Extra parking available at Welland Campus

Sep 20, 2010

Please note that effective immediately, overflow parking at the Welland Campus will be available directly across the street from the Rice Road entrance at the Rice Road Community Church, to ensure ample parking is available during peak periods. The church lot is open to Niagara College parking pass holders, and will be monitored by College security.

Over the past few weeks we’ve experienced a shortage of parking spots during peak periods, which is not uncommon during the first few weeks of classes. This year at the Welland Campus, the amount of construction activity and equipment, as well as significant changes to the location of, and access to on-Campus lots has contributed to the situation.

In addition to the overflow parking at Rice Road Community Church, a new lot in front of the residence was also opened last week. This is in addition to the existing on-campus lots at Welland:

• Lot G, along Woodlawn Road, has been expanded and now reaches from the edge of the Y parking lot, to the Lundy Wing and can be accesses by the lighted intersection at Woodlawn Road/Champlain Ave.

• Lot F on the north end of campus has been greatly expanded and starts at the residence and stretches almost the entire length of the new North Road. Lot F is accessible from North Road, adjacent to the Niagara College Technology Centre expansion.

• A new lot has been opened directly in front of the residence and is open to all students and staff.

• Lot E, off First Ave./Ring Road has been reconfigured and is open to staff and students.

• Lots A (near the Mackenzie Building), C (Child Care Centre), D (North of the YMCA lot), F (Near the Ball Hockey courts), the Skills Lot (between the Niagara College Technology Centre and the back of Black Walnut), are all open to students and staff.

In Spring 2011, the demolition of the Mackenzie Building will allow for the construction of an additional lot at the Welland Campus.

Students are also reminded that Niagara College campuses are served by the Region’s three Transit providers, and all students receive a U-Pass, which provides unlimited ridership on Welland, Niagara Falls and St. Catharines Transit. With the U-Pass, Welland Campus students do have the option of parking at the nearby Seaway Mall and taking regularly scheduled Welland Transit to the Campus.

NC President Dan Patterson receives RBC Business Citizen of the Year Award

Sep 20, 2010

Niagara College President Dan Patterson received the top honour of Business Citizen of the Year during the RBC Business Awards at the Niagara Wine Festival’s opening event, Sept. 17.

The RBC Ontario Awards are among the highlights of the annual Niagara Wine Festival, and include Ontario’s Grape King, Business Citizen of the Year and the Best Ontario VQA Wine List for Ontario and Niagara Licensees. The awards honour supporters of Ontario’s grape and wine industry.

In accepting this honour, Patterson noted that a wide-range of Niagara College programs focus on Ontario wines, ensuring that more than 1,000 students each year learn about the industry and the quality of Ontario wines.

“As College President, Dan has worked tirelessly to realize his (the) vision of making Niagara College an integral part of developing and growing the Niagara and Ontario viticulture industry,” said RBC’s Mary Holenski.

In 2000, Niagara College launched Ontario’s first Winery and Viticulture diploma program with 24 students. Since then the program has graduated 119 students, many of whom have been recognized in the industry for their excellence, including 2009 Premiers Award winner Jordan Harris. Students in Niagara College’s Wine Program gain hands-on experience through the Niagara College Teaching Winery,Canada’s first commercial teaching winery.

In addition to providing the industry with a highly qualified workforce, the College further supports the grape and wine industry through applied research projects and participation in industry events.

Niagara College also supports Ontario’s grape and wine industry through its unique Wine Visitor + Education Centre. Opened in November 2009, the Centre showcases Canadian wine, houses wine tourism information services, the Niagara College Teaching Winery, and academic and wine industry programming.

“We at Niagara College are proud to support the ongoing growth of Ontario’s wine industry,” said Patterson, as he accepted this award on behalf of staff and students at Niagara College. “We’ve worked very closely with the industry to develop programs that meet their skills development and human resources needs by providing graduates with a high-quality applied education, linked directly to the work world.”

Dr. Dan Patterson has been Niagara College’s President since 1995. Under his leadership, the College has doubled its enrolment to 9,000 full time students in over 90 programs. Dan has played an integral role in establishing and strengthening partnerships with a variety of industries and public sector organizations – a key priority under his leadership.

Dan has a strong sense of service and shares his knowledge and expertise on a number of Boards at the national, provincial and local level. This service has been recognized with various awards including the Canadian Red Cross Power of Humanity and Citizen of the Year for Niagara-on-the-Lake. He is a passionate advocate for the important role that colleges play in the economic life of their communities.

Dan received his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Windsor, his M.Sc. from The London School of Economics, and his M. Ed. from the University of Toronto. Committed to lifelong learning, Dan earned his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto in the field of higher education in 2005. In recognition of his achievements within the college system, Dan was conferred an Honourary Doctorate from Niagara University in 2003 and an Honourary Doctorate of Laws from Brock University in 2009.

With 9,000 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, supported by unique learning enterprises in food, wine, beer, horticulture and esthetics. For more information, visit www.NiagaraCollege.ca.


For more information, contact:

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


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