NC Sailing School open house May 30

May 18, 2010

Niagara College’s Sailing School will hold its 20th Annual Open House on Sunday, May 30, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Port Dalhousie Pier Marina, Inner Range Lighthouse in Port Dalhousie.

The event will feature a short sail on Lake Ontario, facility tours, complimentary refreshments, door prizes and an opportunity to speak with instructors, students and club members.

The College’s sailing school Canadian Yachting Association (CYA) certified instructors provide both in-class and on-the-water instruction in a variety of leisure sailing and boating activities. Offered on a repeated basis throughout the summer, class times are flexible for student convenience. Courses include Sailing for Beginners, Junior Sailing program, Basic Keelboat Cruising, and Pleasure Craft Operator Card training and testing (SPARK Start).

Graduates of the school’s 30-hour Basic Cruising sailing program are eligible to join the College’s Sailing Club. Club members are allowed use the School’s four boats without direct supervision of an instructor. With various membership options and prices to fit any lifestyle, members can enjoy the freedom of sailing without the expense of owning a boat.

Niagara College offers keelboat sailing instruction aboard Shark 24’s. This 24-foot racer/cruiser has proven to be Canada’s favourite “one-design” keelboat. They are safe, reliable, extremely stable, and come equipped with Canadian Coast Guard recommended safety equipment, GPS and VHF radios. Niagara College is a member of the Ontario Sailing Association (OSA), the Canadian Yachting Association (CYA), and the American Sailing Association (ASA), and is qualified to test toward certification within these associations.

For information on the Niagara College Sailing School, visit


For more information, contact:

Shirley Tomovic
Development Officer
Continuing Education
Niagara College
905-735-2211, ext. 7521

Niagara College students embark on international development internships

May 14, 2010

Niagara College students are embracing an opportunity to fuse their academic learning with practical work experience abroad. Last week, nine second-year students, in the Bachelor of Applied Business-International Commerce and Global Development program and the Business Administration-Marketing (Co-op) program, departed to complete a two-month co-op work-term in Brazil, South Africa and Peru.

Drawing from a project base that expands to more than 30 countries, and a global network of over 200 partnerships, Niagara College and its International Education and Development Division (IEDD) is well positioned to facilitate exceptional international opportunities for students. Working in conjunction with host organizations, co-op students will apply existing theoretical knowledge while assisting with business plan development, marketing and promotional plan development and international market research.

Prior to departure, students participated in a six-week applied research training program, where they were exposed to the principles of research integrity, fundamentals of conducting applied research, work plan development, working professionally with clients, and presentation and networking skills.

Additionally, students took part in a three-day intensive pre-departure training seminar, provided by Niagara College, designed specifically to prepare students for both personal and professional success overseas.

“Preparing students for an international experience is truly a team effort, “said Jos Nolle, Director of International Development, Niagara College. “From the initial interviews, to the pre-departure training, to the organization of travel logistics and co-ordination of job duties by host organizations, there is collaboration on all fronts both interdepartmental and international.”

Niagara College’s international co-op education work-terms are financially supported by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), as well as the Ontario Global Edge program, an initiative of the Entrepreneurship Branch, Ministry of Economic Development & Trade. The aim of each funding organization is to mobilize young Canadians and to enable opportunities that lend a broader awareness of entrepreneurship within a global context, as well as enhance academic knowledge through practical-based learning applications.

For two weeks in May, South Africa will also become a home-away-from-home for another group of Niagara College faculty and students. A team of Broadcasting-Radio, Television and Film (BRTF) students, along with program co-ordinator Bill Boehlen, will set-off to produce a documentary that will capture the ’transformative’ journey for a selection of students embarking on an inaugural trip to South Africa as part of the College’s new six-week general elective program titled “Go Global, Live Local”. Along with faculty member Lora Miani, the students will complete a two-week placement with either an international or local organization and participate in various projects that emphasize important global issues like health care, education, culture, and social and community development.

Niagara College’s IEDD is committed to the internationalization of Niagara College staff, students and the surrounding community, with more than 500 international students, representing 60 different countries, studying at the College. IEDD focuses on promoting change in a sensitive, action-oriented manner and is constantly addressing new ways to ensure that Niagara College fits into the global picture. Niagara College, through IEDD, is very active in publicly and privately-funded development projects around the world – projects that exemplify the College’s enthusiasm and commitment to providing international development opportunities for students, citizens and communities worldwide.

Niagara College is one of Ontario’s 24 publicly-funded Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology. With 8,000 full-time students, Niagara College offers more than 90 diploma, baccalaureate degrees and advanced level programs at campuses in Welland, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Niagara Falls and St. Catharines. Areas of specialization include food and wine sciences, advanced technology, applied health and community safety, and the College is home to the globally-recognized Niagara Culinary Institute and Niagara College Teaching Winery. In 2008, Niagara College launched an unprecedented $90 million campus redevelopment project, which is scheduled for completion in 2011. For more information, visit


For more information, please contact:

Jos Nolle
Director, International Development
Niagara College Canada
905-735-2211, ext. 7737

NC photonics students finalists in student research competition

May 13, 2010

Niagara College will take centre stage at this year’s Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) Discovery conference, Canada’s foremost innovation and commercialization event, where five Niagara College photonics students will showcase their applied research projects in the oral, video and Connections competitions. From an entry pool of over 300 Connections projects and 1500 students from across Ontario’s colleges and universities, only 15 student teams were invited to attend Discovery 2010, which will take place from May 17-18 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

Photonics Engineering Technology students Daniel Evkovich, Sandro Rocco and Thomas Grainge have been selected to present in the oral, video and Connections competition for their applied research study entitled “An Unbiased Analysis of HPS and LED Street Lighting Technologies in the City of Welland”. Under the supervision of Photonics faculty Jay Yatulis and Alexander McGlashan, Daniel, Sandro and Thomas compared high pressure sodium (HPS) lighting technologies with light emitting diode (LED) solid-state lighting technologies for the application of street lighting. Results of the study support LED lamps as an energy efficient and cost effective alternative for both municipal and provincial street lighting strategies.

Niagara College will have additional representation in the Connections competition with Photonics Engineering Technology students Shawn Kafal and Omar Contreras, who will present their research study on the construction and evaluation of a micro-laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (micro-LIBS) device for horticultural and industrial applications.

In each competition, student finalists will present their new technology, innovation or start-up idea in five minutes, followed by a two-minute question period from a panel of judges. Winning presentations in the oral and video competition will receive one of three cash prizes of up to $2,500. This year’s Connections participants are eligible to win one of three $2,000 cash prizes as the best university, college or Ontario Power Authority (OPA) energy conservation project.

OCE represents one of the College’s largest funding organizations towards applied research projects. The Research and Innovation Division of Niagara College (Niagara Research) will have a presence as an exhibitor at this year’s OCE Discovery conference, which invites business leaders, investors, researchers and entrepreneurs to learn about exciting successes and emerging trends in advanced health, clean technology, digital media, manufacturing and the green economy. New this year, Discovery will welcome the 2010 Premier’s Innovation Awards, with Premier Dalton McGuinty recognizing world-class innovators who are changing the face of medicine, health technology, cleantech, communications technology and digital media. Additionally, Niagara Research will provide a service innovation to conference delegates with its OCE Career Corner that offers career services to students and recent graduates.

Niagara Research is the home of applied research at Niagara College. Applied research is broadly defined as the application of new or existing knowledge to solve practical real-world problems and advance the goals of our community. The role of Niagara Research is to provide real world solutions for business, industry and the community through applied research and development activities. Niagara Research, in partnership with business or community partners, conducts applied research projects that model or simulate solutions, develop and test prototypes, adopt new technologies and knowledge, develop and evaluate new or improved products, processes, or solutions to community issues.


For more information, please contact:

Natalee Tokar
Research Project Manager, Research & Innovation
Niagara College
905-641-2252, ext. 4151

Seafood Gala generates $275,000 for scholarships and bursaries

May 12, 2010

The Niagara College Foundation’s 21st annual Seafood Gala, held April 23, at the Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort in Niagara Falls, generated $275,000 in support of scholarships and bursaries.

Many of Niagara’s business, community and educational leaders attended the event, raising $132,000. When the provincial government’s Ontario Trust for Student Support program’s matching formula is applied, the total will increase to at least $275,000, which will be added to the College’s endowment fund for scholarships and bursaries. In the past 20 years, the College’s premier fundraising event has raised more than $1.7 million in support of students.

“The ongoing success of the Seafood Gala is a true testament to the generosity of individuals within our community in supporting Niagara College students,” said Sean Kennedy, Vice-President, Student and External Relations and CEO of the Niagara College Foundation. “Without these events, many students would be unable to pursue their educational dreams.”

The 2010 Seafood Gala Chairperson, Vittoria Wikston, led the Seafood Gala Committee in creating an atmosphere that featured a spectacular buffet, silent and live auctions and entertainment by Elton Lammie, Adam & Sam, and dancing to the music of Jonesy.

This year’s sponsors included the Fallsview Casino Resort, Casino Cares, Aquicon Construction Co. Ltd., architects Tillmann Ruth Mocellin (aTRM) and Sun Media.

Proceeds from the Seafood Gala support the scholarships and bursaries portion of the Building Futures Campaign, which is raising $16.5 million towards the College’s $90 million Master Plan with $88 million for buildings, equipment and learning resources, and $2 million for scholarships and bursaries, and applied research.

For more information, visit

With 8,000 full-time students, Niagara College offers more than 90 diploma, baccalaureate degrees and advanced level programs at campuses in Welland, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Niagara Falls and St. Catharines. Areas of specialization include food and wine sciences, advanced technology, applied health and community safety, and the College is home to the globally-recognized Niagara Culinary Institute and Niagara College Teaching Winery. In 2008, Niagara College launched a $90 million campus redevelopment project, which is scheduled for completion in 2011. For more information, visit


For more information, contact:

Lyn Russo
Director of Development
Niagara College Foundation
905-735-2211, ext. 7864

Niagara College to host national college conference June 6-8

May 10, 2010

More than 700 delegates from colleges and institutes across Canada will gather in Niagara next month, as Niagara College hosts the Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC) Annual Conference.

The conference will draw senior administrators, faculty and staff, board members, students, international guests and business leaders who will share success stories and help shape a new direction for the future for Canadian colleges.

“We’re very proud to welcome our Canadian college colleagues to Niagara,” said Sean Kennedy, Niagara College Vice President, Student and External Relations. “The ACCC conference offers a great opportunity to showcase the beauty and culture of the Niagara region to college delegates and community leaders from across Canada and around the world.

“The theme of this year’s conference, “Power the Future – Transforming Communities Through Learning,” is designed to link the energy of the iconic Niagara Falls to the power of colleges across Canada to transform their communities through innovative programs, services and research, and be catalysts for economic, social and cultural change,” Kennedy added.

A sample of keynote speakers includes Al Hatton, President and CEO, United Way of Canada, Ann Medina, Journalist, and Farley Flex, Leader in Youth Engagement, Judge on Canadian Idol and National Ambassador for UNICEF. Keynote panels include Jayson Myers, President and CEO, Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters, Paul Charette, Chairman, Bird Construction Company Ltd., and Chair, Employers Coalition for Advanced Skills, Len Crispino, President and CEO, Ontario Chamber of Commerce, and Chair, Board of Governors of Niagara College, Sam Shaw, President and CEO, Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, Denise Amyot, President and CEO, Canada Science and Technology Museum Corp, and Robert McCulloch, President and CEO, Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology.

“Canadian colleges are preparing well-educated, job ready graduates who drive our key industries and make positive impacts in all parts of our society,” said Niagara College President Dan Patterson. “The ACCC conference will include important presentations and discussions that will help guide the future of colleges, institutes, polytechnics, cégeps, and university colleges across Canada.”

The conference takes place at the Sheraton on the Falls and the Crowne Plaza Niagara Falls. Full conference details are available online at or @ACCC2010 on Twitter.

The Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC) is the national, voluntary membership organization created in 1972 to represent colleges and institutes to government, business and industry, both in Canada and internationally. For further information, visit

With over 8,000 full-time students, Niagara College offers more than 90 diploma, baccalaureate degrees and advanced level programs at campuses in Welland, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Niagara Falls and St. Catharines. Areas of specialization include food and wine sciences, advanced technology, applied health and community safety, and the College is home to the globally-recognized Niagara Culinary Institute and Niagara College Teaching Winery. In 2008, Niagara College launched a $90 million campus redevelopment project, which is scheduled for completion in 2011. For more information, visit


For more information, contact:

Gordon Hunchak
Director, Marketing & Communications
905-735-2211, ext. 7567
905-650-7820 (cell)

Knowfire project earns international recognition

May 5, 2010

Knowfire, an innovative partnership between Niagara College, Brock University and Niagara’s local fire departments, received a Global Best Honourable Mention Award, in the Building Learning Communities category for the global region ‘the Americas,’ at the 10th International Education Business Partnership Conference, held recently in Toronto.

Launched in September 2009, Knowfire is a fire safety and prevention program featuring a series of unique fire safety videos aimed at educating college and university students living on and off campus.

Niagara College’s Sean Kennedy, Vice President of Student and External Relations, and Brigitte Chiki, Director of Student Services, accepted the Global Best Award on behalf of the partnership.

“It was a real honour to have our work – and the success of the partnership – recognized this way on an international stage,” said Chiki. “There were over 60 partnership nominations filed from around the world – and all of them were very impressive.”

During the conference, Chiki also facilitated a collaborative workshop featuring the role of project partners, and the process behind the project, to an international audience.

Supported by the Conference Board of Canada and the International Partnership Network, the Global Best Awards celebrate outstanding and effective business, education, and community organization partnerships that have a significant impact on the communities in which they operate. The awards are offered bi-annually and judged by an international panel.

Knowfire is a made-in-Niagara fire safety and prevention program designed to educate students, as well as parents and landlords, using multi-media in a format that resonates more effectively with the 18-24 year-old student demographic. The primary format is a series of six 1-2 minute dramatic high quality videos, accompanied by a website, print materials and workshops. St. Catharines’ fourgrounds media produced the videos, and students and graduates from various Niagara College and Brock University media arts program participated as actors, videographers and scriptwriters. The student governments at each school also supported the production of the videos. Knowfire’s business and promotional sponsors include Kidde Canada, Duracell and Campus Living Centres.

For more information on the Knowfire program, visit


For more information, contact:

Brigitte Chiki
Director, Student Services
Niagara College
905-735-2211, ext 7783


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