Niagara College 2020 Victoria Day hours

While Niagara College campuses remain closed until further notice due to the evolving COVID-19 situation, some services are operating virtually, or via alternative delivery, and NC’s learning enterprises are offering curbside pickup.

What’s open on Victoria Day?

Retail store at the Wine Visitor + Education Centre: Open Monday, May 18. Curbside pickup is available daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Wine, Visitor + Education Centre for online orders of products from the Teaching Winery, Teaching Distillery and Teaching Brewery. To place an order, call 905-641-2252 ext. 4070 or visit niagaracollegewine.ca.

Here is a list of services being offered virtually, or via curbside pickup, that are closed on the Victoria Day statutory holiday but resume May 19.

Community Employment Services (43 Church St. in St. Catharines): Closed Monday. Virtual services resume on Tuesday, May 19 and are available weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit the CES website for more information.
Enrolment Services: Closed Monday. Virtual services resume on Tuesday, May 19.
NC Teaching Greenhouse: Closed Monday. Open for curbside pickup daily resuming on Tuesday, May 19. Visit the Teaching Greenhouse’s online store to place an order and learn more.
ncLibraries and Learning Commons: Virtual services will resume on Tuesday, May 19 and online resources are available 24-7 at niagaracollege.ca/library.
Student Centres and NCSAC offices: Closed Monday. Virtual services resume on Tuesday, May 19.
For a comprehensive list of services and resources available remotely or virtually to assist students during this unprecedented time, visit: Virtual Campus: Remote Services, Resources for Students. Please check this page frequently as additional services and resources will continue to be updated until campuses reopen for classes.

Transit
Reduced schedules to provide essential travel only service with some transit providers not operating on Monday, May 18. Please check with individual transit providers for adjusted schedules and closures.

Niagara Region Transit
St. Catharines Transit Commission
Welland Transit (including Port Colborne)
Niagara Falls Transit

NC to celebrate Class of 2020 with Virtual Spring Convocation Ceremonies

NC’s Class of 2020 is unlike any other in our  history and the College is planning convocation celebrations to match.

Plans are underway for NC’s first-ever Virtual Spring Convocation Ceremonies to be held during the week of June 15.  View ceremony schedule here. Graduating students will be able to mark the milestone #ncTogether with their classmates, professors and the college community, and invite their friends and families to celebrate along with them.

The live-streamed virtual ceremonies will feature many of the treasured traditional elements of the in-person convocation ceremonies. Participants will be able to hear each graduate’s name read aloud, and listen to inspiring speeches from College officials and special guest speakers. Student awards will be announced and well wishes from faculty and staff will be shared in the moment.

A custom social media experience will be incorporated into the virtual events featuring live reactions, photos and messages to connect graduating students with their classmates, professors and loved ones.

More details regarding virtual convocation will be available in the weeks ahead.

The College also plans to invite the Class of 2020 back to campus for an in-person celebration in the future, once public health circumstances allow large groups to gather safely.

Please view the video message from College president Sean Kennedy and NC Student Administrative Council president Tom Price above or click here.

Message from NC President Sean Kennedy: evolution of the COVID-19 situation

I am writing with regard to today’s COVID-19 developments, including the World Health Organization’s declaration of a pandemic, and Laurentian University’s decision to temporarily suspend classes due to a positive case in their community. While Ontario public health authorities still consider our risk to be low, I know that awareness and concern is rising, and I want to assure you that Niagara College is well positioned to respond should the situation or level of risk escalate locally.

As we have shared through regular updates and our dedicated webpage, we have been actively monitoring COVID-19 since late January, while liaising with public health authorities at all levels. We have assembled our Incident Management Team (IMT) under the leadership of senior vice president of Corporate Services Pam Skinner, and have been meeting regularly for over a month to review updates and implement recommendations and directives from public health, identify current and future risks and take college-wide action to ensure the health and safety of our students, employees and visitors.

Since the beginning of February, we have increased the number of hand-sanitizer stations college-wide, enhanced our education campaign, sharing preventative measures such as hand-washing and cough etiquette, and enhanced our cleaning services, including the use of hospital-grade disinfectant for cleaning all common areas and touchpoints on our campuses.

We have also followed the directives of Global Affairs Canada with regard to college travel, and cancelled upcoming work/study trips to countries that have been identified as being high risk.

We’ll be sharing more detailed information with regard to college contingency planning over the next few days. In the meantime, I want to emphasize the importance of following the recommendations from public health to help prevent the spread of infection:

  • Stay home if you are sick. Return when you are well;
  • Wash your hands. Use soap and water or hand sanitizer;
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or into your sleeve;
  • Avoid shaking hands and close contact with people who are sick;
  • Avoid sharing personal items and clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

For more information, including specific recommendations for travelers to impacted countries, and resources from public health, please visit our dedicated COVID-19 webpage at https://www.niagaracollege.ca/healthservices/coronavirus/.

 

 

College hours and operations during mid-term break

Please note the following hours for College operations during the mid-term break, February 24 to 28:

Reduced transit schedules will be in effect for mid-term break. Visit yourncsac.ca/transitschedules

NCSAC Offices will be open regular hours.

Rise and Shine breakfast program will not be operating during the mid-term break.

The Undergrounds at the NOTL Campus and The Shack at the Welland Campus will be open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Core at the Welland Campus and The Armoury at the NOTL Campus will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Cafeteria hours will be adjusted during the mid-term break:

  • Welland Campus dining hall will be open 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Tim Hortons Welland Campus (Secord) will be open 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (breakfast program open)
  • Pizza Pizza will be open 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Nourish/On the Go will be open 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Chef Inspired will be open 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Market Grill will be open 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Subway Welland Campus will be open 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Tim Hortons AHI will be closed.
  • Tech Building Café will be closed.
  • NOTL Campus dining hall will be closed.
  • Tim Hortons NOTL Campus will be open 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (breakfast program all day)
  • Subway NOTL Campus will be open 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

NC Libraries will be open regular hours on the weekends before, after and during the mid-term break.

Bookstores will be open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. They are closed for inventory at both campuses on February 25.

In Student Services, Health Wellness and Accessibility Services will be open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Test centres will be open Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Centre for Student Engagement, Career Services and Academic Advising offices will be open regular hours during the mid-term break, 8:30 a.m. to 4: 30 p.m.

Enrolment Services will be open regular hours at both campuses, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Tuesday’s from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

NC International (Welland and NOTL campuses) will be open regular hours, Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

NC Athletics (Welland and NOTL campuses) will be open regular hours Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. It will be closed Saturday and Sunday (weekends before and after). Fitness classes are cancelled during mid-term break. The regular fitness class schedule will resume on March 2.

NC Winery and Brewery retail stores (NOTL Campus) will be open regular hours, Sunday to Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Bench To Go (NOTL Campus) will be open from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The NC Greenhouse will be open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Niagara College Community Employment Services, located at 43 Church Street in St. Catharines will maintain regular hours.

NC’s McGovern and Jones win Gold at OCAA curling championships

The Niagara College Knights mixed doubles curling team of McKenna McGovern and Benjamin Jones struck gold at the 2020 Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA) curling championships.

McGovern and Jones finished the tournament with a perfect record after sweeping away their round-robin opponents to a 9-0 record to finish first and head to the semi-final.

It was a bitter-sweet semi-final win, as McGovern and Jones were matched up with Niagara’s second mixed doubles team of Chloe Johnstone and Adam Rolson. In what started as a close draw, eventually McGovern/Jones blew open the contest and went on to advance to the gold medal final with a 8-2 win over Johnstone/Rolson.

Johnston/Rolson went on to the bronze final, where they fell to Humber-2 to finish fourth overall in mixed doubles play. 

McGovern and Jones faced Humber College’s Team One, in what was there tightest draw of the tournament. After remaining tied through the first eight ends, The Knights and Hawks needed extra ends to decide a winner. McGovern and Jones added three in the extra ends to capture the college’s first gold medal in mixed doubles competition.

McGovern was also named the tournament’s female MVP for her play at the provincial championships this weekend.

NC’s McGovern and Jones win Gold at OCAA curling championships

The Niagara College Knights mixed doubles curling team of McKenna McGovern and Benjamin Jones struck gold at the 2020 Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA) curling championships.

McGovern and Jones finished the tournament with a perfect record after sweeping away their round-robin opponents to a 9-0 record to finish first and head to the semi-final.

It was a bitter-sweet semi-final win, as McGovern and Jones were matched up with Niagara’s second mixed doubles team of Chloe Johnstone and Adam Rolson. In what started as a close draw, eventually McGovern/Jones blew open the contest and went on to advance to the gold medal final with a 8-2 win over Johnstone/Rolson.

Johnston/Rolson went on to the bronze final, where they fell to Humber-2 to finish fourth overall in mixed doubles play. 

McGovern and Jones faced Humber College’s Team One, in what was there tightest draw of the tournament. After remaining tied through the first eight ends, The Knights and Hawks needed extra ends to decide a winner. McGovern and Jones added three in the extra ends to capture the college’s first gold medal in mixed doubles competition.

McGovern was also named the tournament’s female MVP for her play at the provincial championships this weekend.

Community celebration highlights career and accomplishments of Niagara College president Dan Patterson

On the evening of November 22, over 600 members of the Niagara community packed Partridge Hall at the FirstOntario Performing Arts centre to celebrate the legacy of Niagara College president Dan Patterson and reflect on his accomplishments at a special event hosted by the Niagara College Board of Governors. In May 2019, Patterson announced he would conclude his tenure as president after a 25-year career at the College.

In a surprise presentation, the Niagara College Board of Governors announced that the College’s Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus would be proclaimed the Daniel J. Patterson Campus, in recognition of Patterson’s outstanding contributions to the College – which includes the campus’s evolution into one of Canada’s most unique learning environments.

The evening began with an Indigenous welcome by elder Gary Parker and a rousing performance by Chorus Niagara, which led into the first of three themes for the evening – the unrelenting passion and energy Patterson has shown throughout his career. Dr. Bonnie Rose, a former vice president academic at Niagara College and at Niagara University, in Lewiston, NY, and a former member of the college’s Board of Governors, reflected on Patterson’s passion for student success, which has been a prime motivating factor in the college’s transformation into one of Canada’s leading post-secondary institutions.

“Dan’s DNA is always intertwined with that of the college,” said Rose. “He is passionate, trailblazing and welcome. A visionary and exuberant risk-taker, with the discipline and drive to make dreams come true.”

Niagara College’s Student Administrative Council demonstrated in powerful form the lasting impact Patterson’s student-focused approach has had on Niagara College students through the years, as NC alumni from every year of Patterson’s tenure – from 1995 to 2019 – joined together on stage to thank ‘Dr. Dan’ for the many years of support he’s given to students across the College.

The second portion of the evening drew attention to the strong relationships Patterson has built and fostered within the Niagara community and beyond. Linda Franklin, president and CEO of Colleges Ontario, spoke about Patterson’s legacy of advocating for Ontario college system.

Patterson also received several honours that reflected the immense impact his career has had on the economic and social fabric of the Niagara community. St. Catharines mayor Walter Sendzik presented Patterson with the key to the City of St. Catharines, while Niagara-on-the-Lake Lord Mayor Betty Disero, Niagara Falls Mayor Jim Diodati and Welland Deputy Mayor Adam Moote each declared November 22 as Dan Patterson Day in their respective communities.

“The key to the city is presented to individuals who have made outstanding contributions and I can think of no leader more deserving than Dr. Dan Patterson,” stated Mayor Sendzik. “Dan has been a passionate and energetic champion of Niagara. Through his infectious energy and passion, Dan has inspired generations of students, entrepreneurs and local leaders to pursue their dreams. He has left an indelible mark on Niagara College and our entire community. On behalf of the City of St. Catharines, congratulations on a remarkable career. We thank you for your leadership, vision and commitment to Niagara.”

Welland Deputy Mayor Adam Moote, Niagara Regional Chair Jim Bradley, Niagara College President Dan Patterson, Niagara-on-the-Lake Lord Mayor Betty Disero, St. Catharines Mayor Walter Sendzik and Niagara Falls Mayor Jim Diodati celebrate Patterson’s 25-year career and accomplishments with Niagara College. Patterson received the keys to the City of St. Catharines, while the City of Niagara Falls, the City of Welland and the Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake all proclaimed November 22, 2019 Dan Patterson Day. Patterson also received a special certificate of acknowledgement from Niagara Region.

In addition to the distinguished guests who brought greetings to the event, several others sent video greetings, including Ontario premier Doug Ford, former premiers Kathleen Wynne and Mike Harris, Lt. Governor of Ontario Elizabeth Dowdeswell, and former US ambassador to Canada Bruce Heyman, and his partner Vicki.

The final segment of the evening celebrated Patterson’s legacy as a builder, as Dr. Suzanne Johnston, retired president of the Niagara Health System and a member of the Niagara College Board of Governors spoke about Patterson’s identity as a builder of relationships, and his ability to engage with the Niagara community leaders and employers.

John F.T. Scott, Chair of Niagara College’s Board of Governors and the evening’s emcee, also shared that, in addition to the proclamation of the Daniel J. Patterson Campus, the College will establish the Dan Patterson Legacy Fund, which will provide support for bursaries, world experiences and scholarships for Niagara College students. Surplus funds from the evening will support the new fund.

“Throughout his tenure as president, Dan has not only led a significant transformation of Niagara College, but has also played a significant role in the growth and development of our community and beyond – and those contributions shone brightly in our celebrations this evening,” said Scott. “The Niagara College Board of Governors is honoured to join with Dan’s colleagues, and business and community leaders from Niagara and beyond in expressing our thanks to Dan, and recognizing his remarkable legacy.”

Following an Indigenous honour song by the Ohnia:kara Singers, Patterson’s partner Saundra, who herself has been a passionate supporter of Niagara College and its students, shared her own personal thoughts on Patterson’s career. “When Dan joined Niagara College, he did so with amazing enthusiasm. He had truly found what wanted to do in life. With his dedicated leadership and that of the others who worked with him, Niagara College is what it is today.”

In his address to the crowd, Patterson shared the remarkable career path that led him through several positions within the federal government, culminating in his leading the training branch. It was through that experience that he grew to understand the power of a college education, leading him to Niagara College.

In his remarks, Patterson expressed gratitude for the evening’s tributes, and looked back at his fondest memories from his 25-year tenure.

“My fondest memories and points of pride were all captured here tonight,” said Patterson. “I always felt it was a privilege to lead Niagara College, and I never took it for granted.”

Patterson also shared what his life might look like post-Niagara College. “Saundra and I intend to stay in Niagara.  It’s our home and to help in any way we can to ensure Niagara continues to be a special place for all of us,” said Patterson. “I’m sure I will continue to find fulfilling professional involvement in post-secondary education.” Patterson was recently appointed as chair of the Ontario Centres of Excellence, and also serves on the Board for Colleges and Institutes Canada – a national advocacy group committed to promoting the important role colleges play to support economic development.

A video recording of the entire event can be found here.

Dan Patterson, Ph.D, has been president of Niagara College since 1995. Under his leadership, enrolment has grown from 4,500 to over 11,000 full-time students in over 130 programs. Patterson has presided over significant changes to the College’s two pioneering campuses, and the introduction of unique academic programs geared toward the workforce needs of the Niagara economy that have made Niagara College one of Canada’s most innovative post-secondary institutions.

Niagara College offers more than 130 diploma, bachelor degree and advanced level programs; 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, distilling, horticulture and esthetics. For more information visit niagaracollege.ca.

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Niagara College’s federally funding Greenhouse Technology Network to make waves in Ontario’s greenhouse sector

A new network for research and technology in Southern Ontario’s greenhouse sector is about to blossom, thanks to $5 million in new FedDev Ontario funding that will allow Niagara College to create an innovative Greenhouse Technology Network.

On September 3, St. Catharines MP Chris Bittle and Niagara Centre MP Vance Badawey announced the project at Niagara College’s Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus, where the network will be anchored. The ground-breaking new initiative will bring together research institutions, greenhouse growers and technology providers to accelerate the development, commercialization and adoption of new technologies that will ultimately increase the competitiveness of the greenhouse industry.

The network will accomplish this by conducting collaborative projects, where industry partners will work side-by-side with faculty, scientists, graduates and students from the University of Guelph, Vineland Research & Innovation Centre, and Niagara College, to develop technology solutions to address industry challenges, and to share those findings.

A new, modern greenhouse will also be raised at Niagara College, equipped with sustainable technologies that will serve as pilot projects for greenhouse industry partners. Technology industry partners will also make use of the greenhouse to develop new products, processes and services for the greenhouse industry. These new products from Ontario companies will enable better use of energy and water in greenhouses, and establish the Internet of Things and Industry 4.0 principles that will be crucial for industry in Ontario and beyond.

“Niagara College is thankful that the government has so enthusiastically supported our project to create a new Greenhouse Technology Network in Southern Ontario,” said Niagara College president Dan Patterson, PhD. “This ground-breaking new initiative will combine our longstanding tradition of excellence and leadership in the horticultural and agri-business sectors with our experience in conducting world-class applied research to further encourage innovation and develop new technologies in this rapidly evolving field.”

Niagara College has a long history and deep experience in engaging academic, research and industry partners in various proven models, including the highly successful Southern Ontario Network for Advanced Manufacturing Innovation (SONAMI), which serves as the model for the Greenhouse Technologies Network. The Network will help stimulate the economy in Niagara, and across Southern Ontario, and is forecast to support over 130 businesses and organizations in projects that could create over 200 new jobs.

“This investment by FedDev will mean a lot to our greenhouse and technology industries in Southern Ontario, but also to students who will be able to participate in applied research projects, putting into practice what they have learnt in the classroom, in collaboration with industry partners” said Marc Nantel, NC’s vice-president, Research, Innovation and Strategic Initiatives. “The Greenhouse Technology Network will transform these students into industry leaders, and unlock new job opportunities, as well as a greener future.”

“This project will create a more diverse economy for Niagara, boosting our strong agri-business and digital media sectors, while adding good jobs for the region we call home,” said MP Badawey. “Our region continues to join forces and collaborate with our post-secondary institutions to keep jobs and opportunities local,” added MP Bittle.

on Sept. 3, Member of Parliament for Niagara Centre Vance Badawey, joined MP for St. Catharines Chris Bittle and other politicians and dignitaries to announce $5 million in FedDev Ontario funding for Niagara College to create a new Greenhouse Technology, anchored at the trailblazing NOTL campus.

ABOUT RESEARCH & INNOVATION

Celebrating 20 years of research excellence, Niagara College’s Research & Innovation Division provides real-world solutions for business, key industry sectors and the community through applied research and knowledge transfer activities. They conduct projects that provide innovative solutions, such as producing and testing prototypes, evaluating new technologies, and developing new or improved products or processes for small- and medium-sized businesses. With funding support from various regional, provincial and federal agencies, students and graduates are hired to work alongside faculty researchers to assist industry partners leap forward in the marketplace. For more information, visit ncinnovation.ca

Niagara College offers more than 130 diploma, bachelor degree and advanced level programs; 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, distilling, horticulture and esthetics. For more information visit niagaracollege.ca.

 

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Niagara College agrees to purchase Niagara Corporate Business Centre

As its campus spaces continue to grow and evolve, Niagara College has agreed to purchase the Niagara Corporate Business Centre (NCBC) in Niagara-on-the-Lake from Trivieri Investments Limited and is scheduled to assume ownership of the property on August 23.

Located on Glendale Avenue East in the Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, the 33-acre property, which includes a three-story office building, is adjacent to Niagara College’s Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus, and is already home to Niagara College offices that were previously leased from Trivieri Investments Limited. “With its size and location right next door to our Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus, the Niagara Corporate Business Centre property provides long-term flexibility and room for expansion,” said Niagara College president Dan Patterson. “As we look to the future, this acquisition will help ensure the College’s ability to accommodate the needs of our growing community, and remain among the most innovative and unique learning environments in Canada.”

The NCBC is currently home to 18 businesses and agencies as well as some Niagara College administrative offices. Current building operations at the property will continue unchanged. Niagara College will work with Niagara Region and the Town-of-Niagara-on-the-Lake to explore options for the property under the Glendale District Planning process.

Niagara College offers more than 130 diploma, bachelor degree and advanced level programs 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, distilling, horticulture and esthetics. For more information visit niagaracollege.ca

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Media inquiries, please contact:

Andrew Korchok

Communications Consultant

Niagara College

Office: 905 641-2252 ext. 7430

Cell: 905 329-1642

[email protected]