Sudbury, November 24, 2011 – Members of the Boards of Governors of Niagara College and Collège Boréal, their senior staff and respective presidents, met this weekend in Niagara to solidify the first year of their partnership. A year ago, the presidents of these two post-secondary institutions signed a partnership agreement that envisioned collaboration particularly in the areas of Culinary Arts and Early Childhood Education.
For Denis Hubert-Dutrisac, president of Collège Boréal, the timing couldn’t be better, marking the dawn of the 10th anniversary of Collège Boreal’s mandate to provide French-language post-secondary education in Central-Southwestern Ontario.
“This is an ideal moment for us to affirm our commitment to meet the needs of our community and to improve access to post-secondary education for all Francophones in Ontario, in particular those in Central-Southwestern Ontario,” he said. “Our partnership with Niagara College underscores our joint commitment to the benefit of our students.”
Niagara College acting president Steve Hudson added, “We are delighted to be working in collaboration with our francophone partner in order to ensure Franco-Ontarians have a broad range of post-secondary options. This meeting symbolizes our commitment to sharing our resources and our expertise with Collège Boréal, through a partnership that has already proven very successful during its first year.”
To mark the occasion, chef professors Simon Le Hénaff and Peter Blakeman, of Collège Boréal and Niagara College’s Culinary Arts programs respectively, worked with Niagara College students in preparing and serving a delightful culinary experience for the college officials. The president of Collège Boréal seized the opportunity to launch the Niagara edition of “Prends ta place,” a regional newsletter highlighting Collège Boréal projects and activities.
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, applied health and community safety, supported by unique learning enterprises in food, wine, beer, horticulture and aesthetics. For more information, visit http://www.NiagaraCollege.ca.
“Promoting knowledge and a vibrant culture”
This is Collège Boréal’s vision, a French-language institution of post-secondary and skills training that has contributed to the growth and development of communities in Northern and Central-Southwestern Ontario since its foundation in 1995. Collège Boréal also encourages the values of humanism, excellence and inclusion, as well as an active awareness of environmental issues that affect our society. Collège Boréal is the first education sector representative officially designated by the Government of Ontario under the French Language Services Act.
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