Niagara College’s environmental program receives national accreditation – a first in Canada

Sep 15, 2010

Niagara College’s Environmental Management and Assessment (EMA) Graduate Certificate program has received national accreditation from Environmental Careers Organization (ECO) Canada, marking the first time this type of program has received the accreditation in Canada.

“This accreditation tells employers that our graduates have completed a curriculum that meets a national standard and are able to hit the ground running, making an immediate impact within the environmental industry,” said Martin Smith, Chair, School of Environmental and Horticultural Studies, Niagara College.

ECO Canada’s Accreditation program is a national project developed to serve the needs of more than 400 environmentally-related education programs in Canada. The project was developed under the guidance of the Canadian University Environmental Science Network (CUESN) and the Canadian College Environmental Network (CCEN). The program has established a self-sustaining national standardized accreditation for environmental post-secondary education, promoting enrolment in accredited programs, such as Niagara College’s EMA program, creating linkages between graduates and certification for environmental professionals, and supporting national mobility and communication between post-secondary educational institutions. For more information, visit

Niagara College offers the one-year Environmental Management and Assessment graduate certificate program at its Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus. The program, a first of its kind in Canada, equips graduates with specialized marketable environmental skills, which are a major growth area for career opportunities. The innovative and in-demand program provides practical experience with industry internships and projects. The College’s School of Environmental and Horticultural Studies ensures the program’s ongoing relevance to industry with an up-to-date curriculum. The Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus, located at the base of the Niagara Escarpment, boasts environmental, computer and geographic information system labs, as well as environmental monitoring facilities, and features ecological lagoons, wetlands, landscaped gardens and a 40-acre teaching vineyard, which serve as living labs for students. For more information, visit

With 9,000 students, Niagara College offers more than 90 diploma, bachelor degree 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, supported by unique learning enterprises in food, wine, beer, horticulture and esthetics.


For more information, contact:

Dr. Ben Cecil
Dean, Environment, Media and Technology Division
Niagara College
905-735-2211, ext. 7699

Martin Smith
Chair, School of Environmental and Horticultural Studies
Niagara College
905-641-2252 ext. 4422

Niagara College to host 7th annual Community Services Fair Sept. 15

Sep 15, 2010

Niagara College will host its seventh annual Community Services Fair on Wednesday, Sept. 15, at the Welland Campus.

The College will welcome friendly and knowledgeable representatives from over 25 agencies to answer questions about the Welland community. Agencies include the City of Welland, Niagara Regional Police Services, Niagara Region Public Health, Job Gym, Niagara Recycling, Landlord and Tenant Board, Credit Counselling of Niagara, Canadian Corps Commissionaires and Community Addiction Services. The event will feature displays, games, draws, prizes and more.

The Community Services Fair was created to give students who are new to the Welland area the opportunity to meet community partners and learn about the many support services available, as well as local bylaws and expectations for safe and happy off-campus living.

WHO: Niagara College students, representatives from more than 25 community agencies.

WHAT: 7th Annual Community Services Fair

WHEN: Wednesday, September 15, 2010, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

WHERE: Outside main cafeteria, Welland Campus, Niagara College, 300 Woodlawn Rd., Welland.


For more information, contact:

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


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