Alumnus-owned business Commercial Cleaning Services kicks off NC’s #GivingTuesday campaign with $5,000 gift

A long-time Niagara College contractor has come forward to kickstart the College’s inaugural Giving Tuesday campaign.

#GivingTuesday, known as the “Opening day of the giving season,” is a global movement for giving and volunteering, taking place each year after Black Friday.

St. Catharines-based janitorial company Commercial Cleaning Services has contributed a lead gift of $5,000 to kickstart NC’s Giving Tuesday campaign, which will run from December 1 to 18 in support of our Nourishing Minds Fund.

The Nourishing Minds program, offered by the Niagara College Student Administrative Council (NCSAC), provides emergency electronic grocery cards in $25 or $50 denominations to students struggling with food security.
Commercial Cleaning Services, which provides high-quality janitorial programs to clients in the public and private sector since 1953, has a multi-faceted relationship with NC. In addition to being NC’s cleaning services contractor, Commercial Cleaning Services is a generous donor to the College, having donated in support of the Canadian Food and Wine Institute, scholarships and bursaries, the Seafood Gala, Golf Classic, and most recently, the Dan Patterson Legacy Campaign.

Perhaps what makes this company’s support even more meaningful is that its president, Chris Draayer, is an NC alumnus. After graduating from NC’s Construction Engineering program in 1994, Draayer worked in the industry for a short time before joining his father-in-law’s janitorial business.

To the benefit of NC’s students, Draayer’s connection to his alma mater continues. The company’s most recent donation of $5,000 provides a welcome boost to the College’s Giving Tuesday campaign which launches on December 1 in support of Nourishing Minds.

“Commercial Cleaning is very happy to participate in the kick-off of the inaugural Giving Tuesday campaign in support of the Nourishing Minds program. On behalf of myself and several other members of our team at Commercial Cleaning who are Niagara College alumni, we welcomed this opportunity to directly assist students through this great program and help them to focus and have a successful school year during the stressful times associated with the COVID-19 pandemic,” says Draayer.

Draayer’s decision to support Nourishing Minds through the College’s Giving Tuesday campaign was swift after hearing how the emergency grocery card program’s resources remain critically low after a spike in demand in spring 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Between March and September 2020, NCSAC distributed nearly 2,800 electronic grocery cards in $50 denominations through the Nourishing Minds program to students experiencing food insecurity. That is ten times the number of grocery cards distributed in a typical year.

Support from Niagara College, the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund, and community donors generated essential funding to support students over the summer months. Now, the Development and Alumni Relations team is harnessing the giving power of #GivingTuesday to ensure students experiencing food insecurity continue to have access to the emergency grocery card program.

Donations to NC’s Giving Tuesday campaign are being accepted through our dedicated crowdfunding page Nourish a Mind. Feed a Future, beginning December 1.

Submitted by Development and Alumni Relations

NC to celebrate Fall 2020 grads with Virtual Convocation on October 30

More than1,000 students are expected to complete their extraordinary academic journey this fall – during what has been a year like no other – and Niagara College is planning a convocation to match.

Following the resounding success of Virtual Spring Convocation in June and continued restrictions on public gatherings due to COVID-19, the College will celebrate its Fall 2020 graduates with Virtual Fall Convocation on October 30.

Two ceremonies will be livestreamed from the Welland Campus – a morning ceremony at 10 a.m. and an afternoon ceremony at 2 p.m. The ceremonies will feature the treasured traditions of a typical NC convocation, combined with modern, interactive, digital elements to bring viewers #NCTogether in real time.

As graduates and their families watch the live formal ceremonies from the comfort of their homes, they will hear inspiring speeches from College officials and a special guest speaker (to be announced). They can cheer for their graduate as each name is called out, one by one, and will appear on screen.

As they view their ceremony, graduates can connect with their classmates and faculty through program Zoom parties. Select clips from the Zoom parties will be incorporated into the convocation livestream, enabling graduates to make an on-screen appearance during their ceremony for a virtual ‘crossing of the stage.’

The pomp and circumstance will be punctuated by a custom social media experience with photos, video well wishes and posted messages infused into the live events by using the NC convocation hashtag #NCGrad2020.

Through Virtual Convocation, the College continues its custom of celebrating this important academic milestone for graduates and their families in a safe and meaningful way, before they embark on the next chapter of their lives. 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 for large groups to gather safely.

Graduating students are encouraged to watch out for details regarding virtual convocation during the weeks ahead.

The planning team will reach out to staff and faculty with information on how to submit well wishes to graduates that will be shared during the live ceremonies.

Visit niagaracollege.ca/virtualconvocation for updates.

Nourishing Minds Fund, Rec Therapy program receive welcome boost

Niagara College has received two grants totaling $105,000 through the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF). The fund, administered in collaboration with the United Way Centraide Canada, Community Foundations of Canada and the Canadian Red Cross, provides financial support to charities and other qualified organizations adapting their frontline services to support vulnerable Canadians during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The grants are a welcome boost in support of NC students experiencing food insecurities and for the College’s Recreation Therapy program that is committed to positively impacting seniors living in Niagara’s long-term care homes.

Stocking up NCSAC’s Nourishing Minds Grocery Card Program

The Niagara Community Foundation has generously awarded a $50,000 ECSF grant to the Nourishing Minds Grocery Card Program at NC to provide vital support to students facing food insecurities due to COVID-19. The program, which is run by NC’s Student Administrative Council (NCSAC), provides students in need with $50 electronic grocery cards to assist with the cost of groceries and other necessities.

Prior to COVID-19, students experiencing food insecurities were referred to Nourishing Minds by the College’s counselling services or financial aid. In response to an increased need during the pandemic, NCSAC moved its grocery card application process online to help students quickly, safely, and discreetly. Emergency funding was initially provided through community donations and a transfer of college operational funds, and since mid-March, more than 2726 grocery cards have been distributed to students.

“Through the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF), the Niagara Community Foundation is proud to deploy these vital funds to our partners at Niagara College for their Nourishing Minds Grocery Card Program,” said Bryan Rose, executive director, Niagara Community Foundation. “We are all keenly aware of the negative impact that COVID-19 has had on all members of our community. Balancing tuition payments and basic necessities like rent, groceries and transportation is difficult for so many in ‘normal’ times, let alone during a pandemic. These funds will go a long way in ensuring that Niagara College students have the resources they need to keep moving forward with their education while knowing they have some help to put food on their tables.”

In addition to the ECSF grant, TD Insurance, the College’s alumni affinity partner, has generously donated $10,000 in support of the Nourishing Minds Grocery Card Program by redirecting funds that would have been earmarked for event sponsorship supporting NC.

Thanks to the recent contributions, NCSAC will be able to continue the program to provide students with grocery cards on an emergency basis, and to further the program throughout the coming year.

“The grant received through the support of the Government of Canada and the Niagara Community Foundation and the generous donation from TD Insurance, highlights the commitment our community partners have towards student well-being at Niagara College,” said Tom Price, NCSAC president. “The combined contributions will ensure the viability of the NCSAC Grocery Card initiative, allowing us to continue tackling food insecurity during these challenging times. To date, the extraordinary relationship between NCSAC, Niagara College, and our community partners has seen substantial funds redirected to the Nourishing Minds Fund since March 18, 2020.”

Support for Recreation Therapy program a win-win for students and long-term care residents

NC’s Recreation Therapy program has also received funding for its efforts in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The United Way of Niagara has generously awarded NC with a $55,000 ECSF grant that will help cover the cost of materials for a project aimed at combating isolation and loneliness in long-term care homes.

The project will engage second-year Recreation Therapy students who will provide comfort and companionship to residents living in Niagara’s long-term care homes. Students will connect virtually with residents through one-on-one meaningful interactions to provide stimulating therapeutic activities, and cognitively and socially stimulating programs. The individualized programming works to reduce the boredom, loneliness and isolation being experienced by the residents who have been separated from their loved ones due to COVID-19 restrictions.

“Since our in-home programming had to stop as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, this grant allows us to continue offering vital programming to residents in ways that meet public health requirements and keeps residents engaged and healthy,” said Carol Phillips, associate dean, School of Community Services. “Through the project, our students will gain an applied learning experience while supporting long-term care residents who will benefit from the connections and customized activities being provided. It’s a win-win for everyone involved.”

Residents from the Niagara Regional Housing site in St. Catharines participate in the Cyber Seniors program with NC rec therapy students in August 2019 when the program was delivered face-to-face.

Students, who are trained Cyber Senior facilitators, will teach residents how to use iPads and facilitate activities that are created specifically for individual residents’ needs, abilities, and interests. Examples include asking “All About Me” questions to develop their life histories and writing letters and emails as part of a Pen Pal project or to send to family and friends.

Through their DementiAbility Methods training, students will also provide Montessori-inspired activities created specifically to provide stimulation and joy to those with dementia. Examples include asking residents to reach into a bag of knitting and sewing materials to guess the items or playing instrumental music and asking residents to guess what type of instrument was played.

Each student will interact with approximately eight residents per week during their 14-week academic term and it is anticipated that over 5,600 meaningful interactions will be provided over the course of the project.

“Supporting the well-being of seniors in long-term care homes through this pandemic is such an important issue in Niagara,” said Frances Hallworth, executive director, United Way of Niagara. “Companionship is a major contributing factor to our overall health, and seeing our loved ones in long-term care homes suffering from the effects of isolation has been difficult for everyone. United Way is pleased to be able to grant $55,000 to Niagara College’s Recreation and Therapy program in support of its ‘combating isolation and loneliness for seniors’ project thanks to the Emergency Community Support Fund.”

“We’re very grateful to the Government of Canada and our valued community partners for assisting students in need and supporting the great work of our Recreation Therapy program and our Student Administrative Council,” said Niagara College president Sean Kennedy. “This generous funding helps our passionate and dedicated faculty, staff and students respond to challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic has presented for our community.”

Nourishing Minds Fund, Rec Therapy program receive welcome boost

Niagara College has received two grants totaling $105,000 through the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF). The fund, administered in collaboration with the United Way Centraide Canada, Community Foundations of Canada and the Canadian Red Cross, provides financial support to charities and other qualified organizations adapting their frontline services to support vulnerable Canadians during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The grants are a welcome boost in support of NC students experiencing food insecurities and for the College’s Recreation Therapy program that is committed to positively impacting seniors living in Niagara’s long-term care homes.

Stocking up NCSAC’s Nourishing Minds Grocery Card Program

The Niagara Community Foundation has generously awarded a $50,000 ECSF grant to the Nourishing Minds Grocery Card Program at NC to provide vital support to students facing food insecurities due to COVID-19. The program, which is run by NC’s Student Administrative Council (NCSAC), provides students in need with $50 electronic grocery cards to assist with the cost of groceries and other necessities.

Prior to COVID-19, students experiencing food insecurities were referred to Nourishing Minds by the College’s counselling services or financial aid. In response to an increased need during the pandemic, NCSAC moved its grocery card application process online to help students quickly, safely, and discreetly. Emergency funding was initially provided through community donations and a transfer of college operational funds, and since mid-March, more than 2726 grocery cards have been distributed to students.

“Through the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF), the Niagara Community Foundation is proud to deploy these vital funds to our partners at Niagara College for their Nourishing Minds Grocery Card Program,” said Bryan Rose, executive director, Niagara Community Foundation. “We are all keenly aware of the negative impact that COVID-19 has had on all members of our community. Balancing tuition payments and basic necessities like rent, groceries and transportation is difficult for so many in ‘normal’ times, let alone during a pandemic. These funds will go a long way in ensuring that Niagara College students have the resources they need to keep moving forward with their education while knowing they have some help to put food on their tables.”

In addition to the ECSF grant, TD Insurance, the College’s alumni affinity partner, has generously donated $10,000 in support of the Nourishing Minds Grocery Card Program by redirecting funds that would have been earmarked for event sponsorship supporting NC.

Thanks to the recent contributions, NCSAC will be able to continue the program to provide students with grocery cards on an emergency basis, and to further the program throughout the coming year.

“The grant received through the support of the Government of Canada and the Niagara Community Foundation and the generous donation from TD Insurance, highlights the commitment our community partners have towards student well-being at Niagara College,” said Tom Price, NCSAC president. “The combined contributions will ensure the viability of the NCSAC Grocery Card initiative, allowing us to continue tackling food insecurity during these challenging times. To date, the extraordinary relationship between NCSAC, Niagara College, and our community partners has seen substantial funds redirected to the Nourishing Minds Fund since March 18, 2020.”

Support for Recreation Therapy program a win-win for students and long-term care residents

NC’s Recreation Therapy program has also received funding for its efforts in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The United Way of Niagara has generously awarded NC with a $55,000 ECSF grant that will help cover the cost of materials for a project aimed at combating isolation and loneliness in long-term care homes.

The project will engage second-year Recreation Therapy students who will provide comfort and companionship to residents living in Niagara’s long-term care homes. Students will connect virtually with residents through one-on-one meaningful interactions to provide stimulating therapeutic activities, and cognitively and socially stimulating programs. The individualized programming works to reduce the boredom, loneliness and isolation being experienced by the residents who have been separated from their loved ones due to COVID-19 restrictions.

“Since our in-home programming had to stop as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, this grant allows us to continue offering vital programming to residents in ways that meet public health requirements and keeps residents engaged and healthy,” said Carol Phillips, associate dean, School of Community Services. “Through the project, our students will gain an applied learning experience while supporting long-term care residents who will benefit from the connections and customized activities being provided. It’s a win-win for everyone involved.”

Residents from the Niagara Regional Housing site in St. Catharines participate in the Cyber Seniors program with NC rec therapy students in August 2019 when the program was delivered face-to-face.

Students, who are trained Cyber Senior facilitators, will teach residents how to use iPads and facilitate activities that are created specifically for individual residents’ needs, abilities, and interests. Examples include asking “All About Me” questions to develop their life histories and writing letters and emails as part of a Pen Pal project or to send to family and friends.

Through their DementiAbility Methods training, students will also provide Montessori-inspired activities created specifically to provide stimulation and joy to those with dementia. Examples include asking residents to reach into a bag of knitting and sewing materials to guess the items or playing instrumental music and asking residents to guess what type of instrument was played.

Each student will interact with approximately eight residents per week during their 14-week academic term and it is anticipated that over 5,600 meaningful interactions will be provided over the course of the project.

“Supporting the well-being of seniors in long-term care homes through this pandemic is such an important issue in Niagara,” said Frances Hallworth, executive director, United Way of Niagara. “Companionship is a major contributing factor to our overall health, and seeing our loved ones in long-term care homes suffering from the effects of isolation has been difficult for everyone. United Way is pleased to be able to grant $55,000 to Niagara College’s Recreation and Therapy program in support of its ‘combating isolation and loneliness for seniors’ project thanks to the Emergency Community Support Fund.”

“We’re very grateful to the Government of Canada and our valued community partners for assisting students in need and supporting the great work of our Recreation Therapy program and our Student Administrative Council,” said Niagara College president Sean Kennedy. “This generous funding helps our passionate and dedicated faculty, staff and students respond to challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic has presented for our community.”

Health and safety in the spotlight as NC kicks off Fall 2020 term

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From health screenings and facemasks, to online learning and virtual events – it’s all part of the ‘new normal’ at Niagara College as it embarks on an academic year unlike any other.

Classes for Fall 2020 term will begin on September 9, with a new hybrid academic model in place along with extensive safety measures to help protect the College community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As part of the hybrid academic model, about half of all students will be studying 100 percent remotely, while half will be studying online with limited on-campus classes or labs – where it is a required component of the program, and it can be delivered safely. This is expected to bring more than 4,500 students to NC’s Welland and Niagara-on-the-Lake campuses throughout the term, with staggered schedules to limit numbers at any given time and location.

“We are looking forward to welcoming our students and employees to a new academic year, whether they will be joining us remotely or on campus for a portion of their studies,” said NC president Sean Kennedy. “While we’ve adapted our college operations to the new realities of COVID-19, with health and safety as our highest priority, what hasn’t changed is the welcoming spirit of our College community, and our steadfast commitment to academic quality, and student success.”

Campus access and safety measures

For students and employees who will be on campus, the College has rolled out new campus access procedures and extensive on-campus safety measures – created in consultation with public health officials – to help provide a safe and healthy learning environment and workplace.

Only students with scheduled in-person classes or labs, or employees with pre-approval, will be permitted on campus. In addition to a mandatory one-time safety orientation, students and employees must complete and pass daily health screenings prior to arriving on campus, which will enable them to tap in for approved entry at designated campus access points.

Once on campus, non-medical facemasks are required in hallways and other common spaces, or whenever physical distancing of two meters isn’t possible. The College will distribute two facemasks to students and employees who will be on campus, and is providing training on how to safely wear and care for the masks.

Classrooms and labs have been reconfigured where needed, and signs and floor markers have been installed across NC campuses to promote physical distancing. Campuses are well-equipped with hand sanitizing stations, and disinfectant in labs for regular cleaning, while enhanced cleaning measures have been put in place.

Common areas where students would typically congregate remain closed, while most services, events and activities have shifted to a virtual format.

The latest information for students, employees and visitors is available on the College’s recently redesigned COVID-19 website.

Virtual Orientation

Whether their studies will be online or on-campus, a warm virtual welcome has been planned for new and returning students.

NC’s Student Administration Council, and Centre for Student Engagement and Leadership have unveiled a completely virtual Fall Orientation, which began in early August and will continue into October. The events and activities aim to help prepare students for college life, connect with one another and the College community, learn about their programs and student services, explore hybrid or online learning strategies, and gain essential info about COVID-19 safety protocols.

On Orientation Day September 8, students will receive a welcome from the College president; and have an opportunity to participate in program and co-op information sessions. Activities during the first week of Fall term continue with a virtual scavenger hunt (September 9 and 10), an e-sports tournament (September 8-11), live karaoke (September 9), Q&As with The Library (Sept. 9, 10) and more.

NC Student Administrative Council president Tom Price noted that NCSAC has been working closely with the College to provide the best possible student experience for students this fall.

“Student success is the result of the uniquely special partnership between NCSAC and Niagara College as we adjust to a very different start of the school year,” said Price. “Whether it is from student venues on campus, or their couch at home, we have adapted. NCSAC has been working in constant tandem with the College in these endeavors, from Instagram Live engagement, Orientation Week participation, to funding reallocation in support of our Nourishing Minds grocery gift card program for students.”

For details about Fall Orientation visit orientation.niagaracollege.ca and yourncsac.ca/yourevents.

 

Pictured above: Niagara College president Sean Kennedy prepares to welcome students and employees for Fall 2020 term. Standing in front of the Welland Campus main entrance, he holds up facemask kits that will be distributed to those returning to NC campuses in September.

 

Niagara College offers more than 150 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, spirits, horticulture and esthetics. For more information visit niagaracollege.ca.

 

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Yappy Hour delivers a barking good time for NC’s canine enthusiasts

Finding comfort in the middle of a global pandemic looks different for everyone.

While some have turned to activities like baking, yoga or binge watching a favourite show, others have relied on the unconditional love and companionship provided by their furry friends, especially at a time when human-to-human interaction is limited.

This was apparent in the latest webinar from NC Development and Alumni Relations dubbed ‘Yappy
Hour.’ Co-hosted with Community Employment Services (CES), the August 12 live Zoom event provided an opportunity for NC alumni and staff, along with their four-legged companions, to socialize virtually and discuss all things dog-related. Professional dog trainer Celine Loguasto, who operates Celine’s K9 Training from her property in Niagara-on-the-Lake, joined the conversation.

Celine Loguasto

Celine Loguasto, Master Trainer and owner of Celine’s K9 Training.

“We did trivia during our last connecting-themed webinar and this time we wanted to do something fun with pets in mind,” said NC’s alumni engagement officer Jana Boniferro, whose family unit consists of Basha, an eight year old German Shepherd, and Charlie, a six year old King Cavalier Spaniel. “We’re busy taking care of our families, but we also have our fur babies too, so it’s great to get some valuable advice from someone who has been working with canines for over 25 years.”

Loguasto did just that, offering training tips and alleviating the participants’ concerns about new habits and behaviours picked up by the pups with changing household routines during the pandemic.

With new work-from-home situations, many participants have been spending more time with their dogs and have noticed patterns of attachment and separation anxiety.

Jennifer Gammon has experienced this with her 10-year-old Cockapoo Murphy. Although she began working from home long before COVID-19, she says Murphy has struggled with separation anxiety ever since and never leaves her side when they are together – she doesn’t mind the company from her trusted sidekick, though.

For those concerned about how their dogs will react when they return to work outside of the home, Loguasto put their worries at ease. She assured the group that their pups will likely go back to the routine they had before, especially older or trained ones.

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Michele and Gwinney

Michele O’Keefe, NC’s associate director of athletics and recreation, plans to sign her six month old Shih Tzu Gwinney up for training with Loguasto. She welcomed Gwinney into her home in April for companionship and found the webinar helpful.

“I’m very new to the world of puppies and to hear from an expert like Celine as well as other dog owners made me feel better with some of the decisions I’ve made with my pup so far,” said O’Keefe. “Gwinney has been a great addition to my life and helps me get out of my head. She seems to be a happy puppy with a fun personality.”

Madison Garratt, who works at CES, has managed to find the “pawsitives” in the current situation. She has enjoyed spending more time with her two year old German Shepherd Ginny and creating special memories together. “I live near the Falls, so we’ve had a few fun photo shoots when there was literally no one there a few months ago,” she said.

It’s clear that for this group of canine enthusiasts getting through the dog days of summer, and the COVID-19 pandemic, is more tolerable with the presence of a furry friend.

“This pandemic is very serious, but if we can find silver linings in it, it’ll make it easier for all of us,” said Boniferro. “We know our fur babies are a breath of fresh air and so comforting to us, so it was nice to talk doggies for over 90 minutes!”

Development and Alumni Relations’ webinar series focuses on the three pillars of wellness, learning and connecting.

For information on upcoming offerings in the series, held bi-weekly on Wednesdays, visit NC’s alumni Facebook page here.

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Niagara College 2020 Civic Holiday hours

While there is limited activity and restricted access to campuses at this time, due to measures related to COVID-19, Niagara College is offering many services virtually, or via alternative delivery, and NC’s learning enterprises are either open or offering curbside pickup.

Below is a list of what will be open or closed for the Civic holiday on Monday, August 3.

Wine Visitor + Education Centre: Retail store and patio will be open August 3. Tasting, shopping, patio drinks and snack service is available daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Products include NC wine, beer, cider and spirits. For curbside pickup, local delivery and shipping across Ontario, please call 905-641-2252 ext. 4070 or visit niagaracollegewine.ca.

Community Employment Services: (43 Church St. in St. Catharines): Closed August 3. Virtual services resume on Tuesday, August 4 and are available weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. In addition, the CES office is now open for in-person visits Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. by appointment. Visit the CES website for more information.

Enrolment Services:
Closed August 3. Students may continue to submit requests online via email and student portal, which will be reviewed in priority sequence when Enrolment Services reopens on Tuesday, August 4.

NC Teaching Greenhouse:
Closed August 3. Open for curbside pickup only resuming Tuesday, August 4. Visit the Teaching Greenhouse’s online store to place an order and learn more.

ncLibraries and Learning Commons:
Student support, academic drop-ins and peer tutoring services will be closed on August 3. Virtual services will resume on Tuesday, August 4 and online resources are available 24-7 at niagaracollege.ca/library.

Student centres and NCSAC offices:
Closed August 3. Virtual services resume on Tuesday, August 4.

For a comprehensive list of services and resources available to assist students, visit:
Virtual Campus: Remote Services, Resources for Students

Transit

Please check with individual transit providers for the most up-to-date information and schedules.

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

Important note: The student U-Pass has been suspended for the Spring and Fall term during COVID-19. All student riders are required to pay the adult fare as of July 1, 2020. Monthly passes are available for purchase at the Welland, St. Catharines and Niagara Falls terminals and some transit providers offer a mobile Transit App.

For fare information and the latest updates, visit the transit websites listed above.

Visit yourncsac.ca/yourtransit for more information and Frequently Asked Questions related to student transit.

Niagara College 2020 Canada Day hours

While there is limited activity and restricted access to campuses at this time, due to measures related to COVID-19, Niagara College is offering many services virtually, or via alternative delivery, and NC’s learning enterprises are either open or offering curbside pickup.

Below is a list of what will be open or closed for the Canada Day holiday on Wednesday, July 1.

Wine Visitor + Education Centre: Retail store and patio will be open July 1. Tasting, shopping, patio drinks and snack service is now available daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Products include NC wine, beer, cider and spirits. For curbside pickup, local delivery and shipping across Ontario, please call 905-641-2252 ext. 4070 or visit niagaracollegewine.ca.

Employment Services: (43 Church St. in St. Catharines): Closed July 1. Virtual services resume on July 2 and are available weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit the CES website for more information.

Enrolment Services: Closed July 1. Students may continue to submit requests via email and student portal, that which will be reviewed in priority sequence when Enrolment Services reopens on July 2.

NC Teaching Greenhouse: Closed July 1. As of Monday, June 29 the Teaching Greenhouse will open for curbside pickup only. Visit the Teaching Greenhouse’s online store to place an order and learn more.

ncLibraries and Learning Commons: Student support, test centre, academic drop-ins and peer tutoring services will be closed on July 1. Virtual services will resume on July 2 and online resources are available 24-7 at niagaracollege.ca/library.

Student centres and NCSAC offices: Closed July 1. Virtual services resume on July 2.

For a comprehensive list of services and resources available to assist students, visit:
Virtual Campus: Remote Services, Resources for Students

Transit
Please check with individual transit providers for the most up-to-date information and schedules.

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

Important note: The student U-Pass has been suspended for the Spring and Fall term during COVID-19. All student riders will be required to pay the full fare, effective July 1. Monthly passes are available for purchase at the Welland, St. Catharines and Niagara Falls terminals.

For information, schedules and the latest updates, visit: Niagara Region Transit webpage

Visit yourncsac.ca/yourtransit for more information and Frequently Asked Questions related to student 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.

Niagara College donates more than 30,000 personal protective items to front-line healthcare

Niagara College sent the ultimate care package to the region’s healthcare workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic today – loading a truck with more than 30,000 items of personal protective equipment, with more on the way.

The supply of items was picked up from the Welland Campus on April 2 for donation to the Niagara Health Foundation. The hundreds of boxes contained items collected from various program areas and departments across the College’s two campuses, including: 23,000 gloves, 3,130 masks, 3,760 protective garments (gowns, polypropylene suits, hair covers, shoe covers and caps), more than 330 cleaning supplies (antiseptic towelettes, disinfectant), and almost 150 safety glasses and shields.

“We are extremely grateful to Niagara College for their support and generosity. This donation will provide our frontline workers with critical protective equipment to help them respond to COVID-19,” said Roger D. Ali, president and CEO of the Niagara Health Foundation. “These items will protect our healthcare professionals as they treat our friends, neighbours and loved ones.”

In addition to the equipment collected college-wide, the donation also included a supply of college-made face shields. The shields are being produced at a rate of 200 per day at NC’s Walker Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre (Welland Campus) to help Niagara Health address a pressing need for supplies. NC’s Research & Innovation Division recently developed a method of producing the face shields on campus by using computer design tools and laser-cutting technology – which proved to be quicker and more cost effective than 3D printing.

Currently, the College’s Research & Innovation Division has committed to producing 7,000 face shields at no cost to Niagara Health, thanks to support from the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario) through its contribution to the NC-led Southern Ontario Network for Advanced Manufacturing Innovation (SONAMI).

“Niagara College has always come together to respond to the needs of our community – and, during these unprecedented times, we are committed to leveraging our innovative spirit to provide support in any way we can,” said Niagara College president Sean Kennedy. “We’re incredibly grateful for the ongoing efforts of Niagara Health, and those who are on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. They serve as role models for many of our students who are training to follow in their footsteps as the healthcare workers and first responders of tomorrow. They’re heroes to us all.”

Work is also underway at the College’s Teaching Distillery (Niagara-on-the-Lake campus) to address an urgent need for sanitizer. The Teaching Distillery has been producing a 70-percent-alcohol disinfectant for Niagara Health.

 

NC COVID-19 updates

Niagara College campuses are currently closed; students continue their winter term classes remotely until further notice. For the latest College updates regarding COVID-19, visit niagaracollege.ca/healthservices/coronavirus/

 

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PHOTO ABOVE:

From right: Katie McQuestion (Campus Safety and Emergency Management Coordinator), Pam Skinner (Senior Vice President, Corporate Services), and Gordon Maretzki (Centre Manager, Advanced Manufacturing, Niagara
College Research & Innovation) gather in front of the Applied Health Institute at NC’s Welland Campus on April 2 to help load boxes containing more than 30,000 personal protective equipment items that the College is donating to Niagara Health.

 

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