as they enter the marketplace.  This new program will not only benefit our Niagara College students, but also keep them and our marketplace in Niagara competitive with organizations and industries across the province.”

Secondary students who are currently enrolled in a specialist high skills major in business and are accepted into the program may also be eligible for a $1,000 scholarship. Further details are available at, and the offer is available for students who confirm their acceptance by Friday, March 26, 2016.

Niagara College also offers Bachelor of Business Administration degrees in Hospitality and in International Commerce and Global Development. This fall, Niagara College will also launch Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees in Game Development in partnership with Brock University.

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