Niagara College celebrates Colleges Week at Queen’s Park


Niagara College president Dan Patterson stands with former premier William G. Davis at a College Week reception at Queen's Park on April 3. Davis. who served as Ontario’s education minister from 1962 to 1971, brought in the legislation that established the college system in Ontario.


Niagara College was part of a celebration held at Queen’s Park on April 3 to help launch Colleges Week in Ontario.

The week will be marked with community events, tributes at Queen’s Park, and special receptions that promote students’ innovations and achievements. The Colleges Week activities in Ontario are part of a national celebration to help mark Canada’s 150th anniversary. The scheduled activities include clean-up days, tree plantings, meal preparations for people in need, and other student volunteer events to support college communities.

Colleges Week is particularly important in this province as Ontario celebrates the 50th anniversary of the college system. Queen’s Park has unanimously proclaimed the week of April 3 as Colleges Week, with tributes to be delivered in the legislature.

Other Colleges Week highlights include:

• Colleges Ontario chair Fred Gibbons will deliver a luncheon address – Rethinking College Education in the Fourth Industrial Revolution – to the Canadian Club of Toronto on April 5. The speech will examine how colleges will be at the forefront of advancements in higher education. Representatives from Niagara College will be attending the event.

• A morning event on April 3 at Queen’s Park, called the Creativity Zone which featured a number of innovative and creative student projects from throughout the province.
• The annual College Day hospitality reception took place at Queen’s Park, with students from nine colleges, Including Niagara College’s Canadian Food and Wine Institute, preparing and serving a range of culinary specialties.

The career-specific programs at colleges give Ontario a competitive advantage over many competing jurisdictions that don’t offer the same level of professional and technical programs at the post-secondary level. In fact, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development says Canada is a world leader in post-secondary attainment rates because of the access to college programs.

“Growing numbers of students of all ages are acquiring real-world experience and expertise at Ontario’s colleges,” said Linda Franklin, the president and CEO of Colleges Ontario. “As we look to the next 50 years, colleges will lead the way in producing the highly skilled workforce that will be essential to Ontario’s growth and prosperity.”

-Info from Colleges Ontario

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