Milestone ahead! Niagara College to mark 50-year anniversary in 2017


Welland mayor Frank Campion stands with Niagara College president Dan Patterson holding up new street signs for the Welland Campus as the former Ring Road gets renamed Niagara College Boulevard in honour of the College's 50th anniversary.

Niagara College is on the road to a major milestone celebration.

With the 2016-2017 academic year now underway, NC is joining colleges across Ontario in marking its 50-year anniversary. Like all other colleges of applied arts and technology in the province, NC opened in 1967. The anniversary will also coincide with Canada’s sesquicentennial/ 150th birthday.

To kick off the celebration, the College recently unveiled a new street sign at the Welland Campus bearing a new name for the former Ring Road (accessed from First Avenue): Niagara College Boulevard. The Campus address has also officially been changed to 100 Niagara College Boulevard, from its former address at 300 Woodlawn Road.

The new address is a reflection of the significant transformation that has taken place at the College. The main entrance to the Campus has been relocated to face First Avenue in recent years. Its former frontage on Woodlawn Road was the site of where NC’s first campus building, Hennepin Hall, once stood.

The temporary classrooms that marked the first days of NC have evolved into some of the most unique learning environments in Canada at its Welland and Niagara-on-the-Lake campuses; including leading-edge technology labs, specialized classrooms, on-campus spa, greenhouse, restaurant and Canada’s first commercial Teaching Winery and Teaching Brewery – learning enterprises that have become a model of applied education.

And the College is still growing, with a $50-million campus redevelopment project underway that will further modernize our learning spaces, and significantly enhance the student experience.

Watch for updates on Niagara College’s 50-year anniversary activities, and be part of a NC story that is 50 years in the making. Visit

Colleges Ontario is marking the anniversary with ‘The Start of Something Amazing,’ inviting colleges to explore the exciting evolution of discovery and innovation happening at each of Ontario’s colleges. Visit for details.

Blast from the past

Click your way back in time. NC has digitized its yearbooks! Yearbooks as early as 1968 are available here.

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