News and Updates

Marotta family donates to Niagara College’s new agri-food innovation complex

 

Niagara College announced on April 6 that the family of Benny and Louise Marotta are donating $1 million to support the College’s Achieving Dreams Campaign.

The donation of $1 million – which will support the development of, and equipment and furnishings for, Niagara College’s new innovation complex located at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus – was announced to an audience of more than 600 business, education and community leaders at Niagara College’s Seafood Gala.

 

The Gala also celebrated the successful completion of the College’s Achieving Dreams campaign. The campaign, which began in April 2015, far surpassed its original goal of $7 million. Including the Marotta family gift, a total of $11,450,791 has been raised to support three areas of student success:

  • $6,319,028 for campus redevelopment
  • $3,472,692 to support scholarships, bursaries, study-work abroad and student leadership development opportunities
  • $1,659,071 million to fund instructional equipment and learning resources

In recognition of the Marotta family’s generous gift, Niagara College will name the new complex the Marotta Family Innovation Complex. The new 49,000 square foot four-storey complex is scheduled for completion in Fall 2018 and will significantly enhance the College’s ability to support the growing competitiveness of Niagara’s agri-business sector. The complex will include agri-food research and innovation laboratories, incubation space for business, specialized training facilities for student engagement and entrepreneurship, and will house a student fitness centre and gymnasium on the lower level.

“As a family we have always looked ahead towards progress, keeping traditions alive and making communities stronger.  We are proud to be supporting Niagara College.  Our goal is to help ensure this vibrant student community is always looking forward and that they will achieve successes in all aspects of their life,” said the Marotta family.  “These students represent the future of our local agri-business industry and the wine and culinary community of Niagara on the Lake and will continue to bring it recognition on the national and world-wide stage.”

The Marotta family has been active in land and community development within southern Ontario.  They have a history of supporting various charitable organizations close to their hearts such as Mackenzie Health, Humber River Hospital, Sick Children’s Hospital, Vaughan Hospice, Art Gallery of Ontario, Caledon Food Bank and others.

Louise and Benny’s daughters, Angela and Melissa, are the proprietors of award winning winery Two Sisters Vineyards in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Two Sisters Vineyards has also committed $20,000 to Niagara College to establish the Two Sisters Vineyard Bursary Fund. Two awards of $2,000 each will be awarded annually to students in Niagara College’s Culinary Innovation and Food Technology, Culinary Management, and Winery and Viticulture Technician programs.

“All of us at Niagara College are extremely grateful to the Marotta family for their generosity,” said Niagara College President Dan Patterson. “This gift, supporting the Marotta Family Innovation Complex, will provide our students with innovative learning spaces, and facilitate cutting-edge research projects that will move Niagara’s growing agri-food industry forward.  It is an important investment in innovation and economic development in the Niagara region. The additional support through the Two Sisters Vineyards Bursary will help many capable and aspiring

Green Automotive Technology Lab opens

Students in NC’s Automotive Service Technician Apprenticeship, Motive Power Technician, and Motive Power Techniques programs are surging ahead of their competition in tomorrow’s automotive industry, thanks to a brand new Green Automotive Technology Lab.  The lab was officially opened at a special ribbon-cutting ceremony on April 4, which saw a mock fuel pump give way to one of the lab’s electric vehicle charging stations in dramatic fashion.

The Lab and will be critical in preparing students in NC’s Motive Power programs for the rapidly evolving automotive sector by giving them access to the technology and tools that are driving that change.

In 2016, St. Catharines MPP Jim Bradley announced $1.4 million of provincial funding for construction of the Lab through Ontario’s Apprenticeship Enhancement Fund program.

“I was pleased that our government has made a major investment to ensure Niagara apprentices receive the highest standard of training. The improved facilities and training programs give apprentices the hands-on experience they need to thrive in the skilled trades, and contribute to our economy,” said MPP Bradley.

In addition to classroom space, the 3,600 square-foot addition to the Rankin Technology Centre at the Welland Campus boasts electric vehicle charging stations, hybrid and electric motor diagnostic and simulation tools, and is home to several donated hybrid and fully electric vehicles that allow students unfettered access to the technology that will dominate the roads of the future.

The lab also features and tools and equipment to help students explore the future of ethanol, propane, diesel and other alternative fuel technologies, as well as autonomous, self-parking and collision-avoidance technologies.

The Green Automotive Technology Lab will also be a hub for research activities into the future of automotive technology, working in concert with NC’s Welcomed stronger if division.

“The cutting-edge technology and forward-thinking facilities in this new lab reflect Niagara College’s pre-emptive approach to applied education, which ensures our graduates are ready for the workplaces not only of today, but of tomorrow as well,” said Niagara College President Dan Patterson.

Christenah D’Archi is one of the students already benefitting from the new lab. In her second year of NC’s Motive Power Technician program, Christenah spoke about the new technologies and tool in the lab are helping her jump-start her career.

“This is technology and equipment that’s fast becoming the norm in the automotive industry,” said D’Archi. “This new facility, as well as our extremely talented faculty and our industry partners, I and my classmates will be graduating with the skills and knowledge we need to become leaders in the swiftly evolving automotive industry.”

The Green Automotive Technology Lab is part of Niagara College’s $64 million campus redevelopment project that will provide new and expanded facilities at the Welland and Niagara-on-the-Lake campuses to support growth, enhance the student experience, and expand Niagara College’s research and innovation capabilities. Learn more at https://vnmanga.info/campusredevelopment

Gym floor poured at Marotta Family Innovation Complex

Work on the 49,000 square foot Marotta Family Innovation Complex at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus continues. In early December 2017, 14 trucks poured almost 200 tonnes of concrete as workers laid the floor for the 6,000 square-foot gym. When complete, the Complex will also house classrooms, research space and a food-processing lab. Work is set to wrap up this summer.

Ground broken on NC’s Teaching Distillery

Visitors to the Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus will notice a flurry of activity next to the Wine Visitor and Education Centre as construction progresses on the new 2,500 square-foot Teaching Distillery. When complete, the facility will allow students in NC’s Artisan Distilling program access to the latest technologies available for small batch fermentation and distillation processes. Beginning Fall 2018, the program will draw additional benefits from being located at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus, including state-of-the art science labs, rich agricultural land featuring 32 acres of grapes and 2 acres of hops, an on-site Apiary, and the Teaching Winery and Teaching Brewery Retail and Production facilities.

Construction on the Teaching Distillery began December 2017 and is scheduled for completion prior to classes beginning in Fall 2018.

 

Construction Alert: Northeast entrance at NOTL Campus to close June 14

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As construction progresses on the Marotta Family Innovation Complex project at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus, the construction zone will be expanded tomorrow (June 14) to  include the main  entrance at the northeast corner of the main campus building, as well as the stairway exits at the northeast corner of the building, adjacent to Yerich Auditorium. During the construction period, the closest entrance to the east side of the main campus building is at the south end of the East Wing. (see graphic at right). These changes will be in effect for the duration of the construction period for the Fitness Centre, Gymnasium, and Agri-Food Research project, which is scheduled to continue until spring, 2018.

About the Marotta Family Innovation Complex project

This 49,000 square-foot, four-storey expansion project includes a fitness centre/studio and gymnasium on the lower floor; five classrooms and a security office on the main floor; classrooms, student entrepreneurship space, a science lab and meeting rooms on the second floor; and industry space, student research space, food sciences and processing lab, and meeting rooms on the third floor. The project also incorporates sustainable technologies, including an electric vehicle charging stations, a green roof water retention system, high efficiency cooling system replacement, and a rainwater collection and irrigation system. The project is funded by the Government of Canada’s Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund (SIF) and the Ontario government. Completion is scheduled for spring, 2018.

The Marotta Family Innovation Complex project is part of a $65 million campus redevelopment project at the Welland and NOTL Campuses designed to modernize learning environments, enhance students’ college experience, and expand NC’s role in research and innovation. Learn more at vnmanga.info/campusredevelopment

Construction Alert: Major construction to begin on east side of NOTL Campus

With construction set to begin on the Marotta Family Innovation Complex project at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus, a construction zone will be created March 9 at the northeast part of the campus. As the contractor begins work, the construction zone will be enclosed by fencing in the near future and will be accessible to construction personnel only.

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The construction zone will encompass Parking Lots B3 and part of B2, will result in the closure of the main entrance at the northeast corner of the main campus building, as well as stairway exits at the northeast corner of the building, adjacent to Yerich Auditorium (See graphic at right). During the construction period, the closest entrance to the east side of the main campus building is at the south end of the East Wing. These changes will be in effect for the duration of the construction period for the Marotta Family Innovation Complex project, which is scheduled to continue until summer, 2018.

To address the impact of construction projects on on-campus parking at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus, additional permit parking was opened at the Niagara Corporate Business Centre (former Foster Wheeler building), adjacent to the campus on the northeast side earlier this year. Niagara College’s section of the lot, which is indicated with signage and fencing, is south of the walkway that connects to the campus. Niagara College permit parking is permitted in that section of the Niagara Corporate Business Centre lot only. This lot is fully accessible from campus roadways.

This 49,000 square-foot, four-storey expansion project includes a fitness centre/studio and gymnasium on the lower floor; five classrooms and a security office on the main floor; classrooms, student entrepreneurship space, a science lab and meeting rooms on the second floor; and industry space, student research space, food sciences and processing lab, and meeting rooms on the third floor. The project also incorporates sustainable technologies, including an electric vehicle charging stations, a green roof water retention system, high efficiency cooling system replacement, and a rainwater collection and irrigation system. The project is funded by the Government of Canada’s Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund (SIF) and the Ontario government. Completion is scheduled for summer, 2018.

The Fitness Centre, Gymnasium, and Agri-Food Research project is part of a $50 million campus redevelopment project at the Welland and NOTL Campuses designed to modernize learning environments, enhance students’ college experience, and expand NC’s role in research and innovation. Learn more at vnmanga.info/campusredevelopment.

Welland Campus: Temporary Road Closures Dec. 20

As part of the Welland Campus Academic Lab project, two temporary road restrictions will be in effect the morning of December 20:

Niagara College Boulevard:

From  7 am to 10 am, Niagara College Boulevard will be reduced to one lane, and the sidewalk in front of the Athletic Centre will be closed, along with the inside gymnasium entrance and hallway.

 

 

 

 

North Road:

From 10 am to 12 pm, the section of the North Road that extends from Niagara College Boulevard past the entrance to parking lots C-1 and C-2 will be closed. During this time, access to all C lots will be from the westerly portion of North Road, via Chippawayan Boulevard.

Welland Campus Road Closure – Nov. 14

As part of the Welland Campus Academic Lab project, the section of the North Road that extends from Niagara College Boulevard past the entrance to parking lots C-1 and C-2 will be closed from 9 am to 11 am on Monday, November 14. During this time, access to all C lots will be from the westerly portion of North Road, via Chippawayan Boulevard. A portion of pedestrian walkway and the east entrance to the Athletic Centre will also be closed during this time.

Note the affected area indicated with a dotted red line in the graphic below:

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Construction Alert: Temporary Road Closure at Welland Campus

As part of the Welland Campus Academic Lab project, the section of the North Road that extends from Niagara College Boulevard past the entrance to parking lots C-1 and C-2 will be closed from 10 am to 2 pm on Wednesday, October 12. During this time, access to all C lots will be from the westerly portion of North Road, via Chippawayan Boulevard. A portion of pedestrian walkway and the east entrance to the Athletic Centre will also be closed during this time.

Note the affected area indicated with a dotted red line in the graphic below:

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