Our Impact

Building Niagara’s Workforce

Collage of Students during studiesCollege graduates are the backbone of many occupations, skills and trades that are crucial to a strong economy. Niagara College offers more than 130 programs, aligned with Niagara’s key economic sectors. About two thirds of our 80,000 alumni live in the Niagara region, contributing to every major economic sector.

Niagara College has a strong history of being flexible and accessible, and in touch with the needs of our local communities through input from industry and service professionals serving on more than 60 Program Advisory Committees that help shape our programs.

We help young people stay, live and work in Niagara. Two-thirds of our students are from the region; we help them build advanced skills to prepare for meaningful careers.

Our students gain real-world experience. Each year, thousands of students gain experience through co-operative education positions, and students in community services and health sciences programs do placements with 600 community partners.

We foster innovation and entrepreneurialism. Our Research & Innovation division brings together faculty, students and industry partners to develop innovative solutions for real-world business problems.

Our roots are firmly planted in the Niagara Region while our reach goes far beyond. Our strong reputation in academic programming and our enterprising approach to applied education has resulted in annual enrollment of 9,000+ students, including 3,190 International students from 87 countries studying in more than 108 programs.

Strengthening Communities

Students come to Niagara College with goals, aspirations and dreams. We are proud of our role in helping them improve their lives and provide for their families: one in four of our students is the first generation in their family to attend post-secondary education, and one in four applicants comes from a family that lives below the poverty line.

Niagara College is also a major employer and employer of choice in our region. As well, faculty, staff and students volunteer thousands of hours of their time through our various community outreach initiatives.

Our Canadian Food & Wine Institute faculty and students annually participate in many off-site activities, including charity and community events throughout Niagara and beyond.