NC partners with Town of Aurora to expand Expert Edge training

Niagara College has teamed up with the Town of Aurora to bring some of NC’s training programs to a brand new market.

Through the Canadian Food and Wine Institute (CFWI), the College will offer short-term training in the culinary, beer and wine industries in heart of downtown Aurora, 30 minutes north of downtown Toronto. Training will be held in a municipally owned historical building that is being renovated by the Town to become a new state-of-the-art facility that will include incubator space, a culinary demonstration theatre, a wine and beverage sensory lab, as well as space for community events.

The partnership will deliver the CFWI’s Expert Edge program, which delivers one-time training or part-time instruction to industry professionals and team-building exercises in an intimate and unmatched learning environment. CFWI will also be offering a range of general interest courses and events to citizens and visitors to the area.

“Recognition is growing for the expertise the CFWI has cultivated in the culinary, wine and beer sciences, and we’re excited to share our unique short term courses and training with new audiences,” said Craig Youdale, dean of Niagara College’s Canadian Food and Wine Institute. “Having a new base in Aurora reflects the mandate of the CFWI to develop the food, wine and beer industries not only in Niagara, but across the country.  This location will let us reach the people and industry that we can’t reach from our current campus locations.”

The new partnership reflects the college’s entrepreneurial approach and aligns with the 2017-2021 Strategic Plan by expanding our expertise into new markets, and building on our program strengths. The partnership will also serve to brighten the downtown core of Aurora by revitalizing the town’s Armoury and making more activities available to both citizens and visitors. The Town will be responsible for owning and maintaining the facility while NC will provide the programming.

“Establishing a presence for the CFWI outside of Niagara will lead to new opportunities to share NC’s story, serve as a gateway for exposure to the College, and give those in the rest of Ontario a taste of the stellar programs and training opportunities already offered at our Welland and Niagara-on-the-Lake campuses,” said Youdale.

More information about the new partnership can be found in the Town of Aurora’s media release.

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