Niagara College earns top-10 place among research colleges in Canada

For the sixth year in a row, Niagara College has earned the honour of being in the top 10 colleges in the country for research funding, according to a special report released on Feb. 25.

In its report called Canada’s Innovation Leaders, Research Infosource Inc. announced the rank of eight for Niagara College, based on total research funding numbers for 2019. The publication includes its national study “Canada’s Top 50 Research Colleges,” which shows a steady placement of six years in a row in the top 10, since NC earned spot No. 10 in the 2014 research funding year.

“We are proud of our continued recognition among Canada’s top 10 for research funding, as research and innovation have been a growing focus for our College. These extraordinary times have served to highlight the important role of innovation in our College and our community,” said Niagara College president Sean Kennedy. “By leveraging the expertise of our researchers and capabilities made possible within our state-of-the-art facilities, Niagara College helps local companies stay competitive. We are pleased to have been providing healthcare with made-in-Niagara solutions during the global pandemic – all while equipping our students with essential applied experience.”

Looking at colleges with applied research funding in Canada, NC earned the No. 8 spot by having attracted $7.828 million in funding to conduct innovative projects involving industry partners in the food and beverage, advanced manufacturing, precision agriculture, and related environmental technologies sectors.

Niagara College also jumped to the No. 2 position in the category of completed research projects, with a total of 262. Further, the College increased its paid student researchers to 105, a rise from 83 the previous year.

Looking closely at the number of interactions with industry – small- and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) who turn to colleges for help on expertise and resources to innovate – NC’s total for the number of research partnerships was 208.

Marc Nantel, PhD, vice-president, Research & External Relations at the College, noted that remaining in the top 10 among research colleges is an ongoing source of pride for NC’s Research & Innovation division.

“We are delighted to acknowledge this demonstration of the exceptional work our staff, faculty and students are doing on industry partner projects,” said Nantel. “Our priority has always been to provide innovative solutions to help local companies compete, while also enhancing our students’ education through real-world research opportunities.”

Research funding allows the College to partner with SMEs in the region to conduct projects and services, which provide innovative solutions for industry. These include producing and testing prototypes, evaluating new technologies, and developing new or improved products and processes. NC Research & Innovation conducts applied research, technical services and business and commercialization solutions with industry partners through its Agriculture & Environment Innovation Centre, Walker Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre, and Canadian Food & Wine Institute Innovation Centre.

Niagara College also administers the funding for two multi-institutional research networks, including the Southern Ontario Network for Advanced Manufacturing Innovation (SONAMI), and the Greenhouse Technology Network (GTN).

The College’s innovative solutions have helped one company commercialize Canada’s first non-alcoholic gin product following a product development research project with NC’s Canadian Food & Wine Institute Innovation Centre and industry partner DistillX Beverages Inc. Now sold in 20 stores, as well as online, Sobrii Ø-Gin (zero gin) has since received praise in national print, TV and radio media this past year.

“Expertise from Niagara College’s Research & Innovation division was instrumental to being able to sell a product that was not only superior tasting, but something I can commercially scale and replicate safely,” said DistillX president Bob Huitema. “I think it’s important to support local academic and manufacturing resources as this is a ‘made-in-Canada’ initiative.”

In the annual Canada’s Innovation Leaders publication – which includes a comprehensive listing of all categories, analysis and insight – its theme delves into how academic institutions have helped Canada combat the pandemic. At NC’s Walker Advanced Manufacturing Centre, researchers produced a total of 37,000 licensed face shields, nearly half of which went to the Niagara Health System, and close to 20,000 shields were donated to other essential workers and community members throughout the province.

NC’s award-winning Research & Innovation division administers research funding support from various regional, provincial and federal agencies. Students and graduates are hired to work alongside faculty researchers and assist industry partners with leaping forward in the marketplace. Students come from a variety of the College’s programs, such as Mechanical Engineering Technology, Culinary Innovation and Food Technology, Business Administration – Marketing, and Computer Programmer.

Research Infosource annually compiles listings of the Top 50 research universities, corporate R&D spenders, and research hospitals. This is the seventh year a list has been released for the Top 50 research colleges in Canada. For more information on the Top 50 list, visit researchinfosource.com.

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 inquires, please contact:

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Manager, Corporate Communications
Cell: 905-328-4101
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Niagara College earns top-10 place among research colleges in Canada

For the sixth year in a row, Niagara College has earned the honour of being in the top 10 colleges in the country for research funding, according to a special report released on Feb. 25.

In its report called Canada’s Innovation Leaders, Research Infosource Inc. announced the rank of eight for Niagara College, based on total research funding numbers for 2019. The publication includes its national study “Canada’s Top 50 Research Colleges,” which shows a steady placement of six years in a row in the top 10, since NC earned spot No. 10 in the 2014 research funding year.

“We are proud of our continued recognition among Canada’s top 10 for research funding, as research and innovation have been a growing focus for our College. These extraordinary times have served to highlight the important role of innovation in our College and our community,” said Niagara College president Sean Kennedy. “By leveraging the expertise of our researchers and capabilities made possible within our state-of-the-art facilities, Niagara College helps local companies stay competitive. We are pleased to have been providing healthcare with made-in-Niagara solutions during the global pandemic – all while equipping our students with essential applied experience.”

Looking at colleges with applied research funding in Canada, NC earned the No. 8 spot by having attracted $7.828 million in funding to conduct innovative projects involving industry partners in the food and beverage, advanced manufacturing, precision agriculture, and related environmental technologies sectors.

Niagara College also jumped to the No. 2 position in the category of completed research projects, with a total of 262. Further, the College increased its paid student researchers to 105, a rise from 83 the previous year.

Looking closely at the number of interactions with industry – small- and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) who turn to colleges for help on expertise and resources to innovate – NC’s total for the number of research partnerships was 208.

Marc Nantel, PhD, vice-president, Research & External Relations at the College, noted that remaining in the top 10 among research colleges is an ongoing source of pride for NC’s Research & Innovation division.

“We are delighted to acknowledge this demonstration of the exceptional work our staff, faculty and students are doing on industry partner projects,” said Nantel. “Our priority has always been to provide innovative solutions to help local companies compete, while also enhancing our students’ education through real-world research opportunities.”

Research funding allows the College to partner with SMEs in the region to conduct projects and services, which provide innovative solutions for industry. These include producing and testing prototypes, evaluating new technologies, and developing new or improved products and processes. NC Research & Innovation conducts applied research, technical services and business and commercialization solutions with industry partners through its Agriculture & Environment Innovation Centre, Walker Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre, and Canadian Food & Wine Institute Innovation Centre.

Niagara College also administers the funding for two multi-institutional research networks, including the Southern Ontario Network for Advanced Manufacturing Innovation (SONAMI), and the Greenhouse Technology Network (GTN).

The College’s innovative solutions have helped one company commercialize Canada’s first non-alcoholic gin product following a product development research project with NC’s Canadian Food & Wine Institute Innovation Centre and industry partner DistillX Beverages Inc. Now sold in 20 stores, as well as online, Sobrii Ø-Gin (zero gin) has since received praise in national print, TV and radio media this past year.

“Expertise from Niagara College’s Research & Innovation division was instrumental to being able to sell a product that was not only superior tasting, but something I can commercially scale and replicate safely,” said DistillX president Bob Huitema. “I think it’s important to support local academic and manufacturing resources as this is a ‘made-in-Canada’ initiative.”

In the annual Canada’s Innovation Leaders publication – which includes a comprehensive listing of all categories, analysis and insight – its theme delves into how academic institutions have helped Canada combat the pandemic. At NC’s Walker Advanced Manufacturing Centre, researchers produced a total of 37,000 licensed face shields, nearly half of which went to the Niagara Health System, and close to 20,000 shields were donated to other essential workers and community members throughout the province.

NC’s award-winning Research & Innovation division administers research funding support from various regional, provincial and federal agencies. Students and graduates are hired to work alongside faculty researchers and assist industry partners with leaping forward in the marketplace. Students come from a variety of the College’s programs, such as Mechanical Engineering Technology, Culinary Innovation and Food Technology, Business Administration – Marketing, and Computer Programmer.

Research Infosource annually compiles listings of the Top 50 research universities, corporate R&D spenders, and research hospitals. This is the seventh year a list has been released for the Top 50 research colleges in Canada. For more information on the Top 50 list, visit researchinfosource.com.

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 inquires, please contact:

Michael Wales
Manager, Corporate Communications
Cell: 905-328-4101
[email protected]

 

Julie Greco
Communications Consultant
Cell: 905-328-2532
[email protected]

 

Niagara College fast-tracks PSW training with new accelerated program

Niagara College looks forward to training more aspiring personal support workers after the province’s unveiling of a new, accelerated PSW program today.

The new program significantly expands training opportunities at Niagara so that participants can graduate with full credentials within five months (20 consecutive weeks) and help fill demand for more PSWs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The College will begin accepting applications in early March for programs starting May 10 and June 14.

“We welcome this ministerial announcement, which allows us to further support our local community partners in the training and education of PSWs,” said Carolyn Triemstra, Niagara College’s dean of Health and Community Studies. “Niagara College has a long history of providing high quality, hands-on training for Personal Support Workers through our School of Nursing and Personal Support Worker Studies. We’re well-positioned to leverage this important initiative to educate highly-trained, much-needed PSWs.”

This new rapid training program fulfills professional requirements by increasing the number of study hours per week using online and in-person learning. Students will complete courses online and participate in labs on campus or in care settings. The program will provide further hands-on learning by offering volunteer opportunities early in the program and paid work placements after three months of enrolment. All in, students will have 300 hours of practical experience when they graduate.

Tuition and ancillary fees will be fully funded for program participants. There will also be some financial support for textbooks, uniforms, transit and vaccinations. Students already enrolled in a PSW training program will receive $2,000 in tuition assistance.

Participants in the Niagara College accelerated program will graduate with two additional certificates: Managing Food Safety, which focuses on safe food preparation; and Gentle Persuasive Approach focused on caring for individuals with dementia and other cognitive diseases.

PSWs are skilled and compassionate health care providers who help some of the most vulnerable populations with physical and psychosocial challenges at all stages of life. Standard PSW programs offered at Niagara take eight months to complete.

“Personal support workers have been frontline heroes throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, providing critical care to those who most need it right now,” said Sean Kennedy, Niagara College president. “Niagara College is proud to collaborate with the province to increase access to education and training for much-needed PSWs.”

 

Visit niagaracollege.ca/nursing/programs/psw-accelerated-draft/ to learn more.

College hours and operations during mid-term break

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

Please note the following hours for College operations and services during the mid-term break, March 1 to 5:

Campus access: Niagara College campuses and buildings can be accessed through the following doors during the following times:

Welland Campus

West
Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Rankin
Monday to Thursday, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Pavilion
Monday and Tuesday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Daniel J. Patterson Campus in Niagara-on-the-Lake

Main
Monday and Tuesday, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Wednesday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Parking Services: For on-campus parking inquiries during break week, call 905-933-0765.

Wine Visitor + Education Centre: Retail store will be open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., selling wine, beer, cider and spirits. Assisted shopping only with a maximum of 10 customers indoors. Online purchasing for curbside and in-store pickup during business hours, local delivery and shipping are also available. Shop online or call 905-641-2252 ext. 4070.

NC Teaching Greenhouse: Open for curbside pickup Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit the Teaching Greenhouse’s online store to place an order.

Bookstores: Campus bookstores will be open for those with approved campus access, Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (new modified hours). Online ordering and curbside pickup are also available. Visit the Campus Bookstore website for information.

Community Employment Services: (43 Church St. in St. Catharines): Virtual services are open Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Visit the CES website for more information.

Enrolment Services: Virtual services will be open Monday to Friday maintaining regular hours. Visit the Enrolment Services website for information.

Food Services: Food services are unavailable at this time.

ncLibraries and Learning Commons: Virtual services, including student support, academic drop-ins and peer tutoring services, are available all week. Online resources are available 24-7 at niagaracollege.ca/library.

NCSAC Virtual Offices: Virtual offices will be open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. via the NCSAC website chat option.

Residences: Residences are operating as usual.

Ricoh Services: Open regular hours 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Student Services: All areas within NC Student Services are maintaining regular services.

For a comprehensive list of remote services and resources available to assist students, visit the following pages on NC’s COVID-19 website:

Virtual Services
COVID Resources for Students

Transit

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

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

For information and Frequently Asked Questions related to student transit, visit the NCSAC website.

 

College hours and operations during mid-term break

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

Please note the following hours for College operations and services during the mid-term break, March 1 to 5:

Campus access: Niagara College campuses and buildings can be accessed through the following doors during the following times:

Welland Campus

West
Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Rankin
Monday to Thursday, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Pavilion
Monday and Tuesday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Daniel J. Patterson Campus in Niagara-on-the-Lake

Main
Monday and Tuesday, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Wednesday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Parking Services: For on-campus parking inquiries during break week, call 905-933-0765.

Wine Visitor + Education Centre: Retail store will be open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., selling wine, beer, cider and spirits. Assisted shopping only with a maximum of 10 customers indoors. Online purchasing for curbside and in-store pickup during business hours, local delivery and shipping are also available. Shop online or call 905-641-2252 ext. 4070.

NC Teaching Greenhouse: Open for curbside pickup Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit the Teaching Greenhouse’s online store to place an order.

Bookstores: Campus bookstores will be open for those with approved campus access, Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (new modified hours). Online ordering and curbside pickup are also available. Visit the Campus Bookstore website for information.

Community Employment Services: (43 Church St. in St. Catharines): Virtual services are open Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Visit the CES website for more information.

Enrolment Services: Virtual services will be open Monday to Friday maintaining regular hours. Visit the Enrolment Services website for information.

Food Services: Food services are unavailable at this time.

ncLibraries and Learning Commons: Virtual services, including student support, academic drop-ins and peer tutoring services, are available all week. Online resources are available 24-7 at niagaracollege.ca/library.

NCSAC Virtual Offices: Virtual offices will be open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. via the NCSAC website chat option.

Residences: Residences are operating as usual.

Ricoh Services: Open regular hours 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Student Services: All areas within NC Student Services are maintaining regular services.

For a comprehensive list of remote services and resources available to assist students, visit the following pages on NC’s COVID-19 website:

Virtual Services
COVID Resources for Students

Transit

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

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

For information and Frequently Asked Questions related to student transit, visit the NCSAC website.

 

Niagara College launches new encore magazine website

The world has changed, and Niagara College’s encore magazine is changing with it.

The College’s encore magazine has gone live with a brand new website. A one-stop shop for College alumni and the extended NC community – from alumni to donors, stakeholders and friends, both in Niagara and beyond – the new encore expands on the tradition of its former print editions by offering its global readers24/7 access to the College’s official magazine from anywhere in the world.

By visiting the new encore site, viewers can access more NC features and news than ever before and content will be updated regularly – including spotlights showcasing prominent alumni and the standout people and initiatives within the College community; as well as the latest headlines from our campuses; donor and development highlights, and much more.

The new encore debuts with articles shining the spotlight on NC as it enters a new era. It introduces the College’s new leaders as well as the legacy left behind by president emeritus Dan Patterson. Several articles focus on NC during the global pandemic: both on the frontlines in the community – whether it’s innovating made-in-Niagara solutions within our research labs, or tapping into our ‘NC DNA’ to better serve students during this extraordinary time through initiatives such as virtual convocation or the many ways NC has gone the extra mile.

It features more extraordinary alumni than ever before, with profiles on Oakville’s deputy fire chief Monique Belair blazing trails for change, Mark Suknanan’s journey to becoming Canada’s Drag Queen, former NC Student Administrative Council president Shane Malcolm helping to bridge corporate Canada with Black talent, Brewmaster graduates over the past decade raising a glass to the program’s 10 year anniversary, and much more.

Digital encore launches more than 11 years since the College published its first print edition. It is produced through a collaboration between NC’s Corporate Communications, and Marketing and Recruitment departments, in consultation with Development and Alumni Relations, and select contributors from across the College.

Visit encore.niagaracollege.ca.

New partnership creates a world of opportunities for students

Niagara College and Global University Systems (GUS) announced a partnership today that provides a broad range of opportunities for students from both organizations, sets the stage for collaborative international projects and partnerships, and the delivery of select Niagara College credentials at GUS’s Toronto School of Management (TSoM).

Based in the Netherlands and with a strong presence in Canada, Global University Systems (GUS) is a network of higher education institutions offering undergraduate, graduate and law degree programs, educating more than 85,000 students worldwide. The new agreement has received approval from the Ministry of Colleges and Universities, under provincial policy that creates flexibility for public colleges to partner with private colleges to expand the delivery of programs.

Through the partnership, four Niagara College business and hospitality programs will be delivered at GUS’s Toronto School of Management in downtown Toronto, providing international students with the opportunity to enrol in NC’s programs while accessing the significant employment, recreational and entertainment opportunities offered in Toronto.

The initial programs within the partnership, with the first intake already open for Spring 2021 are:

  • Business General
  • International Business Management (Graduate Certificate)
  • Hospitality and Tourism Management (Graduate Certificate)
  • Human Resources Management (Graduate Certificate)

TSoM has been selected as the exclusive partner to deliver these credentials in Toronto. The agreement ensures that the student experience and academic delivery of programming will be aligned with NC’s exceptional student experience. A comprehensive quality assurance framework will ensure that students at the Toronto location enjoy the same level of academic rigor, and quality of student services that are offered at NC’s Niagara-based campuses. Programs will be delivered by expert TSoM faculty, and graduates will receive a Niagara College credential.

“We’re fortunate to have a partner with an exceptional track record in higher education and global engagement, who demonstrates the ability and the commitment to meet the high standards that we set for our programs and our services,” said Niagara College president Sean Kennedy.

“We are honoured to have been chosen by a prestigious institution such as Niagara College Canada to work together,” said Ehsan Safdari, Managing Director at TSoM. “We are equally committed to support students with professional education that will help them in their careers. We believe this will be a great opportunity to provide students with expanded access to Niagara College’s top-quality programs. We look forward to working with them and welcoming their students at our campus.”

The agreement also paves the way for Niagara College students to pursue study abroad, co-op placements, exchanges and international field studies within the GUS network; pathways from Niagara College diploma programs to GUS degree programs, cooperative global business and educational development programs; and Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) and English as a Subsequent Language (ESL) project possibilities globally.

“This exciting partnership is an important part of our broader strategy to create new global opportunities for students, and support long-term enrolment stability and growth,” said Niagara College president Sean Kennedy. “The agreement is also driven by our entrepreneurial spirit, as we work to identify global partnership opportunities that support our core operations in Niagara.”

“We are excited to see TSoM engage in this innovative and entrepreneurial partnership,” said Cyndi McLeod, GUS Canada CEO. “This collaboration aims to provide all students with high-quality education that prepares them for Ontario’s workforce while meeting the demand from international students for Niagara College postsecondary programs.”

For more information, visit www.niagaracollegetoronto.ca.

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Media inquiries, please contact:

Michael Wales
Manager, Corporate Communications
Niagara College
Cell: 905 328-4101
[email protected]

Ehsan Safdari
Managing Director, TSoM
Toronto School of Management
Cell: 647-648-6507
[email protected]

About the Toronto School of Management

Toronto School of Management (TSoM) is an innovative college offering a broad range of career-focused programs in business, hospitality and tourism, digital marketing, cybersecurity, data analytics and accounting. Located among some of North America’s leading firms and organizations, the school offers an ideal environment for students who are eager to immerse themselves in a vibrant business community and diverse cultural activities.

Toronto School of Management is a registered private career college accredited by the Ministry of Colleges and Universities.

The campus is situated in the heart of Ontario’s capital – Canada’s business and culture hub. The central location welcomes students from around the world to guide them along the path to become successful accountants and business professionals.

TSoM partners with many companies from a range of industries to make sure that students get the most benefit from their course. These partnerships mean that students can join a real workplace and gain valuable experience.

TSoM works with industry leaders to design and deliver innovative, career-centric programs. We work tirelessly to provide students with the right combination of academic excellence and practical hands-on experience, educating ambitious people to take their careers further.

About Niagara College

Situated in the heart of the Niagara region, Niagara College delivers more than 130 certificate, diploma, advanced diploma and bachelor’s degree programs from specialized campuses in Niagara-on-the-Lake and Welland.

Currently, more than 9,000 full-time students study at Niagara College, including students from more than 120 countries. Niagara College is also involved in projects and partnerships around the world.

A leader in applied education, Niagara College’s areas of specialization include business, hospitality and tourism, advanced technology, agri-business and food and wine sciences. Programs are supported by unique learning enterprises, including Canada’s first commercial teaching winery, brewery and distillery; a greenhouse, spa and restaurant. In 2018, Niagara College launched Canada’s first postsecondary credential in commercial cannabis production.

Niagara College is also a leader in applied research and in 2019 was named Canada’s number-one research college by Research InfoSource. Through its applied research activities, students, and faculty and staff experts work with industry partners, helping companies innovate, and create new products and processes.

Learn more at www.niagaracollege.ca.

Niagara College to offer three new apprenticeship training programs in 2021

The demand for skilled trade workers continues to grow across Ontario and the Niagara region as the need for well-trained, highly skilled workers increases. Looking to help meet this demand, Niagara College is pleased to announce the creation of three new apprenticeship training programs; Industrial Mechanic Millwright, General Carpenter and Industrial Electrician.

Starting in September 2021, the new apprenticeship training programs will be available to registered apprentices needing to complete their in-school training.

“We are proud to offer these three new apprenticeship programs at Niagara College,” says Jeff Murrell, associate dean, School of Trades. “We saw an increased need for these skills from employers in our community and we are looking forward to providing the technical, hands-on learning experiences that registered apprentices need to complete their training for these lucrative, in-demand trades.”

The Industrial Mechanic Millwright, General Carpenter and Industrial Electrician apprenticeship programs will be offered as night classes which will allow apprentices to continue working while completing their in-school training. Classes will run from September – June and will take place two nights a week for three hours.

Local employers have expressed their excitement about the creation of the new programs and are looking forward to working with Niagara College on apprenticeship opportunities.

“The Niagara Home Builders’ Association is thrilled about the creation of the General Carpenter Apprentice program at Niagara College”, says Chuck McShane, executive officer of the Niagara Home Builders Association. “The NHBA, along with the Ontario and Canadian Home Builders’ Associations are continually advocating for youth to become involved in the trades, and this program will encourage students to stay within the region as they train to become a carpenter. It will also allow them to complete their apprenticeship hours through local companies, leading to potential full time employment and career growth right here in Niagara.”

Jane Buunk, president of Niagara Precision Limited shared her pleasure for the creation of the Industrial Mechanic Millwright and Industrial Electrician programs.

“With Niagara being one of the central manufacturing hubs (seventh in North America) and a leader in the agri-food industries, we know the importance and value of well trained and skilled tradespeople. Since 1975, Niagara Precision Limited has been supporting and helping business grow by providing custom machining service that are cutting edge and evolving with industry standards and we are built on a strong foundation of proud and committed tradespeople that use their knowledge and experience to ensure the best workmanship for our clients,” says Buunk.

“It is apprenticeship programs, like the ones offered at Niagara College that give our tradespeople a strong foundation to begin their careers in the trades with both theoretical and practical learning. As a leader in precision CNC machining, we have hosted many talented Niagara College apprentices, and are very excited to hear that they are expanding programming to include industrial electricians, and millwrights. Niagara Precision Limited is a strong supporter of Training the Youth of Niagara, the future of manufacturing.”

Registered apprentices interested in the programs at Niagara College should contact the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development to indicate their interest.

Those who do not have training agreements but are interested in the apprenticeship programs can apply for Niagara College’s one-year carpentry and renovation techniques, electrical techniques or mechanical techniques programs which all lead to apprenticeship opportunities. For a full list of Niagara Colleges trade programs, please visit the School of Trades webpage.

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 inquires, please contact:

Michael Wales
Manager, Corporate Communications
Cell: 905-328-4101
[email protected]

Courtney De Caire
Communications Consultant
Cell: 905-407-8298
[email protected]

Brock and NC partner for REDress Project Feb. 8-14

Missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls and two-spirit people (MMIWG2S+) will be remembered by the Brock University and Niagara College communities during a weeklong display of red dresses and through several virtual events from Monday, Feb. 8 to Sunday, Feb. 14.

The REDress Project, which involves the hanging of red dresses in public spaces, began as an art installation by Métis artist Jamie Black first displayed at the University of Winnipeg in 2011 and has since been replicated in communities across Canada. The empty red dresses are meant to signify the loss of thousands of Indigenous women, girls and two-spirit, lesbian, gay, trans, bisexual, queer, questioning, intersex and asexual (2SLGTBQQIA) people over the past 40 years to colonial violence.

Since 2019, Brock University has hosted an installation of red dresses around campus and a public event raising awareness about MMIWG2S+ organized around Feb. 14 in solidarity with the annual Women’s Memorial March held in Vancouver since 1991.

Brock’s Acting Vice-Provost, Indigenous Engagement, Robyn Bourgeois said continuing to raise awareness of the longstanding injustices the week discusses was of critical importance.

“Violence against Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGTBQQIA people has always been a part of colonialism in Canada, and it continues to be a part of Canadian society because Canada remains a colonial country,” she said. “While Canada undertook a formal inquiry into this violence, the government has yet to respond to its findings and, more importantly, take action to protect Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGTBQQIA people from violence. This inaction comes with an extraordinary cost for Indigenous Peoples.”

Along with an array of virtual events to further raise awareness, this year will see red dresses hung at Brock University and Niagara College, the latter of which is participating in the initiative for the first time. Dresses will be hung outside at the University’s main campus and the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts, and at Niagara College’s Daniel J. Patterson Campus in Niagara-on-the-Lake and Welland Campus — each including an attached note with information about the project to help increase awareness. The College community is encouraged to share photos of themselves tying a red ribbon to a tree to honour the MMIWG via social media.

“Being a part of the REDress Project with our partners at Brock University and having the opportunity to display the red dresses on our campuses is very meaningful to the Niagara College community. It will offer a striking visual reminder in the week leading up to Valentine’s Day and Family Day that each and every missing and murdered Indigenous woman and girl was loved,” said Lianne Gagnon, Director, Student Services, Niagara College.

“The important issue of MMIWG is in the hearts and minds for all of us at Indigenous Education, and supporting the LGBTQ2S+ community is a vital component of our core NC values to ensure a safe, diverse and inclusive place for all. We hope that our involvement will further engage our College and the public to learn more.”

Bourgeois said the partnership with Niagara College showed awareness of the issue was growing.

“I’m so excited this year’s REDress event is a collaboration between Niagara College and Brock University,” she said. “Partnership and collaboration are the cornerstones of success, and I’m so pleased we can work together to raises awareness about MMIWG2S+.”

Along with the existing red dress display and participating in the virtual events, community members are also encouraged to hang a red dress where they are (for example, in a window or outside) for the week and to send a photo of the dress to [email protected] to be part of a virtual display.

By hanging red dresses, participating virtually and taking time to learn about ongoing injustices, Bourgeois said participants can contribute to appropriate remembrance and necessary changes in policy going forward.

“We need events like this because the work isn’t done,” she said. “Not only do we need space to remember MMIWG2S+, we also need to continue to press this issue and demand justice for MMIWG2S+, their families and Indigenous communities generally. We cannot be silent as long as this violence continues.”

The REDress initiative is sponsored and supported by Brock University’s Human Rights and Equity Office, Social Justice Centre, Sexual Violence Prevention Committee, Faculty of Social Sciences Dean’s Discretionary Fund and Office of the Vice-Provost, Indigenous Engagement; and Niagara College’s Facilities Management and Indigenous Education. That support will allow virtual events for REDress 2021 (listed below) to run from Monday, Feb. 8 to Friday, Feb. 12.

Both the Brock and Niagara College communities, as well as the public, are encouraged to attend the virtual events to learn more about the REDress Project, the MMIWG inquiry and the impacts the issue is having in Niagara.

Red dresses are displayed throughout Brock University’s outdoor spaces from Monday, Feb. 8 to Sunday, Feb. 14 to signify the loss of thousands of Indigenous women, girls, and two-spirit, lesbian, gay, trans, bisexual, queer, questioning, intersex and asexual (2SLGTBQQIA) people over the past 40 years to colonial violence.

Families of MMIWG

Monday, Feb. 8 from 2 to 4 p.m.

To launch REDress week, we are centring the stories of families of MMIWG. Community member Linda John will share her family’s experiences.

To attend the event, please visit Brock’s REDress website.

2SLGTBQQIA + MMIWG

Tuesday, Feb. 9 from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

This session highlights the experiences of 2SLGTBQQIA and features panelist Nenookaasi Ogichidaa.

To attend the event, please visit Brock’s REDress website.

Brock’s Decolonial Reading Circle hosts Helen Knott

Wednesday, Feb. 10 from 7 to 9 p.m.

Brock’s Decolonial Reading Circle (DRC) will host author Helen Knott to discuss her memoir, In My Own Moccasins: A Memoir of Resilience.

To attend this event, please email Bourgeois at [email protected] to be added to the DRC email list and receive link information.

Men, Masculinity and MMIWG

Thursday, Feb. 11 from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

This panel discussion considers the role of Indigenous men in addressing the issue of MMIWG2S+. It features a panel of prominent Indigenous men: former CFL player JR LaRose, journalist Sean Vanderklis and filmmaker Nick Printup.

To attend the event, please visit Brock’s REDress website.

Our Sisters in Spirit Gala

Friday, Feb. 12 from 7 to 9 p.m.

A gala film screening of Brock student and NC alumnus (2015) Nick Printup’s film Our Sisters in Spirit. Printup created the film as a student in NC’s Broadcasting — Radio, Television and Film program to explore the question of calling a national public inquiry into Canada’s missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. The screening will be followed by a discussion with the director. The event will be opened by Fallon Farinacci, a Métis woman who served as a member of the National Family Advisory Council for the National Inquiry into MMIWG2S+. To attend the event, please visit Brock’s REDress website.

 

Media inquiries, please contact:

 

Julie Greco

Communications Consultant

Niagara College

905-328-2532

[email protected]

 

Dan Dakin,

Manager Communications and Media Relations

Brock University

905-347-1970

[email protected]

Brock and Niagara College introduce new pathway in Labour Studies and Human Resources

Niagara’s two leading postsecondary institutions are introducing a new way to support aspiring Labour Relations and Human Resources professionals in the region and beyond.

Thanks to a new collaborative agreement between Brock University and Niagara College, Brock Labour Studies students will soon have an option to combine a degree in Labour Studies with a Human Resources Management graduate certificate from Niagara College. Presently, NC’s one-year HR Management program is only open to postsecondary graduates.

Starting in September 2021, NC will reserve 10 spaces within its HR Management graduate certificate program each year for Brock’s Labour Studies students, who may enter the NC program after their second or third year of university studies.

“Our College’s showcase HR Management program is a testament to excellence in applied learning and we are pleased to open a new pathway to the program for Brock University Labour Studies students,” said Fiona Allan, NC’s vice president, Academic.

“The shared experiences students will gain by completing the requirements of both programs will benefit the HR industry in Niagara and beyond, as our graduates are poised to play a lead role in developing the most important assets of every organization – people.”

Kendra Coulter, chair of the Department of Labour Studies at Brock, welcomes this new regional degree option that combines multi-dimensional university learning with specialized job preparation, skill development and experiential education.

“Our communities need people with the critical thinking, diagnostic, and problem-solving skills to not only shape workplaces, but to do so with foresight and empathy,” said Coulter. “Those with the most understanding about the world of work are best positioned to be able to successfully navigate it — and improve it. This new pathway will deepen students’ knowledge and skills in significant ways that will give them the edge.”

Brock’s labour studies programs equip students with valuable knowledge about labour relations, workers’ wellbeing, equity and diversity, and the future of work. The department is widely recognized for its award-winning faculty members and innovative courses.

Through NC’s one-year HR Management program, students will gain intensive academic and applied learning experience in the HR field, including real work experience through a 300-hour internship. They participate in course-based applied research with domestic and industry partners to solve real-world challenges faced by employers. As part of the College’s robust HR community, students also have opportunities to develop their professional competencies by networking and engaging with industry professionals.

“There is a strong synergy between the two programs at Brock and Niagara College; numerous Brock graduates have proven to be successful in our HR Management program over the years,” said NC dean of Business, Tourism, Hospitality and Sport, Justin Williams. “Brock students will benefit from the applied learning experiences and connection to industry which our HR program has to offer at NC; and, they add a great deal to our HR Management program with their thoughtful contributions and strong academic foundation.”

Ingrid Makus, dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at Brock University, believes the new pathway offers students a terrific opportunity.

“This agreement is an excellent example of Brock’s commitment to collaborative partnerships that provide opportunities for learners to develop the training and experience they need to succeed and contribute to their communities.”

Students interested in learning more about this pathway are encouraged to contact the Brock Labour Studies Academic Advisor.

NC’s Human Resources Management program is a one-year graduate certificate program for postsecondary graduates. The program prepares students to work in all aspects of HR, equipping them with specialized knowledge in employment and labour law, training and development, occupational health and safety, labour relations, compensation and recruitment.