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Nov 5, 2013

Niagara College News and Media has moved and is now available at http://www.niagaracollege.ca.

This website will remain active indefinitely for archival purposes, but new media releases will no longer be posted here.


NC hosts entertaining presentation on estate planning

Oct 31, 2013

Niagara College will host The Accidental Inheritance – Its Not About the Money – an entertaining dramatic comedy that highlights estate planning – on November 9 at the Welland Campus.

Performed by the theatre group ACT II and facilitated by legacy coach Linda Somers, the free presentation is for adult children and their parents, and it highlights what can go wrong when long-term estate planning is not considered.

The event takes place on Saturday, November 9 from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Rankin Technology Centre, room TC68, and is presented in partnership with Niagara’s three dailies – The St. Catharines Standard, Niagara Falls Review and Welland Tribune – Desjardins Caisse Populaire, Desjardins Financial Security, Beresh Smith Law, Seasons Retirement Community and Wilton White Hill Accountants.

Admission to the event is free. For more information, or to register, contact Nancy Dube at 905 735-2211 ext. 7840, or via email at ndube@niagaracollege.ca.

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

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For information, contact:

Lyn Russo

Director of Development

Niagara College

905.735.2211 ext. 7864

lrusso@niagaracollege.ca


Niagara College marks Autism Awareness Month

Oct 29, 2013

Autism awareness is in full force at Niagara College.

The College’s Autism and Behavioural Science (ABS) graduate certificate program has been marking Autism Awareness Month in October with a month-long initiative – its first annual QR Code Hunt for Autism Awareness.

Terry Poirier, Autism and Behavioural Sciences coordinator, and faculty-educational assistant, Special Needs Support program, said the initiative is an interactive way to raise awareness among students and staff about autism and the College’s Autism and Behavioural Sciences program. Participants who find and scan QR codes, located on autism awareness posters that have been placed throughout the College’s Welland and Niagara-on-the-Lake campuses, receive information and become eligible to win weekly prizes.

“We often don’t get enough information about autism and this QR Code Hunt will help dispel some myths about autism, as well as generate awareness about the Niagara College’s ABS program,” he said. “This is important because the incidence rate continues to increase in Canada for autism spectrum disorder and there is an increasing demand for professionals in the field.”

As part of the initiative, Autism Ontario has been setting up an information booth at the College each Wednesday in October.  

Niagara College’s ABS program is a one-year Ontario College Graduate Certificate program that gives students firm grounding in behavioural strategies and applied behavioural analysis principles and practices – specifically in the application of these principles to intensive behavioural intervention with individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Its curriculum teaches students about the range of evidence-based practices in autism treatment, the full spectrum of ASD, as well as the developmental stages and augmentative communication systems as they relate to the behavioural treatment of individuals with ASD. Graduates of this certificate will work predominantly with individuals who have ASD.

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

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For information, contact:

Dorita Pentesco
Acting Director, Planning and Communications
905 735-2211 ext. 7653
289 213-8742 (cell)


Niagara College instructor wins award from Ontario Craft Brewers

Oct 28, 2013

A Niagara College instructor who played an integral role in the development of Canada’s first Brewmaster and Brewery Operations Management program has won an Education Leadership Award from Ontario Craft Brewers (OCB).

The award was one of six Centre of Excellence Awards distributed by OCB following an industry conference on October 17 at Amsterdam BrewHouse By the Lake in Toronto.

Kevin Somerville has been working at Niagara College’s Canadian Food and Wine Institute (CFWI) since 2010 when he began to develop the curriculum for the College’s Brewmaster and Brewery Operations Management program. At the time, the College had been preparing to open Canada’s first teaching brewery at its Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus. In September 2010, when the CFWI welcomed its first class of Brewmaster students, Somerville became program coordinator. He is currently an instructor for the program, as well as a brewmaster and partner at Oast House Brewers, located in Niagara-on-the-Lake where he currently resides.

“This award is a testament to the industry expertise of staff and faculty at the Canadian Food and Wine Institute who our students learn from every day,” said Craig Youdale, acting dean of the CFWI. “We are very proud of Kevin who helped launch our Brewmaster program and currently, at Oast House Brewers, hires NC students and continues to be an inspiration.”

Somerville was honoured to receive the award.
“I’m just happy to be a part of such a great team at Niagara College, and part of Canada’s first Brewmaster program,” he said. “The program will have a great influence on the future of the brewing industry. I enjoy sharing knowledge about something that I am passionate about.”

This was the second annual Centre of Excellence Awards. According to Ontario Craft Brewers, the goal of the industry awards is to recognize examples of excellence among small, medium and large organizations that drive the craft brewing industry at the local, regional, national or international level. Initial nominations were pared down to the top three nominees per category and final voting took place online.

“The Centre of Excellence Awards, also known as the Industry Choice Awards, are an opportunity for the craft brewing community – and its fans – to nominate and celebrate the good work of their beer heroes,” said Bill Coleman, president of Cameron’s Brewing Co. and master of ceremonies for the event.

There were 65 nominees for six awards, and the OCB also recognized the three top nominees in each of the six categories. In addition to Somerville, NC Brewmaster professor Jon Downing was among the top three nominees for the Education Leadership Award, as well as Prud’homme Beer Certification.

The Canadian Food and Wine Institute, located on Niagara College’s Niagara-on-the-Lake campus, is the College’s centre for food wine and beer education. It is home to Benchmark, the college’s teaching restaurant, as well as the Teaching Winery and Teaching Brewery.

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

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For information, contact:

Michael Wales
Senior Communications Officer
office: 905.735.2211 ext. 7773
cell: 905.328.4101
mwales@niagaracollege.ca

Julie Greco
Communications Specialist
905.735.2211 ext. 7368
jgreco@niagaracollege.ca


Niagara College team becomes Junior Culinary Team Canada

Oct 26, 2013

Until today they represented Niagara College; but for the next three years, they will represent the entire nation.

A team from Niagara College’s Canadian Food and Wine Institute has won the title of Junior Culinary Team Canada, as victors of the Canadian Culinary Federation of Chefs and Cooks (CCFCC) Junior Culinary Team Selection Competition. The CFWI team competed against culinary teams from Humber and Holland Colleges at the competition, which began October 24 and ended today at George Brown College.

As the reigning Junior Culinary Team Canada, the CFWI team will represent Canada at the 2016 World Culinary Olympics – held once every four years in Erfurt, Germany – where it will compete against teams from more than 30 countries. The team has also earned the right to represent Canada at international competitions for the next three years, including the World Culinary Championships in Luxembourg (2014) and Singapore (2015).

The prestigious victory follows the CFWI’s first attempt at becoming Junior Culinary Team Canada.

“Earning the right to represent our country at the World Culinary Olympics is a monumental achievement for our College’s Canadian Food and Wine Institute and I couldn’t be prouder that our students and graduates have been chosen to represent Canada,” said Dan Patterson, president of Niagara College. “This victory speaks to the exceptional culinary education our students receive, as well as the expertise and unwavering dedication of our chef professors and staff who have gone above and beyond to train our team. Now, the entire country and the world will be watching Niagara College’s Canadian Food and Wine Institute.”

Team members include current students and recent graduates who must meet the under 25 age requirement at the October competition, including lead members Wes Lund (St. Catharines), Ian Dawson (Coldwater/St. Catharines), Daniella Germond (St. Catharines), and Brittany Calsavara (Windsor); and their teammates David Ross (Peterborough), Jeremy Gilligan (St. Catharines), Katrina Young (Hamilton), Megan Proper (Burford), Rebekka Schmitt (Silverdale), Scott McInerney (Peterborough/St. Catharines) and Trevor Littlejohn (Paisley).

“I couldn’t be happier for our team, knowing how hard they worked, and the sacrifices made by the students and the coaches during the past six months,” said acting dean of the Canadian Food and Wine Institute Craig Youdale. “I’m excited about the road that lies ahead of them, because Culinary Team Canada about more than cooking food and recipes, or about skills they will learn; it’s about dedication, pride, and commitment – elements they will carry with them throughout their entire careers.”

The Canadian Food and Wine Institute, located on Niagara College’s Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus, is the College’s centre for food wine and beer education. It is home to Benchmark, the College’s teaching restaurant, as well as the Teaching Winery and Teaching Brewery.

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

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For information, contact:

Dorita Pentesco

Acting Director, Marketing and Communications

905 735-2211 ext. 7653

289 213-8742 (cell)


Skills Canada-Ontario leader inspires new Niagara College graduates

Oct 25, 2013

Gail Smith, executive director of Skills Canada-Ontario, receives her honourary diploma in Technology Studies at NC's fall convocation ceremony, Oct. 25, 2013.

Gail Smith, executive director of Skills Canada-Ontario, receives her honourary diploma in Technology Studies at NC’s fall convocation ceremony, Oct. 25, 2013.


“When opportunity knocks, open the door and take a leap of faith.” 

That was the first lesson that executive director of Skills Canada- Ontario Gail Smyth offered to Niagara College’s Class of 2013 as they gathered for their fall convocation ceremony on the morning of October 25.

Smith – whose involvement with Skills Canada-Ontario helped take the not-for-profit organization from a venture with an outreach of 3,000 to a dynamic province-wide organization – inspired the College’s newest graduates and their guests by sharing lessons from her personal experience as she delivered the convocation address.

She advised graduates to “avoid the naysayers,” “fly with eagles,” “feel the fear and do it anyway,” “focus on what’s important in life,” and to “practice an attitude of gratitude” as they embark on this new chapter of their lives and throughout their careers.

In recognition of her accomplishments, Smyth received an honorary diploma in Technology Studies during the ceremony.

More than 950 graduates of Niagara College received diplomas or certificates during the ceremony, which honoured graduates from several program areas including: Academic and Liberal Studies, Business and Management Studies, Hospitality, Tourism and Administrative Studies, Justice Studies, Allied Health Studies, Nursing and Personal Support Worker Studies, The Canadian Food and Wine Institute, Environment and Horticultural Studies, Technology Studies, Apprenticeship and Technical Training, and Continuing Education.

College president Dan Patterson spoke of the vital role of college graduates.

“It is you who will help drive our economy and future prosperity, because it is college graduates who make our communities work, and in no place is that more evident than right here in Niagara,” he said. “If you look at all of the major sectors of the economy, you will see college graduates succeeding and leading.”

The fall convocation ceremony took place at the Welland Campus Athletic Centre.

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

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For information, contact:

Dorita Pentesco

Acting Director, Marketing and Communications

905 735-2211 ext. 7653

289 213-8742 (cell)

dpentesco@niagaracollege.ca   


Niagara College team competes for Culinary Team Canada title

Oct 24, 2013

After months of intense preparation and training, a culinary team from Niagara College’s Canadian Food and Wine Institute is competing for the rights to become Junior Culinary Team Canada.

NC’s Canadian Food and Wine Institute team is battling culinary teams from Humber College and Holland College at the CCFCC Junior Culinary Team Selection Competition, held from October 24 to 26 at George Brown College in Toronto.

The winning team from this competition will become Junior Culinary Team Canada and represent the country at the 2016 World Culinary Olympics, held once every four years in Erfurt, Germany. Junior Culinary Team Canada will also have the right to represent Canada at international competitions for the next three years, including the World Culinary Championships in Luxembourg (2014) and Singapore (2015).

This is the first time that a team from NC’s CFWI has ever competed for a chance to become Junior Culinary Team Canada. Team members include current students and recent graduates who must meet the under 25 age requirement at the October competition, including lead members Wes Lund, Ian Dawson, Daniella Germond, and Brittany Calsavara; and their teammates David Ross, Jeremy Gilligan, Katrina Young, Megan Proper, Rebekka Schmitt, Scott McInerney, and Trevor Littlejohn.

“I’m so proud of the dedication this team has demonstrated for the past six months as they committed to long hours of practice. They’ve been working so hard for the chance to represent their country on the world stage and to compete against the best of the best from across the globe, and now it all boils down to this weekend’s competition,” said acting dean of the Canadian Food and Wine Institute, Craig Youdale. “I have a lot of confidence in our team.”

“It would be an incredible honour to represent Canada,” said St. Catharines resident Daniella Germond, a second-year Culinary Management student. “It is a huge privilege to be a part of the CFWI team and a great learning opportunity for us.”

Located at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus, the Canadian Food and Wine Institute is Niagara College’s centre for food wine and beer education. It is home to Benchmark, the College’s teaching restaurant, as well as the Teaching Winery and Teaching Brewery.

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

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For information, contact:

Dorita Pentesco

Acting Director, Marketing and Communications

905 735-2211 ext. 7653

289 213-8742 (cell)


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