Community celebrates Niagara College’s historic Grand Opening

May 26, 2011

Niagara College and the community had a big reason to celebrate on May 26 – the historic transformation of its Welland campus.

The college’s It’s a G.O. Grand Opening event Thursday drew thousands of community residents to tour the new and expanded facilities for the first time – including the Applied Health Institute, Athletic Centre, Technology Centre, Simcoe Building, Library and Learning Commons, and Student Centre (The Core). They also got an inside look at the college’s new sustainable urban park landscape which will add 6.4 km of walking trails to the property.

“This is an important day for the college as we mark the culmination of our $90-million vision and we are so happy to share it with the community,” said Niagara College president Dr. Dan Patterson.

“Our visitors can be proud of this campus as a jewel in their midst, now that they have seen how our new state-of-the-art facilities will benefit not only our students, but the entire region.”

Family-friendly festivities delighted guests as they made their way across campus. A vintage car show revved up the excitement at the Technology Centre. The Core showcased free concerts from Street Pharmacy, Sister Act and Sxx Panther. Guests enjoyed beer, wine and culinary delights from NC’s Canadian Food and Wine Institute. NC’s new time capsule on display offered a glimpse of how future generations will view NC life in 2011. The evening was scheduled to end with spectacular fireworks.

The event celebrated the Welland Campus’ $80-million makeover which was part of the college’s $90-million master plan. The capital project, the largest ever undertaken by the college, opens the door for 1,700 new student spaces at the college in programs that serve key industries in Niagara, Ontario and beyond.

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, media, applied health and community safety, supported by unique learning enterprises in food, wine, beer, horticulture and esthetics. For more information, visit .


For information, contact:

Gordon Hunchak

Director, Marketing & Communications

905 735-2211 ext. 7567

905 650-7820 (cell)


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