Monthly Archives: August 2016

What’s open/closed at Niagara College Labour Day weekend

Please note that Niagara College will be closed for Labour Day on Monday, September 5 with limited access to campus facilities.

Students accessing classrooms or specialized labs at the Welland and Niagara-on-the-Lake campuses must have faculty authorization and sign-in with Campus Safety (security).

The NC Libraries will be closed Saturday, Sunday and Monday as scheduled for summer hours. Resources are available online 24/7 at vnmanga.info/library.

Bookstores at both campus stores will be open Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., closed Sunday and Monday.

Benchmark restaurant will be open Saturday for lunch and dinner, closed Sunday and Monday.

Retail stores at the NC Teaching Brewery and the Wine Visitor + Education Centre will be open Saturday, Sunday and Monday, from 10 a.m.to 6 p.m.

The NC Greenhouse will be open Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., closed Monday.

NC’s Employment and Training Solutions office (1 St. Paul St., St. Catharines) will be closed Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

The College will reopen Tuesday, September 6 for

Niagara College wishes you a safe and happy holiday!

Charities: need a reno? Application deadline extended for NC’s next Many Hands Project

Niagara-based charities in need of renovation now have until the end of August to apply to become the recipient of Niagara College’s next Many Hands Project.

The application deadline has been extended to August 31 for the 2016-2017 Many Hands Project – an annual renovation project that enhances, improves and renovates the facilities of a local charitable organization. All aspects of the project are planned, managed and completed by students from NC’s Event Management (post-graduate) and construction studies programs.

This will mark the 20th anniversary of the Many Hands Project and all Niagara-based not-for-profit organizations – including previous recipients – are welcome to apply. Applicants are asked to submit a wish list including construction needs or specific resources (like food or other items) that would help to develop their programming. The Many Hands Project advisory committee will consider opportunities to potentially support multiple organizations across the region this year.

Application forms are available online at vnmanga.info/manyhands/

“Many Hands provides our students with excellent hands-on learning opportunities, while teaching important lessons in community service and leadership,” said Christine Blane, coordinator of NC’s Event Management (post-graduate) program. “It’s also a chance for a local agency to receive much-needed improvements to their facilities.”

Since 1997, the College’s Many Hands Project has supported 19 not-for-profit organizations through renovation and landscaping projects which enhance program and service delivery. This year’s Many Hands Project resulted in a complete renovation of the Hope Centre in Welland. Recent projects have also been completed at Strive Niagara in Welland, Upper Deck Youth Centre in Vineland, Port Cares Reach Out Food Centre in Port Colborne, St. John Ambulance in St. Catharines, and more.

Eligible agencies must be not-for-profit, involved in the provision of a community-based service in the Niagara region, and be willing to commit agency resources to the project. Project selection is determined by the Many Hands Project Advisory Committee.

The Many Hands Project is a hands-on component of Niagara College’s Event Management Graduate Certificate program. Students are required to plan, develop, coordinate and execute a renovation of a local community non-profit organization. Fundraising, volunteer management, technical operations, hospitality and public relations are the responsibility of individual committees comprised of students.

Niagara College offers more than 111 diploma bachelor degree and advanced level programs at campuses in Welland, Niagara-on-the-Lake and Niagara Falls; as well as more than 600 credit vocational and general interest Part-Time Studies courses. 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 NiagaraCollege.ca.

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Media inquiries, please contact:

Michael Wales
Senior Communications Officer
Office: 111.111.1111 ext. 7773
Cell: 111.328.4101
[email protected]

Julie Greco
Communications Specialist
Office: 111.111.1111 ext. 7368
Cell: 111.328.2532
[email protected]

Temporary closure of NOTL Registrar’s Office due to construction

Please note that the Enrolment Services will be closed at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus from 1:00 p.m. Wednesday August 24, to Thursday August 25 at 1:00 p.m. for office construction.

Enrolment Services services are open at the Welland Campus during this time, with support also available via email and phone:

Please note that the Registrar’s Office will be located in room W107 effective 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 25.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your patience while we renovate to serve you better.

Move over yard sale! Register to sell reusable items at Niagara College Trunk Sale Sept. 10

Have reusable household items to sell? The public is invited to register now for Niagara College’s second annual Trunk Sale.

To be held September 10 at the College’s Welland Campus, the NC Trunk Sale offers an opportunity for the public and college community to sell their reusable items (such as books, toys, clothes, collectibles, furniture, etc.), while those who attend the sale can shop for treasures from multiple sellers in a single convenient location – like attending several yard/garage sales at once.

Those who wish to sell items at the NC Trunk Sale must register in advance to reserve a parking spot, where they will conduct their sales. Items may be sold from the trunk of a car or displayed on tables within the perimeter of the seller’s assigned spot.

While vendors retain all money from the sales of their items, funds raised from parking space reservations will be donated to the United Way of South Niagara. The spots – about 50 in total –may be reserved for $25 for a single space or $40 for a double. Registration is open from now until September 7.

“As part of our College’s Orientation activities, the NC Trunk Sale is a wonderful opportunity for our students to pick up items they will need for the school year or cash in by selling items they don’t need, while supporting a great cause at the same time,” said event organizer Ali Weir, student experience coordinator from NC’s Centre for Student Engagement and Leadership. “It will also help the community reduce waste by providing a venue to sell their items, and promote reuse. We encourage students, staff and local residents to participate.”

“Niagara College is proud to be a long-time supporter of the United Way of South Niagara,” said Lesley Calvin, manager, Student Engagement, Academic Advising and Career Services and co-chair of the College’s 2016 United Way Campaign. “Bringing students and the community together is a perfect way for us to usher in the new school year, help our new and returning students pick up some much needed items, and kick off our next fundraising campaign for the United Way of South Niagara.”

Niagara College is a long-time supporter of the United Way of South Niagara. Last year, its United Way campaign raised a record-setting $42,629 and was formally recognized with a 2015 Workplace Campaign of the Year Award by the UWSN.

The NC Trunk Sale will be held rain or shine on September 10, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Welland Campus (Parking Lot A and front field) and there is no cost for visitors to attend. In addition to the sale, the family-friendly event will feature bouncy castles and food.

For more information about the NC Trunk sale or to register for a seller parking spot visit: NiagaraCollege.ca/trunksale

Niagara College offers more than 111, bachelor degree and advanced level programs at campuses in Welland, Niagara-on-the-Lake, and Niagara Falls; as well as more than 600 credit, vocational and general interest Part-Time Studies courses. 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 NiagaraCollege.ca.

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Media inquiries, please contact:

Michael Wales
Senior Communications Officer
Office: 111.111.1111 ext. 7773
Cell: 111.328.4101
[email protected]

Tap into Project Brew festival at St. Catharines Market Square Aug. 12

Eighteen unique craft beers and the student brewers who created them will be in the spotlight on Friday, August 12 as part of Niagara College’s Project Brew Summer 2016 beer festival in downtown St. Catharines.

The open-to-the-public event, which will take place from 5 to 10 p.m. at the Market Square (91 King St.), was organized by the graduating class of Niagara College’s Brewmaster and Brewery Operations Management program who are capping off four semesters of learning.

A variety of beers will be available – including Electric Grapefruit Acid Test (Grapefruit Saison), Stacks on Stacks (Maple Blueberry Blonde), Nicely Toasted (Toasted Coconut Porter), Roast Chocolate Belgian Wit (Chocolate Tangerine Wit), Fruitless Pursuit (American Pale Ale), Eye of Newt (Black Lager), Captain Badass (Baltic Porter), and more – each showcasing the personal tastes and flair of the brewer who created it. The event will also feature food vendors, live music and games.

This will be the fifth Project Brew festival from Niagara College’s Brewmaster students since April 2015. It not only provides the public with an opportunity to sample unique craft beers served by the brewers, but offers hands-on learning experiences for students who are responsible for creating the beers and organizing the event.

“Through Project Brew, our students have the opportunity to experience all aspects of planning, from marketing and logistics to working with vendors and hosts,” said instructor Brianne Hawley. “It’s also a chance for them to showcase and promote a beer they created, and network with others in the industry.”

Brewmaster student Joseph Bannon is looking forward to watching guests enjoy the Altbier beer he created, Ctrl+alt+del, at the event. Bannon, who relocated to St. Catharines from Yellowknife to enrol in the program and will soon begin working at a brewpub/distillery Calgary, values the experience he has gained through Project Brew – crafting his beer, as well as recruiting sponsors and marketing the event.

“Project Brew is great because it has challenged us to make a beer, which we are proud of but was made for the public, not for ourselves,” he said. “This can be challenging and really pushes us as brewers to better understand how to read the market and accommodate it. It also pushes us to be responsible for projects and gets us out of our comfort zone.”

Guests must be 19 years of age or older (valid photo ID required) to attend. Tickets may be purchased online in advance for $20 or at the door for $25. The price of admission includes a commemorative Project Brew glass and four drink tokens. Additional tokens may be purchased for $2 each (for a four ounce sample).

Proceeds from Project Brew Summer 2016 will benefit the Matt Soos Memorial Scholarship, which will be presented to a student in the College’s Brewmaster program. The scholarship is in honour of Matt Soos, a graduate of the Brewmaster and Brewery Operations Management program who died in August, 2015 at the age of 26.

For tickets and information visit the Project Brew website at

The first facility of its kind in Canada, Niagara College Teaching Brewery opened in April 2011 and supports Niagara College’s two-year Brewmaster and Brewery Operations Management diploma program. The brewery forms a key component of the College’s Canadian Food and Wine Institute – a leader in culinary, wine and beer education in Canada. Located at Niagara College’s Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus, the CFWI is also home to the College’s Teaching Winery – the first and only commercial teaching winery in Canada – and Benchmark, the college’s teaching restaurant.

Niagara College offers more than 111, bachelor degree and advanced level programs at campuses in Welland, Niagara-on-the-Lake, and Niagara Falls; as well as more than 600 credit, vocational and general interest Part-Time Studies courses. 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 NiagaraCollege.ca.

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Media inquiries, please contact:

Michael Wales
Senior Communications Officer
Office: 111.111.1111 ext. 7773
Cell: 111.328.4101
[email protected]

Julie Greco
Communications Specialist
Office: 111.111.1111 ext. 7368
Cell: 111.328.2532
[email protected]