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Niagara College celebrates student success in the trades

Niagara College’s School of Trades is shining the spotlight on student success.

The College’s School of Trades will host its first annual Awards Night on March 22.

Showcasing the future of the trades industry, the event aims to recognize student accomplishments and contributions. Designed as a social evening, this event will highlight student success and awards given from donors and Niagara College staff members. Approximately 30 awards will be presented, valued at more than $20,000.

Students and faculty from the College’s School of Trades have been invited to attend, as well as several industry partners, including Bob Benner, owner of Hamill Machine Company, who will speak at the event.

“Our first annual School of Trades Awards Night is another way for us bring students and the industry together,” said Tim McLeod, associate dean of the College’s School of Trades. “There are great opportunities within the trades and a need for people with skills. And at Niagara College, our students develop skills that they can take with them wherever they go.”

The invite-only event will be held the College’s Welland Campus (The Core) from 6 to 8 p.m.

Niagara College’s School of Trades offers a variety of trades programs and apprenticeships in: automotive and motive power, cabinetmaking, construction and renovation, electrical, electronics, general machining, hairstyling, industrial automation, mechanical, metal fabricating (fitting) and welding. Visit for info.


First annual School of Trades Awards Night at Niagara College.

School of Trades faculty and students
Industry partners including speaker Bob Benner, owner of Hamill Machine Company

March 22, 2016, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Note: Interview opportunities will be available during the first portion of the event (6 p.m. to 6:45), prior to speeches and the awards ceremony. RSVP to arrange.

Niagara College Welland Campus, at The Core
300 Woodlawn Rd., Welland, ON, L3C 7L3

Members of the media interested in attending the event, please contact Julie Greco at

Media inquiries, please contact:

Michael Wales
Senior Communications Officer
Office: 905.735.2211 ext. 7773
Cell: 905.328.4101

Julie Greco
Communications Specialist
Niagara College
Office: 905.735.2211 ext. 7368
Cell: 905.328.2532


A Niagara College Hairstyling student proved she was a cut above the rest at the Toronto Allied Beauty Association Competition in Toronto.

The trade show and competition was held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre Feb. 28-29.

First year Hairstyling Apprentice (level two) student Abby Collver won a gold medal in New Talent Women’s Trend Cut and Style. Participants in this category were current students or recent graduates from Toronto and surrounding areas who competed for the newest contemporary, modern, well designed and well executed haircut.

“Doing hair for me, is an art. I find it a lot of fun to compete and show how exactly I create my pieces of art,” said Collver, a resident of Wilsonville, Ontario who attends the College’s Niagara Falls Campus. Collver said she believed that competing helps prepare her for her future career. “Everything I learn in competition can be applied in the everyday life at the salon,” she said.

Hairstyling Techniques professor Kris Weaver placed third in Glamourous Evening Makeup. Weaver, a Niagara Falls resident who has worked at Niagara College for more than five years, has competed at in the ABA competition twice in the past, placing among the top 10.

“There were very talented makeup artists participating in this competition and I was honoured to be on stage with them. It’s an exhilarating feeling being up there completing your overall look in front of such a large audience,’ she said. “We highly encourage our students to participate in these competitions and stress the fact that it’s not about placing or winning but the overall experience and bringing your vision to life.”

ABA competitions coordinator and briefer Kelly Kalmbach, of Beauty Bound Competition Consulting, noted that the competition is an excellent showcase of an individual’s talent. “The support Niagara College gives its students and staff, and the encouragement to participate in such activities as our competitions and the Master Judges program, demonstrates amazing support to our industry, and the productions of successful leaders in our industry and worthy employees, and the development of a strong career for the participants,” she said.

Hairstyling program coordinator Joe Abbruscato applauded both Collver and Weaver on their victories, which demonstrated the results of their hard work. “To be recognized as one of the best in Canada, is truly fulfilling. We do not just preach the art of competition, we are also involved and doing quite well at it,” he said. “The Niagara region has been a hot bed of competitors and at Niagara College we give them a platform to showcase their work through many creative forms both in classroom and in the competition world.”

Abbruscato also noted that staff member Marilyn Vendittelli placed among the top five in Canada in the event’s Photo Shoot Competition. Recent NC grads also performed well, including Julia Falvo who won first place in Long Hair, and Page Agostino who won second place in Professional Women’s Trend Cut and Style.

The Allied Beauty Association is Canada’s largest non-for-profit trade organization for the Canadian professional hair and nail beauty supply industry. It represents manufacturers and distributors of professional beauty products and equipment for the use in beauty salons and spas. For info about the competition visit

Niagara College offers more than 100 diploma, bachelor degree and advanced level programs at campuses in Welland, Niagara-on-the-Lake, and Niagara Falls; as well as more than 600 credit, vocational and general interest Part-Time Studies courses. Areas of specialization include food and wine sciences, advanced technology, media, applied health and community safety, supported by unique learning enterprises in food, wine, beer, horticulture and esthetics. For more information visit


Niagara College will welcome 28 students from the Niagara Catholic District School Board to its Rankin Technology Centre on Saturday, March 5 for the Professional Engineers of Ontario’s (PEO) Engineering and Design Competition.

Organized by the PEO Niagara Chapter, the competition is part of a series of activities taking place worldwide to mark National Engineering Month. As part of a challenge designed by faculty in Niagara College’s School of Technology, seven teams of four students will design and build Gantry cranes, which require a stable structure and gear and pulley systems using provided materials. The goal of the challenge is to build the crane that can lift the heaviest load without breaking. Niagara College professors have designed a testing device that will test the strength of the crane by lifting an electronic load cell.

“We’re very excited to partner with Niagara College to bring the Second Annual Design and Build Challenge to high school students,” said Lindsay Mooradian, EIT, event coordinator for PEO Niagara Chapter. “Our goal is to promote the profession to as many young people as possible and get them excited about a career engineering and technology. It is such a diverse and rewarding career of people working for people to help shape the world around us, and it is essential to the safety, health, happiness, comfort and efficiency of our friends and family. We wish all teams the best of luck in creating their gantry crane prototypes.”

Through its School of Technology, Niagara College offers engineering technician and technologist programs in computers, civil engineering, construction, electrical and electronics, mechanical, motive power, photonics, renewable energies and welding.

“We’re very excited to welcome these students to Niagara College for the Second Annual Engineering Design & Build Competition,” said Misheck Mwaba, PhD, P.Eng., Niagara College’s dean of Media, Trades and Technology. “There are tremendous opportunities in the field of engineering and this is a great opportunity for students who may be considering a career in this area to speak to our faculty, and experience our leading-edge facilities and equipment first-hand.”

Participating schools include Notre Dame College School; Saint Paul Catholic High School; Saint Michael Catholic High School; and Denis Morris Catholic High School.

“Niagara Catholic is grateful for the many organizations in our community, such as the Professional Engineers of Ontario, which provide these very enriching co-instructional opportunities for our students,” said Niagara Catholic director of education, John Crocco. “Opportunities such as these provide students with enriching experiences which enhance their in-class lessons taught by our very talented teachers. They also provide our students with the chance to make connections with individuals working in their respective fields, allowing them to learn more about the various career opportunities available to them. I’m certain that the 28 Niagara Catholic students who are participating in Saturday’s event are very grateful for the chance to learn from professionals, and to be working in a setting such as the Rankin Technology Centre at Niagara College.”

The design and build portion of the competition takes place from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in rooms TC 02 and TC 05. Testing, presentations and judging will take place from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. in rooms TC 68 and TC55.

The Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (OACETT) is also assisting in the design and build competition. OACETT is a non-profit, self-governing, professional association of over 24,000 members. OACETT is Ontario’s independent certifying body for engineering and applied science technicians and technologists and confers the designations C.Tech. (Certified Technician) and C.E.T. (Certified Engineering Technologist).

“OACETT is always looking for ways to introduce the world of engineering technology to the next generation of technicians and technologists,” said Gilles Laroche, CET, professor and coordinator of Niagara College’s Civil Engineering Technician program and the college’s OACETT liaison. “Having a group of motivated high school students wanting to be involved in this competition is great news for all involved.”

The Professional Engineers of Ontario (PEO) is the licensing body for 70,000 Professional Engineers in the province of Ontario. PEO is organized at the local level through 36 chapters across the province. These chapters are the link between the association, its members and the public. The chapters deliver educational outreach, technical, and social/sporting events to their membership. The organizer of this event is the PEO Niagara Chapter, and represents approximately 1,630 Engineers and Engineers-in-Training from the entire Region, from St. Catharines to Port Colborne, and Grimsby to Niagara Falls.

Niagara College offers more than 100 diploma, bachelor degree and advanced level programs at campuses in Welland, Niagara-on-the-Lake, and Niagara Falls; as well as more than 600 credit, vocational and general interest Part-Time Studies courses. Areas of specialization include food and wine sciences, advanced technology, media, applied health and community safety, supported by unique learning enterprises in food, wine, beer, horticulture and esthetics. For more information visit