Completed in 2009, the Wine Visitor + Education Centre is part of Niagara College’s Master Plan, which includes significant expansions and the construction of new buildings at both major campuses.
As a key component of Niagara College’s Canadian Food and Wine Institute, the Wine Visitor + Education Centre (WVEC) supports Niagara College’s role as a leader in wine education and is home to the Niagara College Teaching Winery – Canada’s only commercial teaching winery. The WVEC is a unique facility that serves as an educational resource for students, the public and industry, and supports applied research in wine business, oenology and viticulture.
“Niagara College is very pleased that TD is making this significant investment to support student learning and success, and the wine industry,” said Sean Kennedy, CEO of the Niagara College Foundation and Acting Vice President Academic.
“We are thrilled to partner with Niagara College and help provide access to continued education and learning,” said David Kissick, District Vice President, TD Commercial Banking, Niagara Region. “Niagara College is home to Canada’s only commercial teaching winery and to support specialized studies like this for students is beneficial to the future of our youth and the overall industry in Niagara.”
A portion of this gift will establish the TD Scholarship, which will be endowed and matched by the provincial government’s Ontario Trust for Student Support program. The annual income will be used to provide scholarships for students in Niagara College’s Wine and Viticulture Studies programs.
TD’s gift brings Niagara College closer to its $16.5 million campaign goal in support of the $90 million Master Plan, which includes $88 million for buildings, equipment and learning resources, and $2 million for scholarships and bursaries, and applied research.
Niagara College offers more than 100 diploma, bachelor degree and advanced level programs at campuses in Welland, Niagara-on-the-Lake and Niagara Falls. 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 http://www.NiagaraCollege.ca.